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7 Travel Apps That Modern Travelers Need To Know

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There is no denying the trend that mobile is taking over the digital space, particularly among the 18-34-year-old demographic. There are currently 2.6B mobile users, and this number is expected to grow to 6.1B by 2020. Due to this shift in the trend, there is an increasing number of industries going mobile. And one of such industries is tourism.

There seems to be a mobile app for every phase of travel – from inspiration to planning and booking. As travel becomes more frequent, personalized and convenient, the potential of such apps to influence the travelers’ purchasing decisions, while creating business opportunities for the tourism industry is limitless. With the advancement of technology, it is so much easier to plan and book a holiday than it used to be.

Traditionally, mobile apps have simply duplicated the desktop experience, by providing the same functions on the mobile devices. Travelers do their research, plan their trip, and book the necessary whether it is the flight, the accommodation or the leisure activities. However, latest mobile apps have evolved to offer some personalization for modern travelers – for before, during, and after a trip. By leveraging on big data and monitoring the user’s behavior, these apps can provide information and services that are relevant to each user.

Here are some cool travel apps that might be useful to modern travelers.

TripIt

TripIt

TripIt offers a complete, hassle free organizer to combine all of your travel confirmations, itineraries, tickets, hotel bookings, car rental reservations, etc. in a single app. Basically, it allows you to keep all your travel plans organized in one place. It can be a life saver if you have more than a dozen of flight confirmation emails, hotel emails, and other trip documents all over the place.

Some of its key features include instantly creates a schedule with all your travel details in one place. It allows you to imports travel plans directly from your email while giving you access to your travel plans from any devices. It can also add your travel plans to your calendar. TripIt Pro further extends its capabilities by providing reminders, real-time flight alerts to you and quickly locates alternate flights if there is a need to.

PackPoint (Sponsored by Sheraton)

PackPoint

PackPoint is an intelligent travel packing list organizer and packing planner for frequent travelers. It can help you make sure you have all the necessities with you for your trip. Based on the relevant information you keyed into the app, it can help you organize what you need to pack in your luggage. Once the packing list is completed, it allows you to save it and share with your friends and family.

Some other information PackPoint may take into account is whether it is a business or leisure travel and the activities you plan on doing. It will also advise what you need for an international trip, warm weather clothes, cold weather clothes when necessary, or even an umbrella if the forecast calls for rain. It will also take into consideration if you are willing to repeat wearing basics like shirts and pants and if you will have access to laundry facilities.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is the quintessential travel planning and booking app. It features millions of traveler reviews, photos, maps which can help you plan and book your perfect trip with just a few taps. With more than 225 million reviews and opinions contributed by travelers, TripAdvisor makes it easy for you to find the lowest air tickets, best hotels, great restaurants, and fun activities to do, wherever you go.

Trivago

Trivago

Trivago is a simple app that helps you to find just the right hotel in the right place. It offers travelers the ability to compare over 1 million hotels from more than 250 booking sites worldwide. You just need to type in the city where you want to stay in, select your dates, pick your preferred room size, and then run a search. The app will list out the available hotels so that you can compare and then book – even on the go!

Some other features include allowing you to filter your search results by price, rating, and amenities, such as free Wi-Fi or a swimming pool. For each listing, you can also see prices from the major booking companies, including Expedia, Priceline, Hotels.com, and Travelocity.

Expedia

Expedia

Similar to the TripAdvisor, Expedia helps travelers in the planning and booking of their trips. It will let you find hotel deals and flight deals, saving you up to 40% with mobile-exclusive hotel deals when you use it on mobile. For hotel booking, you can sort them by price, deals or reviews when it comes to finding your perfect accommodation. For flights booking, you can sort by price, duration or departure & arrival time, and you will be able to choose from hundreds of airlines. It also allows you to enjoy round-trip car rentals from any airport – with no cancellation fee. Furthermore, you can also browse & book activities for hundreds of destinations worldwide. It is a travel app that can take care of most planning and booking needs of a modern traveler.

Musement

Musement

Musement enables you to live like a local, wherever you go. It is a free travel app that helps you enjoy the fullest experience of your holiday by turning your mobile devices into an exciting local city guide. The app highlights the best hangout places at the destinations and also makes it easy to sort what is nearby and open right now. Their selection includes the best, most authentic and locally sourced attractions, restaurants, bars, neighborhoods, and concerts. Integrating Foursquare’s recommendations and venue contact information, you can easily research and book event tickets directly via the app.

