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Tech Talk Radio App of the Week! - 2011

With the ever increasing range of smart phones and tablets, the following is a list of Phone Apps and Tablet Apps which the Tech Talk Radio panel have come across and thought worthy of inclusion. If you have a favourite app worth a mention on the show, then please tell us about it! You can see some of the suggestions here!

Episode 49/2011 - TX: December 5 2011(Ep 359)  
Cartoon Studio Pro

Apple's iPad & iPhone: Cartoon Studio Pro

Create multi-celled cartoons straight from your iPhone, iPodTouch and iPad! Are you ever bored on a train and think of an awesome joke? Wouldn’t it be great to quickly make a cartoon and email it to a friend or post it to Twitter or Facebook? With Cartoon Studio you can! With additional art packs available for downloading (and more packs to be added) there is no excuse to not start creating cartoons now! 

Episode 48/2011 - TX: November 28 2011(Ep 360)  

Android: Webkey (ROOT REQUIRES)

You can control your phone from any browser: type, click, GPS, screenshot, etc. Using this program you can control your phone from any browser: click and type on phone, get, save screenshots, download, upload files, get GPS location, read and write SMS, export contacts, messages, call list, notify SMS, calls, and terminal emulator,

Episode 47/2011 - TX: November 21 2011(Ep 359)  
Google Translate

Android: Google Translate

Translate text between more than 60 languages.

Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for Android. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.

Episode 46/2011 - TX: November 14 2011(Ep 358)  

Apple's iPad: WhiteNote

WhiteNote is an easy to use digital notebook application for the iPad that supports free-form text positioning and basic free-hand drawing as well as support for images and sound. It is designed to replace a physical notebook but applies technological advantages such as searching, real-time collaborative white boarding and content sharing. With WhiteNote, like a real notebook, you can create subjects to categorize your work. Then insert as many pages as you need using one of the many optional paper styles.

Episode 45/2011 - TX: November 7 2011(Ep 357)  
What's App

All Platforms: What's App

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

In addition to basic messaging iPhone, Android, Nokia and BlackBerry WhatsApp Messenger users can send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

Episode 44/2011 - TX: October 31 2011(Ep 356)  

Apple: NavFree

Navfree is a completely free GPS navigation app with no additional monthly charges. It uses map data created by a community of thousands of users around the world. This means as the community grows so does the quality of the map data.  Navfree features onboard maps that are stored directly onto your device so there is no need for a constant data connection whilst driving. It also allows you to browse maps any time anywhere without paying for data connections. Also, benefit from no additional roaming charges when abroad! Hoorah!

Episode 43/2011 - TX: October 24 2011(Ep 355)  
Parted magic

The Parted Magic OS employs core programs of GParted and Parted to handle partitioning tasks with ease, while featuring other useful software (e.g. Partimage, TestDisk, Truecrypt, Clonezilla, G4L, SuperGrubDisk, ddrescue, etc…) and an excellent set of info to benefit the user. An extensive collection of file system tools are also included, as Parted Magic supports the following: btrfs, ext2, ext3, ext4, fat16, fat32, hfs, hfs+, jfs, linux-swap, ntfs, reiserfs, reiser4, and xfs. Parted Magic requires at least a i586 processor and 312MB of RAM to operate or 175MB in “Live” mode.

Episode 42/2011 - TX: October 17 2011(Ep 354)  

Android: Vlingo

The original is still the best voice-powered Virtual Assistant on Android. Looking for Siri-like functionality on your Android device? Look no further. Vlingo is your very own Virtual Assistant. Simply speak to Vlingo and it will help you get more done, faster and easier than before. Try saying "Text John; What's up?" or "find italian restaurants" or even "update Facebook; Vlingo rocks!" Download to learn everything Vlingo can do for you.

Android Only.

Episode 41/2011 - TX: October 10 2011(Ep 353)  
Mobile Destination Alert

Apple: Mobile Destination Alert

Never miss your stop again! MDA is WORLD'S FIRST distance-based destination alert, that ensures you get the most out of your travels on the train, bus or car, without the worry of missing your stop. It works even when there are delays and the arrival time is completely unknown! MDA works in the background and alerts you (via vibration, message, and music) when you're approaching your destination using GPS technology! So take a nap, enjoy your book, or play games on your iPhone without worrying about missing your stop ever again!

Episode 40/2011 - TX: October 3 2011(Ep 352)  
Satellite Flybys

Android: Satellite Flybys

Turn your phone into a satellite tracker. See the ISS, shuttle, even spy sats!

Would you like your phone to alert you when the ISS, shuttle, or even spy sats are flying overhead? Simple! Satellite Flybys turns your phone into a full-featured satellite tracker with flyby alarms and more.

