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GeoGearHeadsThe Bad Cop and DarrylW4 tackle a seeming complete random series of topics on the ninetieth edition of the GeoGearHeads. The show kicked off with feedback from both DudleyGrunt and Ed2Ed about c:geo and it's use of the Geocaching.com Friends feature. Then the Bad Cop shared news from PhoneBloks about a modular smartphone system they'd like to create. Of course the iPhone 5S release had to be mentioned and the M7 processor and 64-bit A7 were the topics of interest to location-based Gamers. The Bad Cop also upgraded his iPhone 5 to iOS 7 while DarrylW4 recommended (and has been) waiting a couple weeks for the App updates to catchup. Some articles of note they mentioned were; "How to stop iOS 7 from destroying your iPhone's battery life" (from TUAW), "iOS 7 Locks Stolen iPhones to Prevent Resale" (from TidBits), and "Apple details security fixes in iOS 7. And there's a ton of them!" (from iMore). DarrylW4 brought up the release of a new memory card format – CFast (see also the Engadget Article). Wet_Coaster also mentioned the Sumsung Rubgy as an option for Geocachers and DarrylW4 mentioned a few others recently shipped (including the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Kyocera Torque, Sony Experia Z1) he found encouraging. A question from f1drivr on Ingress triggered some discussion on the changes in the game (see Engadget's "Google's mobile MMO Ingress gets badges for monitoring player progress") and how its important to connect with fellow players. He also asked about Garmin map updates and using GPSFileDepot maps. JerseyEric asked about using the official Geocaching.com App for marking waypoints as well as other options (most of which will be talked about in the future "Getting Good Coords" show). Wet_Coaster asked in the Live Q&A about a GPSR with an emergency phone function. While neither the Bad Cop or DarrylW4 knew of a device doing both functions they suggested the SpareOne, Spot Messanger, or DeLorme InReach depending on needs. Finally Superted asked about getting a GSM SIM for use in the U.S. DarrylW4 recommended using the AT&T network as they have better coverage overall than the other large GSM carrier in the U.S. – T-Mobile – but not necessary to use AT&T itself. Two MVNOs offered as options were GoPhone and StraightTalk.

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GeoGearHeadsFor the eighty-ninth edition of the GeoGearHeads The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 discuss some of the tips and tricks posted to the entries in the "GeoGearHeads 2013 Traveler Race." We were excited to try out the new "Live Q&A" function for the first time during this recording with the assistance of f1drivr. The first of the traveler tips mentioned were from lafitefl's "Sea Cache Horsing Around" and "Cache Patrol" and a couple tips in their logs from gflyer. NoNameYet202 "GGH TB Race Technology Tag" was the next up along with bonus tip from EttaKrewe in its logs. 4freds's "QR-Code Travel Beetle" shared a tip seemingly learned from first-hand experience and a tip in the log from TheMoiety. globaltreckers mentioned GGH Beta.13 and the usage he learned about using NeonGeo (also check GGH056) on "email us plz if you grabbed thnx." Joe.small shared some tips on flashlights (check GGH066 for more on flashlights for Geocaching) on his "Shine a little light GGH 2013" traveler, which also picked up a tip from The Small Ball Crew in its logs. Minnesota Boy's travelers ("Goofy," "Rumpelstiltskin," and "US Flag History Geocoin") managed to collect the most tips on their logs including ones from gravitybear, cdnilpog, Jensentravels, and EvilRhino. Meanwhile debaere released a series of themed travelers into the race – "Top Gear(UK) - The Stig," "Top Gear(UK) - Jeremy Clarkson," "Top Gear(UK) - James May," "Top Gear(UK) - Richard Hammond" – each with its own tip. The "GeoGearHeads 2013 Evernote Racing Coin (II)," "GeoGearHeads 2013 QR Racing Coin (II)," and "GGH 2013 Race Traveling Tip Exchange" travelers from our own DarrylW4 received a little discussion again, but the add-on tip from scrapcat got more air time. Tips on those travelers from Poppa's Chick and peeknseekjr were also mentioned. "Doin' It Old School" by TeamOrville mentioned the "Log Them All" site. Finally for this week, Team Shiney's "Caching Friend" shared two more tips. Our thanks again to GXProxy.com for supplying many of the gifts for the participants!

