TouchMyApps » Navigation http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:22:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.5 Google Maps for iOS updated with improved search features http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/05/google-maps-for-ios-updated-with-search-hist/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2013/03/05/google-maps-for-ios-updated-with-search-hist/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:35:19 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=72070 Google Maps, hands down the best maps app for iOS, has received its first update and users now have better integration with their Google contacts. Upon signing in with v1.1 of the Maps app, any saved addresses on your Google account will show up when you look up the name of a friend of family The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.

• Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
• Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking
• Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 cities and towns
• Live traffic conditions, incident… Read more]]>

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Google Maps, hands down the best maps app for iOS, has received its first update and users now have better integration with their Google contacts. Upon signing in with v1.1 of the Maps app, any saved addresses on your Google account will show up when you look up the name of a friend of family member. This makes it easier to find driving directions to your contact’s address, of course provided that you’ve already entered their details beforehand. To help distinguish between search results of names you’ve typed in, your saved contacts will show up with a person icon to the left, while general results with a similar names will have a magnifying glass icon beside it. Currently, Google Contacts search only works with regular Google email accounts, and is not available for Enterprise Apps accounts.

The update also introduces a new quick search option for local places via preset categories, like restaurants, bars, gas stations attractions and more. This is certainly a welcome addition for helping find POIs nearby. But if you really want to get serious with looking up places around you, I’d still suggest using Localscope (now completely free to use), which aggregates sources from not just Google Maps, but Foursquare, Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Wikipedia and others. Finally, v1.1 now allows you to choose between Kilometers or Miles for your preferred distance units.

Google Maps is free and the update is now available for download on the App Store.

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The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.

• Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
• Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking
• Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 cities and towns
• Live traffic conditions, incident… Read more]]>
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Google Maps has finally landed on the iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/13/google-maps-has-finally-landed-for-iphone/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/13/google-maps-has-finally-landed-for-iphone/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:45:51 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71334 After months of waiting for the best maps app for iOS 6, Google has finally released their highly anticipated Maps app for the iPhone. With a slick interface and all the features you’ve come to love but found missing on Apple’s own Maps app (i.e. public transit info and Street view), it appears the long wait The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.

• Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
• Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking
• Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 cities and towns
• Live traffic conditions, incident… Read more]]>

After months of waiting for the best maps app for iOS 6, Google has finally released their highly anticipated Maps app for the iPhone. With a slick interface and all the features you’ve come to love but found missing on Apple’s own Maps app (i.e. public transit info and Street view), it appears the long wait was well worth it.

Navigate your world with Google Maps, now available for iPhone. Get comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps with built-in Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, public transit directions, Street View and more. Use Google Maps to discover great places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and reviews from people you trust. Sign in to save your favorite places and quickly access all your past searches and directions from your computer, right on your phone.

Like Apple’s Maps app, the new Google Maps is vector-based, resulting in quick load times and silky smooth rotations in both 2D and 3D views. Sure it doesn’t have the fancy “Flyover” feature (one I’ve used no more than a handful of times just for the fun of it), but its UI is highly intuitive and easy to use. I love how search results of POIs and businesses (according to Google, there are over 80 million in their database) are displayed at the bottom, which you can slide left/right to reveal more, or simply pull up to reveal the Google Cards interface, where you can Call/Save/Share the location, read reviews, activate Street View and more. Public transit works in a similar fashion in that when you tap on a bus stop icon and “pull up” the info from below, the card view will display all the city buses that stop there and their next (2) arrival times.

I haven’t had a chance to check out how well the turn-by-turn navigation works yet, but judging by how well everything else has been put together by Google so far (and the 7,000+ 5-star ratings on the App Store at time of writing), I don’t anticipate any issues.

Google Maps is now available for the iPhone and iPouch Touch (not support for the iPad yet) and iOS 5.1 and higher is required. If you’ve got an iDevice and use it to navigate/look up POIs, there’s no reason not to download the new Google Maps app. Google’s 30 sec. intro trailer and The Verge’s First Look video below.

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Google Maps Features

Search
* Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
* Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
* Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.

Directions
* Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
* Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
* Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and imagery
* View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
* See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
* View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and easy to use
* An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
* Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
* Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.

The Google Maps app for iPhone and iPad makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.

• Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
• Voice-guided GPS navigation for driving, biking, and walking
• Transit directions and maps for over 15,000 cities and towns
• Live traffic conditions, incident… Read more]]>
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Nokia’s HERE Maps app now available for iOS http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/20/nokias-here-maps-app-now-available-for-ios/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/20/nokias-here-maps-app-now-available-for-ios/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:52:09 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70944 Nokia has released their first iOS app, which it hopes will lure users away from the various mapping solutions on the platform. Called HERE Maps, it’s based off HTML 5 and offers several features that Apple’s own Maps app lacks. Most notable of these include turn-by-turn walking directions (strangely enough, not for driving directions), community maps (selected … Read more]]>

Nokia has released their first iOS app, which it hopes will lure users away from the various mapping solutions on the platform. Called HERE Maps, it’s based off HTML 5 and offers several features that Apple’s own Maps app lacks. Most notable of these include turn-by-turn walking directions (strangely enough, not for driving directions), community maps (selected countries), the ability to save map areas for offline use, and public transportation. You can also sign up for a free Nokia account that lets you ‘Collect’ places, which can then be viewed at a later time on mobile devices and even the web.

After testing out HERE Maps for almost an hour, I think it’s off to a fairly solid start, though it still has a long ways to go for it to be even considered  among the best map apps on the iPhone and iPad. For starters, there’s no support for the retina display, so street names will look a bit fuzzy on the iPhone 4/iPad 3 and up. The POIs (points of interests) are also pretty spotty, and sadly you can only save one offline map at a time – any new ones you create will simply overwrite the previous save (a crappy limitation for travellers who won’t have access to data/Wifi on the road).

Personally, I love using Localscope to find all my POIs, especially when I need to create location-based reminders. And seeing how HERE doesn’t offer turn-by-turn driving directions, Waze and Scout by Telenav are great alternatives that are also free.

If you can’t wait for Google’s dedicated maps app to make its way onto iOS (they’re said to be prepping it for submission soon) and don’t care for Apple’s Maps app, HERE Maps is still worth a look. It’s far from perfect, but there are still some handy features, like routing by public transit and live traffic view.

HERE Maps is a free download (3.7MB) and a universal app for both the iPhone and iPad.

HERE Maps Nokia, HERE Maps - Free

Description

HERE Maps helps you feel like a local anywhere you go. See where you are, search and discover nearby places, and get a feel for the place. Collect places to remember or for later discovery. Explore new destinations and know instantly how to get there on foot, by car or on public transport. HERE Maps is based on the world-class NAVTEQ mapping data used in 90% of in-car navigation systems in the world.

Features:
• Map views – Pick the map you need from map view, live traffic view, public transport line view or satellite view
• Save map areas & wander without data coverage

• In selected countries, access community maps created and updated by users
• Maps, search and place coverage for nearly 200 countries

• Search with history and suggestions
• Share places with just a tap, including the location and how to get there, over SMS, email, or social networks

• Organize places you love into Collections
• Sign in to HERE Maps with your Nokia Account or Facebook login
• Sync with Here.net – Access your Collections anywhere

• Step-by-Step voice-guided walk navigation
• Walk navigation through pedestrian routes, parks, alleyways, and more
• Public transportation and driving directions

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Must have offline maps app: City Maps 2Go now free http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/15/must-have-offline-maps-app-city-maps-2go-now-free/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/11/15/must-have-offline-maps-app-city-maps-2go-now-free/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2012 02:54:02 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70819 Anyone who’s ever travelled to another country with their iPhones (and iPads) have no doubt looked up the App Store for some offline maps solution. With carriers charging an arm and a leg for data roaming fees, it’s no wonder that there are countless travel apps with offline map capabilities. The best I’ve come across … Read more]]>

Anyone who’s ever travelled to another country with their iPhones (and iPads) have no doubt looked up the App Store for some offline maps solution. With carriers charging an arm and a leg for data roaming fees, it’s no wonder that there are countless travel apps with offline map capabilities. The best I’ve come across so far is City Maps 2Go, which also happens to have gone free today (was $1.99). Using Map data and POI from OpenStreetMap, the app lets you separately download 7,800 maps from all over the globe – all neatly sorted by cities, counties and provinces.

Download only the cities you need (for example NYC is 9.8MB) and once you do, you’ll have access to all the major POIs (points of interest) and city street names at your fingertips – even if you don’t have access to Wifi or 3/4G. My favorite aspect of City Maps 2Go is once you’ve located on the map where you are (or a specific location), you can bring up nearby POIs and sort them by Name/Distance and set filters based on 11 categories. The results will then be displayed based in relation to where you currently have the map opened, all without requiring data access.

There are loads more features, like saving bookmarks/ user created lists, viewing hotel ratings and making bookings via Booking.com, and rating/ reviewing places, and sharing those recommendations with friends using the ‘Ulmon hub’. In addition, offline wikipedia articles about those POIs and landmarks can be downloaded and referenced on-the-go, though this requires an IAP of $2.99. The good thing about this is that there’s a free trial available (you pick the city you wish to activate it for), so you can test out this feature before paying for it.