Episode 39/2011 - TX: September 25 2011(Ep 351)  

Apple: Foodi

Favourite chef recipes from ABC TV and Radio for iPads with iOS 4.0 and above.

Browse 145 mouth-watering recipes from 45 chefs, including Poh Ling Yeow, Maggie Beer, Simon Bryant, Bill Granger, and Matt Moran. Flip through recipes by dish, browse by season, chef, or occasion such as entertaining. Foodi also offers gluten free and vegan recipes.

Episode 38/2011 - TX: September 19 2011(Ep 350)  

Apple: Birdbrain Twitter Statistics

If you're serious about Twitter you need Birdbrain! Birdbrain checks your Twitter accounts for changes to your friends and followers, and tracks mention, retweets and list memberships.

When you start Birdbrain it takes a snapshot of your Twitter account and shows you the changes since it last updated. While Birdbrain is running it will automatically update every 20 minutes.

Episode 37/2011 - TX: September 12 2011(Ep 349)  

Symbian: Situations

Nokia Situations helps your device tie more into your life. You can manually define situations, like “In a meeting”, “Sleeping”, “Watching TV”, or “Playing with kids” and define how you want the device to act.  With the application running in the background, your device automatically senses the situation you are in and adapts to it according to your preferences.

Episode 36/2011 - TX: September 5 2011(Ep 348)  
Angry Birds Seasons

Android: Angry Birds Seasons

Angry Birds Seasons: Moon Festival! It's September and the moon is full and high as the Angry Birds head to China for the mooncake festival! The 3000-year-old harvest festival is one of the most important Chinese holidays, and the pigs think they can hide themselves in the midst of all the celebrations. Help the Angry Birds as they chase the pigs through 30 brand new levels filled with pagodas, rabbits, and red lanterns, lit by a dazzling harvest moon.
Android or iPhone

Episode 35/2011 - TX: August 29 2011(Ep 347)  
Cut the rope

Apple iPhone and Android: Cut the Rope

Cut the Rope, catch a star, and feed Om Nom candy in this award-winning game!

The long-awaited hit game has finally arrived at Android! Join MORE THAN 40 MILLION PEOPLE who have already played this game and gave it an average rating of 4,81 (out of 5)!

Android or iPhone

Episode 34/2011 - TX: August 22 2011(Ep 346)  

Apple iPad : Boxee

Video from you and your friends - all in one place that goes anywhere. 
Boxee for iPad brings videos from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and your computer all onto your ipad so you can find and watch new videos or favorites on the train, in bed, on the couch, on the john, during boring conversation, on the patio, from the roof deck, in an abandoned bunker, on the side of a mountain....

Episode 33/2011 - TX: August 15 2011(Ep 345)  

Android: Lookout Security & Anti-Virus

Get Lookout for FREE: Security, Find My Phone, and Backup and Restore.
Just as you protect your PC with antivirus, you need to protect your phone from malware and spyware. But unlike traditional virus protection, Lookout is lightweight and only consumes the amount of battery power in one day as a 33 second phone call.

Android Only.

Episode 32/2011 - TX: August 8 2011(Ep 344)  
Flight Radar

Apple iPhone, iPad and Android: Flight Radar

Flightradar24 is a flight tracker, that makes it possible to view airplane traffic, in real time, on a Map in your iPhone/iPad/iPod. The website is also sensational.

Android Market

Episode 31/2011 - TX: August 1 2011(Ep 343)  

Apple iPhone: 8mm Vintage Camera $1.99 PAID APP

Shoot old-fashioned 8mm movies in real time.

8mm Vintage Camera brings your iPhone and iPod Touch back in time to capture the beauty and magic of old school vintage movies. By mixing and matching films and lenses, you can recreate the atmosphere of those bygone eras with 42 timeless retro looks. Dust & scratches, retro colors, flickering, light leaks, frame jitters - all can be instantly added with a single tap or swipe. iPhone Only

Episode 30/2011 - TX: July 25 2011(Ep 342)  

Apple iPhone: Trimmit

Trimit is a bookmarklet [] and iOS app that allows you to evaluate the relevance of a webpage by providing an accurate and succinct summary of its content. trimit is the world's first automatic text summariser and simplifier for any mobile device. 

iPhone Only

Episode 29/2011 - TX: July 18 2011(Ep 341)  

Apple iPhone: CBA Property Guide

The Property Guide app helps anyone looking to keep on top of the property market make smarter property decisions with ‘augmented reality' insights in to almost any Australian home, anytime, anywhere. The app uses ‘augmented reality' technology where rich data, which may include past sales history, current property listings and recent sales, is mapped on to a real world view through the iPhone's camera on more than 95 per cent of residential properties in Australia.

iPhone Only

Episode 28/2011 - TX: July 11 2011(Ep 340)  
Google +

Android and Apple iPhone: Google +

Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler. Huddle lets you send super-fast messages to the people you care about most. With your permission, Instant Upload automatically puts the photos and videos you take into a private album in the cloud, so you can share them anytime, from anywhere. And no matter where you are, the stream lets you stay in the loop about what your friends are sharing and where they're checking in.

