So it’s school holidays and you’re trying to keep the kids amused, especially during the heat of our summer. Kids have curious minds and you want to be able to foster that inquisitive sense, but where do you find your answers? We’ve got a few apps below that may be able to answer those day to day questions and possibly help you win that obscure trivia question the next time you join the pub trivia team.
Wikipedia – a FREE smartphone app that gives you access to the worlds most used reference site. Whether the facts are reliable not, that’s a different debate, the app provides quick and simple access for inquiring minds on the go. There are featured articles and pictures that you can read through or save for later in a SAVED tab. You can search for articles via keyword, name or using the PLACES for locations on the map.
Goodreads – Are you an avid reader? Do you like to keep a note of what you’ve read; good, bad or otherwise? Goodreads is a great social app that can help keep track of your have-reads, to-be-read and currently-reading on virtual bookshelves in the app. Read reviews, make friends, join groups to discuss books and search for your next great read!
RealEstate.com – Thinking of buying a new house, need to get into a better rental or just sticky beaking into that house for sale down the road? RealEstate.com app has you covered. Look for properties to Buy, Rent or that has Sold using suburbs or the map functionality. Narrow down your search by choosing price, property size, number of bedrooms etc. Create an account and have notifications of new properties matching your search criteria emailed to you and save properties in a tab so you can look through later.
Laundry Day – This is an app that will cost you $1.49, but it does take the confusion out of the day to day hieroglyphics translation that takes place in the laundry when trying to wash without ruining your new shirt. Scan your tag and let the app do the work for you or just search through the list of icons until you find the corresponding picture and importantly the explanation!
Laundry Care – Another laundry app for translating those strange icons. This is a FREE app with no bells or whistles so you just have a list of icons and explanations then you can successfully wade through the washing.
IMDb – It’s another hot, Australian summer’s day, you’re stuck inside sheltering in the air conditioning watching a movie and trying to figure out where you’ve seen that actor before. Here is IMDb to your rescue. This database is available just by using your browser but if you’re using a smartphone there is an easier way to navigate through all the interesting facts and faces with the app. Find a movie, actor/actress, director, song, television series and more. Just like falling down the rabbit hole, each new find will reveal something else interesting about the movie, actress/actor and TV series to click onto. You can even watch trailers and find cinema screenings in your area for the latest release movies.
Food Switch – Do you have an allergy or are you trying to cut down your sugar or fat intake? This is a great app to have at your fingertips while you’re at the supermarket doing your shopping. There are five tabs to help you get better acquainted with what’s hiding in the products on the supermarket shelves. There is a ‘How it works’ area with a tutorial so you can get stuck into using the app quickly and get immediate, easy-to-understand nutritional information about the packaged food products you’re looking at. You can scan the item’s barcode, get the nutritional information and get other options that have less; fat, sugar, salt, energy or gluten allergens.
And if all that doesn’t get some of those questions answered, then come visit us at the library we’ve got plenty to do and read to keep busy minds active during the school holidays. Check out the Library’s calendar of events here.