Games

How Andy and Matt are making a motza by wasting your time with Crossy Road

Ben Grubb   A new iPhone game created by two Australians and downloaded by more than 7.1 million people so far has wasted approximately 566 years of players' time while earning its creators a seven-figure income.

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Woolworths 'misleads' customers with phone app petrol prices as Costco price war continues

Woolworths fuel app icon

Clare Colley   Woolworths is misleading customers using its phone app to find the cheapest petrol by failing to advertise the Majura Park service station's price-matching with the nearby Costco Petrol.

Apps

Spare5: the money-making app for nano-entrepreneurs

Money.

Nick Wingfield   Last week I had a few minutes to kill so, rather than blow it on Facebook or Twitter, I made a little cash.

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The app that plans to revolutionise fishing

Adam Cree checks the FishBrain app before he heads out on Sydney Harbour.

Eryk Bagshaw   Once the preserve of sun-drenched, technology-free summer afternoons, fishing is about to undergo a revolution in social networking.

Internet breakers

Kim and Kanye's wedding photo the most-liked on Instagram for 2014

Kimye wedding: the most liked photo on Instagram.

An image of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West exchanging a wedding kiss was the most-liked Instagram of 2014.

Apps

Apple loses appeal to trademark 'app store' in Australia

Apple's bid to trademark the term "app store" in Australia has failed.

Ben Grubb   In a blow to Apple, Australia's Federal Court rejects appeal by the tech giant to trademark the term "app store".

Maker of smartphone surveillance app gets $587,000 fine

Hammad Akbar admitted he broke the law, albeit unknowingly, with his surveillance app StealthGenie.

Matt Zapotosky   The maker of a smartphone app once marketed to help catch cheating lovers by listening in on phone calls and tracking locations was ordered Tuesday to pay a $US500,000 ($A587,000) fine - a win for federal prosecutors that might spur more legal action against producers of so-called stalker apps.

State Election

What's app-ening on voting day?

Vote Victoria: The election draws near.

Hannah Francis   Check out our guide to the best election apps for this year's Victorian election.

Focus on the home in words and deeds

Today's Word promises to help you improve your communication skills.

Cynthia Karena   Improve your vocabulary while encouraging the kids to take more responsibility around the house.

Apps

Facebook brings anonymous chat app Rooms to Australia

Rooms

Stand-alone app mimics traditional internet chat rooms by allowing users to chat with strangers on niche topics.

Hook-up apps set to crash schoolies

Swipe to match: Tinder has exploded in popularity over the past 12 months.

Natalie Bochenski   The use of "hook-up" mobile phone apps is set to skyrocket at this week's schoolies event, but parents shouldn't race to lock up their teens just yet.

Digital life

Taxi Council of Queensland declares war on Uber

A user scans for an available vehicle using Uber.

Cameron Atfield   Queensland's peak taxi body has upped the ante in its battle against ride-sharing app Uber, with an extensive media campaign about to kick off.

Facebook launches spinoff Groups app

Facebook Groups is the latest feature to be spun off from the social network as a separate app.

Hannah Francis   Social media monolith Facebook has added another stand-alone mobile app to its growing number of offsprings.

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Apps to clean and clutter

Green Shine

Cynthia Karena   App reviews: clean your house, clean your pictures, clutter your phone.

Travel tech

Essential travel apps that don't use data

Do your homework on apps before you travel.

Donald Strachan   Here are some great apps you can use while travelling, without having using up expensive mobile roaming data.

Meagher tragedy leads to phone app to help others in danger

Jill Meagher: Her death prompted Canberra man Gavin Lockwood to create a potentially life-saving phone app.

Emma Kelly   Canberra's Gavin Lockwood has developed a phone application to help people in trouble.

Apps

Biggest Gmail update yet hits Android devices

The new Gmail is arriving on Android devices this week.

Karissa Bell   Update rolling out to devices running Android 4.0 and above this week adds ability to use any email platform, not just Gmail.

Words, images and music - apps for communication

Melbourne Music City.

Cynthia Karena   Words, images and music - apps for communication.

Apps

Facebook app update puts emphasis on 'in the moment' photo sharing

Facebook wants users to upload photos of their everyday activities, not just a couple of big albums a year.

Karissa Bell   Facebook has rolled out an update to its app that adds a new way to quickly organise and post small batches of photos from your smartphone.

Going cold turkey: apps tackle addiction to smartphones

Using metadata to track your own everyday movements could bring countless health and lifestyle benefits.

Hannah Francis   Could you rely on your phone to help you fight phone addiction? Hannah Francis attempts to find out.

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