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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring an app to help cut down on your alcohol intake, one to manage your passwords, and one to satisfy your inner weather nerd.
Jul 19th 2014, 11:00 AM 26,688 10

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 an app to cut down on the amount of alcohol you drink, one to end all your password headaches, and one to satisfy your inner weather nerd.

App name: Passible
For: iOS
Cost: Free

-  It’s a sign of how just how annoying it has gotten to try to remember ALL your passwords that there are now so many apps to help you to manage them.

- Passible promises “military level encryption”, storing all your passwords and logging you in with just one tap.

- You can browse to any website and your login and password will automatically be filled in for you.

- The app itself is simple and elegant, and is about 50% faster than competitors. There’s also a sneak peak feature to let you quickly glance at your ATM pin or email password.

- Useful if it always takes you a couple of goes to get your password right, and you’re getting fed up with it.

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Lettrs
For: Android, iOS
Cost: Free

- Love your phone, but miss the good old days of sending and receiving letters? Feel like we’re missing something by communicating so much by phone nowadays?

- Lettrs is trying to bring something back by allowing you to write a letter and then converting your words into handwritten text (well, at least it looks handwritten).

- You get a slew of handwritten fonts to choose from, and when you’re done writing your letter you can either deliver it by email, social media, or as an actual physical letter.

- If you’re willing to overlook the irony of using your smartphone as a method of old fashioned communication, this could be worth a try.

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Spruce
For: iOS
Cost: Free

- If you’re sick of the muggy feeling from drinking for a couple of nights in a row, this could help.

- The app urges you to take three consecutive days off the booze to give your liver a bit of time to recover from alcohol.

- You fill in a few of your details, which the British Liver Trust, which set up the app, uses to track anonymous users’ drinking habits. Then you can track your dry days and feel good about your will power.

- Useful if you’re looking for a push to keep you off the drink for a couple of days.

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Climatology
For: Android, Windows Phone
Cost: Free

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- Given the Irish obsession with weather – especially in the week that we’ve had warnings about sun, rain, thunder and lightening – this new weather app from Microsoft could be useful.

- Climatology makes it easy to check weather conditions anywhere on Earth.

- You can see the temperature, humidity, and average rain and sunshine of any particular place at any given time.

- Some of the reviews say this app doesn’t go far enough with its metrics; however it could come in handy for planning holidays, comparing regions, or just some escapism on a quiet day.

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Watchup
For: iOS
Cost: Free

- Like getting all your news in one place? Watchup wants to do that – but with video.

- The app puts together a daily newscast for you based on your favourite news stories, and then plays it whenever you want.

- You can skip videos you don’t like and choose ones that you do. The app learns what you like as you watch.

- The app, which is out now on Android having been out on iOS already, has partnered with some of the biggest names in journalism, including Sky News and the Wall Street Journal.

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