Monthly Archives: September 2012

Alternative to iOS 6 Maps

For those of us who have upgraded to the latest iOS 6 operating system for the iPhone, or if you have the iPhone 5 you should know by now that Google maps is gone and Apple maps has taken its place.  I am not sure how much you use the maps on your iPhone but I use it quite a bit.  I drive around town a lot going to client sites or sales meetings and Google maps has always gotten me there, although I would argue maybe not always the best route.  I was excited about Apple maps since it has turn by turn directions, which Google maps on the iPone did not have.

Last weekend I got my first chance to really use the new maps for the iPhone when I took my son to visit Baylor college.  The first thing I did was search for a Starbucks on my route so that I could get a cup of coffee before starting the day.  The search did return several Starbucks and I picked one along our route.  As we got close I took the exit and and drove to the intersection to where the Starbucks was showing on my map, however when I got there, there was no Starbucks in site.  I drove around thinking it was close but could not find it.  So I decided to look again at the map and upon closer review I noticed that the location displayed an “approximate location” instead of an actual Starbucks.  Frustrated and running out of time I had to skip it altogether.  Sure maybe I should have looked closer but I was driving and did not want to play with my phone, I just wanted to find a cup of coffee.  I never remember Google maps giving me an approximate location.  


So what can you do if you are stuck with iOS 6 maps?  Well now you can download Scout and get a free year of it premium navigation service for free.

This app claims to have the following features (from their web site):

  • Our 3D turn-by-turn navigation with voice
  • Automatic rerouting if you miss a turn or take a detour
  • Offline navigation for when you drive out of cell coverage
  • Speech recognition
  • Lane Assist, which helps you figure out what lane you should be in
  • Speed Traps & Red Light Camera Alerts
  • Search for the cheapest gas near you

While I am sure that Apple will improve their map application over time, right now I just want something that works.  I have not had a chance to really test Scout yet but will give it a try over the next few days.  I figure either way it cannot hurt to have an extra mapping application on my phone.  

Online Backup Free for 1 Year

At Jetxp, we always recommend a good online backup be in your backup plan for your servers and computers. And Carbonite has always been one of our choices for reliably backing up your data. But another backup company called CrashPlan is running a special deal right now where you get 1-year of unlimited backup, Free!

Here is the link with the details:

I am currently testing out CrashPlan on my personal computers, and I have been quite pleased thus far. One great feature that CrashPlan offers is that their utility can not only backup online but also to an external drive or a friend’s computer. It is also easier to select which files you would like to backup. There is also the free app for iPhone or iPad to view all your backed up files.

One last note: CrashPlan got picked for the Best Online Backup Solution from the highly respected WireCutter Blog.

If you don’t yet have an online backup for your business or home computer, 1-year of free online backup is worth trying.

Which One Should I Buy?

This is often the question we face when we are looking to upgrade our computers, printers, phones, TV’s, or any other gadget we use. Walking into Best Buy and seeing the sheer number of options can be a bit daunting. Which is the best one? What will give me the biggest bang for my buck? 

Luckily, Brian over at has done all the heavy lifting for you. He is trusted tech writer who is obsessed with finding the best of the best in gadgets for a good price. You can find everything from which computer to buy, to what camcorder records the best, to what cellphone carrier should you use.

I highly recommend you bookmark the link and save it for the next time you shop for technology.