This is yet another great development. London Bus and Metro Paris Subway are the first apps to bring augmented reality to the iPhone. As you point your camera at the scene around you, specific information related to your location appears on the screen — superimposed over the live image. Pretty amazing. There's a video demo on YouTube that gives you an idea how it works.
The free AAA Roadside app uses the iPhone's GPS to identify your location and lets you easily send your location info, vehicle description, specific problem and other info to AAA for roadside assistance. You also have the option to place a voice call. Once your request is submitted, you receive confirmation that it was received. The app can also provide information on nearby AAA Approved Auto Repair shops, Hertz rental locations, AAA Approved accommodations, AAA offices, and retail locations with discounts on auto parts.
Following up on my discussion of the Where To? app, I wanted to mention Urbanspoon, a free app for finding nearby restaurants that appears to be quite popular. It uses GPS to find a restaurant near you. And you can filter the results according to price, type of food, and neighborhood. You can also access reviews of these establishments from newspapers, bloggers, and other diners.
TechCrunch and the folks at WorldMate recently sponsored a giveaway (sorry this is too late for our readers to get it on the action), and in the posted blog review, TC called it the "Swiss army knife" of travel apps. Anyhoo, I'll see if we can get a contest going here in the near future for the Gold version.
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When you gotta go, you gotta go, right? And when you gotta go, you gotta know where the nearest restroom is. Have2P uses the iPhone’s GPS locator to find and display the locations of the nearest restrooms in your area. It also lets you know if it’s a public or customer-only restroom, if it offers changing tables, and how clean it is (thumbs up or down). Have2P displays the restroom locations on a pretty map with your current location clearly marked, making it easy to find a restroom.
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ATM Hunter helps you find where your bank’s ATMs are hiding. Enter your location or what you want to do (make a deposit, withdraw cash, etc.) and this app will whip up a list of the nearest ATMs that can fulfill your banking needs. It’s especially useful where you’re in an unfamiliar part of the city.
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Never get caught trying to hail a cab in the rain again! Taxi Magic offers one-click taxi booking in over 25 major cities across the U.S. It will even give you live updates on where your cab is and its estimated time of arrival.
Google Earth is the second title on the list of all-time top 20 free apps. Like the desktop version, this app uses satellite and aerial imagery to let you explore the Earth. It also offers information about particular locations, including panoramic pictures and Wikipedia articles, giving you an idea of what those locations look like and offering more info about them.
Google Earth uses satellite and aerial imagery to let you explore the Earth.
Tripwolf is a free app just released last week that gives you travel guides for over 500,000 destinations worldwide, combining info from professional travel guide publishers and user-contributed information. The app limits you to having three destinations on your iPhone at one time. And while the guides for major cities have a considerable amount of information, lesser destinations, such as Kansas City, Missouri, or Des Moines, Iowa, only have a basic info page and a listing of accommodations. You can access the guides online, or you can download them for offline access later.
Postcards — how quaint. Yet if you're on some distant shore and you'd like to send a quick photo taken with your iPhone to someone who doesn't have e-mail, HazelMail Postcards is the ticket. The new app, launched yesterday, instantly turns your photo into a personalized postcard, and the prints the card, puts a stamp on it, and mails it for you.