Free apps to help you give back

While we understand everyone goes through their own personal struggles, overall many of us are very lucky.

If you’ve got easy access to running water, a roof over your head, are attending an amazing university (that’s us, folks!), have food in your cupboard and money in your bank account (we know, you are students, this may be a stretch), you may want to take this opportunity to give back.

There are ample opportunities to volunteer. Though if you’re a commitment-phobe, and the idea of starting a new series on Netflix alone freaks you out, let alone committing to something more structured, it’s OK. Instead of opening up your Netflix, why not try another app?

The following three apps allow you to easily donate cash to a worthy cause. So if your pockets are feeling a bit heavy, and your hands are feeling a bit empty – grab your phone and get downloading!

GiveEasy – donate & give to your charity & cause

By GiveEasy
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GiveEasy changes the future of giving. The App allows you to donate funds to appeals and charities directly from your credit card, anytime, anywhere. Your friends and colleagues are notified of your donations through Facebook and Twitter.

Good Thnx

By Good Thnx Pty Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play
When someone does good, say thnx! Good Thnx is a platform that rewards good behaviour by allowing people to say thank you, with the money going to charity in a contemporary new way. Write a message and add an amount for a charity or cause. It can be as little as 10c, or as much as you like. The thnx notifies your friend and they choose where the money goes.

Charity Miles

By Charity Miles
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Strapped for cash but still want to give back? How about we throw in getting fitter at the same time? Simply open Charity Miles, choose a charity, and go! The app works like a walking meter, cycling meter, or running stopwatch, measuring the distance of your route. You earn money for the distance you travel, which goes to your elected charity (up to Charity Miles’ corporate sponsorship pool limit).

Popular Science Apps : Biology

In our popular science apps series, we are now focusing on a few apps suitable for our students studying biology. These are helpful tools that you can use for reference and to assist you in your lab work. Where possible we have selected free apps for iOS and Android devices. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.

iPhone, iPad and Android
iCell (HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology). Price: Free

This handy little app is useful as a reference resource to view 3D models of organelles within cells. The top level has three main sections: animal, plant and bacteria. Clicking on one allows you to see the typical structure of an animal, plant or bacteria cell. A user can then rotate the 3D image by dragging the finger around on the screen. A user can zoom in and out by pinching and flaring the fingers. Each organelle can be zoomed in on to see the name and a basic description. In the iPad version, a user can also choose among three levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures. Tap again and the image zooms out.Student with mobile device

Visual Anatomy Free (Education Mobile). Price: Free
iPhone and iPad
Visual Anatomy Lite (Education Mobile). Price: Free

The Visual Anatomy app is an interactive reference tool showing all human body anatomy systems in visual detail. Some images come directly from the premier reference book, Gray’s Anatomy. All images from Gray’s Anatomy are included in the paid version of the app.

The app has more than 500 feature points with labels, full descriptions and high-resolution images. Organs have rotational 3D images able to be viewed and muscles have a highlighting tool to view them in more detail. It has a search function to find the organ, system, bone or muscle a user is looking for. A user can pinch or tap zoom on each feature to look at it more closely. It also features a multiple-choice quiz to test yourself on your knowledge. It supports the following languages: English, French, Spanish and German.

Popular Science Apps : Maths and Stats

Continuing with our series of popular science apps, we thought we would cover mathematics and statistics, which we know are used on a regular basis in analysis of data for most of the sciences. Again, where possible, we have selected free apps for iPad, iPhones and Android devices, however we’ve also included some that require payment, simply because they have been highly rated. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.

 iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Image of phone on keyboard.

“Dropbox” by Johan Larsson is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

 RK-83: Scientific Graphing Calculator (Nic Westlake). Price: Free

This is a calculator that does graphs for you. The app covers algebra and trigonometry functions like the absolute value, floor, ceiling, nestable functions, sine, cosine and cotangent; statistic functions such as the maximum, mean, standard deviation and variance; calculus functions such as calculating the area under the curve and finding a point derivative; and linear algebra such as matrices and dimensions of a matrix. You are also able to email your calculation history to your email account, pan out and zoom in as well as create full colour graphs. If you are having trouble with the app, there is some online support from the provider


 Graphing Calculator (Mathlab). Price: Free

This is a similar app to the graphing calculator above but for Android OS. It also acts as a scientific calculator, fraction calculator, algebraic calculator and a matrix calculator. As a graphing calculator, the app can do multiple functions graphing, polar graphs, implicit functions, parametric functions, function roots, critical points and graph intersections. It can calculate trigonometry functions such as sin and cos, logarithms, inverse functions, hyperbolic functions, implicit functions, derivatives, simple and complex fractions, linear and quadratic equations, square and higher roots, polynomials, matrices and vectors. You can save the history of your calculations to use at a later date and switch between modes. You can save your tables as .csv files to manipulate in MS Excel or save your graphs as image files. Again this has online support available from the provider at

If you want to learn how to create mobile apps, some useful information can be found from databases on the Multimedia library guide accessible from the Engineering and IT subject library guide from the library home page.