TouchMyApps » GPS 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, 24 Apr 2014 16:23:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Navigate to the final with the CoPilot Live South Africa App http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/16/navigate-to-the-final-with-the-copilot-live-south-africa-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/16/navigate-to-the-final-with-the-copilot-live-south-africa-app/#comments Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:59:09 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=31576 Soccer fans heading to South Africa this summer will be able to find their way around easily, thanks to the newly available CoPilot Live South Africa full-featured GPS navigation app. CoPilot Live provides full turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation in-car or on foot. The app stores detailed street maps of South Africa on the phone, so there's no need to rely on the mobile network for navigation and no risk of incurring huge roaming charges for downloading maps. … Read more]]>

Princeton, NJ – Soccer fans heading to South Africa this summer will be able to find their way around easily, thanks to the newly available CoPilot Live South Africa full-featured GPS navigation app. Available for iPhones, Android smartphones or Windows Mobile Phones, CoPilot Live provides full turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation in-car or on foot. The app stores detailed street maps of South Africa on the phone, so there’s no need to rely on the mobile network for navigation and no risk of incurring huge roaming charges for downloading maps.

With matches for the forthcoming tournament spread between several cities over considerable distances (approximately 230 miles for the USA team’s first 3 games alone), many fans will have the chance to explore South Africa’s striking scenery and sights wasting no time getting lost.

With the very latest maps available, the app can even provide directions to specific gates at tournament stadiums. Thousands of useful Points of Interest (POIs) are pre-installed, including the locations of ATMs, hotels, restaurants, bars, car rental offices and airports.

On the road, CoPilot Live’s advanced guidance features make it easy to see where to go, with 2D and 3D map views, lane assistance display and a speed limit indicator. No matter what the score is this summer, traveling fans are guaranteed to enjoy the journey.

The CoPilot Live South Africa navigation app is available for $54.99 via the iPhone app store, Android Market and for Windows Phones from www.copilotlive.com.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 164 MB

Pricing and Availability:
CoPilot Live South Africa 8.0.0.685 is $54.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category. Also available for the Android Market and for Windows Phones.

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ALK Technologies has been developing innovative mobile navigation and transportation technology solutions since 1979. For more information on ALK Technologies, visit them online. You can also follow CoPilot Live online: Twitter, CoPilot Live blog, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. Copyright (C) 2010 ALK Technologies. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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OutDoors – GB National Parks OS Maps 1:50k in Review – Those Boots Were Made for Walking! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/14/outdoors-gb-national-parks-os-maps-1-50k-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/04/14/outdoors-gb-national-parks-os-maps-1-50k-in-review/#comments Wed, 14 Apr 2010 23:12:32 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=31424 As a keen walker and camper, I was excited when I spotted OutDoors – GB National Parks OS Maps in the App Store. Although at first glance you may think it’s quite expensive ($24.99 US), when you add together how much it would have cost to buy the physical versions of all the maps included, … Read more]]>

As a keen walker and camper, I was excited when I spotted OutDoors – GB National Parks OS Maps in the App Store. Although at first glance you may think it’s quite expensive ($24.99 US), when you add together how much it would have cost to buy the physical versions of all the maps included, it’s actually a bargain. Plus you can never blame poor map reading again as with GPS, you’ve got no excuse for not knowing where you are!

OutDoors includes 1:50k maps for all of the National Parks in Great Britain, which are: Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia, Dartmoor, Pembrokeshire Coast, North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor, Northumberland, Brecon Beacons, The Broads, New Forest, South Downs, The Cairngorms and Loch Lomond. For the rest of Great Britain, you have 1:250k. So you’ve essentially got the entire UK at your fingertips!

The maps are stored on the iPhone, which naturally means the App has a large file size, but given there’s no guarantee of 3G signal when you’re out in the sticks, it’s better to have it there ready. I can see why it might be a problem for people with 8GB devices, but mine is 16GB so this isn’t really an issue. You could also uninstall it from your device when you’re not using it, then reinstall when you need it.

