Easter break is around the corner: Five apps to help you save money while you roam

March 14, 2016 by macjeff

Eir recently announced that it is abolishing EU roaming fees, meaning that eir customers can use their existing call and text allowances in the EU and get access to an additional 1GB of EU roaming data.

Typically, when travelling, you absolutely shouldn't use an app that requires internet access, or if you are going to use such an app you should do everything you can to track down a Wi-Fi hotspot. With 1GB roaming data you have a little more freedom if you do need to go online.

With that in mind, here are some of the best apps you can use while abroad.

Wi-Fi Finder

You may not have to pay for roaming when in the EU, but you don't have unlimited data. It's still best to use Wi-Fi for certain tasks and especially if you want to use apps, or simply browse the net, for a prolonged period of time. Wi-Fi Finder will help you track down sources of wireless internet, and there's even an offline mode so you can download maps before you go.

Google Translate

It helps to have a few words of a local language when travelling, if even to show that you made some sort of effort. Google Translate puts a world of languages at your fingertips, helping you to fill in blanks or translate phrases wholesale. It's very useful when staring at a menu without English translations, for example.


TripAdvisor is a great tool to use before you book your holidays, helping you to find accommodation at your chosen destination. But it can also be beneficial when you're out and about. If you see a restaurant that looks tempting, or you simply want some inspiration, TripAdvisor will help you find the top rated restaurants in the vicinity.


It can be intimidating to drive in a foreign country, but Waze may make the ordeal a little more straightforward. Not only does it provide you with point to point navigation, but it provides real-time traffic updates, which are generated by fellow commuters. Users can update one another on traffic, construction, and even elements like police traps and speed cams.

Google Maps

While Google Maps now offers the option to download maps, there are times when you'll stray outside of the boundaries of your saved maps or you need directions. Google Maps can help you get from point A to point B, no matter where in the world you are.

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Check out these top five apps of the week

March 13, 2016 by macjeff

Looking for some apps to try? This week we've got an app that will change your photos into works of art, the official South by Southwest app, a messaging app that makes texting more interactive, and more.

The post Pikazo, Swell, Cola, and more: Download these five new apps of the week appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 03/13/2016

March 13, 2016 by macjeff

Loving U (Date Diary / Anniversary) , SwipeList Pink , Around The World in 80 Days - Hidden Object Games and more


Loving U (Date Diary / Anniversary) ( $1.99 → FREE )

Start off by creating mini profiles for you and your significant other and record the day you met. The app will keep track of all of the days, months, and years that have passed. Loving U is also able to display the days since you met as an icon badge or within Notification Center. When adding a new entry to your diary, you’re able to attach a photo for reference. You’re also able to get in touch with your significant other through quick link buttons on the main screen, and quickly calculate important dates. The app also includes passcode protections, love quotes, the ability to share entries, and the ability to backup and restore your data via Dropbox.

Project Reno ( $1.99 → FREE )

Project Reno provides you with complete control over all aspects of your projects. You're able to attach contacts to your projects, provide details, outlines costs, update statuses, and define start and due dates. Photos and geo-location information can be attached as well to provide more context. The projects in your main box can be filtered out by status, number, name, or contact to keep things tidy and help you stay focused.


SwipeList Pink ( $1.99 → FREE )

SwipeList Pink allows you to create to-do lists, shopping lists, and any other kind of basic list through common gestures. Tasks and items can be created with a downward swipe. Left and right swipes allow you to complete and delete. Tap and hold to reorder tasks and items. Each task and item can also take on a different color by tapping on the right side.

Around The World in 80 Days - Hidden Object Games ( $0.99 → FREE )

Join Phileas Fogg and his servant Passepartout as they try to travel around the world in 80 days. Their journey starts off in England, and each stop along the way acts as a new scene to search for hidden objects. While searching for objects within a scene you’re able to get a closer look using the usual pinch-to-zoom gesture, and you can receive a hint if you get stuck. Don’t just tap wildly on a scene, as it will cost you points and remove your multiplier. The game includes a total of 20 scenes in all and hundreds of objects to track down.

Bronko Blue, the kitten copter ( $0.99 → FREE )

Bronko Blue is moody, atmospheric, and a whole lot of fun. Bronko rides the wind with his umbrella. It’s up to you to guide him up, under, and through obstacles by tapping on the screen. As you progress through the game, Bronko will gain new abilities like the ability to light his way and shoot down angry crows, which will make it a lot easier to collect all of those lost balls of wool.

Kids Card Matching Educational Color and Shapes Early Learning Game for Toddlers ( $2.99 → FREE )

We’re recommending Colors Memory Match today because it’s easy for your child to just pick up and play thanks to its relatable card system. Various amounts of cards will appear on the screen face down. Your child can tap on them to reveal what’s on the flip side. They must find all of the matching pairs of colors and shapes to complete each game. When tapped on, your child is able to hear the color or object pronounced.