The Outbound (Only on iOS)

The Outbound

If hiking, surfing and hang gliding excites you, then The Outbound might be the app for you. It is an app for sporty outdoor travelers to plan for an outdoor adventure. It allows you to search for destinations to go surfing, backpacking, mountain biking and even more. You can discover new places by exploring adventures created by your friends and other community members and get inspired about future travel through curated collections. The app also allows you to filter activities by skill level, season, and features, like dog-friendly, family-friendly, etc. Whether you are looking for local hikes, after-work runs, waterfalls, or the best spots to catch a sunset, they have got you covered.

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Nexon’s MapleStory M: Nostalgic World of MapleStory on Mobile

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MapleStory M

MapleStory, launched in 2003, is a free-to-play 2D side-scrolling MMORPG where players can choose from many exciting job classes and explore different worlds within the Maple Universe. MapleStory M, on the other hand, is an all-new mobile adventure spinoff based on the original MapleStory. When launched in Korea in October 2016, MapleStory M quickly became the #1 ranked free game on both iOS and Android. Now, after its global debut, Nexon has announced that it has been downloaded over three million times, becoming one of the top games in 2018 on Google Play.

In MapleStory M, players can relive the same experience that they get from the original desktop franchise, through their mobile phones. Nexon did a great job of transferring the game’s interface onto a phone, making it more user-friendly and intuitive, without differing much from the original gameplay. In the game, players can quickly view and access the controls, menu, quests, chatroom, and health and magic indicators at any time, in or out of battle. Unlike the original MapleStory, where there are a large number of hotkeys attached to the game’s features which may pose a problem for new players. This easy accessibility and visibility of the in-game’s features is a significant improvement.

MapleStory M - Characters

MapleStory M - Customization

The game also features the original set of classes, The Explorers, at the same time, players can play and communicate in real-time with millions of players around the world. There are in-depth, immersive storylines, real-time events, and big boss raids. Players can also enjoy endless character customization through hair colors, fashionable items, and accessories.

Other special features of MapleStory M include Auto Quest and Auto Battle. Auto Quest is accessible as soon as players start the game. It allows players to send their characters on a mission to either obtain quests by engaging with NPCs (non-player characters) or fulfill the quest’s requirements like killing a certain number of golems or collecting a particular mob drop. This feature decreases the amount of time needed to fulfill tedious quests, and more time can be dedicated to hanging out with the guild or exploring the worlds. Auto Battle can be unlocked when the character reaches level 20. Every day, players will receive a free “2-Hour Charge” for Auto Battle, which allows the character to automatically attack and kill whatever mobs that are on the map. When Auto Battle is turned on, the character will automatically navigate within the map, attacking mobs, getting experience points, and consuming pots to maintain optimum health and magic points.

MapleStory M - Adventure

 

MapleStory M Key Features

Five Classes – Players can create up to five characters and choose among Dark Night, Night Lord, Bishop, Captain, or Bowmaster.

High-quality Graphics – Immersive effects and superb graphics.

Endless Customization – Create a unique appearance and style for your characters using accessories and outfits.

Party and Guild System – Explore dungeons and grow stronger with a party or by joining a guild.

Auto Quest and Auto Battle – Level up and complete quests via the in-game AI.

 

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Credits to: 넥슨 모바일

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Pixel Perfect: Kairosoft Mini Pixel World

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Pixel Perfect - Kairosoft Mini Pixel World

After unboxing your new mobile smartphone and being mesmerized by its glory, you’ll probably want to test its potential with the latest graphic-intensive games. Smartphones today are equipped with the best processors and graphics capabilities such that they can even be better than most hand-held gaming consoles. However, there are still a handful of gamers that are obsessed with 8-bit games despite this advancement in technology.

8-bit or pixel art games were initially used to display characters and levels in a manageable way for gaming consoles, arcades, and home computing titles of the 80s. Pixel art usage saw a rapid decline during the era of the launch of 3D-capable gaming consoles like the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64. They have since made a comeback, and many pixel-art titles have been released for Android and iPhone in recent years. Some games were inspired by the 80s dungeon crawlers, while others were pure addictive titles generously sprinkled with pixel dust. The extent of how pixel art is used now is different as it’s not retro, but it’s innovation, bringing new techniques and gaming style to modern gaming genres.

Game Dev Story

Founded in 1996, Japanese game developer Kairosoft (カイロソフト) are known for developing game titles with unique gameplay and distinctive pixelated art style. With the release of Game Dev Story on iOS and Android in 2010, Kairosoft became a large hit and reached the top ten in iPhone app sales during the first week. Since then, Kairosoft grew its roots in this niche market in the mobile gaming scene.

Here are some of the best 8-bit games by Kairosoft for your smartphone:

1) Game Dev Story (Last updated April 26, 2017): Game Dev Story is a simulation video game by Kairosoft that allows you to manage your game company with the goal of making hit titles and consoles in order to make money. It features the ability to manage the quality of games released by hiring staff, controlling the direction and speed of game development, and using items which provide additional boosts for workers or change their jobs.

