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The Best Apps To Download This Week

Looking for a few new apps to try? We’ve rounded up some new ones which may be helpful in your day-today use, or just a fun new social network to try. Be the first of your friends to be in the know!

No Twitter ads

Advertised as Twitter without all the junk, Readme is a streamlined Twitter experience that cleans out the ads, the moments, and trends. Readme is for those looking for a limited and more focused Twitter.

Productive links

For the marketers out there, JotURL is packing features into one shareable link. Bit.ly had been the previous king of short and custom links, but JotURL looks to be trying to out do the incumbent with all types of analytics and ways to add value.

Android to-do

There’s no shortage of to-do apps, but it’s always tempting to try a new one, right? Beezee is only for Android right now and aims at cutting all the cruft. It’s designed to be super minimal and focus on the tasks at hand.

Social movie-goer 

MustApp is like Facebook or Twitter, but just focused around movies. Niche social networks are a hard nut to crack, but MustApp is well designed and focuses on tracking movies you want to see, movies you’ve seen, and sharing that information with others.

Safer web browsing

Keepsafe just announced its new browser which it says will block online ad trackers, social networks, and analytic companies. The app will also provide a more private experience than the default browsers will incognito tabs and a security pin to lock it. The new app is available on both iPhone and Android.

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Listen To Drake’s Scorpion, Florence + the Machine, Plus Sicario 2 In Theaters

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Music out today

Drake dropped his new album Scorpion today, which features JAY-Z and Michael Jackson, among others.

Florence + the machine‘s new album is also out today which features an evolved sound.

For some new, undiscovered music check out the latest from Saints of Valory, NONONO, MxPx, and The Asteroids Galaxy Tour.

Movies out today

A movie about drug trafficking which gets pretty crazy, pretty quick, the Sicario sequel is hitting at an interesting time in U.S. politics in which border talk is very intense.

Other things this week

 

 

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Fresh Friday: Ocean’s 8 In Theaters, Plus New Music From Khalid And Sugarland

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Here’s some new stuff to listen to

Khalid has a new single, “This Way,” which appears on the Superfly movie soundtrack.

Hardcore rock fans will enjoy a new track from Thrice called “The Grey.” The same people might also appreciate that The Get Up Kids have a new, four song EP out today.

Country fans can look forward to new Sugarland and Dierks Bentley.

R&B artist Jorja Smith is getting some love from those in the know and could be one of this year’s need-to-know artists.

Plus, new stuff from Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins, and Ne-Yo, all for a blast from the past.

Movies now out in theaters

Solo: A Star Wars Story may have officially kicked off the summer movie blockbuster season,  but I think it’s safe to say Ocean’s 8 may be the more interesting film to start summer with. Ocean’s 11-13 were silly capers and hopefully Ocean’s 8 can be the same. These movies don’t need to take themselves too seriously, just provide a cohesive and fun story.

Sure, Won’t You Be My Neighbor is a documentary, opening in theaters this week, but don’t discount it. The movie has gotten rave initial reviews and, from the trailer, looks like a real tearjerker.

Other things from the week

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Fresh Friday: Adrift In Theaters, New Music From Kanye West, The 1975, And More

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New music for your ears

We knew it was coming, but Kanye West’s Ye is finally here. Is there anything else to say about it?

Charli XCX released “5 in the morning” which she says is the tip of the iceberg of new music she has coming out.

Indie rock band, The 1975 are back with, “Give Yourself a Try.”

The always head turning duo of Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn is as good as ever and worth a listen.

When will the Pusha T and Drake feud end? The only thing clear is that it is bringing a lot of new music each and every day.

There’s also new music today from Owl City, Future, Father John Misty, and Kitten, among others.

Get out and see these movies in theaters

Adrift is the true story from 1983 of two people fighting for their lives to survive a crazy storm alone in the middle of the ocean. Sure there’s been other crazy storm films before, but this one has heart. Plus, fun facts: the two actors performed all the stunts themselves and almost all the shots at sea were actually filmed in the open ocean.

If you have time after Adrift, also check out Action Point, a movie loosely based on Action Park, a crazy amusement park which is likely the reason for stricter ride regulations today. 

