Best apps for Android, May 2013

Tasker The ultimate app for task automation. Price: $3.49 | By: Crafty Apps | From: Google Play There are many Android users out there for whom the mere mention of Tasker will bring a proud tear or two to their geeky eyes. The reason for this pride comes from the unmitigated power that this app…

Best Apps for iOS, September 2011

Tiny TowerWho knew running a skyscraper could be so addictive?I dreamt of Tiny Tower last night. Pixelated people surrounded me mouths agape as I wandered through their impossibly tall residence. Worse than this as I woke I didn’t sit back and think “maybe I’m investing too much time into this game” I thought “I wonder…

Bring it on: The Imagine Cup heads to Australia in 2012

Ireland’s Team Hermes won the top prize of the Imagine Cup finals in New York last night with their entry in the software design category Hermes. A road safety software solution Hermes is installed in a driver’s car and records information about the driver’s control of the vehicle and the car’s location. This information is…

Best Apps for Android, May 2011

StickybitsFoursquare for objects rather than places.Stickybits which has recently been overhauled for Android (but is also available on iOS) is a social barcode scanner. When you scan a barcode in Stickybits it creates a page for that barcode (the equivalent of a “place” in Foursquare) complete with a “wall” where you can post text photos…

How to develop for BlackBerry: A Tale of Two Platforms

As the third party in what has popularly become a smartphone war between Apple and Google Research In Motion (RIM) finds itself in the unique position of being relatively far from the spotlight while enjoying a strong fan base that means the company’s BlackBerry platform is far from fading.This puts it at a great advantage…

Prepaid mobile data bargains: we sift through the options to find where the best value lies

It used to be a no-brainer. If you wanted a decent amount of data to use on your smartphone you had to sign up for a postpaid contract. End of story. Now the decision isn’t so clear-cut. In the last six months mobile carriers have really stepped their game up with regards to mobile data…

Mobile service bargains update: iiNet enters the fray

APC only just covered amaysim’s entry into the budget prepaid mobile sector but already we have another new contender for the value crown. ISP iiNet has “gone mobile” offering a range of new contract-free mobile phone plans. Unlike amaysim’s prepaid offering iiNet’s new plans are based on a cap model. There are three different plans…

Google’s Chrome Web Store: 10 free apps available for Australian users right now

This week Google launched the Chrome Web Store an online portal offering apps extensions and themes for Google’s Chrome browser. At this point commercial apps are only officially for sale in the United States but if you have a credit card and a Google Checkout account you can in fact buy apps using the .com…

The Android cometh: The Top 10 Android smartphones

This year has seen an explosion of new Android smartphones with big names like Samsung LG Motorola and Sony Ericsson joining HTC to produce smartphones in a variety of sizes form factors and price points. Especially noteworthy are the selection of prepaid and affordable Android handsets making smartphones a lot more accessible to the greater…