The Best Digital Tools and Platforms for Personal Use

While our remote team has been working away from the office, it has given them a chance to think about how they are able to switch off at the end of their working day. At-home entertainment is becoming a popular alternative to outdoor activities while social distancing is in place.

Being a software design agency, most of our team’s main interests lie in the latest technologies and platforms that provide the opportunity of networking and socialising with others. Here are some of the best tools and platforms that can keep you connected with friends and family during the lockdown and socialise with others with similar interests to you across the globe. 

Our team has conducted a comprehensive list of the best digital platforms they recommend for personal use to keep in touch with friends, colleagues, and family members during social distancing. 

Discord

Discord is a real-time chat platform that makes it easier for gamers, influencers, YouTubers, and anyone with an audience to connect with their community based on their interests. Each server functions as its own community blending approachable chat UI design found in apps like Slack with video and voice chat. 

This online community has been highlighted by our team because of its accessibility in terms of providing a place for other like-minded individuals to socialise and stay connected during COVID19. You can create or join servers both public and private with many focusing on a variety of topics like anime, cryptocurrency, self-improvement, gaming, and much more. 

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons blend the strategising fun of military war games with the immersive storytelling of fantasy role-play and is a great source of comfort for introverts, or those who want to escape into a world of their own. You’ll be placed in worlds of sword and sorcery, sharing elements with popular childhood games that are driven by the imagination.

Each player creates an adventurer and teams up with other adventurers exploring a world full of dark dungeons, ruined cities, haunted castles, lost temples and jungles solving puzzles, battling fantastic monsters and discovering treasure. They are currently offering free material, adventures and resources right now too so you can play the game remotely with extra perks. 

Twitch

Twitch is best known as the world’s leading live streaming platform for gamers. Millions of people come together live every day to chat, interact and engage in topics and themes like games, music, talk shows, sports, travel and outdoors, food and drink, and special events. 

It is also a developer’s dreamland offering countless tools to build new live entertainment solutions and interactive experiences on the go. You can impact how streamers and viewers experience games, poop culture, and more with over 2,000,000+ streamers engaging with the platform right now. They also hold regular Watch Parties hosted by Amazon Prime Video available for streaming, Super Game events, and regular meetups with other communities. 

Zwift

At Coderus, we have several fitness fanatics and enthusiasts in the team who enjoy running regular marathons, triathlons and cycling in their spare time outside of work. Zwift is the ultimate app for riding, running, and training with your community. 

With over six worlds and eighty plus routes to explore, you can cycle the streets of New York city, climb a volcano, jet across the desert with the help of a smart trainer, so you can race from the comfort of your own home! 

It blends the fun of video games with the intensity of serious training so you can level up in virtual worlds, take part in over 1,000 structured workouts made by top coaches around the world and meet your personal best goals with the Zwift community. 

Amazon 

If you are looking for somewhere to purchase the best of the latest deals, then Amazon is your go to place! Our team loves Amazon because of all the tech goodies that can be purchased with next day delivery and without having to leave our homes! 

They often have daily super deals on there too, so you can purchase equipment for half the price. Amazon comes with lots of other benefits too, like music streaming apps, prime rewards, prime photos and discounts. There is even an Amazon Pantry section where you can buy household items, without the hassle of virtually queuing to make an online food order. 

Amazon Kindle

As a sub service of Amazon, Kindle offers a selection of your favourite reads online. With Kindle you can download a PDF version of the book online to keep forever and store a collection of reads, without it bulking out your bookshelf at home! 

You can access thousands of popular titles without having to wait for the book to be delivered to you and is very portable too so wherever you go, you can take your favourite books with you to read. 

Each book collection can be stored into categories of your choice with an automatic archive function so you can delete books and download them for another time. If you are studying the book you are reading you can make detailed annotations to the text and automatically bookmark your pages, making Amazon Kindle a must have.

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