This week in apps: LockOn hides your NSFW photos, Giphy lets you watch source videos and Sling TV adds grid guide

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Keeping up with this week’s new apps and updates might not have been at the top of your list, given all the upset around Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Agreement. But don’t worry, we’ve kept up for you.

Each week we round up the most important app news along with some of the coolest new and updated apps to help you stay in the loop with everything you need on your phone.

Here’s what caught our eye this week. If you’re looking for more, make sure to check out last week’s roundup of top apps.

Twitter is filtering DMs

but for real this Twitter update just neatly organized my DM’s into actual conversations and missed shots

— نيا ياسمين طارق (@nyazzyt) June 2, 2017

It seems like half of the world’s memes somehow mention ‘sliding into the DMs’. Until now, anyone with a will found a way into your Twitter inbox. But, Twitter recently updated the messaging system by filtering DMs into two folders. Messages from people you follow will go into your ‘inbox’, while messages from strangers or people you don’t follow will be filtered into ‘requests’.

The update gives you the option to preview messages in requests before either accepting or deleting them. Once you accept a message, future communication from that user will go directly to your inbox and not into requests even if you still don’t follow them.

Just be sure to keep an eye on both folders to make sure you don’t end up missing important information from new potential contacts.

SlingTV makes it easier to find favorites

Looking for a snapshot of what’s on TV? Our new grid guide makes it easy to find your show in your channel lineup! https://t.co/umNj3LLfTE pic.twitter.com/U0whVG6Gcc

SlingTV just announced a new feature that users have been passionately requesting. The new grid guide was the most requested change to SlingTV other than DVR. The system looks similar to TV Guide’s setup and gives users a better idea of what’s popular now and what they should watch. It features what’s on now, filters channels by genre and shows the upcoming schedule of every channel.

This is currently only available on Android devices. But don’t worry, iPhone users! Support for additional devices is on the way.

Skype adds stories

Introducing the next generation of Skype—share, chat, and create like never before. Read more: https://t.co/6RwPZmeWGY pic.twitter.com/6JStK9LfEM

— Skype (@Skype) June 1, 2017

First we saw it on Snapchat, then on Facebook. Now even Skype has added a story-like feature called ‘highlights’ to its platform. Microsoft launched the latest update this week in what is the biggest change since the video sharing update in 2006. Apparently, it’s been in the works for over a year, so Skype doesn’t want anyone thinking it just jumped on the bandwagon after Facebook made a move. The platform will soon be adding bots and chat options to be even more similar to Facebook.

Elsewhere

CameraBag Mobile 3 ups your Instagram game by adding the ability to auto-divide photos into square tiles. You can then use them for multi-image panes on Instagram.

New app, LockOn, hides the NSFW content on your iPhone. Users have the ability to choose what they want to go into these protected media folders that no one can access without the passcode or iTouch. The app also logs out whenever it goes into the background to ensure no one gets in by accident.

Giphy is giving GIF enthusiasts the pleasure of watching source videos. It doesn’t work for every GIF at the moment though, so stay patient. Giphy is working on allowing full video viewing for GIFs that were made on YouTube and other platforms.

Amazon made a change to let users ask Alexa to remind them of something. The reminder can be for a certain time if you want to use it that day, or can be scheduled out in advance. A blue light will appear before Alexa speaks to avoid freaking anyone out. Multiple timers can be set for different people for the same time, and all reminders can be managed in the Alexa App.