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August 29, 2014

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App of the Week:

Journaling, either private or public, made easy with Rove

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Rove

The phone app Rove gives users the ability to write personal journals and either keep them private or share them on social media.

Editor’s note: There are more than 1 million Apple applications, or apps, available for download in the App Store and a similar number of Android apps available on Google Play. Staff writer Brian Nordli weighs in on one of those apps he deems worthy of being the Sun’s App of the Week.

Phone App: Rove

Where can you find it: Apple’s “App Store”

Cost: Free

What is it: Rove is an automated daily journal app, which is a technical way of saying an easy way to privately document your life.

Unlike social apps such as Facebook or Twitter, which document a user’s experience and then share it with the world, Rove keeps it private.

Using the phone’s GPS capabilities, the app begins by tracking the user’s activities throughout the day. It knows if a person ate at a restaurant, hiked, took a stroll or danced.

The user can then upload photos and write notes about his or her experiences that will attach to each location.

The app allows people to personalize each location and will remember whatever title it assigns to the location for future reference. So if a person wanted to label a house, favorite bar and a workplace, the app would remember. And if you are a person interested in sharing every moment of your day with the world, the app allows users to upload the day’s experience onto Facebook or Twitter.

At the end of the day, the user’s experiences are compiled into a geocoded map that shows where the person has been and the memories the user made at each location. The memory log is saved and a new one begins the next day, making journaling easy.

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