Even if you only occasionally travel, I highly recommend that you grab City Maps 2Go while it’s still free (for a very limited time).

City Maps 2Go Ulmon GmbH, City Maps 2Go - Free

Description

FREE only today! (normal £1.49/$1.99) ★ The #1 offline map App ★ FREE download of 7,800 maps worldwide ★ Maps, POI, GPS, Wikipedia 100% offline ★ no network or WiFi required ★ Vector Maps with more content and detail ✚✚✚ Optimized for iPhone, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad mini.

City Maps 2Go is the #1 App for smart travelers. Maps and content any time, even when offline. No network or WiFi required. Your solution when suffering from bad network coverage, slow connection, limited data volume, or high data roaming cost abroad.

★★★ Top Features ★★★
- search&find streets&places in the city
- spot your location on the map
- find thousands of Points of Interest
- collect your favorite places in lists
- add places and notes to the map
- find hotels and ratings from booking.com
- read Wikipedia articles (In-App Purchase)

★★★ Wikipedia content ★★★
Included for free, the first paragraphs of 500,000 English Wikipedia articles of the most important POI, attractions and landmarks. An optional In-App Purchase adds 200,000 full Wikipedia articles (text and images).

We have you covered: 7,800 maps worldwide cover virtually everything. E.g. all counties, districts, provinces of all major countries like the USA, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, and many more countries. And any map on request within a few days. Just e-mail to support@ulmon.com

Map data and POI are provided by OpenStreetMap. To check the level of detail, go to www.openstreetmap.org.

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Localscope app adds support for location based reminders http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/20/localscope-app-adds-support-for-location-based-reminders/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/10/20/localscope-app-adds-support-for-location-based-reminders/#comments Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:33:49 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=70364 Using location based reminders on iOS can no doubt be useful, but adding a specific location to the Reminders app can certainly be a drag. For instance, say you want to be reminded of a cheque that needs to be deposited when you drive by your local bank. To do this, you can create said … Read more]]>

Using location based reminders on iOS can no doubt be useful, but adding a specific location to the Reminders app can certainly be a drag. For instance, say you want to be reminded of a cheque that needs to be deposited when you drive by your local bank. To do this, you can create said reminder, turn on “Remind Me at a Location” and choose either your current location or enter the actual address. Unless you know your bank’s address, you pretty much don’t have a choice but to open Safari, lookup the info online, and copy & paste it back into the app. Needless to say, this is rather time consuming. Thankfully, there are easier ways to accomplish this, particularly with the help of the recently updated Localscope app for the iPhone.

Localscope is a great discovery app that aggregates POIs from various search engines and social networks (i.e Google Maps, Google+ Local, Yelp, Citysearch, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook etc) in order to help you find places easily. With the 3.0 update, the app is now able to add geo tagged reminders for locations and places you discover in Localscope.

Starting today, Localscope promises to help you better remember things you want to do at or around locations. Version 3 introduces integration with the iPhone’s reminders system enabling users to set location based reminders at any location discovered with Localscope. Users can choose to be alerted by push notifications on arrival at, or departure from the location and even categorize the reminders into lists, all this from within Localscope.

Beyond adding reminders, Localscope aggregates all location based reminders from the reminders app and presents them as search and discovery sources in Localscope. This lets users visualize reminders as location points using the 3 unique views of Localscope and take further actions on the reminders like navigating to the points using any of the integrated navigation apps.

With this functionality, it’s a cinch to look up a particular business/place near you and set reminders for either when you leave or arrive at that location. I’ve been adding location based reminders via Localscope the past several days and it really does simplify the process. With Apple’s own Maps app providing so few POIs at this time, using Localscope’s aggregated search engines to discover places is far superior. And if you need turn-by-turn directions to a location, Localscope supports a number of navigation apps (think of it as an “open in” feature) like Apple’s Maps app, Waze, TelenavTomTom, NAVIGON and more.

One thing is keep in mind that is Localscope 3.0 now only supports iOS 6. So if you’re still rocking iOS 5, sadly the app won’t be compatible with your device. If however, you’re using the latest iOS, Localscope is $1.99 and a free upgrade for exisiting users.

Localscope Cynapse, Localscope - $1.99

What’s New in Version 3.0

★ Bi-directional integration with iOS Reminders
- Add geo tagged reminders for any location or content you discover in Localscope.
- Choose to be alerted by push notifications when you arrive near the location or depart from the location
- Categorize reminders into reminder lists
- Browse all geo-tagged reminders using the list, map or augment reality view with the Reminders discovery source
- Search geo tagged reminders with the Reminders search source
- Perform Localscope actions with geo tagged reminders. e.g. Get directions to the location of a reminder using any of the integrated navigation apps

★ New source – Search and Discover places globally using Factual.

