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Wayper is a nice planning and navigation app but it's not good for drivers

Wayper (free today only, then US$1.99) is a map app designed to avoid data charges by letting you download detailed maps of 27 cities worldwide. In the U.S., that includes New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Buffalo, Rochester, Pittsburgh and...

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Webcam Iceland provides a nice tour of a place few of us will ever see

Iceland has always been on my list of places I simply must go to. The spectacular scenery (prominent in some recent films like Oblivion and Prometheus) is something I would like to capture with my own DSLR. The food, the culture, and the history are all very attractive, so I jumped at the chance to...

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The amazing Word Lens app for iOS is now free

Imagine an iPhone app that can instantly translate written text between languages in real time. It sounds like science fiction, but Word Lens (free) does exactly that. We were wowed by the app back in 2010 and now its parent company, Quest Visual, has been purchased by Google. The immediate result...

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Google updates and improves Maps on iOS

If you already have Google Maps on iOS you'll see a significant update today to version 3.0. If you don't have it, the new features may tempt you to give it a try. Some highlights: Turn-by-turn navigation now offers lane guidance Travel time, distance and ETA are all on the main screen at the...

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Find local events and review with ItsPoppingHere! for iOS

Here is a clever and unique approach to event finding with your iPhone. ItsPoppingHere! (free) is a crowdsourced guide to what is going on around you. What's interesting is that all the events and reviews expire after 8 hours, so you know that all the local events you are finding are current. You...

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Findery app lets you discover the world around you using annotated notes and maps

Findery (free) hit the App Store today, and I expect it is going to be a successful app launch. Findery has been in beta a couple of years, so it already has a lot of content. Many new apps launch with very little user-contributed content, which is a weakness in my estimation. Findery allows people...

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iExit gets new features and is now free

I liked iExit when I reviewed it a couple of years ago at US$0.99. Now I like it even more. Added features, a nicer GUI, and it's free. Unlike most navigation and POI-based apps, iExit highlights what's just beyond highway exit ramps. If you are looking for food, gas, coffee, hospitals, rest stops,...

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Trover updates its travel/photo app

I looked at Trover (free) a couple of years ago and found it a useful app for seeing what is around you with photos and comments from real travelers rather than what is contained in a guidebook. It has elements of Yelp, Instagram and other social content aggregators. When you post your own photo,...

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Localscope for iOS gets an update and continues to provide great location based info

Localscope (US $2.99) has been around the app store for quite awhile, and continues to get updates that make the app a great way to explore your surroundings without moving an inch. This latest update tweaks the GUI and adds geo-tagged video resources from YouTube. While some discovery apps give...

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My 5 favorite apps for holiday travel

Yes, it's that time of year again. Travel by car, plane and train. New places to visit, with lots of places to locate, for shopping, dining, sightseeing and (I hope not) emergency facilities. In this post, I'll describe my favorite travel apps. My first choice for turn-by-turn navigation is...

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Emergency Exit a great app idea, but not too useful yet

Emergency Exit is a clever idea for an app. If you're in a building, stadium, airport, casino or other public place and need to get out quickly, Emergency Exit (US$0.99) uses Google Indoor maps to show you where you are and the quickest way out. As far as it goes, it's a good idea for an app. But...

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Which airlines have OK'd electronics on flights?

Holidays are stressful enough before factoring in the hassles of traveling. Thankfully for some air travelers, the minor inconvenience of not being able to use electronic devices during take off and landing is being removed, one airline at a time. Yesterday, in response to a recent FAA...

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FlightTrack 5: new look and features just in time for holiday travel

FlightTrack has been the frequent traveler's go-to app for five years, and now developer Mobiata has come out with a new version that offers a new iOS 7-friendly streamlined user interface and new features. FlightTrack 5 (introductory price of US$2.99, $4.99 starting December 1, 2013) replaces three...

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MapQuest gets new look, features for iOS 7 users

With Google and Apple locked in an epic battle to win the maps wars, many forget that there are other decent mapping services for iOS. One such service is MapQuest, the tried-and-true mapping solution that has been around for years and years. Today the company updated its MapQuest app for iOS 7...

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AirBnB get iOS 7-inspired makeover, adds new hosting features

AirBnB, the app that has become a staple for travelers worldwide, has just hit version 3.0 and with it, receieved a whole new facelift and added much-requested hosting features. For starters, AirBnB now features an iOS 7-inspired icon and UI. Every bit of the app is now flat and Helvetica Neue...

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