Spring Apps: Baseball, bikes and gardens

April 2, 2014 (CHICAGO)

  • MLB.com At Bat (2014 version)
    Free to download for iOS and Android devices, and $19.99 for unlimited access to audio broadcasts of virtually every game.

    Includes alternate camera angles, stats, and Push Notifications for lead changes, completed games, etc. For $25/month users can get video broadcasts of all the games. Cubs fans can also download the free Iowa Cubs app for iPhone and Android (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iowa-cubs/id439747653?mt=8) as this is where much of the excitement and drama will be in 2014.

  • Garden Guide of the Chicago Botanic Garden
    Free iPhone and Android

    Offers beautifully detailed guide and map of the more than 2 million organisms found in the Garden.

  • Chicago Bike Guide
    99 cents for iPhone and Android.

    Created and maintained by transportation blogger Steve Vance, app offers detailed maps, directories, information on local bikeways, as well as cool destinations along the paths and where they can pick up Divvy bikes.

  • Star Chart
    Free to download for iOS and Android devices, with a number of premium in-app options.

    Provides name and background information for every star, planet or celestial body visible from earth. Can use in night time or in broad daylight. Point the phone to the stars, and the app uses augmented reality technology to recognize where you are looking.

  • Eat-And-Move-O-Matic
    Free to download for iPhone and iPad.

    After it teaches kids about the ingredients, benefits and harms of what they put into their body, it provides suggested activities (mostly outdoor) to burn off the food.

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