When you enter the App you’re presented with a view of the UK – with a blue flashing blob to indicate your current position. You can zoom in on this to see the area in more detail – a great deal of detail if you’re in one of the National Parks in question. From there, you can scroll and zoom around Great Britain, all from the palm of your hand. You’re able to search for places using their place name (providing it’s included on a regular OS map), OS Grid Reference, or Latitude/Longitude.

The App has also been integrated with a website called EveryTrail. You can download walks and bike rides that people have uploaded to the site for free, add them to the App and embark! You can also create your own walks, adding names, Waypoints and points of interest as you go. You can see the route on your device’s screen so you’ll know for sure that you’re going the right way – no more arguing about getting lost!

Overall, this is an excellent App for people whose hobbies include walking and cycling. I’d recommend buying a decent waterproof case for your iPhone if this is something you’re interested in – after all, the last thing you want is to be lost in the rain and not wanting to take your iPhone out in case you get it wet and break it! OutDoors is a very useful App and you can purchase whichever maps you require from the App Store – though it would be better if they were then added into the same App, rather than displaying separately.

The App will naturally use up your iPhone battery, but as long as you’ve fully charged it before leaving the house, you should be OK. After all, you’re not going to need to constantly have the phone at hand, you’d just need to consult it when unsure of your route. The UK is pretty good at waymarking its routes so you can find footpaths easily enough without the App. Just keep an eye on battery life, as you don’t want to end up stranded somewhere unfamiliar!

The OS maps that you’ve purchased are also covered by a lifetime licence, so if they’re updated, this will be fed down to your phone, too, making your purchase even better value for money. You wouldn’t get that promise with a physical map!

If you’ve been persuaded by this review – just bear in mind that you’re better off purchasing this App through iTunes on your computer and downloading it then transferring it to your phone. Because of the huge file size it would take a long time to download via WiFi! Other than that… knock yourself out and enjoy the outdoors!

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Title: OutDoors – GB National Parks OS Maps 1:50k Developer: RoadTour
Reviewed Ver: 1.0.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $24.99 App Size: 1017 MB
  • It’s several bulky OS maps in the palm of your hand
  • The maps are saved on your phone, no need for WiFi/3G Connection
  • Download free walks and bike rides, and add your own
  • Lifetime license for the OS maps
  • 1:25k maps would be better for extra detail
  • Maps for additional areas are separate apps, would be better combined
  • In-app purchase of additional maps not included

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Spyglass 2.2 adds Augmented Reality Star Tracking and Primary Targets http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/22/spyglass-2-2-adds-augmented-reality-star-tracking-and-primary-targets/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/22/spyglass-2-2-adds-augmented-reality-star-tracking-and-primary-targets/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 21:03:05 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29807 Happymagenta today released Spyglass 2.2 for iPhone 3GS, a major update to their popular augmented reality compass. Spyglass is fun as well as useful augmented reality navigation tool that includes a milspec compass, tracker and finder for GPS locations, constant bearings, Sun, Moon and stars, inclinometer, sextant, rangefinder, angular calculator, camera (with 5x zoom), maps and more. Version 2.2 offers many new or enhanced features. … Read more]]>

Minsk, Belarus – Happymagenta today is pleased to announce the release of Spyglass 2.2, a major update to their popular digital compass and HUD display for iPhone 3GS devices. Developed specifically to leverage the iPhone’s unique capabilities, Spyglass is a fun-to-use multi-function augmented reality tool and heads-up display with a live compass, GPS and other information overlaid right over the live feed from the built-in camera, (or even an auto-rotated map), turning any iPhone into a sophisticated location-aware viewfinder.

Featuring an easy-to-use interface, Spyglass includes a milspec compass, tracker and finder for GPS locations, constant bearings, Sun, Moon and stars, inclinometer, sextant, rangefinder, angular calculator, camera (with 5x zoom), maps and lots of other useful features. It is useful for all types of outdoor activities from marking and then finding your car, camp or hotel to many needs during hunting, fishing, hiking, scouting, seafaring, sports and touring.

Just like in airplanes, sci-fi movies or military-styled night vision binoculars, Spyglass works in any orientation encompassing a three-dimensional space. While viewing through the iPhone’s built-in camera, tilt or rotate the device to see incredibly detailed, live information in any direction. All Spyglass features, such as digital zoom, color filters, HUD colors and imperial or metric units are easily configurable.

