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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a clever way to use the cloud for security, and an intriguing murder mystery.

Image: CloudPlayer/App Store

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 features a clever way to use the cloud for security, and an intriguing murder mystery.

Edge Color Notifications
For: Android
Cost: Free

- One of the main features from the Galaxy S6 Edge is the ability to identify notifications when you have the phone face down. The side screen flashes a colour to let you know who’s contacting you.
- Edge Color Notifications tries to bring this to all Android devices by emulating this feature for anyone to use.
- It’s pretty straightforward. Set a colour for a specific notification (or contact), figure out which ones you want to allow and that’s it
- The only thing to keep in mind is since most phones are flat, it somewhat defeats the purpose of it. It’s better to keep it elevated somewhat so you can notice the colours
- Useful if you only want to know who’s contacting you in a more discreet manner.

photos Source: Edge Color Notifications

CloudSlice
For: iOS
Cost: €4.99

- Cloud storage is becoming more prevalent nowadays, but it’s likely you’re split between a number of different services.
- CloudSlice brings all of these together but not as a way to simplify your cloud storage services. Instead, it uses these accounts to save pieces of your photos to each one so nobody can view them if they access one of your accounts.
- It works with the most popular cloud services like iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and Box.
- It also comes with a number of security features like encryption and all photos can only be joined together through the app. Try to view it in iCloud or Dropbox for example, and you’ll only get a encrypted piece of it at best.
- For those who use many free cloud services and are worried about photo security, this is a handy app to have.

agfa Source: CloudSlice/App Store

Perfect Dictionary
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free

- Perfect Dictionary knows you don’t want to spend ages searching for terms and words and so keeps the interface clean and simple.
- The app supports over fifty different languages including French, Japanese, Irish, Korean and Russian to name a few.
- You can download as many language dictionaries as you want (space permitting on your phone and SD card) so you can get translations as well.
- The one thing to be careful of when you download is to go for UK (en) English otherwise you’ll end up using US English.
- A lightweight and easy to use dictionary app that’s handy to have whatever the circumstances.

2Q== Source: Perfect Dictionary/Windows Phone

CloudPlayer
For: Android
Cost: Free

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- Another cloud-based app? Bear with us as this one’s from DoubleTwist, one company which is responsible for a number of, ahem, cloud-based services.
- CloudPlayer takes all the music you’ve saved on the cloud and allows you to play them on the go.
- It supports the usual services (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) and can be used as a traditional music player if you want to avoid the likes of Spotify and Google Play Music.
- It also plays over AirPlay and Chromecast and can support lossless sound files too.
- For those who have a large music collection but don’t want to commit to a streaming service.

CloudPlayer Source: CloudPlayer/App Store

Her Story
For: iOS (also on PC and Mac)
Cost: €4.99

- Remember how obsessed everyone was about Serial and the Jinx? Imagine the mystery and intrigue of that squeezed into a game and you have Her Story.
- All you have to work with is an old police computer and seven interviews with the same person. The question: Did she murder her husband?
- You try to piece together the story by entering search terms. If the word(s) is mentioned in any of the interviews, the resulting clips pop up. The withholding of key information is what drives your investigation forward as you watch clips and piece the story together.
-  It’s a game where you’ll need to take notes to ensure you’re on the right track. Sometimes you’ll hit dead ends and red herrings yet it’s the intrigue, the subtlety in the acting, the writing and the satisfaction of typing a word on a hunch that gives you results keeps you going.
- A brilliant piece of storytelling that finally allows to live out your investigative fantasies on the go (it’s also on PC & Mac so you’ve no excuse not to play it).

Source: Her Story Video Game/YouTube

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