★ Designed for iOS6
- Updated user interface to better match the new iOS6 design
- Integrates with the new Apple Maps app – Enhance the iOS6 maps experience by discovering locations using Localscope and opening them in the new maps app for turn by turn directions.
- Optionally use Google maps (Mobile web) to navigate to a location
- Share locations or links to local content using the new iOS6 sharing system
- Native Facebook account integration

★ New view for connected car receiver HUDs or other supported secondary displays, that even works with the AppleTV over Airplay Mirroring

★ Improved Augmented Reality – now uses the phone’s Gyroscope that allows for a much more stable viewing experience.

★ Updated the integration with MotionX GPS Drive and Sygic to support the latest versions of their apps

★ Updated and optimized for the new iPhone 5

★ Various performance improvements and user experience enhancements

★ Requires iOS 6+

Description

Location Browser for your iPhone

Localscope is a window to your world that lets you explore your surroundings like never before. Discover and find places, people and information around you using geo-tagged data from multiple local search engines, social networks, media sharing services and other apps.

★ Named the best iPhone Navigation app in the App Store Rewind 2011 ★
★ Featured by Apple in Staff Favorites, App of the Week, What’s Hot ★

KEY FEATURES

✔ Works worldwide – Explore your location wherever you are
✔ Explore geo-tagged information, photos and videos around you aggregated from diverse services
✔ Lookup your recent and favorite search phrases or browse everything nearby in a tap!!!
✔ Browse your search results in an amazingly intuitive list or gallery view with realtime direction pointers and distance meters
✔ Lay the results out on the map or look through the state of the art augmented reality view to spot the results in the real world
✔ Flick through results from different services and experience them side-by-side using the intuitive source slider
✔ Get rich information about places including informative badges for ratings, checkins, likes and more
✔ Navigate and get directions to your results, call them directly or store them to your address book in a tap
✔ Add geo-tagged reminders for any location and choose to get push notifications on arrival or departure from the proximity of the location
✔ Share your findings with your friends using Messages, Email, Facebook, Twitter or Sina Weibo
✔ Explore detailed information about a result using the in-app browser or open it into a linked native app
✔ Explore any part of the world by setting it as your virtual location
✔ See POIs laid out on a map on connected car receiver HUDs or other supported secondary displays. Even works with the AppleTV over Airplay Mirroring
✔ And many more nifty features!

INTEGRATED SOURCES

Localscope currently aggregates information from the following services:

✔ Google Maps
✔ Google+ Local
✔ Facebook
✔ Foursquare
✔ Twitter
✔ iOS Reminders
✔ YouTube
✔ Instagram
✔ Panoramio
✔ Flickr
✔ Picasa
✔ Wikimapia
✔ Wikipedia
✔ Factual
✔ Citysearch
✔ Yelp

NAVIGATION APP INTEGRATIONS

Localscope integrates with the following navigation apps for one touch turn-by-turn directions to discovered locations:

✔ Apple Maps App
✔ Google Maps (Mobile web)
✔ TomTom
✔ Navigon MobileNavigator
✔ MotionX GPS Drive
✔ Magellan RoadMate
✔ Navfree / Navmii GPS navigation
✔ MetroView Australia and NewZealand
✔ Sygic GPS Navigation
✔ iGo Primo
✔ Waze
✔ MotionX GPS & HD
✔ VZ Navigator
✔ Telenav

LINKED APPS

Localscope integrates and seamlessly opens results into the following apps to provide further interactions like checking in, liking, commenting etc.:

✔ Twitter
✔ Foursquare
✔ Instagram
✔ Yelp

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TeleNav offering 1 year subscription to Scout Plus for Free ($24.99) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/25/telenav-offering-1-year-subscription-to-scout-plus-for-free-24-99/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/09/25/telenav-offering-1-year-subscription-to-scout-plus-for-free-24-99/#comments Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:55:11 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=69985 Now that we know Google won’t be releasing a standalone Google Maps app anytime soon, it maybe time to explore other options on the App Store if you’re adamant against using Apple’s own Maps app. Like this one here: Scout by Telenav. An award winning nav app for mobile devices, Telenav is currently offering a 1 … Read more]]>

Now that we know Google won’t be releasing a standalone Google Maps app anytime soon, it maybe time to explore other options on the App Store if you’re adamant against using Apple’s own Maps app. Like this one here: Scout by Telenav. An award winning nav app for mobile devices, Telenav is currently offering a 1 year subscription to Scout Plus absolutely free (normally $24.99). With Plus, you’ll get all these features:

  • Our 3D turn-by-turn navigation with voice
  • Traffic rerouting
  • Offline navigation for when you drive out of cell coverage
  • Lane Assist, which helps you figure out what lane you should be in
  • Speed Traps & Red Light Camera Alerts
  • Search for the cheapest gas near you

It’s even got a little Siri happening as you can use your voice to tell the app what you’re looking for or where you want to go. Additionally, you can download offline maps for in the event you lose cell coverage while driving. Best of all, it appears that Scout’s turn-by-turn navigation even works on the now 3 year old iPhone 3GS. Grab the app via the link or check out the promo videos for Scout below.

