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Tech Savvy: A-Z Apps Series – Justice & Law

So it may not be the most interesting stop in our A-Z Apps, or it may be just what you are looking for. Knowing your rights and responsibilities are a necessity and knowing where to start is sometimes the key to staying aware. The following apps have been compiled for those who are seeking legal assistance, general information or are currently involved in the legal profession.

Legal Aid SA – (http://www.lsc.sa.gov.au/cb_pages/news/Android_app_available.php)  Need legal advice? Would you like clarification on something? You can access many fact sheets and brochures with instant contact to the offices across Australia. Created by the Legal Services Commission of South Australia and available for free for Android.

ATO – (https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Online-services/ATO-app/)  The Australian Taxation Office has made available a convenient way to access and keep track of your tax and super. Keep up-to-date with your self-managed super fund trustee, small business taxation information or personal tax. Available from Google Play, Apple iTunes App Store and Microsoft Windows Phone Store.

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AusLII) – (http://www.austlii.edu.au/austlii/apps/) is the official app released by the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) and gives you access to Australia’s most popular online legal resource from the convenience of your mobile device.  Containing data from over 140 courts, tribunals and boards from all over every Australian State and Territory.  The app will optimise documentation from the website to fit your device’s screen and give you the option to email directly from the app. Available from Google Play and Apple iTunes App Store.

ACCC Shopper App – (https://www.accc.gov.au/about-us/tools-resources/accc-shopper-app) The Australian Competition Consumer Commission has a great resource if you’re looking to find out what your consumer rights are when you’re out shopping.  You can set reminders for warranties, store your receipts for your purchases for ease of reference and get answers to all your purchase FAQs. Available from  Google Play and Apple iTunes App Store.

ABC – Law Report Podcasts – (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lawreport/) This is available by whichever app you use on your device that provides you with podcast subscriptions.  Varying discussions from the radio program on ABC Radio.

Constitution of Australia – https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/constitution-of-australia/id427445304  This contains full text of the updated Australian Constitution from the revised reprint of 2012. It  also has reference material for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ recognition in the Constitution.


…And as always, we have a Justice of the Peace available at the Gawler Sport & Community Centre every Thursday and Saturday from 10:30-12:30.  No need to book an appointment, just come in and see the front desk and they’ll direct you through to the Justice of the Peace on duty.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

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Start-up Mondays: Learning About Library Apps One-on-One

 

Would you like to see your loans or reservations easily using your mobile device?  Did you know we have an app that gives you access to your account and our catalogue?  You can add all the family’s cards into the app to keep up with everyone’s reservations, due dates and items on loan. 

Our Start Up Mondays @ 10.30 Tech Savvy BYoD session on 17th July is for anyone wanting assistance using our library apps. Apps covered include:

BookMyne: (Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sirsidynix.bookmyne&hl=en or
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bookmyne/id350625461?mt=8 )

Lynda Online Courses, Classess, Training, Tutorials (Lynda.com)

and OverDrive eBooks, Audio Books and Videos https://app.overdrive.com/.
Session times are limited so make sure you book soon. Pick up a brochure at the library or telephone 8522 0123 to book.

 

Tech Savvy: A-Z Apps Series – G for Government

So our last A-Z Apps Series letter was F for fun and now we’ve got to G and that means Government.  Our Federal, State and Local Governments have developed numerous apps to assist with information dissemination and collection to better serve their communities.  Most of these apps will be available in Android and iOS form, with some of them available on other operating systems.

 

 

 

For the Federal Government you can go to one website to get access to everything they’ve released.  Some of these are no longer available, which can be a little frustrating.  Australian Federal Government apps are all listed here on this link (http://www.australia.gov.au/news-and-social-media/apps).  There are so many to choose from and it really depends on what kind of functionality you’re looking for. I’ve listed a few below, that I think are worth mentioning.

  • ABS Stats – from the Australian Bureau of Statistics updated with Census data.  If you’re looking for Australian data, this’ll be a great resource for you.
  • AusPost – from Australia Post.  This app is also available for the Windows Phone and they’re continually updating it.  Tracking a parcel, want to know a postcode, need a post shop?  This will be a great little resource for you.
  • ato – from the Australian Taxation Office, also available for Windows Phone.  Whether you’re a small business owner or employee, you can use this app to keep track of your taxation and super affairs.

