Australia Archive

ABC ME : A handy video app for the grandkids

The Australian ABC service is a fantastic community resource – as an aside, it’s still under attack by the current government – check out Friends of the ABC to see – and they have a range of apps to complement their services, they released a new one last year aimed at children – ABC ME.

Zinio for Libraries : read magazines for free

Technology is in many ways, making our world a better place and Zinio for Libraries is one of those apps that many of us who love to read will enjoy. Zinio has an app that enables users to buy and read magazines on their tablets and PCs – but you may not know that many

BOM Weather (Australia)

Readers of this blog will know that weather apps are one of my favourites and my current fav is the excellent (but not free at least for the premium version) – Weatherzone which I reviewed here. The Australian Bureau of Meterorology or BOM for short (don’t you love the abbreviation?) has recently released a free

Lenovo TAB2 A10-30 Tablet Review

This is the second Lenovo tablet review I have written for this site, the first was for the popular Lenovo TAB 2 A7-20 7″ tablet which we bought to replace the much loved but elderly Nexus 7, which had met a sticky end when it was dropped on it’s face in the caravan. When our local seniors

Chromecast : A Beginners Guide

These days, almost all new TVs are ‘smart’ – pity about the station programmers I hear you say? Well, I have to agree that finding anything half-decent to watch is difficult at times, even though here in Oz we have a few great channels (ABC Australia and SBS) that appeal to many of my generation. For

Phone review : Huawei GR3

It’s been a while since I bought my last phone, the Huawei Y300 which I reviewed about 2 years ago (read my review here) and I was so impressed with it that I decided to replace it this year with another Huawei. The Y300 was actually still performing well, the only negative was the lack of

New Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans

There’s no getting away from it, if you are travelling around Australia and need the internet (and these days nearly everyone does), Telstra is the only real option unless you plan to stay in major centres. Many of us grey nomads use their mobile WiFi devices or USB ‘dongles’ and the best value for money

MetroView Nav Australia & NZ

The fact that you can get as good as (if not better) GPS navigation on a phone as by using a separate GPS navigation device is one of the best reasons to have a smartphone these days. An offline app that uses its own quality maps is much better than those that require the internet

Camps Australia Wide

As promised, here is the review of the latest version of the Camps Australia Wide app. The previous version doesn’t have great reviews in the Google Play store, but the new version seems to have addressed the problems which were mainly about the map. The Camp Australia Wide books are known as the Aussie campers ‘bible’ and

Five Hundred Multi Player

A while back, I reviewed ARC Rowes Five Hundred card game and while playing it recently I got a message in the game that a multi player version has been released by the Australian publishers so I thought I’d better check it out. Like the single player version it isn’t free but $2 odd won’t

Telstra Air

If you are a Telstra customer you probably already know that they have recently given us access to their free WiFi hotspots all over Australia (plus more than 14 million ‘Fon’ hotspots worldwide apparently) until 30th June 2016. If you didn’t already know about it then I suggest you signup soon – after all, you don’t

Lenovo Tab 2 A7-20 7″ Tablet Review

It has been a while since I posted a review of a phone or tablet, so when my wife’s Kindle finally died it seemed a good opportunity to get her an Android tablet so she could read books (using the Aldiko app which I reviewed here), surf the ‘net, check emails and Facebook etc. I
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