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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!
Anyone who’s ever been to Manhattan, let alone actually lives there, can tell you that getting around is something of a pain at times. Actually that’s not true. Getting around Manhattan is a nightmare most of the time. Between subway re-routes that aren’t even mentioned in their respective stations to obtuse maps, simply getting from Point A to Point B can require a stop over at Points X, Y, and Z. It gets even worse when you’re in a hurry.
With the ineptitude of the MTA in mind, I’ve compiled a list of apps that should help anyone, resident and tourist alike, find their way around with a bit less hassle.
iTrans NYC Subway
The App Store description claims that this is the “ultimate NYC transit app,” and they aren’t wrong. It’s not perfect because the MTA is rarely “on schedule,” but it’s about as close are you’re going to get. Predicted train arrival times, schedules, maps, location based navigation to nearby subway entrances, step-by-step directions for a planned trip, bus info, and real time train delay info when connected to WiFi will all make getting around beneath the city streets as painless as possible. Provided you don’t get elbowed in the face by one of those dancing panhandlers.
Released: 2008-07-11 :: Category: Navigation
HopStop Transit Directions for iPhone
Now this is the app for serious trip planners. It covers virtually all possible transit routes ranging from cabs to buses to trains and beyond. It can call up schedules, maps (even viewable offline), ETAs, lists several possible routes, and even allows uses to set their preferences to avoid or stick to specific modes of transportation. Heck, it can even save recent searches to be called up later.
Released: 2009-02-05 :: Category: Navigation
What makes this one so notable is that it’s essentially dozens of useful NYC-centric apps in one place. It can call up video from live traffic cams to plan ahead for a road trip. It can call up a bunch of info for various galleries, shopping hotspots, and more. It can search for parking and WiFi. Museums and various tourist attractions are on the list, too. It’s kind of the one-stop shop for any and all information you may need to plan a trip into the city; whether it’s for a few days or a couple of hours.
Released: 2009-12-04 :: Category: Travel
A lot of people don’t realize it until they see it for themselves, but Central Park is big. So big, in fact, that it warrants its own app. This “insider’s guide” covers events (concerts, etc), notable locations to check out (did you know it has its own zoo?), and even helps you find a bathroom. It can guide you wherever you’d like to go using its GPS functions or even let you wander at your own pace while tossing up alerts every time you near a spot you want to check out.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Traveling somewhere without a lot of signal? Running low on data this month but still need to get somewhere? CoPilot GPS might be the answer. The app is free, but maps and full voice navigation must be purchased as an in-app purchase.
Find the best way to navigate to all the places you need to go without relying on your mobile connection. Detailed street maps of an entire country or region are stored on your iPhone or iPad, so you’ll still be able to calculate routes and get driving or walking directions even when there’s no cell coverage. Millions of useful Points of Interest are built into the app, making it easy to locate nearby restaurants, stores, gas stations and more. You can also search for local businesses and attractions using Google™ and Wikipedia.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
The TomTom navigation apps updated today with support for iOS 6, the new screen size of the iPhone 5, Apple Maps support, and Google local search features. The upgrade is free for current users, and will run new users $49.95. TomTom apps work on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Waze is more than a navigation app; its developers promise to help us all outsmart traffic together with a combination of social and database-driven technologies. The new update adds even more social features, including collaborative driving directions, live maps, new interface and design, as well as iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support.
Here’s a list of all the new features:
✓ See friends driving to your destination & everyone’s ETA
✓ Send a pick up request to grab anyone’s location & navigate to them
✓ Share your drive by sending a live map of your route & ETA to anyone
✓ New design and UI throughout
✓ Sign in with Facebook
✓ Nearing destination bar
✓ Toll road usage indication
✓ Private messages
✓ Parking location pin
✓ Support for iOS6 and iPhone 5
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
With an ever burgeoning selection of Calendar and Travel apps, Time to Enjoy sets out to be different by turning the calendar function into a search engine for events.
