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Tech Talk Radio App of the week - Listener Recommendations

Since starting the Tech Talk Radio App of the Week segment in 2011, we've been inundated with listeners favourite applications which they use on smart phones and tablets. Listed below are some of our listeners recommendations, but a disclaimer first! We haven't tried them all nor does the Tech Talk Radio panel endorse any application suggested.

Don't forget we're giving a prize away each week until April 11 for the best suggested app of the week so tell us yours here.

Apple: Pulse recommended by Tristan

Hi there guys,

I have an app of the week suggestion. I use an application called Pulse.

It's fantastic for catching up on the news I want to hear. I add my news feeds into it and it automatically puts a little headline up of all my news sources sorted out in an order where I can read the latest news first. I mainly use to keep track of science and technological news but you can add any source you want.

It's easy to use and you can see the first few words of the headline and that allows you to see if you are interested in reading the article or not. It might give you a summarizing article with a link where you can view the full feature.

I just thought it was such a fantastic app and it has made keeping up to date with any news so much easier for me. It comes with a few news sources standard and if you don't like them you can remove those sources and add any new ones that you may find. It also notifies me on my HTC Desire HD in the notification bar at the top when there is new news.

Cheers, Tristan

Apple: Air Display recommended by Georgia

iOS app that can extend your computer monitor to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch over wifi. Supported on both Mac and Windows. I use it daily and find it uber handy!

Apple: Scan2List – Shopping Made Easy – Scan, List, Share! recommended by Tardis 3

There's no shortage of shopping planning apps for mobiles designed to use barcodes to speed up the process, but most of them are resolutely US-centric. Scan2List is an Australian-designed app that lets you build a shopping list by scanning the barcodes of items in your kitchen cupboards.

As well as building a list through scanning (or entering manually), the list can be sorted into aisle categories to make your supermarket experience faster. You can also check off items as you buy them, and save lists for reuse in the future.

Scan2List is a free download for iPhone.

Apple, Android: whatsapp recommended by Scott M

The best app my family use is whatsapp.  We use it accross Iphone and Android.  It is the messaging app out there and the fact it uses data gives me a little more peace of mind if my son is out of 'phone' credit as he still has his data plan.

Apple: Camera+ recommended by Waulok.

With Camera+ you're able to use your iPhone to shoot the best photos you possibly can. Packed with several useful features that your standard camera app doesn't include, your pics will improve the instant you start using Camera+.

Apple, Android: Shazam recommended by Waulok.

With Shazam you can discover, buy and share music, as well as enjoy innovative new features including 30 sec Previews, Tag Charts from 20 countries and Tag on startup.

Apple: PingChat! recommended by Waulok.

PingChat! lets you send and receive instant messages, pictures, video, locations and voice notes with your data plan or wifi connection. Best of all, it's completely FREE!
PingChat! makes it easy for friends to stay connected! We are currently available on the Android, Blackberry and iOS platforms. This means that PingChat! can be installed on hundreds of different devices! Seamless integration allows users to chat smoothly across all platforms.

There is no concept of signing in or signing out in PingChat!, unlike other instant messaging platforms. Once you install PingChat! and register your PingChat! ID, you will be always be online. This is great because you don't have to wait for your contacts to sign in to be able to chat with them.

Apple: Consume recommended by Waulok.

It's a great way to keep track of all your account balances and quotas to ensure you don't incur any additional costs.
Consume supports over 200 providers from 18 countries, including AT&T, O2, Rogers, Fido, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Telstra, Orange, Apple Orders, USPS, DHL and FedEx.

Apple: BeejiveIM recommended by Waulok.

Chat with all of your instant messaging buddies on all of your IM accounts, anywhere you go!

Chat with all your buddies simultaneously on all major networks! AIM, Google Talk, MSN, Windows Live, Facebook Chat, Yahoo!, Jabber, & MySpace IM.

Apple: GetGlue recommended by Waulok.

GetGlue is a service that helps you find your next favorite movie, book, music album or other every day thing (here's a list of supported categories). GetGlue shows you things that you'll like based on your personal tastes, what your friends like, and what's most popular on GetGlue.

How does GetGlue work?
You can use GetGlue by visiting the site, by downloading the browser add-on for use on popular pages around the web, or by using one of our mobile apps. When you visit pages about books, movies, music, etc. you can click thumbs-up or thumbs-down on things you like or dislike. GetGlue will then suggest you books, movies, music, etc. that you'll like based on your personal tastes and what your friends like.

Apple: Audioboo recommended by Waulok.

A mobile & web platform that effortlessly allows you to record and upload audio for your friends, family or the rest of the world to hear.
Use your iPhone to make a recording and upload it to Audioboo for people to listen to. Embed it in your web browser.

Apple: Urbanspoon recommended by Waulok.

Urbanspoon on the iPhone is part Magic 8 Ball, part slot machine. You shake your phone and it finds a good nearby restaurant for you. Keep shaking it until it comes back with something you want to try.
We use the iPhone's accelerometers to pick up the "shake", find restaurants near you through GPS, and then skew the results towards restaurants that are highly regarded on Urbanspoon.

The app is now available (free of course) on the iTunes App Store for both the original iPhone and the new iPhone 3G.

Apple: Sleep Cycle recommended by Waulok.

