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19 December 2018

18 Location-Based iPhone Apps To Check Out…

Here’s 18 new or updated location-based iPhone apps to check out from the past week:

Njection Mobile: developed by Njection.com, Njection Mobile (or NMobile) audibly notifies you of speed traps, red light cameras and speed detection devices.  If you’re alerted you’ll be given the distance to the trap and what type it is.  You can also search ahead of time for traps near you.  The maps can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode and have full gesture control.  If you come across a trap that’s not listed you can submit its location right from the iPhone.  The developers seem to indicate NMobile works best with a 3G connection so I’m not sure how useful it is sub-3G.  NMobile will set you back $4.99.

iDateMe: developed by Germany-based logiware gmbh, iDateMe has only one purpose–and it’s not to hook you up.  It’s actually an application meant to foil thieves.  Because of the rather risque home screen, iDateMe is tempting to click on–I mean, why not?  It uses GPS to find suitable mates all around you.  But if your phone is stolen and a thief clicks on the app, it determines the GPS coordinates of the phone’s location and emails them to you at a predefined address.  After the supposed dating app pretends to connect to its dating database, the thief will get nothing more than a message saying a connection could not be established.  Meanwhile you’re on the way to beat his ass and get your phone back.  iDateMe costs $0.99.

Venti Coffee (TapFinder): this application is developed by GP International and is part of the TapFinder Series.  TapFinder is a series of highly targeted place-finding application–Venti Coffee happens to be the Starbucks finder.  You’ll be able to see all of the closest Starbucks locations either in list form or on a map, and get directions and contact information for each location.  It costs $0.99 and while you’re at the app store, search for TapFinder to see other apps that’ll help you find places like nearby book stores, hotels, smoothies (another $0.99 TapFinder app released this week) and ice cream shops.  WHERE is another application that provides similar functionality.

Speedometer: developed by SOPODS.com, Speedometer requires a 3G connection and uses the iPhone’s GPS to calculate your real-time speed, displaying it on a racing or digital speedometer.  It supports kilometers per hour, miles per hour, and even knots–up to 999 for each.  Really, if you’re moving that fast I sure hope you’re not looking at your iPhone.  That’s probably the reason SOPODS adds a little disclaimer–this app is meant for entertainment purposes only.  And for that entertainment, Speedometer will cost you $0.99.

Sextant: I don’t know what the point of this application is–something to do with pirates apparently.  Developed by Gary Mayhak, the $0.99 application involves some sort of steampunk-looking gun–which I assume is a sextant–which you line up with the horizon, then use to shoot stars.  I don’t know…that’s the best explanation I can give you!

Red Rocket: this application is only for Toronto dwelling folk, specifically those that use the city’s public transportation system.  Red Rocket cover all the arrival and departure times for subways, buses, streetcars and more in Toronto, and will display stops and stations on Google Maps.  It can also use the GPS to find your location and then direct you to whatever stop you need.  Developed by George Talusan and Hilary Street, Red Rocket costs $1.99.  It’ll also work with the iPod Touch and without an internet connection you can still see arrival and departure times.

iAltimeter: this application, developed by Rob Hensley, doesn’t require too much explanation.  It simply uses the iPhone’s GPS to detect your altitude in meters or feet.  Might be handy for hikers, mountain climbers, and those that go to Denver, Colorado for the first time and wonder why they can’t breathe.

Find Me!-GPS Locator: this is a cool app if you’re a Twitter fanatic.  It’s very simple–it just finds your location via coordinates or street address which can then be emailed to someone or posted on Twitter.  Developed by Edovia, Find Me! required either a 3G or Wi-Fi connection and costs $0.99.

Tube Washington: developed by Visual IT, this application is similiar to Red Rocket but covers the public transportation in Washington, DC.  It includes all the major routes including the WMATA Metro system, MARC and VRE lines, Potomac River taxi routes, and DC circulator bus routes.  It has a variety of map formats, one of which is a road map of Washington showing major streets and tourist destinations, overlaid with a public transport map.  If you have an internet connection you can view real-time information such as transit delays and there is a POI search function as well.  Tube Washington is a little on the expensive side though–$9.99.

