#Tech Tuesday – Auto Tech

U.S. roads are getting more dangerous because of distracted drivers. The right tech, however, can help make sure you arrive safely at your final destination.

In this week’s #TechTuesday segment Bill Wills and I discuss tech for your car to help keep your eyes on the road.

#TechTuesday is heard on Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 Newsradio Tuesdays at 7:50AM.

Magellan Content Manager Server Busy Error

Magellan Content Manager

Quick tip for Magellan GPS owners: If you are getting a “Server Busy” error with the Magellan Content Manager software on your PC or Mac, the reason may be your password.

I discovered that the software does not like non-alphanumeric characters like “%” or “@” that security conscious users will add to their passwords. Change your password on the magellangps.com to only have alphanumeric characters (A-Z and 0-9) and it will launch right into your account.

WTAM 1100 – Two-Wheel Technology for Motorcyclists

Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday June 24th, 2014

WTAM 1100 Newsradio Cleveland OhioThis morning’s Tech Tuesday segment on WTAM 1100 Newsradio in Cleveland was about making the most of your motorcycle trips with technology. As an avid motorcyclist and fan of technology, I was glad to bring these two topics together.

During the segment on the Wills & Snyder Show in the Morning, Bill Wills and I discussed Bluetooth wireless headsets like those from Sena. Great for music and calls on the go.

We also talked about specialized standalone GPS units for motorcycle from Garmin and TomTom vs smartphone apps like Google Maps or Waze

For those looking to add safety to their ride, the CrashLight feature of the EatSleepRIDE app can alert friends and family if there’s been a crash. The app also ties into the motorcyclist social network provided at EatSleepRIDE.com where riders can post photos, favorite routes and write reviews of motorcycle products. I’m a member as, of course, Agent3012.

It’s always fun when work and play come together!

Augmented Reality on the Apple iPhone

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This video, showing the use of the new Nearest Tube app for the Apple iPhone 3GS, really brings home the point that augmented reality applications are starting to make their way into every day life.

“Augmented reality” is a term you’ll hear for technology that adds extra information into your view of an area around you. In the example above, the app uses the GPS and magnetic compass in the iPhone 3GS to determine where you’re at and what you’re looking at to lookup useful information about the London subway system, then takes the current image from the camera and adds the relevant information on top of it.

Yet again, a little bit of “science fiction” that has become “science now”.