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We found another iPhone Travel App to add to our list of the Best Travel Apps that debuted this fall! It's called GateGuru, and it just arrived in the iTunes App store on Monday in both paid ($1.99) and Lite (free) versions.
It's practically a must-have for frequent flyers, and we're already having fun messing with it, since it's like a successful mixture of Yelp, Foursquare and FlyerTalk. The Yelp component is strongest, in that GateGuru's main function is for users to add and review airport amenities like ATMs, restaurants, first class lounges and children's play areas in the top 85 US airports. This way, when you're stuck at LaGuardia's Central Terminal, you'll see that you've got an amazing four Au Bon Pains to choose from, in addition to which one is best and which ones are before and after security.
These days, it seems like not a week goes by without some new and hyped release of an iPhone travel app, of course today is no different. From the people who brought you the little black NFT Guides, otherwise known as the brilliantly-named "Not For Tourists," comes the shiny new $4.99 NFT iPhone app.
If you're at all familiar with the layout of a printed NFT Guide, then you'll be instantly comfortable navigating the app by fingertip; it's almost as if the books were designed based on the app and not the other way around. And yes$4.99 is pricey, but we're talking about a book's worth of content here, when the book is usually about $12.95.
The iPhone is a life-saver for travelers with apps that do everything from help you find restaurants or hotel rooms to apps that keep you entertained while waiting for a flight. But even the new 3GS with video leaves much to be desired for those trying to capture post card worthy pictures with their iPhone. Luckily, there are apps for that too.
We present The Five Best Apps For Travel Photography:
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Too many travel companies create iPhone apps just so they can say they have iPhone apps. In response we've been known to point out how stupid that is, though we've been nowhere near as brutal as our sister site HotelChattter. There's just something about travel companies wasting money on fads - and then passing those costs on to us - that makes us all very stabby.
But that's not to say we're against iPhone travel apps as a rule. And just to prove it, we've rounded up five of our favorite free travel-related iPhone apps from September and October. These apps will help you book hotels the way people actually book hotels, help you locate restaurants the way people actually locate restaurants, and help you maximize your time at Disneyland. Because it's the Happiest Place On Earth.
As of this morning, the much-anticipated iPhone TomTom app is finally available in the US App Store. It was first rolled out in Australia and New Zealand late last night and appeared domestically a little while ago, priced at $99. That's right: $99 for an iPhone application.
Like any other TomTom product, the iPhone app includes points of interest, 2D and 3D maps, and night and day views. It's one of the first in a wave of new apps to take advantage of iPhone OS 3.0's true, turn-by-turn directions. It also relies on the newer iPhones' integrated GPS receiver, but users who have first-generation iPhones and iPod touches will still be able to use it with a separate soon-to-be-released combo hardware kit.
The 73rd edition of The Masters Golf Tournament kicks off today in Augusta, Georgia. It’s a big deal as usual, especially since Tiger Woods is back after taking some time off to heal from surgery. Greg Norman, aka “The Shark,” is back to play as well, and is looking to win his first Masters—he’s come really close a couple times. Things should wrap up Sunday, weather permitting, where the winner will get the coveted green jacket and a huge check—last year’s was over $7 million.
Spring's biggest (and priciest) music festival, Coachella is just around the corner, so all you rock-heads better be almost finished paying off that lay-away ticket plan. The three-day concert starts April 17.
As we've mentioned, $270 tickets are our least favorite thing about giant music festivals, but our second-least favorite thing is figuring out where the heck to be at all times. "Can I catch the Killers on the mainstage when M.I.A. is just finishing on stage two?" "Is it worth abandoning my sweet spot near the front?" "How do I know when sets are actually going to start?"
So we're pretty impressed with Coachella's new iPhone application, which puts all the info right in your palm—no more asking peeved security guards what time the Cure really goes on. In addition to interactive festival maps and a concert photo uploader, the app will have an updated set schedule with a 'Coachooser,' so you can put together your own lineup and hit all the important stops.
· Coachella iPhone Application [Official Site]
· Coachella Offers Big Bands But With a Bigger Price Tag [Jaunted]
· Music festivals coverage [Jaunted]
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In today's Wall Street Journal, tech columnist Walt Mossberg listed his favorite iPhone applications that make the iPhone worth purchasing. The funny thing is that around here at Jaunted headquarters we've been going back and forth over our favorite iPhone apps that aren't travel-related but have, as of late, become a necessity when we travel.
Meaning, we're not talking about downloading the British Airways app or Hotels.com's app but rather the kinds of applications that can keep you entertained, connected and informed without having to track down a WiFi hotspot or an outlet for your laptop. Or god forbid, force you to pull out a guidebook or talk to a human being.
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With so much travel news raining down on us, we don't always have time to give every story its own forecast. Here's more of the day's news, in brief.
· Where's Your Lucky Leprechaun When You Need Him?: Just days before St. Paddy's Day, feds targeted an Aer Lingus flight arriving in DC and shook down passengers to find prohibited meat and SHAMROCK SEEDS. Yes, it is illegal to bring shamrock seeds over from Ireland. But those FBI t-shirts (Full Blooded Irish) are totally fine. [MSNBC]
· Move Over, Playboy Bunny: A new TV show premieres on the Travel Channel tonight--"Dhani Tackles the Globe." Tune in at 9pm to watch NFL lineback Dhani Jones explore the world through sports. [Travel Channel]
· Kayak Gets an iPhone App: While we haven't been quite thrilled with the iPhone travel apps put forth so far, Kayak has gotten in on the game with its airfare application. [CNET]