ABBYY, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture and linguistic technologies, today announced the availability of ABBYY PhraseBooks for iOS, an application that helps travelers communicate in 6 languages including English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian. It also allows them to quickly learn most common phrases for various occasions and feel at home when abroad and offline.
PhraseBooks for iOS offers an up-to-date language content grouped by ABBYY’s lexicographers into 11 topics, most vital for traveling. Each has a special Useful Words subgroup containing most popular words and phrases on the subject. All
phrases are voiced by native speakers and illustrated with descriptive, humorous visuals from the ABBYY designer team. Additionally, from within PhraseBooks users can send their own suggestions for ABBYY developers about new phrases or languages they find worthy of being included in the application.
“ABBYY PhraseBooks is there to help when you have to explain your needs or thoughts in a language you can’t speak freely”, explained Katya Solntseva, Director of Mobile Products Department at ABBYY. “Special exercises will also help you memorize useful everyday phrases while traveling or preparing for a trip abroad.”
To learn new words or collocations, a user adds them to the Learning list and runs the exercise they like the most. The Remember Translation exercise displays a learning card with an illustrated foreign phrase to be translated into user’s mother language, while in the “Remember audibly” exercise a phrase is voiced over. Statistical data, available in the end of each task, indicates one’s personal progress.
ABBYY PhraseBooks for iOS is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Travel category. It is available under the localized titles, including ABBYY Frasari, ABBYY Sprachfuhrer and ABBYY Guides de conversation. Supported interface languages include English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.
Izatt International today is proud to announce the launch of the new MileBug 2.7 for iOS as a Universal App, making it available for the iPad. The UI is now optimized for both the iPhone and iPad. With this release, the award-winning and highly ranked Finance mileage log app, MileBug, can now be found in the Finance section of the iPad App Store, where it has quickly risen to the Top 40 in only 2 days. This iPhone mileage app is now an iPad mileage app that lets users track miles driven for business use and get their deduction or reimbursement.
Compatible with the markets most popular mobile devices such as the Apple iPhone(R) and Apple iPod touch(R), in
addition to Android(TM) compatible mobiles (e.g. Galaxy SIII) and Windows Phones, MileBug is the perfect electronic mileage logger and expense tracker generating logs that export beautifully for ease of use come tax time.
MileBug is not only the perfect companion to keep track of the miles you drive for your business, charity, personal or medical reasons – it also aids you in keeping track of your expenses. With MileBug you are not only helping the environment by conserving paper, you also spare yourself from grief and calculating headaches as the app includes a plethora of great features, all wrapped in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface.
MileBug is quickly establishing itself as the preferred choice for consumers seeking the perfect mileage companion and expense tracker. Over a period of the past four years this popular app has consistently ranked high on the download charts in numerous countries and is currently ranked in the Top 10 on the Apple App Store in the Finance category, and in Business in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Download MileBug today and be assured you receive the correct tax deductions you deserve by tracking your miles and expenses in the simplest way possible.
- Track your full path with GPS and map display
- Use the Mileage Tracker for multiple businesses and multiple vehicles with a simple choice
- Setup frequent destinations and purposes for easy use later
- Choose either kilometers or miles
- Define custom rates for business, charity, medical and other
- Watch your deductions add up with each addition to your trip log
- Email HTML and Excel-friendly reports to your home computer
- Backup/Restore data for security and peace of mind
MileBug is $2.99 and is available in the App Store
As a frequent business and pleasure flyer, I have an army of apps on my iPhone to help me through the process of getting a flight, a ticket and getting to my destination. One of those apps is SeatGuru and TripAdvisor – who own SeatGuru – have just released a nice update to the app which is available for free in the App Store.
The update, version 2.0 for those keeping score, brings significant improvements to the image quality of seating arrangements of hundreds of airlines and aircraft. In the old version it was very much pixelised and in a rush (translation:
working your way from one gate to another to catch your connection flight) was difficult to read. That is not the case with this update. Images are crisp and clear, taking full advantage of the iPhone 5′s extra screen real estate if you have one. In all there are over 350 image updates in this release, all of which are designed to help you understand the seating arrangement of an aircraft and the advantages or disadvantages of a particular seat.
This release also has Facebook integration so flyers can post photos from aircraft and seats to give you an even more realistic view of a seat assignment or aircraft. When you sign in to SeatGuru with your Facebook account you can also post reviews of seats or aircraft.
