Helpful Hint: Know Your Turns

Before making the choice between alternate routes, it’s always a good idea to make sure you know where CoPilot is taking you. If you’re not familiar with how to get to the turn list, here it is all spelled out.

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To view the turns, select the camcorder on the bottom left of your screen next to  “Alternate”

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CoPilot Cares: Distracted Driving Awareness Month

cp-logo-straplineAt any given moment in America, 660 thousand people are using a cell phone or electronic device while driving. This is why the National Safety Council and others have dedicated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

 

CoPilot takes distracted driving very seriously. We’ve always designed our apps to be as driver-friendly and non-distracting as possible. We believe that navigation apps should focus on navigation while the driver focuses on driving. Unlike other GPS apps, CoPilot doesn’t rely on or make users input information while driving.

 

There are also specific features in CoPilot that can help you focus on the road ahead while allowing the app to guide you to your destination. Here are a few.

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Going Green: Bike Around Town with CoPilot

It’s Earth Day, CoPilot fans and in the spirit of going green we want you to consider two wheels instead of four. Now we know biking isn’t everyone’s preffered method of transportation and for those that need to drive, please refer to our post from last year’s Earth Day on how to be a greener driver.

But if you can sneak in a bike ride every once in awhile – listen up! CoPilot’s biking method can help you save money on gas as well as help Mother Earth.

First, go to Route > Vehicle Preferences

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Then choose the bicycle.

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If you’ve got one of those awesome bike mounts for your smartphone or tablet, you’ll want to lock the screen to avoid the maps switching back and forth from portrait to landscape while you navigate.

To do this go to Settings > Screen Orientation

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Then choose to lock the screen for portrait or landscape.

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Now you’re all set! For some leisurely biking fun, try out the Maah Daah Hey Trail in North Dakota (biking through Teddy Roosevelt’s National Park!) or Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania. For something closer to home, browse through Complex’s 50 Best Bike Trails in America.

Safe pedaling!

-Team CoPilot

Helpful Hints: Sound Control During Voice Guidance

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SNL is known for parodying real life situations and last Saturday’s episode was no exception. If you haven’t seen it, check out Lena Dunham struggle with a dilemma most of us deal with – being cut off while singing by your GPS directions.

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Now – to avoid a plight like Lena’s,  for iOS users, CoPilot has a way to make sure you don’t have to pause when the voice-guided navigation comes on. In addition to changing how often you hear directions, you can choose to reduce the voice prompt or keep the voice at the same level as the music.

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You want to hear our directions and we want to hear you singing along. You don’t sound pitchy to us 🙂

Helpful Hint: Specific POIs On Your Map

CoPilot Premium and GPS give you millions of POIs with search powered by Yelp. But if you’re in the mood for something specific, we can help with that too. The biggest football event is upon us and if you’re simple peasants like us, you couldn’t shell out thousands upon thousands to sit in the nosebleeds at Met Life Stadium. The next best thing of course is heading to a bar to partake in some good ol’ fashioned wing eating. Only want to see restaurants on your route? Here’s how to change the POIs that show up on your map.

Go to Settings inside your CoPilot app

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Then select Map Display

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Choose Show POIs on Map

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Click on Currently Displayed POIs and select the category of your choice

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No matter who wins, Broncos or Seahawks, we hope everyone has a safe Superbowl weekend. We look to forward to commuting with you on Monday morning 🙂

Your Devices Hate The Polar Vortex, Too.

The country has been experiencing record lows from coast to coast and if you’ve noticed your smartphone or tablet acting funny – it’s not all in your head.

iphone-snowMikroPC tested 15 smartphones against the elements and found that iPhone was the first to die at 14 degrees while the Samsung Galaxy SII held out until -31 degrees.

They created a great infographic to show which model freezes at which temperature. Find out yours here.

Your battery and screen are affected by the cold which can make your battery drop at alarming rates or just shut off completely. According to the Toronto Global News, you should never try to turn your phone on in the extreme cold.

To keep your device from freezing, follow these simple steps.

1. Keep it close to you – Let your phone absorb the heat from your body to keep it from reaching dangerously low temperatures.

2. Put a ring case on it– Cases like LifeProof or Otterbox can help to keep the phone from acquiring liquid condensation which may happen if the phone is turned on too quickly after being exposed to cold weather.

3. Charge before you go– Getting your phone to 100% before stepping outside will preserve it for the inevitable battery drain the cold air will bring.

4. Don’t leave it in the car – Once CoPilot has navigated you to your destination, make sure to take your device inside with you! Leaving it inside a cold car can cause internal and external damage.

 

And if all else fails, just head for warmer climates! Our holiday sale is still on until January 14th. We can help you find a warm place to wait out the cold temperatures.

