The long-awaited update to the Foursquare app has arrived, turning it into a personalized location finder for places you’ll likely enjoy going to. Upon opening the app, users will be asked to pick a menu from around 10,000 ‘tastes,’ which range from ‘Specialty Cocktails’ to ‘Comfortable Seats’. From then on, the app will point users towards places it thinks they’ll enjoy.
Alongside this users can still follow fellow users, be they experts in a particular category or other people they know, and leave ‘tips’ on locations they’ve been to. Tips also tie into the new ‘expertise’ system, which adds recognition for users who leave useful tips, allowing them to become ‘experts’ for a specific category or neighborhood.
The updated Foursquare app is available on the App Store now and is free to download.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 1st, 2014 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
MapHook, a social discovery app that allows users to find, organize, and share interesting activities (hooks) by location, has upgraded in a big way.
The update includes the new “Liquid Social Discovery” user interface, better search filtering, integration with Foursquare, Twitter, Yahoo, and MapHook’s “CultureHook” project, and a “HookStream” dashboard featuring streaming Hooks for faster viewing of information. Users can now like Hooks and share them via social networks and email. Also, there is now an offline mode where users can create Hooks when they are not near WiFi to save on data.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 2nd, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Blert is an app that sounds most interesting by playing a ringtone when friends get close. When friends appear from about 150 to 300 feet away, the app will alert you with a noise of your choice. The app works with Bluetooth 4.0, meaning it doesn’t require GPS or an internet connection. This saves on battery life!
So, the next time friends are within walking distance, be prepared to hear a sound and hide! Unless you want them to find you…
Posted by Rob Rich on August 1st, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
I’m sure this has happened to all of us at some point: You’re out and about, enjoying a nice evening, then decide it’s time for some food. Or perhaps you want to do a little last-minute shopping before everything closes. Wandering around haphazardly can be a gamble, but what Closy offers an easier way to go about it.
Whether it’s through a keyword search or simply the iOS device’s GPS and a set radius, Closy will locate nearby stores and eateries, then tell you if they’re currently open. It’s just that simple. No more trips to shops that are already closed!
Posted by Andrew Stevens on March 11th, 2013 iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Google makes every trip an adventure with their new app, Field Trip. Field Trip is an app that will run in the background and notify users once they get near something of interest, whether it is historic places, recommended restaurants, or unique shops. Field Trip will help users discover new places in new towns or even undiscovered locations in your local town.
From The App Store description:
★ Discover thousands of interesting places/experiences that fall under the following categories: Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Lifestyle, Offers & Deals, Food Drinks & Fun, Movie Locations, Outdoor Art and Obscure Places of Interest around you.
★ Choose from three different modes to set frequency of Field Trip notifications. See “Field Trip” worthy places around you on a map, by tapping on cards in map view to pull up enthralling points of interest around you.
★ Go on a Field Trip while you drive. Field Trip can detect when you’re driving and automatically “talk” about interesting places and experience around you.
Where To?, Editor’s Choice winning local search app (reviewed years ago by our Editor In Chief, Jeff Scott), has just released its next major version of the app Where To? 5.0. In this fifth major release, new features are added in the favoriting and navigation area.
Specifically, the app has four new major features. Two of those features have to do with favorites. Users can now favorite places to come back and access them later. In addition, those favorites as well as the apps settings can be synced over iCloud. And now, when searching for restaurants, hundreds of thousands of the US restaurants in Where To? include menus for users to search through before they decide to make that tough decision of where to eat. And the app now supports three more navigation apps when users decide to visit a location (iGo Prime, VZ Navigator, and Gokivo). The details pages for places also have a new design.
Where To? is a location-based search app that brings up points of interest in the area around the user. The app is also known for its augmented reality (AR) technology which can be added to the app for an additional fee. Where To? is $2.99 and made for the iPhone. An additional $0.99 will earn users the 3D and Augmented Reality features.
crowdplayce, location-based iOS game developer, has announced the release of its upcoming game Mafia Planet. The game immerses players in a location-based mafia game where they work their way up the ladder to become a mafia Don.
