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4 Great Android Taxi Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 24th, 2012

It can be a hassle and a waste of time to stand on the side of the road hailing a cab or waiting on the cab the dispatch service said would be there in just a few minutes.

Taxi apps make it easy for you to see what cabs are near your, request service from one of those cabs and watch it as it makes its way to you; they are indeed the modern way to hail a cab.

By and large most taxi app booking services are localized, so it can be difficult to get service outside of where some services are concentrated. That said, some smart phone taxi booking services have crossed national borders. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Uber

To be politically correct, you refer to your Uber driver as a personal driver, not a taxi driver. Uber is an on-demand private driver request system. To use the service:

  • Set your location
  • Send a request and wait for the car
  • Hop out of the car and rate the driver.

You don’t need to worry about payment, as that will be taken from the card you have on file.

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Taxi Magic

Taxi Magic’s booking service is available in 65 taxi fleets in over 40 major U.S. cities and tap-to-call fleets in over 4,000 U.S. and Canadian cities. Taxi Magic allows you to:

  • Find taxis based on your location or you can specify an alternate location you want to be picked up from
  • Book a taxi in a few quick taps
  • Track the arrival of your taxi through dispatch updates and a map that is updated in real time
  • Display the driver’s name and the taxi number
  • Charge the ride to your credit card
  • Expense the trip with an e-receipt

The Taxi Magic app and booking service are free. If you want to pay for your ride with a credit card through the app and receive an e-receipt there is a $1.50 documentation charge you will have to pay.

If you leave home without your smart phone you can even book a taxi via text messaging. Simply send a text to Taxi Magic with your pickup location and you should get a confirmation of the booking from dispatch with the taxi number and the name of the driver who is on his way.

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cab4me taxi finder

cab4me is an award winning taxi app that helps you to get a cab when you need it. The app shows distance of companies in result list and shows taxi ranks where available.
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myTaxi – Passenger Taxi App

If you are in Germany, Austria, Australia, Zurich try MyTaxi. Your service request is sent to the nearest driver, and like most other taxi apps, driver details such as ratings, picture, name and ETA are displayed for you to see.
MyTaxi service is also available in:
Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Essen, Hamburg, Hannover, Heilbronn, Frankfurt, Gera, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Cologne, Leverkusen, Leipzig, Lubeck, Munich, Mainz, Nuremberg, Offenbach, Stuttgart, Sylt, Salzburg, Wiesbaden, Wurzburg and Vienna.

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Conclusion

How well these apps work will depend on the quality of the GPS service and the professionalism of the drivers you use. For instance, it is not uncommon for a taxi app to tell you that a cab is 1.5 miles away only to report that it is in fact 3 miles away when you refresh the app.

All-in-all, ordering a taxi with your Android is way better than calling dispatch and being left on hold. Using a taxi app is also safer for the rider and taxi driver alike, because the rider can see details about the driver before he/she gets there and the driver can use the panic feature, that is built into some apps, to alert dispatch if there is an emergency.

There is no app that can give you full service in all areas so you may still need to do some searching for a service that works in your area.

Travel Apps for Android

Posted By Jessica Stark on May 17th, 2012

It’s amazing how much technology has changed the way we plan vacations.

You used to have to go to a travel agent to book your trip or look up numbers in the phone book or travel brochure and make calls to the airline, hotel, restaurants and other destinations.

Those days are long gone. Anyone under the age of 18 has likely never heard of a travel agent or used a phone book — and rightly so.

Here are the best apps to use when planning your summer vacation or business trip:

TripAdvisor

If you’re looking for a multipurpose app, TripAdvisor is the perfect place to start. It gives you a long list of options for each of the categories you’re looking to plan in your trip, including hotels, restaurants, and attractions.

The app will help you find flights, hotels, attractions and restaurants, in addition to allowing you to book straight through the app. One of the app’s best perks is that it has integrated reviews so you can hear from others what they liked and didn’t like about each of the options you’re considering.

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Groupon

Traveling can be expensive, but can be less so if you find local deals. The Groupon app lets you not only look up deals before you head out, but can also help you find deals while you’re on your trip. This can help you eat out for half price or get discount tickets to museums and cultural events at your destination.

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Travel Planner

Handwritten packing lists are horribly outdated, which is why the Travel Planner app is so popular. This app helps you create a checklist for everything you need to pack. Compile the list while you have a few spare minutes, and check items off as you put them in your suitcase to make sure you have every last item you wanted to take with.