 

Safe (and warm) travels!

Keep Your New Year’s Resolution with CoPilot!

It’s 2014 and we have a feeling that this is the year that you’ll finally be keeping that ambitious resolution you’ve sworn to on the 1st! If you’ve got Copilot (and if you haven’t – what are you waiting for? It’s on sale right now!) then you’ve already got a great head start.

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Here’s how CoPilot can help with some of the most popular NYRs:

 

Lose Weight/Get in Shape:

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Every January, gym owners see a surge in memberships as people resolve to start working out more. There’s a way to make sure you can make time for the gym with our Trip Optimization feature. It’s easy to make excuses for being too busy to make it for your work out but if you use this feature to plan your day, you’ll find time you never knew you had!

 

 

Be Less Stressed:

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We all could use a little more R&R and find ways to minimize our daily stress. With ActiveTraffic, we’re taking the rage you normally reserve for the road and creating a better commute.

 

 

Unplug & Spend More Time with Family:

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Our technology habits are tricky and often we find it hard to not constantly be checking email or social media. CoPilot can help you curb your habit- especially while in the car. Our new Motion Lock feature will disable you from checking your phone and soon you’ll get used to focusing on things other than your device.

 

 

Save Money:

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Along with budgeting, CoPilot can help you save money – specifically on your data plan. With our Data Usage feature, you can save on your monthly cell plan by choosing how our app uses your limited data.

 

 

Travel to New Places:

 

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…do we really need to explain? With all of the map regions available with CoPilot, this one should be a breeze.

 

Whatever you choose to do, we hope 2014 is happy, healthy and fun. Safe travels this year!

Give the Gift of Guidance

In a world full of online options, is there any wonder more people chose to click Add to Cart then head to the mall? Here at CoPilot, we’ve always got our finger on the pulse of popular opinion which is why we’ve decided to make it really easy on you this holiday season.

CoPilot is the perfect compliment to any newly purchased smartphone or tablet and you can send it as a present from the comfort of your home, office or sitting outside the dressing room holding a purse that doesn’t belong to you.
Here’s how to become the best gift-giver:

For iOS: 

Got the email address of your recipient? Great. Open the App Store on your device and get started.

App Store (via iPhone/iPad):

1.  Search for the CoPilot app you want to gift on the App Store

2. Click  that weird box with the arrow through the top.

3. Click the Gift icon on the bottom row of options

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4. Enter your recipient’s email address, a holiday message and the date you want them to receive the gift

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App Store (via iTunes on a PC/laptop):

  1. Search for the CoPilot app you want to gift on the App Store
  2. Underneath the app icon, select the arrow to expand the options
  3. Select “Gift This App”
  4. Enter your recipient’s email address, a holiday message and choose whether you want to send the gift via email or print a confirmation

 

For Android Smartphone & Tablet recipients:

Option 1:  You can gift the app through the CoPilot  Webstore.  Once you’ve purchased the app, you’ll receive an order confirmation to your email containing the order number and product license key that the recipient will use to download and activate the CoPilot  Premium app.  Print the confirmation and present it to the lucky recipient when you choose!

Option 2: You can buy a Google Play gift card and include it with a nice card and the name of the CoPilot app you want to give.

 

 For Windows Phone 8 recipients:

Microsoft allows you to download a digital gift card for it’s stores.

Download the app from the Windows Phone 8 store, select the card and then the amount. You can attach a personal note, too.

You will receive an email confirmation of the gift card, and the app also presents a history of your gift card purchases.

The receiver of the gift card will get an email with a code that can be redeemed in a variety of places, including the Windows Store app in Windows (Account, My Account) and online via the Microsoft web site.

If you’re not a Windows Phone user, you can still give a physical gift card for the Windows phone store at retailers like Best Buy.

Happy and safe travels this holiday season!

Bright City Lights Turn Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and city skyscrapers all across the world are lighting up pink to bring awareness to the masses.

For our Android and iOS customers looking to get into the charitable spirit, we invite you to download our Breast Cancer Awareness theme for $.99. Proceeds for this app theme will go to the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund.

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Check out some of the beautiful buildings turn a shade of pink for a great cause.

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U.S. –  Over 100 buildings in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Camden, NJ participate in Lights for the Cure. The fountain in Love Park uses pink water and makes for a popular photo op in the city of Brotherly Love.

 

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 Belgium

Flagey Building, Brussels

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France

Le Grand Palais, Paris

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Germany

Brandenburger Gate, Berlin

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The Netherlands

Philips Headquarters, Amsterdam

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Australia

Sydney Opera House, Sydney

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What other city’s skyscrapers are going pink this month? Let us know in the comments!