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Instant Translation Using Worldictionary

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 17th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

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.

Hotel Booking Just Got Easier With WorldMate

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 11th, 2012

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.

GoTranslate For Google Translate Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 5th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: USEFUL
Providing exactly what the title suggests - Google translation functionality on your iOS device.
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Explore London's Soho With Soho Stories

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 26th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

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.

Track Real-Time Gas Prices And Save Money Using Waze

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 20th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PADAWAN POTENTIAL :: Read Review »

Waze has been a fascinating example of the power of crowd sourcing since its inception in 2010. We've loved it ever since with its steady stream of updates keeping things fresh. Now comes one of the more ambitious updates.

Update 3.2 now provides Waze users with the means in which to keep track of real-time gas prices along their route, along with the ability to update prices themselves, where neccessary.

The new category search makes it simple to check things and at certain participating locations, it'll even be possible to receive exclusive in-app discounts on gasoline. Partnerships have already been arranged with Kum & Go, Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (Exxon and BP stations) and Vintners Distributers (Shell) locations.

One other major new feature is the addition of waypoints to coincide with the new categories, including gas stations, parking lots and car repair shops.

Waze has little competition given its free nature, but now there's all the more reason to check it out.

Waze is out now for both iPhone and iPad. It remains free.

Personalized Travel Plans From Yahoo! TimeTraveler

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 29th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TRAVEL PLANS :: Read Review »

Yahoo! might have lost its position as the most commonly used search engine, but it's bounced back in order to dominate the App Store, or at least that's the hope.

One such new app from the company is that of Yahoo! TimeTraveler. The app makes exploring 29 major cities much easier by creating simple to follow trip plans for each of them, all based according to how long the user has got and where they want to start and end the tour.

The cities catered for range from 19 major US cities including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans and Dallas, as well as European destinations like Paris, Rome, London and Barcelona. Dubai and Christchurch are also catered for.

The app should keep most travellers happy and offers the potential for up to 10 hours of touring. An integrated map with routes and directions makes it easy to use, and it's possible to generate multiple different plans for a city.

If you're travelling this Summer, give it a shot. Yahoo! TimeTraveler is out now and it's free.

Flight+ Review

By Angela LaFollette on May 15th, 2012
Flight+ lets users track flights worldwide in real-time. It is also packed with many other exciting features.
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Travel Plans Made Simpler Through WorldMate

Posted by Jennifer Allen on May 3rd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

iOS devices have fast become an essential tool for regular travellers who need to be able to work while on the move. Such devices also come in handy when in need of a way to organize future trips. One newly updated app to help people along the way is WorldMate.

WorldMate does pretty much everything anyone could need when it comes to planning a trip. There's an itinerary manager which covers flights, hotels, hire cars and meetings. It's possible to search flight schedules, book hotels (on the iPhone version), search via Yelp, view maps and directions for all itinerary items and check out the local forecast. It's also possible to check out whether LinkedIn contacts are located nearby, ideal for conferences.

The app is free but regular users can opt to upgrade to WorldMate Gold which offers pushed flight alerts, real-time flight statuses integrated into the itinerary and the ability to sync the calendar.

To celebrate the new update, WorldMate Gold is available for $2.99 for a limited time and normally priced at $9.99.

Fondu Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SOCIAL DINING
A well designed solution to knowing where's best to dine locally.
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HipGeo Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 22nd, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TRAVEL FOCUSED
Travel blogging functionality that's simple to use and effective.
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Spaced Away Slim Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jason Wadsworth on March 15th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ORBITS MADE EASY
Help an escape pod get through treacherous space with complex orbits and transits through various spacial obstacles.
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CrowdCloud Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 8th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOCIABLE
Crowd sourcing local knowledge and general events, all via an easy to use social networking tool.
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Travel Channel's First App Hits the App Store

Posted by David Rabinowitz on March 8th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The Travel Channel and Anthony Bourdain have just released a new iPad app meant to help travelers plan their trips. The app includes a ton a features and has a very high production value. Anyone traveling to one of the cities included in the app should definitely download it.

The main theme of the app is creating "layovers", which are itineraries of locations to visit. The app includes suggested layovers and users can create their own by selecting from the locations and restaurants in the app's database. The app will also estimate the amount of time it takes to visit a location and the amount of time it takes to travel from place to place. Currently, the cities in included in the app are Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, Rome, San Francisco and Singapore.

Every city has a bunch of locations to choose from, ranging from restaurants, bars, and sightseeing destinations. Each location has plenty of pictures and information about it, such as the hours of operation. The list of locations can even be filtered to only show certain types of places, like bars or restaurants.

Every city begins with a video introduction in which Anthony Bourdain talks about why he loves the city and some of his favorite things to do in it. The production value of the videos rivals the television show. The quality of the photos is also first-rate. In addition to the introductory video, each location has a list of Dos and Don'ts, notes of what "inspires" Bourdain about the city, and information on traveling to the city.

The app definitely has a focus on food, which is no surprise given that Anthony Bourdain got his start a chef. The biggest category of locations is bars and restaurants and Bourdain usually talks about the food in the introduction videos.

For users who are actually in the city, there is an interactive map that displays locations with information, suggested layovers, and the user's layovers. The app integrates with a lot of social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, and allows people to check-in on Foursquare.

The Clique Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 29th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PERSONAL
A great way of crowd sourcing recommendations via friends on Facebook, but make sure to get plenty of friends using the app for maximum success.
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TripAdvisor City Guides: The Clue Is In The Name

Posted by Jennifer Allen on February 21st, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

It's getting to that time of year where many of us choose to go on holiday and explore new cities and surroundings. Wandering around aimlessly is all well and good but it's nice to have some structure to a trip. This is where TripAdvisor City Guides hopes to help.

The new app offers a guide of all the best restaurants, attractions, hotels and other sights for 20 different cities. There's plenty of variety with 9 cities in North America covered: Boston, Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, San Francisco and Washington D.C. European cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Florence, London, Paris and Rome are catered for as well, plus three Asian cities and Sydney, Australia.

The app works offline so there's no fear of expensive data roaming bills, and thousands of user reviews are available along with self-guided tours created by TripAdvisor members and destination experts.

TripAdvisor City Guides is available now and it's that perfect price point of free.