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Map data on TomTom Go Mobile (on iPad) update

Map data update - TomTom a.k.a. TeleAtlas data

I opened the app (TomTom Go Mobile) after some time (I haven't touched it for 2 weeks or so?) and it gave me a notice that there was an update (the map data) was available. And soon after I also noticed that an update for the app itself was also available from App Store.

The app's update is available from Apple's App Store but the map update is downloadable through the app on the iPad (or one of your iDevices).

I have "European West" map on my iPad. I have three years until my subscription runs out. I have been a TomTom Western Europe app user since (maybe) 2010. As TomTom changed the way they distribute their software (they stopped distributing the regional apps in favor of one app with subscription based map data distribution), I automatically got this three year moratorium for free.

TomTom's map data are normally (as far as I know) more up-to-date than those of Garmin's. This I have written about from time to time on my blog (TeleAtlas v.s. Navteq) so I won't mention it this time.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Map data on TomTom Go Mobile (on iPad) update]の続きを読む

テーマ:Mac - ジャンル:コンピュータ

  1. 2018/03/06(火) 21:36:42|
  2. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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iOS 11.2 and TomTom Go Mobile

Apple products memos

One of my MacBooks Late 2009 has been on the public beta program for a while (since its inception of the program) and got the latest public beta update.

My iPad mini 2 has been updated to iOS 11.2.

TomTom Go Mobile

My first impression of TomTom Go Mobile:

It is simplified, way simplified than former TomTom (region name) versions. I like the old TomTom Western Europe better than TomTom Go.

Changes they have made to the new program seem to focus on making the appearance simple so that you don't see as many menus as before. Fewer choices, less confusion, maybe, maybe for first time users. For those who have used navigation programs, having fewer choices does not mean simple but deprived of something.

This deprived feeling may pass over time. I have been using TomTom Western Europe for years mainly for finding cities and learning the routes to them while away from my car or indoors. For this purpose new TomTom Go seems to be inappropriate. Maybe I will stop using it all together when the app asks me to renew the subscription with fees.

***** unimportant background *****

I have been using TomTom Western Europe for a while (since 2010 or so). They (TomTom) have changed their program range.

They used to have TomTom (name of the regions) series but now they have TomTom Go. You have to buy the maps you want to have before using the program.

As a user of TomTom Western Europe, I am qualified for a free upgrade (at least for a while) but I have been holding up on the upgrade simply I did not have to.

I was planning to upgrade to TomTom Go in near future since TomTom stopped updating old TomTom Western Europe (or all of its siblings of the same generation) in favor of this new Go. This TomTom Western Europe is not my main navigation software.

My No.1 navigation device is (and has been) the Garmin (my third Garmin device since 2005?). My second GPS navigation system is now the navigation system on my Mazda MX-5. TomTom on my iPad is the third system. It is used as a backup system just in case the Garmin nüvi broke down.

It happened to me in 2011. My Garmin suddenly stopped working one morning (start up loop) and had to be sent back to Garmin for repair just a week before the Tour de France started and I had to manage the entire car trip (following all the stages) with only TomTom Western Europe on my iPhone 4. [iOS 11.2 and TomTom Go Mobile]の続きを読む

テーマ:Mac - ジャンル:コンピュータ

  1. 2017/12/05(火) 00:06:36|
  2. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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Android 8.0 Oreo and iOS11, macOS High Sierra etc.

Apple has announced various things several days ago. The main focus was on the iPhones 8 and X (ten). I am not interested in buying either of them as they are too expensive.

Today, I received an email from Apple telling me that iOS11 and High Sierra were available for public beta testers like me.

I will definitely upgrade my MacBooks to High Sierra in near future. I am not sure if I should jump to iOS 11. I would very much like to know if I can jailbreak my iPad mini 2 with iOS 11 first.

I had another notice before the event described above.


Yesterday, I noticed that my Google (LG) 5X received a system upgrade notice. It was Android 8.0 a.k.a. Oreo.

The upgrade for Oreo is about 1 GB in volume so I need a very stable and fast connection. I should not try it home as my Internet connection is not too fast nor stable.

I remember reading a couple articles about it but don't recall what the main benefits for this Oreo upgrade were. Yes, almost always they say, "new and improved" but is it really?

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Android 8.0 Oreo and iOS11, macOS High Sierra etc.]の続きを読む

テーマ:ソフトウェア - ジャンル:コンピュータ

  1. 2017/09/16(土) 13:45:21|
  2. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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Love Mei iPad mini 2 case

www.lovemeicase.com

This is the manufacturer of the case of my purchase. The site currently has a case for iPad mini 2 and it is named MK2. Probably mine is the first generation, thus retrofittedly called "MK1".

