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Traveling this year? Take the right apps along



If you're flying to see family anytime soon, you might want to look over Mel Martin's list of his favorite apps for holiday travel. He lists his choices for everything from turn-by-turn GPS driving directions (Navigon, $32.99) to keeping track of flight departure and arrival times (Flight+, $3.99). I use Flight+ myself, and I like it. If he weren't limited to five apps, I might also have suggested Just Landed ($1.99), an app meant to be useful when you're waiting in the arrivals area, instead of departures. It tracks inbound flights and traffic conditions and uses them to give you an alert when it's time to leave for the airport to pick up whomever you're picking up. And when we're driving — most of our travel is on the road — we like using My-Cast ($3.99) to keep track of weather conditions. It's getting a little long in the tooth, but it's still my favorite weather radar and forecast tool. Add an annual severe weather subscription, and you can get an alert every time there's a lightning strike within 20 miles (definitely worth the investment here in Florida).

[Last modified: Thursday, December 19, 2013 1:55pm]


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