Feature Highlights:
* Heads-up display style (like in planes or sci-fi movies)
* Compass (milspec, working with any orientation)
* Multiple locations and bearings tracker (AR)
* Sun and Moon positions tracker (AR)
* Polaris and any known star positions tracker (AR)
* Presets for each of 90 brightest stars
* Add custom locations, bearings and stars
* Rhumb line (nautical) navigation
* Sextant (AR), inclinometer and angular calculator
* Stadiametric optical rangefinder (300-1500ft or 100-500m)
* Measure vertical, horizontal, spherical angles
* Measure distance to or size of objects
* GPS (coordinates, altitude, speed, course)
* Maps with autorotation
* Basic motion dampening
* Digital zoom camera (up to 5x)
* Take photos into the album
* Milspec, imperial or metric units ( MGRS WGS84)
* Compass mode (camera off)
* Variety of HUD colors and color filters
* Highly configurable

“Star positions are very convenient to be mapped into the plane of augmented reality,” said Pavel Ahafonau, founder and CEO of Happymagenta. “Thus displaying star positions with augmented reality is a feature that asked us itself to be implemented.”

Version 2.2 adds Polaris and any known star positions tracker, presets and graphics for 90 brightest stars, ability to set any bearing, location or star as a primary target and many other improvements.

Stars are shown as graphical markers that correspond to star spectral classes. Sun and Moon positions along with positions of other celestial bodies are calculated with the arc second precision taking into account the Terrestrial Dynamical Time (TDT), precession, nutation, aberration, air mass and refraction along with major perturbation terms and gravitational deflection of light corrections.

Spyglass allows simultaneous tracking of multiple targets thus it is very useful to assign particular bearings, locations or stars as primary targets. Primary target uses a different hint mark – a triangle arrow that is displayed at the corresponding place of the inner edge of the compass azimuth circle thus making it easier to distinguish it from others. With it’s bearing hints compass in Spyglass will remind cool mini-maps to all computer game fans.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 0.6 MB
* Internet Connection (for Maps feature)

Pricing and Availability:
Spyglass 2.2 is only $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Navigation category. Review copies are available upon request.

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Located in historic Minsk, Belarus, Happymagenta is a privately-held company founded in 2006 by software developer Pavel Ahafonau. With a focus on the iPhone platform, Happymagenta was formed by a group of highly skilled software engineers who love programming and have a passion to create unique applications. Copyright (C) 2006-2010 Happymagenta Project. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Dusty Roads Media releases My Spot Pro 1.0.2 for iPhone and iPod touch http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/19/dusty-roads-media-releases-my-spot-pro-1-0-2-for-iphone-and-ipod-touch/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/19/dusty-roads-media-releases-my-spot-pro-1-0-2-for-iphone-and-ipod-touch/#comments Sat, 20 Mar 2010 01:30:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29735 Dusty Roads Media today announces My Spot Pro 1.0.2 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. My Spot Pro lets you tell anyone your spot in the world with a touch of a button. It marks your location and sends the GPS coordinates, and the address if available, to whomever you choose or to Facebook or Twitter. You can even easily attach a photo or audio clip of where you are and send it to a group, to a friend, or in an emergency, can even send a pre-saved Panic Message to your family or authorities. … Read more]]>

Blairstown, New Jersey – Dusty Roads Media today is pleased to announce the release of My Spot Pro 1.0.2 for iPhone and iPod touch devices. My Spot Pro lets you tell anyone your spot in the world with a touch of a button. It marks your location and sends the GPS coordinates – and the address, if available – to whomever you choose or to Facebook or Twitter. You can even easily attach a photo or audio clip of where you are and send it to a group, to a friend, or in an emergency, can even send a pre-saved Panic Message to your family or authorities.

As practical apps go, My Spot Pro has you covered. How many times have you been in a bar, or a store, or an office and wanted someone to meet you there? How much time did you spend texting or explaining the address, or giving directions, all while trying to keep quiet in a waiting room or shouting to be heard in a noisy club?

