Technology to help you find what you’re looking for this summer
by Lieutenant Aaron Yarnell, Knox County Sheriff’s Office
Hopefully, you are you excited about the summer vacation months that are finally approaching, or perhaps you just want to get out and enjoy something different right now, something that you may not yet be aware of. If thoughts like these have entered your mind, then do I have a great app just for you!
It seems that every time we go out of town on vacation, or even if we are just on the other side of town, the biggest question from my kids is, “What are we going to eat?” As parents, we have all heard this before. Invariably, I turn towards my spouse in the car and ask, “What would you like to eat?” Then, I hear the indecisive answer I already knew would come: “It’s up to you.” The heat is on, but now, if I want to do something different or new, I look like a pro, and so can you! Simply grab the smartphone or tablet and jump onto your App Store. There is a great app called Around Me by Attorno A Me S.R.L.
It seems that every time we go out of town on vacation, or even if we are just on the other side of town, the biggest question from my kids is, ‘What are we going to eat’
Around me does just as it sounds. It is an app that uses your phone’s GPS location to tell you what is in your general area. The app is free (a payment option will get rid of advertising). The beauty of this app is the simplicity of the design into categories and also the color schemes.
Categories consist of anything from restaurants, hotels, parks, theaters and even parking lots and ATM machines! The list continues and there seems to be a category for almost anything you might be looking for, including hospitals and pharmacies. The neat part about this app is how a map becomes populated with venues from the selected categories. I have personally used it for both areas that I am in already, as well as unfamiliar areas that I will be going into. So be a pro! Always know what is around you, and be the hero of your traveling adventures!
Detective Aaron Yarnell works with the Major Crimes and Family Crisis unit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, Aaron instructs local citizens on the growing social media world along with the technology that follows it. His SMART Initiative helps educate parents on keeping children safe in a growing social media and technology filled world. Aaron also maintains SocialSafetyPatrol.com, a blog that rates social media apps. Detective Yarnell has been with KCSO since May 1995.