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So, we all know the secret to a hangover-free Sunday morning is actually pretty simple – H20, and lots of it.

And while the responsible adult in us knows this to be true, the irresponsible wine-lover can be a bit forgetful.

But, as always, the technological gods are here to lend a helping hand.

Hydrate Now, a new iPhone app developed by 23-year-old, Jacob Catalona, encourages users to up their aqua intake when out on the town, and while there are numerous hydration apps on the market, none have been designed specifically for hangover prevention.

So, how does it work?

Once the party has started, users simply need to tap the home screen and select how much water they would like to drink over the course of the evening.

The app will send out constant hydration reminders (depending on the frequency you have chosen), thus curing your hangover before it even begins.

Users can chose to be notified from anywhere between every 20 and 100 minutes with messages like “HAVE A GODDAM GLASS OF WATER,” or “Drink water plz” – though it's up to you to actually take the advice.

And while the only real way to prevent a hangover is to abstain from alcohol altogether, we'll know we'll be thankful for this the next time we have a few too many.

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We've all been there – someone does something to get on your nerves, you feel like having a rant and so craft the perfect text message, you press send and enjoy a brief moment of smugness before the overwhelming sense of doom sets in.

Yep. You've sent the text to the exact person you were complaining about and you may as well apply for your Oz visa right now, because you're never leaving the house again.

Well, what if we told you there was a way to delete a text message from somebody's phone before they have read it?

No, really.

Privates, an app available on Apple iOS (Android and windows versions are expected soon), allows users to retract a message they have sent – as long as they get there before the receiver.

What's more, the app also offers a number of customisable 'self-destruct settings' which allows users to choose from three levels of security (Mild, Wild and Insane), which delete unread messages after three, 12 or 24 hours.

Originally created for the transfer of medical records, app creator, Dr Isaac Datikashvili, explained to Metro.co.uk: “I’m very honest about that but it’s better than anything else at maintaining privacy.”

“It’s not impossible but it’s virtually impossible for one person to screen grab or save anything if the security setting is high,’ here referring to the screenshot prevention mechanism which prevents recipients from forwarding, copying or saving your messages.”

This will surely save us from a few embarrassing moments in the future.

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Meditation has been around for centuries, though given the stressful nature of our modern lifestyles, it's possible the practice is more relevant now than ever before. 

It can sometimes seem impossible to find the time to stop and reflect, however, simply taking some time out of your busy day to focus on yourself can do wonders for your body and mind – and it's not as difficult as you might think. 

With a huge range of apps designed to help users conquer stress through meditation and mindfulness, it's never been easier to treat your mind, body and soul to some much needed rest and relaxation.

Here's our top five picks. 

1. Stop, Breath & Think

Designed to help you find peace, anywhere, any time, this handy app offers a wide variety of mindfulness aids including 55+ guided meditations as well as a collection of yoga and accupressure videos.

SB&T allows users to tailor their session according to their current emotional needs while the in built tracker keeps tabs on feelings pre and post meditation and records progress throughout the year.

With programmes designed to focus on stress, anxiety, depression, compassion and sleep, this meditation and mindfulness app has something for everyone.

Stop, Breath & Think is available to download on Android or iPhone.

2. Calm, Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better 

With an assortment of guided mediations ranging from three to 25 minutes, Calm offers a versatile meditation experience for anyone looking to incorporate mindfulness into their busy schedules.

Users can choose from a number of topics including stress management, deep sleep, self-esteem and loving-kindness.

The app also offers a Daily Calm program, designed to help users ease into their day or unwind before bed.

Calm is available to download on Android or iPhone.

3. Pacifica – Anxiety, Stress & Depression relief

Pacifica has been designed to help users break the ongoing cycle of negative thoughts. 

The program aims to provide people with the tools to manage their stress, aniexty and depression at a pace that is right for them.

Its features a number of audio lessons, mood tracker, thought recording and daily challenges, allowing users to focus on their long term mental health goals while taking their progress just one day at a time. 

Pacifica is available to download on Android or iPhone.

4. Insight Timer

With over 4,500 free guided meditations from over 1,000 practitioners, Insight Timer is the perfect app for anyone who likes to switch up their routine every now and again.

Whether you're looking for a short moment of R&R on your lunch break, or a peacful night's sleep, you're sure to find a meditation that will cater to your needs.

Pefect for beginners and advanced users alike, Insight Timer is available to download on Android or iPhone.

5. Sattva

This app is packed with unique features desinged to inspiring users to practice meditation every single day.

Along with the standard guided meditations, timer and mood trackers, Sattva also features a heart rate monitor and an insight engine which demonstrates exacly how meditation is improving the life of the user.

Savttva is available to download on iPhone.

 

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So, are you sick of living vicariously through your friend's Sanpchat stories?

Wish you could be right there with them?

