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Today's Best Apps: Perfect Weather, Mapkin And Hightrack

The App Store takes delivery of hundreds of new apps per day. The overwhelming scene makes it possible to easily overlook an exciting game, valuable productivity suite, etc. However, we have a solution. Today’s Best Apps tackles this problem by providing you with a handpicked and tested list of apps that are truly worth your consideration each and everyday. Remember: Even though in-app purchases typically require your iTunes Store password for processing, you can further prevent them and other unauthorized actions by enabling local restrictions using the passcode locked iOS parental controls


Perfect Weather - NOAA Radar and Forecast by Contrast ($2.99, 3.1 MB): This beautifully designed sectional weather app makes checking outdoor conditions a breeze. Featuring easily identifiable colored title bars, each location includes nearly seamless sections for current details, such as temp and precipitation probability, as well as a line graph report of the past 24-hour temps, the week ahead forecast, and local radar map. Not only is everything on a single screen, getting the perfect view likely couldn't be easier. As mentioned, every section is collapsable, only requiring the small swipe of a single finger to quickly and easily hide personally superfluous information and increase the map viewing area. The app allows for up to seven rearrangeable location bookmarks, which expand and contract with just a tap.

Mapkin — Maps, GPS & Personalized Navigation by Eightyone Labs, Inc. (Free, 9.3 MB): Whether trying to meet up at a newly discovered restaurant or hiking trail, this customizable navigation app creates a far more pleasant tip for others. Before smartphones were commonplace, we explained routes using our own words, such as, "take a left at Mike's house." However, with GPS-based turn-by-turn assistance, that's no longer necessary, or is it? Regrettably, there are plenty of times when the strictly technical details may be confusing. So, Mapkin combines the two methods, allowing people to include personal notes and custom directions, which will too be spoken, alongside the basic assistance. In addition, you can place point of interest (POI) markers, modify routes to utilize shortcuts, etc as well as add a title and photo when sharing for the perfect trip planning experience. The app requires registration of a free account for full functionality and allows sending a link to the trip details via email, instant message, Twitter, or Facebook to be viewed in-app or a Web browser.

Hightrack by Hightrack (Free, 5.7 MB): Easily keep track of everything you must complete, attend, etc with this multi-perspective task manager. Very logical, the app provides three organization and viewing type sections to help tackle to-dos based upon both type and priority. As usual, the Calendar is where you would check for any upcoming appointments or other specific time events. For projects that just need to be finished in a punctual manner, such as within the next two days, Tracks has a convenient display for those due today and the near future. Lastly, if you simply want to see all chores and s on, choose the basic checklist-style Tasks area. For desktop, laptop, and even iPad use, the Hightrack Web app, which includes expanded capabilities, can be accessed at The service does require registration of a free account.

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