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TripIt Adds Mapping Feature

TripIt Mapping App
Photo © Tripit.

TripIt, the mobile trip organizer, now creates personalized maps for users, indicating nearby restaurants or meeting places. Any new places from travelers’ map searches can be added to their itineraries on TripIt.com. “Now it’s much easier to find a BBQ joint or coffee shop near your hotel and set up a meeting before you get to town,” a spokesperson says.

 

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Google Drive
Android; free
Google Docs has evolved into Google Drive, an all-purpose storage and sharing system. Get your goods on your phone with this app.

Badass Battery Monitor
Android; free
Android’s built-in battery system is good. Make it even better with this app, which offers an incredibly detailed look at your phone’s power consumption.

Polamatic
iOS; $0.99
Give your photos the most nostalgic look of all with this classic Polaroid simulator.

Help2park
iOS, Android; free
This freebie from Navigon locates parking garages in your immediate vicinity. Surprisingly handy.

ZipRealty
iOS, Android; free
My favorite real estate app by far. Set your criteria and search for homes on a live map: It updates in real time with available properties, each tagged with a price.

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ET’s Picks: the best new apps for business travelers.

Smartr Contacts
iOS, Android, BlackBerry; free
Free your Xobni contact database from your desktop and bring it to your smart phone.

Snapseed
iOS, Android coming soon; $4.99
A complex and in-depth image editing system for your phone. Makes photo manipulation fun and really spices up shots.

Commit
iOS; $2.99
Practice makes perfect. Commit makes sure you don’t forget (whatever it is you want to work on), with daily reminders and encouragement.

Embark NYC
iOS, Android; free
Need help getting around New York? Embark’s interactive subway map and trip planner is one of the best. Numerous other cities available, too.

Popular Mechanics QuakeTracker
iOS, Android; free
Now that we’re getting earthquakes on the East Coast, who doesn’t want to see where tremors are happening in real time?

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New Medical App For Travel

Medical App
© Apple / Bruce W. Moskowitz

You may use apps on your portable device to locate restaurants, hotels or coffee shops, but now there’s a free app that could save your life. The Emergency Medical Center Locator (EMCL) iPhone app will direct you to the closest medical center best qualified to take care of your specific emergency anywhere in the world. The app offers recommendations in six specialty areas that tend to require immediate care—trauma, stroke, eye, pediatric, cardiac and burn. “By going to the right facility first, you can avoid wasting precious time and increase your chances of recovery significantly,” says Dr. Bruce Moskowitz, a southern Florida physician who developed the app.

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