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Free Apps to Download TODAY ONLY 03/12/2016

March 12, 2016 by macjeff

PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip , Peekaboo Barn Farm Day , Monster Math - Free Fun Math Game - Learning Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and more


PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip ( $1.99 → FREE )

Pause is based on the ancient principles of Tai Chi and mindfulness practice. The idea is to slowly and continuously move your finger across the screen, which triggers the body’s “rest and digest” response. If you move too quickly the fluid that’s following your finger will break up. Move too slowly and everything will come to a screeching halt. Pause keeps track of the length of each session as well.

Peekaboo Barn Farm Day ( $1.99 → FREE )

Discover what the animals are up to on the farm by tapping and swiping through interactive scenes. Your child’s first task is to tap the stars out of the sky in order to wake the rooster up. They’ll then be able to see the entire farm and choose scenes. Cows need to be milked, chickens need to be fed, and the sheep need to be sheered, so it’s time to get to work!

Monster Math - Free Fun Math Game - Learning Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division ( $6.99 → FREE )

This weekend only: Unlock everything Monster Math has to offer free of charge! Simply tap the “Unlock Full Version” icon at the bottom of the main screen and choose the in-app purchase on the following screen. You’ll be asked to confirm your action by entering the code supplied to you. Then enjoy! Maxx the monster’s friend Dextra has been kidnapped by an evil wizard. Your child must help him explore new worlds, battle enemies, and find allies in order to get her back by solving math problems. The app’s intelligent math trainer system automatically adjusts the difficulty depending on your child’s ability, and the disembodied voice will ensure they’re always aware of the task at hand. The game also includes a multiplayer mode, a practice mode, and the ability to create multiple user profiles. Don’t forget to enroll your child in Monster Math’s Pi-Day contest ( They can win some great prizes for their hard work.

Meeting Box - Notes, Tasks, Sketches and Recordings ( $2.99 → FREE )

With Meeting Box installed, you’ll be able to get more out of your lectures and meetings than ever before. It provides you with the freedom to take notes however you wish, whether that’s by scribbling down your thoughts, annotating images and webpages, or simply by typing what you hear. Thanks to its built-in task manager, you’ll also be able to make sure your projects and assignments are completed on time. Meeting Notes is loaded with all kinds of text and color options, the ability to capture audio, support for multiple pages, and the ability to export and share you notes as PDF files.

SciBeaver Adventures HD ( $0.99 → FREE )

Utilize your set of optic lenses and manipulate the light source to burn ropes, set off charges, and melt locks. You're able to just drag and drop the lenses into place. Keep an eye on your power levels, because you don't want to be left in the dark. The game includes 40 tricky levels, lifelike light physics, and achievements and leaderboards via Game Center.

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‘Cream’ gives your iPhone watchOS-like colored Control Center toggles

March 12, 2016 by macjeff

If you’re interested in adding a touch of color to your Control Center interface in a way inspired by that of watchOS itself, then you’re going to be interested in a new free jailbreak tweak called Cream. Cream can be had from Cydia’s BigBoss repository today, and in this review, we’ll talk a little more about how the tweak works.

Using Cream to colorize Control Center toggle buttons

Cream is a jailbreak tweak that gives iOS a new look and feel in a very subtle way. Even something as small as changing the colors of the Control Center toggle buttons can make a huge difference in the user interface’s attractiveness.

The developer notes that the tweak was based off of watchOS, which, in case you’re not familiar with it at all, the toggle buttons in your settings Glance will turn similar colors when you turn them on and off:

Although the watchOS toggle buttons only include three toggles, one each for for Airplane Mode, Do Not Disturb, and ringer/silent, the iPhone has a total of five: Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Rotation Lock.

The additional toggles the iPhone has means the developer had to get a little creative with two additional colors, but nevertheless, they look pretty spot on with what I’d expect to see if additional toggles were ever added to the Apple Watch in any way.

Although it’s a simple tweak, Cream is fully compatible with FlipControlCenter and Polus, which are both incredibly popular Control Center modification extension platforms.

Configuring Cream

Cream will add a preferences pane to the Settings app, but there aren’t a whole lot of options to configure. What you’ll find is a kill switch to turn the tweak on or off on demand, as well as an option to configure custom colors for your Control Center toggles if you’re using FlipControlCenter or Polus.

When you want to pick a custom color for yourself, you’ve given a full color picker rather than pre-set colors, so the options are literally endless:

My opinion on Cream

I think Cream is a well-crafted port of a rather nice-looking watchOS feature over to iOS. I always liked this feature about the Apple Watch, and having it on my iPhone makes me feel a little more complete.

Although I’m quite happy with the stock colors the tweak comes with, it’s kind of nice that it lets you pick your own so long as you use a third-party Control Center modification extension like FlipControlCenter and Polus.

As of this writing, there is a small bug with the tweak related to this and FlipControlCenter, so changing colors isn’t possible at the moment, but it appears to work right with Polus at this time.

On the more critical side of cream, it’s not really a tweak for minimalists because all it does is modify the look and appearance of something to make it pop out more. It’s a tweak for those that like to tinker and make things look unique from everyone else’s, and this is something to keep in mind.

Wrapping up

If you’re jailbroken and are interested in giving your iPhone a watchOS-inspired color makeover for its Control Center toggle buttons, then you can download Cream from Cydia’s BigBoss repository for free right now.

What are your thoughts on Cream? Share in the comments below!

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