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GeoGearHeadsThe Bad Cop and DarrylW4 tackle a variety of subjects on the eighty-eighth edition of the GeoGearHeads, the fifteenth installment of the Randomize show. juris1c wrote in wanting an iOS app to merge Geocaching, Munzee, and WallaBee notifications. Then we heard from TheWinterTrio who was hoping we knew something more about Geocaching.com's "Your Friends" feature (in short, no). Then the news that Microsoft killed their tags and the smartwatches out of IFA (Qualcomm Toq and Samsung Galaxy Gear) wrapped up the show. The "GeoGearHeads 2013 Traveler Race" is over, and we mentioned the three leaders in that race. Next week we're going over those tips.

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GeoGearHeadsQuadsinthemud (previously featured on CAMC008) joins The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 to talk about things they learned from the 2013 Geocaching Block Party on the eighty-seventh edition of the GeoGearHeads. The Bad Cop collected audio interviews with Bryan (Vice President/Co-Founder of Groundspeak) and fox-and-the-hound (noted designer Chris Mackey who works with GCProxy) while manning the booth in the Podcaster Studio. Bryan shared some insight into the Block Party and the HQ GeoTour. Fox-and-the-hound talked about his start in geocoins and experience with Moun10Bike, along with his day job at Aura Design Group.

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GeoGearHeadsJason Grubb of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics joins us for the eighty-sixth edition of the GeoGearHeads. He shared some information about the organization and tips for Geocachers (available in this PDF) along with the GeocachingPolicy.org/ and Tread Lightly sites. Also mentioned was the Geocache Reference Cards they sell.

Note: Jason wrote that he misspoke when talking about the amount of material carried out of the Petrified Forest National Park. It should have been "3.4 million pounds," not tons.

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GeoGearHeadsBen Dodson (CEO of WallaBee) joins TheBadCop and DarrylW4 on the eighty-fifth edition of the GeoGearHeads. He shares some insight about the iOS location-based game including is history and future. Ben tackles some emails from juris1c, Superted, and wolrab before we start gifting the "GeoGearHeads Show" unique card to those who emailed during the live show. Listen to the show for instructions as to how you can get your own through the end of September 2013.

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GeoGearHeadsClayJar (last on GGH071) for the eighty-fourth edition of the GeoGearHeads. Among the many things discussed were coord checkers "Certitude," "Evince," "Geocheck," and "Geochecker."

Also mentioned was the price drop on the Sero 7 tablets and The Bad Cop's booth at the Geocaching Block Party 2013.

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GeoGearHeadsSocial MunzeeFor the eighty-third edition of the GeoGearHeads we talk with Rob of Team Munzee. The covered features of the new Munzee 2.0 app (highlights are available in a YouTube video).

Also mentioned was the ongoing GeoGearHeads 2013 Traveler Race.

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GeoGearHeadsFor the eighty-second edition of the GeoGearHeads The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 talk about a variety of subjects. This time it mostly covered Android tablets and wearable computing. Nighthawk700 shared his thoughts and experience with the Hisense Sero 7 Pro. The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 talked about the New Nexus 7 and Chromecast announced recently by Google. They moved on to wearables and the Pebble Watch.

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GeoGearHeadsFor the eighty-first edition of the GeoGearHeads we're joined again by Rich Owings of GPS Tracklog to talk about the current state of GPSRs. The panel talked about the Garmin Oregon 600 series, Garmin Monterra, Rand McNally Foris 850, and the Earl. They wrapped up with their current picks for Geocaching GPSRs;



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GeoGearHeadsFor the eightieth edition of the GeoGearHeads The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 discuss the Premium Member Features of Geocaching.com. Those include Instant Notifications, Pocket Queries, Caches Along a Route, Lists, Premium Caches, Stats, Advanced Maps, and improved Live API access.

Also mentioned was Google's closure of the (mentioned in GGH 078: Caches Along A Route I) and the release of Munzee 2.0 for iOS.

