5 apps you need to download this week

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App stores are crowded places these days, and because storage space on your phone is often at a premium, you’ll want to find and 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.

SNL 40

iOS

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There are few comedic institutions quite as strong as Saturday Night Live. The show’s been going forty seasons strong (well, some stronger than others) but if you think it’s just about what happens on Saturday then you’re missing out. The talented comedy writers and performers are in the trenches every day, creating the show that could have been around for longer than some of you have.

Now, on its 40th anniversary, the SNL crew has provided us with one of the best ways to look back through the decades. The SNL app not only houses all of the best, most quotable sketches, but it also knows what tickles your funny bone, so it recommends shorts you may have missed out on over the years. There’s no better way to brighten your day—or the day of others’ thanks to the share feature—than with a finely honed slice of classic humor.

ScreenPop Lock Screen Messenger

Android

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Messaging apps should be all about making communicating with your friends more convenient, but none of them thus far have managed to evade your phone’s lock screen. That’s where ScreenPop Lock Screen Messenger comes in. It allows you to send off a quick message without ever having to unlock your phone, and subsequently wasting time messing around on the home screen. Snap a picture, add in some text, doodles, or emojis, and send it off to your friend so they can see what you’re up to.

Quest

iOS

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Have you ever wished your life was an RPG video game? After all, the usually clear objectives inside would not only make things much easier, but a bit more fun too. Quest makes it possible by turning your daily to-dos into quirky tasks on your never-ending mission to be a more productive and accomplished human being. Categorize your list of chores, knock them out one-by-one with a simple completion and review system, and unlock new items to equip to your avatar after each one. Unfortunately, you will not get a real bag-0f-holding. Or a cool sword.

Clocked

iOS

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Dating isn’t easy. If the current selection of modern, mobile romance generators aren’t working out, then it might be time to try out a different approach. Clocked takes account of your social and professional values and preferences to generate compatibility rankings between you and potential matches. It also pulls photos from Instagram to show instead of tell about interests and activities. The catch is, you’re always on the clock: the app only gives you until midnight the day the match appears to make your call.

Disa

Android

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We’ve yet to see the messenger app that can bring all possible mobile messaging services together under one roof. Disa wants to be the one that breaks through and be all-things to all-people. It promises to merge all of your contacts and conversations into one place so you can keep talking without switching between apps to keep track of everyone. The trick is the community-provided plug-ins that expand the service out into a more universal platform.

Wearables

Omron HeartGuide brings blood pressure monitoring to your wrist

High blood pressure leads to heart attacks, strokes, and many other health problems, so it's important to keep an eye on. Omron's HeartGuide is a fitness tracking watch that can also monitor your blood pressure from your wrist.
Mobile

How to jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 12: A beginner’s guide

The latest jailbreaking tools for iOS 12 make freeing your iOS device easier than ever. This guide will teach you how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, and explain what jailbreaking will do for you.
Mobile

Join the Apple club with our complete guide to switching from Android to iOS

If Android simply isn’t cutting it for you anymore, then you might be considering Apple’s warm embrace. Here’s how to make the switch from Android to iOS without losing your contacts, sleep, or hair!
Computing

Getting Windows 10 updated doesn't have to be so painful

Windows update not working? It's a more common problem than you might think. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot it and in this guide we'll break them down for you step by step.
Computing

Secure your Excel documents with a password by following these quick steps

Excel documents are used by people and businesses all over the world. Given how often they contain sensitive information, it makes sense to keep them from the wrong eyes. Thankfully, it's easy to secure them with a password.
Mobile

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device.
Mobile

Verizon’s deal could get you a free iPhone XR — but there’s some fine print

Verizon launched a new deal for its smartphones aimed at encouraging customers to open a new line. If you're willing and you want two new phones, you could get a free Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XR, or Pixel 3.
Mobile

Android vs. iOS: Which smartphone platform is the best?

If you’re trying to choose a new phone and you’re not sure about the merits and pitfalls of the leading smartphone operating systems, then come on in for a detailed breakdown as we pit Android vs. iOS in various categories.
Photography

From DIY to AAA, here's how to take a passport photo in 6 different ways

If you're applying for a passport or renewing one, you need to submit a photo in your official application. There are strict guidelines, but fortunately, it's something you can do at home. Here's how to take a passport photo.
Mobile

OpenTable points can now be used to whittle down cost of a hotel stay

Have some OpenTable Dining Points built up? Now those points can also be used to make your own hotel discounts. OpenTable is teaming up with Kayak to use points as discounts on participating hotels.
Mobile

Get $100 discount on the Razer Phone 2 for a limited time

The Razer Phone 2 is finally here, and it's got upgraded specs, that super-smooth 120Hz display, and an updated design. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the Razer Phone 2.
Deals

REI slashes prices on Suunto, Garmin, and Fitbit Versa smartwatches

Though fitness trackers and smartwatches can get pretty pricey, REI is offering some sweet discounts on top brands. Right now, you can get a new smartwatch from Fitbit, Suunto, and Garmin for up to 35 percent off its normal price.
Social Media

Twitter suffers privacy scare as bug reveals tweets of protected accounts

If you set your Twitter account to private and you have an Android device, you'd better check your settings now. Twitter says it's just fixed a four-year-old bug that flipped the privacy switch to make the account public.
Wearables

Check out the four cool Swatch watches you can use for mobile payments

Swatch has announced its Swatchpay technology is now available in Switzerland, enabling mobile payments from your Swatch watch. It works in a similar way to Apple Pay and Google Pay. Here's everything about it.