Adorama has announced a new contest for iPhone photographers. The grand prize is a $1,000 gift card but the smaller prizes are also noteworthy — Wacom tablets, canon printers, and more. The rules are pretty simple: take a photo with your iPhone, enhance/change it as much as you like with any iPhone photo app, and submit it with a brief explanation of what apps you used and how you got the effect.
Judging starts February 15th, so get busy! Contest link.
Though not perfect, this app has a lot of promise. They claim to have a database of over 285,000 wi-fi locations in 139 countries and you can locate sites either by using your current location, or by entering the city and country you are planning on visiting. You also have the option of searching for free wi-fi points, paid spots, or both. In more remote parts of the world, the pickings are a bit thin — Nepal, for example, only lists a total of 5 wifi locations (4 free, 1 paid). But if you’re a budget traveler, being able to locate a free wifi source in, say, Bangkok may help you decide what area to stay in or how to structure your itinerary.
Being able to locate a free wifi source in, say, Bangkok may help you decide how to structure your itinerary.
We did find the interface to be a little confusing as the app quickly determined that our location was in the US and didn’t seem to offer a way to change countries. We finally figured out that all we had to do was click on the “United States” text to pull up a list of other countries — from there on, it was easy.
Here’s a clever idea: collect all pertinent travel warnings into one place and make an app out of it. Suggested vaccinations, disease outbreak news, current travel alerts and warnings can all easily be accessed with one click. iTravelAlert covers:
Homeland Security News
Emergencies and Disasters News
H1N1 Pandemic News
Disease Outbreak News
Avian Influenza News
Current Travel Alerts
Current Travel Warnings
Rick Steves, the master of budget European trips, has waded into the interactive guide scene with a series of tours of ancient sights and museums. All of the apps are priced at $4.99 and feature interactive maps, videos and spoken audio. Worth a look, considering the low price.
Tour titles available: Ancient Rome, Historic Paris Walk, Louvre , Orsay Museum, Versailles, and St. Peter’s Basilica. More info here.
Rick Steves’ iPhone Apps are personal tour guides for your iPhone or iPod Touch. These interactive, multimedia guides will lead you on walking tours straight from the pages of Rick Steves’ best-selling travel guidebooks. Numbered points on the map correspond with recommended tour sights. Spin the compass icon to switch views between sights, hotels, restaurants and WCs along your route.
Tap any point to read Rick’s detailed information on the sight, including history and suggested viewpoints. Tap the Info tab of any sight, hotel, restaurant for more details — including cost, hours, address, and phone number. The zoom feature on the interactive map helps you get a closer view of streets, landmarks, and other points of interest.
While we have not had the chance to try Jibbigo, this review sounds very promising. The premise is simple: speak English in to the iPhone and Jibbigo translates it to Spanish and speaks it aloud. Very Star Trek, no? Apparently it works best on the new 3Gs due to the extra processing power required. Is it the perfect iPhone travel app? We can’t wait to try it out! Cost: $24.99
(Flying car not included)
Review via dvice.com
State of the art Speech Recognition Technology
Vocabulary of 40,000+ words
No data connection necessary
1. Skype — Hard to argue with this one. Get free Skype-to-Skype calls from any wifi point in the world and low-cost Skype-to-phone and cellphone calls as well.
2. World Nomads Language Guides — While each guide seems to only cover 40-50 phrases, they are free and they certainly give you a taste of what to expect. I’m not very adept at languages and listening to the Thai guide was enough to convince me that I’ll need to start early if I’m going to have any chance.
3. Kayak.com — Another free app, Kayak connects you to their huge search engine for flights, hotels and more.
4. Lonely Planet — LP seems to have taken the lead in providing quality travel content on the iPod. Download chapters of guidebooks, phrasebooks, and city guides.
5. iJourneys Walking Audio Tours — Ok, this is not an app. Covering a dozen European cities, these 90 minute audio tours are priced at $14.95 each and work with any mp3 player.
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