Mining community getting App-smart and organised
THEY can diagnose medical problems, tune a guitar, map out the best route to a destination and turn happy snaps into photographic works of art.
The average smart-phone owner would be familiar with mobile phone applications, or apps.
Coloured little icons on the home screen of most new phones, these handy tools can make internet banking faster, translate English sentences into another language or manage organisational lists.
To celebrate the mobile phone's 40th birthday Australian Mining magazine released its top six apps for miners, which included a fly-in, fly-out roster app, a pocket blast guide to calculate blast operations, a glossary of mining terms and a mining jobs app.
But it's not just miners who use apps on a daily, or hourly, basis.
Mackay mum and registered nurse Kobi Haddow said the shift worker app "saved her butt" at least once a week.
"You can create all your own shifts and it has symbols so I use the moon symbol for a night shift," she said.
"I can colour-code each shift so there are different ones for a 10-hour day shift or a 12-hour night shift."
Ms Haddow said the app also allowed her to add notes to keep track of her kids' after-school activities and school term start and finish dates.
"If I'm on the move and need to make an appointment for something or book in a parent-teacher interview I can check the app straight away," she said.
She said she also used a JB Hi Fi app to download music and the Facebook app for social networking.
"I use the Woolworths one for shopping and it's saving me a lot of money.
"I've cut down my bills by $150 because it means that I do a big order once a fortnight and I'm not going in every day and making impulse buys."