Friday, July 12, 2024

Three Great Lifestyle Applications for the Summer – TechnoBuffalo

The summer is well underway, and whether you’re headed to a foreign destination, or simply heading to the cottage, these applications are must downloads for you lifestyle-app lovers out there!

Road GPS Navigation – NavFree Live GPS USA/Canada – FREE –iTunes App Store

NavFree is what the makers call “the world’s first FREE ‘onboard’ professional GPS navigation software, with turn-by-turn directions, voice guidance, auto-rerouting, live ‘Google’ Search, for the iPhone and iPad.”

Maps are stored on your device therefore no data connection is required to use its core functions like map routing.

There is an easy to use interface including: Easy and intuitive menus, Large buttons designed for easy use on the iPhone/iPad, Day & Night maps for switching to low glare maps for safer night driving and more.

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This Canadian app does take upwards to half a gigabyte of storage space as the maps are stored on-board, and up to 2 gigabytes for the United States app.  Various City and country downloads are available, so you can choose how much space you want the application to take up.

Reading – Amazon Kindle – FREE – iTunes App Store/Android Marketplace

When the Amazon Kindle first came out, people purchased many books for their device.  When the iPad came out, people wanted a way to import said books on to their iPad.  Luckily, the Amazon Kindle for iPhone, iPad, and Android allows you to do just that.  The Kindle store offers approximately ten times more titles as iBooks. Apple only claims “tens of thousands of books” in comparison with Kindle’s near half million.

New Kindle books and New York Times bestsellers typically cost $9.99, but you can also find popular books in the $5.99 to $12.99 price range—on par with prices for iBooks.  For paid books, a “Get Sample” feature is made available, and you can read a bit of the book to see if it really fits your reading style.

Amazon includes WhisperSync technology on their Android and iPhone application, that will automatically synchronize your last page read, bookmarks, notes, etc. to your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, and Android.  This allows you to start reading on one device, and on another, pick up where you left off.  Perfect for relaxing at the cottage, or the beach!

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Movies – Flixter with Rotten Tomatoes – FREE – iTunes App Store/Android/BlackBerry/Windows Phone/Mobile Web


It is the perfect app to watch movie trailers, find showtimes in your area and even find  great free reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.

Upon launching the application, you can easily access features like the top box office leaders, theaters in your area, upcoming movies and new DVD releases, a DVD catalog with over 50,000 films.  You can watch high quality trailers and video clips for over 10,000 blockbuster and indie flicks, read movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and more.

You get the option to search for movies by popularity, rating, and title, with showtimes in your area made available.   You get an opportunity to purchase movies tickets for a particular theatre in your area.

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The iPhone, iPod touch and iPad app has a very powerful social networking component including Facebook Connect, allowing you to review and add to your list of favorites, right from your handheld. Once you log in with your Facebook account, you can rate movies, mark films you want to see, and share ratings with your friends via their “Want-to-see” list.  Whether you’re at home, or out traveling, kick back, and watch a movie!

Your Turn!

These applications are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are hundreds of thousands of apps including restaurant locating apps, golfing apps, and more!  What are your favorites out there?  Leave a comment below!  I’ll compile them on a future post!

Be sure to check out the rest of our Summer Tech series!

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Winston Sih
Winston Sih
Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.


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