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ZDNet App Wrap: 14 November 2011

There are always cool new apps coming out, so it's hard to keep up. <i>ZDNet Australia</i> brings you a taste of some of the apps that have surfaced or been updated recently.
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By ZDNet Australia team on
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ByBizShield

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPad)

This app, from the Australian government, aims to help businesses create an emergency management and recovery plan. It provides steps that businesses need to carry out to be shipshape in the case of a disaster.

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Tango

Price: Free
Platform: Windows Phone 7, Android, iOS (iPhone)

For Windows Phone users: this app provides free calls and free video calls. It's also compatible with iPhone, Android and PC, so you can keep in touch with a wide range of contacts. It has a simple interface, and even works over Wi-Fi to save you money on calls.

It does seem to have a few kinks to be worked out for certain phones, but you it is free.

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AccountEdge Mobile

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

Having a nightmare with your accounts? AccountEdge Mobile lets you record sales and activity slips, as well as enter expenses and contacts on your iPhone or iPad. You can then sync it with your AccountEdge software on your PC.

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Shazam Encore

Price: Free (limited time)
Platform: BlackBerry

We like this "compliments of BlackBerry" thing — the free apps that RIM is giving away as a thank you for being patient during the recent service interruptions. This week, we found Shazam Encore — the app that helps you figure out what a song is based on the tune. It's free until the end of the year, after which it will revert back to US$5.99, so snap it up while it lasts.

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Logitech Touch Keyboard (beta)

Price: Free
Platform: Android

This beta app from Logitech provides a keyboard that you can resize and customise with text, font, colours and more. There are also nifty extras, such as alternative keys (eg, swiping up for capital letters, instead of pressing shift).

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Ingogo

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone)

Ingogo, created by the team that started Moshtix, puts you in contact with the nearest taxi to you. You can request a driver using your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and check your driver's location in real time. From December, you'll also be able to pay using your mobile. Taxi drivers using ingogo devices are validated to meet strict transport legislative requirements, meaning that the drivers are real drivers, which ingogo sees as its differentiating feature from other taxi apps. It's available in Sydney, and is looking to launch in other cities.

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Siemens Online Support

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone and iPad)

This app gives you access to over 300,000 documents on Siemens Industry products, including FAQs, the latest firmware and software version downloads, manuals, certificates, characteristic curves, application examples and tools, product news and information on successor type in case of product phase-outs.

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Pepsi Max Top Mates

Price: Free
Platform: iOS (iPhone)

This one's a tad frivolous — if you really want to spend time with your mates, but can't seem to get free, the app provides a fake excuse to disguise where you are, supported by pictures and sound effects. Have fun ... but in moderation.

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