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Red Arrow Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE YET CONVENIENT
Red Arrow sticks to its name, providing you with an arrow as a heads up to your destination. It's simple, yet useful.
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Beyond Cam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FUNCTIONAL
Showing users what's ahead of them geographically, there's a nice idea here, but its design lets it down.
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Maps Pro With Google Maps Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on December 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: COMPREHENSIVE MAPPING
Travel and own an iPad? This really is an essential app to buy.
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There’s a Map on My Lap! Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Amy Solomon on November 25th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MAP APP
There’s a Map on my Lap! is an educational app that teaches young children about many map-themed topics.
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Street View Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRACTICAL
Making the world that little bit smaller, Street View is a handy way of bringing back the service to Maps and iOS devices.
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Google Maps App Now Available

Posted by Jeff Scott on December 13th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

They made it just in time for Christmas. Google has released their Maps app for all of your travel woes.

300 Dwarves HD Review

By Angela LaFollette on December 5th, 2012
300 Dwarves is a decent tower defense game, but it doesn’t bring anything revolutionary to the genre.
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Nokia Releases Here Maps - Social Universal Maps App

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 20th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: VALIANT EFFORT :: Read Review »

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.

City Maps 2Go Free Today

Posted by Jeff Scott on November 16th, 2012
+ 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.

Location-Based App Grafetee Promises to be More Than Another Location-Based Service Thanks to the Finnish Police?!

Posted by Carter Dotson on October 30th, 2012

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: September 24-28

Posted by Chris Kirby on September 30th, 2012

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."

Take a look at Carter's choices on 148Apps.

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."

Read more of what's on the menu at GiggleApps.com.

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."

Read more about this potential product at AndroidRundown.

And that about covers it for the week that was. Joins us every day for the latest news, reviews and contests - and keep track of it all by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. See you in 7.

Favorite 4: iOS 6 Maps Alternatives

Posted by Carter Dotson on September 25th, 2012

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.

HopStop

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.


Waze

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.

MapsWithMe

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.

MapQuest

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!


You Are Here Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on September 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NEVER GET LOST
You Are Here uses the iPhone’s GPS to show users where they are on any map that they import into the app.
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App Update: Transit App Update Ready to Fill iOS6 Maps App Void

Posted by Jeff Scott on September 19th, 2012
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, 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.

Ride the Asian Rails With This New Ticket To Ride Map Pack

Posted by Lisa Caplan on August 2nd, 2012

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.