  • BOM Weather – from the Bureau of Meteorology.  Forecasts, rain predictions, warnings and more for capital cities, your current location or your home town.
  • Energy Rating – from the Department of the Environment, available on iOS, Android, BlackBerry & as a Web app.  Are you looking to purchase a new appliance?  Would you like to know before you buy how much it will cost?  Consult the app while you are out shopping.
  • Express Plus Centrelink – from the Department of Human Services.  Smartphone access to your Centrelink account with ways to keep track of your situation, report your income and update your details.

  • Learning The Ropes – Navy Knots – from the Royal Australian Navy.  Ever wished you knew how to better secure your tent?  This app has all you need to know about knot tying and includes 3D animated tutorials too.  Only on iOS.
  • National Public Toilet Map – from the Department of Health.  Free and available on iOS only. Going on a driving holiday through Australia?  Need to know where the next loo stop will be?  This is the app for you road trippers.

  • National Relay Service – from the Department of Communications. This app was created to better assist our deaf or hearing/speech impaired community to make phone calls.
  • Smart Traveller – from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Thinking of venturing overseas?  Have you registered with the Australian Government in case of emergency? This app is full of helpful hints, tips and checklists to make your next trip overseas and safe one.

That was a condensed list of available apps from the link above.  Check it out, you might find something applicable to you that I haven’t mentioned.

Next we move onto the State Government level. Whilst these apps are State Government developed, you’ll find they all have different links (unlike for the Federal Government.

  • SLSA Walks – http://guides.slsa.sa.gov.au/walkingtoursapp – available on Android and iOS for free. The State Library of South Australia gives you the opportunity to wander through our State’s history at your own pace using the app as a guide to many significant names, dates and places in our city of Adelaide.
  • Legal Aid SA – http://www.lsc.sa.gov.au/cb_pages/news/Android_app_available.php – Created by Legal Services Commission of South Australia.  Available for free for Android.  Need legal advice? Would you like clarification on something? You can access many factsheets and brochures with instant contact with their offices across the state.
  • MySA GOV app – https://my.sa.gov.au/ – released in May this year and available for free on iOS and Android phones.  Check out the link for all the information.  This new app gives people the opportunity to securely digitise and store their Government issued licences in South Australia.

And now to the apps developed for the Local Government Communities.  I won’t go to0 far into these as our readers may be from different Local Government Areas.  If you go to your Local Government Council website, or you can visit the Local Government Association website, to find South Australian Council websites.  One particular app available for most council areas is the MyLocal App listed below.

MyLocalApp – – http://www.lga.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=4099 Created by the Local Government Association of SA with funding from the State Government – Council services, events, programs, waste and recycling services and more are listed.  Download the app and see what your local council offers.  There was another funding grant given to create further ability to pinpoint on map for graffiti notification – Available to download on Android and iOS for free.

So although Government is probably not the most exciting point in our A-Z of apps, it does give us so many apps from many different departments across all levels of our Government.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

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A-Z Apps Series – Fun and Games

So in our A-Z of Apps series we’ve reached F and that can only mean FUN!  It’s time to look at the fun apps you can download on your device, of which there are literally hundreds, if not thousands! Some of the most popular that the staff here in the library can think of, are puzzle games like Solitaire, Hearts and Sudoku or more video game types like Fruit Ninja, Pokemon, and of course there’s Angry Birds in all it’s forms, Star Wars especially.

The Australian government have created many apps (http://www.australia.gov.au/news-and-social-media/apps), with a few that are for fun.  Although these are secretly educational, they are developed using historical data from Government bodies such as Australian Bureau of Statistics and Murray Darling Basin Authority, they’re actually quite fun! Run that Town (iOS iTunes App Store – http://runthattown.abs.gov.au/), Run the River (iOS iTunes App Store & Google Play – https://www.mdba.gov.au/education/students/apps) and Triple Zero Kids Challenge (iOS iTunes App Store & Google Play – http://kids.triplezero.gov.au/) are all free apps.

Run that Town gives players the opportunity to try their hand at being the newly elected Mayor of your very own town.  Using real Australian Postal codes to play any town in Australia, you can make the decisions about whether you build a new skate park, cinema, statue, park or offices.  You get hundreds of projects to choose from and you will receive feedback from your constituents about how they feel regarding your leadership choices.  The game won’t keep you hooked forever but it is fun for awhile, especially when you get to see the regular newspaper articles and the amusing headlines.

Run the River is about an important river region and you have got to decide how to keep everyone from the plants and animals to the people, farms and towns that live along the banks thriving, despite challenges provided by historical data from the Murray Darling Basin Authority.  In Australia, water is a scarce commodity and when you’re trying to share this around, you still need to keep it flowing and connected to the ocean. This game also links with outcomes from the Australian Geography and Science Curricula, which means it can be used in classrooms for teaching in a fun way.