Mafia Planet boasts that it’s going to be the first location-based crime game for iOS. There are other (very) similar games (like Parallel Mafia), but this one might be unique in it’s own way. No matter where players are, there will always be something to do. Players can rob nearby banks, other mobsters, and do quests that can be completed anywhere in the world.
Players have districts that can be attacked by other mobsters or attacked directly. Players gain experience and money as they work their way through the game in their goal to become the next mafia Don. This is one of those games that will be progressively more fun depending on the amount of people locally that decide to use it.
The game is going to be free and ready to play later this month on May 23th.
Apparently good photo-sharing services are potentially worth billions of dollars (see: Instagram). Former Vice President of Business Operations at Twitter (and ex-team manager for Search Quality Operations at Google), Santosh Jayaram, has just released a photo-sharing service of his own called Dabble. It’s not to be confused with the word game, Dabble, or Dabble, the iPad sketching app. This Dabble is a “social postcard” service.
In THIS app, users create location-based postcards of the places they’ve been. For example, if I go get a burger at a local place near me and take a picture of said burger, I may share a Dabble postcard of the burger and write a short comment like “best burger in town.” That Dabble postcard is now linked to that particular location and anyone who comes to or views that location later can see the postcard. It’s the ultimate “I was here” app.
Other Dabblers (that has a great ring to it) can comment on those postcards and those comments are also linked to that location. It’s an interesting service by an interesting guy. We look forward to see how it works out.
Girls Around Me got some bad press. But the truth is that there’s a market for similar apps without the privacy concerns that arose from Girls Around Me. eye saw you helps users flirt and discover each other without the privacy mess: users remain completely anonymous until they choose to reveal their information.
The idea behind eye saw you are those encounters where people notice each other and don’t exchange much information. They may have just had a quick chat or only saw each other across a room. eye saw you is a platform for users to post what they looked like, what they were wearing, etc., the location and time the encounter took place, and who they’re trying to connect with.
No exchange of information or even pictures need to happen publicly on eye saw you. Users remain absolutely anonymous (besides from the descriptions they post themselves) until they wish to exchange information with someone. This seems like a great alternative to other apps that give off a feeling of stalking and invasion of privacy.
Sometimes it’s tough to get a job. And making new business contacts isn’t the most entertaining task. Well the folks at Intro Labs have a new networking solution, Intro, that helps grow user’s business networks and aids freelancers in finding new projects.
Intro uses social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare) and location to match potential business contacts. After users give Intro all of their networking information, it suggests potential business matches in a customized and ranked list (based on location). It even lets users “teleport” to other locations that they may be associated with to rank and list business contacts at multiple locations.
When contacts are suggested, Intro displays exactly what overlaps between users (follow the same Twitter users, worked at the same businesses, work in the same industry, etc). Users set both who they’re looking for and what industry they work in. Intro even alerts users when another user is close enough to meet up and shake hands.
Intro is available for free. The only social network that’s absolutely necessary to use the app is LinkedIn. All others are optional.
Developer IZE has just released an app called Find My Facebook Friends. The app basically works the same way in which Apple’s Find My Friends works but connects to Facebook instead of Apple IDs. This opens up quite a few more people to “find” (for me and I’m sure most), considering exchanging Apple IDs isn’t exactly the first thing that crosses my mind when I get a friends information.
Some features that Find My Facebook Friends has that doesn’t show up in Apple’s own app are proximity alerts when a friend is close enough, sending messages via the Facebook app, and locations preferences based on each friends or list of friends.
The app was rejected twice from the App Store, not for being to similar in function to Apple’s own app, but for its icon and name. It was previously submitted as “Find My Friends for Facebook” and the original icon looked like a mix between Facebook’s and Find My Friends.
Find My Facebook Friends is now available for $0.99.
HomeSnap is a rather creepy real-estate app that allows users to discover information about houses it takes pictures of (what it’s worth, number of rooms, heating, etc).
The app uses location and probably compass data to figure out which house the user is looking at and has the user take a picture. The picture likely doesn’t aid in the function of the app. It’s probably just a reminder for the user. Once the app figures out what house is in question, the user is supplied with information like worth, school district, similar homes, prices of other homes in the neighborhood, and more.
