Perhaps the most useful types of mobile applications are those with mapping features. While you can delve deep into a variety of specific categories that have this feature, here are a choice few to cover an assortment of your needs.
Let’s start with the primary concern of any well-to-do person. Your health. HealthMap’s Outbreaks Near Me application allows germ-a-phobes to avoid the spread of human and animal disease alike. Just open the app and see all current outbreaks in your neighborhood—or even browse outbreak reports on this interactive map. You can also set up an alert to notify you when an outbreak occurs in your area. You can download this app for free at healthmap.org.
Moving onto safety with the CrimeReports mobile app for iPhone (News - Alert), you’ll have a real-time source for official crime data from over 700 participating law enforcement agencies, including sex offender data for all 50 states. You can view the data on the crime map that allows you to view incidents happening in your neighborhood. This app is available for free and the iTunes App store.
Have you hopped on the green bandwagon yet? If you’re not sure where to start, the Green Map can help you out. This app will direct you to local green living sites and your community’s natural, cultural and social resources. Its database includes over 700 locally led projects in 55 countries. This app is $1.99 on iTunes.
Forget those frustrating walks through busy parking lots when you can’t find your car. The Carrr Matey for Android (News - Alert) will navigate you back, and will do it with a pirate theme using a compass and walking directions. It also has a timer for you to remember to when to feed the meter. Get this app for free on appbrain.com.
This app seems one sided, but is actually an interactive medium for all of you ladies and gents to find each other when you go out. The Wheretheladies.at app allows ladies to “check in” while at various venues, and users can search “where the ladies at” in their vicinity. This app is still growing, starting in San Francisco and now branching out to other major cities like New York, Los Angeles and then—Minneappolis. This app is iPhone friendly, and can be downloaded for free at iTunes.
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Janice McDuffee has worked in marketing, editing and freelance writing for companies including SheKnows and HBM Inc. after receiving her master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Janice McDuffee