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: 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.

  • (Credit: UberMedia)

    Echofon for Twitter

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    Here's something of a rarity these days: a Twitter client that's still in active development, and without a price of AU$20 or a bunch of crying that Twitter is stopping it from making money. Probably because it is sitting on an awfully large amount of user tokens.

    Given that the official Twitter client for Android is not outstanding by any definition, if you are in the market for a new Twitter client, maybe this one is for you. Echofon also has a Pro version, which is available for AU$5.

Topic: Apps

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