A-Z Apps Series – News

The news, is not the civilised activity we used to participate in years ago.  We’d purchase a newspaper and read that or sit in front of the television or the radio at a set time and listen in.  But not anymore.  We are bombarded with ‘news’ constantly. Via social media, radio, television, print media etc. So what can we do to get the news we want to hear about?  How do you access the news?  What is the news for you?  Technology, sports, politics, local events or the social activities of the rich and famous?
Breaking NewsThere are many apps that will collate your news interests or just apps that deal with specific news information. Below we have listed a few you might find handy…
 Free to air television channels have created apps for viewers to watch their content ‘on demand’ wherever and whenever they like.  This will include their news broadcasts and in-depth investigative programs.  Most of these function on the premise that content will be available for a limited time to view then it will expire and become unavailable.  Most of these apps are available not just on smartphones that use Android and iOS, but also for smart tvs, tablet devices, desktop computers and media set top boxes.  The following list is for Australian channels.
NewspapersThen we have the print and online media channels like Facebook where almost every news outlet, regardless of how else they broadcast their news, has a ‘page’ that readers can ‘follow’ to get the news ‘hot off the press’ so to speak.  Print media apps usually are a collection of news articles and stories that you can access, sometimes for a subscription fee. Some of these can be tailored to your likes and interests so you get news geared especially for you.
News wordcloud pageSpeciality News Apps are plentiful and are usually created for specific subjects or followers like sports teams or codes, business, technology, traveling and Australian teams.

So, whether you’re an avid sports fan, globe trotter looking for inspiration or just want to catch up with the days events in your state or local area, there’s an app you can download to keep you informed.


Tech Savvy: A-Z Apps Series – Lifestyle and Leisure

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So you’ve got yourself some free time, what are you going to do with it?  What’s your go-to activity when you have the time? Do you like to veg in front of the television and binge watch your favourite shows? Do you prefer to take the time to meditate, clear your head and breathe or do you like to get up and do something physical?  There are so many apps available to assist you with how to spend your free time, we’ve included a small list below of some of our favourites.  Have a look and let us know if there’s a great app you use to help you chill out, relax and have fun.

Geocaching – https://www.geocaching.com/play Available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play as a FREE download, but with optional in-app purchases.  It’s treasure hunting for adults but can include the whole family! Like to get out in the great wide world but need the motivation to keep walking? If you’ve got a phone, you can locate these little hidden treasures all over the world.  Some are very difficult to find, others are much easier.  As you progress, you will get better and without trying, you will get a workout for your mind and your body, out and about in the fresh air.

Smiling Mind – https://smilingmind.com.au/  Available on the Apple iTunes App Store and Google Play as a FREE download. Developed by psychologists and educators by a not-for-profit organisation to increase mindfulness at home, at school, at the workplace, for sportspeople, everyone! It includes many features like different programs for different people and ages, tracking functionality to review progress, and varying durations so you can fit it in to your day regardless of how busy you are.

– An Apple Watch app (included with operating system) that monitors your breathing. A quick way to take a few moments from your busy day to focus on your breathing, relax, and increase your mindfulness.

TV when you want it,  is what’s happening more and more now, and there are so many different providers to choose from for your next great binge watch! Some of these are free, some require a subscription to access the services, all have hours of great content to watch!  Game of Thrones marathon anyone?…

Netflix (https://www.netflix.com/app)

STAN (https://www.stan.com.au/)

Fetch (https://www.iinet.net.au/tv/fetch/app/)

YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/)

iView (http://iview.abc.net.au/support/where-to-get-iview)

Foxtel Anywhere (https://www.foxtel.com.au/foxtel-app.html)

TenPlay (https://tenplay.com.au/apps)

PLUS7 (https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/mobile/get-the-app/)

9NOW (https://www.9now.com.au/ways-to-watch)

SBS On Demand (https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/faqs)

Since Colouring-in Books have become very popular recently, they have been made into multiple types of apps that you can download and use on the go without requiring pencils, textas or other colouring mediums.  You can find many from your app store by searching for colouring (or coloring) book for iTunes and click the link for a collection of apps available.  For Google Play we’ve included the following link for you to browse the available colouring-in apps (https://play.google.com/store/search?q=coloring%20book&c=apps&hl=en).

Podcast apps like Pocket Casts (https://play.pocketcasts.com/) and Podcasts (Apple iOS) (https://www.apple.com/au/itunes/podcasts/) have been very popular for catching up with any subject you’re interested in.  News, health, comedy, radio, interviews, crafting, ted talks, sports, true crime and entertainment are all catered for by thousands of hosts happy to discuss the world around them.  Listening to podcasts is a great idea for people when they are on the go, relaxing, at the gym, on your lunch break and more. Easy to download from your app store, then browse through the categories to find something that takes your fancy.  If you enjoy it, then subscribe to it and when there’s a new episode you’ll get a notification.

So a nice quick list and we’ll not take up anymore of your time.  Go, relax, enjoy your free time!  However you spend it.

Post Contributor: Melinda Kennedy


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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