Scout by Telenav TeleNav, Inc., Scout by Telenav - Free

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Onmaway lets your loved ones know you’re on the way home (without Texting and Driving) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/21/onmaway-lets-your-loved-ones-know-youre-on-the-way-home-without-texting-and-driving/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/21/onmaway-lets-your-loved-ones-know-youre-on-the-way-home-without-texting-and-driving/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:35:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=58058 Were you ever tempted to send a short text message while driving to a spouse/partner/friend just to let them know that you’re on the way? Now when I last checked, texting and driving at the same time is highly ill advised (not to mention illegal in most states/provinces), so there has to be a safer … Read more]]>

Were you ever tempted to send a short text message while driving to a spouse/partner/friend just to let them know that you’re on the way? Now when I last checked, texting and driving at the same time is highly ill advised (not to mention illegal in most states/provinces), so there has to be a safer and easier way right? Well that’s where the newly released Onmaway for iOS comes in. With the app, users can share their location in real time using the iPhone’s GPS functionality. Simply select the other party via sms or email, choose the duration of how long they can track you and a customized message. Your friends and family will then receive a link and be able to view your location in real time via any web browser. For longer trips, there’s an Epic Journey mode that allows you to share your location on Facebook or Twitter every 4 hours.

Onmaway requires iOS 4.2 or later, and with more recent iDevices (3GS or iPhone 4), you’ll be able to run the app in the background as well. Demo video and more info after the break.

Onmaway - Share Your Location without Texting While Driving Ka Pow Interactive, Onmaway, 2.9 MB – $1.99

App Description

Launch Special – Now only $1.99! Onmaway is a simple and secure way to share your location with friends, family, or social graph over a specific period of time; whether it’s your spouse for 20 minutes or your social network for the length of a cross-country trip.

The app allows you to send a link and customized message to friends and family via text, email, and social media that lets them track your location on any web browser.

✓ Let your family watch you drive home from work;
✓ Parents track kids as they walk home from school;
✓ Watch college kids drive to their new campus;
✓ Watch as friends move to a new city or state;
✓ Update co-workers on your way to office;
✓ Let friends know you’re headed to the pub;
✓ The possibilities are endless!

Location tracking apps by cell phone service providers can cost $20 a month or more; Onmaway is a onetime purchase that you can use as much as you want.

Texting while driving is dangerous and banned in 39 states with more passing legislation now. Over 30% of all traffic accidents are caused by “distracted driving” and that number increases with teen drivers. Remove the distraction of updating your location to your friends and family with this low-cost solution.

Find a bug or have a suggestion, don’t write it here, drop us a line at support@onmawayapp.com and we’ll jump right on that (or let you know how to fix it).

Figure out a new way to use Onmaway? Let us know at suggestions@onmawayapp.com.

Just so you know…

▸ Onmaway utilizes the GPS functionality in your iPhone and iPod Touch (3rd gen+), which means, just like any other map app on your phone, it can be a bit of a battery drain. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. We suggest you plug in your phone or limit your use of the app if you’re worried about battery life.

▸ Onmaway can run the background on any iOS 4+ device, but if you have another app that needs the memory space, your phone could kill off Onmaway and thus stop tracking your location. If it’s really important, leave it running in the foreground.

We’re actively working on updates and features, so please send us feedback.

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The Cartographer in Review – Old-style maps on your space age iDevice http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/06/15/the-cartographer-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/06/15/the-cartographer-in-review/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:39:12 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=53516 Travelling abroad with an iPhone, one thing I always miss the most is cell data. While theoretically I could turn on roaming, I would have to mortgage my house to do so. And this also means that unless I find a Wi-Fi hotspot I’m stuck without the lovely Google Maps that I, as many others, … Read more]]>

Travelling abroad with an iPhone, one thing I always miss the most is cell data. While theoretically I could turn on roaming, I would have to mortgage my house to do so. And this also means that unless I find a Wi-Fi hotspot I’m stuck without the lovely Google Maps that I, as many others, have grown so accustomed to. And with my wife making extensive use of the handy My Maps feature of Google’s to plan our trip, this is even more depressing. And then I learned about The Cartographer by Tasty Pixel.