My Spot Pro is the app that lets you tell anyone your spot in the world with a touch of a button. My Spot Pro marks your location and sends the GPS coordinates – and the address, if available- to whomever you choose or to Facebook or Twitter. You can even easily attach a photo or audio clip of where you are and send it to a group, to a friend, or in an emergency, can even send a pre-saved Panic Message to your family or authorities.

Why settle for simple GPS or compass apps? Users can make custom buttons for their family, friends, or bosses when you need to check in from the road. Locations can even be sent with photos or audio recordings to make them even easier for recipients to find. There are plenty of cheap apps with some of the features of My Spot Pro, but none compare to the versatility and ease-of-use of My Spot Pro.

Feature Highlights:

  • Find your spot in the world using GPS and Internet access
  • Pin your location on Google maps or use an address in your Contacts
  • Send customize email messages with your location with up to 20 My Spot buttons
  • Find North with one of the two available compass designs
  • Post messages directly to Twitter and Facebook
  • Add photos and/or a voice to messages

Using My Spot you can easily find and pin your spot in the world. When the app opens it will determine your location using Apple’s built in location services. You can also use the address information in your contacts list. Or you can just find your self on the map and pin your location.

Device Requirements:
* Compass functionality requires iPhone 3G
* iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 1.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
My Spot Pro 1.0.2 is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category.

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Dusty Roads Media provides affordable solutions to businesses and individuals looking to build Internet presence. We meet one-on-one with clients and get to know their business, products and services to provide them with the best solution to fit their budget. In the last year, Dusty Roads Media started a new venture to create useful, well-designed apps for the coolest mobile devices in the world. To date, they have successfully brought two apps to the Apple’s App Store, Educational Challenge and now My Spot Pro. Copyright (C) 2010 Dusty Roads Media. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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CoPilot Live iPhone Apps get New Features and Updated Maps http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/15/copilot-live-iphone-apps-get-new-features-and-updated-maps/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/15/copilot-live-iphone-apps-get-new-features-and-updated-maps/#comments Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:37:24 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29509 ALK Technologies today announces CoPilot Live 8.0.0.651, the latest updates to their award-winning GPS navigation apps for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS devices. CoPilot Live now include improved guidance at complex intersections, Facebook status updates, free local search, and the latest maps of North America. More than 15,000 miles of roads have been added, 73 completely updated counties and hundreds of map improvements submitted by the CoPilot Live User Community. … Read more]]>

Princeton, NJ – The latest updates to ALK Technologies’ award-winning CoPilot Live iPhone GPS navigation apps have been approved by Apple and are now available from the App Store. The full-featured GPS navigation apps now include improved guidance at complex intersections, Facebook status updates, free local search, and the latest maps of North America.

The updated apps are CoPilot Live Directions, a free app that offers a 30-day trial of the full GPS navigation service that includes premium features such as voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions, 3D map displays, and lifetime use of the basic GPS navigation service. The lifetime-use CoPilot Live North America app has also been updated and is now available for a new, lower price of $29.99. New features and benefits in the latest app updates include:

  • Updated US and Canada street maps and Points-Of-Interest. More than 15,000 miles of roads have been added, 73 completely updated counties and hundreds of map improvements submitted by the CoPilot Live User Community and verified by CoPilot Live.
  • Live Local Search as Standard CoPilot Live now includes integrated local internet search, making it easy to find the nearest product, service, brand, store or just about anything you need. Simply key-in whatever you’re looking for and be guided straight there.
  • Facebook Status Updates Now you can share your journey directly with your Facebook friends, including where you are, where you are going and even what music you are listening to on the way.
  • Improved Guidance with Lane Assist & ClearTurn(TM) CoPilot Live makes it easier than ever to see where to go at complex intersections. Lane Assist shows exactly which lane to be in, while ClearTurn provides a more realistic display of upcoming highway exits and junctions.
  • Adjustable Music Volume Settings. Now you can choose to mute or lower music volume automatically while receiving a voice instruction, which is one of the most frequently requested features by CoPilot Live iPhone customers.

