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Wiser: App of the Week

Know a family member or friend who would benefit from a simpler smartphone experience? Check out today’s App of the Week, Wiser!

Wiser replaces your Android homescreen with an easy to use, straightforward launcher. While you’re still able to complete regular smartphone tasks like texting friends, checking your email or browsing Facebook, it makes the navigation experience so much easier! With large, colorful buttons and simplified screens, it’s an excellent app for anyone who has difficulty with Android’s original environment.

Find out more in our video below!

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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 cellular 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.

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.

Ting Download: Pintasking

Whoever said multitasking on a smartphone was easy clearly never tried multitasking on a smartphone.

App switching has never been as simple as it should be. Sure, you can always tap the Recent apps button, but it involves pulling up a different screen and scrolling through cards to find the specific app you’re looking for. It’s far from a one-tap solution, and considering the extensive customizability Android offers, it’s a little silly there isn’t a better way.

You may sense where this is going…

Pintasking is a useful tool that turns your apps into small buttons that hang out on the side of your smartphone screen. Similar to Facebook Messenger’s “Chat Heads,” these circles aren’t intrusive and let you multitask like never before.

The premise is simple: Apps are pinned into floating shortcuts, that, when tapped, take you straight into the app. It’s the quickest way to switch between apps that we’ve ever seen, and since discovering it, it’s become a feature that we just can’t live without.

If you’re often using multiple apps on your smartphone, Pintasking is definitely worth a download. The basic version of Pintasking that allows pinning of just two apps is free. If it becomes indispensable, the Pro version for $3.99 lets you pin more multiple apps and offers much more customizability.

Take a look and learn more about the app in our review below.

Ting Download: LastPass

Managing complicated passwords to keep your online information secure can really be a hassle. Today’s Ting Download remembers all your strong, complex and crazy long passwords so you don’t have to.

LastPass is a cross-platform password manager app that uses AES-256 encryption to keep your data safe from intruders.

It’s a powerful tool that can manage all aspects of your personal security online, no matter if you’re checking your bank account in a dedicated app or logging into your personal blog.

Available on Android, iOS and the web, the standard version of LastPass is free while premium is $12 a year and includes some useful extras.

Discover the ins and outs of this great app in Kyra’s review below.