Android and iPhone

Episode 27/2011 - TX: July 4 2011(Ep 339)  
Where's my Android

Android: Where's my Andoid?

Ever lost your phone and you go to call it to listen for the ringer and remember its on silent mode? Now when you lose it you can text your phone with the custom set attention word and it will turn silent mode off, the ringer vol up, and start ringing. You can also text a different attention word and get the GPS location of your phone.

Android Only.

Episode 26/2011 - TX: June 27 2011(Ep 338)  

Android: IP Webcam

Turn you phone into a wireless camera! Supports Windows, Mac and Linux. Turns your phone into a network camera with multiple viewing options. View your camera on any platform with VLC player or web browser.

Use IP Webcam with tinyCam Monitor on another android device or with third-party MJPG software, including video surveillance software, security monitors and most audio players.
Android Only.

Episode 25/2011 - TX: June 20 2011(Ep 337)  
Food Spotting

Android: Foodspotting Lite

Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it. Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can find and share where to find your favorite dishes using photos.

This is a Lite version that includes the basic features of foodspotting.

Android Only.

Episode 24/2011 - TX: June 13 2011(Ep 336)  
Juice Defender

Android: Juice Defender by Latedroid

Ditch your charger - increasing battery life has never been so easy!
Always carrying your charger around? You don't need to!
JuiceDefender intelligently and transparently manages for you mobile connectivity and other battery-sensitive components, greatly improving battery life.

Android Only.

Episode 23/2011 - TX: June 6 2011(Ep 335)  

Apple / Android: Pulse by Alphonso Labs

Meet Pulse. A beautiful application that makes reading news fun and engaging.Pulse is a beautiful app that takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article to see a clean and elegant view of the news story. Save stories for reading later across all platforms or sync them with Instapaper, Read it Later and Evernote. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter and email is as easy as two taps.

Available for iPhone and Android

Episode 22/2011 - TX: May 30 2011(Ep 334)  

Android: LogMaster by 10thDoor

LogMaster is a travel log application for Android. It can be used for tracking travel logs for multiple vehicles or for logging any trip.

LogMaster is designed to be easy to use and to record vehicle logs quickly. The vehicle logs can be viewed in the application or can be emailed.

Episode 21/2011 - TX: May 23 2011(Ep 333)  
SMS Scheduler

Android: SMS Scheduler by

SMS Scheduler is a simple tool for automatic sms messages sending with chosen frequency. 
Have you ever forgotten about sending your mother happy birthday wishes ? Has your love one ever wanted to break up with you after not getting any sweet nothings on your anniversary ? Have you ever hoped for tightening up relations with your business partners by sending them Christmas wishes? Now you can do it in advance and just don't trouble with it anymore.

Episode 20/2011 - TX: May 16 2011(Ep 332)  
Last Night Never Happened

Apple: Last Night Never Happened: the "Morning-After" App by Soho

We all get carried away now and then and end up posting embarrassing tweets and photos of ourselves and our friends, forgetting that all of our contacts on Facebook and Twitter can see them, family included!
Last Night Never Happened is the life-saving app that will help you avoid letting those posts spread on the internet.

Using LNNH couldn't be easier! Simply choose which social networks to log into (Facebook/Twitter), set the dial to the number of hours back that you'd like to delete, and the app will show you in real time exactly how many items you posted during that time. Once you hit the "Last Night Never Happened" button and confirm, they'll be gone forever within seconds!

Episode 19/2011 - TX: May 9 2011(Ep 331)  
Train Trapper

Android: Melbourne Train Trapper by Scott Vandonkelaar

Offline timetable app for Melbourne Metro trains - Your complete timetable guide for the Metro Train Network.
Allows you to find the trains times for any Metro train service. Detects your location and displays the upcoming trains at your nearest station.
- Shows upcoming trains for your nearest or selected station
- Filter the display based on train line and direction
- Add stations to your favourites for quicker station selection and also quick views of when the train will arrive.
- Heaps of customising settings available including 'Home Lines' which will automatically filter the display to those lines when the app starts up.
- Search for trains at any time of day and between up to 2 train lines at a time. Perform a long press on any result to set yourself a reminder.
- Perform a long press on any train from the main screen to set a reminder or inform other users of a train delay.

