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Trepn Profiler: App of the Week

Trepn Profiler gives you detailed insights into the power and performance of apps on your smartphone. It was just released by Qualcomm, the makers of the popular Snapdragon processors you’ll find in a slew of Android devices today.

If you’ve noticed your phone starting to slow down or run out of battery quicker than before, Trepn Profiler helps you figure out what’s going on behind the scenes. The main page includes preset profiles that run in the background to identify apps that drain your battery, hog your CPU or use excess data.

It’s great for developers and anyone interested in digging a little deeper into the impact of apps on your smartphone. Go grab it for free on Google Play.

PS: Five points to whoever can tell us what the heck Trepn means.

Compress your data with Onavo Extend

Compress data and save big with Onavo Extend

Today’s App of the Week can save you big money on mobile data!

Onavo Extend is a free app for Android and iOS that creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection on your smartphone to compress the data you download over the mobile network. This compression technology directs your data through Onavo’s server’s, significantly cutting your monthly mobile data usage. For you visual learners out there, Onavo has created a nifty image to explain how their “magical shrinking machine” works:

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   Source: www.onavo.com

Keep in mind that it only compresses data that is received by your device, so any photos or videos you send will stay crisp and clear. Onavo Extend is available for Android 4.0+ and iOS 6.0+. Onavo takes privacy seriously. You can check out Onavo’s privacy policy to read up on how your privacy is protected.

While Onavo Extend cannot compress video streaming apps, Opera Max for Android can! Learn more in our Opera Max review.

 

You might also be interested in learning how to do more with your smartphone without paying more for data. And if you’re looking for even more ways to save money on your next bill, check out our complete guide on ways to lower mobile data usage.

Onavo Extend

onavo extend

Onavo Extend

Onavo Extend

Block ads while browsing on Android and iOS

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

AdBlock Browser – Free

With smartphones becoming ubiquitous in our daily lives, it’s no wonder that we spend more time browsing the web on our phones.

Increasingly, websites are being optimized for mobile so you see basically the same site whether you have the latest iPhone, Nexus 5 or Moto E. Sadly, one thing hasn’t changed: An overabundance of ads that, aside from being annoying, can chew through your mobile data without your knowledge.

We’ve all seen the pop-up images and auto-play videos. There are also hidden trackers, analytics collectors and beacons that follow you around and end up taxing your system performance and using bandwidth. According to a recent study by Enders Analysis, “ad content accounted for between 18% and 79% of the mobile data transferred, depending on the site.”

Take control of your mobile data usage with a content-blocking app like AdBlock Browser. Free for Android and iOS, this browser comes with a built-in ad blocking feature to save your battery, save your data and load pages faster. It also includes the option to white-list ads on sites that you want to support, which is a great addition.

There are other ad-block options that are worth checking out too, like Adguard and uBlock Origin for Android, or 1Blocker and Purify for iOS.

Learn more about Content Blocking for iOS.


Ting Download: ChoreMonster

Getting the kids to do their chores has never been an easy task. Fortunately, ChoreMonster has found a way to actually make them fun!

As a parent, the app lets you easily add specific chores to your child’s list of tasks. After assigning point values for different types of chores, your youngster will earn these points after finishing his household duties and completing the task within the app.

Points can be redeemed for rewards that you create, like an hour of video games, treats or a weekend sleepover.

ChoreMonster even offers Amazon integration, letting you add items from Amazon listings to your child’s set of rewards. Once they have enough points, they can exchange them for the reward and the product will automatically be shipped from Amazon to your house.

Finishing chores will also give your kid tickets to the “Monster Carnival” where they can win and collect over 250 different Monsters in the app.

ChoreMonster supports pretty much all operating systems and devices. If you can connect to the Internet, ChoreMonster’s got your back. iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire and web browsers are all included.

Learn more about how ChoreMonster works in our video review below.

Bitmoji: App of the Week

Bitmoji app

Bitmoji – Your avatar emoji

Today’s featured app brings the next generation of emoticons.

Bitmoji (the company behind the popular Bitstrips comics) has spiced up emoji’s and made them more about you.

Coined “Your Avatar Emoji,” the app creates a personalized and expressive cartoon version of yourself that becomes the star across a massive library of reactions, statements and expressions, complete with all the internet memes and pop culture references you can handle.

It can be easily added to popular messaging apps on both Android and iOS and shared on social apps like Facebook and Twitter. You can even show off your stickers to friends who haven’t yet installed the app!

Learn more about this creative app add-on in Kyra’s review below.

Get free unlimited cloud storage with Google Photos

Google Photos offers free unlimited storage for all your pictures and videos. Safe and secure in the cloud, your media is available on any Internet-accessible device, like your smartphone, tablet or any browser window at photos.google.com. Google Photos also offers shared folders, which makes sharing special moments with your family and friends easier than ever.

It does much more than just store and share your photos though – its search feature is so amazing it’s almost scary. After scanning all of your uploaded content and identifying objects within, Google categorizes your pictures by people, location and things. This intelligent algorithm can show you every picture with your face in it, for example, or every photo you ever took while on the beach.

While its pre-sorted categories are awesome, Google Photos’ search bar can discover more than you’d ever imagine. It can locate almost any object or setting within a photo and instantly show you relevant results. I tested a variety of terms like cat, sunny day, snow and food, and found success every time. Even searching for more obscure things like book and slide turned up a picture of my Game of Thrones novel and shots of my nephew at a playground.

You can upload all your older photos, too – Google Photos isn’t smartphone-specific. Just use the desktop uploader to keep all your memories safe forever, accessible from any Internet browser in just a quick second.

Take a closer look at all Google Photos has to offer in our video below.