THis is what it looks like and is different from the MK2.
lovemeiipadminicase3.jpg

Today it arrived. Actually I went to the local post office to pick it up. I immediately felt that the package was a bit heavy. Too much packing or the case was heavy I thoght.

On opening the package, I realized that my fear was real. The case was heavy, indeed.

It looked sturdy but it was not totally water-proof. The iPad mini inside will survive some splash but the warer will come inside he case.

I thought the front glass was attached to the front cover but it was separate from the case. Any water on the screen will permeate the case through the gap between the glass and the front frame.

It is sturdy for sure; it has to be so as it is really heavy.

One major problem: The charging/sync lightning port opening is tight and my rugged lightning cable won't fit!! As the rugged cable has thicker cord and the cinching plug must be also thicker too. I can not use my beloved rugged cable. I have to settle with my rugged micro USB cable with an adapter (lightning - micro USB). It works and it is OK. Now how should I make use of the rugged lighting cables?

Another minor problem is that the back panel is made of rubber and its surface is slippery and almost no grip feel at all.

Overall I have to say that I don't like this case too much.

Wahoo RFLKT+ firmware update with iPad mini 2

A few days ago I update the firmware of RFLKT+ with Nexus 5X from 1.2.16 to 1.2.20. Today the firmware update was done with my iPad mini 2 from 1.2.20 to 1.2.28.

What does this mean? This means that Wahoo is actively working on the firmware improvement or just that Android support is so weak that it did not get the latest firmware update a few days ago?

I did some configuration on RFLKT+ on the iPad. RFLKT+ seems to turn off often. Configuring it on the iPad is easier as the screen is bigger.

This firmware update means that Wahoo is actively updating the firmware?


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Love Mei iPad mini 2 case]の続きを読む

テーマ:iPhone/iPad - ジャンル:携帯電話・PHS

  1. 2017/05/23(火) 20:32:56|
  2. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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Canmore GT-750FL and iPad / iPhone / iPod

I have been looking for a cheaper solution for acquiring real GPS signals for iPad (wifi only model).

By the way, just recently I got an iPad mini 2 (16 GB wifi model) via ebay and I have not yet have it by me as of May 9, 2017. It will be delivered around May 18. Anyway, ...

There are Bluetooth GPS receivers on the market. Some are expensive and others not too expensive. Some are iOS compatible and others are not.

I have looked into dual XGPS 150 / 160 models. I have come to learn about Garmin GLO model, GNS GNS 200 or Bad Elf models. These rather expensive models are iOS compatible and cheaper models are not compatible.

Jailbreaking the iOS devices and using BT Stack seems to be the solution. Is this Canmore GT-750FL compatible with iOS devices using BT Stack?

A Quick search led me to this page (https://code.google.com/archive/p/btstack/issues/460).

Here are the gist.
GoogleCodeArchiveBTStack01.jpg

GoogleCodeArchiveBTStack02.jpg

So according to the conversation between the author of the program and an issue reporter, the issue seems to have been cleared. This means that if I could successfully jailbreak my iPad mini 2, I can use this much cheaper Canmore GT-750FL with my iPad mini 2.

I have not yet received my iPad yet and I don't know how it arrives. Obviously the seller / previous owner has initialized the device so that it won't have any private data on it. Has it been upgraded to the latest version of iOS? I guess so. This means that it is on iOS 10.3.1 (according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPad_Mini_2).

iOS 10.3.1 can not jailbroken for the moment. iOS 10.2 seems to be the latest iOS that can be jailbroken and at the same time iPad mini 2 is not on the list of jailbreakable models.

So I have to wait until the day comes when iPad mini 2 on iOS 10.3.1 can be jailbroken to buy a GT-750FL.

Currently a GT-750FL can be obtained through Amazon at around €50 but dual XGPS 160 costs around €144 in Luxembourg from some online shop. The price difference is almost €100.

I can go ahead and buy a GT750FL and use it with my Android devices hoping that one day I can use it with my iPad mini 2.

My ARCHOS 70 Oxygen has aGPS function and my (not yet arrived) Google Nexus 5X also has aGPS functionality built in (as it is a phone, d*mn it!) but using an outside help said to elongate the battery life significantly as Bluetooth uses far less energy.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Canmore GT-750FL and iPad / iPhone / iPod]の続きを読む

テーマ:周辺機器 - ジャンル:携帯電話・PHS

  1. 2017/05/09(火) 23:17:02|
  2. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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