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: 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.

  • (Image: Metro Trains Melbourne)


    Platform: Android

    Price: Free

    MetroNotify provides push notifications on service levels of Melbourne's Metro train system.

    The service levels are broken down into: "good service", up to 5 minutes late; "minor delays" between 5 and 15 minutes late; over 15 minutes late is a "major delay"; as well as "suspended", "works alert", and "travel alert".

    The operator says that each category "will be accompanied by information explaining why there is a delay or a change to your service". Presumably, good service is impossible to explain on Australian public transport netwoks.

  • (Image: Monash University)

    Monash Univeristy

    Platform: iOS, Android

    Price: Free

    Often in the App Wrap, we cover the various university based apps with a thin veil that has "get off my lawn" written on it, but this is an app that looks good, seems to be useful, and as such, is a cut above the rest.

    The app offers students a timetable feature, unit entries for each subject, staff directory, and goes beyond the regular campus map to offer internal maps of buildings.

    The library includes a loans listing and PC finder.

    Nice work, Monash!

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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