Slot Racing for Android

Category : Android, Software, Technology

Slot Racing: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mobialia.slot

This is a brilliantly fun little scalextrix sim. Not very realistic though, where are all the annoying deadspots in the track and the warm electrical hum of a transformer living life on the edge?!

iSyncr Wifi for Android

Category : Android, Mobile, Technology

At long long last I have found something which allows me to sync my music with my PC as easily as I could with the iPhone.

And even better than that, I can sync everything wirelessly and automatically.

Its only a few quid and an absolute sinch to set up. Awesome little app!

iSyncr WiFi: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.jrtstudio.iSyncr.WiFi

How to use technology to cycle and walk places you would never have imagined!

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Category : Android, Blog, Cycling, Cycling Blog, Software, Sport, Technology

So, here is how technology has taken my cycling opportunities to all new levels, and how you can do the same to plan awesome cycle (and if you are that way inclined, walking) routes that you otherwise would never have imagined!

Using Back Country Navigator (http://www.backcountrynavigator.com/) on my android phone, I can view Ordnance Survey style maps on my phone and mark waypoints in order to plan a route which includes bridleways, footpaths and minor roads which you just can’t find on Google maps or the likes of Map My Ride (http://www.mapmyride.com) . Sometimes I may use Bing maps first (http://www.bing.com/maps/) as this too has an Ordnance Survey option (Back Country Navigator actually uses Bing maps as it’s engine), and so this allows me to just get an idea of things on a slightly larger screen.

Alternatively I may find a route that someone else has already done, and import it via a standard .gpx file.

When I have my route and waypoints marked on the phone, I can then export this to a .gpx file and use GPS Visualiser (http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/) to put the waypoints onto a map which I can then share with my friends, or fellow journeymen via a link or downloadable HTML file. Just on a slight tangent, I can use Remote Web Desktop (https://market.android.com/details?id=net.xdevelop.rmd) to start an FTP server on my phone, so I can connect to the phone via WIFI and download the file via FTP – you know, for those times where that pesky cable is upstairs!

I can then download the area of the map required to the phone (in Back Country Navigator), so that I know even when I am stuck somewhere remote with no signal (the best place to be on a bike!), I can rest safe in the knowledge I have a map at my finger tips and can still find my way.

Of course, I can then use Back Country Navigator to follow my route (and make diversions when I find that public footpath is infact impassible). It overlays my current heading, and location on the route I have already planned, just to keep things nice and simple. I can also use Back Country Navigator to track and record my actual path, though I tend to prefer the Map My Ride app for this, as this also records things like the time I have taken, my average and maximum speeds, which is all kinda groovy.

When I get home I can then export my actual route from the map mapped by map my ride, and use a WordPress plugin called GPX To Graphics (http://janwillemeshuis.nl/over-2/wordpress-plugins/gpx2graphics-plugin/) to share the route via my blog. If I’ve been a bit touristy I can also upload the photos to my Picasa account and share them on here too!

All in all, this gives me everything that very expensive mapping software and GPS devices would give me – and a whole lot more. And the only cost is a meagre £7 for the Back Country Navigator app on the ‘droid.

I hope this may help someone to discover a whole new world of cycling or walking. Just a small disclaimer. Make sure you have spare batteries for your phone – enough to get you through a heavy days use, and, being sensible I would always also reccommend printing off, or having copies of maps of the area you are riding as a backup plan in the case that technology fails!

 

Back Country Navigator for Android

Category : Android, Software, Technology

This is a fantastic little app. Turn your android device into a fully functioning GPS navigation device for just £6.

Import your waypoints from standard gpx files and then see your waypoints, current heading, and current direction nicely overlayed over detailed Os survey style maps from Multimap.

You can even download the maps to the phone so when you are lost in the arse end of nowhere with no mobile signal, you can still find your way about. Just make sure you have some spare batteries with you, although to be fair, even its battery use is very acceptable.

Other features include a compass, and detailed waypoint navigation on a point to point basis, and much more. For the price, it’s an excellent little app for all you intrepid explorers!

BackCountry Navigator PRO: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.crittermap.backcountrynavigator.license

Physx live wallpaper

Category : Android, Software, Technology

I absolutely love this live wallpaper. Lots of colourful particles bouncing up and down the screen reacting to the accelerometer in the phone.

Doesn’t seem too much of a battery drain either. Much fun!

PhysX Live Wallpaper: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.kunnskap.android.wallpaper.physx

Better Keyboard 8 for Android

Category : Android, Mobile, Technology

As anyone with a Droid knows, the stock keyboard is a bit pants. I tried several others before finding one I was really happy with, and this is it. It doesn’t do a lot of the clever swipey funky stuff but as a basic tap tap keyboard it just seems to work really well. Responsive and accurate!

Better Keyboard 8 (Gingerbread Edition): http://market.android.com/details?id=com.betterandroid.betterkeyboard8

iPhone OS4.0- Can I have it now?

Category : Mobile

I guess the biggy is multi-tasking, but some other cool features, like folders for your icons (Hurrah!), and lots of other cool stuff.

Go here: http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/08/live-from-apples-iphone-os-4-event/

iPhone App Review: NDrive UK

Category : Mobile

I paid just £15 for this app, figuring at that price, it was worth a bit of a punt. I certainly don’t regret it. It’s an absolute bargain. It’s not perfect. At times a bit basic and the UI can be a bit clunky, but for the price, you really can’t complain.
I just got back from a road trip around the scottish highlands and it navigated me around flawlessly. Including diverting my route successfully when it first tried to take me down a snow-closed road. The instructions are clear and given in good time (repeated 3 times as you approach the direction, so no excuses for missing one!).
The map is clear enough and the time estimates it gives for your route are scarily accurate. I’m sure the TomTom and other expensive navigation apps do lot’s of really clever stuff, but if you just want a nice simple app that will get you from A to B without any complication, then you really can’t go wrong with this.

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/ndrive-uk-and-ireland/id331883926?mt=8