Other things that happened this week

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Fresh Friday: Han Solo Star Wars Movie, New Music From Chvrches, Pusha T, And More

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This week’s new music

Alternative, electronic-laced band Chvrches have finally dropped a new album and it’s great. It includes an appearance by The National singer on “My Enemy,” if you need another reason to add the album to your library. Basically, don’t hesitate, just give it a listen.

Maggie Rogers impressed Pharrell with her song “Alaska” a few years back, but she now has a new indie-pop song called “Falling Water”. Pusha T has a new album, Daytona, which people are fawning over.

Don’t forget about hit makers from the early 2000s are back this week, led by Snow Patrol with a new album and Weezer with a new song. Sure, these two bands aren’t in the same league as one another, but it’s something new for radio DJs to burn into your ears.

Other new music from: A$SP Rocky, Shawn Mendes, and Jessie J.

New movies in theaters starting today

The big movie this week is Solo: A Star Wars Story. A spin off from the traditional Star Wars movies, Solo centers around Han Solo before we knew him as Luke’s pal. No Spoilers, but it’s pretty good. Not as good as Rogue One, but still intriguing.

Other things that happened this week

  • Hey! You probably didn’t see, but a few companies updated their privacy policies this week. The general data protection regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in Europe 5/25/18. Here are a few simple things you can do to protect your privacy in a few minutes.
  • YouTube Music was officially released. Say goodbye to YouTube Red and hello to YouTube Premium if you want access to YouTube original content.
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Fresh Friday: Deadpool 2 In Theaters, Plus New Music From James Bay, Ray LaMontagne, And More

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Discover this week’s new music

A bunch of artists, all creating music in a similar vein have new releases this week. If you like James Bay’s soulful rock music, then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy Ray LaMontagne’s adult contemporary rock, or Matt Costa’s folk-rock jams.

Anderson .Paak released a new song, “Bubblin;” and K-pop sensation, BTS put out Love Yourself [Tear].

Get out of the house this weekend

Marvel’s adult-themed superhero, Deadpool is back with a sequel. There’s not much to say about the movie at this point; either you’ve seen all the parody marketing Deadpool 2 has been doing and want to see it, or you know it’s not for you.

Sure, there are other movies out in theaters today, but Deadpool 2 is the one to see.

Other things that happened this week

If you’d rather watch Fresh Friday, instead of read, that video is below. See you back here next week for Solo: A Star Wars Story and more of the latest releases.

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Fresh Friday: New Music From Selena Gomez, Ty Dolla $ign, Plus New Movies In Theaters

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Listen to this

Selena Gomez released a new song called “Back to You” which will be featured on the upcoming second season of the Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why.

Charlie Puth dazzles with his new album Voicenotes.

“New Light” is a surprise new song from John Mayer. Ty Dolla $ign released the album Beach House 3, not to be confused with the indie rock band Beach House which also put out a new album today called 7.

If that’s not enough, there’s also new music from pop singer Tove Styrke, rising alternative band Courtship., and crooner Ellie Schmidly–all of which are worth your time.

Movies now in theaters

Life of the party: Melissa McCarthy is in it, need you say more? Even if the movie is a dud, the larger-than-life actress typically provides enough value to justify a movie’s ticket price.

Breaking in: This film looks like an intense scene from a movie or TV show that got expanded into a whole movie. It appears to be trying gain favor with audiences by tapping into most people’s primal fears and instincts around home robberies. Hopefully there’s a little more depth than meets the eye in the trailer.

Other need-to-know things from the week

  • Spotify is removing R. Kelly’s music from its curated playlists because of repeat allegations of sexual abuse; and will presumably be doing this with more artists in the future.
  • Say goodbye to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox decided to cancel the show after five seasons.
  • Early reviews and hype for the new Star Wars movie, Solo is strong. This should help fans breathe a little easier until they can see it for themselves in a few weeks.
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Fresh Friday: New Music And Movies Out Now (May 4th)

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May the 4th be with you today? It might be if you check out these fresh media releases.

Music

For those into some soulful folk, Leon Bridges is the latest rising star you need to know. On his new album Good Thing, Bridges also adds pop influences into the mix and the result is an addictive groove.

Be sure to also check out Mat Kearney’s Crazytalk, Shawn Mendes’ new single, “Youth” featuring Khalid. Rae Sremmurd released Sr3mm with a whopping 27 tracks, and if you’re into it, Christina Aguilera is back with the Kanye West produced song “Accelerate.”

