NDrive is a Tom Tom style Sat Nav for the iPhone and is available on iTunes from €6.99. This covers Ireland & Uk however NDrive provide apps for other regions also. There are other Sat Nav systems and apps out there but many are priced from €20 up to €80 – not naming any names!
I downloaded this iPhone Sat Nav App based on price first, thinking that for €6.99 there was no way that a Sat Nav app for this price would work. But it did!
The app has many features including POI (points of interest), find an address, route to your home address plus much more. The NDrive Sat Nav App has a speech interface so turn by turn, you get a nice lady telling you to “in 400 metres turn left” and the usual “Turn Around” if you don’t follow the instructions.
I tested the NDrive App from a service station on the Naas Dual Carriage-way outside Dublin to Waterford.
The route was estimated to be 1hr 48 minutes which turned out to be only 8 minutes out but traffic is not considered. Also I did use the route via the N9 via Thomastown however the App suggested using the N10 via Kilkenny. I did this deliberately to see what would happen. It initially told me to “When safe – Turn Around” but on entering Gowran it recalculated the route and continued using the N9 which was nice.
The app has a powerful address search engine, and it remembers recent searches to minimise input requirements. There are also features like Itineraries, Alternative routes, Lane Assistance, TTS, POIs, Traffic and Business Search. NDrive won’t use your 3G or Edge data connection to show you the map. The entire Ireland & UK map is stored in your iPhone and even if you lose coverage (which will happen a few times between Waterford and Dublin), your navigation won’t be interrupted.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes the system to update the mapping to include the new M9 from Danesfort Kilkenny to the Carlow section of M9 which opens on September 9th.
The routing and positioning is very accurate. Only one or two small bugs, including one where it told me to turn right up a road which was blocked off & closed in 2005.
The NDrive app provides great value, a good interface, good service and also it does exactly what it says on the tin.
Apart from that I am very happy with the NDrive Ireland & UK iPhone App and it is available to download from the App Store, search for NDrive!
Link : http://www.ndriveweb.com/software-iphone/
NDrive iPhone Sat Nav App
If you are a Knight Rider fan or remember the 1980s TV show then you will surely remember KITT – the talking car.
If you ever wanted to have the Speaking Equaliser which was associated to Kitts voice then you can look no further – the iPhone or iTouch brings you Phone Rider.
The Phone Rider iPhone App picks up your voice using the inbuilt microphone (or plugged in mic if you are using the iTouch) and displays any ambient noise, e.g. speech or music , in the animated Kitt output.
Shown above is the original design which is output by the Phone Rider app, but as everyone knows this was not always the way the Kitt voice was represented (see below for the alternate designs available from the control panel). You can choose from Plain Red, Red Diamond and inverted yellow.
I like this – but it can be a bit overly sensitive (which can be adjusted) – but a nice thowback to the 80s;
Phone Rider – Available on iTunes priced €0.79 – Click Here
iKitt iPhone App
iKitt iPhone App GPS Review
If you missed the original iKitt iPhone App review then you can read the full details here
This is just an update regarding the iKitt iPhone App’s operation as a speedometer using GPS as you are travelling.
Turn the iPhone on its side and you get the classic Knight Rider / Kitt speedometer. As the iPhone gathers the GPS coordinates and positioning it calculates the actual speed you are doing (please do not do this when driving!! I don’t want people telling me they crashed when trying this out!).
A screenshot of the app in operation is shown below.
The speed of the iKitt speedometer is not realtime, sometimes it will update once a second sometimes longer. However it is quite accurate. The actual speed when testing above was approx 90kph.
I was very tempted to try this in a 737 when taking off from Gatwick recently but felt the “Please turn off all mobile devices” was enough to get me to turn it off.
Its a very good app and well worth the €0.79c price tag on the iTunes App Store, even if it is just for the retro sentimentality.
If you run a WordPress blog and you have an iPhone (or indeed an iPod Touch) then the WordPress iPod App is for you.
You can run multiple blogs using the same App. There was a previous version of the WordPress App but if you had this old version WordPress for iPhone 2 or 2.1 won’t automatically update the old app to 2.0.
The new WordPress App has a better user interface overhaul, some improvements to the software, some bug fixes, as well as some requests.
The WordPress App 2.0 and 2.1 allows you to add and update your posts and blog pages.
The updates in the 2.0 / 2.1 version of the app are.
* A better user interface making it easy to view comments, posts, and pages with a brand new comments interface
* Posts are automatically saved and restored if network connection is lost during publishing
* The WordPress App re-opens in the blog you last used
* You can manually enter the XMLRPC endpoint for non-standard setups – other XML issues resolved.
* Fixed edge case where local drafts were sometimes not saved
* Fixed the order of photos so that they’re displayed in the order they’re uploaded
* A post or page can be deleted by swiping across its title in the Posts or Pages list
* People who made comments, their email addresses are now visible
* Fixes for the link helper, errors in using the more tag, Comments section and URL issues.
The benefit of this great App is that you can compose a few blog entries even without WiFi or 3G connection. As soon as you have connection you can just hit the post button and update to your hearts content.
You can Download the WordPress iPod App from the iTunes App Store.
Apple has launched a great App for iPod Touch and iPhone called the ’12 Days of Christmas’ . It is a promo app which runs from December 26 to January 6. The Apple App allows anyone with an iTunes account in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Norway, and Portugal to download a free song, music video, app, television show, or film from the iTunes store.
Push Notifications are used so that you get daily reminders on the daily free app, tune or other great gift from Apple.If you want to see this great App click this iTunes link. You can also connect to Facebook and recommend the download to your friends – if you like it.
It is pretty good – so far I have downloaded a Foo Fighters track and the Trivial Pursuit App from iTunes. Todays freebie was a Leona Lewis track which needless to say I did not avail of … no offense to Leona but I’m just not a fan!
If you have an iPod Touch or iPhone Get downloading and enjoy!