This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features a new Reddit client with an interesting twist, an app that helps you speed-read long text, and a pixel-perfect coloring book. And as always, we’ve selected two great new games for you to check out.
Burst for reddit
Fake news, echo chambers and confirmation bias. How do you get out of your social bubble and see what folks really think about today’s hot button issues? Enter Burst, a new Reddit client that aims to help you see things from others’ points of views. For everything in your feed, this app finds reposts all over reddit and intelligently merges the comments together. Imagine seeing comments from r/android, r/technology and r/iPhone for the same story, or r/liberal and r/conservative.
This is Spdr (pronounced ‘Speeder’). It’s a speed-reading media player that uses a technique that displays words one by one in rapid succession, to help you read faster. Simply copy your text and paste it into the Spdr app. Toggle the settings to your liking, such as font type dark/light mode, word display rate, etc., and then press down on your screen to start reading. Initial reviews complained of popup ads, but the developers have pushed out an update to pull them back. I think it’s worth checking out if you’d like to try out speed reading.
Stressful day? Take a break and bring pixels to life by coloring through a mix of characters and illustrations with Masterpiece Coloring. This isn’t your typical adult coloring book. Masterpiece features simple, yet sophisticated pixel artwork along with an easy-t0-use interface and calming colors. It’s relaxing, enhances focus and promote mindfulness. The app itself is free, but there are some premium features limited to a subscription service that starts at $2.99/week.
If you haven’t received your Fortnite Mobile invite yet, this is the next best thing: Tencent’s officially licensed mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The port of the popular PC game players surprisingly well on mobile. You and 99 other players get dropped onto a constantly shrinking battlefield, last player standing wins. Features include Unreal Engine 4 graphics and HD audio, easy combat controls, drivable vehicles, and team play with voice chat.
9 Tiles is an extremely simple, yet challenging patten-recognition game. Tap titles to activate them and reproduce the displayed pattern. But beware, the pattern can rotate at anytime and all you have is an animated arrow to guide you. Each correct answer gets you extra time and bonus points. Reproduce as many patterns as you can to get the highest score. If you end up liking the game, a single $1.99 IAP gets rid of the ads for you.