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Friday app roundup: ancient cities and cheap gas

Welcome to the weekend friends, today we’really going to cut straight to the chase. This week’so app roundup includes: an app that helps you save on gas; an app that let’s you explore ancient Jerusalem; a more kid-friendly YouTube ; and app that aims to improve women’s health.

App: GasBuddy

OS: iOS

What is it? This is an essential app for every car owner. You can use it to find the cheapest gas in your area.You can also use it to calculate gas costs on road trips so it can be split equally among passengers. It’seems the perfect practical app that can save you some cash if you’re lucky.

Best review quote: GasBuddy is an essential app for anyone who drives a car. The app uses your location to find the nearest gas stations and shows you their prices right now, as reported by other GasBuddy users. You can filter out stations if you need specific fuel, like diesel or E85, see cash and card prices, and see results in a list or map view. If you sign up for a GasBuddy account, you can also submit your own price findings and earn points to compete on the GasBuddy leaderboards.

Get it now: for your iPhone or iPad.

App: Ancient Jerusalem in VR

OS: Android

What is it? Explore the wonders of ancient Jerusalem from the comfort of your couch. This immersion app, offers an educational look at one of the great cities of the past. See Jerusalem as it was seen by the people who built it. As the title suggests, this app is designed to be used with a VR headset.

Best review quote: Explore the Western Wall and surrounding city of Jerusalem as it looked 2,000 years ago. Every detail has been thoroughly researched to ensure archaeological accuracy. Experience this wonder of the ancient world – download now! Please note that a VR headset is required for the experience.

Get it now: for your Android.

App: YouTube Kids TV

OS: Android

What is it? YouTube has strict content guidelines, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s kid-friendly. That’said where YouTube Kids TV comes in. It offers a safer, more age appropriate version of YouTube, just for kids. It can definitely offer parents peace of mind.

Best review quote:  The official YouTube Kids app is designed for curious little minds. This is a delightfully simple (and free!) app, where kids can discover videos, channels and playlists they love. We work hard to offer a safer YouTube experience, but no automated system is perfect. If you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone.

Get it now: for your Android.

App: myWanda

OS: iOS

What us it? This app is designed to help women stay healthy and active. It offers a variety of resources to help you achieve your fitness goals. It also has intesterecting articles and inspirational messages to help you stay motivsted.

Best review quote: Providing resources and guidance for exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress, and hydration, the myWanda app seeks to help women remain healthy. This handy tool provides you with encouragement each day to keep you on the path to good health.

Get it now: for your iPhone or iPad.

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How to add or revoke access to your iCloud for third party apps


iCloud is the special sauce that takes the burger that is your iPhone to the next level taste-wise. So it can really enhance your experience to allow third party apps to tap into all that iCloud goodness.

So today we’re going teach you how to both extend that iCloud access to third party apps or to take it away.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Then tap your iCloud Banner.Open Settings, then tap your iCloud banner
  3. Next tap the section marked iCloud.
  4. Then scroll down the list and toggle the switch on for any app you want to give access to iCloud Drive. Remember green means it’s on.

Now you can take away that special iCloud access from apps especially ones that don’t need it like your Calculator app. Here’s how to do it.

  1. First open up the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Then tap to open iCloud Banner.
  3. Next scroll down to the section marked iCloud.
  4. Now scroll down the list of apps and make sure the toggles are switched off next to the apps that don’t need iCloud access. Remember grey means it’s turned off.

Hope this helps you take back control on your iPhone or iPad.

Source: iMore

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Friday app roundup: task managers and photo vaults

It’s going to be a nice sunny weekend, but sooner or later you’re going to have to go inside. When you do, we’ve got some apps to keep you organized and entertained.

This week’s app roundup includes: an app that turns your texts into awesome photos; an app to keep your spirits up; an app to keep your tasks super organized; and an app to keep your photos protected.

App: TextMess

OS: iOS

What is it? Turn your texts into art like an inspirational poster. It’s certainly way more interesting than a boring text only message. You can send them as stickers or images.

Best review quote: Text Mess is able to generate art from your personal messages. Simply launch the Messages app and access Text Mess. Then type out a message with spaces between each word. You’re able to utilize emojis as well if you wish. You can then choose a shape, font, color, and text arrangement before generating your image. Your creations can be sent as messages, stickers, or saved as images and used elsewhere. – AppAdvice

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Gratus

OS: Android

What is it? It can be hard to stay positive and that’s where Gratus comes in. It asks for a bit info, so it can remind you of the good times every day and help you see the sunshine side of life.

Best review quote: Gratus is a simple app to promote good vibes and positivity. It is a simple interface to encourage you to write what we’re most grateful for. Gratus will help you remember about these things and put a smile on your face when you’re reminded of them. – AndroidandMe

Get it now: for your Android.

App: Taskcode

OS: iOS

What is it? Keeping track of your own schedule is hard work. Why do it yourself when some magical electronic gadget can do it for you? That’s where Taskcode’s unique Slack-type task manager system comes in.

Best review quote: Taskcode is a masterfully created task manager with a unique data input system. Unlike other reminder apps, where the user constantly have to tap from one option to another, Taskcode allows the easiest way of specifying all attributes of a reminder like due date, time, subtasks, title, repeat function etc. simply by typing. This allows for a much quicker and efficient way of inputting data. – BGR

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Secret Photo Vault

OS: iOS

What is it? Nobody likes people snooping in their phones. You especially don’t want people snooping in your photos. You can take proactively protect your pics by downloading Secret Photo Vault. It keeps your stuff safe by keeping it locked down behind a passcode.

Best review quote: Secret Photo Vault enables you to hide your secret photos and data with passcode, pattern lock and Touch ID.

It provides the perfect privacy with passcode, double protection, decoy mode, album level and photo level lock

You have no limit on format of the media to hide. The app supports photo, video, GIF, live photo, text and URL. – BGR

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

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How to archive your pics in Google Photos

Did you know that Google Photos includes an archive feature to help you store your precious pics for later? Well today, we’re going to tell you all about it.

  1. Open Google Photos app on your phone.
  2. Long-press on an image to select it, and then continue to select all the images you want to archive
  3. Next, tap the action overflow button (three vertical dots on the top right corner).
  4. Then tap Archive.

How to archive a photo in Google Photos

Once you’ve archived your photos, you’ll need to know how to access them again.

  1. Open Google Photos app.
  2. And then tap the menu (three horizontal lines on the top left corner).
  3. Next tap the Archive tab to see all the archived photos.

    How to access archived photos in Google Photos

  4. You can also add images to the archive by selecting the Add to archive button.
  5. Then tap on the images you want to archive.
  6. Finally, tap Done to archive the pictures.

    How to access archived photos in Google Photos

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