NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
If you choose to mark this year's Hispanic Heritage Month by actually learning a bit about Hispanic heritage, mobile apps can be a great way to visit a piece of the past if you can't physically visit historical places. The TimeTours apps, for example, help you get hands on with Mayan culture by taking you to three world heritage sites: Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and Palenque. You land on a map of the area with spots you touch to explore. Each structure has written explanations and some combination of images from pictures, to animations to where this app really stands out: Then and now depictions - a real photo from today with an image of what it likely looked like during Mayan times which you can roll over back and forth. The app also has mini games in there like trivia challenges that give you virtual rewards if you ace it. The TimeTours apps are three separate apps for each location. Each app, for iOS devices, are $1.99 a piece.
One of the world's most well-known artists, certainly one of the most well-known from Spain, is Pablo Picasso. And the app that bears his name, as you might expect, allows you to peruse all his works. They're categorized by period and style. Slide through a brief history of Picasso's life and you can click on certain of the events to see where, on a map, they took place. But that map takes on a greater role in another section of the app. If you're on the lookout for Picasso works near wherever you happen to be just pull up the app and it will show you which museums around the world have Picassos on display and even let you click on the museums to see which pieces are there. Pablo Picasso is a free app for iOS devices.