ZDNet App Wrap: 3 December 2012

ZDNet App Wrap: 3 December 2012

Summary: New apps from this week include: UN Calendar of Observances, Outlook, Sydney NYE App, Family History, Echofon for Twitter, iTranslate, Police Child ID, and Abbott Nutrition Product Guide.


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  • (Credit: Microsoft + Seven)


    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    Take a look at this app. Ugly little critter, isn't it?

    What's the killer feature of this app, then? It claims that it's great at receiving "email messages right away with push notifications," syncing calendar and device contacts, folders, and attachments, and using multiple Outlook.com accounts.

    So, therefore, it is an ugly little mail app that offers nothing over the Gmail app or any other mail client that Android vendors choose to bundle in.

  • (Credit: City of Sydney)

    2012 Sydney New Year's Eve App

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    Why would you want an app for New Year's Eve? If knowing the best places to view the Harbour Bridge fireworks from isn't enough, then maybe the 50 free SMS messages will do it.

    According to the app page:

    preload up to 50 midnight SMS messages to your friends and family, and Telstra will send these free of charge from midnight, no matter what network you are on. That way, you can keep partying through midnight and beyond without missing a thing.

    If we can avoid the hassle of post-midnight network congestion, then this app looks like it is a must-have!

    Nice work there, Ms Moore!

  • (Credit: NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice)

    Family History

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    Before all the tin-hat wearers and conspiracy theorists jump all over this app as an invasion of privacy, let's start by pointing out the limits of the "historical indexes" that one can search with this app.

    For births, it is 100 years or more; deaths start at 30 years ago; and marriages are 50 years or more.

    This app is aimed clearly at the family tree builders, and allows users to purchase any certificates that they are interested in.

    For budgetary reasons, we do not suggest that you go all Pokémon and collect them all.

Topic: Apps

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