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Motion Stills

Pretty much all of us take pictures from our cell phones. And while there are many apps out there that can alter the picture, Motion Skills is a bit different than all of those other photo editing and sharing apps.

Motions Skills, an app made by Google, is one of the only useful apps that can take a few seconds of video and transform those images into gifs. You can then post these gifs on social networking and messaging apps. This is the biggest draw to the app, because who doesn’t love making gifs using images they took of their family and friends.

However, making gifs is not all the app can do. The app has photo and video editing features that allow you to edit, alter and transform all of the images you capture using your cell phone.

The Motion Skills app is not one that is going to really make your life easier or affect your day to day life. However, this app is fun and can be used to make you, your friends and family members enjoy a laugh. If you are looking to have fun with the images on your phone, this is the right app for you.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. As always, if you have any comments, feel free to let me know!

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City Mapper

If you are like me, you may hate to drive in the city or may not even own a car. One great thing about the United Kingdom is that there are so many reliable ways to get around town. You can take the train, ride the tube, hop on a bus, hail a cab or catch an Uber. However, the drawback to having so many options is that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out which is the fastest way to get where you are going. The City Mapper app changes all of that and is the reason I have decided to showcase this app on my blog.

The City Mapper App looks at different types of public transportation options and then compares them to where you are going. Based on traffic and disruptions along the various routes, the app will then tell you which is the best option to try to get to where you are going. This is the best way to determine what the fastest and most efficient way for you to get from point a to point b will be.

There are other factors that you can include in the search as well. You can include price as being a factor for you. The app will then compare the price and give you an estimated length of time the trip will take and give you the cost. If the tube is only a few minutes slower than a taxi, it may be well worth the cost savings.

This app works in real time, so it will take into consideration traffic, lines, accidents and other disruptions, ensuring you can always find the best way to get around town for you.

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EasyPeasy Parenting App

Parenting can be difficult and every parent wonders if they are making the right decision for their child. This week, we are going to talk about the EasyPeasy parenting app.

Let me be clear here. I am not a parent. And although I do have nieces and nephews, I have never been completely responsible for someone else’s life. However, I decided to showcase this app because there have been a lot of studies done in regards to the app and the studies have been clear that this is a great app that can actually help a parent be a better parent. Now, with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s continue.

The EasyPeasy Parenting App offers various techniques, suggestions and nudges parents to try different things as they raise their children. The app primarily targets parents who have children between the ages of two to six because this is when a lot of behavioral and brain growth occurs. However, there are still suggestions for kids from infancy through the teenage years. If you have a question about parenting or about your child’s behaviors, you can ask the app what you should do. The app will then give you advice on how to curb bad habits, stop bad behavior and reward good behavior. There are even places where you can share what you have learned with other parents.

If you are looking to have some help with parenting, download this app today and give it a whirl. You will be happy you did.

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Popular Times Feature of Google Maps

Google maps is an app that just about everyone in the world is familiar with. It can help you track your routes to and from some of your favorite destinations. However, because it is so popular and well-known, we are not going to talk about the mapping and direction features of this app. Instead, I want to focus on a different aspect. In the past year or so, Google has updated the app to include a popular times feature. At first, the app simply listed when an area on the map may be busy, including restaurants, movie theaters and roadways. This would include general information like a restaurant would be most busy during normal dining hours or a bar most busy in the evening. However, the update took this feature a step farther and now includes real time popular features information.

Now you may find yourself asking why this is relevant and how this type of technology can help you. Imagine that you are looking for a restaurant to eat dinner at. So you pull out your phone, open up Google maps and see what restaurants are nearby. You can then pull up the popular time feature and see exactly how busy the restaurant is at that particular time. This can help you pick a restaurant that is less busy on that particular night or go to a busy spot with the realistic expectation of having to wait. The feature on this app helps you to better plan, which is important.

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Mint

Budgeting and keeping track of money can be challenging. But technology is making it easier to keep track of your finances directly from your phone. And the Mint application makes that all happen.