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TripIt

Once you have your trip planned out, it’s time to create a comprehensive itinerary. Rather than juggling paper and emails for each element of the trip, just put it all into the TripIt app to get a simple electronic itinerary. By emailing confirmations to your TripIt account, you’ll automatically get an itinerary, including maps of the area and driving directions between locations. You can even email the whole thing to friends and family so they can keep track of you and have your emergency contact info.

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Wikitude

When you’re in an unfamiliar place and want some help figuring out what attractions you’re looking at, Wikitude is a great app to guide you. It works through your Android’s GPS sensors, and camera to overlay information about the landmarks, building or monument you are pointing the phone at. The information is pulled from relevant Wikipedia pages that have been geo-tagged to the location in question.

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TripJournal

Many persons have intentions of making a scrapbook when they get back from their trip, but it often gets lost in the shuffle of transitioning back into busy everyday life. TripJournal records your GPS coordinates as you’re out and about, creating a map of where you were. It also notes where you took photos and lets you add text descriptions. When you get home, it’s easy to share your trip with others on Google Earth or by uploading photos directly to Facebook.

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Getting Android travel apps on your phone beforehand will help each stage of the planning and traveling process go more smoothly. The apps keep you organized, help you save money, and connect you with the best things to do at each destination. There’s no reason to leave home without at least a few of these Android apps.

iGo for Android – Review and Install Guide

Posted By Steve McFarlane on August 17th, 2011

iGo Myway for Android is highly rated because of the way it renders navigation information and how well it works, even when compared to other top brands such as Tom Tom. This GPS navigator provides all the information you need without cluttering the screen and as a result the display is clean, beautiful and easy to follow. In essence, the app shows only the information that is relevant to helping you successfully navigate your way.

The User Experience

Once you start moving the app will show a clearly highlighted navigation path with directional arrows; major street names; audio prompts (to indicate when and where to turn) and distances to the next turn. To help you stay on the right path you are shown just major landmarks instead of a clutter of buildings; this helps you focus on getting to where you want to go without being flustered by being presented with a lot of information.

iGo for Android doesn’t just give “turn left” or “turn right here” type instructions, instead it gives natural sounding navigational prompts. For example, on entering a roundabout it will say something like “take the second exit.” If you miss the correct exit the app will recalculate the route and guide you along an alternate route – it will do the same if you find yourself in a traffic jam.

The following video shows iGo for Android in action; towards the end of the video there is a split screen comparison between iGo and TomTom, which shows just how much of a high quality solution iGo is.

How to Install iGo on Android Devices

Because there is no widely available iGo app for Android you can use an application named Motonav to install the iGo onto your Android. The installation steps aren’t difficult, but you will need to do a manual install. You can find the complete installation guide here: Car Navigations.

The Best Android Translators

Posted By Steve McFarlane on July 29th, 2011

Having a good language translation app installed on your phone is no doubt a more convenient and efficient alternative to carrying a translation dictionary. Whether you need a translation app for your next overseas trip, or something to help you learn a new language, the following are the best Android translators available.

TransZilla Translator

TransZilla is a free translator that uses Google Translate and supports more than 50 languages. You can use TransZilla to translate words and sentences by simply typing the text into the input field and clicking GO. The app would have been better if it could give a definition of the word so you could verify the accuracy of the translation, or have a better understanding of what was translated, but It does have a convenient TTS (text-to-speech) feature that will read the translated text to you. You can also translate voice inputs and use the translation in emails or SMS; this is a convenient solution for communication with a client or colleague who doesn’t speak or write your language. QR code

Babylon 2Go Translator

Babylon has long been known as a provider of one of the best offline translation services, so the fact that they offer an translation software for Android devices is good news for its fans. The app gives quick and comprehensive dictionary results and translations between more than 75 languages. In fact, you can translate text and look up the same in the dictionary to get a better understanding of the words in the resulting translation. The app works well, but the interface could use some refreshing. QR code

Google Translate

Use Google Translate to instantly translate text between more than 50 languages. This is the most popular and arguably the best Android translator currently available, not surprisingly it is an official solution from Google itself. Unlike TransZilla, you will be able to see dictionary results for the text you have translated. The app does allow you to enter text via voice input and will even read back the translated text with its text-to-speech feature so you can hear the proper pronunciation. QR code

