Here’s to 2014!

Happy new year! Every new year seems to fly by faster than the previous – I can’t believe that I’m already almost four years out of school. While 2013 was a fantastic music-filled year for me, I’m very much looking forward to what 2014 will bring. Here’s to a year filled with pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and fun experiences.

In the meantime, a few of my favorite phone apps from 2013, to help with daily organization and information intake:

1. FeedlyHome
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When Google announced the sunsetting of Google Reader at the start of the year, I immediately began searching for alternatives so I could slowly wean myself off Reader. There were quite a few on the market, including feedly, The Old Reader (which had to rollback its userbase, due to overloading from the influx of ex-Google Reader users) and Digg’s anticipated reader. In the end, Feedly won me over with its clean, simple design and cross-device compatibility. An added bonus is that it works nicely with…

2. PocketHome
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From my RSS feed to friends, I find a lot of articles that I want to save for later reading. Pocket makes it easy to bookmark articles no matter your device, and an added bonus is that lets you read the content directly on Pocket, rather than needing to navigate to the full NYTimes website, etc. Kudos to Shannon for recommending this to me, and Chin for featuring it in her recent Refinery29 article.

3. Yahoo! Weathervia iTunes
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One of the most pleasant surprises of the year – a clean, beautiful and useful weather app from Yahoo! of all companies. In addition to the usual weather metrics, Y!Weather also includes wind, pressure, precipitation and sun/moon position information – all displayed on a backdrop of gorgeous photos (from Flickr, of course) aligned with the current time of day and weather forecast.

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Happy Holidays 2013: Kickstarter Edition

Four Kickstarter favorites from this past year:

1. Ghost CMS Platformvia Kickstarter
Open source blogging platform with a beautiful, clean design. Official website over yonder.
Ghost on Kickstarter

2. The HuMn Walletvia Kickstarter
A sleek, minimalist RFID blocking wallet – not that I would use one necessarily, but this is the best design I’ve seen so far.
HuMn Wallet on Kickstarter

3. GameStickvia Kickstarter
A portable TV game console, all within this one controller.
Gamestick on Kickstarter

And last but not least…

4. Veronica Mars Movie Projectvia Kickstarter
VERONICA MARS IS BACK! AHH!!
Veronica Mars Movie Project

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April Fools’: Quest Mode Edition

I know I’m about 22 hours late, but I just noticed this on Google Maps:
April Fools' Google Maps Quest San Francisco
AND
April Fools' Google Maps 8-Bit Quest

And a video explaining “Google Maps for NES, with beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and a timeless soundtrack.”

SO. AWESOME.

Can we keep this forever? Granted, I would never be able to find my way anywhere ever again, but I’m cool with that.

Also, check out these easter eggs.

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