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.



Apple resurrects the iPhone SE with brand-new units starting at $249

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The best Apple Watch bands and straps to stylize your timepiece

If you have an Apple Watch, you know how easy it is to take off the strap it came with, so why not buy yourself another one? Here, we've gathered the best Apple Watch bands we've seen so far. There's something for everyone.

How to choose an iPad in 2019: A practical guide to Apple’s tablets

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Popular Android navigation apps are just Google Maps with ads, researcher says

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Google Maps will now help drivers stay within speed limits, avoid speed traps

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Text up a storm with the best messaging apps for iOS and Android

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The Cat S48c is the phone designed for construction workers (or the clumsy)

The Cat S48c is a rugged smartphone that's available from Sprint. It mixes midrange specs with a huge battery wrapped in an extremely tough and protective body. If you need a phone that can survive the construction site, then this is it.

If you want Samsung's advanced folding phone, be prepared to pay a lot for it

Samsung has been showcasing bendable display tech for a few years and now a folding smartphone might finally arrive. The Galaxy X, or perhaps the Galaxy Fold, may be the company's first example. Here's everything we know about it.

Do these case images confirm a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on the S10 E?

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.

T-Mobile 5G rollout: Here is everything you need to know

2019 will be a huge year for T-Mobile. Not only is a merger with Sprint likely, but T-Mobile is also in the midst of building out its next-generation mobile service. Here's everything you need to know about the T-Mobile 5G rollout.

Verizon 5G rollout: Here is everything you need to know

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. In addition to fixed 5G service, it will also begin deploying mobile 5G in the coming months. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network and when it will be in your town.

The best iPhone 6 cases for style and protection

No one likes a bruised Apple. Scratches, scuffs, and cracks on a new iPhone 6 are enough to ruin anyone’s day. Check out the best iPhone 6 cases and get some protection on that shiny new smartphone.
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Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

According to a report, people familiar with Spotify's plans say the company is readying a dedicated in-car music streamer that will cost $100. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled audio system and can be controlled by voice.

Here's how to convert a Kindle book to PDF using your desktop or the web

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