Essential apps for long-distance relationships

Essential apps for long-distance relationships

Summary: Summer is coming, and if you're away from home, use these apps to organize your trip..and save your relationship.


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  • Name: Foursquare

    Developer: Foursquare Labs

    Price: Free

    Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Android.

    In a world where many individuals are freely sending personal and intimate details of their lives across the Internet, locations are no exception. Even though it will only be a matter of time before the first Foursquare stalking story appears in tabloids across the West, it is still a popular service that many use to inform their contacts of where they've been.

    Foursquare is available for iOS and Android models. Not only is it used for socially broadcasting your activities -- and sending such information to social networking sites Twitter and Facebook -- it can also be used as a business promotion tool. For those in long-distance relationships, if you're backpacking across the globe, letting your loved one track your trail is possible through the application.

    The app has three tabs -- Friends, Places, and Me. "Friends" allows you to see who's recently checked in, and where; "Places" uses GPS technology to locate nearby venues, and "Me" shows your check-in history.

    Source: App store | Google Play

  • Name: Pair

    Developer: TenthBit

    Price: Free

    Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Android.

    Having a Facebook newsfeed full of declarations of love can be highly annoying -- but what if you had the capabilities to share your travels with one person only, and save the rest of your Facebook friends the experience?

    That's where 'Pair' comes in. For those in a long-distance relationship, being able to create a private timeline offers something for everyone. Swap messages, photos, videos and locations -- all on a private timeline platform and away from other prying eyes.

    Once the app is 'paired' with a partner, you can share content immediately. From simple text messages to joint 'to-do' lists and collaborative drawing, there is a variety of ways this platform allows you to communicate. For true romantics, pressing your thumbs on the same parts of the screen results in a 'thumb kiss' where the phone vibrates.

    Source: App store | Google Play

  • Name: Google+ Hangouts

    Developer: Google

    Price: Free

    Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Android.

    The updated Google+ app has resulted in a simpler format and seemingly more reliable Hangout video chat option. Miss the days you used to watch a film together? Never fear. Place the phone next to you, connect with your partner, stick the film on and you're away -- but of course, you'll need a reliable Internet connection.

    Instant messaging is also a feature of Hangouts, and if you fancy tagging some of your friends along, the video chat now supports up to ten people talking simultaneously -- which is an option that makes it unique in relation to Skype or Facetime.

    Source: App store | Google Play

Topic: Apps

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