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Booking a plane ticket to a new city is, for the most part, fairly easy. It's the arriving in that city which can be a headache, figuring out how best to explore and get around. Fret no more, because that's all RideScout's specialty.
This newish mobile app, available for both Apple and Android devices, helps travelers get from point A to point B faster and smarter using some GPS technology and an easy-to-use interface. RideScout gathers together all the ground transportation in the area and presents it as simply as possible, including directions, estimated cost, and arrival times, ensuring that you get where you need to go by cab, public transport, car-sharing, or biking.
Picture it: You and your friend are seated aisles away from one another on a plane. The devastation sets in. How are you going to pass the next few hours? The stranger to your left seems uninterested in your running commentary on the sub-par in-flight movie options and relative attractiveness of each flight attendant. This is serious.
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With milliseconds to spare before the end of the Red Bull Air Race 2014 season, much as in the actual heats themselves, Red Bull delights with a surprise up their sleeve. In this case, it's today's release of a free Red Bull Air Race app for both iOS and Android.
Okay, so it's not so much milliseconds before the program of high-performance stunt flying races endsthere's still Las Vegas on October 11-12 and Kunshan, China on November 1-2but the bulk of the Air Race events have been decided and their elite pilots showered in champagne many times over. Still, it's never too late to join in the virtual action.
Your first play of AIR RACE throws you right into the scenic course at Rovinj, Croatia. Clear a few of those gates with one thumb on the throttle and the other on, well, every other control with a single button, and the game deems you worthy of the full story. From there, it's an introduction to the 12 "Super License Pilots" of the real Red Bull Air Race. In order to follow in their
footsteps smoke trails, it's off to "secret Pilot Camp in Brazil" on the route to your own Super License.
We cover a lot of smartphone applications that help make life on the road a little easier. And, without question, these products of technology in our pockets allow us to take shortcuts with our trip planning that were not possible in the past, from driving directions and virtual guidebooks to researching hotel prices from a café.
In that sense, the smartphone has eliminated the risk of “getting lost” while traveling, ensuring we always have a safety net at our side. They also double as our cameras, and have eliminated the need for casual travelers to carry two pieces of equipment.
For backpackers traveling on a budget, hostels are always an easy solution, especially when proper planning takes a backseat to spontaneity. But if you do have your sights set on a destination, don't forget about Couchsurfing, the poor man's AirBnb. For those unfamiliar, it's a system where you arrange, typically for free, to stay on someone's couch.
Couchsurfing recently releases its newest app, which allows you to search for places to stay on the go. Some hosts simply offer a place to crash, and others note that they're willing to go grab dinner or drinks. There's a bit of work to do upfront, though, in that you have to create a reasonable profile on the site and reach out to hosts in advance. Basically, between your profile and correspondence, you have to convince the host that you're not a total psycho.
This week, EasyJet launched a service via its mobile app that will text customers step-by-step instructions throughout the process of boarding a flight. Using sensors placed throughout the airport, the app detects where a passenger is and sends call to action type information via text message.
For example, when a passenger approaches the boarding gate, they will receive a text message advising them to take out their boarding pass and, where appropriate, passport. The thought behind the service is that it will help reduce wait time caused by disorganized passengers.
Finding reliable WiFi while on the road is finally, hopefully as simple as opening up an app on your smartphone.
A handy new iPhone app helps users sniff out the fastest free wifi and 3G networks on the go. Rotten WiFi isn't just a tool to rate the performance of a signal; it's also a social network to warn potential network users of bad hotspots and redirect them to the best connections.
Whether you're in an airport, hotel, cafe, convention center or government building, you can easily find the fastest available free network and see what other visitors have said about it.
Planning a vacation is hard enough when you think of all the decisions to be made, from picking destinations to choosing airlines and hotels. That's why we're pretty excited to check out this new travel app that marries photo-sharing sites and TripAdvisor. Views On Top lets travelers browse photos from their destination and cherry pick what they'd like to see.
Its target are the time poor travelers, as the app allows users to check out stunning shots of locations shared by either locals or other tourists. It even assists in travel photography; perhaps you want to get your own shot of the Taj Mahal at dawn or the perfect capture of Copacabana Beach from a secret roof deck, well snap-happy visitors can share tips for snapping that perfect shot.
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Chances are, as you're speed walking from security to your boarding gate, that the last thing on your mind is the music taste of the airline. Perhaps during a delay you'll tilt an ear to whatever muzak-remixed Katy Perry is softly playing, but you'll actually want to listen up at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at JFK Airport, thanks to crowd-sourced playlists created by passengers just like you.
We always wondered if Terminal 5 was simply reading our mind, with its selections like Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" during a TSA screening, or Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" before an early morning flight to the Caribbean. The truth of the matter is that the recognition for such awesome mixing goes to whoever requests songs via the Terminal's partnership with Rockbot app.
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When done correctly, those newfangled ride share programs can be pretty darn convenient, and even better they're often a great alternative—as in cheaper—than a taxi or town car. Options like Sidecar and Uber are just a couple of examples participating in this model, and there’s also Lyft. Speaking of Lyft, they just announced a significant expansion of their offerings to a slew of new cities.
Lyft works just like a lot of the other peer-to-peer ride programs in that there’s an app that connects drivers around you to take you where you need to be. They try to have a little fun with things as well, so be sure to remember to sit up front when you get in your ride and maybe even fist bump the driver.
Every so often, smartphones need a good app update and refresh, and this goes doubly so for travelers who rely on discovery and informational help from apps while in a new city. Here, three apps we've recently added to our own homescreen for travel purposes:
Recommended by our own Max Graham, the app is simple, straightforward, and otherwise everything you need when you've got limited time and patience. We'd like to think of it as a stripped-down Foursquare but, in Max's words, AroundMe has "no recommendations, just where stuff is."
Click a category, pick a location, and be immediately shown that location on a map including address, distance from you, and relevant contact information. Most useful in a pinch would probably be the ATM, Parking, and Gas Stations categories, although you'll likely need everything in AroundMe at some point or another during your travels.
Heyremember back in 2009 when augmented reality seemed so cool? Like, whoa, we're all going to use our phones' augmented reality apps to find the nearest subway station, or read Wiki articles on nearby landmarks.
Sure, that was fun for a while, but those apps eat up battery life and are awkward to use in sunny, outdoor situations (not to mention how the dorkitude level of holding a phone out in front of you equals bluetooth earpiece wearing).
Well, our buddies at CN Traveler care to argue, as they've discovered a rash of new augmented reality travel apps worth a download. They seem to have forgotten our new favorite, London's Streetmuseum, but Google's Search App seems particularly good for the needs of 2014.