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.

TOPICS: AppWrap, Apps

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    Zoho Projects

    Platform: iOS, Android

    Price: Free-ish

    This app is another one of those "the first taste is free" type apps. It starts on a 15-day trial, after which it goes into Free Edition mode unless an add-on in Zoho Projects is purchased.

    If you think that this is a good purchasing model for your app, I suggest you read a few reviews of this app before you head down that path.

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    SOS iAlert

    Platform: iOS

    Price: $0.99

    An app that works great in theory, if the iPhone is tracking your location, the least it can do is inform significant others when you are in trouble.

    In practice though, if you are in trouble, are you likely to be able to get to your iPhone and open an app to inform others that you are feeling unsafe. And is there an easy way to notify people that you are now not feeling unsafe?

    Could this be the app that cried wolf?

    Either way, I hope you never need to use it.

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    Litecoin Wallet

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    Bitcoin is so passe, if you want to get on the ground floor of another virtual currency, then Litecoin may be your ticket.

    This app is meant to be able to send payments through NFC and also via QR-codes, but the camera functionality is suspect. Another problem is that the blockchain can take days to sync.

    But that's all part of the price of getting in on the ground floor of the next virtual currency that will free us from our corporate and governmental overloads, isn't it?

Topics: AppWrap, Apps


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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