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Apps To The Rescue – Part II

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 9, 2010

Remember MassTransit and To a T? The iPhone apps that I wrote about earlier. Those that make navigating in and around Boston easier. Well I am happy to announce that I have found two more such apps that both city residents and tourists can use while travelling through the city.

The first one is teasingly called ‘Not For Tourists.’ But the visitors need not fret. Of course, they can use it too. A guide to Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, this app helps anyone explore the city “like a local.” It gives you the lowdown on restaurants, cafes, bus and train stations and much more in 24 Boston neighborhoods and 9 Cambridge and Somerville neighborhoods.

It’s an 8.6 MB app compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It works on or offline. The price tag is $1.99. The app has been brought to Bostonians by Not For Tourists, which is a series of guides to major cities.

The app next in line is ‘Guide Map Boston.’ Again, designed to help people find their way through Boston’s umpteen cobbled streets and squares, Guide Map Boston is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The app has some unique features. For instance if you feel you are lost and are standing on the wrong road, you can use ‘Locate Me.’ With this feature, you can spot where you are and find your location on a map. You can also access a list of key attractions in the city. Tap any selection and you are taken to the place’s website for more information. Nice. And cheap. It costs $0.99.

I’m sure there are more apps out there to show the way to Bostonians and tourists. I’ll share them here as soon as I find out. Till then, have fun with these apps and have fun touring Beantown.


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A Newcomer In Boston

Posted by Yoshita Singh on June 27, 2010

I moved to Boston a month ago from Chicago, where I lived for a year and a half. I am liking the city so far. Have been to the “usual” Boston addresses – Harvard Square, Newbury Street, Prudential Tower and Quincy Market to name a few. Also went on the famous Duck Tour. There is still lots to see and do in Boston.

I am a journalist and my work has taken me to several cities in several countries. I was born and brought up in India and so have seen a lot of Indian towns and cities. My work has taken me to Colombo, Sri Lanka; Langkawi, Malaysia; Namibia, Angola in Africa; Geneva, Switzerland and then Chicago. I love travelling and exploring new places and am thankful that my job gives me the chance to do that. However, more often than not, I end up going to the usual “tourist hot spots” in a city. And now I want to change that.

I will go to places in and around  Boston that are on roads less travelled. Places that have their own uniqueness but are hidden in bylanes. I will share information and photos of the places I visit. While I can’t promise that I will discover a totally new site, there is possibility that as I explore the bylanes of Boston, I come across some new tidbit about the city. And that I’ll definitely share here.

It is human nature to take things for granted. And I think, one thing that we take for granted is the place we live in. We say, “Oh well, I stay here, I can go see that church, book store, eatery anytime.” But does that time come? There are numerous places in my hometown of Lucknow and in India that I have not seen, because I thought “I stay here, I can go there any day.”

So, with this blog – which is my first ever – I am starting something new. I am venturing away from the Harvard Squares, the Duck Tours and the Newbury Streets. I am going on a discovery of Boston.

Come join me on my journey.

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