AroundMe let you find nearby locations quickly. This simple to use app directs you to the nearest banks, bars, coffee shops, restaurants, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, theaters, and more. It also gives you a three-day weather forecast.
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Tripwolf 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.
Slacker (slacker.com) is a free service that lets you specify the music which interests you and create a personal station that streams that type of music. Like Pandora Radio (summer ’09 issue, page 62), Slacker Radio makes it easy for you to create your station. You can begin by simply naming your favorite song or artist.
Amazon isn’t the only place to go for product information and price comparisons. Google now offers price comparisons for most products. Just open Google in Safari or use the Google app and do a search on the name of the product that you wish to purchase. Then scroll down the results list until you see the “Shopping results for…” link. (Tip: If Google does not display shopping results, make the search more specific.)
Just about anything you’d ever need is available on Amazon.com, and they’re working hard to make it easier to shop there. Their iPhone/iPod touch offerings include both the Amazon Mobile app, their iPhone version of the Web site available through Safari, and their Kindle app.
The Amazon Mobile app lets you quickly search for a product, compare prices, read reviews, and make purchases on Amazon.com via a simple interface. You can also access Amazon features such as wish lists, payment and shopping options, order history, 1-click settings, and prime membership benefits.
This app lets you post and read tweets, but its most impressive features lets you see the location of tweets as they happen, on a world map. The map feature is hypnotic and fun, but not very useful in the long run.
Twittervision; (Free; new and casual users);
Like JustUpdate, Twitfire is focused on posting tweets. The app oncorporates a mini-browser for posting links, GPS-button for location tweets, and access to the iPhone camera for posting photos—all wrapped up in a minimalist icon-driven interface.
Twitfire; (Free; casual and some power users);
This one has everything you'd expect from a full-featured Twitter client, including search with save, trends, an in-line browser, and fully integrated GPS functionality. All of its features are integrated into a polished user interface; a fantastic value.
Twitterena; ($.99; power users).
There's no location-based functionality or multiple accounts in this one, but it does have trends, re-tweeting, the ability to search for favorites, and more. The default UI has a polished box-style design, but you have the option of changing it to a Tweetie/iChat bubble design. Nice app, but the $4.00 price tag is a bit steep.
($3.99; casual and some power users)