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5 apps to help you plan a cheap Valentine’s Day date

Good dates don’t have to be expensive!

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Are you planning out something for someone?

Here are five apps I personally use which can help you plan a budget-friendly date for your special someone. Cheap doesn’t mean a bad date, so let’s get moving!

Booky

Booky is one of my favorite apps when it comes to finding great food bargains. Through the app, you can reserve a seat at your favorite restaurant and also enjoy up to PhP 500 discount. Not only that, they have a wide list of buy one, get one promos which you enjoy instantly. The best thing about the app is that it works offline and it’s free! You can avail of their premium subscription too if you want more deals.

Download: iOS / Android

GMovies

Now that you know where to eat, perhaps you should know where to go after? As a movie buff, I enjoy watching films on the big screen. Expect the lines at the cinema to be really long as blockbuster flicks are coming out this season. But you don’t have to endure waiting because you can conveniently book through GMovies. What’s great about this app is that it’s got the listing of all movie theaters, so you don’t have to switch apps or check multiple websites just to book, and they have promo codes always available for popular titles!

Download: iOS / Android

Netflix

Okay, maybe you don’t want to join the crowd? No worries! Netflix is always available. If you still don’t have an account, it’s time to create one and enjoy 30 days of premium subscription for free. I highly suggest that you download your choice of title prior to the “Netflix and chill” moment so you don’t have to encounter any buffering. Since it’s a month-long free trial, you can still enjoy the perks after the date!

Download: iOS / Android

Skyscanner

Of course, we also have something for those who want to travel. If you have the desire to go somewhere far, you can always check the cheapest available rates on Skyscanner. You can search the best flight of your choice, or let the app scout for the cheapest fare of the month. You can also book hotels and hire a private car in the app. Convenience doesn’t always have to be a premium if you know where to look.

Download: iOS / Android

ZenRooms

Speaking of hotels, how can we not include ZenRooms? With this, you can find a good room in hotels or condominiums for cheap! Subscribe to their newsletter to get the amazing discounts and early access to flash sales. If you’re a first-time booker, you get an instant 10 percent discount. If you want an even bigger discount, use my code DANIEL to get 20 percent off. Check out the available rooms now and you’ll be surprised how affordable a decent stay can be.

Download: iOS / Android

We hope you’ll have a wonderful date! <3

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Google’s Locked Folder can protect your NSFW photos

Protect everything with a password

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Where do you keep your secret photos? Though there are several options for users, the usual storage suspects don’t have the most robust protection against prying eyes. Google, after a Pixel-exclusive phase, is rolling out a password-protected folder feature for all Android users of Google Photos.

The feature will separate selected photos from the main library. Users can then put them inside a password-protected folder. They can also protect against invaders using a fingerprint. When protected, the selected photos won’t show up when scrolling anymore.

Users can toggle the feature on by going into the Locked Folder option in Utilities. Currently, the Pixel’s camera app can take photos and directly send them to the protected folder. Unfortunately, the feature doesn’t work on other camera apps. At least for now, that is.

The feature does have its drawbacks. For one, protected photos are only locally saved. If you somehow lose your phone, those photos are lost forever or worse especially if a third party gets it for themselves.

Obviously, the Locked Folder has its more innocuous uses. But it’s definitely a way to hide NSFW photos.

Google initially launched the feature only for Pixel phones back in June. Of course, as most Android features go, the developers promised a more widespread rollout coming soon after. Well, that time is finally now. The feature is set to roll out sometime this fall.

SEE ALSO: Google starts rolling out Material You apps

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Next Android update is Android 12.1, not Android 13, rumor says

Just a minor update

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One of the highlights of the year is a new Android update. Like clockwork, Google updates the biggest mobile operating system in the world. It’s gotten so popular that the entire industry speculates on the codename each update is attached with even if the company stopped doing them years ago. The hype is there. However, Android users might have to taper their expectations next year. Instead of Android 13, Google might launch Android 12.1 next year.

Reported by XDA Developers, the rumor speculates that next year’s Android update will just be a minor one of the upcoming Android 12 this year. According to one of the publication’s recognized developers, Google attached an “sc-v2” tag for the next Android update, instead of “T” for “Tiramisu,” the internal codename for Android 13. For those who still follow the internal codenames for Android, “sc” refers to Snow Cone, the internal codename for Android 12. As such, it’s natural to assume that the next update is just Android 12.1, rather than Android 13.

It’s been a while since Google released minor updates in lieu of major updates. However, it’s no surprise. Android 12 is already a big update, relative to the past few updates. The update features a revamped design called Material You. Google can believably improve the new update more before launching a major one.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 is Snow Cone

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Google starts rolling out Material You apps

More coming this month

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There is no one more excited for Google’s upcoming products than Google itself. Though the company hasn’t officially launched its products yet, Google has persistently teased everything in the weeks and months leading to their debuts. Now, the company is slowly rolling out Material You apps ahead of the Android 12 launch.

Material You refers to Android’s design revamp for the upcoming Android 12 update. An evolution of Google’s smooth Material Design, the new design personalizes the user interface and the phone’s apps according to the user’s preferences. Android 12 is all about customization.

Of course, since the update also affects apps, Google is also rolling out apps that reflect the new design. Despite the lack of Android 12, the new apps are coming out ahead of time. Officially announced by Google’s Workspace blog, Google Drive will start the new push with its rollout starting today. After Drive, Google Meet will come out on September 19, and Google Calendar will launch on September 20. Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have already rolled out a week ago.

The new apps will feature new navigation bars, floating action buttons, and a new font called Google Sans. The new font will make readability easier for smaller font sizes.

Android 12 is set to launch soon. Additionally, Google is already launching teasers for the upcoming Pixel 6 series featuring the new, in-house Tensor chipset.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 will make Chrome more colorful

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