Using your iOS device for offline navigation

One of the coolest and pos­sibly the most expens­ive fea­ture of an iPhone or iPad is the maps / nav­ig­a­tion fea­ture. On our recent vaca­tion to Maui, we wanted to have live maps, but not have to rack up expens­ive data to do it. A bit of Inter­net sleuth­ing turned up Pock­etEarth, a very cool […]

How your mobile phone or tablet could save your life

Believe it or not, there are many ways your mobile smart phone could be used when you find your­self in the middle of an emer­gency situ­ation,  aside from the obvi­ous — mak­ing a phone call for emer­gency assist­ance, I mean. The recent events in Japan and New Zea­l­and have shown that when dis­aster strikes, get­ting […]

It’s cold! Pamper your tech

With the amount of gear I have around I’m sur­prised this does­n’t hap­pen to me more often. The weath­er in Edmon­ton has been rather cool of late, in the ‑20 to ‑30 degree range in fact. And today, since it’s warmed up to a reas­on­able ‑2, I decided to drive the car, rather than our […]

Where’s Waldo?

This week I star­ted using Gowalla — a check-in application/game for mobile devices sim­il­ar to Foursquare, which means noth­ing if you’ve not used FourSquare either…so let me explain. …more This post is an excerpt from one of my weekly posts on the Future Shop Techb­log. Check out the full post here.

Go Go TomTom!

I’ve been a GPS and in-car nav­ig­a­tion fan for years…mostly because I can­’t nav­ig­ate my way out of a wet paper bag, so my wife’d have you believe 🙂 Which is why when I was giv­en the oppor­tun­ity to take a look at the TomTom GO630 nav­ig­a­tion sys­tem, I jumped at the chance. …more This […]