TAG :: Toronto Area Geocachers » Applications

Jan 11 2011

PiGo, the Wherigo player for iOS has received a minor update tonight that corrects a login issue. The login issue was a problem with cookies that prevented users from downloading Wherigo cartridges from within the app.

When downloading cartridges to PiGo, you should select the “PocketPC” version. Cartridges can be downloaded from within the app, or you can download on your computer and transfer them using iTunes.

Jan 10 2011

Got an iPhone? Hate Sudoku puzzles?
Well, Google has an app for you! Today’s update of the Google Mobile App for iPhone now adds a Suduko puzzle solver to the application. Literally, all you need to do is start up the Google Mobile App, aim the camera at the Sudoku puzzle in question and tap “Solve”. Within a few seconds Google will take all the work right out of that Sudoku puzzle you just encountered at stage 3 of that diabolical multi. No word on Kakuru puzzles yet though.

Jan 08 2011

The Groundspeak Geocaching App has been updated to version 4.2.2

This addresses the memory leak problem from iOS 4.2 (and 4.2.1) that caused the app to be very laggy.  According to the release notes, it also corrects issues with the app locking up when being restored from background or lock.

There is another issue with usernames with apostrophe’s in them that is corrected.

If you’re running iOS 4.2(.1) on your device, it’s a pretty good idea to run this update. I used it for my geocache outing tonight and it does seem quite improved.

Jan 04 2011

Today, Garmin has set another milestone by releasing a Navigation app for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad).

The application is a full 2D or 3D automotive navigation application, based on the popular StreetPilot series GPS units. It supports the usual functions including POI databases, routing to your contacts on your iPhone or even calling them, and of course, traffic (and even weather). Voice prompting with street names is included and it will operate in Portrait or Landscape modes.

This uses City Navigator NT data, and pulls it “over the air”, from Garmin servers. This is similar to Mapquest 4 Mobile. The advantage is you will not be sucking up a Gigabyte of space on  your device for local maps like Navigon’s 1.6GB for example. The disadvantage is that you will consume 3G data while using the application.  Traffic is also included (it’s $10/year on Navigon)

It is available only in the United States (UPDATE: USA and Canada) right now (so not available to us Canadians just yet, but the USA version has Canadian Maps). Cost is comparable to competing products, at $39.99 USD.
What makes this important is that it is the first real effort to supporting iOS device users, and likely a sign of things to come.

UPDATE: It’s showing up in the Canadian iTunes store too now, for $39.99 CAD