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ZDNet App Wrap: 1 August 2011

There are always cool new apps coming out, so it's hard to keep up. ZDNet Australia brings you a taste of some of the apps that have surfaced or been updated recently.
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(Credit: Xero)

Xero

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Xero has launched an app to enable its users to manage their finances while they're out and about. Users can view their financial accounts on the phone, including bank accounts, credit cards, PayPal balances, outstanding invoices and expense claims. They can also upload receipts by taking a photo.

Non-iPhone users can access the mobile version of the software at m.xero.com.

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(Credit: RTA NSW)

Live Traffic NSW

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone, not iPad)

This app provides live updates on traffic incidents, and provides access to 66 live traffic cameras run by the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA). Users will be informed of roadworks, major events, fires, floods and snow or ice.

Android users who want to get live traffic information can use this app, although it has been released by Common Cents Apps, not by the RTA, and it costs $1.99.

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(Credit: Viator Systems)

Viator

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone)

Viator is now offering members-only deals via its iPhone app. Markets for the deals include Auckland, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Las Vegas, Munich, New York, Rome, San Fransisco, Sydney, Cairns and Zurich.

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(Screenshot by Suzanne Tindal/ZDNet Australia)

BlackBerry Bridge

Price: Free
Platform: BlackBerry

The Australian Government's Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has given the BlackBerry PlayBook the tick for accessing networks at the restricted and protected classification level and under, as long as it's connected to an approved BlackBerry smartphone running BlackBerry Bridge.

The BlackBerry Bridge app is downloaded to a BlackBerry smartphone, allowing users to access their email, calendar, contacts, memo pad and tasks on the tablet.

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(Credit: Google)

Gmail

Price: Free
Platform: Android

Google has released the latest version of Gmail for Android devices, including a few new options to enhance the user experience. Version 2.3.5 of the email client includes settings to sync only the priority inbox of an account, saving bandwidth by only downloading messages that are directly addressed to the user's account. You can also automatically sync mail contained within any of your user-defined Gmail labels, and, if you choose to sync, a label can also apply a label-specific notification sound to new messages.

Other enhancements noted in the change log on the Android Market include a performance bump and the ability of the client to remember your "Show Pictures" option for messages from the same senders.

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Domain Real Estate App

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPad)

Domain.com.au has released an iPad-specific app, which the company says "allows for a more fun and gesture-based experience".

The app helps you to search for properties to buy, rent or share, and allows you to track prices where you live.

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(Credit: Netgear)

Netgear ReadyShare Cloud

Price: $2.73
Platform: Android

The ReadyShare Cloud App from NetGear allows users to store and share any file from the mobile device on a USB hard drive connected to a Netgear Router that's enabled with ReadyShare Cloud.

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(Credit: Star Alliance Services)

Star Alliance Navigator

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone)

This app allows users to track flights and search for flights, and provides airport information for those travelling on airlines in the Star Alliance. The Alliance touts the app as giving a "true end-to-end service" for frequent flyers.

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