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THE TECHLIFE TEAM REVIEWS THE MOST INTERESTIN­G NEW APPS FOR iOS, ANDROID AND WINDOWS MOBILE.

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Remindee YOUR STICKY NOTE ACROSS ALL APPS. Free | tinyurl.com/tla74-remindee

Between Google Keep, Android’s in-built post-it note app that syncs across desktop and mobile, and the ever-faithful and slightly more intelligen­t Google Assistant for those times you’d rather talk to your phone (“OK, Google, remind me to put the bins out when I get home!”), you’re pretty well served for reminders. However, Remindee eliminates a step in the process and offers something that Google doesn’t do. Copy a slab of text to the clipboard, and you can create a reminder with that text. In fact, copy anything to the clipboard — be it image, weblink or text — and Remindee will politely pop up in your notificati­on bar. From there, you can set the date and time of the reminder, and whether you want it to sound a notificati­on tone. Same goes for photos in your gallery, web links or anything that makes use of the Y-shaped ‘share’ icon in Android (which is pretty much everything). It’s a clever feature, and until Google inevitably snaps up the idea, this lightweigh­t app is indispensa­ble. [ PAUL TAYLOR ]

KPRESSOR UNZIP YOUR FILE POTENTIAL. $7.99 | flyingcode.co.uk

While many iOS apps can natively extract files from Zip archives, the ability to create compressed archives is rare. Kpressor does both, which will be appealing if you frequently send large files from your iPhone or iPad. There are two buttons — Create Zip Archive and Open Zip Archive — but Kpressor also plays nicely with the Files app, so you can open from or save to other compatible apps, including cloud storage providers. Selecting a file in an open archive previews its contents.

Kpressor can also be summoned from the Share sheet of other apps, which is really convenient. On the iPad, the app supports drag and drop in tandem with Slide Over and Split View.

It’s not perfect, though. We had problems saving archives to Apollo Cloud or to internal device storage, and the app strictly works with the Zip file format and none of its variants. Working with cloud storage requires some patience as files are sent back and forth. It’s a niche app, but it fills a void in Apple’s own file management. [ JR BOOKWALTER ]

GOOGLE MAPS GO LIGHT AND FAST. Free | tinyurl.com/tla74-mapsgo

Google’s new suite of Go apps are made for low-end Android devices running Oreo (Go edition), a new operating system specifical­ly built for entry-level handsets. Files Go and Google Go are now joined by Google Maps Go, each lighter versions of their fully featured siblings. Maps Go looks and behaves a lot like Maps, providing directions via car, on foot, public transport and cycling, as well as business listings. What you don’t get is turn-by turn directions, nor the ability to share your location. The core stuff is all here, though, and for many people, it’ll probably be enough. Maps Go itself is tiny (0.09MB) and actually runs in Chrome, but as it’s made for low-end devices, you may struggle to download it. Visit the Google Play Store and you’ll probably see that it’s unavailabl­e for your device. If you want to trial it, go to tinyurl.com/

tla74-apkmgo (which we’ve tested) and download the APK file after enabling third-party apps to be installed on your device. We’d recommend you revoke this permission once Maps Go is on your device. [ PAUL TAYLOR ]

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