Memorial Day roundup: Remember the fallen, mobile tech and summer parties, 6 paid iOS apps – FREE!, and apps for last-minute travel

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We’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. While this holiday is seen as the kickoff to summer and a time for cookouts and get-togethers, please take a moment to remember its meaning: to commemorate the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

How mobile tech changed summer parties

Mashable takes a look at the difference between summer parties in 1983 and 2014 in a big infographic, which looks at all sorts of changes from the way we cranked out the tunes…

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…to the way we documented our gatherings:

documenting then now

You can see the whole infographic at full size — which includes changes in the way we met people, sent out invitations, found out what events to go to, and even how we cook — at Mashable.

Get these 6 great paid iPhone apps for FREE!

6 apps free for limited time

If you can’t tear yourself away from your iPhone this long weekend, you can at least freshen it up with some great paid apps that are free for a limited time. BGR has rounded them up:

  • ThingList: a to-do list app, normally $1.99.
  • Work Time: an elegant clock/calendar/appointments/weather app, normally $1.99.
  • dJay 2: turns your iPhone into a club-like DJ deck – perfect for house parties! Normally $1.99.
  • Analog Film: photo editor with all sorts of filters to make your iPhone photos look as if they were shot on film, normally $2.99
  • Recordium Pro: voice and memo recorder. The most expensive of the bunch normally: $6.99.
  • Scanbot: turns your iPhone into a document scanner. Normally $1.99

Android/iOS apps for last-minute travel plans

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CIO has a quick article highlighting 3 handy Android and iOS apps for people making last-minute travel plans:

  • CheapOair, for making last-minute flight bookings, for Android and iOS
  • Hotel Tonight, for making last-minute hotel bookings, for Android and iOS
  • TravelZoo, for making last minute entertainment and event bookings, for Android and iOS

Once again, have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

this article also appears in the GSG blog

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