The idea of The Cartographer is plain and simple: it provides you with a way to browse your maps offline and have access to the power of Google My Maps (i.e. placing custom markers with notes). And it does so in a fantastic old fashioned interface, with custom sources to choose from. But let’s examine the features in more detail.

For those of you not in the know, Google My Maps is a seldom advertised and somewhat hidden feature of Google Maps that allows you to place custom markers on a map and even add comments. Additionally you can put these markers on separate map layers (think of them as folders) to have convenient control over them. Why support for these My Maps is not included in the stock Maps app is beyond me, but with Cartographer you can easily access ones tied to your Google account, and more than one if necessary. And you can even edit and create new ones right from the comfort of your iDevice.

The second feature is invaluable as well – downloading maps for later offline access. Whether you’re out of the country with extreme roaming fees or simply away from network coverage, it’s difficult to estimate the usefulness of the ability to check the map regardless of your connection. And though the app doesn’t allow you to cache maps from Google, switching over to OpenStreetMaps.org instead, it allows to intuitively select the area and detail you want to cache, making the process seamless and even matching the location of the My Maps markers automatically.

A nice bonus feature is The Cartographer’s original vintage visual style. Just one look at the screenshots and you’ll understand what I mean. And if such a style is not your particular cup of tea, you can tune down the “vintaginess” (yes, I know there’s no such word) in the Settings. Probably the only real gripe I have with The Cartographer is the absence of any kind of native iPad support, be it via a separate app or a universal version.

If you find yourself on the road more than once in a while you’ll definitely appreciate all the features The Cartographer has to offer. It does lack universal app support and only caches maps from OpenStreetMaps.org. But even out in on the sea with no wireless access in sight, it will allow you to feel almost like an ancient Viking explorer, especially with the “vintage” meter turned to the max. And having all your My Maps markers accessible along with any comments is sure to allow you not to miss even the slightest detail of your plan and make your trip truly unforgettable.

With this I declare The Cartographer officially touched! Land-ho!

Grab It Rating - 4/5

App Summary
Title: The Cartographer Developer: A Tasty Pixel
Reviewed Ver: 1.4.2 Min OS Req: 3.1
Price: $3.99 App Size: 6.84MB
  • Access to Google My Maps
  • Offline map and My Maps caching
  • Multiple Google accounts supported
  • Unique vintage look
  • No universal app support
  • Doesn’t cache Google version of maps

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Select mTrip Travel Guides Free for Today http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/24/select-mtrip-travel-guides-free-for-today/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/03/24/select-mtrip-travel-guides-free-for-today/#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 17:12:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=50297 mTrip, the company behind the fantastic mTrip Travel Guides for the iPhone (and Android platform), is offering 11 of their “intelligent” city guides for Free today on the App Store. With the launch of seven new travel guides for spring, we will be offering them for free today in the Apple App Store. In the Android market, the 11 … Read more]]>

mTrip, the company behind the fantastic mTrip Travel Guides for the iPhone (and Android platform), is offering 11 of their “intelligent” city guides for Free today on the App Store.

With the launch of seven new travel guides for spring, we will be offering them for free today in the Apple App Store. In the Android market, the 11 selected apps will be discounted to 0.99 Thursday and Friday, perhaps even longer so keep an eye out! Along with the 7 new city guides, some of our older destinations will be on offer for free: Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore & Shanghai. All apps go back to regular price ($5.99) afterward so don’t miss out on this promotion!

I’ve tried plenty of travel apps on my iPhone and I keep coming back to the mTrip apps thanks to its impressive feature set. With its Trip Planner mode, users can create their own Itinerary based on trip dates, travel interests, pace intensity and more. Using these preferences, the app will create a custom schedule for you to follow. The offline map can then show you the best route to each destination, either by foot or subway (with specific station/line to take). If you do your fair share of travelling, I highly recommend you download these 11 freebies today and give them a try. Links to the 11 guides and video demo after the gap…

mTrip Travel Guides Free today:

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Apple’s Awesome iOS 4 Apps http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/28/apples-awesome-ios-4-apps/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/28/apples-awesome-ios-4-apps/#comments Mon, 28 Jun 2010 21:07:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=35295 Apple seems to be on a roll of late with App Store app lists. First came The Best Games You’ve Never Played, a roundup of hidden gems that haven’t quite burned up the app charts. Now they’ve released the Awesome iOS 4 Apps list, a collection of apps and games that have been updated to … Read more]]>

Apple seems to be on a roll of late with App Store app lists. First came The Best Games You’ve Never Played, a roundup of hidden gems that haven’t quite burned up the app charts. Now they’ve released the Awesome iOS 4 Apps list, a collection of apps and games that have been updated to take advantage of iOS 4′s new features, like support for the Retina Display and Multitasking/Fast App Switching. Here are some notable that have made the list:

Now I haven’t tried all 42 apps on the list, but I don’t think I’d consider all of them to be awesome. I suppose it’s all a matter of personal preference and interests (and of course, apps that actually have been updated for iOS 4 already). The entire Apple roundup can be found right here on iTunes.

