Fresh iPhone Apps for Feb. 28: Squawk!, iXiGO Travel, AirMusic

Feb 28, 2011
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Need more information about where your friends are headed? Fresh iPhone Apps for today has an app that can help, called Squawk!. We also found an app that can help you make bigger traveling plans than just driving or walking around town in iXiGO Travel. Finally, if you’re planning to stay home, take a look […]

Need more information about where your friends are headed? Fresh iPhone Apps for today has an app that can help, called Squawk!. We also found an app that can help you make bigger traveling plans than just driving or walking around town in iXiGO Travel. Finally, if you’re planning to stay home, take a look at AirMusic, which lets you stream music from your iOS device to other devices around your house. Read about them all below.

Squawk! (iPhone) $0.99

A slightly creepy social networking app, Squawk! lets you see your friends’ location on a map in real time, so you can gauge how far away from you they are, and even see where they’re headed and how fast. You can find friends through the app and then send them an email invite, then trade location information.

Squawk! also includes messaging capabilities with Push notifications, allowing you to converse with friends over your data connection and save text messages. The app also provides you with a URL that your movements are broadcast to, and you can give that URL to friends and family so they can see where you are at all times. Squawk! runs in the background, so you’re able to use other apps while it still maintains a bead on your location.

iXiGO Travel (iPhone) Free

Streamline your travel booking processes using iXiGO, which allows you to search through more than 100 travel sites to nail down the best deals on hotels and flights. The app lets you find flights in your price range and choose which website you want to use to book them, then do the same with a hotel.

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There is also plenty of reference information to be found in iXiGO. It contains lots of details and photos to go with the hotel search, such as rates, amenity information and availability. You can check flight status through the app, and it also contains all the relevant phone numbers you might need for airlines and information about airports, as well.

AirMusic (iPhone, iPad) $0.99

Have a bunch of other Internet-enabled entertainment devices sitting around your house? AirMusic lets you stream music from your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad straight to devices like your PC, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 — allowing you to make use of other audio equipment than just headphones to hear your favorite tracks. In a lot of ways, AirMusic lets you use AirPlay features without the need for Apple TV.

AirMusic will work with an Xbox or PlayStation 3, as well as with PCs running Windows Vista or Windows 7. It connects to your Wi-Fi network, so you might have to hunt through your devices’ menus to find your iOS device, but once you do, you can access it just as you would a volume on any network, and run the files therein. If you’ve got a surround sound system for your TV and a Blu-Ray playing PS3 to go with it, you can instantly turn that setup into a full working stereo with AirMusic’s help.

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