The 2017 Nokia 3310

by admin on March 3, 2017

The 2017 Nokia 3310

This awesome classic is back! I love the display and the UI. Would buy it today only if it supported the basics

  • 4/5G
    Basic Social Apps like Twitter, FB, WhatsApp
    GPS Navigation
    Apps like the Old Nokia…

The 2017 Nokia 3310

Navmii : A Free Voice Guided Navigation App For Blackberry 10

by admin on August 12, 2015

Navmii is a free smart navigation and traffic app for drivers. The company is a leading provider of connected navigation solutions globally. The company is headquartered in London UK, with offices in San Francisco and St Petersburg, Russia. Navmii launched Navfree in September 2010 and was the very first free navigation app on iPhone. It uses OSM maps.Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 7.04.49 pm

Here Maps for iOS are here.

by admin on April 1, 2015

Finally. We have another good offline maps solution for iOS. Here Maps.

Nokia’s Here maps are amongst the best in the world. Having turn-by-turn navigation, that too, offline, makes this an absolute must for your iPhone.HereForiOS-5

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How to send photos from iPhone to Mac

by admin on August 29, 2014

Its really very simple. Just connect your iPhone to your Mac using the USB iPhone cable. Open Applications : ImageCapture on your Mac. Your iPhone will want to know if it can trust this computer (in case it’s not your default synced Mac). Say ‘Yes’.

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Now ImageCapture displays all your photos. Import as many as you wish.

Suunto Ambit 3 Wish List

by admin on August 28, 2014

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Much as I love my Suunto Ambit, I wish the following things were possible. Will keep adding to the list:

– Easier calibration of built in 3D Compass.
– Ability to load .gpx tracks created from other apps like JOSM.
– Ability to export recorded tracks to apps of my choice (for example OpenStreetMap)
– An app to map Temperature against Time (just like we can see Altitude against time right now).
– An app t record tracks and place WayPoints with the click of a button.
– I know this is asking for too much, but support for Windows Mobile and Blackberry 10 if possible.
– A more detailed App store which has photos, screenshots and more info on the Apps.
– A discussion board on Suunto site. Currently its very difficult to seek help, discuss issues and ideas etc.

Will keep adding to this wish list.

Suunto Ambit: Best Smartwatch

by admin on August 24, 2014

I have owned the Suunto Ambit for over a year now, and it has clearly been the best ‘smart watch’ I have come across. It has:

– GPS : recording tracks, waypoints, navigation
– Altimeter
– Thermometer
– Apps. Yes it has a thriving app store at and you can code your own.

It connects to your Mac via a USB cable and the ‘MovesCount’ app, plus simultaneously gets charged as well. The battery lasts about a month without GPS. If GPS is active, it lasts about 17 hours.

Apart from the regular time, stopwatch, alarm, storm forecasts, sunrise/sunset etc. The new Ambit3 can display phone notifications on your watch via a connected phone app, but I have never really been a fan of notifications on the watch. I can always look at my phone, equally handy, for that.

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Why the world needs OpenStreetMap

by admin on January 27, 2014

An excellent piece by emacsen:

…why do we need a project like OpenStreetMap? The answer is simply that as a society, no one company should have a monopoly on place, just as no one company had a monopoly on time in the 1800s. Place is a shared resource, and when you give all that power to a single entity, you are giving them the power not only to tell you about your location, but to shape it. In summary, there are three concerns- who decides what gets shown on the map, who decides where you are and where you should go, and personal privacy.

Who decides what gets displayed on a Google Map? The answer is, of course, that Google does.

How can we map for OSM using our phones (if your phone has a built in GPS chip)?

iPhone: GoMap!
Blackberry 10: Nogago Tracks.
Blackberry OS before 10: GPSLogger II.
Windows Phone: SimpleOSM.
Android: Vespucci.
Symbian S60: PyS60Editor.
Nokia Internet Tablets N800/N810/N900: OSM2Go.
n case your phone doesn’t have a GPS chip, you can always use something like the Columbus V990. (This page is in German, you can use some online translation service to read it).