In all there are 20 airlines that have been updated in SeatGuru including American Airlines, British Airways, Frontier, United, US Airways, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and Air Canada to name a few. Be sure to check out the release notes in the App Store to see the full list.
SeatGuru is a free app and is available in the App Store. It is designed for iPhone – sadly no iPad interface just yet.
American Airlines has released an update to arguably one of the best airline apps for iPhone and iPad users. The update comes on the heels of the branding of American Airlines this week with all new livery. American did a great job of quickly updating their iOS universal app to reflect not only the new icon of the airline but brought new features to their app at the same time.
With the update, iPhone users of the American Airlines app will have the ability to show their AAdvantage status card in Passbook. AAdvantage is American’s Frequent Flyer program. The app already supported boarding passes in Passbook
but now you can display your AAdvantage status for quicker access to the Admirals Club if you have a membership.
All of the features from before are still in the app including being able to book flights, check flight status, get airport information and of course check your AAdvantage status all from within the app. Having used several other airline apps in the past, I personally believe that American Airlines has one of the best (especially when you compare it to the really sad app that British Airways has made available :-\ )
The American Airlines app is a universal app so one download brings it to both your iPhone and iPad. The app itself is free but if you will need to join the AAdvantage program to gain access to the Passbook features now in the app as well as make reservations through the app.
For more information about the American Airlines AAdvantage program, visit the AAdvantage website.
TripIt has released an update to their iOS app that brings more features, control and functionality to the travel management app-and-service, particularly for Pro users. The update, which is available now in the App Store brings several new features that previously were relegated only to the TripIt website. These features include:
- Pro users now able to add, edit and delete reward programs in the app.
- Pro Alerts dashboard improved to better manage unread alerts.
- New users can learn about the benefits of TripIt with a new in-app tour.
TripIt is a fantastic service that helps you organise your travel iteneraries with ease as well as your Frequent Flyer and hotel reward accounts. I’ve been a TripIt Pro user for many years now and the service is one that anyone who travels more than 20% of the year should seriously consider.
TripIt is a free app or you can get the $3.99 ad free version. To become a Pro users you can subscribe directly from within the app at $49.99 per year.
American Airlines may be in financial straits but their iOS development keeps on working. The airline has released a significant update to their Universal iOS app with some nice improvements and feature enhancements along with a shiny new icon.
The update, version 2.0 for those keeping score, brings a completely new look to the iPad version of the app and it fully supports screen rotations from portrait to landscape. In previous versions this rotation worked… kinda.
The other big improvement is for iPhone users. Now your boarding time, not just your departure time, appear on your electronic ticket in Passbook. This will give you the time that you need to be at the gate without having to go into the actual app itself.
There are other minor enhancements and improvements to the app and American has even thrown in an offline trivia game that can be played on the iPad while you are in flight.
The American Airlines app is free. Registration into the AAdvantage Frequent Flyer program is required for some features which is also free.
One of the newest travel apps available in the App Store is Flight+. As one who travels constantly, I’ve immediately fallen in love with this app because of how well it keeps my flight information organized as well as the beautiful UI the developers have created. This morning the developers have released version 1.2, an update that brings a lot of new features as well as improvements to the app. The biggest improvements are around TripIt where fixes for some crash issues and automatic importing are now supported.
Other updates include….
Flights and settings can now automatically be synchronized through the cloud
Flight+ now automatically calculates and displays layover times
It is now possible to be synced with Trip-It automatically (flights will be imported automatically) We also fixed some crashes that could occur during Trip-It imports.
- favorite airport/airline lists now can be sorted manually
- Improved Calendar export
- Music no longer stops when opening Flight+
- Improved description of a flight when exporting to email
- Meter to Feet conversion bug fixed
- Fixed several bugs and crashes for users with iOS 4
There are two versions of Flight+, the iPhone and iPad version, so this is not a universal app. The iPad version is $4.99 while the iPhone version is $2.99.
You know the story. A struggling publication creates its own App, submits it to Apple’s iTunes Store, gets accepted, receives some free publicity, consumers read it, like it, and subscribe. And the publication is saved!
That’s a great story. But it’s not our story.
No, this is the story of a 30 year old travel industry publication that has gone through multiple juggling acts in its time to survive, but came to what everyone agreed was the end with the most recent recession. As its advertisers abandoned ship in a struggling economy, it could no longer pay the printing bill, or the mailing and distribution costs necessary to continue.
