Here are the 5 apps you should download this week

App stores are crowded places these days, and because storage space on your phone is often at a premium, you’ll want to fill it with not only the best, but also the most helpful apps out there. Because they come and go quicker than the latest fashion trends, and digging through Google Play, the iTunes App Store, or any of the others is such a mission; a little nudge in the right direction is often very welcome. Here are the apps we think you need to check out this week.


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Whether you’re a teen or just a teen at heart, you probably have Snapchat installed on your phone. The photo and video sharing platform with disappearing messages has led the charge in moving communication from the text box to the camera lens. Likewise, Tinder has had a similar impact when it comes to meeting people — the entirety of human interaction, for better or worse, has been reduced down to a swipe to the right or left.

Yellow is Tinder for Snapchat, allowing you to connect with people who you might want to share 10 second photos with. All users have to do is add their Snapchat username and a couple of photos to give an idea of what new connections can expect. There are no bios and no chat. Yellow is all about finding new people to share Snaps with. Of course, this comes with plenty of risk in its own right, but why not take a chance? Who knows what you’ll see.

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The iPhone has a impressive display with a crystal clear picture. Why not take advantage of that by making your background something gorgeous enough to take advantage of all of those pixels? That’s what WLPPR aims to give you. The app gives you a collection of amazing looking patterns that are actually satellite images of earth, primarily taken from NASA and the European Space Agency. It’s all the proof you need to know there’s nothing more beautiful than nature.




With the proliferation of news sites on the web, plus all of the standards of the old guard that remain as institutions, there are tons of publications producing great work every day. It’s impossible to consume it all. Pipes makes it easier to read the stories that matter most to you. The app’s artificial intelligence boils down an article to the most important parts so you can digest it quickly. Then you can use all the time you saved to check out more stories through the app’s recommendations engine.


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Exercising is a form of expression. If you need proof, just check out Running by Gyroscope. It provides an entirely new way to look at the data you generate while on a run. The app takes the records of your runs from Strava or Runkeeper and shows you the paths in image form with photo overlays and satellite images. Even better, it converts your data into interesting facts that put your hard work into context, like how many donuts you burned off.




The great thing about smartphones is there’s an app for everything. The worst part is having to go into those apps individually to find what you want. Relcy wants to save you the hassle by taking you directly to the information you need. The universal search tool can grab results for places, people, movies, songs, TV shows, and whatever else you may need. Stop searching for the right app and start just searching Relcy.



You can now listen to Google Podcasts on your desktop without the app

The Google Podcasts app is no longer entirely necessary to listen to the podcasts it offers. With a simple tweak of the sharing URL, you can listen to a Google Podcasts podcast on your desktop or laptop without the app.

24 must-have apps for rooted Android phones and tablets

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Looking to keep prying eyes at bay? Here's how to hide photos on your iPhone

People take tons of photos using their smartphones, but not all are meant to be shared or seen. Luckily, hiding photos on your iOS device is easy, whether you want to use built-in utilities or apps with added security.

Teens are using Google Docs as the modern version of passing notes in class

Google Docs is reportedly being used by teens as a secret communications app. Instead of passing notes, students are now using the software's live chat function or comment boxes to talk with their friends while in the middle of classes.

Got gadgets galore? Keep them charged up with the 10 best USB-C cables

We're glad to see that USB-C is quickly becoming the norm. That's why we've rounded up some of the better USB-C cables on the market, whether you're looking to charge or sync your smartphone. We've got USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A.

Get ready to say goodbye to some IFTTT support in Gmail by March 31

If This Then That, the popular automation service, will drop some of its support for Gmail by March 31. The decision comes as a response to security concerns and is aimed to protect user data.

The Tacs Nato-Lens is a watch for those who live life through a camera lens

Not all watches have to be round, or connect to your phone. The Tacs Nato-Lens is a stylish piece of wristwear with a design inspired by classic SLR cameras, making it a geeky timepiece for the camera and watch fan.

5G's arrival is transforming tech. Here's everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.

This is the easiest way to save your iPhone data to your computer

Living in fear of losing your contacts, photos, messages, and notes on your iPhone? Fear no more -- in this guide, we'll break down exactly how to back up your iPhone to your computer using Apple's iTunes or to the cloud with iCloud.

HMD Global admits Nokia 7 Plus handsets sent user data to China

Nokia could be in some hot water. According to recent reports, Nokia 7 models may be secretly sending data to China without the user knowing about it. Nokia says that the issue was a software bug and that it has been fixed.

Here are the best iPad Pro keyboard cases to pick up with your new tablet

The iPad Pro range can double as laptops, but they do need proper keyboards to fill in effectively. Thankfully, there are loads to choose from and we rounded up the best iPad Pro keyboard cases right here.

Wring the most out of iOS with the best commands for Siri

You may not know all the things you can say to Siri -- after all, Apple never released an official list of commands for its virtual assistant. Thankfully, we've compiled a list of the best Siri commands to help you out.
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