Twitter Clients in 2014

I’ve been waiting for this article from MacStories’ Federico Viticci for a long time. He’s been working diligently on it for a few months now and the time has paid off.

I’m continually impressed by the research put into Viticci’s articles. They are lengthy reads, but always full of useful information I’d have not learned otherwise.

App Recommendation: Crossy Road

In 1981, Frogger leapt its way into the world. A spiritual successor called Flappy bird entered screen-left in 2013. Each left their mark on gaming for their simplicity and addictive game play. Gaming studio Hipster Whale took the best of each and created something new. One of the year’s best mobile games, Crossy Road.

The premise? To cross roads. Lots of them. There are also train tracks and rivers to contend with as well. Simple, but extraordinarily challenging. Like Frogger, your goal is to get your character from point A to B. Unlike Frogger, point B is in the infinite distance. At least, as far as you or I know. Nobody has reached the theoretical end.

The characters, which are unlockable by in-game purchase or cashing in 100 of the coins you pick up along the way, each have their own personality and unique interaction with the environment. For example, the penguin I unlocked this afternoon changes the landscape to a snowy one. This a stark contrast to the Hellish wasteland that is triggered when the Dark Lord arrives on the roadside.

Between the dozens of characters to unlock and the insatiable need to beat your personal high score, Crossy Road is too much fun.

I think the best aspect of the game is that it’s not frustrating like last year’s hit mobile game. My top score is 141, a number worthy of boasting in comparison to my 5 in Flappy Bird. 

Grab Crossy Road on the iOS app store. Don’t wait, else an eagle will grab you.

App Recommendation: Nuzzel

Let’s talk about Nuzzel, a news app for the behind.

Nuzzel is the super-easy way to see news from your friends. Discover the top news stories shared by your friends on Facebook and Twitter, without being overwhelmed or missing anything.

These days, with my day job consuming 40 hours of my time awake, I’m not as active on Twitter as I used to be. Still, I don’t like feeling out-of-the-loop. That’s what makes Nuzzel so great.

Opening Nuzzel, I’m met instantly with a feed of news stories, all shared by my community of people on Twitter. The more shares an article has, the higher it goes in the list. Small profile photo bubbles are included in each article preview to show who’s sharing.

The default filter is 24 hours, but options for any range of hours and days exist. I find this particularly useful after working an 8 hour shift. When I get home, I can just open Nuzzel and filter the time I was away. I’m automatically caught up.

I’ve never been a timeline completest, but scrolling through hours of tweets is something I do fairly often just to see what’s being talked about. No more. Nuzzel does the trick.

The app is well designed. The entire user experience for icon to article is a joy. Feeds from friends, friends of friends, and articles you might have missed are options. You can also load articles from your personally maintained Twitter lists.

If you like being informed, but don’t want to spend your time scrolling past the day’s banter, try Nuzzel. It’s available free on the App Store.

This Thing(s) I Do

This week, Cultured Code is giving their Things app away for free as the featured App of the Week on the App Store.

Happy Things-giving! | Things Blog | Cultured Code

As a special gift for Thanksgiving, Apple has chosen Things for iPhone and iPad as their Free App of the Week—a worldwide promotion that makes both apps free for everyone, for the first time ever. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on these award-winning productivity apps.

Having won an Apple Design Award, Macworld Best Of Show, and many equally impressive accolades, I am not a Things user. I don’t have much of a need for to-do lists at the moment. In the past, I’ve used Wanderlist, Evernote, and the iOS-supplied Reminders app to do the sort of things Things does. I did, however download the app today. Then I deleted it..

It’s this thing I do. I’ve downloaded a dozen-or-so apps this year from the coveted App of the Week slot on the App Store home screen. Games, productivity apps, photography companions, you name it. Very few of these do I use, but when it’s free, it’s free. 

In my mind, clicking “get” on featured apps means that I have that app for free whenever I need it. Even if I end up removing it from my devices straight away, it’s there, in the cloud, ready at my whim.

I downloaded Things today. It comes recommended by Jason Tate at Chorus.fm as well as a few others, but I have no need for it at the moment. Maybe soon I will. Maybe if I do, I’ll go to another option like Todoist (praised by MacStories’ Federico Viticci). I suppose I’ll have options.

The promotion runs from November 20-28. Grab it on the App Store.