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9 Apps All Young Adults Should Have on Their Phones

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So you’ve graduated college, moved into your own apartment, and snagged a full-time job. As a fully responsible adult human, you’re still a work in progress, but now is the time to really step up your game. Time to set your phone settings to Adult. Here are nine apps you should download to help you get there.

1. LEVEL MONEY

It’s time to learn to live within your means, and even save some money. Level is a budget app that will tell you exactly how much you can spend on any given day or week and still make ends meet. Just connect it to your bank account, put in your sources of income, your recurring bills, and how much you’d like to save each month, and it will calculate your “spendable” cash. You can also track certain categories of purchases, helping you realize that you’re spending $200 on Starbucks every month and only $50 on actual groceries. 

Find it: iOS, Android

2. HANDY

For when you’re grown up enough to know your home shouldn’t be covered in a two-inch thick layer of dust and grime, but not quite ready to invest in cleaning supplies and spend hours scrubbing your shower. On Handy, you can book a regular cleaning service or a one-time touch up (hint for the stingy: You can sign up for the discounted weekly or monthly cleaning and just reschedule your bookings into infinity). You can even hire someone to paint your room or come put up those bookshelves that have been sitting unassembled for six months. 

Find it: iOS, Android

3. ALLSTATE DIGITAL LOCKER

You’re not as young as you used to be, and that friend-of-a-friend who crashes your party might sue you when he falls off his keg stand and breaks his leg in your kitchen. You have expensive electronics that could get stolen when your starter apartment in the only neighborhood you can afford gets robbed. Your Craigslist roommate might burn down the house by leaving one of his monster joints lying around. So just go ahead and get renter’s insurance. Allstate’s Digital Locker app is a good place to start. It’s free to use, and lets you inventory your home just by taking photos of your stuff, so you can document it all before you need to file a claim. 

Find it: iOS, Android

4. OUTLOOK

As you start to take on more responsibilities at work, you’ll probably need to check your work email outside of the office on occasion (though we do not condone this kind of behavior!). On the bright side, Outlook’s phone app is way easier on the eyes—and easier to use—than its desktop equivalent. Some even call it the best mobile app for email around. 

Find it: iOs, Android

5. EVERNOTE SCANNABLE

You’re never going to own a Rolodex. Accept it. But that doesn’t mean you’ll never need the info on a business card that was handed to you at that networking conference six months ago. Evernote’s Scannable app can be used to digitize business cards, pulling additional information about that contact from their LinkedIn profile. It also does receipts, so you’ll have them ready when those expense reports come due. Unfortunately, they haven’t come up with an Android version yet. 

Find it: iOS

6. GOOGLE WALLET

It’s super easy to pay your friends back with Venmo, but the app has notorious security issues. Upgrade to something that will protect your money when something goes wrong. Google Wallet is a safer way to send money to your friends using just their email address or phone number. It’s monitored for fraud, FDIC-insured, and protected by MasterCard’s liability coverage so that you aren’t responsible for any rogue transactions—and if the company happened to go under, your unused funds would still be safe. 

Find it: iOS, Android

7. OPEN TABLE

You’re a grown up. Please, just make a reservation for that six-person brunch.

Find it: iOS, Android

8. ANYLIST OR OUT OF MILK

You can’t live on takeout forever. Organize your grocery shopping efforts with your roommates or significant other using a syncing list app like AnyList (available for iPhone) or Out of Milk (available for Android). Both let you create and share grocery lists, and will update everyone when something is added or checked off. Use it for food, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, or any other purchases you share. No one wants four gallons of milk in the fridge—or worse, none at all.

Find it: AnyList for iOS, Out of Milk for Android

9. KOKO

Let’s just get it out there: Being an adult-in-progress can be hard. The job market is stressful, having to buy your own groceries is a pain, and you may not know very many people in your new city. Koko is a social networking app for better mental health. You can post your worries and anxieties and other people will help you think about them in a new light. Remember to give yourself a break now and then. 

Find it: iOS, sign up for the forthcoming Android app at itskoko.com

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Google Maps Is Getting a Makeover With More Icons and Colors
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Prepare to get used to some big changes to your Google Maps app. The tech giant announced in a blog post that it’s changing the tool’s design to better highlight information that’s relevant to your journey.

The first update can be seen when switching between modes of transportation. If you’re driving from your home to work, for example, Maps will show you gas stations along your route, but switch to public transit and train stations will pop up instead.

The app’s color scheme has also been given a makeover. All points of interest (POI) that appear on the map are now color-coded. Looking for the nearest restaurant? Food and drink POI are orange. Need some retail therapy? Shopping icons are blue. Hospitals (pink), churches (gray), outdoor spaces (green), and more are included in the new system.

Within the larger categories, Google has introduced dozens of specialized icons to indicate subcategories. Banks are marked with a dollar sign, cafes with a coffee cup, etc.

“The world is an ever-evolving place,” Google Maps product manager Liz Hunt wrote in the blog post. “Now, we’re updating Google Maps with a new look that better reflects your world, right now.”

This overhaul is the latest way Google Maps is evolving to make life more convenient for its users. In the past year, the app has rolled out features that allow you to locate your parked car and to check how crowded attractions are at certain times. The new design changes will start appearing over the next few weeks.

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Facebook Just Made It Easier to Tell the Difference Between Fake News and Real Reporting
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On Facebook, fake news stories "reporting" international conflicts over Toblerones can appear alongside fact-checked journalism from trustworthy outlets. This leads to some bogus stories racking up thousands of shares while real news stories are deemed "fake" by those who disagree with them. With its latest news feature, Facebook aims to make the distinction between factual and fictional posts clearer.

As The Verge reports, articles shared on Facebook will now display a "trust indicator" icon. Clicking on it reveals information about the publisher of the piece, including their ethics statement, corrections policy, fact-checking process, ownership structures, and masthead. By providing that context, Facebook hopes that more users will make better decisions about which news outlets to trust and which to disregard.

The social media network is launching the feature with a handful of publishers and plans to open it up to more down the road. But unless it becomes mandatory for all media pages, it won't be the end of Facebook's fake news problem: Phony sites and real publishers that leave this information blank will still look the same in the eyes of some readers. Additionally, the feature only works when people go out of their way to check it, so it requires users to be skeptical in the first place.

If you want to avoid the fake news in your feed, looking for trust indicators is a good place to start. To further sharpen your BS-detecting skills, try adopting the CRAAP system: The American Library Association has been using it to spot sketchy sources since before the Facebook era.

[h/t The Verge]

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