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skobbler: free GPS by dint of OpenStreetMap http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/10/skobbler-free-gps-by-dint-of-openstreetmap/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/10/skobbler-free-gps-by-dint-of-openstreetmap/#comments Thu, 10 Jun 2010 16:38:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34348 If skobbler’s devs have one thing painted in their collective brains at the moment, I reckon it’s “OpenSource for the win!” or some such motto. In the USA, skobbler, the OpenStreetMap-based turn-by-turn navigation/GPS app, is a huge win for what may well be the future of navigation apps: open source mapping. You the customer can … Read more]]>

If skobbler’s devs have one thing painted in their collective brains at the moment, I reckon it’s “OpenSource for the win!” or some such motto. In the USA, skobbler, the OpenStreetMap-based turn-by-turn navigation/GPS app, is a huge win for what may well be the future of navigation apps: open source mapping. You the customer can also be the mapper, and God only knows that you know your locale better than any Samsung-style megacorp who tries to tell you that they know better. Hell, rather than waiting for the bigwigs to finally update their software, thousands of your mates on a variety of platforms are mapping the world for you.

In case you aren’t in to oil spill-suckers, there is also a pedestrian/bicycle mode. Perhaps its killer feature though, is that the US version  comes with no monetary strings attached – at all. Needless to say, skobbler has been a hit in its native Germany and ruffled quite a few feathers in the process, but those feathers probably don’t belong there in the first place.

skobbler US ? truly FREE turn-by-turn voice navigation skobbler GmbH, skobbler US, FREE

Screenies and more after the gap:

*** Give it a try and be surprised: Experience what’s already possible on the Wikipedia-like OpenStreetMap and edit your neighborhood in the map yourself – The skobbler App will continuously be udpated ***

For iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS

Please visit forum.skobbler.com or www.skobbler.us for more information and help.

Get a market-leading navigation app for free: skobbler has been the best-selling navigation app in “car country” Germany for more than six months.

And yes – IT DOESN’T COST A DIME IN THE UNITED STATES. No trial period, no in-app purchase or subscription requirements. The multi-award-winning skobbler turns your iPhone into a navigation device. Read on and be surprised.

**** skobbler makes use of THE OPENSTREETMAP.
skobbler always uses the freshest OpenStreetMap material, the “Wikipedia of maps” (http://openstreetmap.org). OpenStreetMap is a free and independent community project with more than 250,000 members worldwide.

The Wikipedia-like setup of OpenStreetMap allows you to improve the map yourself. When you recognize an error on the map, you can directly report it from the skobbler app for correction to the OpenStreetMap community. If you want, you can even edit the map yourself with one of the popular OpenStreetMap web editors. It’s up to you to contritube to the creation of the greatest map out there in the areas that matter the most to you.

**** skobbler is IMMEDIATELY READY FOR NAVIGATION.
skobbler downloads the necessary maps during each use: therefore it only uses a tiny share of your iPhone’s storage capacity. That results in two benefits for you:

- You can instantly start navigating after a very short download and don’t need to go through a tediously long map download process via iTunes on your PC.

- You can rather use your iPhone’s storage capacity for your pictures, videos and music.

**** skobbler offers A TON OF GOOD THINGS:
- high-quality turn-by-turn GPS Navigation
- choice between 2,5D bird eye’s view and 2D map display
- intuitive operation
- precise audio-advices
- visual turn-guidance
- always up-to-date OpenStreetMap at no extra cost
- map bug reporting tool
- integrated iPod control for playback during navigation
- day- and night-mode for the map display
- automatic continuation of navigation after incoming calls
- dedicated pedestrian navigation
- take-me-home functionality
- and a lot more

**** skobbler will RAPIDLY IMPROVE.
We have a track record of continuous updates and innovation. We’ll continue to live up to that pedigree to turn skobbler into a more and more special app.

Stay with us, stay tuned.
****skobbler. be there.

**** About skobbler
skobbler is a young team with a mutual past at premium navigation specialist NAVIGON AG. The skobbler company was founded during a spin-off in 2008 and has been developing its very own software for mobile phones ever since. skobbler strives to offer smart products that provide orientation and fun on the OpenStreetMap.

