Toronto In Time, SPLIT Multisport GPS, Marlee Signs
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Toronto In Time
A time travel tour of 150 locations within Toronto, this app uses special photo galleries to let you compare between the way the city looks today and how it looked up to a century ago.
Archival photos have been matched to modern pictures taken at the exact same spot to create before-and-after transitions that reveal dramatic changes. Looking at the Harbour Commission Building today, you’d never guess that it was once surrounded by water, before the shoreline was extended in the early 1900’s.
Every location comes with a detailed history guide and by using your GPS you can take a tour and learn about artists, inventors, bank robbers, and entrepreneurs who played out important adventures in the city’s past. Created with the cooperation of several city heritage, museum, and tourism boards, you know the information is pretty in-depth. There’s also a matching app for Vancouver to check out too. iPhone.
SPLIT: Multisport GPS
I love the way that information is presented within SPLIT: Multisport. Like other GPS fitness trackers, it will record your distance, speed, calories, pace, time, and elevation (plus cadence and heart rate with accessories), but lays them all out across one screen in a way that is both beautiful and easy to see at a glance. They’ve even managed to include music controls and with simple press-and-hold commands it’s all very easy to manage.
Unlike other tracker apps, this one has modes for a wider range of activities, going beyond the usual walking, running, cycling to include snowmobiling, skydiving, skiing, dirt biking, and many other outdoor activities. It has a very pleasant digital voice to give you mid-run updates and keeps track of all your history in well-organized journals. Made by the same minds behind the popular GolfShot app, I expect SPLIT to become the top choice for outdoor enthusiasts (and hopefully like GolfShot it will be released on Android soon).
If you meet a lot of people in your line of work or are simply a very outgoing person, it might be helpful to know some basic sign language. Actress Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God) has created an app that makes it really, really easy to get the basics down. She’s recorded a library of short instructional videos that go over basic phrases, questions, and social interactions along with the alphabet and numbers.Video controls let you slow down her hand movements and tips help educate you as to how facial expressions and other body cues are also part of the process.
Should you get hooked and want to learn more, she offers a number of advanced lessons, including ones on sign languages for kids, that you can buy as in-app purchases.