ZDNet App Wrap: March 25, 2013

ZDNet App Wrap: March 25, 2013

Summary: This week, our app eyes peer at Coffice, Phone Rights, Telco Navigator, Podcasts, Google Keep, Newsify, Group Play, and RealPlayer.


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    Phone Rights

    Platform: iOS, Android

    Price: Free

    Phone Rights is backed by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and is designed to allow users to test their reception, and log where and when they are experiencing call dropouts, delayed text messages, and slow internet so that they can make a complaint to their provider.

    "This app is the ultimate guide for customers about their rights as a phone or internet customer," said ACCAN spokeswoman Elise Davidson. "The rules around telecommunications can be really confusing for customers, and this app makes it simple for consumers to figure out how to get a problem fixed."

    That's ACAAN's side of the story, now let's see what users think of this app:

    "Crashes every time. Disappointing because it is a good idea and has some good info on how to proceed with complaints," said a so-called Mark Walker on the Google Play store.

    And in case you think it is merely another Android crash issue, here is an iPhone users called Donks21 that left a review: "Great concept, but unfortunately, I can't log my issue after taking pic of low signals? App still has bugs, looking forward to update."

    In summary: A great app in theory, not quite so great in practice.

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    Telco Navigator

    Platform: iPad

    Price: Free

    Attention telco fiends bearing iPads, here is an app that aims to consolidate the legislative and regulatory documents that telco workers (and curious wonks) need.

    Telco Navigator contains 300 documents, which are available offline as well.

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    Platform: iOS

    Price: Free

    Apple has updated its much-maligned Podcasts app. The update adds more customisable features, and claims to improve the speed and stability of the app.

    ... Unlike on Android, where the podcast app de jure Google Listen has been retired to a form of stasis, and will stop working in a reasonable way when Google Reader is shuttered.

    Android users that want to use a Google-supported app for podasts should use Currents.

Topics: AppWrap, Apps, Google 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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