If so, the app's latest update is going to help you do just that (though we're not sure how we feel about it). 

Introducing Snap Map – a new feature that allows you to view your friends location, and the location of other featured stories on a map.

And yep. It's pretty much as stalker-y as it sounds.

The Snap Map is accessed through the camera mode – simply pinch the screen in a 'zoom out' motion and violà – explore stories from around the world.

Once in the map, users can choose whether all friends, some friends, or only themselves can see their location.

Many users have taken to Twitter to criticise the 'creepy' nature of the new feature, and quite frankly, they've got a point.

So, what do you think? Are you on board with the latest update? 

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It's fair to say that one of the reasons Snapchat's presence and popularity grew exponentially in such a short period of time was mainly down to its unique selling point – the disappearing act.

Images sent via the app were only available for a limited amount of time before the media disappeared for all eternity, but that's all changed following an announcement made this week.

As of yesterday, Snapchat users can avail of an 'infinity feature' which allows their friends and followers to view a snap for as long as they choose.

Taking to their blog to explain the rationale behind the switch-up, they said: "Today we’re making a pretty big change to the way you create and send Snaps."

"We’ve all felt the frustration of not being able to fully enjoy a Snap – even after replaying it – and we wanted to give you the option of allowing the recipient to enjoy your Snap as long as they’d like. After your friend finishes viewing the Snap and taps to close it, it will delete as usual."

In addition to this, the powers that be have restructured the layout of their creative tools and included the addition of a magic eraser.

"These changes allow us to continue evolving the Snapchat service and provide a foundation for introducing even more creative tools for making fun Snaps," they said.

Well, this changes everything… potentially.

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Music is one of those things which either brings people together or drives them apart.

So if you’re the kind of person who runs for the hills at the very mention of Harry Styles’ hair, you probably don’t want to find yourself in an intimate situation with an honorary member of the One Direction fan club.

Because of this, the clever people at Tinder and Spotify have teamed up to create a feature which will allow Tinder users to suss out the musical tastes of potential matches before they take the plunge and swipe right.

As well as being able to broadcast a song which “defines you” directly from your Tinder profile, the new feature will help you find potential matches who share your taste in tunes.

When checking out someone else’s Tinder, you will be able to play previews of their top songs and see which artists you have in common.

Oh, and for those who’ve spent the last month secretly listening to the Frozen soundtrack, don’t panic – Tinder will allow you to hide what you’ve been playing until it’s fit for the ears of your crush.

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Earlier this month High School Musical heart-throb Zac Efron admitted he was left feeling down in the dumps after no one swiped right on his Tinder profile

And while that news is nothing short of concerning – like how on earth will we ever find love if a Hollywood star can't even get a swipe? – Zac's negative experience of the popular dating app is more common than you'd think.

According to a new study from the University of North Texas, Tinder could be lowering peoples' self-esteem and messing with their sense of body image all at the same time.

In one of the first psychological studies to focus primarily on the Tinder platform, researchers found that both male and female users reported less satisfaction with their bodies and looks when compared with non-users but, interestingly, only male Tinder users reported lower levels of self-esteem.

Jessica Strübel – who co-authored the study – said: "Tinder users reported having lower levels of satisfaction with their faces and bodies and having lower levels of self-worth than the men and women who did not use Tinder."

The Assistant Professor explained that Tinder usage was associated with "body dissatisfaction, body shame, body monitoring, internalization of societal expectations of beauty, comparing oneself physically to others and [a] reliance on media for information on appearance and attractiveness".

While Jessica did suggest that Tinder may make people feel like their social interactions are disposable and increase their awareness of perceived bodily flaws, the researchers did stress that the results could also be caused by people who already have self-esteem issues being drawn to the app to begin with.

Always remember no matter how many matches you get, you are flawless!

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Listen guys, our phones are practically part of our bodies at this stage, and if you say they're not, you're telling a fib.

Whether you mainly use yours for calling, texting, gaming, social media or trying to organise a mini-reunion on Whatsapp for the girls at the weekend (which never ends up happening), there is something that you will always need your phone for.

So when our batteries run out, it's not ideal at all. In fact, I'm going to say that we can feel a little bit lost without them, right?

Well, AVG's Android App Performance and Trend Report tested and discovered what apps are draining our batteries… and you're not going to like it:

1. Whatsapp

2. Instagram

3. Facebook

4. Facebook Messenger

5. Google Maps

Also included in the top ten is The Weather Channel, WeChat, ChatOn, Kik and Blackberry Messenger (but who uses them anyway?!).

Time to turn off those Insta notifications, ladies.

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If you are an iPhone user, you are more than likely aware of those annoying non-deletable apps that plague your phone. 

We have never needed to check the Stocks and we really don't know what the Wallet app does? Oh and we have enough friends already without the Find Friends application (but your guess is as good as ours as to how it works). 