HomeSnap gets its seemingly private information from the MLS (Multiple Listing Service), a service used by real-estate brokers. It now feels a little less creepy to know where the app gets its information. But the kind of information this app can retrieve just from compass and location data is still quite amazing.
As baseball season begins to ramp up it’s critical for coaches to keep a close eye on their pitchers. Practice sessions need to be tightly controlled in order to prevent overuse injuries and make the most of the allotted time, and it can be hard to keep things straight with so many guys in the rotation. Thankfully, Baseball Bullpen has received a new update that will make life a bit easier on coaches.
The newest version of the app supports stats for up to five pitchers, making it as simple as a swipe to jump from one to the next. It also now includes support for various types of pitches, letting coaches keep tabs on fastballs, curveballs, sliders and more. This is all in addition to the app’s original features, which included a pitch count, location tracking, and the ability to estimate pitch speeds based on the pitcher’s height and his distance from the plate. It’s truly a coach’s dream come true.
The app is also handy for enthusiasts or even scouts, as they can easily keep tabs on a pitcher’s tendencies and location with the app. There’s likely to be no more convenient way to keep careful track of one of the game’s most important positions.
James Shaw, handy app wonder-developer, has done it again. Now that the need for spontaneous toilet location is covered, he’s moved on to the next most important thing: pizza. That’s right, just like the ever-useful Toilet Finder, Pizza Finder automatically hunts down any nearby deliciousness and shows users exactly where to find it.
From mom and pop joints to upscale eateries, from Little Caesar’s to Dominos, Pizza Finder will use the iOS device’s built-in GPS to locate anything that sells the tasty pies and literally provide a map to it. The app also presents addresses and contact info, which makes setting up reservations while en route a breeze. Of course, it’s also useful for ordering takeout. Then leading the way to the restaurant so the food can actually be taken out, naturally.
Pizza-enthusiasts who hate being left out in the cold when traipsing through parts unknown can rest easy. Pizza Finder is here. Heck, for $1 it can make pretty much anyone’s life (or at least last-minute meal plans) easier.
I imagine suburbanites wouldn’t get much use out of it, but us metropolitan… -ites (?) could put 16 year-old app aficionado James Shaw’sToilet Finder! to good use. Well, us and anyone visiting our “fair” city. Lots of tourists fail to come up with a Potty Plan when they set out on their walking tours and whatnot.
It’s a common problem when anyone is oot and aboot in unfamiliar territory. Someone has to “go,” and no one knows where the nearest restroom is. It typically leads to one of two scenarios: either the twitchy individual leaves the pack to look for one on their own, which usually takes a lot longer than expected, or they all wander off and waste time that could have been better spent on other things. This is exactly why Toilet Finder! was created.
The app uses the GPS to automatically find and display all known toilets in the immediate area. Conveniently displayed in either map, satellite or hybrid styles. Any crap-tanks in the database will also be accompanied by an address and phone number, just in case it’s late at night or in a weird location. And just to make things even more helpful, the app can provide directions to the desired bathroom.
Sounds useful, no? Toilet Finder! is in the App Store right now for a dollar. Given the amount of time and/or money one could waste while searching for an “outlet” – I’m inclined to think it might be worth it.
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Posted May 9th, 2011 by Gianna LaPin Our Rating: :: DOES ONE THING VERY WELL
Finder Reminder corrals the photographic post-it notes scattered throughout your iOS device into one place, attaching important details like GPS location and description so you might actually remember why you took them in the first place.
I am eager to let readers know about Oceanhouse Media’s annual app sale in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday from Wednesday, February 25 through Monday, March 9. During this time, five of their best-selling Seuss stories will be on sale for $0.99 each, and there will be discounts for other classic Dr. Seuss titles as […]
Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf Complete is now available. It’s a combination of all the previous releases in the series where you get all four acts (Blood on the Snow, Forest Hunt, The Shianti Halls, and Dawn over V’taag) of the gamebook saga for one price. Relive the story of Kai Lord of Sommerlund as he […]