ZDNet App Wrap: May 6, 2013

ZDNet App Wrap: May 6, 2013

Summary: This week, the App Wrap looks at Google Search, Facebook Beta, Qantas, Google Keep, Location Alert, ClipNote Special, rediATM Finder, and Field Guide to Pest Animals of Australia.

TOPICS: AppWrap, Apps

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    Google Search

    Platform: iOS

    Price: Free

    The big update in this app is that Google Now is available for iOS.

    After a week of use though, is this much-hyped feature worth all the talk?

    As it presently stands: No.

    And that's because I will not allow Google to enable its Google Web History for my profile. That results in missing out on all the nifty timely cards for regularly searched items, such as sporting teams and the like.

    The conspiracy theory part of my brain says that the search giant is probably storing that data anyway, so why not embrace the insanity and just let Google Now do its thing?

    It's just that I do not think Google and I are ready to take our data mining relationship to the next level.

    It's not you Google Now, it's me.

  • (Image: Microsoft)

    Facebook Beta

    Platform: Windows Phone 8

    Price: Free

    Facebook is going beyond "Metro" with its latest app refresh, ditching the standard Windows Phone look for one that is more at home on iOS or Android.

    And when I say Facebook, I actually mean Microsoft. A glance at the apps page will reveal that this app is being credited to Redmond, not the social giant.

    An interesting development, as is the fact that this app is restrcited currently to only Windows Phone 8.

    Loyal Windows Phone users, this app is not for you. Sorry.

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    Platform: iOS

    Price: Free

    Qantas' flagship app for iOS received an update last week, and it looks far better than before.

    The app has the ability to search and book flights, has integration with Passbook, can check flight status, and has price alerts.

    If you fly Qantas regularly, this app looks like a must-have.

Topics: AppWrap, 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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