Well, instead of trying to hide these apps by putting them all into a folder and doing your best to forget about them, one tech savvy YouTuber has finally given us a simple solution to rid ourselves of these useless apps for good. 

Now unfortunately you cannot actually delete the apps permanently from your phone (curse you Apple!), but you CAN hide them permanently from your home screen meaning you don't ever have to actually look at them again. 

Hurrah!

Tech vlogger, videosdebarriquito, demonstrates in this handy little video exactly how you can do this. 

Careful though, because he doesn't show you how to get them back once they are hidden! 

 

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Now that the New Year is upon us, most of us have gone into overdrive trying to organise our lives.

But of course, it's easier said than done and sometimes we wish we could have a personal assistant by our side to remind us how to operate (because we forgot sometimes). 

Well, now it may be simpler than before as there are personal assistant apps to help you out. Just imagine a little Lloyd from Entourage in your life:

 

1. Google Now

According to the app store, Google Now is the "intelligent personal assistant". This app organises just about everything you can imagine and will give you assistance all day, everyday. 

Your info is organised into personalised cards that will provide you with just about everything you need, without you having to spend time searching. 

 

2. Quip

If Mark Zuckerberg uses it, then we might as well use it too. Quip is known to be one of the best apps out there and is pretty much the virtual office used by Facebook and Instagram. It allows users to collaborate with others on various documents, spreadsheets and checklists. 

This is especially handy if your New Years Resolution is to get more organised in work. 

 

3. Wunderlist

If you love lists or simply need something to organise your thoughts, then Wunderlist is for you. The app organises your productivity and sets out classic to-do lists for each day/week. 

You can also share lists with others, which is handy for organising nights out, family dinners, etc. 

 

4. Speaktoit

Speaktoit is pretty much Siri after she has been promoted. The app lets you make calls, send texts and search the web, all the while remembering everything from your favourites. All you have to do is, you've guessed it, speak to it. 

It will answer all of your questions, perform tasks while your busy and even give you social media updates. 

 

5. 24me

If you're a forgetful person, then this app will work as your second brain. It generates reminders for everything like important work meetings, girls nights out and even paying bills. 

24me combines your calendar, to-do lists and notes all in one handy place. It also syncs with social media apps to send messages to your friends or give you reminders for important birthdays. 

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In the world we live in, it can be hard to find peace on a day to day basis.

The stress of work, school or college can wind the best of us up into an absolute frenzie.

Meditation has been around for centuries; but smartphones and tablets are only relatively new in our world.

However, these apps mix the old with the new for our benefit. And guess what? They're all free too.

Prepare to become a whole new, chilled out person after you try these meditation apps.

Relax Melodies

This app is perfect if you want to find your inner-zen. Relax Melodies features stunning natural scenes and has a variety of meditation options. You can also combine sounds to customise your experience.

 

Meditation Timer Pro

Meditation Timer Pro is very easy to use. Choose how long you want to meditate for and then set reminder noises for starting and ending your session so you will have complete peace for the exact length of time you wish.

 

Omvana

The app has a huge library of guided meditations from experts all around the world. App tools allow you to record your mood and receive guidance on which meditation is right for the moment.

 

Take A Break

Not everyone has time to sit for a full, deep meditation every day – sometimes you just want to take a break! That’s exactly what this app’s usability allows. From 5 minutes to a half hour, this app will suit your schedule.

 

Headspace

Beginners start with Headspace’s Take 10 program to learn meditation basics; 10 minutes a day for 10 days. Emma Watson has also raved about this app in the past. Hey, if it's good enough for Emma, it's good enough for us.

 

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If you're an Instagram addict, you're certainly not alone.

IG is quickly becoming one of the biggest social media tools on the planet – especially after they updated their snazzy new features a few weeks ago.

Uploading a snap might be fine and easy – but in this day and age, your picture has to be taken at the best angle, with the coolest filter and the snappiest caption all in one – every single time you IG.

It's a lot of pressure.

If you want to up your Insta-game, try these editing apps and your followers will come by floods.

Afterlight

This app works wonders for all your IG needs. The app features hundreds of filters, frames and textures that are sure to cause envy from all our friends.

 

Insta Vogue

If you're obsessed with editing all your photos before you post them, Insta Vogue is the app for you. You can whiten your teeth, hide any blemishes and also add a great filter before uploading to any social media site!

 

Pic Stitch

This will become your go-to app for picture collages. With this handy app you will never run out of a new way to post all your pictures together.

 

VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam is a current favourite app for many IG users at the moment. If you're tired of the usual Instagram filters, this app offers you a huge variety to choose from. They are probably even better than the original IG filters we've known and used for years.

 

Aviary

Aviary is truly your one-stop-shop for all you IG needs. Whether you want to change the lighting of a picture or add a slick sticker or caption, this app can do just about everything.

 

 

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