I am always looking for solutions to problems people have with their smartphones. This means that I spend a lot of time browsing forums and freeing up sites looking for new apps. In addition, I find many apps that do not completely solve a major problem, but are still quite cool. I ran into four this week.
They’re all new apps, and they’re mostly from independent developers – just one or two people working outside the home trying to make it big in the tech world. You can find the latest releases from Google, Facebook, and Apple elsewhere – we’re trying to shed light on the little guy here.
App 1. WeWatch
The first is an app called WeWatch from Chicago-based developer Jersey Fonseca. This one has a great sales pitch: it’s just like Tinder for a movie night.
You sign up for an account and then choose the streaming services you use. Then the app will show full screen movie posters in the main menu. These are the movies available on your services.
You just swipe right to give a thumbs up, or left to dislike the movie.
Do that for a while and let your friends or your S / O swipe through movies too. Then We Watch will tell you which movies you have in common, and hopefully that will make movie night a lot smoother.
App 2. URL transfer
The following is an app called URL Transfer by Mahmut Salih Cicek from Turkey. It’s like a live clipboard. You then log in to the app open the website on your computer and log in there with the same account.
Then everything you put on it Comments page in the app is immediately displayed in the browser tab and vice versa. So it’s a simple yet effective way to link your phone and computer when it comes to text entry.
App 3. Hypatia
Then we have Hypatia, an open-source real-time malware scanner. It was created by a group of developers – basically the same team behind Divest OS, the privacy-focused custom ROM for Android.
It is not on Google Play, so you must have the “Install other apps” permission enabled for your browser. Once you’ve done that, go to F-Droid.org to sideload the official F-Droid client. Open F-Droid and go to it Settings tab, then choose “Repositories” and tap it button at the top of the screen. Enter the following URL here to add the repository that contains Hypatia:
Now close and reopen F-Droid or tap the menu button and sync repositories, then use the search function in the Home tab to find “Hypatia”. Now just tap “Install” and give F-Droid the “Install other apps” permission when prompted.
Once installed, you have the world’s only open-source, real-time malware scanner for Android. You can select which malware databases you want to scan for, and the whole thing has almost no impact on the battery.
App 4. Randomizer
Finally there is Randomizer by Pavel Zhdunov from Russia. It’s really just an easy way to resolve an argument. You can use it to generate a random number between two user-defined values, and that’s where it gets its name from.
But you can even just let it give you a yes or no when you find yourself in a tossup type situation, or it can provide random topics of conversation and even generate passwords for you. Absolutely Random!
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