“We are constantly working to develop new and innovative features for CoPilot Live, and many are in response to valuable customer feedback,” said Michael Kornhauser, Managing Director of ALK Technologies. This latest update adds some great new guidance features, while expanding CoPilot’s Live connected services. Now it’s easy to share your location with your Facebook friends and access useful real-time information through local search without having to leave your navigation app.”

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS
* Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later
* 1.31 GB

Pricing and Availability:
CoPilot Live 8.0.0.651 for iPhone is $29.99 (USD) and available through the App Store in the Navigation category.

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ALK Technologies has been developing innovative mobile navigation and transportation technology solutions since 1979. For more information on ALK Technologies, visit them online. You can also follow CoPilot Live online: Twitter, CoPilot Live blog, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr. Copyright (C) 2010 ALK Technologies. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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1000: Find ‘Em All! in Review – Glu Makes Global Gift Hunts Grand! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/09/1000-find-em-all-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/09/1000-find-em-all-in-review/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2010 07:13:53 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=27452 If you’ve read my reviews in the past, you’ll notice that I’ve made no effort to hide my love for “pick up and play” type games.  Having to work all day and then worry about my home/husband-ly duties at home, I don’t always have a whole bunch of time to devote to a game.  Instead … Read more]]>

If you’ve read my reviews in the past, you’ll notice that I’ve made no effort to hide my love for “pick up and play” type games.  Having to work all day and then worry about my home/husband-ly duties at home, I don’t always have a whole bunch of time to devote to a game.  Instead I prefer and enjoy titles that I can pick up and put down whenever I want without feeling like I am missing something.  It’s been a while but thanks to the good folks at Glu Games and their new and addicting title 1000: Find ‘Em All! I’ve filled that want and then some.

As is often the case with titles from Glu, the design/graphics are excellent.  Lots of bright vibrant colors and clean crisp graphics are a big part of what makes this game so addictive.  It just looks so nice that you don’t want to stop looking at it.  All the various icons, badges and pop up boxes are really well designed and rather than intrude on the game space when they do pop up, they just add to it.

The main goal of the game is to find a collection of 1000 different gifts (I know right, not just a clever name ;p).  You do that by interacting with an imagined world within the game, using the map/gps system to find gifts as you travel around in real time as well as by finding “gifters” in the real world.

The “game world” reminds me of old school Age of Empires type games where you are trying to find things, but need to uncover or reveal the map as you go along. Very enjoyable and I was quite impressed with how they designed the map so that it feels like the world is never ending. As you reach what would be edges of the map there are always paths that continue along and begin you at the opposite end.  Using the map system is simple enough – just allow it to find your location and it will scatter gifts in and around your path.  If you aren’t happy with where the gifts landed just hit the refresh and it’ll do it all over again for you.  The last system involves finding “gifters”.  Basically you connect with a place or person through the game and they will give you a gift, a fun “social” twist to the game.

Now one of the main concerns I have is how Glu planned to get 1000 gifts into a small game.  Well what they’ve done is allowed you to check various places throughout the map only once per day.  Some places have gifts, some don’t.  Come back tomorrow and the results could be completely different, you may even find a new gift in the spot you checked yesterday. This is a great method of keeping the game play going without getting stale.

Controls for the game are scattered around the edges.  There are buttons to enter the various modes (searching for gifters, map/gps), overview of the in game world map, badge/gift progress.  All sorted neatly and out of the way.  To move your character you just tap or drag around the screen. My only issue with this is that people with larger fingers might have some issues at times moving around and trying to see. I think the introduction of a d-pad would eliminate that problem as well as offer people a comfortable alternative.

Overall I have to say I was really quite impressed with 1000: Find ‘Em All!.  Glu has hyped advertising to get people excited and in my opinion I think it definitely lives up to the hype.  With easy to pick up controls and an amazing design, this game has earned a permanent spot on my iPhone. I recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of casual/pick up and play titles.

