Apple’s mapping system didn’t exactly work out as the company had hoped. After years of rumors and high hopes for the alternative to Google’s solution, Maps in iOS 6 was far from a success. It had so many bugs that all users could do was complain about the app rather than use it. In the end, they transitioned to alternatives like Waze and Maps+, or even Google’s own Web app, which was recently improved for iOS users. None of these really solved the problems for those who enjoyed the old ways. Now there is a fix.
Google worked hard on its own Maps app for iOS, bringing all the old features in a new and modern user interface. It’s won over a lot of users so far and since Google is more reliable when it comes to this sort of thing, there’s no reason not to use the free app. Or is there? (more…)
Just going from here to there, especially when here and there are daily destinations, can become more than a little monotonous. The city you live in is no longer somewhere special but just a place you pass through everyday.
Now imagine you’re seeing your town for the first time and trying to navigate your way through it with only the knowledge of your immediate surroundings. A common video game trope, Fog of World is bringing this sort of discovery to the real world. As you travel a map of your neighborhood or city, the fog lifts, and you discover your world all over again. (more…)
GPS golf equipment has sky-rocketed over the last couple of years. Equipment prices have been driven down by making the technology more accessible, but the equipment can still be expensive with most of it costing around $200. A lot of these systems require subscription services as well, which increases the overall price. But what if a golfer could use their iPhone as a golf GPS. Fortunately for these golfers, there are several apps that provide this functionality. Today I want to talk about my favorite golf GPS app, Golfshot: Golf GPS.
Some golfers might feel that using a GPS might interfere with the old charm of the game of golf, but I think most can appreciate the benefit of using a GPS system. It can help amateur golfers play their best golf by providing accurate distances for each shot. Not only will this help them improve their game, it can also help keep the round moving at reasonable pace. A golf GPS helps take the guesswork out of the game, which translates to more confident shots and hopefully more fun.
On October 4th, freshly-appointed Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage to headline his first Apple event, and announced the release of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5. Under all of the exciting features that were covered that day were a few new Apple-designed apps. Apple doesn’t publish its own apps for download on the App Store very often, and when they do, the apps tend to be small companion apps and utilities (Remote or Find My iPhone) or productivity apps (Pages, Numbers, Keynote). But on that day, Apple announced a few full-featured, standalone apps. One of those was Find My Friends.
When I sat down to spill out my heart about Find My Friends, I wasn’t sure whether to review it proper or to simply share some thoughts, given that the app was developed by Apple. After some time, however, I decided to give it the review treatment, because I think that there are distinct pros and cons that should be considered in the context of other apps with similar functions. For those of you who weren’t able to watch the announcement and demonstration, allow me to recap some of the features first.
I hate going to the gym. I think it’s boring and expensive. I don’t really question its effectiveness, because it actually is, I just don’t like it.
Now, we all need to stay in shape one way or another, and being an iPhone user, I prefer the more technological approach. The App Store has lots of apps made for jogging, tracking calories and so on, but RunKeeper may just be the perfect solution. It used to be a paid application (and rather expensive I should add), but has recently gone free. After the jump, we’ll be learning how to use RunKeeper’s features to our advantage.
Summer is here and it’s finally time to forget about work and/or school and hit the road. As you do, remember that your iPhone is an unbeatable travel companion that alone can perform the functions of countless dedicated devices.
We’ve collected 80 terrific travel apps for you to browse through. Check them out and download some indispensable utilities that will help make your summer one to remember.
I’ve been a car guy for a lot longer than I’ve ever owned anything with an Apple logo, and in that time I’ve used a lot of tips and tricks to get my cars functioning the way I want them to. Then the other day, I was thinking about all of the things that I do with my iPhone while I’m in the car (except for texting, of course), and how much it’s improved the driver’s experience.
So I decided to jot a few things down, and next thing I knew I had a pretty big list in front of me. Let’s get into them after the break.