These are only some of the tools that I have experienced myself. There are many others. Just look around and find one that you prefer using. Some of these apps, like Nogago and GPSLogger II help in recording gpx trails and waypoints which you must import into OSM editors like Potlatch/JOSM/iD etc to create maps. Apps like GoMap! and Vespucci allow you to directly add waypoints and other information on OSM.

Map responsibly and understand the security concerns involved.

Nokia Lumia 820 and Mac

by admin on December 1, 2013


I have been a big fan of the Windows 8 Phone. I was able to get my hands on a Nokia Lumia 820 and used it for a couple of months. My main phone as of now is a Blackberry Z10.

Note: To use the Lumia series one must have a Hotmail/Outlook account. Else one won’t be able to use their Store.

Move contacts from your Mac to your Windows 8 Phone: There seems to be no way for the Lumia 820 to communicate with the Mac (OS X 10.7.x). All my 3000+ contacts are in my Apple Address Book. How to get them to the Lumia? I didn’t want to route this via Gmail. Luckily, I had a Nokia 5233. I searched for Apple iSync online and donwloaded/installed it. Then I synced the AddressBook with the Nokia 5233 via iSync + Bluetooth. Next, I used Nokia’s Device Switch app to transfer all the contacts from the 5233 to the Lumia 820. Syncing the Lumia 820 to my Hotmail account seamlessly transferred all my contacts to Hotmail. (Note: I cleaned by Hotmail contact list first before syncing my Windows Phone 8 and Hotmail).

Alternatively: Go to Apple AddressBook (called Contacts in Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks) -> Preferences -> Accounts -> Add Account (Its the + plus at the bottom of the dialogue box)-> Google. Adding the same Google Account on your Windows Phone 8 will transfer the contacts.

Email: The emails work perfectly fine on the Lumia 820. Hotmail, Gmail and my company mail.

Maps: The Nokia Here maps are fabulous. No problems there at all.

OneNote: The Microsoft OneNote is a fabulous cloud synced note app which can be used to make numbered lists, check boxed lists, general notes with text, audio pictures etc. Its simple and works well.

MS Office: The built in MS Office Suite is complete in itself.

Update: Much after I got the phone, Microsoft released the wonderful Windows Phone App for Mac. It syncs and/or moves media between your Mac and Windows 8 Phone.

BlackBerry Z10 : The Essential Tools

by admin on May 9, 2013

I have been using the BlackBerry Z10 for over two months now. My sentiments have been from returning it on day three to kind of starting to like it. My previous phone was a BB 9900 Bold Touch.

The BlackBerry Link software is useless. It does nothing to sync my contacts, calendars, notes etc. Its just used to sync documents, media et, something that I have little use for.

For syncing the essentials (Contacts, Calendars, Mail etc), I used the iCloudBB Sync as detailed here.

(I personally moved my contacts vi BB Protect, Calendars via iCloud).

Once the basic essentials are in place, I looked for the next: Maps. Blackberry gives away the detailed, turn by turn voice guided,  awesome MapMyIndia Maps for free. The BB Z10 already has a fantastic office documents suite for viewing and editing. For messaging there is BBM as well as WhatsApp. There’s Skype as well.

One must also get the free BlackBerry Travel for World Clock, Currency, Flight Status, Weather etc.

The BB Z10 doesnt have a note taking software. So I got Evernote.

For GPS tracking, I got OnTrail. Recording GPS tracks and waypoints is something I have been missing ever since I moved from the Bold Touch 9900 (which had support for the eMacBerry GPS Logger II). I am still not happy, since the tracks recorded do not have adequate time-stamps, hence are rejected by OpenStreetMap.

For international news, theres the fabulous New York Times and The Guardian apps.

For task management, there is Remember The Milk.

These got me going!


Update: I found Nogago Tracks a much better, and perhaps the best alternative yet, for recording GPS Tracks and adding waypoints. You can then email a .gpx copy of the tracks to yourself for adding to OSM.



The Blackberry 10 is here

by admin on January 31, 2013

We love the BB. Always have. And the much awaited BB10 on the Z10 is here. Cant wait to get our hands on one.

BBZ10And we loved the ‘Remember’ app.

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