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They made it just in time for Christmas. Google has released their Maps app for all of your travel woes.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Nokia, yes, Nokia, has released a polished social maps app. Here brings a few of the features back to iOS 6 that the Apple Maps app is missing. For one, there’s support for transit. Also included is the ability to explicitly download a section of the map for offline use, like when traveling somewhere you won’t have access to cheap data. The social aspects are interesting with Nokia touting that the apps evolve over time with user interaction. Give it a try if you are still unhappy with iOS 6 Maps.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
City Maps 2Go is an app I’ve used many times. It allows you to download a map to use offline. Great for when you are travelling where you won’t have data — or won’t have cheap data. It’s a great app and free today.
Another day, another location-based app, right? Well, Grafetee (pronounced gră-fə-tee,) is really not the same as something like Saga in that it’s meant to be both a location service as well as a framework to integrate in other location services.
Its exclusive functionality is location-based bookmarks. This allows people to share notes based on their current location, including photos. These bookmarks can be shared privately with other users through an 8-digit alphanumeric code, that allows them to join in and create their own notes. For example, a private directory of restaurants and bars visited could be created and shared between friends. This works without logging in to anything, and photos are shareable between platforms, as the app is on both iOS and Android.
But where Grafetee will be at its most immediately interesting for users is the way that it integrates in third-party services: right now, it uses various APIs to add in Foursquare tips, Yelp listings, Flickr and Instagram photos, Geocaches, and even Wikipedia listings nearby. All of these can be toggled as different visual layers, or displayed in a text list.
This is where the developer of the app hopes its long-term value comes from: being able to add in other services to make it more useful. One creative use is in the developer’s native Finland, they made it possible to let users report information to the police with Grafetee. As explained by Juha Huttennen of Grafetee: “The Finnish police for example, is using Grafetee to crowdsource crime-related data that is not urgent. So they don’t want you to use the app instead of calling 911 but they want you to give out data if you find something that threatens security or if there is a distrubance that you want the police to note and perhaps later act on. Like…if there is a street crossing that is dangerous, or if there is a stop sign that people usually disregard or whatever. They want to collect stuff like this from the public, instead of getting these calls to 911 or direct emails complaining about the same things. It definitely helps them to ease their workload and gives the public a channel.” It was launched nationwide in the past weeks. How did Grafetee get involved with the Finnish police? “I called them.”
One of the other benefits of Grafetee’s approach is that it isn’t necessarily crippled if it grows too big for its britches: controversies over shut-off API access have arisen around Tumblr, LinkedIn, and Instagram with Twitter, for example. With Grafetee providing their own bookmarking service, if Foursquare pulls access, they still have other services, including others that may come into the app’s ecosystem, including ones that may pay to be part of the app if it catches on. Given the potential of its open framework and the fact that a governmental organization is already using it, it’s just a question of further adoption by not just users – but those who may get use out of a location-based app like Grafetee.
This week at 148Apps.com, we pondered life after the change from Google Maps to Apple Maps. Carter Dotson took a look at his Favorite Four alternatives to Apple’s built-in guidance system: “So, there’s a bit of a brouhaha over iOS 6 switching its maps provider from Google Maps to TomTom and other Apple sources. Yes, the 3D flybys in the maps are pretty, but the lack of details once had in Google Maps and loss of transit directions is a backbreaker for some. Sure, Google Maps has a mobile website that can be added as a web app, but maybe it’s time for something all new. Unless or until a separate Google Maps application is released, here’s four fine alternatives for mapping and directions.”
Released: 2009-06-11 :: Category: Navigation
GiggleApps writer Amy Solomon got cooking with a kids’ game called Dr. Panda’s Restaurant: “My son and I are thoroughly enjoying Dr. Panda’s Restaurant as this app has so much to offer in cooking fun for children of all ages. This app consists of a two-story restaurant, each containing a two-person table to be filled with the animals who get welcomed by Dr. Panda, now the chef of this restaurant as well as the one who greets these animals before they are sent to their table. Eight animals are included, as are ten recipes to cook.”
