Do you wish you got a little more from your GPS? Would you like to know when there is a traffic jam up ahead and the best way to get around it? Would you like to know which gas station on your route home has the best price? Waze.com is a GPS with turn-by-turn navigation app for smart-phones that gathers information from other Waze users to give you information on traffic, gas prices, alternate routes, road hazards, and more. According to Waze:
Waze is all about contributing to the ‘common good’ out there on the road. By connecting drivers to one another, we help people create local driving communities that work together to improve the quality of everyone’s daily driving. That might mean helping them avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic, cluing them in to a police trap or shaving five minutes off of their regular commute by showing them new routes they never even knew about.
Waze supports iPhone, Android, and selected Blackberry, Nokia and Windows Mobile devices. Waze also has a blog.
When you buy products do you usually research them online by looking up reviews and customer comments? Or perhaps you’re concerned about the social responsibility of the companies behind the products you buy? When you’re out shopping do wish you could quickly get this information at your fingertips? TheOpenLabel.com is a smart phone app that pulls up customer comments, reviews, and other reasons to buy or avoid a product when you scan its barcode. According to OpenLabel:
OpenLabel is a free mobile app that puts a public label on all products: Anyone with a mobile phone can scan any barcode, and instantly exchange all the reasons to buy or avoid that item. In a world where information is easily accessed, consumers are demanding to know more than just prices and coupons from their phone. With OpenLabel, we can all keep each other informed about the things that really matter to us: from environmental issues, allergies, animal rights, and political and social justice issues, to just what your friends recommend. It’s like Wikipedia and Twitter for products, which means together, we can use it to spread information easily, increase transparency and corporate accountability, and make smarter choices for ourselves and the planet.
You can sign up to join OpenLabel’s private beta for iPhone by sending your email address. A public roll out and an app for Android are coming soon.
Have you ever been on a trip and found out later that a good friend happened to be in the same area at the same time, but neither of you realized it? Ban.jo is an app for Android and iPhone that uses multiple social networking sites to let you know when your friends are nearby and help you connect with them. According to Banjo:
Banjo gives you Social SUPERPOWERS! Banjo taps into the most powerful social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and more, to provide a real time view of what’s happening anyplace, anytime. Our powerful patent-pending ripple technology monitors the social graph in real time so you don’t have to. Banjo alerts you when friends are near so you never miss the chance to connect.
Banjo also has a blog.
Does it seem like you’re always away from your computer when you need classified ads? Have you tried browsing classified ads on your smart-phone but found them hard to use that way? EggDrop.com is a mobile app and online classified website that is optimized for use entirely on smart-phones. According to EggDrop:
EggDrop is the smarter neighborhood marketplace. The hassle-free mobile app matches local buyers and sellers, allowing them to cash in on Egganomics—the art and science of saving and making money from your mobile device. Unlike other marketplaces, EggDrop is easy to use for both parties, allows for real-time communication within the app, and promotes safety through a reputation/karma system. EggDrop encourages reuse and supports building stronger communities through local commerce.
EggDrop is available for both Android and iPhone. Categories include: Art, Auto/Motorcycle, Clothes/Fashion, Electronics, Free, Furniture, Games, Home, Kids, Media/Books, Miscellaneous, Music, Sporting Goods, Tickets, and Toys & Collectibles. Items posted for sale can also be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Craigslist. Buyers and sellers can exchange private messages without giving out their email or phone number. EggDrop also has a blog.
Do you find navigating the huge markets for smart phone apps to be a little intimidating? With a sea of great apps that do everything imaginable, do you still have a hard time finding that one app to do the specific task that you need done? Chomp.com is an online search engine for apps that helps you navigate the massive smart phone app markets to quickly find useful apps to fulfill your app needs. According to Chomp:
Chomp is the search engine that finds the apps you want… Chomp is designed to help all users easily navigate the vast library of apps for whatever device you’re on… Chomp’s proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps, so you can search based on what apps do, not just what they’re called. Try searching for “puzzle games”, “kids games”, “expense trackers”, “tip calculators” or “chat” and start finding great apps.
You can search for iPhone, iPad, and Android apps. You can also browse Free Apps of the Day, Trending Apps, All Time Greats, On Sale, Top Twitter Apps, and New Apps. There are ratings, reviews, and descriptions for each app. Chomp also has an app itself for iPhone or Android, and a blog.
Do you love your smart-phone or tablet and all the great apps it is has? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed browsing the enormous app markets looking for great new apps? Do you wonder if there is an awesome app out there that you missed somehow? GreatApps.com is a website that highlights 15 of the best new apps for smart-phones and tablets every day. According to Great Apps:
There are over 1,000,000 apps available for mobile phones and tablets. In addition, countless new apps are made available daily, especially at the App Store and the Android Market. Whether it’s for games, business, weather, sports, shopping, finance, music, travel, news or education; there is an app for everyone… To provide the best user experience and to preserve individuality, we only allow up to 15 new apps to be displayed daily.
Platforms supported include: iPhone/iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Palm, Symbian, Windows, Blackberry, and webOS. You can search for apps by platform, category, free vs. paid, keyword, or a combination of these. You can also sign up to receive email app alerts.
Do you hate it when your phone rings at night and wakes you up? Would you like to put your phone on silent mode while you sleep but are concerned that a close friend or family member might call with an emergency? SleepRinger.com is a smart-phone app that allows you to specify specific people who can get through with an audible ring while everyone else is silenced. According to SleepRinger:
We are proud to introduce our latest sensational app – SleepRinger. SleepRinger silences all incoming calls to your cell phone, except for calls from certain designated contacts. Now you can sleep soundly with your phone on silent, knowing that the most important people in your life can contact you if need be. This could be your kids, your family members, your doctors or co-workers – anyone whose call is important enough to wake you up at night. Every other call will be silenced.
SleepRinger is available for both Android and Blackberry. SleepRinger isn’t just for nighttime use – it can also be used during meetings or any other time during the day that you don’t want to be bothered but still want emergency calls to get through.