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: Metro Trains Melbourne)

    metroNotify

    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!

  • (Image: Lambda Software)

    FarmrsMarkts

    Platform: iOS

    Price: Free

    Here's an app with a good idea and a ridiculous name.

    The Victorian Farmers' Market association has backed this app to show accredited farmers' markets, producers that attend, and what is in season.

    This is all fine and dandy, but I've had to write this name a few times already today, and I have no idea how it is correctly misspelt. A couple of more vowels would help the discoverability of this app.

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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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