Released: 2012-09-01 :: Category: Games
And finally, AndroidRundown.com featured a KickStarter Spotlight on Lifx. Joseph Bertolini writes, “Lifx is an LED light that connects to any home wireless network and is controlled by a smartphone. It would have been easy for the developers to just simply stop at changing the color, and I, frankly, would have been satisfied. But seeing as this is a KickStarter project, it is a safe bet that these developers did not become complacent. Some simple additions, such as dimming and batch operation are included, but the one that I am most impressed by is the ability for the light to deliver phone notifications. Imagine every time a text message comes in the room blinks green or blue for Facebook notifications. There is also an option to program lights onto specific actions and cycles, such as dimming over a period of time or turning on every day at 8 am.”
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So, there’s a bit of a brouhaha over iOS 6 switching its maps provider from Google Maps to TomTom and other Apple sources. Yes, the 3D flybys in the maps are pretty, but the lack of details once had in Google Maps and loss of transit directions is a backbreaker for some. Sure, Google Maps has a mobile website that can be added as a web app, but maybe it’s time for something all new. Unless or until a separate Google Maps application is released, here’s four fine alternatives for mapping and directions.
Transit directions are notably missing from iOS 6 maps. However, for those needing to get around, HopStop provides valuable directions. Supporting many major North American cities, just choose the starting address, destination, departure/arrival time, and preferred method of transit, and the app provides helpful directions, including alternate arrival/departure times for buses and trains. It even includes some transit options that Google Maps doesn’t, such as suburban Pace buses in the Chicago area.
Released: 2012-01-20 :: Category: Navigation
This app uses OpenStreetMap data to power its maps, relying on the free user-supported data supplied to provide reliable up-to-date information, similar to Wikipedia. It uses this data to provide a free turn-by-turn navigation solution. The hook is that data on traffic, accidents, speed traps, and more, is all provided by people also using the app. Simply driving around with the app open can help intelligently detect where rough traffic is based on slower speeds. Waze can even find cheap gas along routes based on user-submitted reports.
Released: 2009-08-01 :: Category: Navigation
This app offers over 7800 maps of cities and places all over the world, which are all downloaded direct to one’s device. So, where data service is spotty or nonexistent, this app still provides valuable street data along with various locations and landmarks available offline. It’s perfect for the iPod touch and wifi-only iPad. The maps are curated by the development team, including their CEO who wears a sweet hat.
Long before there were Google Maps, there was MapQuest. While The Lonely Island declared Google Maps “The best”, who’s got an app on the App Store now? MapQuest does! Find important places and get turn-by-turn directions using their main app, or use their “Local” app to find the best restaurants and bars based on crowdsourced information. MapQuest is a survivor, and will be around to give us directions when all that’s left is Twinkies and cockroaches!
Released: 2009-06-11 :: Category: Navigation
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
One of the features that Apple removed from the Maps app was transit info. Transit App was updated recently to work as a transit route provide in iOS 6 Maps. And the app is pretty spectacular in it’s own right — that is if it supports your area.
Transit is a free download, but requires a $4.99/year subscription to fully open up it’s features.
For years Ticket to Ride has been a best selling strategy board game based on – you guessed it – trains. It’s long been available as a video game on PC, Mac, and the web in addition to iOS. There is a pocket version for small screens (which is not expected to get the new map yet) and the full award winning iPad game.
Today, Days of Wonder is releasing an all new digital map pack called Legendary Asia. The new in-app purchase also celebrates the Ticket to Ride franchise’s over 1 million downloads.The map will cost $3.99 and appear after you update the app. When you do you’ll also notice across-the-rails Retina display support and 45 new achievements for the different game variants.