App Summary
Title: 1000: Find ‘Em All! Developer: Glu Mobile
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 2.2.1
Price: $2.99 App Size: 9.0 MB
  • Excellent design
  • Game & real world integration
  • Excellent reply value
  • Easy to manipulate controls
  • A secondary/alternate control scheme would be nice

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Geocaching in Review – A new treasure every day! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/02/geocaching-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/02/geocaching-in-review/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2009 16:12:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=22521 Ever since I read Treasure Island, my mind has been full of dreams of finding buried treasures and going on pirate adventures. Well, that was when I was but a wee little lad – since then I’ve cleared my head of such nonsense, but still, the idea of how great it would be to go … Read more]]>

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Ever since I read Treasure Island, my mind has been full of dreams of finding buried treasures and going on pirate adventures. Well, that was when I was but a wee little lad – since then I’ve cleared my head of such nonsense, but still, the idea of how great it would be to go on a real treasure hunt haunts me. And then I heard of Geocaching…

Ok, to start it off, Geocaching is kind of a game, akin to 150-year-old letterboxing, and appeared shortly after the removal of “Select Availability” from GPS receivers back in 2000. It involves using a GPS receiver to hide and seek containers (“Geocaches”) anywhere in the world. So think of it as extremely advanced treasure hunting. The first cache was laid by Dave Ulmer and as of today, Nov 2 2009, there are over 933 160 active geocaches all over the world. And it was him who formulated the basic rule of the game, used to this day: You’ve got to log your find in the logbook in the cache and if you take something, you must leave something of equal or greater value. And that’s it.

Talking about the app, Geocaching, it is actually basically an interface to the site Geocaching.com (the largest and oldest of the geocaching sites) but with a lot of great features thrown in. The app requires a valid Geocaching.com account and the info is synced between the app and website.

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Talking about features – you can do a full-fledged search using the app, including a quick search for nearby caches, or  searching by zip code, address or cache code. You can also view the whole list of results on the map. What is really great is that you can save the results for offline use. This is extremely useful, since you can mark what caches interest you and not waste any time looking them up each time. And it’s also invaluable if you’re abroad. If you want, you can also hide already discovered caches from the search.

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After you select the cache you’re going to seek out, you can view the route to it on the map. The map is pulled from Microsoft Virtual Earth or OpenStreetMap.org (configurable in settings). Personally I would recommend the Microsoft one. The app can also display the topographic (via OpenCycleMap.org) or satellite view (also from MS Virtual Earth). You can also place waypoints to ease navigation. The downside is that the map is not available in offline mode, which is odd, considering you can save the cache info from offline use. This made it extremely difficult for me to find the cache when I was on my vacation abroad and should definitely be addressed in the next update.

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Once you find a cache, you’re supposed to post this on the website. You can do this using the app, as well as mark the cache found. If you don’t have Internet access, the post is stored and can be later sent out from the settings tab. Another thing, useful for hardcore geocachers is the ability to follow their trackables (special items, placed in caches to be moved to other ones by friendly geocachers).

The settings are quite simple, allowing you to toggle Metric or Imperial units, choose the data sources for the maps and filters. The help section features an extremely simple tutorial, which outlines the process and rules of geocaching in simple statements and comic-style pictures.

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All in all, if you haven’t yet joined the geocaching community, you should definitely try it out – it is a really fun way to spend the day. It is a real adventure and even my wife loved it (which says more than you can possibly imagine). I would recommend for you to try out the activity using the website or the Geocaching Intro (Access three geocaches near your current location only) in advance though, since it is free and will give you a feel for whether you’re ready to turn out $9.99 for the app. But for any geocacher, this is definitely a must. And the iPhone is perfect for this activity!

With this I declare Geocaching officially touched!

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App Summary
Title: Geocaching (v.2.3.1) Developer: Groundspeak Inc.
Price: $9.99 App Size: 5.3 MB
  • Excellent and easy to use interface
  • Nice tutorial
  • Very good maps including sattelite and topographic
  • Full featured search
  • Save caches for offline browsing
  • No offline map access

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Gaia GPS in Review – Finding adventures http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/25/gaia-gps-in-review-finding-adventures/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/25/gaia-gps-in-review-finding-adventures/#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:24:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=20480 Ever get that feeling that despite your excellent (or perhaps because of your terrible) map-reading skills, you’re lost? You read the map, you check your GPS, but you still want a second opinion? Maybe you live for exploring, and want to record your outings and mark the places you’ve been to. Trail Behind’s new iPhone … Read more]]>

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Ever get that feeling that despite your excellent (or perhaps because of your terrible) map-reading skills, you’re lost? You read the map, you check your GPS, but you still want a second opinion? Maybe you live for exploring, and want to record your outings and mark the places you’ve been to. Trail Behind’s new iPhone app, Gaia GPS, might be just what you’re looking for.

