Here are 5 brilliant apps 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.



iOS, Android

Cable channels consistently provide great content, but HBO has been responsible for some of the best shows on TV for sometime now. Whether it’s the shows that helped the channel find its foothold like Tales From the Crypt and Mr. Show or its current hits like Game of Thrones and True Detective, the company constantly cranks out extremely watchable products.

Now, with the new HBO Now app, you can binge watch HBO’s best to your heart’s content. It’s what you want to do anyway once you start on an amazing show. Everything is available on the app for Apple devices, from the currently running shows and classics that you’ve been meaning to watch but haven’t gotten around to and have to plug your ears every time your friends talk about them. As part of the exclusive deal between HBO and Apple, the service is available to stream only through Apple devices, and you’ll have to pay $15 a month, but it’s well worth it for HBO’s killer line up.




Remember Highlight, the darling app of SXSW a few years back that would connect you with strangers nearby? The company behind that app, Math Camp, is back with a new endeavor that puts a new twist on photo sharing. It essentially creates a shared roll of photos between you and your friends so instead of just populating your device with your own snapshots, you can see the pictures your friends have been taking as well and get a glimpse into their daily lives.




Another app for a company familiar with how to make popular services, Kong comes from the makers of social network Path. It combines the undeniably addictive act of sending GIFs and selfies, allowing you to create your own mashup of the two. It makes the recording process as quick and simple as possible, plus you can quickly apply some filters and text as you see fit. From there, it becomes a perfectly shareable GIF you can send through your messenger app or social media site of choice.

Fiverr Faces



You probably already know of Fiverr as the site that lets you order just about anything for $5 a pop. The spin off app Fiverr Faces gets a little more specific, but the concept still applies. The app is all about changing your face – not that there’s anything wrong with your face as it is, of course. But if you want a new profile picture or avatar or you just want to see an artistic rendition of yourself, you can take a quick snapshot and send if off to some talented artists who will give you a whole new look for just $5.

VOX Player



While iTunes is always the default for Apple users, VOX Player is the choice for audiophiles. Now the media player that people swear by for desktop has migrated to mobile. If you’re on iPhone, you’ll be able to stream your music library through the slick interface. There’s unlimited storage space and no caps on offline cache so you can load up all your favorite jams in full quality, then keep them coming while you’re on the go.


Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches.
Social Media

Spice up your Instagram videos by adding your top tunes to the soundtrack

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.

Turn to these apps to help you in your next hunt for a job

Looking for a job can be a stressful experience, but these days, a simple mobile app can help you to find and apply for jobs all over the country -- here are some of the best job search apps for iOS and Android.

Unleash your inner artist with the best drawing apps for the iPad Pro

The best drawing apps for the iPad Pro turn Apple's robust tablet into a canvas worthy of a true artist. Here are 20 of our current favorites, whether you're looking to keep things simple or take your art to the next level.

Keep up-to-date with the best news apps on iPhone and Android

Are the days of traditional newspapers and broadcast news dwindling? With apps this good, maybe. Catch up on the latest headlines on any platform with the best news apps on iOS and Android.

Here’s how to take a screenshot on an iPad, step by step

The ability to capture screenshots may not be the iPad's most glamorous feature, but it's one of its most useful. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to take a screenshot on an iPad, whether it's an iPad Pro from 2018 or an older iPad model.

5G phones make a lot of promises. Here’s what to really expect

There has been a lot of marketing copy expounding the potential benefits of 5G networks, but a lot less on the practical implications of 5G smartphones. There's a reason for that.
Home Theater

Here are some common AirPods problems, and how to fix them

Apple’s AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds we’ve seen, but they’re not perfect. If you’re having trouble, take a look at our guide to the most common problems and what you can do to fix them.
Social Media

Here’s how to save someone’s Instagram Story to your phone

Curious about how to save someone's Instagram Story to your phone? Lucky for you, it can be done -- but it does take a few extra steps. Here's what you need to know to save Instagram Stories on both iOS and Android.

Lack of regulation means wearables aren’t held accountable for health claims

As fitness trackers become more like health monitors, some physicians are concerned they can lead to over-diagnosis of non-existent problems. It’s already happening with wearable baby monitors.

Here’s how to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

Podcasts have become a cultural staple. Here's how to download podcasts and listen to them on your Android or iOS device, and which apps to use if you're looking to get the most out of the format.

Apple banned from distributing some iPhone models in Germany

Apple is following the FTC's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.

Windows 10 Mobile support ending: Switch to iOS or Android, Microsoft says

A Microsoft support page detailed the company's plans to end support for Windows 10 Mobile in less than a year. Users with devices powered by the platform are suggested to switch to iOS or Android devices.

How to use iOS 12’s Passwords and Accounts tool to autofill passwords

Keeping track of all your passwords and accounts can be a real chore. If you use an iPhone with iOS 12, then you don't have to. Here's how to use iOS 12's own password manager to autofill passwords.