The physical map may be familiar to board game players, since it was released last year after winning a worldwide design contest. For digital players on all platforms tomorrow will be the first look and if the advance screen shots are any indication it will add both beauty and replay value to what is already an iPad classic. You can check the new map out in the gallery below.
ALK Technologies, known for its great mobile navigation software, has made a pretty impressive move with their latest app: the navigation app in question is free!
CoPilot GPS uses a freemium style model to ensure it’s free. Users can plan their routes without an internet connection and figure out the best turn by turn route, whether they’re in a car or walking. Points of interests are installed, as well as the option to find a destination manually.
It’s all quite professional and as anyone would expect from a paid for navigational app.
The difference here is that it’s completely free. An in-app purchase of $24.99 unlocks voice-guided navigation with the option to also download a real-time traffic service for $9.99 for a 12 month subscription.
It’s a wise move as CoPilot GPS is immediately appealing for anyone in need of a navigation app but at a low price. Plus, there’s always the option to unlock further features.
It’s out now for both iPhone and iPad.
Released: 2012-05-10 :: Category: Navigation
People love stuff like Google Maps. There’s just something about viewing satellite images of one’s neighborhood that’s kinda neat. Know what’s even neater? Tossing customizable zombie outbreaks into the mix.
Binary Space is set to release an iOS edition of their rather popular PC sandbox thingie. Zombie Outbreak Simulator utilizes Google Maps in order to allow users to unleash the Living Dead practically anywhere. Even right in their own backyard. A number of variables can be tweaked, such as zombie speed and number of law enforcement officials, giving users tons of possible scenarios to set up and watch unfold. New to the iOS release is the ability to zoom in and out to view the action from a detached aerial view to a far more intimate low-flying bird’s eye view, complete with animated characters.
Zombie Outbreak Simulator should be popping up in the App Store by the end of the month. Zombie nuts, crazy survivor types, and anyone simply looking for a fun and goofy map app will be able to get their hands on it for $1.99.
Today marks the launch of the first paid expansion for the acclaimed iOS version of the railroad building board game, Ticket to Ride. The Ticket to Ride Pocket: 1910 expansion includes three brand new game modes for players to enjoy and adds 35 new destinations to the game’s US map.
The 1910 Classic mode brings updated route tickets and a slight change to the rules that makes completing the most tickets crucial to winning. The 1910 Mega mode starts each player with 5 route cards instead of 3, doubles the number of available route tickets, and awards bonus points to the most completed routes. Finally, the 1910 Cities mode is a faster game mode in which players contend over a few specific routes, all starting and ending with major cities. Ten new achievements, most of which are from the 1910 pack, are also included.
The Ticket to Ride Pocket: 1910 expansion is available via in-app purchase now for $0.99, so get ready to ride the rails again.
The arrival of iOS5 has meant that many app developers have had to update their products to work with the new operating system. Fortunately many, like TomTom, have used that opportunity to improve upon an already successful app.
TomTom 1.9 offers numerous changes, most notably optimization for the iPad at last.
iPad optimization means that TomTom now offers a full-screen display which promises the ability to see the driving view at the same time as the Advanced Lane Guidance images that we’ve all come to appreciate from the product. Ultimately, it’s all down to space and who can resist the saying ‘bigger is better’ in this case? More room to see what’s going on has to be good for drivers as they keep an eye on the road as well as their TomTom app.
The interface for both iPhone and iPad users has been updated and improved upon, ensuring that TomTom is quicker than ever to use. Driving view can be checked with just one touch from anywhere with guidance options similarly easy to check out. Even switching between different route types takes mere moments thanks to the improvements made to the app.
As we’ve all come to expect from TomTom, maps have also been updated to take into account any road changes in recent times.
TomTom users may have also found that they had trouble with their existing subscription to TomTom HD Traffic before this update. Fortunately for them, to make up for the inconvenience TomTom will be extending their subscription by 30 days as way of compensation. Hurrah!