Powered by eventful.com and Tribune Media Services, the app provides event details within the US, Canada and Europe, the app allows users to search for local events, all via their current location or by entering a city of their choice. Various categories are searchable such as museum events, local attractions, music focused or family targeted. A search radius of anything from walking distance to a 50 mile car drive means there should be something for a short trip or an all day excursion.
Users can learn various details about upcoming events such as timings and venues, as well as see trailers for movies and even purchase tickets. An alert function ensures nothing is forgotten about.
Time to Enjoy is out now and free to download.
Good news for those who use CoPilot Live, version eight. The developers, ALK Technologies, are offering a big upgrade free of charge to version nine. The new line of CoPilot Live GPS apps for the US and Canada still have access to live navigation, but now with more perks. The biggest addition is voiced turn-by-turn directions, no doubt a response to Apple’s iOS 6 announcement, but there’s more. The new routing features give you three different ways to find where you are going, each with information not only on distance but on mileage and with the year of free live traffic they are offering to new subscribers on their website it’s even better.
The new design is less distracting, with lane assist arrows and what they call “ClearTurn” display. There is also “Tap and Go” navigation which lets you literally just tap on a location on the map to get directions. It even has “social navigation” allowing you to check into Facebook and Twitter with your locale or to search Wikipedia or Bing’s Local Search from within the app. If you upgrade or try V9 for the first time, let us know what you think in the comments.
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: 2012-05-09 :: Category: Navigation
Car2Go, like other “carsharing” services, allows customers to quickly rent small cars for short periods of time. It’s great for when cars break down or when one needs an easy way to get around a new city during a vacation. Now, they are making the service even more convenient with the launch of their new aCar2Go app.
Currently, Car2Go operates in the following cities: Hamburg; Ulm; Lyon; Vancouver, British Columbia; Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. They also have the world’s first electric car fleet in San Diego, California. Using the app, anyone living in said cities can find and book the nearest available Car2Go, find gas stations and parking lots, view the operating area and view the route to their car. Soon enough, users will be behind the wheel of one of those familiar, little blue and white Smart Fortwos.
Quick auto access is now just an app away. aCar2Go is available now for $1.99 on the App Store.
Released: 2012-03-30 :: Category: Navigation
Easy Trails GPS, the navigation application made specifically for outdoor enthusiasts, has updated to 6.0 and added new features and interface changes with the release.
The interface for Easy Trails GPS 6.0 has been significantly changed with this update. The interface design was rewritten completely from scratch to keep in mind usability. The new interface displays every feature of the application regardless of the current activity going on, making it easy to switch between Easy Trails GPS’s many features.
Other features added in the release is support for Retina display devices, sharing location via Twitter, the ability to archive up to 1000 tracks and 2500 waypoints, waypoint proximity alerts can be turned on with use of the Notification Center, exporting all track information, and the ability to copy and save waypoint pictures to the clipboard or the iOS camera roll.
Easy Trails GPS is available for $3.99.
Regular users of public transport know that it’s a bit of a maze to navigate through. It’s all too easy to stick with the tried and tested routes while still not really knowing anything else about travelling around a city. HopStop sets out to help in such matters by offering detailed public transit, walking, taxi and biking directions for dozens of cities throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
A free app, HopStop offers directions from the user’s current location, the ability to find nearby subway stations or bus stops along with estimates for taxi costs ensuring there are plenty of options.
High quality transit maps are available for NYC, LIRR, Metro North and San Francisco, with updates for NYC transit advisory services. Further biking directions are available for cities such as NYC, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco.
For the disabled users, it’s easy to see what services are wheelchair accessible, plus calorie consumption and carbon emissions are calculated for the health and environment conscious.
HopStop is out now and set to solve everyone’s travelling woes in both new and familiar cities.