You might think to yourself “Why do I need a GPS app, my iPhone’s built-in one works just fine”. To answer this, we have to know a little about Trail Behind. They’re a start-up with a love for camping, hiking, and all that fun exploring stuff. In fact, Gaia GPS is the only app in the store right now that features MyTopo, fantastic topographical maps. But it’s not just for hiking junkies: street maps, too are included. Some features such as GPS recording are understandably not available on iPod, and the compass is only available for the 3GS, though this doesn’t make this app any less useful for 3G owners.

I’ll be honest. I have a terrible sense of direction. In my first field test of the app going to pickup someone at a school, I missed the entryway by a whole street. I didn’t have good instructions or even the name of the school, just a set of vague directions. I recorded the trip using the app’s GPS Recorder which recorded every turn.

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The first screen in the app shows your location, heading/direction (N, S, E & W), and your altitude. The app conveniently allows you to choose between both Imperial or Rebel Metric by pressing the wrench. You can also toggle sounds, and the accuracy of the GPS. Doing so will result in less of a battery drain.

The four buttons on the right are for recording your trip, place marking your location, taking a photos and linking them to that place, and locking the screen. The screen lock option features a screen dimmer which helps conserve battery. Messing with the brightness settings will allow your battery to last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Pressing the second button on the lower edge of the screen will bring up a large map mode, which allows you to search for notable places such as parks, airports, monuments, and more. This is a core feature of both the Trail Behind app and its website.

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The third icon will bring up a list of these places, and allow you to search for them, map them, get directions and email it to someone. It tells you how far away it is, the coordinates, and the elevation.

The fourth icon brings up all your recorded trips, place-marks and photos. Here you can choose to clear them or export them. Overall a handy place to look at the progress you’ve made on a hike or on a trip while on vacation. The last panel is for contacting the developers. Be sure to drop a thanks if you love the app, I know I already have.

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For $2.99, Gaia GPS is hard to beat. I hope the developers can keep the price of this app there, as it clearly beats out other apps which only have a small set of the functionality of this app. A list of upcoming features available on the app description such as spoken directions and others make this app worthwhile in the long run. Although it shouldn’t be used as your sole means of navigating the wilderness of even the suburbs, this app makes an excellent companion to any iPhone user’s travel kit.

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App Summary
Title: Gaia GPS (v1.0) Developer: TrailBehind
Price: $2.99 App Size: 2.4 MB
  • Large set of features at a low price
  • Large directory of placemarks
  • Only app with MyTopo maps
  • Compass only on 3GS
  • Directions not available in app yet, subsequent versions should have it

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Dahon’s iPhone Bike Mount and Biologic Reecharge http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/21/dahons-iphone-bike-mount-and-biologic-reecharge/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/21/dahons-iphone-bike-mount-and-biologic-reecharge/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2009 12:08:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=20264 In the last couple of weeks, I have been bothered by no fewer than 14 people at my bike clubs who are looking for a good GPS for their bicycle. While a dedicated GPS unit might be okay, my eyes have been peeled for a way to safely use the iPhone as a GPS. Dahon, … Read more]]>

In the last couple of weeks, I have been bothered by no fewer than 14 people at my bike clubs who are looking for a good GPS for their bicycle. While a dedicated GPS unit might be okay, my eyes have been peeled for a way to safely use the iPhone as a GPS. Dahon, it seems, are a few steps ahead of me. Firstly, the iPhone’s excellent screen should make a great navigation device for bicycles, but as many of us roadies know, it gets wet out there. Fortunately, Dahon have kept the elements in mind when designing their products.

Dahon’s Bike Mount turns any iPhone 3G (or later) into a bicycle ready GPS by latching either onto the handlebars or headset as many lamps and cyclometres already do. It also swivels for portrait or landscape views, and best of all, is waterproof. Dahon’s Bike Mount also keeps the camera lens clear for photos and videos of your trip.