One bad piece of news for anyone still using an iPhone 3G however, this is the last update of TomTom that will fully support the device. Future updates can be downloaded for any iPhone 3G users but the new features won’t be available. Maybe this is the ideal time to upgrade to a shiny new 4S?
The latest version of TomTom is available now.
Released: 2009-12-11 :: Category: Navigation
Ever wonder where the heck something is? Sure there’s Google Maps but it’s not always the easiest way of searching for something. As Jeff pointed out a while back in his review, Where To? does exactly that. It was good back then and now it’s had a huge update making it all the better.
In the latest update, FutureTap has added a plethora of useful features. Perhaps most useful of all is the ability to view business hours for each destination. It’s easy to turn up at a store too late without realizing, or visit the cinema before it’s opened – something like Where To? sets out to eradicate that problem. Throughout the experience, a compass style directional arrow points the user in the right direction and links up with Google Earth. This means that users who have never seen their destination will have a great idea of what they’re looking for with an actual view of the area. In the U.S and Canada, turn by turn navigational app MotionX GPS (purchased separately) drive can also come in handy here with the Where To? app linking up with it to provide accurate directions within the app. Previously, there was already connectivity with Navigon MobileNavigator and TomTom.
There’s even now improved functionality for the visually impaired, courtesy of VoiceOver support, providing directions and distances continuously announced to help any such users.
Where To? was already a great app with over 2,400 brands searchable via the app and the Augmented Reality tools superimposing search results onto the live camera video, but this update looks set to have made it even more vital for those in need of some help travelling.
Where To? is available now for all iOS devices. It’s priced at $2.99 with an in-app purchase of $0.99 adding Augmented Reality features.
Maybe I still haven’t fully accepted technology for just how wonderful it really is, but it still impresses me hugely when my iPhone can tell me exactly how to get from one place to another within seconds. Presumably, there’s a future ahead of us where no one can ever get lost, all thanks to wonderful GPS and Google Maps. This future should clearly include Maps+, a new app from IZE Ltd which aims to build upon the uses that the built in app Maps already offers.
Maps+ brings with it the lofty promise of ensuring that its users will never be lost. A tap of a button ensures that users can pinpoint their location on the map with another tap enabling a compass feature that then rotates the map to match the direction that the user is currently facing.
Users can easily search for an address using the search function and even co-ordinates can be searched if the full address isn’t known. Route directions are simple to acquire then with car, bike (in the US) and pedestrian paths being available to consult. There’s also the added benefit of being able to set midway stopping points if the user wishes to stop at certain other locations on the way.
If the user is waiting to reach their destination via public transport, they can even set up an alarm that’s dependent on location so they need never miss their stop on the train for example.
Particularly useful to fitness addicts, there’s also a feature to record the route taken via GPS so that users can keep track of the path they’ve taken.
Simple social networking features are also available whereby users can view their friends’ tweets and the location in which they were tweeted.
Maps+ offers a lot in its quest to be more feature rich than the bundled app of a similar name. It’s certainly worth a look for those after a bit more to the free GPS navigation apps currently available.
Maps+ is available now and is compatible with all iOS devices. It’s a free app to download but there are some limitations that are bypassed with a $2.99 in-app purchase.
The team at ALK Technologies has launched its GPS navigation app, CoPilot Live HD, for the iPad on the App Store. The app has been designed specifically for the iPad 3G’s GPS receiver and large screen to provide turn-by-turn, voice-guided navigation.
With recent news of iPad’s being fitted into car dashboards, this is particularly exciting news for those shopping for a new SatNav device for their vehicle.
Street maps are stored on the device and the app can display both 2D and 3D map views with turn instructions for the driver. The app automatically switches between portrait and landscape view and provides iPod controls from within the application, another bonus for those planning to dashboard-mount their new Apple tablet or connect it to their in-car sound system.
CoPilot Live HD offers a feature for users to plan trips offline and preview routes to find the most efficient journey before setting out.
