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NC #643 Episode 500 of Chit Chat, Galileo Offline Maps, TechMatte MagGrip Phone Mount, Security Bits

We celebrate the 500th episode of Chit Chat Across the Pond with Bart Busschots so I do a little retrospective on the origin of the show. Steve and I will be in the live chat room during the Apple announcement on September 12th at, so we hope you’ll join us. I’ve got a review of Galileo Offline Maps and one of the TechMatte MagGrip phone car mount.

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New Favorite Phone Car Mount – TechMatte MagGrip

Techmate with phone in car2Ever since smart phones started giving us navigation, we’ve been on the hunt for the best way to mount our phones so we can see them while driving.

There were the window suction cups which totally obscured your view out the windshield and which were against Department of Motor Vehicle regulations. There were the things you had to glue to your dashboard, forever marring the surface. Remember the sticky things to put on the back of your phone so that in theory it wouldn’t slide off the dash?

There was the bayonet-mount that allowed you to clock your phone 90° to lock into place, but you had to use a special case. There was the vent mounts that worked well, except the driver didn’t get any air flow and every time you got a bigger phone you had to buy a new model. Even with the right size, the clamp that held the phone in place took two hands to remove.

Every single solution had problems of either marring the phone, modifying the car, requiring a special case, or was clumsy to use.  Continue reading “New Favorite Phone Car Mount – TechMatte MagGrip”

CCATP #500 Bart Busschots – PBS 38 of x – Taking Stock

We finally reached 500 episodes of Chit Chat Across the Pond (episode 499 will be next week) so who better to have on the show than Bart Busschots who started it all?

In our first Programming By Stealth after our summer vacation, Bart decided to do a retrospective on what we’ve learned to date from HTML to CSS to JavaScript. I thought it was a great episode because it refreshed my memory on so much that we’ve done. He even put together a set of quiz questions for each section and shockinglyI didn’t do too badly at them!

It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy this refresher episode as much as I did. Of course Bart’s fabulous written tutorial is available at…

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Galileo Offline Maps Pro for iOS and Android

Galileo logoI’ve been a user of Google and Apple Maps for a long time, both of which work great if you’ve got Internet access. Lately I’ve found myself outside of cell service while traveling in the US and those map applications don’t work well at all.

I hadn’t thought about solving this problem until we were in Oregon going to see the solar eclipse with Jean MacDonald last week. She showed us an iOS app called Galileo Offline Maps Pro which is $3.99US in the iOS App Store. It’s also available on Android for only $2.99 in the Google Play Store.

If all Galileo did was do offline maps, I probably wouldn’t even mention it because there are lots of apps that do just that. Galileo does much more and solves some real problems.

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