The Sleep Cycle alarm clock is a bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase. Waking up in the lightest sleep phase feels like waking without an alarm clock - it is a natural way to wake up where you feel rested and relaxed.

Apple: Trip View recommended by Waulok.

TripView is the iPhone version of TrainView. It displays train timetable data on your phone. It features a summary view showing your next few trains, as well as a full timetable viewer. All timetable data is stored on your phone, so it does not require any network access. It works on both iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

Apple, Android: TuneIn Radio recommended by Gareth P.

Tunein Radio for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android. Around $2 for iPhone but free on Android (I don't know if it is available on Windows Phone 7). This is my favourite app on iPhone, it gives you access to over 40,000 radio stations from all over the world. I stream US classic rock stations daily over my home WiFi. It also lets me listen to East Coast based radio shows live rather than the usual 3 hour to 3 week wait we usually get in Perth.

You can browse by music genre, sports, talk radio, location, language. You can save your favourites, pause and even record the station you are listening to. There are a ton or radio apps in iTunes, but this is the best I have ever used.

It also works over 3G, but it will destroy your data allowance.

Apple: LiveATC Air Radio recommended by Chris F.

LiveATC feeds are provided by both LiveATC and a host of volunteers near airports around the world. New feeds are being added all the time, but please understand that feeds sometimes go away for any number of reasons. We take pride in maintaining high uptime and high quality reception.

Apple: Ditto recommended by michel

Rather than ask what you're doing right now, Ditto prompts you to update your plans for what you're about to do, and then get recommendations from friends for restaurants, films or attractions, hooking into Facebook's social graph.

Apple iPhone4 and iPad: Metroview GPS recommended by tardis3

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!

Android & Apple: Foodspotting recommended by zmago.fluks@

Foodspotting is app which helps you to find the best food in location where you are in certain moment.
Is really must have! And it's free! It's for Android and iPhone.

Apple: Reader recommended by Chromeronin@

Reeder on iPhone as a brilliant RSS feed reader. Synchs feeds/read/unread with Google Reader, and the desktop app for os x.

Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows or Mac OS Desktop's: Lastpass and Xmarks recommended by nigeldr@

Lastpass and Xmarks Premuim combo purchase and

These two App's can be installed on any of your devices or desktops (Android, iOS, Blackberry, Windows or Mac OS Desktop's) and will integrate with most of the popular browsers (IE, Safari, Chrome) to allow instant access to all your internet favorites (Xmarks) and secure passwords (Lastpass)

Yes it's a cloud service and to tell you the truth I did have my own reservations at before I started using Lastpass, in the end what won me over to the dark cloud side was a podcast I listened to with Steve Gibson from where Steve discussed just how secure the Lastpass encryption process is.

You can view or read an past of the podcast here

I personally use the Premium edition and have a second premium account that I use in my company to share passwords with other staff members.

Android: Setting Profiles Lite recommended by mgisick@

Have you ever gone to a meeting or movie and forgot to turn your ringer back on?  Do you use wifi at home and prefer to turn up the ringer while at home as well.  Then try Setting Profiles Lite.  I have used this app since the first week I had my Android phone and it is amazing.  With the tap of a widget I can load one of my 5 custom profiles.  Home... Work... Public... Movie/Meeting and more each of these will enable or disable wifi... bluetooth... brightness... ringer... and even change the background.   I think it should be stock and have heard a version maybe added to HTC Sense 2.0.  

Windows: Efficient Diary 1.97 for Windows recommended by

Efficient Diary 1.97 for Windows

Imagine a journal diary where each day contains entries that are Word-like documents.
You can have "work" entries or "personal" entries for example and you add attachment to an entry like a PDF, Photo, MP3, even a videoclip.   Your diary is is contained in a single file, but you can find anything you've written in it with quick & easy search.  Multi-language support and the perfect thing for netbook users on holiday.

Entries can be saved & exported as rich-text-format (rtf) used in Word etc.

It's journal diary with an entry editor that feels like a full-featured wordprocessor.
Free, Pro and USB Portable versions available.  Pro version has spellcheck Feature list:

(Yes, I hope the authors do an iPad version sometime)

Windows: GPS Status recommended by d.geoff@

My favourite app is GPS Status. This app is amazing. It not only shows latitude and longitude of where you are but heading, orientation,pitch, roll, magnetic field strength in microTeslas  (handy when hunting aurorae borealis), the number of degrees variation from magnetic north, the number and location of satellites it's using, it has an accelerometer and speedometer, shows the phone's battery life, voltage and temperature, the number of metres above sea level you are, has a bubble level, and even shows the brightness of ambient light in Lux units. The pitch and roll readouts can be used as spirit levels.

I use this app nearly every day and just love it, whether it's to line up pictures on a wall or setting up an astronomical telescope. Or aligning solar panels on my roof.

For a free app it's just mindblowing. --gd

Windows: slideit by Dasur recommended by Leevy9@

Hello my name is David my suggestion for app of the week is slideit by Dasur. Please find link enclosed it makes typeing so much faster.  I have a HTC Desire and it works perfectly.

Windows, Android, Apple: Glympse recommended by simon@

I would recommend Glympse
What I like is that I can selectively share my location with whom ever I like without the entire Internet watching and for a selected time period.

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