This year winter solstice is coming up, days are getting shorter and you still have tons of things to do! Therfore the Collective is inviting you to discover the essential applications and accessories for all fans of time.
For your projects at work or your weekend activities, keeping an eye on how long you spend on each of your tasks can be really beneficial. Toggl is a simple stopwatch organized for each project or customer. At the end of the day, week, month or year, this service enables you to effectively take stock of what you have been doing. While the tool is free for personal use or small teams, it offers additional paid features such as a profitability rating and alerts.
As their numbers grow, it can sometimes be difficult to sort through all your emails on time. A few months ago, Google launched Inbox, a next-generation app available to Gmail users. With Inbox, your messages are no longer filed in the order they arrive in, but grouped together in themes. In just a few steps, you can put your least urgent emails on hold and focus on your essentials.
Whether you are a social media expert, or on the contrary, you do not have enough time to devote yourself to them seriously, Buffer might be just what you are looking for! This service, available for iOS and Android, enables its three million users to register, in one shot, a whole list of contents they want to share on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. The app then distributes your posts at the times when audience levels are highest, optimizing your visibility is guaranteed. The next social media hero…could be you.
Are you wasting too much time with your eyes glued to your smartphone? It may be time for a digital detox with ShutApp. This radical, minimalist app enables users to set a time during which they want to really disconnect from the digital world. Whenever you use your smartphone, the timer will stop. The app is designed as a competition between friends, ranking each person’s performance. A practical method to make the most of life away from your screens.
“You are a mountain, you are a god”. There is no need to say anything else to convince you that Mountain is a new type of game, contemplative, hypnotizing and time-consuming. In fact, with this app, there is literally nothing else for you to do but contemplate your mountain, with its shape and vegetation generated randomly at the start of your game. You are free to admire its resilience against the weather and sort through the various objects that stick to it. Some will see this as a form of art, others a new method for relaxation.
If your days are too busy and a bit too stressful for your liking, your smartphone could help you relax. 5 Minute Meditation is part of a series of entertainment and relaxation apps. Designed as a compilation of audio guides, this service offers dozens of short musical meditations accompanied by beautiful visuals. What are the benefits? Reducing stress, improving your ability to concentrate and opening you up more to others. Note that while the app is free, you pay to download new guides.
Fresh out of Japan, this game offers an ideal excuse to never leave your smartphone again. Your goal is to attract and collect kittens in your garden ‒ with very cute designs of course ‒ by putting objects, sofas, cushions and toys on the floor. But watch out, you need to do more than just watch them sleep the day away: to be able to collect all the cats, you will need to take care of their stomachs. When the Japanese reinvent the Tamagotchi, the result is as pointless as it is truly addictive.
Word games are being given a second life with 94 Seconds, which has established itself as one of the world’s most popular smartphone games over the past few months. With the timer all set, you have 94 seconds to suggest as many words as you can based on a particular category and letter. In addition to your speed, the app also checks your originality and vocabulary, rewarding the rarest words used. Of course, each game is played against a friend, or one of the many players around the world. Great fun guaranteed!
Snapchat filters are some of the social media’s most popular features. Although often imitated, but rarely equaled, the app now faces a new challenger. SNOW, which is particularly popular in Japan, offers users the possibility to personalize their photos and videos with an impressive range of filters, animated stickers and special effects, often with hilarious results. There are so many to choose from that you may well struggle to resume any semblance of normal activity! After being shared with your friends, your messages self-destruct and disappear from your chats.