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Apps: Travel

10 Must Have Travel Apps

iPhone Life Staff's Favorite Apps

Getting ready for a trip can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to remember to pack your passport, camera, socks, and other essentials, you also have to get to the airport on time and find a decent and affordable hotel. Most important of all, you have to plan some fun excursions at your destination! Owners of the iPhone rejoice because there are handy apps that make all of these tasks easy. Here are ten of my favorite travel apps, guaranteed to make your travel experience as stress-free as possible.

Traveling used to be so much of a hassle. These iPhone apps can help take much of that hassle away so that you can enjoy your trip from beginning to end.


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Mashable.com's 700+ Apps Reviewed by Category

For 2010, Mashable.com - which has just retooled its look for the new year - had compilied a list of all 700+ iPhone Apps they reviewed in 2009. 

As we begin 2010, there are over 100,000 iPhone apps available for download — an overwhelming array of choices, but plenty of gems if you know where to look.



Don't go to the Arches without this app!

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 I wish I'd had the Arches National Park Geology Tour app when my husband and I visited Arches National Park a few years ago. Everything you need is here: information about the formation of the park, audio narration and photos of the Park's geological formations, as well as a map showing you where to find each of these formations.

Most important - It all works without Internet access so you can use it in the Park.



Backpacking through Africa Part II

Bogged down in Cameroon, feeding the hippos, the lost valley of the gorillas, and more.

My wife, Gwynne, and I, along with our iPhone, have been traveling in Africa for five months. We started in Gibraltar and will end up in Istanbul. This article chronicles our trip to the halfway point in Cape Town, South Africa.

Experienced African travelers immediately show respect to anyone traveling overland in western Africa; traveling there is not for the feint-of-heart. Luckily, I brought along my iPhone.


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iTunes App Store undergoing subtle but significant changes... with some difficulty

 If you've been paying close attention, as most developers do, to the App Store, you may have noticed some changes.

  1. New Releases only show BRAND NEW apps, i.e. version 1.0
  2. Updates are not included in the New Releases

This is potentially a good thing for users but there are some downsides.

The good news is, you won't have to search through old apps to find new gems.  It might also discourage developers from submitting minor updates just to be featured on the New Releases page.  That will also cut down on approval time as fewer apps need to be reviewed.



Misc news: Web browsers, IM, radio apps, multiplayer games, emulators etc.

There have been quite a few major updates, announcements, releases lately, since my publishing my previous news catch-up article slightly more than a month ago. Let me show you some of the most important ones.
(NOTE: I’ve already published some of these pieces of news in my all-in-one roundups and “bibles”. That is, if you do follow them (you should if you really want to know what’s happening on the iPhone scene), you already know of them. If you don’t but, in the future, would like to get notified of new releases / versions of a given application / game genre, don’t forget to subscribe to the given articles. It’s very easy.)


PicTranslator — another app for taking a photo of foreign language text and translating

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Yesterday I posted about a new app, Babelshot, that lets you take a photo of text in a foreign language and then translates it. Today I learned of another: PicTranslator. It has 16 languages, compared to Babelshot's 33. It's cheaper at $0.99, but that only includes one language. You can buy additional languages via in-app purchasing at $0.99 each, or you can buy all languages for $1.99. Five of the languages include audio translation, which is helpful. Again, I think this is a pretty cool use of the built-in camera.



A Developer's View on In-App Purchases for Free Apps

 Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.

In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps.  Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately.  Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.

On one hand, more choices are a good thing.  But I have some concerns.



Tripwolf travel guides provide for all your tourist needs

TripWolfTripwolf lets you access free travel guides for over 50,000 cities around the world. The guides combine information from professional travel guide publishers and feedback from actual travelers. You can have up to three city guides on your device at one time, and the guides for major cities have a considerable amount of information. However, less visited destinations like Kansas City, Missouri or Des Moines, Iowa, only have a basic information page and a listing of accommodations. You can access the guides online or download them for offline access later.

Everything you will ever want to know about the remote desktop controllers on the iPhone - Part II

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Continued from HERE.

 


Automatic discovery of remote desktops on the same LAN?: the Jaadu apps and Mocha VNC support automatic discovery of local desktop computers. Note that in order for this to work, you must run Jaadu VNC Connect or Jaadu RDP Connect on the same desktop. They will keep broadcasting a message to the local network that there is a VNC / RDP server listening on these devices. Note that these broadcast messages are sent out even when the VNC server is shut down or stopped - or the RDP service disabled; that is, these three remote controller clients will find these desktops even then.



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