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ZDNet App Wrap: April 29, 2013

Uploading to the App Wrap this week are: Yahoo Weather, Yahoo, Swype, Tweetbot, Minimalistic Text, My HTML Pro, Bitcoin: Price and Charts, and Save the Date.
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By Chris Duckett on
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Yahoo Weather

Platform: iOS

Price: Free

Avid readers of the App Wrap would know that a cynical viewpoint is often taken when describing the latest and greatest "must have" apps — but this app has cut through that veil of doubt, and is "officially" a "must have" app.

This app is simply gorgeous.

No, really, it's that good. This isn't some sort of "blogger throwing hyperbole at something decidedly average" description, this app is actually that nice to use. It's actually worthy of multiple adjectives.

The Android version of this app provided a waypost to where the app was headed, but the iOS version smashes it out of the park. As an Android user, this app cannot be ported fast enough.

One of the online comments about this app stated that Microsoft should hire Yahoo to do it next "Metro" UI. There's a parcel of truth at the core to that comment — this app is a great example of how good a typography driven app can be.

Install it now.

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2 of 8 Yahoo

Yahoo

Platform: iOS

Price: Free

We are doubling down on Yahoo today, to show you something you cannot have (in Australia anyway).

It didn't take Yahoo long to work its Summly acquisition into its app portfolio. Yahoo has updated its flagship Yahoo app to include Summly-style summaries of news pieces.

This app is currently only available on the US app store, so international fans of the tl;dr style of news reading will have to be patient.

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Swype

Platform: Android

Price: $0.99

Attention Android users, that little keyboard that always seemed to be caught in a perpetual beta has now been released. For $0.99, you can pick up this app, which is on par with its SwiftKey competition and touts Dragon dictation as an added inclusion, if you have Dragon installed.

Hopefully the final release is more stable than the issues encountered with the beta.

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Tweetbot

Platform: iOS

Price: $2.99

The best Twitter app receieved an update last week, an update that added a button to the app's timelines to allow the user to only view tweets containing embeddable media.

In essence, this turns Twitter into a large image board. Unfortunately, treating Twitter as the world's largest image board makes it an incredibly unoriginal and repetitive place. As image boards go, Twitter is terrible.

But if you want to quickly see a stream of cats and other memes, hit that button and go for your life.

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Minimalistic Text

Platform: Android

Price: Free

Sick of waiting for that widget you've always wanted to appear in Google Play? Then make it yourself!

Do not install this app unless you are prepared to do some work before seeing the reults. It is a framework to create widgets, not a magical app that will create fantastic widgets the moment you hit install.

I've used it for months to produce a minimal storage percentage widget, among other things, and it is perfect for that purpose.

There are plenty of nice examples/samples for this app scattered about the internet — if creating a widget entirely from scratch does not appeal to you.

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My HTML Pro

Platform: iOS

Price: $1.99

If you use this app, I hope that you at least have a keyboard for your iPad. If not, I question what sort of glutton for punishment you are.

The idea of manipulating HTML with the iOS onscreen keyboard is one that fills me with dread.

But if you feel the need to edit HTML files on the go, this app could help service that need.

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Bitcoin: Price and Charts

Platform: Android

Price: Free

It's one of those "does what it says on the tin" style apps.

The Bitcoin prices in this app are retrieved from Mt Gox, and provides charts in USD, CAD, EUR, GBP, PLN, AUS, JPY, and CHF.

If you are Canadian and thought that Bitcoin was a great way to stick it to the man and avoid paying taxes — think again, Revenue Canada is on its way.

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8 of 8 NSW Ministry of Health

Save the Date

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Enter your child's name, date of birth, and GP contact details into this app, and it will remind you when the child is due for their next immunisation.

This app is a good idea, and if you have young children, should be used.

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