ZDNet App Wrap: February 4, 2013

ZDNet App Wrap: February 4, 2013

Summary: Apps this week include: St George Banking App, Vine, DrupalCon Sydney, RACQ, AppZorter, OpenVPN Connect, NAB, and one app that we question the existence of.

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  • (Credit: RACQ Operations)

    RACQ Mobile Service

    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    Forget this app's trip planning and other navigation-related features; the reason you want it is that you can request roadside assistance without needing to call a switchboard. Using the phone's GPS, the app will tell RACQ dispatch your location.

    This all sounds wonderful, but look at that picture above. Bonus points for keeping it real, but I do hope that 40 minutes isn't typical the typical wait time offered by the RACQ.

  • (Credit: DemiDoes)

    AppZorter

    Platform: Samsung Android

    Price: Free

    This app is incredibly useful, but only if you have a Samsung Android device. By default, the TouchWiz theme on Android sorts apps in the "All Applications" grid by installation date. After a while, this means that any alphabetisation of the grid is sorely lacking, and iOS-like "Where'd that app go, wait, I'll just search for it" userflow kicks in.

    All this app does is re-sort the applications grid, and in doing so restores order from chaos, and that is what makes it brilliant.

    There is also a paid version for AU$0.99 to remove the standard annoying ads found in many Android apps.

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    OpenVPN Connect

    Platform: iOS, Android

    Price: Free

    If you are looking for the official OpenVPN app, then look no further.

    The app allows the importation of .ovpn profiles from SD card, iTunes, OpenVPN Access Server, Private Tunnel, or a browser link. Owners of the Nexus 7 will be able to use hardware-backed keystores, while everyone can use its IPv6 support and improved power management.

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Topics: AppWrap, Apps, Mobility

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