My Favourite App: State Library of South Australia

If you spend lots of time walking around in the Adelaide city centre, or are generally interested in the city’s history, you might enjoy a walking tour!

lostbuildings_resizedSteph from the Programs team recommends the State Library of South Australia app. The app gives you a selection of self-guided walking tours that allow you to discover Adelaide’s historic buildings, art and stories. You can explore them at your own pace and start wherever you like – the tours range from 1-2 hours and have numbered ‘stops’ where you can get information about a landmark, but you don’t have to see all of them.

So how do you go on a tour? Just open the app, choose from the list of currently offered tours, then download your chosen tour. It will then work even if your device is not connected to the Internet – but depending on your device it may be best to leave it on so you can use your device’s GPS navigation.
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We hope you’re enjoying our My Favourite App posts. Everything we highlight in these blog posts is free and can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.

Want to find out more about apps? Try the links below, search the library catalogue or book online for an informative group session at the Modbury Digital Hub this month.

Apple Store – for iPads, iPhones or Mac computers

Google Play Store – for Android tablets and smart phones

Do you have a favourite app? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

My Favourite App: Dream Talk Recorder

Do you talk in your sleep, or suspect that you do? There’s an app for that!

mzl_dhnvxuvzBenjamin’s favourite app is Dream Talk Recorder:

This app allows you to record what you say in your sleep (as well as the whisperings of any passing house spirits!). It’s awesome fun.

Just open Dream Talk Recorder before you go to sleep, and let the app do the rest. It starts recording when noise is detected, so you can play it back in the morning. It even has its own Twitter following where people upload their sleep recordings for all to hear.

sleeptalkThis particular app is for iOS devices only, but if you want to try it on an Android device a similar app called Sleep Talk Recorder is available. Try it and let us know if you record anything interesting!

We hope you’re enjoying our My Favourite App posts. Everything we highlight in these blog posts is free and can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.

Want to find out more about apps? Try the links below, search the library catalogue or book online for an informative group session at the Modbury Digital Hub this month.

Apple Store – for iPads, iPhones or Mac computers

Google Play Store – for Android tablets and smart phones

Do you have a favourite app? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

My Favourite App: Shazam

Have you used Shazam? This amazing app helps you to identify music that you can hear but don’t know the name of. All you need to do is open the app while a song is playing and hold your phone or tablet near the source of the music. A few seconds later it tells you the track’s title, artist and even the lyrics!

shazam-soundhound-thumb31Library staff member Wendy tells us about her experience with Shazam…

I love Shazam. I’m not as young as I used to be and the old memory is shot… Therefore, it is great to place my phone or iPad against the song I can’t remember and ‘Shazam’! The title, artist and heaps of info is there instantly!

Another similar app is SoundHound, which is similar but has the extra novelty of being able to sing or hum part of a song. SoundHound will also identify these songs (but only if you sing in tune).

We hope you’re enjoying our My Favourite App posts. Everything we highlight in these blog posts is free and can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.

Want to find out more about apps? Try the links below, search the library catalogue or book online for an informative group session at the Modbury Digital Hub this month.

Apple Store – for iPads, iPhones or Mac computers

Google Play Store – for Android tablets and smart phones

Do you have a favourite app? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

My Favourite App: Pandora

Our Digital Hub Assistant Julian tells us about his favourite app…

I was having a discussion with a group of friends about their favorite apps and 2 of us simultaneously mentioned Pandora. What is it that makes this streaming radio service one of the apps that I keep coming back to?

pandoraFirstly it is free to create an account and to use. It is ad-supported but this isn’t intrusive and doesn’t interrupt the songs. You can always upgrade to a paid subscription if you want to remove the advertising.

It is really easy to use – you search for an artist, group or song and it starts a station based on music that is of a similar style. You can interact with the music playing by either hitting the ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ buttons. The more you do this the better it knows the type of music that you are into. The only downside is that I am always going back to the app to hit the ‘thumbs up’ button as I find I like nearly every song it plays!

julian_phoneThe range of musical styles on Pandora is vast and I find there is something for everyone. You can even find a selection of comedy on there as well. You can add more stations as you go and even shuffle a mix of the stations that you have created.

I can use it on multiple Internet-enabled devices so it is available anywhere, anytime. If you have a computer you can play it through this or on your Android or Apple smart device. There are even some Smart TVs and cars that have it built-in (just be aware that using it on your mobile will consume some of your data plan).

These are the things that guarantee to get my feet tapping and to keep on using Pandora.

Want to find out more about apps? Try the links below, search the library catalogue or check out some of the informative group sessions available at the Modbury Digital Hub this month.

Apple Store – for iPads, iPhones or Mac computers

Google Play Store – for Android tablets and smart phones

Do you have a favourite app? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

The Modbury Digital Hub is launched!

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Mayor Miriam Smith and Digital Hub volunteer George split screen their speech via iPads and the Smart TV

Thursday morning saw the Federal Government launch the four SA Digital Hubs of Charles Sturt, Salisbury, Adelaide Hills and Modbury at four simultaneous special events.

Mayor Miriam Smith guided the Modbury Hub launch, featuring a video provided by Digital Hub Coordinator Chris Campbell demonstrating the impact that the Digital Hub technologies and training program has had on the community. As one resident explained, he finds the sessions invaluable and ‘would have lost all of his hair’ if it wasn’t for Chris and his team of trainers.

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Hub Coordinator Chris Campbell talks digital literacy

Federal Member for Makin Tony Zappia also praised the new NBN rollout and how Digital Hubs are about increasing the digital literacy of the community.

Some of the new technologies were demonstrated via the split screen cross between the Mayor and Digital Hub volunteers on iPads, and between the trainers in different parts of the Library. The event concluded with some words from Coordinator Chris and a live stream from Charles Sturt where Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy,  Stephen Conroy officially launched the SA Digital Hubs.

Congratulations to the team, our volunteers, and also the community for the great asset the Digital Hub has already proven to be!

Our PCs are unavailable

 …but it’s for a good reason! 

The Modbury Digital Hub is taking shape in a big way, with some important renovations scheduled for this week. You may have read about this in our previous blog post

Our Training Room is looking a bit bare at the moment

Our Training Room is looking a bit bare at the moment

By Friday you will see some brand new computer desks in the Library, along with new carpet in the Training Room. We’re also eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Apple Macs over the next week!

We need to allow some time to get the desks installed and PCs reconnected, so our PCs will be unavailable from Wednesday 6 March until Wednesday 13 March.

In the meantime we recommend visiting Hive 12-Twenty Five or Salisbury, Campbelltown or Port Adelaide Enfield libraries to use a PC.

More NBN renovations!

Modbury Digital HubAs you probably already know the National Broadband Network (NBN) is rolling out across Australia, and Modbury is scheduled to be connected this year.

The Library will be home to the Modbury Digital Hub to demonstrate the benefits of superior internet speeds provided by the NBN. We are already rolling out a range of excellent training programs on digital literacy which you can see on our website.

In preparation for installation of the Digital Hub, the Library is renovating our suite of PCs which will impact on their availability.  The Training Room will undergo further renovations and will be closed from March 4 until March 13 inclusive.

The rest of the PCs in the library will be unavailable from March 5 to March 13 inclusive.

We look forward to providing you with a new Digital Hub in coming weeks!