Kids keep a wish list and Twitter brings people together around specific topics.

These are the apps of the week.

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In the past, the thick toy book from the local shops that fell on the mat every year was the way to make a wish list for Sinterklaas or your birthday.

Nowadays everything is done via smartphones and there is of course much more choice than that one local toy store.

Listi is a toy book in the form of an app with the offerings of several well-known online stores.

The idea is that children can look at toys to put on their list.

It is then possible to give each item on the list a star rating to indicate how much they like the toy.

As soon as the child is ready, the list can be sent via WhatsApp or e-mail, for example.

Parents are then offered a price comparator.

A maximum amount can be set in the app to keep the list realistic.

The makers hope that this will help children learn to deal with a budget.

Download Listi for Android or iOS (free).

Microsoft Start

When you think of Microsoft Start, you may first think of Windows' Start button, but it's also the name of the company's new news app that features articles from various news sources.

Microsoft Start works without registering, but only logging in gives you more options to personalize what you see.

This way you can set news sources and interests yourself.

The app also learns what you find interesting via artificial intelligence.

That system helps you by indicating for each message whether you want to read more or less of those kinds of articles.

You will soon also find your personalized news feed as a widget in Windows 11. You can give every news item a like.

Just like with Facebook, for example, you get the choice to place a thumbs up, heart, crying face or angry face.

Download Microsoft Start for Android or iOS (free).

Twitter

Sometimes you want to share something on Twitter, but you don't want to send it to all your followers.

Many users therefore choose to create a secret account with a select group of followers with whom they can share everything.

Twitter now offers an alternative to this with Twitter Communities.

The idea is that people in such a community come together around a certain topic.

If you join, you can send tweets to these people without bothering all your followers.

Only people in that same community can comment on your tweets.

Unlike protected private accounts, the communities are public.

This means that anyone who is interested in the subject can read along.

Moderators manage the communities by setting the rules and inviting people.

At the moment, the communities are still being tested on Twitter, so not everyone can use the feature yet.

In the coming period, more people will receive an invitation for the position.

Download Twitter for Android or iOS (free).

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