What are you listening to today?

Movies

Watch the trailers for Tully and Bad Samarian, both movies in theaters starting today.

Other media items from this past week

  • Fortnite Season 4 launched this week
  • God of War sold more than 3 million copies to become the fastest selling PS4 exclusive release
  • Deadpool 2 release a new music video with Celine Dion called “Ashes”
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The Cheapest Way To Stream All Your Favorite Shows And Movies

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There are somewhere between one to two billion content streaming services available now. It’s crazy how many companies want you to pay a monthly fee to watch movies and TV shows or listen to music from them.

Let’s “desert island” this topic and see if we can’t narrow the choices down a bit to help you save some money stop subscribing to services just out of knee-jerk reaction.

Selection – it’s all about those originals and exclusives

Netflix has too many originals to list out, but some of its standouts include: Stranger Things, The Crown, Master of None, Jessica Jones, Black Mirror, House of Cards, 13 Reasons Why, and Narcos.

Hulu is newer to the originals game, but they get it and have some along with some exclusives: Handmaid’s Tale, Seinfeld, The Mindy Project, and 11.22.63.

Amazon Prime hasn’t slouched on originals, including: The Grand Tour, Lore, The Lost City of Z, The Big Sick, Electric Dreams, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle.

While Sling TV does offer any original content, it might provide you an exclusive opportunity to watch things like Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. The basic, lowest-priced Sling TV package includes channels like: ESPN, AMC, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel,TNT, IFC and A&E.

Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal are all consistently close to the amount of music each service offers. While they each have gotten exclusive releases in the past, none have been forever and typically don’t last longer than a year at the very most.

YouTube Red has a lock on a bunch of top tier YouTube creators so you want the latest and greatest from Roman Atwood or Rhett & Link you’ll probably be seeing red in your future. YouTube Red’s new show Cobra Kai, however, which is the continuation of The Karate Kid movie looks amazing and almost worth a subscription for it alone.

YouTube Red also includes access to YouTube Music to stream music without ads and with the YouTube app not as the front-most app (which is a big deal).

Availability – what devices can I watch my shows on?

Netflix: Even your toaster can now play Netflix. Seriously though, it would be a shorter to mention devices that can’t play Netflix.

Hulu: iOS, Android, Web, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, TiVo, Xbox, Playstation

Amazon Prime: iOS, Android, Web, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, TiVo, Xbox, Playstation

Sling TV: iOS, Android, Web, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Xbox One

Spotify: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Web, Android Auto, CarPlay, Sonos

Apple Music: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Android Auto, CarPlay, Sonos

YouTube Red: iOS, Android, Chromecast, Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox, Wii U, PlayStation, Roku

Price –  OK, how much is all this gonna cost?

Spotify: $9.99/month

Apple Music: $9.99/month or $99/year

Tidal: $9.99/month (standard quality) $19.99 (lossless quality)

Amazon Prime Video: $8.99/month
YouTube Red: $9.99/month

Netflix: $10.99/month (default streaming option)

Hulu: $7.99/month
Sling TV: $20/month (~25 channels) $25/month (~40 channels)

Here’s where things get tricky. While each of these streaming services typically reside between $10-$20/month, there are some ways to combine multiple ones and save a few bucks.

  • Spotify + Hulu = $12.99/month [Savings of $4.99]
  • Amazon Prime Video = free [With the purchase of Prime two-day shipping $99/year]
  • T-Mobile = free MLB TV subscription
  • Prime Video + HBO = same cost [Even though Amazon lets you watch HBO through Prime Video, there’s no cost savings to the bundle. Bummer.]

Choose 3!

To maximize value and variety, I’d go for 1 music service, 1 on-demand video service, and 1 live TV service. Here are the 3 services I’d pick:

Spotify + Hulu = $12.99/month

Sling TV = $20/month

Total = $32.99/month

Gotta have a music service so if I pick Spotify I can save $5/month by also picking Hulu for access to a bunch of rad TV shows and new(er) movies. Sling TV (Orange) gets me ESPN as well as History Channel, TBS, and a bunch of other live broadcast TV channels.

What would you pick?