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GeoGearHeadsThe Bad Cop and DarrylW4 talking about caching by yourself for the seventy-ninth edition of the GeoGearHeads. The show kicked off with feedback from and StevensAdInfinitum. Following the feedback from Team Geofrog they talked a little about headsets and referred to GGH Beta.06: Podcatching for those looking for more information. Darryl mentioned a "Women Caching Alone" bookmark list he found interesting and asked for others to send in any other references like it. Also, information from the GGH Beta.22: Social Media Safety I episode applies to your actions on the trail. Several smartphone apps were mentioned; Glympse, Google Latitude, Moby, echoecho, and iCloud Find My Friends. They also mentioned the satellite-based options of the DeLorme InReach and Spot. For an emergency, backup mobile phone they also talked about the SpareOne Phone.

They started with a brief schedule of some dates from Groundspeak to promote getting out for some Geocaching. One show – GGH 072: Streaking I – seemed especially helpful for those attempting to cache the entire month of August.

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GeoGearHeadsGeocaching.com's Caches Along A Route is the topic for the seventy-eighth edition of the GeoGearHeads. The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 talk through using the tool (more official help can be found in Groundspeak's Help Center under "1.4. Trip Planner: Caches Along a Route"). They referred back to previous shows — "GGH Beta.22: Social Media Safety I" and "GGH 060: Ontario Trails Project" — for more information relevant to their conversation.

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mtrax (he was previously on episode 87 of the original Cache-A-Maniacs series) The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 for the seventy-seventh edition of the GeoGearHeads to talk about powercaching by bicycle. Some of the information from GGH Beta.23: Gear Your Bike I (including show notes) was briefly mentioned again in this show. Some other suggested tools were Celly, Glympse, and Google Latitude.

Darryl also heard from one of the creators of HoneyBlend with some clarifications about WallaBee.

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The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 talk over three location-based games for the seventy-sixth edition of the GeoGearHeads, our thirteenth Randomize episode. The show started by answering some voicemail from JerseyEric about Munzee. WallaBee has been making the rounds through the Geocaching circles thanks to a post by previous guest Adrian Faulkner (a.k.a. figures). Finally, Ingress has undergone some changes making it a very different game than it had been when last mentioned on the GeoGearHeads.

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For the seventy-fifth edition of the GeoGearHeads we're joined by ChileHead to talk about his Intercaching service. Some examples of the service in use are the "GC44E92: UK's First InterCache" (GC44E92), "Fellow's Workout - Intercache Edition" (GC49Y8M), and "Intercache: Frolic In Fairport" (GC34DQ3).

We also heard back from wolrab troubles with the Geocaching App which he solved by using Geocaching with Geosphere (featured on GGH070).

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goblindust is our guest for the seventy-fourth edition of the GeoGearHeads to talk about his geocache hides. The Bad Cop talked a little about his finds on several of the caches -- "Go for a BLOW " (GC30EHC), "The SUPER Pages " (GC3863H), "GOAT" (GC2Q1RT), "13467 Sea-Tel Blvd." (GC41T5F), and "DR. Who." (GCW6EM) -- plus the "Pirate High Seas Adventure" (GC395WZ) event.

globaltreckers also submitted some audio feedback about the "GeoGearHeads 2013 Traveler Race."

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goblindust is our guest for the seventy-fourth edition of the GeoGearHeads to talk about his geocache hides. The Bad Cop talked a little about his finds on several of the caches -- "Go for a BLOW " (GC30EHC), "The SUPER Pages " (GC3863H), "GOAT" (GC2Q1RT), "13467 Sea-Tel Blvd." (GC41T5F), and "DR. Who." (GCW6EM) -- plus the "Pirate High Seas Adventure" (GC395WZ) event.

globaltreckers also submitted some audio feedback about the "GeoGearHeads 2013 Traveler Race."

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kcsmiths joins The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 on the the seventy-second edition of the GeoGearHeads. He wrote the "A GeoYear Streak" post for the "Trip's GeoAdventures" blog after wrapping up more than a year finding a geocache each day. Ed2Ed emailed his experience on an FTF-a-month caching steak and his use of the Project-GC web site. DudleyGrunt called in his streak across multiple geolocation games.