Episode 18/2011 - TX: May 2 2011(Ep 330)  

Android: Tricorder by Moonblink

Turn your phone into a working Tricorder!

A multi-sensor environmental monitor -- turn your Android device into a working tricorder!

Episode 17/2011 - TX: April 25 2011(Ep 329)  
Open Signal

Android: Open Signal

The ultimate wifi and signal finding tool. Supports GSM, CDMA, 4G, 3G, 2G. The best toolkit for improving your cellular and wifi signal.

- Signal direction - Signal graph - Map and radar views of cell towers & WiFi routers
- Detailed signal strength data - Save data to SD card

The simplest tactic to improve your reception is to walk in the direction of your signal. Not foolproof, but worth a shot! Option to contribute to the project: we're TRUE coverage maps of cell phone networks & wifi data points freely available to all.

Episode 16/2011 - TX: April 18 2011(Ep 328)  
Dogg Catcher

Android: Dogg Catcher

Find, manage, and play your podcasts with DoggCatcher
Manage your podcasts and RSS/news feeds with the most highly rated Podcatcher in the Market.

Doggcatcher for android, it is a paid app, but it is well worth the money for a very good podcatching app. Lots of options for the tinkerers and clean easy to use interface for everyone else

Episode 15/2011 - TX: April 11 2011(Ep 327)  
Pocket Weather

Apple / Android: Pocket Weather by Shift Jelly

Australian Weather for your Australian Phone - Sourced from the BOM

Weather sourced directly from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) - an Australian Source for Australian Weather!  Find out what all the iSheep have been baa'ing about all this time, as our app finally makes it's way to Android.

Available for iPhone and Android

Episode 14/2011 - TX: April 4 2011(Ep 326)  
Air Display

Apple: Air Display by Avatron Software, Inc.

Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that! With Air Display, you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop.

Available for iPhone and iPad.

Episode 13/2011 - TX: March 28 2011(Ep 325)  

Apple: MetroView Australia GPS Navigation by MetroView Systems

The GPS market is full of similar devices which cost hundreds of dollars .. this app cost me only $18.99 It has all the features of a turn by turn GPS, is simply to use, more accurate than a Garman, Tom Tom & Navman I have trialled, integrates easily with the iphone, monitors speed by alerting you if you go over the limit (in particular in school areas where the speed is reduced only at certain times), no ongoing subscription costs, FREE to use after initial purchase. And, it is Australian made.

Available for iPhone and iPad.

Episode 12/2011 - TX: March 21 2011(Ep 324)  

iPhone and Android: TuneIn Radio by By Synsion Radio Technologies

Listen to and record over 40,000 radio stations including thousands of AM/FM local stations on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with TuneIn Radio!

Available for iPhone and Android

Episode 11/2011 - TX: March 14 2011(Ep 323)  

All Platforms: Glympse

Glympse is the easy way to safely share your location in realtime. No sign-up needed. No social network to manage. Just send a Glympse to anyone via email, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter. Your location is only shared for the duration you specify and then stops.

Available for iPhone, Android and Windows

Episode 10/2011 - TX: March 7 2011(Ep 322)  

Apple: Flipboard by Flipboard inc

Flipboard is a fast, beautiful way to flip through the news, photos and updates your friends are sharing on social network sites. See your social media in a magazine layout that is easy to scan and fun to read. Share articles and photos, comment on posts, and like or favorite anything. Customize your Flipboard with sections created from your favorite people, lists, groups and blogs on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Google Reader.

Available for iPad

Episode 10/2011 - TX: March 7 2011(Ep 322)  

Apple: Quota by SouthFreo Software

Monitor your 3G Local Data usage, Mobile, ISP, Banks, Stocks, Currency, Traffic Cameras, BOM and International Weather and RSS News reader. Access to thousands of providers and locations.

Available for iPad and iPhone

Episode 09/2011 - TX: February 28 2011(Ep 321)  
File Expert

Android: File Expert

Powerful File Manager/WIFI File Transfer Web & FTP/App Manager - ALL in ONE
* Powerful & Leading File Manager for Android - We have thousands of new users each day!
* All basic file operations - Copy, Paste, Move, Create and Rename your files and folders
* FTP/HTTP Server - Share & Manage your files without a USB cable, just like with Web Sharing or WIFI File Explorer, but we do even more because we can provide both Web & FTP transferring support. We support HTTP authentication and FTP account login.

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