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Discover what is around you with today's AdDuplex HERO App: Near by

Near by is a simple application that is available for both Windows PC and Phones that will allow you to quickly located local resources such as gas stations, pharmacies and more that are close to your current location. It comes across as a handy app to have while traveling and is today's AdDuplex HERO App.

The HERO App program is a promotional campaign for Windows Phone and Windows developers on the AdDuplex Network. The program has changed slightly from last year and partners AdDuplex with AppDeals, TechRewards{.nofollow} and Windows Central to deliver a host of benefits to the top apps and games each month. Our role in the HERO App campaign is to offer a little exposure to these titles by sharing them with you, our readers.

To say Near by is a simple app might be an overstatement. The app will use your current location to find a broad range of resources, map them out and offer you limited driving directions to help you get to where you need to be.

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The primary screen is an alphabetical listing of the resources Near by will locate and include gas stations, banks, doctor's offices, gyms, police stations, furniture stores, car washes, veterinary offices and more. Tapping on a category will pull up a list of these locations that are within a few miles of your current location.

The individual listing will detail the name of the business and its address. Tapping on a listing will transition to a map view highlighting your current location and the location of the business. The map view has several viewing options such as aerial view, 2D/3D views and traffic flow. You can map a route to get to the business, but turn-by-turn navigation is not available.

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On the plus side, Near by does have Cortana integration where you can ask Cortana to use Near by to find a business near your location. For example, if you tell Cortana "Nearby gas stations," the app will launch and list the gas stations close to your location.

In tinkering with Near by the app does have potential, but as is may be too limited for some travelers. I would have liked to have seen more information about the location such as phone numbers, links to websites, etc. and turn-by-turn directions. I do see Near by coming in handy when you are looking for businesses within a stone's throw or walking distance, but the app needs a little more punch to finding resources that are more distant.

Near by is a free, ad-supported app and while it's not Yelp, if you are looking for a simple resource finder it is worth trying.

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AdDuplex HERO Promotion

AdDuplex is a fantastic resource for the cross-promotion of Windows Phone and Windows apps. AdDuplex's HERO Apps program is designed to help developers promote their apps even further with free access to various tools and resources from AdDuplex.

The HERO Apps promotion partners AdDuplex with Windows Central, AppDeals and Microsoft TechRewards{.nofollow} to provide additional benefits to the top apps every month. These benefits are spread across four packages and include:

  • 100% exchange ratio on AdDuplex for 1 month
  • $50-500 credits to run ad campaigns on AdDuplex
  • @AdDuplex tweet about your app]
  • Professional ad design (banner and/or interstitial)
  • TechReward Points
  • App quality review by the Windows Store
  • Free feature campaign on AppDeals
  • Review of your app on Windows Central

The rules to join the HERO Apps program remain the same. Every app that you start to cross-promote on the AdDuplex network will be able to apply for the program and receive one of the four benefit packages. You can find all the fine print and sign up for the HERO Apps program here at AdDuplex's website.

Windows Central is proud to be partnering with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. As with our existing partnership with myAppFree Deals, this is yet another excellent opportunity to promote both the Windows 10 PC and Mobile platforms.

Windows Central is already partnering with the myAppFree campaign and is proud to be collaborating with AdDuplex with the HERO Apps program. It is another great opportunity to promote the Windows 10 PC and Mobile platform.

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

20 Comments
  • This is something that is so simple that it should be built into the OS
  • Haha I thought about that too. XD
  • ... Yeah local scout is gone and no longer pinnable.
  • I miss Local Scout.
  • Me too, and HERE City Lens.
  • At least built into Maps
  • I usually just ask Cortana. Or type into Bing.
  • George Ponder, please include the app download link for the WC app. Do you know how frustratingly difficult it is to try and access it from the WC site on WP/W10M? Thanks.
  • Your absolutely right mate....the links on WC site in edge takes ages to load up, you have to patiently wait till all the ads are displayed then you have to click several times before you get lucky and edge understands that it's a link
  • Wait for one or two days...
  • Yes pls include links to the apps, just as you used too
  • WC app for W10M is on it's way.. Might come today or tomorrow..or may be on monday
    Source: Twitter - Daniel Rubino ;)
  • Yes!
  • Developer name? There are many with near by named app in wp store!!
  • Local Scout, how I miss it so...
  • Me too.
  • But what is the problem occurring during signing up
  • Any advantages of using this app over yelp?? Just curious if anyone knows something off the top of their head.
  • Nice
  • Doesn't work at all. Out of the 16 choices the app offers of possible locations nearby, only 2 are further away then 10 minutes. The app didn't find a thing.