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v2.0 Live on the App Store

v2.0 Live on the App Store

As the title says, v2.0 is now available. The main difference is that it’s no longer free 🙁 The good news is that all of the datasets are now included as standard, so there’s no more in-app purchase 🙂

Nerd or Nuggle? Take the Test.

Nerd or Nuggle? Take the Test.

If you’re familiar with Harry Potter you’ll know that there are various levels of magical ability from witches and wizards through to squibs and muggles. The same thing applies to nerds. On one hand you might be a fully elected member of the Nerdengamot, or you may be a nuggle with no discernable nerd interest whatsoever. Take the test below to find out where you stand in the great nerd state of things. Question 1… You’ve read this far, give…

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What’s Up with the Headings?

What’s Up with the Headings?

If you’ve used the NerdNav and you’re not in the airline business or don’t do a lot of flying, the chances are that you’ve been surprised by the results that it can return. I know I was. The problem is that most of us are used to seeing the world as a flat rectangular map, whereas the real world is spherical (OK not quite, but lets not get bogged down in that). I’m based in the UK, so if I…

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Calibrating your NerdNav

Calibrating your NerdNav

In order for NerdNav to work as a navigator it needs to know two things, your location and the direction that the device is pointing. Location is easy. As long as you give the device permission it gets your location very quickly. Direction, or heading, is more tricky and we need to give it some help. Mobile devices use an internal magnetometer to determine heading and as the name suggests, this makes use of the Earth’s magnetic field. Quite often…

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The Inspiration for NerdNav

The Inspiration for NerdNav

I’ve been developing apps commercially for the past seven years and during that period I’ve always had side projects, several of which have ended up in apps that have been on the app store at some stage. NerdNav has been my side project for the best part of a year, but its inspiration came from two events almost exactly 40 years apart. In 1975, when I was 13 years old I lived in the valleys of South Wales with my parents….

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