!!! Traffic regulations and current road situations always precede skobbler’s directions!

!!! IMPORTANT NOTICE TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDINGS:
You DO NOT need to register on www.skobbler.us in order to use the application. A registration is NOT required. Just press “Skip” on the start screen of the application to use it without having to log in.

skobbler US ? truly FREE turn-by-turn voice navigation skobbler GmbH, skobbler US, FREE

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Supersize your GPS with CoPilot Live HD http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/29/supersize-your-gps-with-copilot-live-hd/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/29/supersize-your-gps-with-copilot-live-hd/#comments Thu, 29 Apr 2010 21:30:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=32317 With the iPad WiFi + 3G models set to arrive tomorrow (April 30th) in the US, ALK Technologies, makers of the popular CoPilot Live apps for the iPhone, have announced that CoPilot Live HD ($29.99) will be making its way to the iPad 3G in early May. Utilizing the gorgeous 9.7-inch screen, users will soon … Read more]]>

With the iPad WiFi + 3G models set to arrive tomorrow (April 30th) in the US, ALK Technologies, makers of the popular CoPilot Live apps for the iPhone, have announced that CoPilot Live HD ($29.99) will be making its way to the iPad 3G in early May. Utilizing the gorgeous 9.7-inch screen, users will soon be able to receive turn-by-turn voice navigation along side a split screen showing both 3D or 2D maps en route to their destination (four dual view options are available). Much like the iPhone version, CoPilot Live HD will auto-switch between portrait and landscape, is equipped with pinch-zoom functionality and access to your iPod music is also possible.

The big question though is whether you really need a GPS with such a honking big screen. After all, you’re technically supposed to be following the voice prompts rather than keep your eyes glued to the device while driving. Regardless, I have to admit that it is pretty neat cruising round town with a mega-sized GPS, especially if you already have an iPad installed into your car. And if a custom install is way out of the question, it appears that iPad car mounts are already on sale. More info and pics after the gap.

Press Release

ALK Technologies today announced Copilot Live HD has been submitted to the App Store and will be available for the iPad 3G shortly. Copilot Live HD is the hi-resolution edition of the award-winning CoPilot Live GPS navigation app. It unites full-featured, turn-by-turn voice navigation with sensational hi-resolution graphics for the ultimate in-car navigation experience on the Apple iPad 3G.

Princeton, NJ – ALK Technologies today announced that it has submitted CoPilot Live HD to the App Store, a turn-by-turn GPS navigation and trip planning app designed specifically for 3G models of Apple’s iPad. With street maps stored on the device, CoPilot Live HD takes full advantage of the iPad’s in-built GPS receiver and high resolution touch screen to provide the ultimate large-screen voice-guided navigation experience.

CoPilot Live HD makes it easy to find the way in-car or to plan a trip in advance with beautiful hi-resolution maps and graphics. A new split screen driving view combines uncluttered 3D or 2D map displays with clear, non-distracting turn instructions. As with CoPilot Live for iPhone, the HD edition auto-switches between portrait and landscape, uses pinch-zoom functionality and offers access to iPod music controls from within the app.

Initially launched in North America to coincide with the U.S. release of GPS-enabled iPad 3G models, detailed street-level maps of the U.S. and Canada are stored directly on the iPad. Customers do not need to download maps for each trip or worry about being left stranded without maps in mobile dead spots.  Apps for additional regions will be launched as the iPad 3G becomes available worldwide in coming months.

More than just turn-by-turn navigation, CoPilot Live HD’s powerful offline trip planning and route preview features allow travelers to plan door-to-door itineraries on their iPad before they hit the road. Users can enter multiple stops for a single journey and optimize to calculate the most efficient route. Advanced features include a fuel cost estimator and the ability to create customized routing profiles that best suit personal preferences.

“CoPilot Live HD provides an absolutely sensational GPS navigation and planning experience on iPad 3G,” said Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director at ALK Technologies. “Developing for iPad was a natural step following the tremendous popularity of our CoPilot Live iPhone app. It’s a really fantastic platform for navigation that allows us to fully exploit the many years of expertise we have gained from supporting tablet computers with our CoPilot Live Laptop products.”

CoPilot Live HD North America has been submitted to the App Store for approval, and is expected to be available to buy for iPad 3G in early May. Pricing will be the same as for the CoPilot Live iPhone app – $29.99 (USD) for unlimited use, with no ongoing fees or subscriptions and includes free full quarterly map updates through the MapSure(TM) service through 2010.

CoPilot Live HD: http://www.copilotlive.com/ipad

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