on June 21st, 2011
In iPad Development
We were slumped in the office the other day, trying to work out the annual vacation schedule and talking about everyone's big plans. That's when the conversation got quiet.
Apparently, none of us want to hassle with plans, we just want to go on vacation! But, there are some basic components that have to be figured out for a relaxing time to be had by me.
I mean by all.
For instance, where are we going to go, where will we sleep once we get there, what will we do when we wake up, and how much is it all going to cost?
We live and breathe apps around here, so I decided to put my iPad to work and researched dozens of apps, looking for just the right ones to take some of the stress out of vacation planning.
And here they are, in no particular order, my top 9 iPad apps for vacation planning. Pass the piña colada, I'm gone!
This is a must-have if you're traveling, and really fun even if you're not. With this one little app, you can check out restaurants and hotels, find things to do, discover what's around you and how to get there, find and book flights, chat with other travelers via forums, and save your favorites for later reference.
If you're headed to one of the destinations covered in this app, you'll love everything it offers. It's a beautiful interface with videos, tips, and directions for where to eat, shop, stay or play.
Each concierge suggests activities for the entire day, allowing you to do lots of planning before you arrive.
This app was built by a camper and has great reviews. It uses GPS and maps that you can manipulate to your heart's content. Features include listings of over 18,000 campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada, even those that are hike-in or boat-in only. There's a huge amount of information provided about each campsite, including tents or no tents, pet-friendly or no, location of outdoor supply stores, showers or no, location of big rig access, age restrictions, Internet access or no, nearest Walmart parking, and lots more.
Parts of the app even work with no WiFi or service. Makes me want to go camping! It's pricey, but take a look, it might be perfect for you.
OK, there are all kinds of maps available on your phone, your iPad, and your car's dash, but this has a cool little feature that allows you to just tap the map and it'll give you walking or driving directions from where you are to where you tapped. (A note that this is provided by Google Directions API service and is dependent on the reliability of that provider.)
This has good basic features for a free app, or you can upgrade to increase the number of trips or taps you want to make.
Cost: Free or $1.99 for upgrade
Just like the maps, we all have some access to weather info through our many gadgets, but I like this app. It's simple and reliable and I can check to see if it's Speedo® or slicker weather while I'm drinking my first cup of coffee.
This app is for the beginning of your planning – deciding where to go. It has great deals and gorgeous pictures to go along with the reviews of each destination site.
You can choose a specific city, or try out their suggestions, such as Far-Flung Family Getaways, or Top Destination Spas.
Although Jetsetter is a members-only community, iPad users can purchase vacations through the app. They don't say how long that will hold true, so check it out now if you're interested.
I'm always searching for hotspots when I travel. This app is a time-saver! And strangely, you don't have to be online to find a spot, just download it beforehand.
New locations are added each day. Easy way to find free WiFi!
This app provides 131 metro and light rail maps and counting. They add more maps each time they update.
Just zoom in and out with a pinch/unpinch of your fingers to see details. This is so much better than standing in front of a giant map, getting shoved here and there while you're trying to figure out how to get to your stop.
A bonus with this app is that you don't have to be online to use it.
This app is slick and simple. It provides the latest rates, refreshing on its own or when you tell it to do so, and has many currencies from which to choose. If you're traveling to a location where another currency is used, get this app. You'll appreciate it on shopping trips!
on February 28th, 2011
In Apple iPad 2
Since its release in April of 2010, Apple's contribution to the tablet PC industry, the iPad, has sold roughly 15 million units. Now, less than a year later, Apple is on the threshold of possibly irritating those somewhat 15 million users by introducing the iPad 2; however, Apple is making some pretty big promises about the functionality and new features of this new tablet. What actually will be included remains to be seen. There are some speculations that the following items and features may be included; as to the reality of these claims, we will all have to sit back and see.
A front- and rear-facing camera is the most probable of all unannounced features. This creates not only the functionality of increased FaceTime ability, but also gives one the capability to take photos and create high-def videos.
As an Apple user already knows, with each subsequent version of its many devices, the body of the device becomes more sleek, thin, and stylish. It is highly likely that this version will be sleeker than its predecessor, and have retooled bezels.
Along with updating the look and feel of the iPad with the iPad 2, it is also circulating that the newer version will have an updated operating system. If it did not update its operating system, it would most likely have to depend on its software features to sell the device, especially with other tablet PCs trying to dominate the market. It is also being said that Apple may unveil a cloud-based service for its users to store their media content. Along with these possibilities, it is quite certain that the processor will be updated, as well.
One feature that may make users a bit angry is the somewhat plausibility that Apple is doing away with the home button. According to sources, this is due to the fact that there will be a new user interface that negates the need for the home button. A few more finger taps and a user will be taken to the home screen.
One feature that users would like to see but that Apple most likely again will not support is the users' requests for the iPad to support Adobe Flash. In all likelihood, this request will again be ignored.
on February 15th, 2011
In iPhone Developer
All iPhone Application Developers are not created equal. It is rare for one person to be able to do everything perfectly. That's why a team of dedicated people is needed in the development of iPhone applications. There are many positions and components to a team of developers. First are the User Interface Specialists whose task is to do usability research for mobile phones. By doing the usability research, the user can better understand the use of an iPhone application.
The next component of a dedicated team is the iPhone Application Developer. Their job is to be able to code the projects with efficiency and with a low bug rate. This ensures the programs and applications do not have glitches, errors, or low functionality. Testing is the third area of expertise. Testers have the job of finding the major bugs before the project is sent out into the market for consumers to purchase that might cause a problem. Finally, there are the Marketing Specialists. These are professionals experienced in understanding marketing of the finalized product, specifically the marketing space for iPhone applications that become published.
During the last year alone, more than two hundred and fifty plus applications have made it into the public for purchase from our developers. These developers have ample experience and are veterans in the development of iPhone applications. They will work fast to get the client’s idea from the concept stage to one of actuality. The most recent of these projects for applications includes tools for productivity, applications for businesses, games, social media, and utilities.
Tools that are industry specific and applications for brand promotion and awareness have also been published. Some of these are necessary for sales teams to be able to present a presentation while at work, becoming an important tool for the workplace. All of these applications were created with the assistance of an iPhone Application Developer.
Knowing where to find the right developer to bring life to your development idea for an iPhone application is important. It takes time and money to develop applications and promote them, and no one wants to leave their projects in the hands of unreliable or incapable companies.
The smartest choice would be Atlanta iPad Developer, a leader in iPhone application development and iPad programming. The client’s needs are taken with the highest regard, and are guaranteed to get the application out there. High quality takes dedicated professionals.