Three members of the GeoGearHeads audience shared their support of the show this week. RSWinter and 4freds left reviews on iTunes while TheWoodenRadio emailed about the links he's included on his "Weakly Thoughts" blog.

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For the seventy-first edition of the GeoGearHeads ClayJar joins us to talk Scubacaching. One of the caches mentioned in the show was "The Deep Dam Cache" (GCK9PV).

Also mentioned was the ongoing "GeoGearHeads 2013 Traveler Race" and the opportunity for one of the great prizes donated by GxProxy.com and ourselves.

This show was dedicated to Murfster and Karl Witsman for their PayPal donations to support the show.

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The Developer of Geosphere joins The Bad Cop and DarrylW4 for seventieth edition of the GeoGearHeads to share some ways to get the most from the latest version. Those looking for more information should check the Geosphere Documentation and Support Forum. He was also on the Geocaching Podcast 295 for an overview of version 3.

This show is dedicated to Minnesota Boy, TheWoodenRadio, and an anonymous donor for their PayPal donations since the last show. Those donations have helped offset the hosting bill which is due shortly.

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For the sixty-ninth edition of the GeoGearHeads we talked with 13hache about his creative geocaches. He only has six hides ("Widdle Widow Maker," "Zero Xylem,&quot "Skin Crawl," "Snake Eyes," "'W', n cross section,&quot and "Barn View&quot) but each is a high-quality cache with multiple favorite points.

We also heard from several audience members. First JR and Juju weighed in on Wherigo. We also heard from The Puffin about a SD Card Camera Connection Kit for iPad. Minnesota Boy and TeamBuxton also commented in the Google+ Hangout On Air during the recording about a couple more issues mentioned at the end of the show.

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The topic for the sixty-eighth edition of the GeoGearHeads is the gear used by our audience members. We spoke like with TheWoodenRadio who mostly uses his Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx with some help from his iPhone/iPad and Geosphere. Minnesota Boy also contacted us about his use of a Magellan eXplorist GC and iPhone. The Bad Cop, DarrylW4, and TheWoodenRadio also talked about the Rove (available through indiegogo), the Garmin Oregon 600 and 650 as to how they might change workflows for Geocachers in the future.

Also mentioned in this show was the virtual discovery policy for Geocaching.com trackables (discussed in length during the April Cacher Coffee show on the Geocaching Podcast) and how it relates to "GeoGearHeads 2013 Traveler Race."

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The sixty-seventh edition of the GeoGearHeads took a little turn from the Geocaching-focus to talk with Rich Harmon about the tPod line. The Program Manager at Tellurex told us about the Smithsonian's "Design with the Other 90%" and his World Pot concept. The tPod1 was funded through a Kickstarter Project but is available to purchase and ship now. The beta version of the tPod 5 is available now, but Rich shared information about the redesigned version which they hope to bring to a Kickstarter project within 6 weeks and deliver about October 2013. He also talked about their special Battery Pack designed to be charged by the low, variable voltage of the tPod1. He also shared that a single teacandle in the tPod1 only yields about 700mAh – only about half a charge for most common smartphones.

The Bad Cop also talked about debaere's (formerly interviewed for "CAM Ep. 246: debaere" and now co-hosting "GeoSnippits Reboot") "TB Race Entries Ready" blog post on the GeoGearHeads 2013 Traveler Race. DarrylW4 mentioned being honored by the Michigan Geocaching Organization with their 2013 MiGO Silver Geocoin Award (more information is available in his blog post).

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John Robb (of Cache At Night who caches under teamvoyagr and was last on "GGH 058: Caching by UV Light") for the sixty-sixth edition of the GeoGearHeads to talk about lights for Geocachers. Before that discussion began we heard from NativTxnabout her favorite weatherproof labels:

The Bad Cop also mentioned the "Weather Proofing Munzees" video by Cache Continuum and the vinyl Munzee stickers now offered in the Munzee Store. Following some great information from John Robb he recommended their blog for more information about flashlights, headlamps, and more. For those wanting to get into a little more serious information the Candle Power Forurms is his recommendation.

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