Keeping memories of loved ones together and more opportunities to find your next Airbnb stay. These are the apps of the week.
Lalo app aims to preserve your family’s history by saving memories together with friends and relatives. You can do that in the form of voice messages, videos, photos and texts.
You can use Lalo to capture big events like a wedding or a birth from different perspectives. In addition, you can also collect as many memories about a deceased loved one as possible. Anything you add in the app is only visible to the people you give it access to.
Lalo is free to use, but in the future you will need to subscribe for more storage space. The makers also promise not to place ads in the app or to sell user data.
Download Lalo for Android of iOS (free).
Airbnb has rolled out a major update to its app. With this app you can find places to stay around the world, from rooms in people’s homes to special houses in remote places. To find these locations, the search function has been expanded with categories, such as ‘beach’, ‘luxury’, ‘farms’ and ‘special’.
It is now also possible to divide a stay. If Airbnb cannot find a home for the entire holiday period, you can receive a proposal to divide the overnight stays over several houses.
Also new is AirCover, to protect users from scams. For example, the user is offered a refund or a decent alternative if the owner cancels the booking within a month before the trip, the property does not match the advertisement or you unexpectedly end up in front of a closed door.
AirCover is free. It also includes a phone number that can always be called if guests do not feel safe.
Download Airbnb for Android of iOS (free).
Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds
The Japanese film studio Studio Ghibli is best known for animation films such as Spirited Away in Howl’s Moving Castle† In recent years, the studio has also collaborated with game studio Level-5. The result was the Ni no Untilseries for PC and game consoles.
That series now gets a younger brother for smartphones: Cross Worlds† The game is developed by another developer, Netmarble, but uses the same attractive Ghibli style as its bigger brothers.
In Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds the main character participates in a test for an experimental game. That goes wrong, and the character ends up in the world of Ni no Kuni† There is a battle going on, and as a player you have to help by completing missions and defeating enemies. Cross Worlds is a relaxed role-playing game with a large world, in which there is a lot to discover.
Before you dive into the game, it’s good to know that Cross Worlds has some quirks. For example, the game plays best if you let it continue automatically. Sometimes you don’t even get the choice to take over the controls, for example when you automatically walk to your assignments. So you can “play on” while your phone is in your pocket, but it’s an approach you just have to love.
In addition, the game is free to play, but much remains locked until you decide to spend money. This is done in this game via Netmarble’s own cryptocurrency. Extra caution is therefore in order.
Download Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds for Android of iOS (free).