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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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Roman Ruins HD for iPad is a terrific way to explore ancient Rome

Roman Ruins HD lets you virtually explore the remnants of ancient Rome from your favorite chair using your iPad. The Roman Empire spread throughout Europe and the Middle East at its peak, and you'll be able to see many of the sites where Rome ruled. The app supports aerial 3D views and guides to...

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Satechi's Smart Travel Router: A world traveler's best friend

Satechi announced its new Smart Travel Router (US$44.99 special pricing) a few weeks ago and at the time I thought it was a pretty great travel accessory. After giving one the hands-on treatment, I can say without a moment's hesitation one of these should be in the gadget bag of anyone who travels...

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T-Mobile bringing global data coverage to 100 countries for no charge

T-mobile has announced that it will roll out free 2G data coverage in more than 100 countries, reports AllThingsD. The move is in an effort to make the carrier more attractive to frequent travelers -- and address an issue common with US carriers: high data roaming charges. As AllThingsD...

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Satechi makes world travel easier with Smart Travel Router and Adapter

As a bona fide world traveler (yeah, I know -- only 50 countries so far), I love to see new products that make life easier for gadget-toting travelers. Now Satechi has come out with a multi-tasker that should find its way into a lot of gizmo bags. The Smart Travel Router and Adapter (US$44.99...

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Google releases Google Translate 2.0 with handwriting support

Google has released a major update to its Translate app, which has been neglected for some time. With today's Google Translate 2.0 release, the app finally sees support for the iPhone 5. Google has also updated the app with an iOS 7-inspired design and added an additional seven languages including...

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Hawaiian Airlines will offer iPad minis to passengers

Hawaiian Airlines this week announced that it will begin offering iPad minis to passengers flying between Hawaii and 14 routes that encompass destinations in the US, Asia and the South Pacific. The iPad mini will offer a full-fledged entertainment experience and will enable passengers to pick...

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