Smartphones & Tablets


Apple has released iOS 14.2.2 iPhone

Apple has released iOS 14.2.2 for download for iPhone users, along with iOS 12.5.2 for older devices. Also available is iPad OS 14.2.2. Users can update by going to Settings > General > Software Update. The update is propagating and is now showing up in Canada, showing up as a 204MB download for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.

What Android Tablets Or Smartphones Should I Consider To Mount In My Vehicle?

A year ago I made a post when I was looking for a tablet. I still haven't bought one for my vehicle. However, now that Droid Star is available for Android devices, I am rekindling my interest in a tablet or a smartphone for my pickup truck. Since Droid Star runs on Android, I can rule out any Apple iPads.

iOS 14.4 update now available

iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 are now available, include Bluetooth type settings, bug fixes

While this latest update isn’t as substantial as iOS 14.3/iPadOS 14.3, it does include a few notable new features. For example, there’s now a new option that allows users to classify Bluetooth audio device types to identify headphones correctly for audio notifications.

iOS 14.3 Update released

Time for another update

In addition to bug fixes and security updates, iOS 14.3 brings several new features.

Details at

Poor Cellular Coverage

I live in a rural area where cellular coverage is a joke. I've tried Att, T-mobile and Sprint with Verizon providing the best signal. At best, it's only a 1 to 1 /12 bar 1X signal. The rest of the world is gearing up for 5G and I'm still waiting for 3G.

Alfred Home Security Camera

I posted this some time back but now with the Christmas holidays upon us. Looks like a lot of Christmas gifts will be purchased on line and delivered at our homes. For those who don't have a door bell camera or want just another line of security. You can pull out one of those Android tablets or phone that are just collecting dust and make a security system on the cheap.

Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

iOS 14.2 - another update

Just did this update. Took about 45 minutes. A little longer than the last couple. Lots of new stuff and more emojis

Apple recently released iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2, the second major updates to the iOS and iPadOS 14 operating system updates that were released in September. iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 come two weeks after the launch of iOS 14.1.

For details, read....

iOS 14.0.1 released

It certainly did not take long for Apple to need to update iOS 14.0 with some bug fixes.

Earlier this week I downloaded and installed iOS 14.0.1 on my iPhone 8+, and it seems to be working without problems.

- Tom -

XXL540, GO LIVE 1535, GO 620

Android version 10

Looks like they are stating to put out the software version 10 update for Android. Got it Monday for my 2019 Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet.

Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Update to iOS 14.0

Today was update day. 3 updates for windows, 1 update for iPad and 1 update for iPhone. I'm taking tomorrow off smile

IPadOS 13.7 Installed

Apple has released iPadOS 13.7, which is said to provide some bug fixes.

I have installed it on my 9.7 inch iPad Pro and there are no obvious problems so far.

- Tom -

XXL540, GO LIVE 1535, GO 620

Just released iOS 13.6.1

Apple has just released iOS 13.6.1 and iPadOS 13.6.1 for all users, just one month after the release of iOS 13.6. The update fixes some known issues related to the Exposure Notifications and another one that could make the displays exhibit a green tint.

More info @

Got it installing now

Android app to run POI files

I am looking for recommendation for an app to use POI files on an Android phone. The apps I have looked at so far seem lacking. I would like to load the files on the phone and then import the file into the app. My preference is to do this all on the phone, not a webpage. I did a quick search on POI Factory but did not find this posted before. Thank you.

Android Auto after 10.0 update

Some members may have already seen this. My Samsung Galaxy A20 Android phone just got the version 10.0 update today. The first thing I noticed under app settings was Android Auto showing installed. No app was showing on the screen. No option to uninstall but you can disable it. After a little searching found this information below.

I can't find the Android Auto app on my phone

Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Here WeGo - Offline Maps & GPS.

Apple has released iOS 13.5.1

Apple has released iOS 13.5.1 for download for iPhone, along with iPadOS 13.5.1, which comes after iOS 13.5 was released on May 20, 2020. iOS 13.5 included Apple's opt-in Exposure Notification API, along with a faster passcode field when you're wearing a mask for those devices with Face ID. Apple also added an option to disable roaming Group FaceTime tiles, along with bug fixes.

iOS 13.5 Released

As the title says, Apple has released an update to iOS. One addition they tout is altering Face recognition to cope with face masks. Since my iPhone 8+ dues not use Face recognition, this is of no interest to me, but Apple says that 13.5 also has (undefined) bug fixes.

Accordingly, I went ahead with downloading and installing iOS 13.5. No negative effects observed so far . . .

- Tom -

XXL540, GO LIVE 1535, GO 620

Garminfones Repurposed

Given the current COVID-2019 restrictions in place and a chilly weekend here in Minnesota, I found myself digging through my old electronic devices and was brainstorming on how to get some more use out of things that I already own. Almost ten years ago I ended up with three Garminfones. The reviews on them were not good at the time. Despite that, I always thought it was an interesting concept.

Android Tablet For Navigating

My wife and I were traveling in my Ram 1500 pickup for a few hours both
Saturday and Sunday. I still use a Garmin DriveLuxe 51 as my primary navigator. She will often use her smartphone to supplement. She made the comment that she would often like to see a bigger picture when she looks at of our route. I have considered using Industrial

Android Auto

Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

5G Cellular Causing Coronavirus!

These theories have been around for some time and have been dismissed by every study ever done on the subject. The theories however persist perhaps because they are supported by a few notables of the tinfoil hat society.

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