Since the iPhone’s internal battery won’t last as long as you will, Dahon have created a recharging device which uses the most basic of power sources: you. Biologic Reecharge draws power from dynamo hubs to power devices such as iPods, mobile phones, and GPS units and should be able to keep you talking, and out of the bushes all day.

News-Bike-DahonReechargeCombine these accessories with the Cy-Fi wireless speakers (look for TMA’s review soon) for a jolly good ride.

According to Dahon, the Reecharge is able to recharge an iPhone in under 3 hours. It will come preinstalled on Dahon’s Ios XL and Speed TR bicycles, and available as a third-party purchase for 79€, or 99$ in March 2010. Bike Mount is expected to breach the market at 60$.

Full press release for Dahon’s Biologic Reecharge.

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Navigon’s MobileNavigator – hops the pond to North America http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/24/navigons-mobilenavigator-hops-the-pond-to-north-america/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/07/24/navigons-mobilenavigator-hops-the-pond-to-north-america/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2009 07:55:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16317 Navigon, a well-known navigation company from Hamburg have augmented North American iPods with the App Store’s first professional GPS system. The app promises to turn your iPhone into a ‘first-rate navigation system’ – a promise that we have heard before. This time however, Navigon’s professional experience and overall polish are swaying the majority of App … Read more]]>
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Navigon, a well-known navigation company from Hamburg have augmented North American iPods with the App Store’s first professional GPS system. The app promises to turn your iPhone into a ‘first-rate navigation system’ – a promise that we have heard before. This time however, Navigon’s professional experience and overall polish are swaying the majority of App Store users. There are a few problems, but as a first release on this side of the Atlantic, a little culture shock is to be expected. MobileNavigator is a whopping 1,29 GB, so it may be time to pair down your music library, saying adieu to Michael Jackson once and for all.

Navigon AG, MobileNavigator North America, 69.99$, 1,29 GB – North American version
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Navigon AG, MobileNavigator Europe, 139.99$, 1,65 GB – European Version
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There are a couple of good videos showing MobileNavigator in action – check them out after the jump.

Press Literature:

NAVIGON is introducing the first professional navigation solution for the iPhone!
Turn your iPhone into a first-rate navigation system with MobileNavigator. Try the feature for yourself and enjoy the excellent user control and superior design that allow simple and intuitive operating. The application includes the latest map material from the market leader NAVTEQ and can be used without an Internet connection, which is of enormous benefit abroad, for example, as no extra charges are incurred. With MobileNavigator you can turn your iPhone into an equally handy and convenient route guidance system.

Features and range of functions:

  • 2D and 3D map displays
  • Can be used in portrait and landscape format
  • Precise voice announcements
  • Intelligent address entry
  • Reality View Pro (realistic display of motorway interchanges and exits)
  • Lane Assistant Pro
  • Real signpost display
  • Speed Assistant with adjustable audio-visual warning
  • Day and night mode for map display
  • Direct access and navigation to contacts saved in the iPhone’s address book
  • The latest NAVTEQ map material including more than two million (EU version) places of interest (POIs)
  • Navigation is automatically resumed after an incoming phone call
  • Quick access to user-defined POIs in the area and along the route
  • Take Me Home function with a single click
  • Automatic language selection to match the iPhone’s user language

Here we answer your questions:
iPhone FAQ (english)

  • Free Update will be available in July!
  • Additional languages: Portugese, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Croatian, Romanian, Slovakian, Greek and Russian (GUI und Audio)
  • NAVIGON’s route planning function known from the companies PND line that enables users to plan a route with several destinations
  • Safety cameras (not for all countries)
  • Additional map view options (now displays street names in 3D view, optional points of interest (POI) display)
  • Call POI function (call the number of a POI and save it to your contacts)
  • Optimized volume control when using the NAVIGON navigation and the integrated iPod function of the iPhone at the same time

Even more features!
More functions such as TMC and text-to-speech will follow in late summer.

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iPhone Navigon MobileNavigator VS NAVIGON

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