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ZDNet App Wrap: 12 June 2012

Sophos Mobile Encryption, Pro Party Planner, SMS Auto Reply, VidyoCast, Spotify, Open Garden, Logbook, Trip Planner Sydney
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(Credit: Sophos)

Sophos Mobile Encryption

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

If you're using Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise Encryption for Cloud Storage, this app lets you access your encrypted files from your mobile device — files stored in a Dropbox account can be opened using a pre-defined passphrase. You can also access files uploaded to the device using iTunes, have files available for offline access and mark favourite files.

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Pro Party Planner

Price: $5.49
Platform: iOS (iPad and iPhone)

Are you organising a work function and feeling overwhelmed by it? This app will give you a hand. You can keep track of guests invited and their RSVPs, make shopping lists and plan what to do with the venue using a photo of it. The shopping lists can be organised by store or by person responsible for their purchase, and items are tallied up for a budget.

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(Credit: e-Mobile Software)

SMS Auto Reply

Price: US$4.99
Platform: BlackBerry

If you're in a meeting and don't want to take a call, you can turn on Auto Reply and choose a customised message to be sent. Your phone will SMS callers with the reply.

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(Credit: Vidyo)

VidyoCast

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Broadcasting companies using VidyoCast infrastructure can use this app to contribute to shows they're creating, by using the device's camera and microphone. Correspondents will get an email invitation with a link to the application in the app store, and a link to identify themselves to the application. They can then see a video return feed from the studio of the show they're contributing to, as well as a preview of the feed they're sending to the studio.

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(Credit: Spotify)

Spotify

Price: Free
Platform: Android, iOS (iPhone and iPad)

While the Spotify app is free to download, only users who sign up for premium access to the music-streaming service (at $11.99 per month) can use it after an initial two-day trial. Users can sign up for the service or use their Facebook account to log in. In the app, you can access Spotify's entire music library, access playlists (which you can create or copy from others) and listen to content both online and offline, as long as you've synced the content beforehand. The 3G streaming can be a little unstable, and it's no comparison to iTunes, but it's a good start for music streaming.

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(Credit: Open Garden)

Open Garden

Price: Free
Platform: Android

Want your tethering to be simpler? Open Garden creates a peer-to-peer wireless mesh network from your phone to your laptop. You need to install the computer software, but, once that's taken care of, all you have to do is open both apps, and voila! Internet access! If you're stuck without Wi-Fi, then it's an ingenious solution.

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(Credit: Millipede Creative Development)

Logbook

Price: $2.99
Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

This app allows you to log your trips, supporting multiple vehicles, and the interface is one of the cleanest we've ever seen. The most interesting feature is that it generates reports compliant with the Australian Tax Office (ATO), and emails them straight to your accountant. If you drive a lot on the job, it looks like it'll join your suite of indispensible apps, no question.

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Trip Planner Sydney

Price: $0.99
Platform: Android

If you're looking for an alternative trip planner for Sydney, maybe you should check this one out. It helps you move around Sydney using trains (Cityrail), buses (Sydney Buses, Busways, Hillbus and many other major bus providers), ferries, trams and monorails.

It also gives you a hand if you're driving, hailing a taxi, riding a bike or walking, making it slightly different to other transport apps, and helping you to get to your destination as fast as possible.

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