Mobile Apps To Light Up Your 4/20

The greenest of holidays is upon us.

Regardless of whether you plan on celebrating 4/20 with ice cream burritos or a trip to your local “dispensary”, your smartphone can provide a little extra assistance.

Connecting with like-minded people, shopping for strains or finding a local dispensary? These apps will help you get everything you need on that magical day. They aren’t all available everywhere so we’ve identified where each of these services can be had.

Check our our list below to see the apps you don’t want to leave home without.

Duby

Duby is a gamified anonymous social network that centers around sharing your weed-fueled experiences. Users share photo, video or text posts called “dubys.”

Those who receive a “duby” can choose to pass it on or “put it out” (get it?) The goal is to make your post go as viral as possible, which increases your score and allows you to share with more people.

Where you can get it: Canada, the Netherlands, Jamaica, Guam, the Virgin Islands and the 23 U.S states with medical marijuana laws.

HighThere

Like Tinder but for smokers. The dating app was created by one Colorado man who was inspired by rejection — his date walked out on him after learning he was a smoker.

While other dating apps may match you with people based on your location or answers to a questionnaire, HighThere matches people based on their marijuana preferences — vaping vs. smoking, for example. It also takes into account your energy level when you’re high so sleepy couch potatoes won’t be paired with adventure-loving tokers.

Where you can get it: The app is only available in the 23 states that have some form of medical marijuana laws on the books.

Leafly Marijuana Strain and Dispensary Reviews

Leafly wants to be your one-stop shop for everything you ever wanted to know about pot. The app specializes in identifying various strains and applications of marijuana and provides detailed reviews of their respective effects. It also provides news on medical marijuana research and legalization efforts.

The app uses your location to show you nearby dispensaries and what their current inventory is, along with user-submitted reviews of the facilities.

Where you can get it: The U.S, Canada and Spain.

MassRoots

MassRoots is a “semi anonymous” social networking aimed at connecting smokers. Users share photos and brief status updates with other in the community. Add hashtags to your posts to make them easier to find or follow other user for regular updates.

The app also has a MassRoots for business side, which allows companies like dispensaries or retailers to connect with potential customers in their area.

Where you can get it: States that have medical marijuana laws.

Weedmaps

Sometimes described as the “Yelp of weed,” Weedmaps map the locations of nearby dispensaries and provides user reviews of each establishment. Like Yelp, it also displays what each facility has on the menu with high quality photos.

The company also own marijuana.com, which has news articles as well as information about different strains.

Where you can get it: States with medical marijuana laws as well as Amsterdam, Canada, Israel and Spain.

Tinder Adds Instagram Integration, Expanded Interests and Common Connections

Everyone’s favorite online dating platform, Tinder, has just announced that it will be adding new features – Instagram Integration, Expanded Interests and Common Connections – designed to provide more context surrounding potential matches. The update now allows for Instagram photos, Facebook interests and shared friends to be directly added to your profile, increasing your chances in finding that special someone.

Get a closer look and check out the video highlighting Tinder’s new features below.

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Under Armour Acquires Fitness Apps MyFitnessPal and Endomondo for $560 Million USD

Under Armour has purchased social fitness apps MyFitnessPal and Endomondo, in hopes to expand the company’s digital platform and to use online fitness communities to boost sales. Both apps allow users to log calories, record exercises, track workouts and analyze performance, creating a network for friends to help each other lose weight and get fit. This acquisition will bring Under Armour’s consolidated network of fitness app users to 120 million, much larger than the Nike+ platform’s reach. Under Armour has had a remarkable 2014, with substantial increases across various criteria in its quarterly earnings — most notably a 37% increase in fourth-quarter profit at $88 million USD — surpassing adidas to become the second largest sportswear brand in the U.S. by retail sales. For more information on the recent acquisition, click here.

