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Friday app roundup: fitness and cocktails


This week’s app roundup include very thing you need to entertain yourself this weekend from sick tunes to tasty cocktails. This wek’s app roundup includes: he perfect app to help you manage your music in the cloud; a translation app;  a fitness app; and an app to help you mix the perfect cocktail.

App: Jukebox


What is it? First of all to use this app you have to have Dropbox installed and you have to store some of your music on it. Storing larger files like music on the cloud is one of the great things about using a cloud service in the first place, it’s not taking up valuable storage on your phone. The neat thing about this app over music streaming services for instance is that it offers offline services. It downloads your music from Dropbox into its custom player and in doing so saves you data charges you might incur with music streaming.

Best review quote: Developer James Zhang said: “We’re actually working on adding a private sharing feature so that you can share a song with a friend through a text link and they can stream to preview the song or download it straight to their own Jukebox.” – The Next Web

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad.

App: Microsoft Translator

OS: Android, iOS, Windows Phone

What features does it offer? This app also works with your Android Wear smartwatch if you have one. It is also very easy to use, you just speak normally and the app does the heavy lifting by translating your voice into text in the language of your choice. It can also help you if you want to say something in another language by offering pronunciation for you. You also get a full history of translated conversations and you can save translations for quick access later.

Get it now: for your Android, for your iPhone/iPad or for your Windows Phone

App: Sworkit

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? Nothing is a longer struggle than staying in shape, it’s a constant battle. What’s worse is that your app stores are absolutely awash in potentially helpful fitness apps. This app is hands down, one of the most versatile ones around. You choose the length of your workout, 5 to 60 minutes, the type of workout (strength, cardio, yoga or stretching) and then the app will give you a video of a trainer detailing your workout. It’s simple to use and it can be customized to suit your needs. It has everything you want in a fitness app.

Best review quote: Sworkit has the added benefit of having some research to back it up. In a survey of 30 popular fitness apps, researchers at the University of Florida ranked it the best when looking at its aerobic, resistance, and flexibility components. – Business Insider

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

App: Cocktails Made Easy

OS: iOS, Android

What is it? Whether you’re entertaining friends or just mixing drinks at home this app has you covered. Every cocktail recipe you could possibly want is right there at your fingertips with easy to follow instructions. Furthermore, all of its cocktail recipes just use 14 of the same ingredients. You don’t have to search the grocery store for hard to find items like lychee juice or anything.

Best review quote: OK, if we’re being completely honest, we don’t know how to make every single cocktail ever.

But with Cocktails Made Easy, we don’t need to know — the app has virtually every recipe known to man, with step-by-step instructions. – Business Insider

Get it now: for your iPhone/iPad or for your Android.

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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


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


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


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


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


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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