In the test: The best apps – Part 3

Sblack

Sblack
Photo: Sblack

What’s the matter:

Sblack, that sounds like slack right? Exactly. Since 2013, the popular tool Slack facilitates the work of teams. With Sblack, there is now an unofficial Slack client, the two developers from Italy have brought to the start. This version does not offer all the features of the original Slack, but brings some advantages.

Why load:

Sblack focuses on key features of Slack (including notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and multi-accounts). While Slack has now grown to 180 MB, Sblack is much slimmer with 20 MB and thus faster. Thanks to an icon that pops up in the menu bar, Sblack can be quickly opened and closed. The special feature: Sblack brings the Dark Mode under macOS Mojave.

Good to know:

The developers have put a lot of emphasis on security. Sblack works like the browser version of Slack.

Price and Availability:

free for macOS at sblack.online

Devices

Devices
Photo: Devices

What’s the matter:

Devices is an app for Apple’s smart home standard home kit from German development. Many triggers, sync, intuitive control over icons and the ability to combine and trigger different devices into a single scene have long made the program a must-have for HomeKit users. The application has been on the App Store for three years and receives regular updates. With the new version 3.3.0 everything will be different and even more practical.

Why load:

The update brings the integration of Apple’s ARKit 2 and can now use augmented reality. Thus, HomeKit products can be controlled in the real environment. In combination with HomeKit it is now possible to attach virtual controllers directly to real devices. In the augmented reality view, which is immediately available on the start page, you will find small stickers. After attaching via the app, the controller always stays in the same place and can be operated from the application with just a tap.

Good to know:

Devices requires iOS 11 or higher. The app scores well on the subject of security. So you can grant access to friends via iCloud. Also, the remote access is possible, this is an Apple TV (3rd Generation) or an iPad needed.

Price and Availability:

free for iOS, special trigger functions can be added as a one-time in-app purchase of 5.49 euros

RunCat

Run Cat
Photo: RunCat

What’s the matter:

From a nerd to nerds: RunCat is a small but handy app that weighs just 3.6MB and sticks to a small icon in the Mac menu bar.

Why load:

The software displays the CPU utilization of the computer. Depending on that, the pace of the animated cat is. With a mouse click on the running animal, the CPU utilization is also displayed as a percentage.

Good to know:

In the current version, the developer has added new runners, including bird, frog, penguin and dolphin. But we like the dragon best.

Price and Availability:

Free on the Mac App Store

Fenix

Fenix
Photo: Fenix

WOrum’s on:

Another Twitter client – even though Twitter itself has severely limited the capabilities of third-party clients? The developer Matteo Villa launches his new offer probably mainly because it was already a success on Android. After a slightly longer beta test phase, Fenix ​​is ​​now ready for iOS.

Why load:

First, Fenix ​​is ​​still two euros cheaper than the obvious big role model Tweetbot. Fenix ​​leans heavily on its design. On the other hand, because the five-column layout on the iPad with five selectable color schemes is very clear and the developer, in contrast to the original Twitter application dispenses with advertising.

Good to know:

The menu can be adjusted, the app can integrate several Twitter accounts, allows the tweet preview via 3D Touch and the timeline is not adapted to algorithms.

Price and Availability:

3.49 euros for iPhone and iPad; Android regular 3.49 euros, currently reduced to 1.79 euros

Humbug puzzle

Humbug puzzle
Photo: Humbug Puzzle

What’s the matter:

At this point, we also always like to recommend a casual game that is great to play in a short break. The new release Humbug Puzzle is one of them. However, the name has nothing to do with nonsense, but it is dedicated to the bugs (English: reptiles), which take over the lead role in this game.

Why load:

Humbug Puzzle gets the brain turns going. Each crawler animal on the field has a different characteristic: the grasshopper may e.g. skip other animals. The worm moves only one field at a time. And the spider only holds up one obstacle. The goal is to place the beautifully animated critters in all fields with stars. Sounds easy, but from level 15 is very tricky. But that’s what makes Humbug Puzzle so special.

Good to know:

Generally, the game can be played for free. In case of several failed attempts in one level you will get one commercial each. The advertising can be disabled in-app by a one-time purchase of 3.49 euros forever.

Price and Availability:

Free for iOS and Android

Here are more contributions from the App column:

  • In the test: The best apps – Part 1
  • In the test: The best apps – Part 2

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