REVIEW: Poynt-ing You In The Right Direction

BY: - 2 Feb '11 | Home

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by Eric Payne

If you could house a bunch of apps the likes of the Weather Channel, Moviefone, Citysearch, The Find, Gas Stations and The Yellow Pages under the roof of one application, Poynt is it. It is a free, clean and simple GPS enabled app available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and the new Windows Phone users.

What differentiates this local search service application from others such as AroundMe is that it doesn’t have a free (a.k.a. “Lite” but ad-heavy) version. Poynt only comes in one free version that is currently free of advertising. The other difference is that it keeps things simple, featuring only five categories: Businesses, People, Movies, Restaurants & Gas along with real-time weather updates on the home screen are only a thumb-swipe away. You’re likely to search each category at least once and not overlook or never use the endless categories of things that can be listed locally.

After the interface, Poynt’s strongest feature is the integration that exists within each category. For example, while searching for a movie theater for that flick you want to catch, you can watch the trailer within the application, you can read a review of it via Rotten Tomatoes, you are able to map your route to your theater of choice and you can even purchase tickets in advance. The same is true for the other categories though not as extensively, for better or worse. The ability to search for people search is downright scary. It easily pinpointed my residence with just my cell phone number.

As a family man I would like to see an individual category for family attractions, museum exhibitions, etc. — both local and visiting. You are able search for these through the business category but I’d prefer it to be a feature unto itself. Another quirk I experienced seemed to be caused by the Superpages integration. On one occasion I traveled to a restaurant listed as being less than one mile from my home only to discover that it was no longer there. This may make for bad business when trying to impress the wife or surprise the kids. Luckily, I was alone.

Poynt is definitely an app worth having. Out of five stars I give it four and a half. It certainly pulls its weight alongside competitive applications. It eases the pain of trying to map out where to go and what to do on the fly. With it’s ability to calendar movies and events it doubles as a a productivity tool.

So when chaos is erupting in your family-mover of choice, rather than screaming the whole way there, just pull to the side of the road. Whip out your smartphone and Poynt to what you need. The information you seek will be at your fingertips.

Eric is the author of Investing In An Emotional Letdown and the now infamous, My Wife Is NOT My Friend (on Facebook). He talks about being a man, dad and husband on his blog, Makes Me Wanna Holler ““ Man, Dad, Husband and his Facebook Page. He is the author of I See Through Eyes, a book of poetry and short stories. In his “spare time” Eric reviews autos, tech products and writes relationship articles for Atlanta-based J’Adore Magazine.

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Eric Payne wrote 83 articles on this blog.

Named a Top 50 Dad Blogger in 2011 by Cision Media & awarded Top 50 Dad Blog in 2011 and 2012 by Babble.com, Eric writes about fatherhood, marriage and everything in between on his blog MakesMeWannaHoller.com. He speaks around the country about social media and blogging. He is the author of "DAD: As Easy As A, B, C!" and is a regular on CNN's Headline News station and the Jennifer Keitt show on KISS 104.1 FM Atlanta.

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  • http://twitter.com/LamarTyler Lamar Tyler

    Great review E!

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  • http://brothatech.com/ Terrance Gaines

    I’ve been using Poynt for about two years now. Always manages to get me out of a bind when I am out and about and need to find something. Additionally, it’s my primary go-to resource when looking up stuff at the movies. I just wish more theaters would allow me to buy tickets through Poynt!

    • http://www.makesmewannaholler.com EPayne

      Yeah that’s something Poynt will probably struggle with as Moviefone and Fandango seemed to have locked exclusive relationships with movie houses since they existed long before apps hit the scene (and have a much larger following).

  • http://twitter.com/discussionking Discussion King

    never heard of it, but thanks!!

Buy A Book, Give A Book: New Site Launches To Help Black Children Gain Access to Literature

BY: - 3 Feb '11 | Home

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With the launch of an exciting new black book site called NorthParan.com, book buyers will be given a chance to do some good while doing some shopping.

For every book purchased on the site, NorthParan.com will donate a book to a black child in need. The site boasts the most comprehensive collection of black books and black authors ever compiled on the web.

Researchers have determined that a child who grows up in a home with at least 500 books will attain three more years of education than a student with no books in the home. But for millions of children in the United States and around the world, their access to age-appropriate books is limited or nonexistent.

Neil Nelson, the site’s co-founder, is driven by the memories of his childhood in Jamaica, when his family only had five books in the house that he and his sister had to share. But Nelson read those five books over and over, until he had all the words memorized. Now he wants to change this bleak picture for as many children as he can.

After starting DimeWars.com, a vastly successful celebrity news and video site that reached nearly 30 million unique visitors last year, Nelson partnered with husband-and-wife authors Nick Chiles and Denene Millner to create NorthParan.com, a cutting-edge site that hopes to promote black books and nourish black children.

Chiles and Millner have written or co-written 19 books between them. Millner is the co-author with Steve Harvey of the #1 New York Times bestseller “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” which was the top-selling nonfiction book in the country in 2009, and the sequel “Straight Talk, No Chaser,” which has already reached #1 on the New York Times list. Chiles co-authored with gospel legend Kirk Franklin “The Blueprint,” which also was a New York Times bestseller last year. Millner and Chiles are both also award-winning journalists””Chiles won a 1993 Pulitzer Prize on the staff of New York Newsday“”and the parents of three children of their own.

To make the book donations, NorthParan.com has partnered with nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad to find children who do not have access to new books.

In trying to make a difference in the lives of black children, NorthParan.com is banking on the buying power of the black community. If, for every book African Americans bought in 2009, a free book was given to a child in the black community, 4 free books could have been given to every black child under age 10 in America.

With the start of Black History Month, the site’s founders have set an ambitious goal: they would like to donate 100,000 books to black children during the month of February. Will you help? Head over to NorthParan.com and buy today!

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Lamar Tyler wrote 2213 articles on this blog.

Lamar Tyler is co-creator BlackandMarriedWithKids.com. He also is the co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing.

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