Mega Mall Story

2) Mega Mall Story (Last updated February 2, 2018): Mega Mall Story is a mall management simulation game that allows you to manage a small mall, which you can expand by adding new stores, building more floors, providing new modes of transportation, and making your customers happy. The aim of the game is to increase your establishment’s popularity to make money.

3) Anime Studio Story (Last updated November 10, 2016): Anime Studio Story is similar to the “Anime Studio Story” as a “Developer” style simulation game. In the game, you manage your own anime company to develop the best anime available in the market in an attempt to become the best anime company. Speaking of the company, you can equip it with a library or even a theater. You can also upgrade your staff to craft a classic that will echo through the generations.

4) Pool Slide Story (Last updated September 13, 2018): Pool Slide Story is a management game where you can create and manage a wonderful and dazzling water park. Expand your water park by adding exciting facilities to become the talk of the town. You’ll be spoiled for choice when comes to customizing your water park with a wide selection of attractions to build.

Home Run High

5) Home Run High (Last updated June 6, 2018): Home Run High is a management simulation game that places you in charge of a high school baseball team. It might be a small after-school club now, but with the right management, this team will climb to world-class standard. It features the ability to train your players, install batting cages and other facilities to make life better for the team.

6) The Ramen Sensei 2 (Last updated September 10, 2018): The Kairosoft’s Ramen Sensei 2 is a simulation game that allows you to start and manage your own ramen restaurant. In order to make the best ramen, you will need to create your own noodles and soup. New soups and noodles are unlocked as you progressed through the game. Win over customers at ramen festivals, which you can play together with friends and face off rivals at ramen arena contests and make your Ramen Hall prosper.

Dream Town Story

7) Dream Town Story (Last updated June 26, 2018): Town simulator games are a dime a dozen, and they all seem to follow the same cookie-cutter format. Dream Town Story is a town building simulation game that breaks the mold of the city-building genre by allowing you to build your town from scratch. You can build houses, shops, and lots of other facilitiesto make your town a vibrant, lovely place to live in. Once you settled into your town, you may also try co-op mode, which enables you to team up with other players to build towns together.

Dream House Days

8) Dream House Days (Last updated June 5, 2018): Dream House Days is an apartment management simulation game, where you can furnish apartments, and slowly grow your property into a place anyone would be happy to live in. You play as both an architect and a landlord in this fanciful title, and it’s up to you to furnish your ideal apartment with anything from arcade games to saunas to convenience stores. As you rise up the rankings of real estate fame and you might reel in celebrity tenants, ranging from popular singers to soccer stars, making huge profits.

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Lazada Birthday Festival: Celebrating 6 with Great Deals and More!

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6 Lazada Birthday Festival

Lazada is taking this year’s Birthday Festival a level higher as they celebrate their 6th birthday in Singapore, starting 24 April, with discounts of up to 90% off with 600+ flash deals and up to $120 worth of vouchers.

Partnering with top brands like Clinique, Shiseido, Bose, Jaybird, Acer, Samsung, Crumpler, etc., Lazada is bringing exclusive deals on a wide range of products from skincare to electronics for you.

What’s more, you can further stretch your budget by using code (6LAZBDAY) and Citi Credit Card at checkout during 24-26 April from 9 am daily to get $12 off with minimum spend of $100.

If you are unsure what to buy and wish to be surprised, you may also try out Lazada’s Surprise Boxes ($29/$49) which they have worked with 74 different brands to bring you specially-curated boxes. These boxes comes in limited quantity and are up for grabs for a limited time only. They also contain goodies worth more than $100.

 

Who is Lazada?

Lazada is an online shopping & selling platform in Southeast Asia that features more than 2,500 brands, serving 560 million consumers across Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Founded in 2012 by Rocket Internet, the e-commerce company aims to establish an Amazon.com business model within the region. They aim to achieve this by taking advantage of the untapped online consumer market and Amazon’s weak presence here.

In recent years, Lazada has grown to be a force not to reckon with as they get acquired by China’s Alibaba in 2016 as Alibaba expands into Southeast Asia with a US$1 billion Lazada deal. Subsequently, Alibaba also boosted its stake to 83 percent in 2017 with an additional investment of US$1 billion. Then, further investment of extra US$2 billion and tapping a top executive (Ms. Lucy Peng) to run the business. This move strengthened Alibaba’s vision of taking on rivals such as tech giant Amazon in the region. The latest funding will double Alibaba’s total investment in Lazada at US$4 billion which it said will “accelerate the growth plans” and help further tie the Lazada business into Alibaba’s core e-commerce service.

Lazada and Razer also announced this month the launch of a new digital game store on the online shopping platform, offering consumers access to thousands of digital games as well as reward customers with every purchase.

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