Learnist is a crowd sourced online learning platform, much like Udemy or Codecademy, but not as specific. It lets users create lessons for any topic, with focus on curation rather than creation. We live in the times of information overload, with thousands of blogs writing about the same topic. While that’s a wonderful thing, finding good content from this stack can be overwhelming. The curators at Learnist take a topic, arrange the content in a logical manner, link relevant content – like YouTube videos or an NYT article explaining the topic, and then sort everything with a table of contents.
Duet is a minimal action game for iOS with an absolutely amazing soundtrack. You control two spheres that are orbiting and avoid obstacles to progress through levels. There’s also this story that starts to unfold as you progress through levels and the difficulty increases as well.
I came across Globo through the Best New Apps section on the App Store and I had to have it just for the stunning UX. After using the app for a few days, I can confidently say that not only is Globo attractive, but it is also extremely useful. Globo has been created by Marco Torretta, the same developer behind Amount, which we featured on The Platter last year. The app has a delicious icon and uses a lovely colour scheme.
Hello is an SMS app for your Android phone. The UI is minimal, and the app easy to use. Hello’s breakout feature is its tabbed interface. The left pane gives you access to circle avatars of all the contacts you are conversing with (which turns grey for unknown numbers and shows initials for contacts without avatars). Tapping an avatar takes you to the conversation view where you can read and send SMSs. If you weren’t pleased with Google’s decision to integrate SMS into the Hangouts app, Hello is the best option you have right now. It’s not the most feature rich app and lacks some pro features like a popup notifications with quick compose options like some of it’s competitors, but it more than makes up for it with its simplicity. Hello is available Free on Google Play.
UpWord Notes is a lovely little note-taking app that launched on the App Store late last month. Even though there are several note-taking apps already out there, UpWord Notes manages to offer an interesting set of features, coupled with a neat, minimal UI that sets it apart from the rest.
I love Robird for Android and with 2.1, it becomes even better. Robird 2.1 brings a proper tablet UI to the app and also support for Android 4.4′s new translucent look. The update also brings a few tweaks to the app themes and Pebble smart watch notification support. Among the other new features added, the ReTweets timeline and topic trends are welcome additions. Robird 2.1 is a free update for existing owners and the app is available for $1.99 on Google Play.