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ZDNet App Wrap: January 7, 2013

A new year brings new apps as we take a look at AWS Console, Sydney Festival, Low FODMAP Diet, Wotif, Ticketek, Eye In The Sky, Claims Buddy, and What Bin Day.
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(Credit: Amazon)

AWS Console for Android

Platform: Android

Price: Free

Last week, Amazon announced an update to its mobile management services for AWS users — and while iOS users will have to be happy with an updated mobile site, Android users have scored themselves an app. iOS users may see the move as "Inconceivable!", but Amazon does know a thing or two about Android because of its Kindle products.

The app allows for viewing of EC2 instances and Cloudwatch alarms, EC2 metrics, automated actions that are set up for each alarm, AWS service health status, multiple accounts, and multiple region support.

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(Credit: Sydney Festival)

Sydney Festival 2013

Platform: iOS

Price: Free

It's January, and the Sydney Festival has returned for another year. This time, iOS freaks get to shed the Amazon anger as normal service resumes with an iOS exclusive app.

Contents of this app include the standard stuff you've seen in apps of this kind before: a listing of all events and artists, daily deals, a map panel, and event information.

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(Credit: CEMA, Monash University)

The Monash University Low FODMAP Diet

Platform: iOS

Price: AU$10.49

If you thought that this was an app that would help you lose all the extra weight you gained over the break, then this isn't the app for you.

The Low FODMAP Diet is designed for people to manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. The university says that the key is to reduce a group of carbohydrates called FODMAPs — hence the name of the app.

Inside this app is a list of low FODMAP foods, 79 recipes, and a low FODMAP challenge.

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(Credit: Wotif.com)

Wotif.com

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Wotif.com's iOS application has received an iPad version, and an Android app is now available in Google Play.

The app carries across the functionality of the company's website, with the added bonus of offline access to bookings.

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(Credit: Ticketek)

Ticketek

Platform: iOS

Price: Free

Do you love paying booking fees while on the move? With this app from Ticketek, you are only a few taps away from paying more than $5 for digital tickets. What a bargain!

People that love the latest attempt to make QR codes useful — sorry, I mean Passbook users — will love the Passbook integration.

But if the above screenshot is representative of the gigs that Passbook users will add, we'll pass on it.

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(Credit: Tim Clark)

Eye In Sky

Platform: Android

Price: Free; AU$1.83 (ad-free version)

Over the break, the Android half of the App Wrap sentience discovered this little weather app for Android.

Not only does it look good, but having the current temperature always available at the top of the screen is a handy addition, particularly in the humid summer heat that we are experiencing.

A key to remove the app's ads is also available, but you need to have the free version installed first.

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(Credit: Bingle)

Claims Buddy

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: Free

Last year we found a timely AAMI claim app, and it looks like another insurer is getting in on the app craze in the form of Bingle.

But it only looks that way, Bingle and AAMI share the same Suncorp owner, and the apps look like they have the same functionality.

We prefer the AAMI version, but if garish green is your thing, then this app delivers!

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What Bin Day

Platform: iOS, Android

Price: Free

One of the benfits of open data from local governments is the number of apps on offer that can inform you when bin night is.

The What Bin Day app is focused on Brisbane, but also offers coverage for Sydney City, North Sydney, Melbourne City, Cairns City, Perth, Darwin City, and Ipswich City council areas.

For AU$2, the app will unlock the ability to add multiple locations, provide push notifications, and support for other council events, such as kerbside clean up.

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