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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Universal TranWare has been digitally improving upon taxi and limousine services for years, and they’ve just released their latest handy bit of tech onto the App Store.
NexTaxi is an app that keeps the rider’s needs in mind. Thanks to their iOS device’s GPS functionality users can call for and track a taxi, while the app finds a nearby licensed (very important) car to send. It actually integrates into the dispatching system to make finding a cab (and a fare) easier and faster. Users can also pay for their ride directly through the app with no need to fish for pocket change.
Anyone who uses cabs with any regularity can download NexTaxi for free right now and enjoy using the service throughout one of close to 50 different cities, including New York, Orlando, Iowa City, Augusta, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, the Chicago area, and more.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Four and a half-star rated Packing Pro has been updated to version 8.3, bringing a multi-editing feature to the list and catalog data, icon badges for lists and app icons, and a Favorites folder to help streamline list building. There’s more bug fixes and extras packed in this update, so give it a shot and see what you think.
Packing Pro is a digital packing list that features an extensive, customizable catalog, several handy sample lists that can be used as templates, and unlimited, 100% customizable packing lists. A host of special functions include:
* Multi-item selection for speedy list building
* Multi-item editing for easy list & catalog management
* Collapsable categories with floating headers & running item tallies
* Numerous packing list sorting & display options
* Weight and value totals
* Favorites folder & functionality for quick, customized lists
* Send to email for print out & file sharing
* Import / export to other Packing apps and devices
* Fully customized device support for all sizes of iPhone, iPod touch & iPad
* Full multi-lingual support for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese & Chinese (both traditional & simplified)
This week at 148Apps.com, we helped everyone looking to expand their iOS device’s musical footprint with a round-up of Bluetooth speakers. Site editor Rob LeFebvre says, “Bluetooth is a fantastic technology. It lets me connect my iPhone or iPad to a ton of different devices, including speakers, keyboards, other computers, headphones, and mice without wires. The latest version, 4.0, draws very little power and features an increased signal range of up to 100 feet.
148Apps received three different portable Bluetooth speakers recently, and we decided to put them all through their paces, to better understand which ones might be better for specific uses. We’ll be looking at the Braven 600, the CubeEdge, the Disco 2, and the Logitech Boombox.”
Over at GiggleApps.com, Amy Solomon was in a traveling mood, as she reviewed Geography Drive USA, calling it, “A wonderfully engaging educational app that teaches about American geography in ways children will love.
As one can imagine, it is not uncommon for friends and family to ask me to recommend apps for their children in grade school as many apps out there are for preschool-aged children. Geography Drive USA is a title that I can easily recommend as an application that is both highly educational and a lot of fun.”
Released: 2012-11-20 :: Category: Education
And at AndroidRundown.com, our KickStarter Spotlight of the week covered Pixel Kingdom. Joseph Bertolini writes, “Today we’re looking at a game that is the brainchild of a college sophomore from Central Florida and it is a fresh take on the game-type that was popularized by games such as Plants vs. Zombies; where waves of enemies come down set lanes, and it is up to the player to deploy defenses down each specific aisle. Named Pixel Kingdom it is a small twist on this idea is that here these defenses are actively moving down their lane in an endless battlefield against the ranks of evil. Thrown in are a handful of bosses that fill multiple lanes, such as random dragon attacks.”
So there you have it – another week in the life of the 148Apps network of sites. Stick with us every day by following us on Twitter or Pinterest and Liking us on Facebook. There’s more content just right around the corner.
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Travel site Expedia just updated their iPhone app (iPad coming soon) to include over 200 airlines, better search and sorting functions, and a ton of images for hotels and destinations. The update also includes a mobile-exclusive deals section, with travel deals of up to 60% off.
What’s New in Version 2.0
• Enjoy the best flight booking experience anywhere on iPhone (iPad coming soon!)
• Browse beautiful photos of the best deals near you
• Book in under 30 seconds with lightning-fast checkout
This free app lets users send real postcards worldwide with photos taken from Instagram, Camera Roll or Facebook, but the price to send it may seem a little steep to some users.
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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.
The TripLingo series of apps have done a great job of deciphering popular slang in various foreign languages, as we noticed when reviewing the Spanish version last year. Now, with the London 2012 Olympics upon us, there’s a special themed version out in the form of TripLingo UK Edition.