Tinder Plus Coming to U.S. Next Month

Tinder, the popular dating app, is getting ready to launch a subscription-based service called Tinder Plus next month which will require a paid-membership, but allow users to undo selections they have made and include a feature called Passport which lets people broaden their search criteria to geographic regions outside their immediate location, giving users access to matches around the world. The update is already being tested in select markets, with price points being tinkered with in the UK, Brazil and Germany. Rumours suggest that the updated version of the app could cost anywhere between $1.99 and $19.99 for a monthly subscription.

Tech Talk: MARCO POLO APP

No matter how smart our iPhones become, it doesn’t change the fact that we continuously misplace them. There doesn’t seem to be any change Apple can make to their beloved smartphone that prevents us from being careless. Thankfully the Marco Polo app was created just for this purpose.

The cleverly titled app lets you find your lost or misplaced mobile device with nothing more than your voice. All you have to is shout “Marco.” The app will listen, and will respond with “Polo,” helping you hunt your iPhone down. The app offers up 30 different voices, and even lets you pre-program other commands, in case “Marco” and “Polo” aren’t your thing (try “Knock Knock… Who’s There?” for example). The app will automatically turn up the volume on its voice if you’re taking too long to locate your phone, and it will work in silent mode, using a pop-up notification to illuminate the screen in dark places. Misplacing your phone has officially become a thing of the past.

Google Unveils Reworked Translate App

Google will release an update to its translation app that should greatly improve the quality and speed of service, while also hewing closer to how the application was envisioned – as a fluid translation device for live conversation. New features include a translation service for the written word that operates through the device’s camera. As for the spoken word, the app’s (nearly) simultaneous translator allows for less disjointed, more correct renderings in the other speaker’s language. Although the service may not be as quick as the video purports, improvements such as these make the future seem closer than ever.

According to Google, these features will be rolled out over the course of the next few days.

The Duet Display Turns Your iPad Into a Second Monitor

New app Duet allows you to use your iDevice (compatible with Macs, iPads, iPhones, etc.) as an external monitor to your computer or laptop. Created by some of Apple’s former engineers, the retina display will flawlessly run at 60 frames per second, and with zero lag. For those looking to increase their screen space, power, productivity and speed, Duet is available for download from its website now.

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Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul Launches “Yo, B*tch” iPhone App

Fans of TV series Breaking Bad will for sure love this latest launch in the app store. The series’ main actor Aaron Paul has launched a new app to send colorful greetings to your friends, while staying true to the style of the actor’s character in the show and spoken with his actual voice. Obviously the new iPhone app is not the most useful, but it certainly is fun. Among other things, you can do the following with Yo, Bitch:
Want to say hello to someone? Say “Hello, b****!”
Want to make your special someone feel loved? Say “I need you, b****!”
Fed up with your friend? Say “Why, b****?”

Get the app now for free in the app store here.

Snapchat & Square Team Up to Launch Snapcash

Snapchat and Square have found a way to send money to your friends at the touch of a button. The new feature is called Snapcash and it can change how millennial users transfer money. It’s easy – after entering your banking info into the app, users can wire money from their accounts to their friends instantly. Snapchat made the official announcement via a blog post:

We set out to make payments faster and more fun, but we also know that security is essential when you’re dealing with money. Square has a ton of experience in this area and our teams have been hard at work to make Snapcash a great experience for everyone.

For now, Snapcash is only available to users in the United States who have a debit card and are 18 years of age or older.

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YouTube Music Key, A New Premium Music Streaming Service by YouTube

YouTube has announced YouTube Music Key, a new premium music streaming service that will give users the ability to watch videos and listen to music without ads, whether online or off. In the announcement, YouTube claims its users have made it the biggest music service on the planet, saying that if a song exists, it can probably be found on YouTube. YouTube Music Key is launching in beta with invites to YouTube’s “biggest music fans,” offering them six months of the service for free.

When the service becomes available to the public, it will be at an introductory price of $7.99 per month, which YouTube says is discounted from $9.99. Users interested in learning more can sign up for email alerts for updates about YouTube Music Key.

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