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Top travel apps: don't leave home without 'em

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Taps into chefs, restauranters, bartenders, hispters at Find.Eat.Drink. American cities are covered off, along with London and Spain. Canada gets a little love: Montreal, Whistler, Vancouver and St. Benoit, Que., (solely for Au Pied de Cochon’s Cabane à Sucre). Visit findeatdrink.com or download the free iPhone app.

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Finnair lets travellers use Facebook to see who they’ll be flying with. After check in, a seat map displays public profiles to others on the same flight – but only if they opt in to use the program; it’s completely voluntary. Reaction on Finnair’s Facebook has been mixed.

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Mosaic by Mixbook is a free app (heymosaic.com) that puts snapshots into a hardcover photo book – and it’s all done straight from your iPad or iPhone. For $20 (U.S.), plus shipping and taxes, a 17x17 cm photo book arrives by mail. There’s a 20 photo limit per album.

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Moxtra.com is a free app that brings order to the trip-planning process. Upload packing checklists, itineraries, visa requirements and so on. documents into on-screen binders that can be accessed from your iPhone, iPad or computer desktop. Invite fellow travellers and they can comment in writing or by video conference.

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Live City App (livecityapp.com) is tapped into the latest events. Type in the city and you’ll get a real-time listing of what’s going on, mapped out by location. Search results cover everything from Justin Bieber concerts to networking events for Obama supporters, so filter your search.

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Packing Pro is one of those apps you think you don’t need – until you waste a day in a pharmacy because somebody forget to bring his pills. The app features extensive, customizable lists of what to pack (it even covers pets), plus to-do lists for before you leave.

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Turn run-of-the-mill travel reviews into glossy pictorials at Triptease.com. Read and comment on reviews - the writing is decent and many are posted by globetrotters with discerning tastes. Write a review, add a photo, and within seconds your work is displayed like a page in a travel magazine.

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