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6 apps and websites to help your wedding planning

Let us help you get ready to say ‘I do!’

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They say that your wedding day is the most important day of your life. It’s also probably one of the most expensive and stressful days ever. Luckily, technology has made it so much easier to plan such a momentous event. We’ve gathered some of these resources to help with your wedding planning.

For your all-around planning — Wedding Planner by The Knot

The Knot’s wedding planner app pretty much covers everything you need to plan your wedding. You can look for inspiration, create your budget and checklists, and even find vendors right from your phone or tablet. It’s literally your digital wedding planner, or at the very least, your wedding assistant.

For amazing wedding invites and thank you cards — Minted

Whether you need a website, save the date, invitation, or thank you cards for your wedding, or perhaps the program, place cards, menus for the reception, this website can connect you to many different independent artists that can get it done. You can have samples sent to you, and you can coordinate with your artist as much as you need to get the perfect designs.

For vendors you might need in your area — Carats & Cake

This site lets you look through different weddings and see which vendors were there. If you like any of the vendors you see, you can get their info from their profile. This website works through recommendations of real couples, and even if you don’t find someone you want to hire, you at least get to look at beautiful photos that can serve as inspiration as well.

For your registry and wedding gifts — Wedding Wire Registry (formerly Newly Wish) and Tendr

The Wedding Wire Registry consolidates all your registries from different retailers. You can create your retail registries and import them into your page, which you may then customize to match your wedding theme. This makes your wedding gift list more organized and easy to monitor, which is good for both you and your guests.

If you prefer to get your gifts in cash instead, Tendr is a really elegant and easy way to go. You can create a page for your occasion, and your friends and family can send you their gifts through that, alongside a beautifully designed digital card. Something that makes this even better is that you can donate a percentage of your gifts to a charity of your choosing.

For when you need help accomplishing different tasks — TaskRabbit

If you find yourself lacking hands when it comes to the wedding itself (perhaps last minute), you can use TaskRabbit to get the help you need. From decorations to emergency purchases, and even overall assistance, this app could help you get things done and get one less thing off your plate!There you have it: six resources that cover most aspects of wedding planning. Whether you’re already engaged and planning your wedding (a huge CONGRATS to you!) or just love looking at wedding-related things for your future special day, we hope this was able to help you find something useful.

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QuickShare will be Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop

It has cloud powers too

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Samsung is developing an alternative to AirDrop. It has a rather straightforward name of “Quick Share” and appears to carry all the functions of Apple’s offering.

Spotted by XDA-Developers, the feature lets Samsung users quickly share files, photos, and videos to other Samsung users. They can set to receive from their trusted contacts by selecting “Contacts Only”. Alternatively, they can receive files from any nearby user by choosing “Everyone”.

To differentiate it from Apple’s seamless file-sharing feature, Samsung will let users upload files to Samsung Cloud. Nearby SmartThings appliances will download the files and stream it to the user’s Galaxy device. However, there is a size limit of 2GB per day with this feature.

This feature will probably debut on Galaxy S20 when it launches on February 11th. It will likely remain exclusive to newer Samsung devices sporting OneUI 2.0. However, it is possible that this feature will roll out to other devices through over-the-air updates.

Samsung is not the only company developing its own nearby file sharing tool. Last August, rivals OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi announced an unprecedented partnership to develop an AirDrop-like feature for their devices. These are a welcome development for Android users longing for a decent AirDrop alternative.

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Apple isn’t encrypting iCloud backups because of the FBI

Public security is their concern

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One of Apple’s selling points for its products is encryption by default. For a long time, the Cupertino company advertised device encryption for its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.

For users, it means better security and privacy against malicious hackers wanting to steal sensitive information. All device data is securely stored and encrypted so only the users can access them.

However, there is one thing missing from Apple’s encryption clause. By default, iCloud backups are unencrypted — Apple can see any data users store in the cloud service.

Privacy no more

While the company remained mum on the issue, a report by Reuters revealed why Apple didn’t encrypt iCloud backups for many years.

It turns out, the company planned on encrypting all iCloud backups last 2016. During that year, the company successfully fought a court battle against the FBI for unlocking the iPhone of a school shooter. The encrypted iCloud plan has the code name “Plesio” and “KeyDrop”.

Apple discussed the encryption plans with the FBI but the agency complained about its implications. Pressured by FBI and several US agencies, Apple later caved in and dropped plans to encrypt iCloud backups.

Sources gathered by Reuters also suggest one reason for dropping encryption: more users will find it hard to retrieve their data once they lost their password.

Implications and repercussions

With iCloud backups remaining unecrypted, FBI can easily request a court order for Apple to turn over precious data to the agency. As such, iCloud data became one of the preferred evidence for the agency, with more than 1,568 cases involving its use.

Apple has not yet commented on the issue. However, expect the fallout from this relevation to be swift and widespread, as more tech companies face the dilemma of balancing users’ privacy against the need for upholding public security.

Source: Reuters

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WhatsApp is finally getting a dark mode for Android

Currently available only in beta

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Android’s dark revolution is finally in full swing. Following the launch of Android 10, the operating system has slowly updated its supported apps to accommodate the much-awaited dark mode. Android apps are getting darker, potentially saving millions of eyes at night. The revolution has already swept the heavy hitters like Twitter and Instagram.

Now, the popular messaging service, WhatsApp, is getting the same treatment. More specifically, WhatsApp has rolled out the feature for its Google Play Beta Program.

On the updated app, users can access four types of display modes. The first two are the basic Light and Dark modes: dark text on a white background and white text on a black background. The third automatically switches between the two modes, depending on the time of day. The fourth, dubbed as Set by Battery Saver, switches depending on your current battery.

Unfortunately, the Beta Program is not accepting new members at this time. Only current members of the program can access the new mode. Currently, if you want a makeshift dark mode, you can change your chat wallpaper to a dark image.

Given the timeliness of the beta update, a public release will likely roll out in the near future.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp may soon get disappearing messages

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