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Major Slice update looks to save you some stress when managing online purchases

Susie Ochs | July 11, 2014
Plenty of apps want to help you before you buy stuff, but Slice stands out for helping you manage your many online purchases after the fact. It can track incoming packages, alert you of price drops so you can request a refund of the difference, and even let you know about recalls. On Thursday the iOS version of Slice received a huge update that makes it even more indispensable.

The redesigned Slice & Dice feature is more useful. It shows you a big-picture view of your overall spending, going all the way back to 2006. You select to view your data by category or merchant; colored bubbles then appear, their sizes relative to how much damage that category did to your wallet.

You can flick the bubbles around the screen, or get a more granular view by dragging one onto a "hot spot" to see it broken out into a bar graph or a list. The graph is pretty neat, letting you pinch and zoom to break years into months, or double-tap any of the bars for a list of those purchases. It's a lot of fun to poke around in, reminding yourself of that time you bought your kid a Cookie Monster costume for Halloween and he was too scared to wear it and the little punk still owes you $38.

Slice is free for Android and iOS, but the 5.0 update is iOS only for now; the company plans to roll it out to Android users later on.

 

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