“CoPilot Live HD provides an absolutely sensational GPS navigation and planning experience on iPad 3G,” said Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director at ALK Technologies. “Developing for iPad was a natural step following the tremendous popularity of our CoPilot Live iPhone app. It’s a really fantastic platform for navigation that allows us to fully exploit the many years of expertise we have gained from supporting tablet computers with our CoPilot Live Laptop products.”
CoPilot Live HD is priced at $29.99 for unlimited use with free quarterly map updates through 2010.
Find out more here
The iPod Touch is sometimes considered the iPhone’s “baby brother” of sorts. While it’s matured into a formidable device, there are still a few things that us iPod Touch users don’t have: a camera, for example, and an always-on cell connection with GPS. Location Services on the iPhone are a cinch thanks to GPS. But what about iPod Touch users? Location Services can be incredibly useful, but there’s nothing more frustrating than clicking “deny” every time an app requests to use your location in order to avoid a long, fruitless search. Well, it turns out that iPod users haven’t been left out of the loop…not quite.
If you’re one of the lucky ones, your iPod’s Location Services will work the instant you connect to a WiFi network, like they’re supposed to. But for the many of us, that nasty “Location cannot be determined” pop-up is a constant reminder of our device’s limits. So why does this work for some people, and not for others? It all depends on where you live and what wireless networks your device finds. For example, my iPod’s Location Services were absolutely useless at home, but when I drove two hours to the Apple Store to have them look at it (hey, I had other shopping to do, too!), suddenly there wasn’t a problem.
The reason for the discrepancy is that the iPod relies on Skyhook for location information. Don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of it; the Apple “Geniuses” hadn’t, either. Skyhook is essentially a database of known WiFi points and their addresses that supplies the technology behind non-GPS Location Services on the iDevices. (See the “how it works” page.) Here’s the catch, though: if your WiFi access point isn’t registered with Skyhook, Location Services simply won’t work. Skyhook’s coverage is far from comprehensive, focusing primarily on urban areas, so this isn’t exactly an uncommon problem.
To remedy the situation, you can register your router on their website by entering your email address, your physical address, and your router’s MAC address. Instructions for finding your MAC address are available on their website, and after submitting the information it takes 1-3 weeks for Location Services to work.
And that’s it! So, if you were wondering why Location Services just won’t work on your iPod…here’s the likely answer.
Let us know if you’ve had a similar experience, and/or if this works for you. As for me, I’ll be enjoying my newfound ability to, you know, use Maps. What a relief!
Not being from a large urban area with subway lines intermingled with rail lines, I have always trusted the Maps app to get me safely from point A to point B. Typically it finds the fastest route between two locations without a hitch. After spending the week in NY though, I have learned that Google does not have my back. No sir.
On this particular day, which just happened to be yesterday, my desired route was from Brooklyn to JFK Airport. Being one of the most trafficked airports in the country, I figured that this wouldn’t be an issue. I popped right into the app, hit directions, and went from my current location to JFK Airport. Having a mass transit option in maps led me to believe that the route that was given to me would be the route that all the locals take. “No problem” I thought to myself. I jumped on the 3 to head to New Lots, and then I’d jump on the bus to JFK. By bus I figured that Google meant airport tram, and by New Lots I was hoping for some sort of airport shuttle hub.
I was wrong. Google put me… suitcase, laptop, iPhone carrying Chris… on a city bus driving by the Louis H. Pink Houses on Linden Blvd with people certainly wondering what I was doing. After I made it to JFK, I realized that there is this great light rail hub that I could’ve transferred to, and all that I would have to do is walk a street over from my starting location.
The moral of the story is that the Maps app really needs to show alternate routes like its computer based Google Maps counterpart. Lesson 2 is that if you are ever in E. Brooklyn and Maps tells you that you are getting on a bus… it is a city bus. Lesson 3 is that you should never take the route I took from Brooklyn to JFK. Find your way to the Jamaica station, it’s much more pleasant.