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This app has been around the block for awhile, garnering attention and praise when released a few years back for its UI inspiration stemming from the departures and arrivals boards at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
But FlightBoard proved it was more than just a novelty when I was making a very close connection a few weeks ago.
Owned by the forces behind Expedia, FlightBoard taps into the departure and arrival data of almost every major airport worldwide in real-time (or as close to it as possible), displaying updated gate information as well as notifications about delays.
Between FlightBoard and onboard wifi, I was able to estimate how quickly I would need to move off the aircraft to my next flight, which I learned was (conveniently) delayed two terminals over.
FlightBoard by Mobiata: $3.99. Available for iPhone/iPad and Android.
A lot of my friends think Foursquare is a bunch of rubbish and routinely chide me for wanting to publish where I am all the time.
But that’s only a small part of the quickly-expanding Foursquare platform — despite the recent oddball development siphoning off the check-in process as a new app dubbed, “Swarm.” (I’m a bit peeved by the feature/app separation strategy demonstrated by Foursquare, Facebook, and others, but that’s a whole other article/rant entirely.)
While I do use Yelp and TripAdvisor for restaurant and hotel reviews from time to time, I’ve found Foursquare’s mobile app and desktop browser user experiences to be the most fluid and time-saving of the bunch.
Foursquare has also proven to be the most sophisticated and seamless way for keeping track of both where I want to go and where I have been through lists I can curate myself or follow others made by established travel and culinary sources such as Travel + Leisure, Zagat, and Eater, among many others.
Foursquare and Swarm: Free. Native apps available for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. Reviews/lists (but not check-in process) also available via desktop and mobile browsers.
Photo Storage and Sharing
Thanks to the convergence of the cloud, mobile, and big data, gone are the days where organizing photos after a long trip need to be more exhausting than enduring a long line at TSA.
There are many options out there, and I actually keep my photos backed up across a number of different cloud services (i.e., Google Drive, Box, Flickr and Facebook) after putting them through a melange of photo-editing apps.
But for amateur and professional photographers alike, Dropbox's Carousel gallery app for digital photos and videos is one of the best places to start. Once you download and opt in to the geo-tagging and upload features, Carousel really takes care of the rest.
The app automatically organizes your photos by date and location while uploading images in full resolution, freeing up valuable space on your smartphone for more photos or other digital content.