5 free apps to help make vacationing with friends easier

The last thing you want to do when you get home from an epic vacation with friends is spend time logging receipts into a spreadsheet to calculate each person’s share of the costs. And as it turns out, you don’t have to anymore.

While the solo travel trend is on the rise, about two-thirds of millennials say they plan to travel with friends and family this year. But planning a group trip can be a headache — especially when it comes to divvying up the expenses.

Before you start planning anything, make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to the general itinerary and budget. “Having an overall idea of what you’re each planning to spend on travel, meals and lodging means everyone can enjoy the trip without worrying about finances,” according to the etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute.

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Music Video App Triller Launches Monetization Feature

Triller, a music-video-making app boasting more than 28 million users worldwide, is launching a monetization platform allowing influencers to raise money from fans, brands and music labels for purpose-driven goals.

The goals that Triller defines as “purpose-driven” range from raising money for college funds or for new equipment allowing young creators to further their careers.

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“Olio, the app that lets you share unwanted food items with your neighbours, picks up £6M Series A”

Smart idea! Fixing big problems on the local level is always a great idea.  If everyone had this approach for most of our problems, there would be very few “big” problems.  We are more capable then we realize.  Congrats to all involved!


Olio, the hyperlocal food sharing app that wants to help tackle the world’s food waste epidemic, has picked up $6 million in Series A funding.

The U.K. startup offers a location-based app and website that lets you list and post a photo of unwanted food items to be shared with other people in the same neighbourhood. That is, food that you might otherwise throw away.

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Let this app tell you which food option is healthier

food switch app on phone w/bags of chips

A free mobile app is a bit like having a nutritionist with you in the store. Drop that yogurt, it might prompt. Instead, try this one with less sugar, fat, and fewer unpronounceable additives.

“FoodSwitch is unique in that users don’t have to hunt for healthier alternatives. They’re all listed in the app,” says FoodSwitch collaborator Mark Huffman, associate professor of preventive medicine and medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Northwestern Medicine cardiologist.

The app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

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How To Add Music To Your Instagram Stories With The App’s Newest Feature

Making a good Instagram Story is about more than just snapping a cute photo or recording a funny video and posting it for the world to see. Sure, that’s a huge part of the equation, but to really make your story stand out from the many others your friends are watching, you need to get creative with all of the little extras that the app offers. Luckily, that’s pretty simple: you can currently add GIFs, stickers, fun filters, location tags, hashtags, animated emojis, and polls to any picture or video you upload to your story. All of these customizations are half the fun of adding something! And now, Instagram is adding yet another feature to make your story unique: Instagram has just introduced music in stories, and I’ve got details on exactly how to add music to your Instagram stories with this new feature.

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4 apps to help organize your books, music and movies

Over time many of us collect things, with books, music and movies being among them. We don’t have it in us to throw any of it away, but often times they end up on storage boxes or somewhere that is out of sight and out of mind.

But what happens then is you forget what you have. You may feel like you owned a copy of that book or that DVD, but do you really want to go through box after box to check?

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Slovak app prevents food waste and saves money

Imagine coming home from work and a notification appears on your mobile phone reminding you that a nearby restaurant is offering food for half the price. For a few euros you may have a warm dinner from your favourite place.

“Food for Smarter People,” is the motto of an app that should help end food waste, save the planet and money at once.

Food waste is a major issue the world is dealing with. Citizens of the European Union throw away 88 million tons of food every year. That is approximately 173 kilograms per person, whereas every tenth European cannot afford food at satisfactory quality.

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Instagram plotting new music stickers feature

New code suggests users will soon be able to add music to Stories

It looks like photo sharing app Instagram is plotting a new feature which will allow users to add music to their Stories.

TechCrunch reports that coding spotted inside the platform’s Android app points towards a new “music stickers” capability. Users may be able to search for specific tracks, genres or artists in the future, and their selections will most likely play in the background of Instagram Story posts.

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