ZDNet App Wrap: March 11, 2013

ZDNet App Wrap: March 11, 2013

Summary: Apps stopping by this week include NRL Live, Posse, Opera, ABC Vegie Guide, ALDImobile, metroNotify, Monash University, and FarmrsMarkts.


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  • (Image: Opera)


    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    Here is the first WebKit based release of Opera. And despite my misgivings over a WebKit monoculture, this app impresses.

    As usual for Opera, it seems as though the little touches and polish is what makes it special. The glee when I discovered the patent-sidestepping arrow that appears on the right hand side when you throw a page up and down is one such example.

    I haven't used this app long or hard enough to see if it suffers from Chrome's crash-tastic nature, or Firefox's crippling CPU chewing, but it is the new leader in the race to replace Chrome as my default Android browser.

  • (Image: ABC)

    ABC Vegie Guide

    Platform: iOS

    Price: Free

    Over at App Wrap central, which lies in inner Sydney, the person responsible for tending to the food-bearing plants has a roughly 1:5 win-loss ratio when it comes to being able to harvest food and herbs from the garden.

    There's no doubt that this app from Gardening Australia will be finding its way into weekend gardening activities.

  • (Image: Medion Australia)


    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    This is yet another carrier app that allows balance checking and recharging of Aldi's prepaid mobile offering. Aldi offers 2GB of data for $15 or 5GB for $35 on top of its standard $15 and $30 plans, using Telstra's 3G network. (But what exactly are those two people doing on the side of the ALDImobile site?)

    Interestingly, this app currently crashes when trying to bring up a map of Aldi stores.

Topic: AppWrap


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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