Trails: developed by Felix Lamouroux, the $1.99 Trails application works much like a GPS handheld.  It allows you to record, import, and export GPS tracks.  It seems great for outdoorsy types as you can record running or hiking routes then export them in GPX format.  With GPX you’ll be able to geotag and geocode non-iPhone photos or share your routes on Google Earth or directly from your phone to Everytrail.com.  Map views are available in road, satellite, or topographic.  If you recall Trails was deemed more accurate than the $200 Garmin Edge 305 during testing.

Traffic India: it should be obvious that this CLO Software-developed application is built for the Indian market.  It allows iPhone users to view real-time traffic reports on a map or in a customized list view.  Currently it only works in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Delhi.  The company also offers this application for other countries as well.  I’m not entirely sure where the traffic information comes from or how accurate it is.  It’ll set you back $0.99.

<MotionX GPS: developed by Fullpower Technologies, this $2.99 application is another waypoint tracking app like Trails.  MotionX GPS differentiates itself by offering a virtual compass and timer.  You can save up to 303 waypoints viewing coordinates in either UTM, DMS, DM or D format and share them in Google Maps or Google Earth.  You can also save up to 101 tracks, also exportable to Google Maps or Earth.  MotionX is also available in a free Lite version that doesn’t handle as many waypoints or tracks, neither does it offer coordinate format options.

G-Map US West: developed by XRoad, this is more an of electronic map download than a real-time application.  That’s not a bad thing though as you don’t need any type of data connection to use it.  Once downloaded you’ll have access to full maps of the western United States on your iPhone allowing you to search for locations, routes, and specific points of interest.  It also provides 3D views of urban intersections and junctions.  It’s also expensive though–$19.99.  G-Map US East should be available by the end of December 2008.

GeoSpots: this looks like a cool application for travellers.  It connects satellite photos with Wikipedia entries, so for example, if you search for Death Valley you’ll see a photo of the area plus have a hyperlink available to the Death Valley Wikipedia entry so you can find out more information.  You can also add pictures of your own GeoSpots with links to more information.  If you don’t want to view satellite maps, you can just shake your iPhone to change map views.  Developed by Braun Software, GeoSpots cost $0.99.

Rocket Taxi-Cab Finder: this is another Edovia-developed application.  It detects your location either using GPS or Wi-Fi and then connects you to nearby cab companies.  It has pretty significant coverage too–10, 000 cities and 17, 500 taxi companies in the United States, Canada, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.  You can store your favorite companies for quick access and even rate rides.  The one thing I think would make this app better would be one-click phone access to each cab company.  If you’re a frequent traveller that cabs it alot, this would be a handy app nonetheless.  It costs $0.99.

<iNavX Marine Navigation: developed by GPSNavX, iNavX is a marine navigation application that brings NOAA RNC marine coastal maps to your iPhone.  Covering most of the waters surrounding the United States, iNavX also provides marine maps of the Great Lakes, Alaska and the Virgin Islands.  Using GPS or Wi-Fi, iNavX can also detect your location and map your real-time marine route.  The application can also “act as a repeater for popular marine navigation software that supports NMEA data over TCP/IP such as MacENC or other Microsoft Windows marine applications.”  Finally the application allows you to search for ports and record and export waypoints and tracks. For all these features you’ll pay $49.99 but I’m sure it’s probably a cheaper price than you’d pay for comparable software.

Wide WisE-mail: this $0.99 application is a standalone email app that lets you attach location information to an email message and record personal notes with location information too.  You can add or view location via pins on a map or in latitude and longitude coordinates accurate up to 6 decimal points.  You can view maps in street, satellite or hybrid view and update your current GPS location by simply shaking the phone.  Developed by Totus Pty, Wide WisE-mail is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Italian and Japanese.

Garages: simple yet useful, Garages, designed by Brandon Finney lets you find parking garages in your vicinity in the United States.  I’m not sure how comprehensive the coverage is–it only has 2, 500 garages but if you spend time navigating major urban areas in the United States and are sick of looking all over for a parking spot, this $0.99 might just be the solution.


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