Itinerary planning seems to be one of those things you can’t efficiently outsource to a computer just yet. It generally requires a couple of things: knowing where you’re staying, where you’d like to go, and where exactly all these places are in a city that you have absolutely no idea about. Now, wouldn’t it be so much easier if everything was collated onto a specific map? Enter the holy grail of usefulness: Google Maps.
Android: Tasker can handle a lot of complicated automation. If you’re looking for something a little more targeted, Location Reminder can send customised notifications based on your location using some of the fancy new geofencing techniques recently added to Google Play Services.
While home for the holidays last year, an old friend and I set out for a café. Thirty-five minutes into what should have been a fifteen-minute drive, we accepted that we needed help. “Just look it up on your phone,” my friend said from behind the wheel. “I can’t,” I replied, waving my flip phone, sans internet capabilities, above the dashboard. My friend sighed. We were lost.
GPS maps don’t always reflect changes in rapidly growing cities. Navman’s new solution is to offer the option of monthly map updates — and judging by the scale of changes involved, that might not be a bad idea.