Point Inside app offers maps, coupons of malls, airports and Florida theme parks

Point Inside app shows maps, coupons for malls, airports and theme parks in Florida. (Sun Sentinel, file)

If you’ve enjoyed using the Point Inside app for Android and iPhone to find maps of local malls and airports throughout the country, you may want to check out the new version: Point Inside Shopping & Travel 3.0.

For those who love to shop in South Florida, the new amped-up app version will be much more interactive, allowing shoppers to view deals superimposed on maps of stores within the malls. And yes, you still call up maps of the entire mall, to find the locations of retailers, restaurants or a bathroom.  The Android version should be out Tuesday, later this year for iPhone. And theme park visitors will enjoy the addition of them parks located across Florida and the country.

New features include:

·         Hundreds of thousands of deals by location and venue, such as a specific mall or selected geographic areas
·         Special offers from national brands and local retailers
·         Listings of millions of retailers searchable by location and category including clothing and electronics
·         In-venue navigation features with routing
Point Inside Shopping & Travel also includes:
·         Maps of over 1100 shopping malls, airports and theme parks
·         Store and shop directory information including store hours, contact information and special events
·         Complete list of services including restaurants, restrooms, ATMs, parking, elevators, escalators, taxis, rental cars, gates and ticketing counters.
·         Driving directions to locations
What maps and features locals may like:
8 Florida theme parks:
Disney: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach and Animal Kingdom. Typhoon Lagoon will be out next week.
Universal Studios: Island of Adventure, Florida
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will be out next week
7 Florida Airports:
Daytona Beach International Airport
Jacksonville International Airport
St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
Fort Myers-Southwest Florida International Airport
80 Florida Malls, including:
Dolphin Mall, Doral
Dadeland Mall, Miami
Festival Bay Mall, Orlando
Pembroke Lakes Mall in Pembroke Pines
Westfield Mall in Plantation
Westfield Broward in Plantation
Southland Mall in Miami
Orlando Premium Outlets, Orlando

For more information, check out www.pointinside.com.

Android App: MyFlare dials 911, tracks your location via GPS, sends video of your situation

When you’re in serious trouble, your smartphone could be a lifesaver with the new Android application MyFlare, capable of dialing 911 with a push of button and sending text and email alerts to friends and family, even video recordings of what is happening to you at any given moment.

MyFlare turns your Android phone into an advanced emergency response system that alerts authorities and others and lets them know where you are and what is happening when you can’t accomplish any of that on your own. The concept is powerful when you consider how quickly a threat, assault or worse can suddenly confront you while out in public or even at home.

MyFlare is available at Android Market for a one-time fee of $2.49. It was designed by a Miami-based company also called MyFlare and was released last month. The iPhone version is expected to be released later this month. We may also see a Spanish version soon and a Blackberry version in late November.

Features:

Calls 911 or your designated non-911 emergency contact

Automatically text messages and emails up to 10 of your pre-selected contacts a customized distress message, along with your GPS location.

Delivers your text and email messages every three minutes to your pre-selected contacts with your updated GPS location.

Sends 20-second video recordings capturing your present environment (optional), which are attached to the delivered e-mails every few minutes as determined by the user.

Blasts a police siren (optional).

What do you say: If you use this app – or a similar one – let us know how it works. If you live in South or Central Florida, send an email to dvasquez@sunsentinel.com.