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London: Condé Nast Traveller City Guide: The Ideal Companion For Tourists

Posted by Jennifer Allen on December 22nd, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Condé Nast Traveller apps were previously available for New York, Barcelona, Paris and Rome visitors but it's now been extended to London. I'm biased but London is a fantastic city to visit with hundreds upon hundreds of fascinating sights to explore so for the grand price of nothing, London: Condé Nast Traveller City Guide goes some way to helping travellers to the city learn where to go for the must see parts of London.

This is done through its quarterly updates by editors who offer the best inside knowledge as well as word-of-mouth recommendations from the locals.

London: Condé Nast Traveller City Guide comes with over 500 fully searchable listings, encompassing Food & Drink, where best to stay, shopping locations, things to see & do and what's worth checking out as part of the nightlife. GPS capabilities, offline maps and augmented reality functionality all makes it easy to explore and find the places within London.

Besides that, there are audio tours of the editors' favorite places, and a To Do list and travel journal for the ever organized traveller.

London: Condé Nast Traveller City Guide is available now for free.

Enjoy Illinois Helps Explore The Unknown

Posted by Blake Grundman on August 17th, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Did you know that there is more to the state of Illinois than Chicago, sports franchises, and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln?  I know it seems hard to believe, but thanks to the due diligence of the Illinois Office of Tourism there is a new app that will help newcomers explore every nook and cranny of the state.

Enjoy Illinois is designed to help residents and visitors alike check out over ten thousand attractions located all over the map.  Tapping into the GPS capability of iPhone's and iPad's, the application can even help wanderers find interesting places close to where they reside.

If trip planning is more in your wheelhouse, the software can help you design an action packed trip, every step of the way.  Everything from shopping to food can be found in Enjoy Illinois, along with special discounts reserved specifically for users of the app.  Buckle in, because it sounds like a road trip might be in your future!

Experience Santorini: An App For The Greek Island Traveller

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 19th, 2011

Summer is upon us (although us Brits wouldn't be so sure about that one) and so begins the great holiday rush. One such popular resort in Europe is that of Santorini, an island just off Greece's mainland. There's a lot to like about the place, with some fantastic geography thanks to its volcanic cone and all the great mythology that comes from Greece and its islands.

For those who intend to visit the island, there's now an app to help guide the way. Experience Santorini is available in iPhone and iPad varieties, both offering a user friendly and welcoming way of helping its users get acquainted with the island. It promises to reveal the place's darkest secrets and offers more than 500 suggestions for places to stay, eat, shop and enjoy. The app works offline also to ensure that there are no pesky excessive roaming data charges involved too. As is always useful with such things, the app tells the user what attractions are nearby them, whether it be a beach, museum, archaeological site or just a nice cafe to relax at.

The iPad version also boasts more than 20 minutes of videos offering interviews with archaeologists and winemakers of the area amongst others.

Throughout the rest of the app, the general ambience and design looks ideal for the tourist, so hopefully it'll be a great help to anyone visiting Santorini this summer.

The app is out now and priced at $4.99 for the iPhone/iPod Touch version and $6.99 for the iPad HD version.

Key to the City - An App Brings Art to NYC

Posted by Zach Sims on June 15th, 2010
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

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[/caption]Artist Paul Ramirez Jonas has a terrific idea to help people explore New York, and he's using the iPhone to publicize his efforts. His "Key to the City" project, kicked off several days ago, brings NYC's key to the city ceremonies, traditionally only available to dignitaries or celebrities, to the average joe.

The project is centered around a series of locks at famous landmarks around New York, with several in each of the city's five boroughs. In Manhattan, for example, keys can be found at Gracie Mansion or in Bryant Park. Specific instructions are provided for participants to get to the locks.

Perhaps more entertaining however, is how keys themselves are obtained. The artist has maintained the somewhat humanitarian concept of a key to the city by requiring people to show up with a friend or relative that they are recognizing with a key. The keys are thus given out as recognition for a job well done - maybe for a recent success or, even better, for humanitarian activity.

The companion iPhone application is one of Apple's featured iPhone apps, and for good reason. The app, which does little more than get people involved with the project and point them in the direction of keys, is a catalyst for further participation in a smartly designed and good hearted attempt at getting New Yorkers to explore their city.