ColorDict Dictionary Translate

ColorDict truly has one of the best all-in-one dictionaries. It allows for searches to be performed on popular online resources such as Wordnet, StarDict, Google Translate, Google Dictionary and Wikipedia; you can download free dictionaries as well. It would be nice if the app offered an Android offline translator in a similar way that it does for its offline dictionary. QR code

Universal Translator

This app is also based on the Google Translator api, that means you get support for scores of languages, text-to-speech and accurate translations. Even so, that app also uses content from other resources such as Bing. That in mind, you may choose this app over Google Translator if you prefer the app’s interface. Notable features include: the ability to translate SMS, voice recognition and voice synthesis. QR code

Android Flight Tracker and Flight Status App

Posted By Steve McFarlane on June 21st, 2011

Knowing what is happening with the flight you are suppose to be catching can help you to make alternate plans if it is cancelled or delayed. Flight tracking apps aren’t always 100% accurate, but we believe these are among the best that are available.

American Airlines (free)

This Android flight status app is ideal for those who frequently fly on American Airlines. Open up the app to see the status of your flight (arrival and departure times), gate number and seat number along with any delay or cancellation information that may pertain to your flight. You can also use the app as a boarding pass to get on the plane.

Airport parking lots can be huge, so the inclusion of a parking feature is a great way to find your car in a vast airport parking lot once you are ready for it. Other ways you can use the app include:

  • Monitor your place on the standby list
  • Play Sudoku while you wait
  • Create flight status notifications
  • View terminal maps
  • Locate the nearest service airport
  • Access your Aadvantage account
  • Track Your Elite Status Progress

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FlightStats for Android

Like the other flight tracking apps covered here, you can use FlightStats to view flight information and automatically get flight status updates using, or use the app to track flights in US and European airspaces with an animation that shows an approximate location of the plane on a map. You can also view weather conditions at airports of interest to you or look for alternative flights if yours is canceled or missed, and while you are at it save those that you are interested in for easy one button reference in the future.

If you get the TripIt update you will be able to import itineraries from your TripIt® account making it easier to capture flights, hotels, and car rental details, view your flight’s status, confirmation codes and much more. The app also comes with a widget so you can view flight status updates from the home screen. QR Code

FlightView Free Flight Tracker (free)

Especially if you are a frequent flyer you will appreciate the multiple trip planner that this app offers. You can enter details of all the trips you plan to take over the next couple of months and have the app alert you if there is a change in the flight status of any of your planned flights. Perhaps the neatest feature of the app is the airport map that shows a delayed status of the flight you are interested in. QR Code

Best Android Apps for Small Business Owners and Employees

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 27th, 2011

Software has the power to make things more convenient, life more fun and business activities more productive. From saving money, by planning and reschedule your own business itinerary, to refining a presentation on your Android smart phone here are some great apps for the small business owners or employees.

PdaNet

Being able to pull out a laptop and work wherever you like can seriously increase one’s productivity and effectiveness as a businessperson. Using a tethering solution means that you will not need to have a separate data card for the laptop and another for your cell phone. Unfortunately, cellular service providers aren’t always keen on allowing their customers to tether computers and other network devices.

As a work around, many have resorted to rooting their phones to enable tethering. However, you can save yourself the hassle by installing PdaNet to share your Internet connection with other devices without requiring that you sign up for a tethering plan. Install/QR Code

Documents To Go

Using the relative small screen of the smart phone to create or even edit an Office document may not be the most efficient way to work, but being able to do so can be a life saver if you are on the road and need to review some spreadsheet numbers, edit a proposal before sending it off or make a PowerPoint presentation using an Android device. Documents To Go can:

  • Transfer, and automatically sync documents between your computer and Android via USB
  • Format documents: bold, italics, underline, font color, alignment, bulleted & numbered lists, tables, bookmarks, comments, footnotes, endnotes, track-changes, word count, find & replace, etc.
  • Create, view, edit Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint files
  • View PDF files

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Use your Android to Find Hotels and Places to Stay

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 23rd, 2011

Android hotel finder apps have become necessary for many travelers the world over, so we scouted around to find three of the highest rated apps for your convenience. There are several hotel apps on the market that can help you find nice places to stay; these Android apps can be indispensable, especially if you need to book a room in an emergency or find other conveniences while you are on vacation or a business trip.

