Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Best Mobile Apps for Labor Day Weekend

Here at FF we're not always up on our mobile apps. Maybe it's because we're still rockin' a Crazer and a two-year-old Blackberry Curve. 

That's why we leave it to the experts to clue us in on the hottest apps., a company that develops Web and iPhone applications, just sent us their top five picks for travel apps to accompany you on your road trip this Labor Day weekend.  

If you have an iPhone, Blackberry or Android phone, here’s a quick rundown of the best 5 travel apps:

Weatherbug – The simplicity of Apple’s Weather app, but with a few extras for your phone. It’s the largest network of professional weather stations in the US and is the only source for truly live, local weather (as taken from their site).

BePut - Enables users to share their whereabouts with people they want to find them. Users simply use the application to locate their exact position and with a touch of a button, have the opportunity to send an email or text message to the desired recipient with their exact location. The recipient gets a special FindMe Key which is secure.

Car Care & Roadside Emergencies - Hate it when things don't go your way? Driving home from the beach and you get a flat tire? Come out to the parking lot only to find someone backed up into your car, leaving a massive dent? These situations happen, and usually when you  least expect them. For those who need a helping hand in these situations, particularly us city folk who aren't used to driving and fixing cars, this is the app for you.

Waze - Waze is a social mobile application that enables drivers to build and use real-time road intelligence. The service includes constantly-updated road maps, alerts on traffic and accidents, and data providing users with the fastest route to get to wherever they need to go. Map and traffic updates are automatically collected and generated as users drive with Waze activated, but drivers can also actively report and update other users with what's happening on the road.

Shazam – In the car for hours and can’t figure out the song playing on the radio? When you hear a song and wonder what it is, Shazam is there with the answer. Hold your iPhone to the music and within seconds Shazam will tell you the artist and track name. You can even download the song through iTunes on your iPhone.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a huge fan of the Shazam app, but one catch is that with the free version you're only allowed 5 uses per month. Usually that's about all I need, but on a Labor Day Weekend road trip you might need a little more! Shazam has an upgraded version that allows unlimited uses plus a ton of other features such as recommendations, song lyrics, etc. For iPhone, the upgrade is called Shazam Encore and sets you back $4.99. There's also the (Shazam)RED version which is also $4.99 and the same as Shazam Encore except some of the proceeds helps fight AIDS in Africa. The (Shazam)RED edition also has a section of the app with (RED) news access.