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Apps for the weekend

It’s Friday at last, so let’s brief look at some of the best apps doing the rounds this month. So without further ado, here’s our top picks in no particular order…

Letterboxd

Finding a good movie to watch is often a fruitless task. The amount of hours I’ve wasted surfing iTunes and Netflix to find something decent to watch on the weekend is quite embarrassing. Anyone who loves a good movie will be pleased that Letterboxd’s popular web app is now available on iOS.

The app provides a feed of the most popular movies amongst its users, as well as films your friends have watched and if they enjoyed them. If you’ve already seen a movie, you can mark it watched and also leave a review.

Letterboxd iOS

Billed as a social network for movies, Letterboxd also lets you browse categories by the most popular items, or just search for a specific item.

Letterboxd can be found on the iOS app store here.

Cryptomator

With all the recent hoo-hah about smartphone encryption and security, you might be interested in securing your files and data with a tool like Cryptomator. The company has recently released a new iPhone app which will secure files on your phone before saving them to the cloud service of your choice.

Encrypting your files is just another additional step that to stop anyone from intercepting plain, unencrypted files in transit.

Cryptomator iOS

The app works with many of the most popular cloud storage services, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, and supports 256-bit AES security.

Cryptomator is currently only available for desktops and iOS, but we’ve been told an Android version will be available in future.

Cryptomator on the App Store.

F.lux

You may have heard of F.lux, a popular iPhone app that can help reduce eye strain when using a smartphone at night. Apple even borrowed the idea for the latest version of iOS with its Night Shift feature. Essentially, the idea is that it reduces the amount of blue light during the evening, which is said to be a more natural colour tone and easier on the eyes. If you spend long hours on a PC or mobile device, it’s worth checking out…

Flux Android

Unfortunately, F.lux only works on Android phones that have been rooted, and may not work on Samsung’s Galaxy device running Android 5 or above, whether they have been rooted or not.

If you already have a rooted device, or are confident in tackling the rooting process, give F.lux a try and you may find you have a better night’s sleep as a result…

F.lux on Google Play.

By Roland Banks

Roland Banks has been passionate about mobile technology for the past 20 years. He started his career at British Telecom's research division working on collaborative virtual reality environments, before becoming a video streaming specialist at 3 UK where he helped launch some of the world's first mobile video services. More recently he enjoys writing about his obsession, and developing software that helps mobile operators analyse their subscriber data.

Roland has lived in Asia for the past 5 years, and tries to indulge his other passion for riding motorcycles whenever possible.

4 replies on “Apps for the weekend”

What is more about the weekend than a Weekend calendar app. Ever been frustrated how many taps you need to do to check what is going on your next couple of weekends? Then try the ‘Weekender’ app. I use the regular Apple calendar app for my day to day calendar needs, but switch to Weekender when I want to forget about work.

well, What a combination of app where you got selected entertainment, app for securing file & health app. But this should be weekend app section where readers are hoping to get insight of more fun activity app. To make your weekend peaceful, Rapidsoft Technologies has build meditation app that make you forget all of your weekdays stress.

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