“Byways magazine has gone through several transformations in its lifetime,” says editor and publisher Stephen M. Kirchner. “We always managed to pull the rabbit out of the hat at the last minute to keep going, but this recession should have been the end.”
The demise of Byways would have been a shame. While other publications focused on the travel destinations of the rich and famous, Byways had built a niche covering the destinations in North America located along the highways and byways of the United States and Canada. Places like Branson and Pigeon Forge, and great American roads like Rt. 66 and the Lincoln Highway, where people drove on vacations, traveled in RVs, rode on motorcycles, or took motorcoach tours.
As the bills mounted, and the advertising disappeared, Kirchner, like so many others in publishing, was desperate.
“We were ready to grasp at any straws,” he says, “and the most logical were the many solicitations we had received for turn-key on-line publishing.” Kirchner decided to give it one last shot, and choose a vendor to put up one turn-key issue and hope for the best.
HotelsCombined Ltd. Pty, the world’s leader in hotel price comparison, today is pleased to announce ‘i Find Hotels 1.5′ for iOS devices. The design of the new release is to continue HotelsCombined ongoing commitment to the growing mobile travel market. The new version includes advanced features with more languages and updates in English, Arabic, German, French and Spanish.
Designed by the skilled user-interface team to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the apps functionalities, the design will guarantee a more engaging user experience. It also features a dramatic increase in the number of hotels accessible through the app, ultimately allowing users to easily and conveniently compare prices of hundreds of booking sites at once.
HotelsCombined will roll out an additional number ‘i Find Hotels’ updates in the first half of 2012 featuring 18 additional languages. The complete roll out will enable full support and browsing for languages such as Chinese, Russian, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew and numerous others.
A roundup of the ‘i Find Hotels’ 1.5 version:
* Search for hotels near your current location
* Organise and sort search results by Price, Popularity, Location and Airport filters
* Enjoy complete details for every hotel – descriptions, ratings, maps, images and more
* Shake for map – Quickly and easily find hotel locations on a street level map
* Get hotel rates in the currency of your choice
* Completely Ad Free App
* No account registration required
* High definition graphics, optimised for the iPhone 4 Retina display
* “Book by phone” option (with supported hotels)
Hichame Assi, Head of International Strategy for HotelsCombined says this is part of the ongoing customer commitment of HotelsCombined. “The inclusion of these further international languages means that HotelsCombined continues to corner the burgeoning world market by being as accessible as we can. We’re internationally focused and are committed to providing the very best we can for our diverse customer base, we will do our very best to continue providing new ways to help them find what they’re looking for. The ‘iFindHotels’ App, is an example not just of our commitment to this, but it also represents our growing status as a market leader internationally.”
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.1 or later
* 3.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
iFind Hotels 1.5 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.
App.Solutely, LLC., an emerging mobile applications developer, is excited today to announce the recent launch for Tank Pro for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. An innovative gas station locater, Tank Pro was created to help users save money at the pump by showing them which gas stations nearby offer the lowest prices and where they are. Tapping directly into the OPIS – the nation’s Oil Price Indexing Service – the app connects users with over 95% of U.S. gas stations, giving them up-to-the-minute pricing info regardless of where they live or where they happen to be driving. A handy price-concious trip planning feature is included as well. Tank Pro is currently available for download on the Apple App Store for $0.99 in the Travel category. A free, ad-enabled version of the app without trip planning features is available too.
Tank Pro isn’t simply the best gas pricing app on the market, it’s the only one that’s guaranteed to be accurate and effective day in and day out, no matter where users are in the country. Most pricing apps – regardless of whether they claim to find the best drink prices or gas prices – work via crowd sourcing. They depend on user’s aggregated opinions to basically guess where shoppers should look for the best deals. Tank Pro doesn’t guess. This app goes straight to the source and plugs users straight into actual down-to-the-penny market prices, gas station by gas station!
To find the most economic fuel fountain by them users can either search for nearby gas stations by area code, or simply open Tank Pro’s GPS enabled map and see what their best options are. The full version of the app also gives frugal travelers the option of mapping road trips by gas price. It’s an eloquent driving solution that doesn’t just help them find the quickest way to their destination, but the cheapest way too. You use the power of mobile tech to help you do everything from dining to dating smarter. Keep up the trend and discover the smarter way to fill up at the pump with Tank Pro too.
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 4.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Tank Pro 1.0.2 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category.