The app uses a “Slang Slider” to enable users to see four different ways to say each phrase, with the options of Posh, Cockney, Scouse and Jafaican. It’s worth pointing out that Scouse isn’t actually a dialect of London, instead being located in the North West of the country in the city of Liverpool, but it is a enjoyable comparison to make.
As a Brit, I’ll say this now, we don’t ALL use such slang in our day to day living but it is a fun selection of words and terms that were once much more common within the UK, with a hint of parody about it. And don’t worry, visitors to Britain, it’s still possible to hear many such terms used if you happen to visit the right area.
Whether you’re travelling to Britain soon or just want to have some fun learning a new type of slang, you’d be barmy (crazy) to miss out on TripLingo UK Edition.
It’s out now and free to download.
HipGeo has already proven itself as a great travel blogging app since its launch earlier this year. The latest update should cement that even further.
The update provides full video capability as well as the ability to convert all the photos, video and text uploaded to the service into virtual ‘storytelling journals’ that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, as well as shared with the HipGeo community and via email. Consolidated, it should prove a great tool for avid travellers.
The app groups together photos, videos and texts into a location, so it’s simple to browse what’s going on and where as part of a coherent album. A Trip Player and Day Map ensures that movements are clearly shown between the photos, videos and writing, making it easy for viewers to catch up on the traveller’s progress.
Alongside the ability to create such journals offline, before uploading when inside a Wi-Fi zone, HipGeo is a great all-rounder for those who want to blog their travels.
Released: 2011-08-15 :: Category: Travel
Planning a vacation or day trip and want to learn some great historical facts along the way? Give HISTORY Here a try.
The app comes courtesy of the History Channel and offers an interactive guide to thousands of historic locations across the USA. Users have the option to choose any location they wish, or they can let the GPS functionality do its magic and give places of local interest.
It’s possible to search for various historic points of interest for inspiration, as well as view everything as part of a zoomable map. Features like this should prove ideal when planning ahead.
Images for each place are included, along with an overview of the venue and any relevant details such as contact phone numbers. Even if you think you know an area well, you’re bound to be surprised by something from this app.
HISTORY Here is out now and free to download.
Here’s a reminder of just how great technology is: Worldictionary is the kind of translation tool that would have seemed mystical years ago.
All the user has to do is point their iPhone’s camera at a word and Worldictionary defines and translates it. There’s no need to type in words. An internet connection is required but otherwise, it’s pretty seamless.
The app recognizes 22 languages, including Traditional Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish and Spanish. In each case, results promise to be instant and accurate. Live translation isn’t the only option either, with it possible to take a photo for later reference, such as when an internet connection is available.
Google, Wikipedia and YouTube search functionality is available for definitions and it’s always possible to check the translation history at a later date.
Worldictionary should prove to be a great assistant for regular travellers.
It’s out now, priced at $3.99.
Already an incredibly useful app for regular travellers, WorldMate has just got even better, for iPhone users, with a re-designed hotel booking service.
The app now provides personalized hotel recommendations for trips, which is all hooked up to the global hotel inventory from Expedia. An instant search makes it a breeze to check out same-day reservations of nearby hotels, plus there are special deals for the U.S. and other international destinations.
Over 100,000 different hotels are included within the inventory with room prices displayed for each. It’s even possible to set up WorldMate to remember your credit card details to checkout even faster, with support for 20 different local currencies.
Throughout this hotel booking experience, WorldMate tracks exactly where you are so all search results are relevant to your needs, making it easy to filter through the best fit.
The update for WorldMate is out now with the basic version available for free, and the Gold version available priced at $9.99.
Released: 2009-06-02 :: Category: Travel
Soho is one of the most fascinating areas of London with its wealth of landmarks and hedonistic history. It’s often a place overlooked for tourists however, which is something Soho Stories aims to stop.
Coming from Britain’s conservation organization, The National Trust, Soho Stories offers a fantastic audio tour of the area, narrated by veteran Soho entertainer Barry Cryer. Alongside that are stories from various ‘Sohoites’ such as Molly Parkin looking at artist Francis Bacon’s drinking ways and Janet Street Porter’s analysis of the Groucho club. A darker look at Soho comes from Frankie Fraser with the history of the rise of the gangster.
The app isn’t quite for the family to listen to with some references to sex and violence, as well as strong language, but it provides a great piece of social history of an iconic area of London.
GPS functionality means that Soho Stories tracks the user’s location and provides relevant stories, but it’s possible to listen away from Soho and choosing pieces of audio individually.
For social historians and tourists alike, Soho Stories should prove a fascinating source of information.