Although I'm largely a fan of the Navigon North America GPS Navigation App because of the frequent feature updates, I believe that the competition we're seeing amongst these GPS Navigation Apps benefits us all. The New TomTom update brings Real-TimeTraffic Updates (an In App purchase), Google Local Search (the ability to find more current points of interest and navigate to them – this does require an internet connection, an updated Map and Music Fading.
All in all a sound update and welcomed features and I'm glad to see the competition continue to heat up!
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As a frequent traveler there are times where I have no connectivity to the internet. As much progress is being made to equip planes with WiFi, I have yet to be on one that actually has a WiFi connection. Although I have a really good RSS reader on my iPhone that can cache my favorite sites, there are times when I run across articles on the web that are not in my regular feeds. These are articles of interest that I may not have the time to read right then and there. Luckily there's an App for that.
Read It Later Pro let's me take it all with me
Read It Later Pro works as a standalone App that basically allows you to download webpages and read them later offline. Simple concept and it's great that this App does that. However, Read It Later Pro goes way beyond that. My favorite way to use the App is in conjunction with my free account at readitlaterlist.com. Most times I run across sites that I just don't have time to read right then and there while I'm on my computer. So with the click of a button in my web browser toolbar I can add the page right then and there to my account on readitlaterlist.com. Once I bring up the App (say before getting on a plane) and hit the sync button, it will download all of those pages into my iPhone for reading while in flight and offline. You can even email links to the site for adding without having to go through your browser first. There are several ways to integrate this service into the different sites you already work with including Google Reader. You can add a link right in Google Reader that will send any article to Read It Later. This way you get the best of both worlds.
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Any frequent traveler will tell you the value of sticking with one hotel chain and one airline as much as you can. It's all about the points! Sure there are times when it makes more sense from a location and price factor to stay at a different hotel, but when all things are equal it pays to stay at the same chain as often as possible. One of the perks (and trust me, there aren't many of them) business travelers often get is the ability to keep their points/mileage. This really comes in handy at vacation time because it often means that you can go to a nice place and stay for free! Although I've traditionally been a Marriott guy, I'm finding myself at more Hiltons these days than ever before. So I went in search of an App and yep, Hilton has one.
Hilton gets it with their App
It doesn't take much to make a good Hotel App. Think about the things you would want. You probably want to be able to do a search, see the rates, book your stay, see your upcoming reservations and view your points. Hilton's app does all of these things plus a couple more. The App is pretty straight forward. It's Free and does what I need. One thing that I think is pretty neat is that you can pre-order amenities to be in your room upon arrival. For example, let's say you know you're going to be getting in late. Probably too late for dinner. So you can order a couple of snacks to be on hand to tie you over until morning. Nice! The App also has a Specials section with deals and most importantly offers the option of remembering your username and password for the Hilton Honors screen. If you frequent Hilton properties, this is an App you'll want.
DataViz has long been in the business of allow you to take your documents with you on your mobile devices. So when Apple opened the iPhone and iPod touch up to third party developers, all Office document creators turned their eyes towards DavaViz in hopes that they would bring their Documents To Go product to the iPhone platform. Of course they did, and they did it in a good way. As much as I try to avoid MS Office documents as much as possible they are a part of the business world. I do get documents that I need to edit and provide feedback on. Just the other day a partner sent me a spreadsheet with speaking slots for Photoshop World and I needed to pick a time and add my name to it. Now I can do all of that directly from my iPhone.
Documents To Go Premium does it all
I don't expect the full blown Office Suite in my iPhone. However, I do expect to be able to do the basics and that is view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. Documents To Go does that with ease, but Documents To Go Premium takes it up a notch by allowing you to do this with email attachments! Think about it! When I got that Excel document I needed to edit. He emailed it to me. So since 3rd Party Apps can't directly access those email attachments I would have had to wait til I got back to my computer anyway. However, the Premium version allows you to access your Exchange or Gmail account directly within the App and therefore allows you to get at those attachments to edit.