ZDNet App Wrap: April 8, 2013

ZDNet App Wrap: April 8, 2013

Summary: Heading into the App Wrap this week are Twitter, Lync 2013, Optus Mobile Security, Perl.doc, Zoho Projects, SOS iAlert, Litecoin Wallet, and Mi-PIE.

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    Twitter

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    During the week, Twitter updated its look for Android 4.0+ and introduced a new flat interface.

    Gone is much of the grey background that framed the different screens of the app previously, with most interface screens now reaching to the edge of the display.

    Some of the functionality is slightly improved, but it's still nowhere near Tweetbot.

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    Lync 2013

    Platform: iPad, Android

    Price: Free

    If your organisation makes use of Microsoft's Lync 2013 software, the chance to go mobile has arrived.

    Both the Android and iPad apps feature the ability to view availability of co-workers; send an instant message, email, or voice call; and provide transport layer security without the need for a VPN.

    While the app itself is free, in order to make use of it, you'll clearly need to purchase the software from Microsoft.

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    Optus Mobile Security

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free trial for 30 days, then $5/month

    Do you trust security apps that appear on April Fool's Day? What if I told you it was branded as an Optus app, but it was actually based on F-Secure inside? What if I then mentioned that the telco was going to bill you an extra $5 a month for the pleasure of protecting one of the telco's flagship handsets?

    Despite those three questions, fleet administrators may be interested in being able to lock, wipe or reset the passwords of devices, and use the Optus Apps portal to control their fleet. But then why wouldn't those administrators be using a full-featured mobile device management suite?

    And the last kicker for Optus is that much of this app's functionality is offered by the handset makers themselves. (But all those annoying "anti-theft" SMS messages from Samsung Apps can wait for another time).

Topics: AppWrap, Apps

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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