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Lost with iOS6 Maps? Here are 10 Alternative Maps for iOS 6

Lost with iOS6 Maps? Here are 10 Alternative Maps for iOS 6

The new iOS 6 release has removed Google Maps and Apple has replaced it with their new Maps app. However it has drawn criticism for it’s inaccuracy, lack of details, lack of public transportation help, and for some satellite shots are totally obscured by clouds. There’s even a new website created to poke fun at the new Maps app.

So what are the alternative maps solutions to make maps on iOS 6 useful again? Fortunately, the app ecosystem can provide plenty of alternatives, but if you’re missing Google Maps, there are other ways to get it back as well.

1. Bookmark Google Maps and Add it to Your Home Screen

Open mobile Safari and navigate to maps.google.com. When the page loads, it prompts you to add the site as a bookmark on your home screen. Presto, you have Google Maps back and it’s easily accessible. Sure, its the web version, but it will give you back some of the functionality and detail that you missed before such as public transportation guides.

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    2. Add Nokia Maps to Your Home Screen

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    Much the same as above, except it’s from maps.nokia.com. Routing, directions for walking, and public transportation guides are available here too.

    3. Waze

    If you’re a driver you can download Waze. Waze provides turn by turn directions, voice guided navigation, traffic reports, speed cameras and gas prices. Plus the app is free. One of the more popular apps around at the moment.

    4. Garmin StreetPilot on Demand

    It’s Garmin and they’ve been in the navigation business for a long time. This map also provides turn by turn voice navigation, shows you speed limits and you can even create entire trip plans. It also shows 3D buildings, navigation for walking and public transportation guides. Some of the features require you to purchase a subscription.

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    5. Motion X GPS Drive

    You can pre load maps for offline use with this app, a very useful feature if you intend on going somewhere where data connectivity is poor. It shows local speed limits, predictive traffic routing, visual lane assistance as well as pedestrian navigation. Turn by turn navigation requires a monthly subscription.

    6. vTransit

    For anyone who is travelling by public transportation, this app wil help you plan your journey whether it is by bus, train or ferry. It fills in one of the missing features in this first  iOS 6 release which is the lack of public transportation routing.

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      7. MapQuest

      A free app that provides voice guided, turn by turn navigation. It also provides gas prices and live traffic cameras so that you can take a peek at the traffic further ahead if you’re stuck in a jam.

      8. Lumatic City Maps

      This is another app for public transportation and walking. It covers 27 major metropolitan areas in the USA and provides details of scheduled departure times. Best to check if this app covers your city first.

      9. Maps+

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      This app uses Google Maps and allows you to create location based alarms and record your GPS tracks. It also one of the few apps that provides directions for cyclists.

      10. Co-Rider

      A mapping app built specifically for the cyclists, the routing is tailored for bikes and will guide cyclists down bike paths, avoiding unsuitable roads. This app uses OpenStreetMap data.

      If you have a favorite alternative mapping app, let us know in the comments or on Facebook / Twitter.

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      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

      11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

      Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

      Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

      Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

      1. Lumosity

      This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

      Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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        2. Fit Brains Trainer

        This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

        Free.

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          3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

          Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

          First four games free, then $13 a month.

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            4. Brain Fitness Pro

            The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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            Buy for $3.99.

            5. Happify

            If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

            Free to use.

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              6. Clockwork Brain

              You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

              Free.

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                7. ReliefLink

                Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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                  8. Eidetic

                  Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                    9. Braingle

                    Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

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                      10. Not The Hole Story

                      If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                        11. Personal Zen

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