MyGas for iPhone


Another useful app for the iPhone is ‘MyGas’ which is a database of Fuel Stations, showing you: 1) Gas Stations on a Map (c/o Google Maps) or 2) Nearby Gas Stations.
As the screenshot shows in the view of ‘Nearby Gas Stations’, it shows useful information giving:
Fuel Station Name
Cost of your chosen fuel (set up in perferences) and when the price was last updated.
To assist in the every growing list of stations, you can also add a new station, not already listed. The fuel prices can also be updated if you’d like to really be helpful! 🙂

Tube Deluxe for iPhone


I’ve already blogged about and use the free ‘London Tube’ app for the iPhone. However, now I’ve been told about ‘Tube Deluxe’ at a cost of just 59p from the app store, which keeps you up to date with the very latest ‘real time’ status of the London Underground. This surely is a must have app for London Underground iPhone commuters. In the status view, stations are listed on the left along with a status symbol on the right, e.g. green tick with “Good service” to a red triangle with exclamation mark with “Severe delays”. Tapping on the status symbol then gives more information about the station being checked. The map view, as you’d expect shows a zoomable map of the whole London Underground. The plan view lets you plan your journey. The departures view gives you a ‘live’ departure time of tube stations of your choice and updates itself automatically which I think is really kool! 🙂 The locate view will show you the nearest tube stations based on your 3G/GPS position. It will list the station name and the lines it has, e.g. Embankment, 0.1 miles serving Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Northern lines. Finally, the map option will show you a ‘Google Map’ of your location with the traditional blue spot and London Underground station locations shown with a red map pin. Tapping on the red map pin, gives the station name and how far away it is from you.

ATM (UK) Finder for iPhone


Now here’s another great free app that I found in the app store. So, you’re out and about and need to find a cash point preferably near your location. Simply, launch this app and within moments, based on you being in a 3G/GPS location, the app will show a list of ATMs by name, along with the address and distance from where you are. You can then see where the ATMs are via ‘Google Maps’. Also, you can filter the results by either free cash points or all. Finally, if you visit different locations, having found ATMs, you can save them as favourites for future visits.

Free Wi-Fi Finder for iPhone


When I first started playing with Wi-Fi Hotspots a number of years ago, I expected lots and lots of truly free wireless hotspots to be available in Central London near where I work. Sadly that was never the case and even now, free Wi-Fi Hotspots are in my opinion, not plentiful enough 😦 At best, cafes and coffee shops give you free wireless internet access whilst you sit in their venue indulging yourself in a Latte or Bagel etc; ok, hotel lounges are a bit more ‘giving’ with free wireless internet access to guests.
With free Wi-Fi internet access thankfully starting to be more available these days; this ‘Free Wi-Fi Finder’ app for the iPhone enables you to search for free wireless hotspots. Using GPS, you can quickly see where free hotspots are near you. Using my much loved ‘Google Maps’, you’ll see the traditional blue spot showing your precise location; then the app will show you a green symbol representing the location of a free Wi-Fi Hotspot near you; as shown in the screenshot. If you tap on a green symbol, you’ll see the name of the hotspot and part of the address. Tapping on the ‘>’ next to the chosen hotspot will then give: the full name and address of the hotspot, a contact number, directions, add to favourites and share this hotspot.
A word of caution when using free Wi-Fi hotspots in public areas, beware that hackers may be able to see your personal details such as usernames/passwords, so be careful!

McD’s Finder


Now here’s an app that will keep you popular with the kids when you travel somewhere new. As the name suggests, this great app once launched, within seconds (based on GPS reception) shows you where the nearest McDonalds restaurant is to you. You can then even get directions via the great Google Maps. Google Maps shows the standard blue spot, with your precise location; then shows a green map pin with the start of your route and a red map pin with the location of your chosen McDonalds.

The ‘Mc.D Finder’ app is free and available from the app store.