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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a proper way to view tweets by location, a nice travel journal app and a way to ensure your children can only see appropriate videos on YouTube.

Image: Lucky Frame/YouTube

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

This week includes a proper way to view tweets by location, a nice travel journal app and a way to ensure your children can only see appropriate videos on YouTube.

Castround
For: Android
Cost: Free

- If you use Twitter regularly, then here’s a different way of seeing what tweets are happening in your area.
- Castround can set the tweet range from half a mile to ten miles (provided they’re geotagged that is).
- It shows both the topics being discussed in that area as well as a stream of the tweets happening there.
- The traditional Twitter functionality is still there, you can still reply, favourite and retweet items directly from the app.
- A fun app for those curious about what being talked about in a city or area, or just want a more visual version of Twitter.

Source: Castround/YouTube

Journi
For: iOS
Cost: Free

- If you travel a lot, chances are you will want a way to document the most important and interesting things you get up to.
- Journi uses GPS to track your route and allows you to take photos and enter notes to record your travels.
- You can mark the countries you have travelled to and allow it to send updates to your friends so they can see what you’re up to.
- You can keep your updates private, or you can post them publicly as a blog.
- If you travel regularly and you want to keep all your memories in the one place, you should try this out.

Source: miaviadailymiles/YouTube

Realarm
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free

- Alarm apps are rather boring to begin with, but there are few that are as rich in features as Realarm.
- Realarm has one of the friendliest Windows Phone interfaces we’ve seen, which is handy since there’s a lot there.
- You can create quick alarms (handy if you need an alert in a few hours) but the real strength is functionality. Voice activation, flexible days, alternating sounds and custom recurrance options are all there.
- Live Tile functionality shows you upcoming alarms while you can preview them through calendar mode
- A worthy replacement for the traditional Windows Phone alarm app.

ReAlarm Source: Realarm/Windows Phone

HomeTube
For: Android
Cost: Free (IAP cost €0.70)

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- Google has been said to be working on a Kids’ version of YouTube, but that’s something that isn’t going to arrive for a while so you need to look for alternatives.
- HomeTube is designed to fill this gap, only presenting YouTube videos that are designed purely for children. It breaks them down into categories instead of allowing you to search (you have to pay to change categories by the way).
- It can be used as a home replacement screen. This is more useful if your child regularly uses tablets.
- It’s not foolproof, by the way. There can be some videos that can slip through the cracks so be careful before you
- Handy, but be sure to test it out first before you hand your device over to your child.

HomeTube Source: HomeTube/Google Play

The Nightmare Cooperative
For: iOS
Cost: €3.59

- Think D&D meets turn-based puzzle and add some goofiness and you have the Nightmare Cooperative.
- The game lets you control a team of adventurers as they make their way through a number of dungeons.
- The controls might take a bit of time to get used to. It’s similar to Threes! where swiping moves your team one space
- Dungeons are semi-randomised and you will die (often) but sooner or later, things begin to click and before you know it, you’re planning each move with expert precision.
- So long as you’re prepared for this game to take over all of your free time, then you’re good to go (Trailer below is for PC version but the gist of the game is there).

Source: Lucky Frame/YouTube

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