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All has been fairly quiet on the Apple front lately, typical of this time of year. Everyone at Apple is tucked away developing and fine-tuning the next gadget. Meanwhile, the App store continues to bring in big money for Apple and app developers worldwide. We download 800 apps per second!
The 50 billionth app was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore from Ohio and he was rewarded with a $10,000 app store gift card. The app he downloaded was ‘Say the Same Thing’.
Since opening in 2008 with just 500 apps available, the app store has grown to have more than 850,000 apps currently. In comparison, the Google Play Store has 500,000 and the Windows Phone store has just 120,000. The Apple app store continues to grow at a very fast rate, we will be at 1 million apps soon enough.
With so many apps available, it is very easy to end up with a phone full of apps. At last count I had about 90, can anyone beat that? With 850,000 apps out there I want to know how many you have, comment below.…Read More
These days it’s imperative for financial services providers to offer useful and intuitive mobile banking apps as branch footprints diminish and customers want to bank online rather than over the phone.
Westpac’s internet online banking platform is archaic. Having experienced the ANZ and ASB versions I find the whole thing lacks colour, life and features. Not being able to change your address or securely message the bank through online banking for example is incredibly frustrating.
In comparison Westpac’s Online Banking apps ( the iPad version in particular which is pictured below) are fantastic and it’s their simplicity which makes them a winner. While they don’t have all the functionality of online banking such as the ability to manage bill payees or pay your credit card bill, I’ve taken to using the apps rather than my laptop for my day to day banking needs such as transferring money between accounts and paying my rent.
Impulse Saver for iPhone
Westpac research found that New Zealanders spend an average of $16.1 million per day on impulse purchases. Enter Impulse Saver – an app to encourage saving on impulse rather than spending.
The app features a big red button, one touch of which sends a predetermined amount (minimum $2 and maximum $50) from your Westpac transaction account into your Westpac savings account.The idea is you hit the button when you’re in the supermarket queue instead of reaching for the chocolate bar, magazine or bottle of coke.
Saving money to me means setting aside an amount each pay day before I can touch it and spending the remainder. But if you like the idea of saving on impulse download Impulse Saver.
BudgetPlanner for iPhone
The Budget Planner app offers pre-populated budgets for different life situations (eg. single or double income and whether you also have a family and/or pet). For each of the income and expenses questions there is a slider or you can tap and enter a figure, and select the appropriate payment frequency icon.
If your take-home pay equates to more than $3500 per week or your annual bonus more than $18200 this is not the app for you as the slider only goes to these values. On the bright site if you do earn that much chances are you don’t require a budget planning app.
This app can be used by Westpac customers and non-customers alike as there is no requirement to log in to online banking. There are negatives to this however as the app is not password protected and if you share an iPad like I do (a work one) your personal information is viewable by all users unless you delete your budget.
Realestate app for iPhone
Allan reviewed an early version of the realestate.co.nz app (in association with Westpac) back in 2010. The map lets you spot exactly where houses near you are which is handy whether you’re looking to buy, or just want to be nosey and visit Open Homes near your home at the weekend.
Features added in the most recent update include the ability synch open homes and homes you like between realestate.co.nz and your mobile device, and an archive section to view sold or withdrawn properties for 30 days.
A Mobile Wallet and another closely guarded app will be released by Westpac in the coming months.
I was initially a little horrified to learn Shortland Street had it’s own iPhone app. I spent seven years of my life addicted to the program, during which time I never missed an episode.
It’s an era I now look back on and cringe but the Shortland Street app released last year contains all the information I once would have been desperate for like photos, actor bios and interviews to stalk out your favourite actors as well as all the latest Shortland Street news and daily previews to establish what’s going to happen next.
I really like the full, in-depth episode recaps which mean if you miss Shortland Street one night and don’t have time to watch it online you can stay up to date with what’s happening and avoid confusion when you next watch the program. Annoyingly though, to actually watch episodes online you have to switch to the tvnzondemand app so you can’t get your full Shortland Street fix within the app itself.
Each month you can put your questions to a different Shortland Street star by using the Live Chat feature, or you can chat at any time with other fans (I’m sure most of them are around the age of 12 and borrowing dad’s iPad).
My flatmate’s girlfriend features as the wallpaper on both his iPhone and laptop and I can’t help but give him grief about it. This week I’ve realised it could be worse – how about a Shortland Street cast pic as your wallpaper?
Have you come across any good apps for other popular television programs?
TheInsider app is a locally developed iPhone app which is doing its best to make life easier for Wellingtonians and Aucklanders.
There’s a handful of other apps out there that give you a list of deals around your local area but not like The Insider. The app is a very easy to use place to find happy hours, 2 for 1 deals and other specials for your local restaurants and bars.
The app was developed by Jacob Duncan and Niko Croskery, both have full time jobs so the app was an ‘after hours’ project taking just 9 months. The two attended Tauranga Boys College together before Niko headed to Wellington to study Law and Jacob took on the mighty Dunedin to study Software Engineering. TheInsider app is the first venture from their company, Wiretapp Labs Limited.
The app was first available in Wellington last year and is now live in Auckland. However there are plans to move……Read More
If you hadn’t noticed already, the New Zealand developed app ‘The Blockheads’ has been flying up towards the top of the app store charts in the last few weeks.
The Blockheads is the latest game from New Zealand developer David Frampton. In the past he has developed the very successful ‘Chopper‘ and BlockHeads is looking like it will also be a huge success. At one point, Chopper was rumoured to be earning Frampton around $4500 a day. The Blockheads has been downloaded over 2 million times……Read More
The photo editing app Instagram has a very strong hold as the most popular photo editing app but in terms of video editing, there is no stand out app. The latest from YouTube could be the one.
‘Capture’ from YouTube came out yesterday and it looks pretty clever.
The app allows you to simply and quickly record, edit your video and upload it to YouTube as well as share it across any of the popular social media outlets…Read More
Its that time of year again, Movember, and there is an app for your iPhone, iPod or iPad to help you out. I am sure most of you know what it is but for the few that don’t, it is a campaign to grow awareness for mens health. To raise awareness and funds for the campaign, men are encouraged to grow their mustache (mo) for the month of November.
We are about mid way through the month of November. This is when the true Movemberians appear out of the woodwork……Read More