The Australian Government created the app; Triple Zero Challenge especially for young primary school children to help them understand emergency situations.  The Triple Zero Kids Challenge is available on mobile devices (iOS iTunes App Store & Google Play) and your desktop PC for free. It runs through a story with two characters showing the participants what to do in an emergency.

Puzzle games are plentiful on all the different app stores.  You can choose so many different ways to play your old favourites of Hearts, Solitaire, Sudoku and more.  There are iterations of our favourite puzzle apps created for words like; Words with Friends – a social version of scrabble (FREE iOS iTunes App Store & Google Play – https://www.zynga.com/games/words-friends);

Typeshift – letter-flipping word fun (FREE iOS iTunes App Store only – http://www.playtypeshift.com/);

4 Pics 1 Word – find the hidden word in the four images (FREE iOS iTunes App Store & Google Play – http://lotum.com/en/our-apps/); Word Searches and many, many more!

Some of the more video game type apps are; Angry Birds in all it’s forms from the original to Rio and Star Wars (FREE & Paid versions – iOS iTunes App Store & Google Play – https://www.rovio.com/games/angry-birds);

Where’s My Water? and many others from Disney (FREE & Paid versions – iOS iTunes App Store & Google Play – http://games.disney.com.au/wheres-my-water-app);

Pokémon Go (FREE – iOS iTunes App Store – http://www.pokemongo.com/en-au/);

The Sims FreePlay (FREE & Paid versions – iOS iTunes App Store & Google Play – https://www.ea.com/games/the-sims/the-sims-freeplay); not to mention the plethora of war and strategy games on offer.

There are endless choices from all the app stores for ways for you to have fun on your devices. What’s your guilty pleasure?  Have a favourite addiction you can’t stay away from?

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy

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Tech Savvy – Library Digital Resources

So in a previous post we discussed the Online Library and ways you can use your library card from wherever you are.  In this post we will tell you more about the online digital subscriptions that Gawler Library and the Public Library Services of SA pay for, to allow free and easy online access for our customers.
Lynda Library – https://www.lynda.com/apps 
We have spoken about Lynda Library before, but we’ve just been told that you can now access the Lynda Library from your smartphone device via an app that’s just been added to our subscription.
 So whether you’re looking at learning about Marketing, Photography, Video, Web design, Audio+Music, Business topics, CAD or IT development this will make it even easier than before to get all the knowledge on your chosen subject! Once you’ve downloaded your app, go to the Organisation tab and enter libraries.sa.gov.au then Log in.  This will redirect you to a browser window where you can enter your Library Barcode and PIN to authorise Lynda Library for your app.
Ancestry Library Edition – [http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au]
Here in the library, Ancestry is a popular resource that many family history buffs take advantage of.  This resource is great for people wanting to follow their family history from Australia, using our own records, then overseas through the United States and the United Kingdom. It gives you access to many genealogical resources from those countries with some Australian, Canadian and European coverage.  The types of records you can access are census, church, court, immigration and vital. You will however need to come into a library to use this resource as it is designated for our public use computers. For further answers about using this database click this link –http://bit.ly/2o6eOCb
 
Carter’s Price Guide to Antiques – http://www.carters.com.au
This is a resource that the Gawler Public Library have organised for our customers to use.  A database containing over 90, 000 items including art antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro itemised, vintage and 20th century designs.  Do you have some items passed down from Great Granny?  Maybe a shed full of Grandpa’s childhood collectables?  This will be a great way to search through those little items and see what significance they have and if they have any value, apart from the sentimental, obviously!
 
Computer School is another resource that has been organised and paid for by the Gawler Public Library for our customers.  This works a little like Lynda Library but with a focus on IT skills.  There are two components of this resource, the Technology Training Directory and MyTECHlopedia.  The Technology Training Directory contains thousands of lessons and tutorials that cover many different topics for children to adults on various skill levels.  You only need to use your library barcode to access all these lessons whatever they happen to be. Maybe you’re looking for a a definition of a word you’ve heard or need to know for a school project or work. This is where the My TECHlopedia comes in handy.  This glossary of tech terms contains over 200,000 explanations and links for you to get your head around the ever changing vocabulary in the IT world. It is kept up to date regularly so you can be assured that you’re not using older jargon.
So go ahead and check out the links above to see how we can help you with our online subscriptions.
Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy
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