See what’s around you with Google Places

Fresh off the recent update of their visual search tool Google Goggles, Google has released what promises to be an extremely handy tool while on the go – Google Places. Similar to apps like Yelp and AroundMe, Places allows users to easily find attractions, restaurants and more based on their location.

Google Places with Hotpot helps you discover nearby places you’ll love. Quickly search for Restaurants, Cafes, Bars and other places, while on the go.

Google Places also makes it easy to quickly rate the places you visit. By rating places, you power Hotpot — Google’s new personalized recommendation engine, which lets you get place recommendations based on the places you like and recommendations from your friends.

To make the most of the app, you can visit also google.com/hotpot from your computer and begin adding friends. Subsequently, the search results will not only be based off of recommendations from around the web and your personal preferences, but also what your friends have recommended. Check out Google Places now for free for your iPhone/iPod Touch.

Google Places Google, Google Places, Size: 6.9 MB – Free

Amazon releases Amazon Deals App

Having released the Price Check app to help make online price comparisons easier using the iDevice, Amazon has now followed up with Amazon Deals, an iPhone app that lets users browse Amazon’s daily Gold Box Deals.

Stay up-to-date with Amazon Gold Box Deals wherever you go and never miss another deal. Amazon Deals for iPhone lets you check availability of current offers, schedule reminders, and purchase Lightning Deals and Gold Box Deals of the Day.

Amazon Deals features:
- Up to date Deal of the Day and Lightning Deal offers and availability status
- Ability to purchase deals via Amazon’s secure mobile shopping experience
- View the day’s calendar of deal offers and set up alarms that remind you of individual deals
- Subscribe to Apple push notifications to receive alerts about future deals in specific categories
- Share great bargains you’ve found via e-mail, SMS, Facebook or Twitter

Aside from viewing current specials, the ability to check off specific categories that will be part of the upcoming deals (via push notification) should make it much more convenient for shoppers hoping to snag certain items/gadgets at great prices. Best of all, Amazon Deals is free to download for your iDevice.

Amazon Deals Amazon.com, Amazon Deals, Size: 3.6 MB – Free

Take a Virtual Tour of US Restaurants with Eats! for the iDevice

Not sure if that fancy looking resto in SoHo is worth your time and money? Spare yourself the hassle of looking in and walking out with EveryScape Eats!, an interesting new app for the iPhone and iPad which guides its hungry users in the Seattle, San Francisco and SoHo areas.

Eats does it differently by letting you take a virtual tour inside the restaurant, allowing you to ‘walk around’ and explore the interior. If you’re dining on a whim or a budget, there are filters the restaurants by price, location or rating.

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Gear up for Holiday Shopping with Price Check by Amazon

Just in time for Thanksgiving Weekend (and Black Friday Sales), Amazon has released Price Check, a handy little app that will make price comparisons on Amazon.com a breeze.

With Price Check by Amazon, you can use your iPhone to instantly compare prices with Amazon.com and its merchants while on-the-go. Price Check enables you to search Amazon products quickly using barcode, picture, voice, and text search. All prices are in US Dollars and search the Amazon US catalog. Compatible with iPhone 3Gs and iPhone 4 devices with auto-focus cameras and iOS 4 or greater.

Much like the popular barcode scanning app RedLaser, Price Check lets you “scan” a product’s UPC, which will then display the item in question, along with prices from other online retailers. Another neat feature that is not found on similar apps is the voice search. Simply say the name into the mic and Price Check will do all the heavy lifting. Amazon’s app is free to download, though you’ll need to have an iPhone 3GS/4 to take advantage of the barcode scanning.

Price Check by Amazon Amazon, Price Check by Amazon – Free

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ToyHopper for the iDevice: Holiday Shopping Made Easy

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Busy working moms and dads dreading the holiday crush now have a reason to rejoice – Disney’s FamilyFun has come out with a handy app for your holiday shopping needs.
With a circulation of over 2 million, FamilyFun has firmly established itself as the go-to parent resource for creative recipes, crafts, and games for the whole family. Just in time for holiday shopping, they’ve released a new toy finder/shopping app called ToyHopper for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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Air Video – Watch your videos anywhere! in Review – This is what AirPlay grew out of…

Before I started writing for TMA, what I mostly used my iDevice during those hour long commutes was watching videos. Having a couple of hours a day to catch up on my favourite TV series and movies was certainly a much better alternative than staring at those poor sods sitting across from me. But one of the problems I constantly bumped into was content – converting videos was both a hassle and required a lot of laptop time and additional space. And let’s not forget that I still had to remember to upload the video files onto on my iPhone afterwards. If I only had Air Video then…

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Naturespace: Relax Meditate Escape Sleep in Review – The world is just too much for you…

Every once in a while (but more and more lately), the hustle of the busy and stressful city life, and especially – work, starts getting to you. And in these moments you long for a quiet moment somewhere nice, preferably on a deserted beach with nothing but the calm rumble of the sea to draw your attention. Unfortunately most of you, like me, are stuck several thousand kilometers from such a magical place. The only place you can turn to are the various ambient nature sound collections, and among those, one of the best is Naturespace: Relax Meditate Escape Sleep.

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Hugh Johnson’s Wine Guide 2011 in Review – Possibly useful for sommeliers, useless for everyone else…

Those sommeliers have one of the best jobs in the world, don’t they? Drinking good wine and getting paid for doing it and even more for writing about it… Well, one of the best-selling wine writers, Hugh Johnson, has decided to jump on the iOS bandwagon and release his own wine guide on the App Store. Hugh Johnson’s Wine Guide 2011 is now available to help us, common folk, decide what bottle we’ll be drinking this evening.

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Viper SmartStart – Start your car anywhere with an iPhone

Have you ever been jealous of folks with expensive cars who can lock, unlock and even start their rides remotely using their keys? We can’t all afford to buy the latest BMWs and while remotely activating your vehicle is far from a necessity (unless maybe you’re a getaway driver), it’s certainly an impressive application of modern technology and a bit of a status symbol.

So whilst hugely expensive modern cars may be out of a lot of people’s price range, smartphones are a much more affordable piece of technology and are increasingly prevalent in many parts of the world. If you own an iPhone, you can now enjoy showing off to your friends by starting your car anywhere with the Viper SmartStart application (note: SmartStart must also be installed in your vehicle for this to work).

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iDevice Vuvuzuelas for the 2010 World Cup win!

behold the bloody buzzing vuzuela

Last night’s Portugal/Côte d’Ivoire match may have disappointed patriot sports fans of both coastal countries, but it sparked my curiosity. Particularly quiet, the game’s 0:0 draw didn’t rend my eardrums in two. I wonder if its fans were using iVuzela instead of the real thing? If they were, God bless ‘em!

iVuzela (Original Vuvuzela!) arktis.de, iVuzela, 0.99$