One of the most popular (and expensive!) navigation apps on iOS, TomTom, has just released it’s newest update, 1.8, that includes a new add-on called TomTom Traffic HD. The add-on, available via in-app purchase, helps the driver find solutions to avoid traffic jams and delays. The traffic is advertised to update every two minutes, providing incredibly up-to-date traffic information. The in-app purchase for the TomTom Traffic HD service costs $19.99. The TomTom Traffic HD service is part of TomTom’s recent mission to reduce traffic congestion everywhere. Read more about TomTom’s traffic reduction plans here.
Also available with the 1.8 release of TomTom is multi-stop routes. Users can now add up to five planned stops for their trips. iOS navigation apps are getting closer and closer to rival their dedicated GPS system counterparts. And with the release of TomTom’s 1.8 release, it just got closer. I personally don’t use a dedicated GPS system; I use iPhone GPS apps like TomTom. The 1.8 release also updates the map including recent road changes.
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.
Released: 2009-06-23 :: Category: Navigation
There’s a new competitor for the navigation app throne and its name is Don’t Panic. Admittedly this is a new competitor for the UK crowd as it only currently works in the UK but it could be well worth a look for those from these fair shores.
Don’t Panic promises to be precise in its turn by turn instructions as well as speedy with some impressive promises of being up to 100 times faster than its competitors. An intuitive search feature is easily and instantly accessible from any point within the app and the ability to find destinations via partial addresses and points of interests is possible along with other typical navigational features.
A constant internet connection isn’t even needed as the maps are available offline presumably aiding the speed issue hugely with promises of no stuttering or image lag.
For the asking price, Don’t Panic offers unlimited free updates for the app with iPhone users exclusively getting unlimited free updates on the maps that come with the app itself.
Don’t Panic is available now for UK users and priced at £19.99.
Ideal for electric car owners based in the US is Recargo, an app that offers users the ability to find electric vehicle charging stations nearby them.
Besides using a simple Google Maps-esque interface to help users find the nearest charging points, there’s also the ability to plan trips according to these stations. It’s a particularly useful feature considering electric charging stations aren’t as widespread as regular filling stations, ensuring that users need never worry about running out of power.
Community features also exist within the app with the ability to view the latest news from plugincars.com as well as share photos through the app. There’s even a Foursquare style checkin feature which could potentially be very useful for electric car owners to get to know other ecologically minded people.
It looks like electric vehicles could well be the future and apps like Recargo are certainly setting out to help this trend develop.
It’s out now and it’s a free app compatible with all iOS devices.
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.
Ever wonder why it’s so hard to find a good parking spot downtown? Perhaps ninjas are stealing all the good spots at the local garages. Well, if you’re in San Diego, you too can be a parking ninja, thanks to an app called, appropriately enough, Parking Ninja.
Designed to help San Diego residents find parking garages near them while out and about in the beautiful city. It shows you nearby parking garages, as well as their prices and phone numbers. This app may come in handy especially for visitors to San Diego Comic-Con who rent cars to drive into the city, so they can see where they can park as close to the convention center as possible.
While Parking Ninja is only available for San Diego right now, this could be a useful app if it expanded out to other major cities, after all, ninjas don’t just live in San Diego.
WHERE, recently updated to 4.1, is a geolocation app designed to help users find places to go to based on their current location, with the ability to list your favorite places. The 4.1 update adds in new features designed to bolster the social aspect of the app. You can now Bump phones with other users of WHERE to get shared recommendations for places to go with them, called ‘Perfect Places’. As well, there’s now expanded Facebook support, with the ability to find WHERE users among your Facebook friends, and to check in with Facebook Places using WHERE. As well, you can share your WHERE Lists with your WHERE friends and search within those lists and your friends lists as well. WHERE is currently available from the App Store for free, and promises unique content for attendees of SXSW in Austin, TX this March 11th-20th.
Seriously, if it’s free and will help you be much cooler than you already are, how can you go wrong? For all you fun seekers and SXSW attenders, this one is a no brainer.