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The best mobile apps to prevent household feuds

The best mobile apps to prevent household feuds

04 Dec 2017
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Every household has its fair share of feuding. From fights about dirty dishes to battles over unpaid bills, it doesn’t take much for conflict to arise.

But while the occasional argument is nothing out of the ordinary, some homes are more hostile than others. Whether you live with your family or share with housemates, learning to get along isn’t always easy.

If your household is constantly at each other’s throats, these apps can help keep the peace.

Splitwise

Ah, money. Who hasn’t fought about it at some point? If your household descends into all-out war every time the rent’s due or a lightbulb needs replacing, try giving Splitwise a go. By keeping a running total of household expenses, Splitwise can tell you and your housemates exactly what needs to be paid and when.

From utilities to takeaway, you can use Splitwise to manage just about every kind of household cost. Adding an expense is easy – all you need to do is tap the group you want to share the expense with and the app will distribute the cost between every member of that group. The best thing about Splitwise is that you don’t have to cough up the cash right away – it gives you until the end of the month to pay off your share of debt.

Splitwise is available on iOS and Android

OurGroceries

Sharing food can be a fraught business, especially when you have housemates whose appetites are larger than their wallets. To put an end to food-related conflict once and for all, OurGroceries is designed to share the responsibility of grocery shopping between housemates. Everyone can add items to the shopping list, and the total bill gets split fairly.

If you’re a little fussy when it comes to food, you can even add a picture of the item you need. It’s easy to see what’s been crossed off the list and what’s still left to buy, so everyone can pitch in and help out.

Get OurGroceries to avoid those hanger-induced arguments

Wunderlist

Housework can be a drag at the best of times, let alone when the people you live with aren’t pulling their weight. If you’re sick of cleaning up after your housemates, Wunderlist can help hold them accountable.

This app allows users to share to-do lists and tick off tasks as they get done. No one likes cleaning the bathroom or hanging out laundry, but teamwork makes the dream work. By splitting chores between every member of your household, Wunderlist can ensure you all get to live in a clean (and peaceful) environment.

Start delegating with Wunderlist today

Sonos Speakers

Music can be a huge source of conflict in shared households. To stop fights breaking out over the volume of your favourite tunes, consider investing in a Sonos speaker system. Sonos speakers are known for their high-tech wireless features and superior sound quality. Designed to fill your entire home with music, they can be purchased in separate units and scattered around different rooms.

If one of your housemates thinks your taste in music sucks, you can simply zone off their end of the house from your sound system by accessing the Sonos app on your smartphone.

Start stocking up on Sonos speakers to avoid any more fights triggered by music

Cozi

Struggling to keep track of what your household is up to? Cozi is designed to help housemates sync schedules. It uses colour-coded calendars to track activities and appointments, so you always know who’s doing what on any given day.

Perfect for families and large share houses, Cozi doesn’t just work with calendars. It can also help you share chores, shopping lists, recipes and invitations to events, keeping everyone in the loop.

Whip your household into shape with Cozi

Ready to make peace with your housemates? If your mobile doesn’t have enough room for all these apps, check out our tips on how to spring clean your mobile phone.

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Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.


Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.

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