The Mint application allows you to manage your money, track your paydays, pay all of your online bills, create a budget and track your credit score. You can set up different categories for savings and checking accounts and you can keep track of all the purchases you are making, helping you to figure out exactly where all of your money is going.

This app has personally helped me. You see, I love to gamble online. Casumo Casino and the mr smith casino are two of my favorite online casinos to play with after finding some really good casino bonuses on slottavern.com. But I never knew which bank account I should use to fund my online gambling accounts and how much exactly I was winning or losing from week to week. This app allowed me to look at my accounts and see where I had extra money to fund my gambling hobby and then keep track of wins and loses from week to week, helping me to see which casinos have the best payouts for me.

Now you may not be a gambler and that’s ok. This app can still immensely help you. You can see how much you spend at the grocery store or eating out. You can see what accounts have a high balance and need to be paid down. Or you can watch your credit score as you work on raising it. Mint can help you with all of your financial information that is used in your day to day life.

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Office Mobile

This week on the app, I decided that I wanted to feature the Office Mobile App. This is an app that has been around for awhile. Odds are, you have heard about and may even use it. However, the reason I decided to showcase it is because of how functional the app is. If you are anything like me, you may not leave your work at the office. You may find yourself looking at work projects while you are on the bus, riding the tube, sitting at home, or even while you are out grocery shopping. Unfortunately, if a colleague sends you a work project through an computer program like Word, Excel, Power Point or Adobe, you may be unable to open it and view it on your phone.

That is where the Office Mobile app comes into play. Once downloaded you can open up any email attachments through any of these programs or create your own right from your phone. Many people liken their cell phones to an extremely small laptop. With this app, that comparison becomes even more true.

It is important to keep in mind that unlike many other apps, this one is not free and will cost you. But if you use your phone to handle work related issues, the cost will be well worth it. Download the app and give it a try. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions about it. And as always, thanks for being a loyal reader and following along to my blog.

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Google Keep

This week on the blog, the app that we are featuring is Google Keep. This app is becoming extremely popular not only in the United Kingdom, but worldwide. So why is it becoming popular and why should you think about downloading it? This app allows you to keep your thoughts straight and capture what is on your mind. It allows you to add notes, lists, audio and photos, all to keep until you delete them.

So how can the Google Keep app transform your life? Imagine this. You are cleaning out your pantry and fridge and start to realize you will need milk, that you are almost out of your noodles, or that you are running low on your favorite spice. Pick up your phone and open up this app. You can then make yourself a shopping list by either typing in the items you want, taking pictures of the items so your wife or husband can find the exact brand you prefer, or creating an audio file so you can simply play the words back.

Or maybe you are picking your two children up from school and at the same time they are telling you about a new school fundraiser, birthday party and sporting event. Open up your app and write down the exact dates, times and events that the children are telling you. You never have to worry about forgetting an event again because this app allows you to quickly and easily record all of your thoughts in real time.

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Who I Am

Hi and welcome to my brand new blog. My name is Max Jenkins. I am 32-years-old and currently living on the outskirts of London. I have lived in many places throughout the world, but the UK is where I was born and raised, so it is where my heart is. When I needed to decide where to put down roots, it only made sense to create a life for myself where my heart, family and friends already were. For my career, I work in the technology field. I currently design a variety of applications, primarily for small start-up companies who are looking to make it big.

Because I work in the tech and app field, I closely follow technology and apps as they come out. I enjoy writing blogs as it relaxes me and allows me to connect with people though out the world that I may not otherwise have the chance to connect with. As such, I am starting a blog reviewing some of my favorite apps. I will be discussing why the apps are popular and useful and how they can help to improve your life.

Technology has changed the way that we all live our lives. We now have phones in our hands that easily give us answers when we have questions, help us buy products we may struggle to locate in the market, or help us stay in touch with friends and family on the other side of the world. The apps I have selected to detail on my blog have the ability to change your day to day life for the better. I hope you enjoy my blogs and if there is something that you would like to see showcased, please let me know.

Thanks and happy reading!

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