Sep 21, 2013
Bad Cop and
DarrylW4 tackle a seeming complete random series of topics on
the ninetieth edition of the GeoGearHeads. The show kicked off with
feedback from both DudleyGrunt
about c:geo and it's use of the
Geocaching.com Friends feature. Then the Bad Cop shared news
about a modular smartphone system they'd like to create. Of course
the iPhone 5S release
had to be mentioned and the
M7 processor and
64-bit A7 were the topics of interest to location-based Gamers.
The Bad Cop also upgraded his iPhone 5 to iOS 7 while DarrylW4
recommended (and has been) waiting a couple weeks for the App
updates to catchup. Some articles of note they mentioned were;
to stop iOS 7 from destroying your iPhone's battery life" (from
TUAW), "iOS 7 Locks Stolen iPhones to
Prevent Resale" (from TidBits), and "Apple
details security fixes in iOS 7. And there's a ton of them!"
(from iMore). DarrylW4 brought
up the release of a new memory card format – CFast
(see also the
Wet_Coaster also mentioned the Sumsung
Rubgy as an option for Geocachers and DarrylW4 mentioned a few
others recently shipped (including the Samsung
Galaxy S4 Active, Kyocera Torque,
Sony Experia Z1) he found encouraging. A question from
f1drivr on Ingress triggered some discussion on the
changes in the game (see Engadget's "Google's mobile MMO
Ingress gets badges for monitoring player progress") and how
its important to connect with fellow players. He also asked about
updates and using GPSFileDepot maps.
JerseyEric asked about using the official Geocaching.com App
for marking waypoints as well as other options (most of which will
be talked about in the future "Getting Good Coords" show).
Wet_Coaster asked in the Live Q&A about a GPSR with an
emergency phone function. While neither the Bad Cop or DarrylW4
knew of a device doing both functions they suggested the SpareOne, Spot Messanger, or DeLorme InReach depending on
Superted asked about getting a GSM SIM for use in the U.S.
DarrylW4 recommended using the AT&T network as
they have better coverage overall than the other large GSM carrier
in the U.S. – T-Mobile – but
not necessary to use AT&T itself. Two MVNOs offered as options
were GoPhone and StraightTalk.
The live video session from this Google+ Hangout On Air can be found on YouTube.