Microsoft Vine was conceived during Hurricane Katrina as a means of helping people cope both before and after the disaster. Now the beta software can be used as a social tool. Enter your address on the Dashboard and you get the location on a map as well as news and safety information. Invite others to join you and arrange them in groups. Receive any alerts from email, SMS or the Vine client. Ask for an invitation to help test drive the beta version with the promo code 09AAA to speed up the process.
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TripIt and FlightTrack Pro have teamed for this handy app for travelers. Forward a travel confirmation to the site and they send a master itinerary with maps, city guides and weather guides. It will also provide flight status updates, live tracker maps with weather updates and can track flights of other family members or coworkers. After the $9.99 initial download, future upgrades are free.
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Schmap has come out with a new beta service for iPhones and iPod touches similar to Google mapping. When you hold your device vertically, it features places of interest on a scrollable list which is updated dynamically. Rotate to landscape and it shows them on a map. Tap a name from the list or one of the icons to get more information such as location and phone number with pics. Touch previous or next and you get your choice of other places in the area. Contact Schmap on your iPhone to try out their service.
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If you or someone you know loves jigsaw puzzles, Firebox has a unique one for you. It’s the Zip Code Puzzle…a jigsaw of the neighborhood map of your choice! Just send in the house number, street name and zip code you desire, and voila! Firebox will create a one-of-a-kind, highly personalized jigsaw—a VERY detailed map featuring the chosen address. The coolest part? The centerpiece is your home address, shaped like a house (see above). The puzzle contains 400 pieces of “high quality millboard,” and measures 12.25 x 18.5”. Since each map is based on the U.S. Geological Survey, it will even contain water landmarks, buildings, main roads and more. Plus, each jigsaw comes with a gift label that can be personalized for the recipient. A great, one-of-a-kind gift. Available for $35 USD.
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