Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Let's Look at Smart Phone Apps; BYTE ME

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Let's Look at Smart Phone Apps; BYTE ME

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Byline: with BRUCE kERR

TODAY'S article marks the last in a four-part miniseries on smart phones and we will wind up this topic by looking at some of the useful applications (apps) that smart phones can provide us with as well as looking at future smart phone trends.

You will have heard people talking about 'apps' which is simply a shortened version of the word 'application' when referring to software that can run on your smart phone.

It often seems that nearly every software programmer in the world has taken to writing simple little bits of software code 'apps' that can be installed on the iPhone or an Android phone such as the Samsung Galaxies - there are that many apps out there!

Most of these apps are very small software programs, especially when compared to Windows based software and as a result the average modern phone has enough power and space for several dozen apps.

The normal sequence of events is that you find an app that you are interested in (many of them are totally free) which you then download and install onto your smart phone. Presto - you now have a new icon to click on and it will normally perform a particular task with a high degree of efficiency.

Smart phones already come with lots of pre-installed apps such as a calculator, alarm clock, voice recorder, camera, daily planner etc.

Some of the apps I have manually added to this list include an app for my emails, one that turns on the camera flash light so that I can use my phone as a torch at night, an app that tests Wi-Fi signal strength, an Internet speed test app, a navigation app, a gumtree app, an eBay app and several banking apps.

I also have a surveillance app that allows me to access the work cameras and view footage in real time and a very handy app called CircleOf6 which is a personal safety app that I have been testing.

This last app allows you to store up to six emergency contacts so that in a couple of simple clicks you can ask them to call you or you can broadcast your location to them and ask that they meet with you urgently. …

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