It might seem counterintuitive to rely on a device so associated with the comforts of civilization for survival in the wilds, but a well-prepared iPhone could mean the difference between life and death when stranded in the great outdoors. When you're stuck miles from a strong signal to call for help or pinpoint your location on a map, these eight apps will help you find your way back to safety. For maximum effectiveness, be sure to combine them with a good solar iPhone charger or a rechargeable backup battery (or both, to be safe).
There's just something about weather apps. They all basically do the same thing, but no matter how many we download, we just can't resist the temptation of a new interface or novel concept. Foresee fits both of these criteria, so naturally we had to try it out. However, it's less a weather forecasting app than an outdoor planning one. It does display the current temperature and conditions in a city of your choosing, but instead of simply showing highs and lows for the next few days, it predicts how the weather will affect the various things you want to do.
Even though the major holidays of May are Mother's Day and Memorial Day, the month is really all about bikers. It's National Bike Month, May 13-18 is National Bike Week, and May 17 is Bike to Work Day. With summer just around the corner, there's no better excuse to get your bicycle out and take it for a spin. Whether you've been riding all along or you're just taking your cycle down from storage, you'll want to grab these eight apps to enhance your trip, track your ride, help you with repairs, and plenty more.
With summer fast approaching and the warm weather becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, maybe it's time to start thinking about leaving the house and braving the elements. There's no better way to start than diving right in and planning a trip into the great outdoors. Just think how relaxing it will be to be one with wilderness -- just you, a bag packed with the essentials and nothing more, and your iOS device. Hey, you can't leave it all behind! We'll help you justify taking along a piece of tech on your trek with 8 apps that enhance the camping experience.
With summer in full swing, it's time to start hitting the beach, throwing BBQs, camping, and enjoying the great outdoors. These portable iPod speakers will bring musical pleasure all your outdoor activities, be they climbing mountains and sleeping under the stars, or hanging out by the pool and grilling burgers.
Some people venture into the outdoors to “unplug.” To leave technology behind…to stop and smell the roses, if you will. And if that’s your thing, that’s great. But some of us are allergic to roses and break out in hives if you try to pry our gadgets out of our hands for a minute, let alone for a whole weekend in the woods. That said, we’re not suggesting that you bring an iMac camping, and thanks to the power of iPhones and iPads, even toting a MacBook Air seems like overkill. With the right case, some portable power, and some other goodies, you and your iDevice along can have a blast in the great outdoors.
We live in a digital age, so I’ve always thought that trips outdoors should be the perfect time to free myself from the tech I use every day. But I decided to put that rule to the test on a recent outing, and the experience of bringing my iOS devices along for the hike showed that it’s time to think again. By picking a few choice apps and accessories, I made sure my outdoor experiences were a little more Bear Grylls than Chevy Chase.
The Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Whether you're traveling this year, or staying close to home, there are iPad and iPhone apps that'll make the weekend easier to manage. Because three-day weekends are the greatest invention ever, we present you with a list of applications that can help you make Memorial Day more enjoyable.
You might not think taking your expensive portable technology into rugged terrain is a good idea, but there’s no reason to use the excuse that your MacBook or iPod are too delicate to take outside as to eschew the great outdoors—or an opportunity to exercise and breathe fresh air. With the proper gear, your tunes and your data can venture outside with you and go back inside no worse for the wear.