Select mTrip Travel Guides Free for Today

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…

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My Vacation travel app – Plan, Journal and Share from palm of your hand

Cambridge, UK – Jasper Apps today is pleased to announce the release of My Vacation 1.1.2 for iPhone and iPod touch on the Apple App Store. My Vacation is an app for travellers which is packed with features, all within the app rather than simply being an interface to a website, with yet another login. Regardless of network coverage the interface makes it simple to capture the memories of a trip, rather than let them be forgotten.

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iPhone app donates proceeds to Haiti relief

The devastation and dire situation in Haiti due to the recent earthquakes have opened the hearts (and wallets) of people from all over the world. Donations have been pouring into aid agencies in hopes of saving lives and help rebuild one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. Today, Weiner Family Studios have announced that all proceeds from sales this week of their iPhone app A Family Matters, will be donated to AmeriCares.

Family Matters is an iPhone/iPod touch application that allows families to enjoy deeper more meaningful conversations. Mr. Weiner says, “My family created Family Matters to help parents and children communicate more effectively. Unlike most applications targeted at children, this isn’t designed to “keep the kids busy. It is designed to help the family learn from and enjoy each other.”

The app is intended to help foster better communication between parents and children, so needless to say, it won’t appeal to you if you don’t have your own family just yet. However, if you do and would like to check out this family app that was recently featured in the App Store’s What’s Hot section, now would be a great time as your $1.99 will go into helping a good cause. The full press release and video after the gap.

A Family Matters Weiner Family Studios, A Family Matters – $1.99

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FlightTrack Pro in Review – Never miss a flight again!

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I don’t know about you, but I travel quite a lot, and tracking my flights is a pain. I need to enter takeoff time, flight number and all of that other stuff into the calendar manually just to be sure I never miss my plane. And to top it all off, I have to somehow remember to check the weather and if, god forbid, there is a delay, then I usually end up stuck in the airport for hours. Well, Mobiata has come up with an answer for me and all of you frequent fliers out there!

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Don’t Move: Is That an iPhone in Your Pocket?

Just a short note. Something I’m sure you have already sussed out. A phone is a phone is a phone only works in the comics. When it comes to Apple and carriers, it is another tale all together. Poor sods in the Apple Discussion boards who bought iPhones in Japan are realising that their prescious hardware cannot make the trip back to the USA without suffering downgrading to an iPod Touch.

Softbank and Apples negotiations are somewhat to blame as well as Japanese law as well as general greed. If you have an iPhone from there, by all bloody means, leave it there. Same phone. Same software – does not matter. The point is $$$ – and you need to pay twice. Most of us are aware of this fact, but you must remember that our Jesus Phone is not the saviour of our souls, merely the freeloader of our pocket books.

Remember, if you move, sell your silly iPhone before going back home unless you purchased an unlocked phone from a good consumer-conscious country!

FlightTrack goes ‘Pro’, $9.99

flighttrackpro1FlightTrack has been one of my favorite travel apps on the iPhone and one I rely on most as I make my way through airports. It provides loads of useful  info for travelers and the interface makes for easy navigation. Now FlightTrack Pro includes all the great features from the original FlightTrack and integrates support for TripIt, a popular online travel organizer. For those not familiar with TripIt,  it basically organizes trip details (could be airline tickets, hotels, rental cars and even restaurants)  into one master online itinerary. See here for a complete list of booking sites that is supported by TripIt.

So how does this all work with FlightTrack Pro? Simply forward your airline confirmation emails to plans@tripit.com, and TripIt flight itineraries will sync automatically with FlightTrack Pro. For frequent flyers, this can be an indispensible tool as your entire travel plan is always right at your finger tip, without the need for entering airline codes and flights numbers over and over. While I personally haven’t tested out the “Pro” version just yet, the early reviews at the App Store has been very positive. Those who fly more than they care to should definitely have a look at FlightTrack Pro [$9.99].

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