Hotel Finder

The Hotel Finder app has several features that would be beneficial to the traveler. Firstly it allows travelers to find hotels easily in the particular city of their choice This app offers a comparison feature that allows users to see how each hotel rates as compared to others in a particular city and to get the best prices from online hotel websites. (more…)

Finding the Cheapest Gas Near Me

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 15th, 2011

With the unrest in the Middle raging on, we may be stuck with high gas prices for some time to come. Besides purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle, changing your driving habits and driving less, there are resources you can use to help you reduce how much you spend on fuel each week. One options is to actively search for the cheap gas stations, in your area. (more…)

Best Android Travel Planner Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 12th, 2011

Travel planner apps are a great way to ensure that all the bases are covered before you go on a trip. They also help the traveler better organize things to reduce some of the stress and hassle that is associated with traveling. The following is a round-up of three of the best Android travel planner apps, which addresses three traveling scenarios namely: travel by car, travel in general travel and traveling with a baby. (more…)

Top Rated Android Apps for Travelers

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 11th, 2011

For the most part traveling is fun and adventurous, but the fact that it takes us out of our comfort zone ensures that adequate preparation must be made the see to comfort and convenience of yourself and those who travel with you.  The following is a roundup of some of the best Android travel apps that will provide the information and resources to make your next trip awesome. (more…)

Awesome and Amazing Google Android Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 19th, 2011

From providing information on a product that you are at the supermarket considering to purchasing, to revealing the name of a song and artist by having the phone listening to a part of the tune, Google Android phones can do some pretty amazing and awesome things.  Here are some apps that are more than novelty items, but can actually do some amazing things, if only to be used to wow your friends. (more…)

Android Apps for Finding Gas Stations and Cheap Gas

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 18th, 2011

Besides driving less aggressively and making fewer road trips, there are things consumers can do to reduce how much they pay for gasoline, not least among which is finding a gas station that sells at a good price. If you just need to find the nearest gas station with little concern for price, you can always try Yelp or Layer applications. However, if you want to find the cheapest gas at a nearby gas station, here are some Google Android apps that were designed to help consumers do just that.

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The Best HTC Desire HD Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 7th, 2011

It is simply enough to browse the Android Market in search of must have apps to make your life a lot more fun and stress free, but with so many apps to choose from, the task can be daunting. Here is a list of some of the best apps to get you started. While this is a list of top apps for the HTC Desire HD, the apps also work on Android phones such as the Samsung Epic, Droid X, Motorola Droid Pro, and Samsung Moment, to name a few. (more…)

The Best Android Shopping and Coupon Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 5th, 2011

Shopping applications give turn-by-turn directions to the nearest supermarkets, hotels, gas stations, restaurants, gyms, ATMs, banks and movie theaters, and also help consumers find great deals.

Whether you need an app to help you find a store offering the best price on an item you are looking for, or you need help finding a good gift idea, these Android shopping apps can help. We list the best Android coupon app, the best Android shopping app, and the best Android gift suggestion app we could find.

The Coupons App

Enjoy awesome savings at your favorite department stores, restaurants and gas stations with one of the most popular coupon apps forThe Coupons App – Android Coupon App the Android platform. It is not uncommon to find discounts and offers of more than 30-50% off; you can also use the app to get free samples and magazines. Some other popular features include:

  • Barcode scanning to find matching prices
  • The ability to share coupons by email, Twitter and Facebook
  • The ability to do a voice search of available coupons
  • Save coupons to your calendar or a map. (more…)

Top Free Android Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on September 3rd, 2010

Google’s open house policy allows app developers to publish whatever app they desire, in essence ensuring that there are some crappy releases to go along with the real gems. Quite a few applications are re-purposed iPhones apps, while others are mobile software offerings of some popular services, but how do you sort through the avalanche of apps that are available on the Android Marketplace and other online directories to find the real gems? (more…)

The Best Android Apps for Forex Traders

Posted By Steve McFarlane on August 23rd, 2010

The forex market is a fast paced environment that has no mercy on the unprepared and ill-equipped.  If you have an Android device and want to ensure that you can place trades, exit orders and make modifications while you are on the go you will do well to install and use these Android forex trading applications.

Android mobile forex trading apps won’t give you all the resources of a large desktop system, but they can be quite handy for mobile trading tools.

We searched various Android databases and resources to find the best FX Trading applications for Droid smart phones.  The roundup includes those that have the highest user rating, the best feature-set and have the highest download and usage numbers among all forex trading apps that are widely available. (more…)