Find the best dives with the unauthorized TripleD iPhone app

When the commercials tell you “there’s an app for that”, they are not kidding around. So, when I went searching for an iPhone app to accompany the “dive bar day” here on Gadling, it only took 20 seconds to find something fantastic.

The “TripleD unauthorized fan guide and companion” is the perfect mobile companion for the hugely popular show “Diners Drive-Ins and Dives”. Earlier today, Melanie wrote about TripleD creator, Guy Fieri.

The app covers every single place Guy has visited – including his latest trip to Alaska. You can find nearby places, pick a random one, or use the search button to find a specific location.

Once you find what you are looking for, the app shows the exact location on a map, the original air date of the show, other places included in that show and of course an assortment of photos. It even offers a link to the Yelp review, the phone number, and a link to the TripleD episode on YouTube (when available).

All in all a pretty decent app – priced at $1.99. iTunes app store link.


The iPhone holiday airport survival guide

The holiday season is a tough one for air travelers. Bad weather, oversold flights and flight cancellations can really screw up your holiday plans. Sadly, when things do go wrong, airport staff are not always able/willing to assist, and when they do, the line to reach the desk can be huge.

Thankfully, if you have an iPhone, you really do “have an app for that”. In this lineup, you’ll find six iPhone apps that can help survive the worst the airport throws at you.

Don’t rely on the announcements from gate staff – stay one step ahead of everyone by listening to the air traffic controllers at your airport. The application covers 100’s of airports, in the US and abroad, and streams the live conversations between the controllers and aircraft. So, next time the tower tells your plane that it’ll be 2 hours, and the captain tells you on the intercom that they wait “won’t be too long”, you’ll know the real situation.

This app also works great from the gate, or even on the drive to the airport. Sure, you need to be a bit geeky, and it’ll take a little practice to understand all the various aviation terms used, but before you know it, you’ll be a pro at deciphering all the communications with your flight.

Price: $2.99
iTunes app store link: LiveATC

FlightTrack Pro

This is an indispensable application for any traveler with an iPhone. FlightTrack Pro links to TripIt, allowing you to import all your itineraries. The app keeps a close eye on your flight, and alerts you of any delays, gate changes or cancellations.

In my experience, FlightTrack Pro can even alert you to these changes before the gate agents or PA announcer are informed.

It has happened to me several times that I walked to the new gate 10 minutes before the rest of the passengers even knew about the change.

FlightTrack Pro is also fantastic for gate notifications on connecting flights. Simply turn your phone on when you land (and when the flight crew say it is OK), and you’ll immediately see where your next flight departs from.

Price: $9.99
iTunes app store link: FlightTrack Pro


Sooner or later you’ll hear the dreaded announcement – “flight canceled”. If the delay is weather related, the airlines will usually just close up for the night and leave you on your own. At this point, most passengers will be running for the hotel booking desk. You are prepared, so grab your iPhone, start HotelPal, and within 20 seconds, you have a list of all the local hotels, their current rate for the night and their distance to your location.

You can reserve a room directly inside the application, view detailed information about the hotel and even see its location on a map.

Price: free
iTunes app store link: HotelPal


preFlight displays current FAA supplied delay information for virtually every airport in the country.

It shows departure delays, arrival delays and any other specific delay information.

Best of all, it shows why the airport is suffering delays, which can give you a good idea how long you’ll be stuck at the airport food court.

Price: $0.99
iTunes app store link: preFlight


Do you know the phone number for your airline? Or a quick way to reach their online check-in site? FlightSites is a really simple collection of airline phone numbers and web sites. It covers most of the US carriers, and provides links to their customer support pages, frequent flier site, online check-in site and a quick way to call their customer support.

Price: free
iTunes app store link: FlightSites

Airport maps for iPhone

What do you do when you arrive at an airport you’ve never been to, and only have 10 minutes to find your connecting gate?

Or what if you arrive at the airport in desperate need of a Big Mac? Airport Maps for iPhone covers 59 major North American airports, and displays gates, amenities and other services.

The app shows easy to navigate maps of the airport, with pinch and zoom control.

Since the application stores all the maps locally, you can browse your destination while still in the air (with your iPhone in flight mode of course).

Price: $2.99
iTunes app store link: Airport maps for iPhone

REI Snow Report brings detailed ski reports to your iPhone

REI has teamed up with mobile application developer Zumobi to design a snow report app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The application delivers reports from the US, Canada, Europe, Argentina, Australia, Chile and New Zealand. In total, over 200 resorts are available, and users can pick their 12 favorite to be added to the cool rotating menu.

Resort information is very impressive – you’ll get the latest snowfall, current snow depth, temperatures, conditions, the status of lifts and trails, and even the latest Tweets made by the resort.

In addition to this, you can also access maps, a five day forecast, webcams and contact information.

Of course, since REI commissioned the app, you can also find your nearest REI store, follow REI Tweets and go shopping for new gear, right inside the app.

The best part is the price – free. You’ll find the application in the app store by searching REI or by clicking this link (iTunes URL)


New Virgin Atlantic iPhone app helps people with a fear of flying

I suffer from serious anxiety while flying. I’ve tried learning about the mechanics of flight, popping Xanax, I’ve even taken a flight lesson in an effort to cure my fear. Sometimes I can stay calm, but on other flights, for apparently no reason, I’ll suddenly have a panic attack. It’s more than a small problem.

For people like me, Virgin Atlantic has created a new iPhone app based on their Flying without Fear class. According to a press release, their course has a 98% success rate for helping fearful flyers cope. The iPhone app takes elements of the course (which recently helped Whoopi Goldberg manage her fear) and offers a mobile solution for use during the flight. Passengers can watch a video explanation of how planes work, read answers to frequently asked questions, and follow along with deep breathing and relaxation techniques.

There’s also a “fear attack” button for emergencies. The problem with that idea being, of course, that when I truly panic – shaking and hyperventilating – I don’t really have the capacity to hit my fear button and read and process the information. I’m too busy trying not to cry. But perhaps reviewing the information beforehand might help if a moment of panic strikes.

The Flying without Fear course usually costs about $350; the iPhone app is $4.99 in the iTunes store. Even if the app only helps a little, it sounds like a sound investment to me.

Gadling gear review: Spanish Language Guide Plus

This very brief product review is going to show off a pretty neat iPhone application I recently took for a spin.

The Spanish Language Guide Plus offers several handy features in one; a 10 minute introduction to the language, a 550 word spoken reference and several sections dedicated to phrases you may need when shopping, flirting at a bar or on a work vacation.

The spoken reference guide is split up into eight sections (basics, introductions, directions, transport, places to stay, travel safety, travel health and food & eating).

In each section, you’ll find a well thought through selection of the kind of words and phrases you’ll end up needing when you are abroad (and don’t speak the language). The speech is very clear and the developers used real recordings instead of depending on speech synthesis.

The Spanish Language Guide Plus costs just $1.99 and is available in the app store (iTunes link). The price is right, the content is comprehensive and the entire application seems very well designed. Obviously, I hope they build on the quality of their Spanish guide and add more languages in the future.

After the jump, some more screenshots of the application. Pay extra attention to the “flirting phrases”, these people have obviously been around the world a bit, and know the kind of stuff that can really help you out. This certainly is the first language guide I’ve ever found that told me how to pronounce “I’m not just saying this because I am drunk” in the local language. You never know when that might come in handy!