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Friday, November 25, 2011

Bugaboo Bee Plus Shimmying Front Wheels

Statement from Bugaboo...

We have learned that some Bugaboo Bee customers are experiencing difficulties with the manoeuvrability of their stroller's front wheel, caused either by the effect of ‘shimmying' wheels.

Shimmy is an effect that can occur on swivel wheels in general. The vibration – so-called shimmying – of swivel wheels can be experienced in strollers but also in other everyday equipment, such as wheelchairs and grocery trolleys. There are several circumstances that can cause a swivel wheel to shimmy, for instance speed, the surface of the road and the load on the wheel suspension. The shimmying of swivel wheels is a recognised challenge in industries that use swivel wheels.

Our engineers, however, have found that if you place washer rings on the pin of your stroller's chassis this will stop the shimmying effect. These washer rings can nevertheless experience regular wear and tear which means that over time they would need to be replaced. For this reason we have produced a service set with 3 pairs of washer rings. Please contact our service department if you are experiencing shimmying wheels. They will send you a service set "washer rings for swivel wheels', at no cost.

For an instruction on how to place the washer rings please click here. A user instruction is also included in the service set.

It is our prime focus to make sure you can use your Bugaboo Bee to your utmost satisfaction and that you will soon continue to have a smooth ride with your Bugaboo Bee.


Well that's their official statement on their own website (http://www.bugaboo.com/330).

Just got off the phone for the third time with Bugaboo Service Department to let them know that their resolution to the shimmying issue is still not resolved. First time I had rung them, they sent me the washer rings set and that it did fix the issue for a little while. The problem returned when we switch the seat around from rear to forward facing. Rung them up again and they sent the replacement wheels and another set of washer rings.

This is the problem I have...

Note: This is just a video that I had found on YouTube which exhibits the same issue as I have.

I had followed everything as shown on the illustration above and first try when we took the stroller out, it was shimmying much more than the original wheels. So third time rung them and they said that I had to attached two sets of rings to each wheel. I asked her where on the illustration does it show that you needed two washer rings per wheel, even pointing out that on picture number 3 of their own instruction sheet it shows just the one ring.

Their response was that on the top right hand corner of picture 3, it shows the 2x in the picture and that's why you need two washer rings per wheel. Now I'm sure that Bugaboo themselves don't employ donkeys (even though they released a new dual stroller with the same name), but I'm pretty sure that the 2x means that the same operation had to be carried out on the two front wheels with just a washer each and not two. Their own video on the website doesn't even show this!



Video from Bugaboo.com

Anyway I've asked them to arrange one of their managers to call me back to discuss this issue. Not pleased with this product from a well praised brand and company.

Update: Well as Bugaboo promised, they did call me back only for me to explain the above again to them. They said that they will have to speak to their department heads first before they can discuss resolution and to call me back in a few days.

Update 2: They are sending another set of replacement wheels as the set received earlier could be faulty so they are hoping that this will resolve the issue. He also said that Bugaboo does not know what else they can do if the fault is still there. Well very simple actually... A FULL REFUND!

Update 3: Have to say that after the third set of replacement wheels, the Bee+ is now ok. No more shimmying... well that could also be due to our baby growing up and added more weight to the stroller. Still it is a faulty design and really needs to be addressed.

Update 4: Well... Actually the shimmying is back. The real problem is the lack of weight on the front wheels. That's what causing the Bee+ to shimmy. You don't get this issue with other "cheaper" strollers so don't be fooled by the brand. It's still rubbish!

Update 5: It seems that Bugaboo has been continuously looking into fixing this issue and have just developed a new durable metal wave washer to restore the manoeuvrability and smooth ride of the Bee stroller. Check their post here (http://www.bugaboo.com/shimmying-wheels) or order the new metal wave washers here (http://j.mp/RHWFjt). It's going to take 2-3 weeks so if your Bee is still shimmying with either the new wheels or the plastic velcro type washer rings I would order the new set and give them a try.

Update 6: Have been using the metal wave washers for a week now and seems to work well. Advise all Bee owners to get them!

Monday, November 14, 2011

NEW World Record Longest Headed Goal 58 meter 2011.10.30 (3D Vision)



Headed by Ryujiro Ueda, FAGIANO OKAYAMA, YOKOHAMA FC vs FAGIANO OKAYAMA, Japan J-League 2011.10.30

Amazing goal Ryujiro Ueda !!! BEST header ever WORLD RECORD 58.6 Meter !!!

That's not the only thing. Noticed on Youtube that there's a 3D switch too!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Apple releases iOS 5.0.1


After many users complaining about the poor battery life since upgrading to iOS 5, Apple have released a new update to its firmware. Even users of Apple's brand new iPhone 4S have complained about not being able to make it through an entire day without recharging. According to Apple, the following issues are addressed:

- Fixes bugs affecting battery life
- Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
- Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
- Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

CNET is reporting that Apple also snuck in a fix for the latest iOS security breach discovered by Charlie Miller.

Update: Location Services bug is still there. Setting Time Zone is still lit up when turned on.

Assassin's Creed: Revelations Launch Trailer


The fourth installment in the Assassin's Creed franchise. This would be an awesome idea for a movie!



So many choices of games to play. Love it!

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Microsoft Windows
Operating system Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
CPU 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 or 2.4 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 or 3.0 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or better
Memory 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista, 7 2 GB Windows XP / 4 GB Windows Vista, 7
Hard drive space 12 GB
Graphics hardware 256 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher 512 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
Sound hardware DirectX compliant Sound card

Game is due out between mid-end of November 2011.
For the meantime, enjoy the Lineage complete movie.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Grand Theft Auto V Official Trailer


Location is... Los Santos, the fictional city of Los Angeles.

Click the image below to start playback.

iPhone App Review: Navfree GPS UK & ROI



     

Ever since having the iPhone, I've been waiting for a decent and cost effective navigation app to become available. There was TomTom, CoPilot and a few others that were available. Most of them either required a data connection to download the maps or were expensive to buy; if compared to buying their own physical GPS navigation unit.

Anyway along came Navfree from Geolife Ltd. The very same company that introduced Navmii. To be honest, I've never heard of Navmii until Navfree became available in the AppStore. The main difference between these two apps is that Navfree uses FREE map data from OpenStreetMap which is why it is offered as a free app and Navmii uses premium map data from AND (Automotive Navigation Data) which costs £2.99 as of the date of this post on the AppStore. Other than that they are identical.

Here is a general overview of features provided with the Navfree app:
- It's absolutely FREE, *no data connection needed!!!
- On-board maps. No data connection is required for downloading maps
- Crystal clear graphics - Industry leading, powerful graphic engine
- Choice of guidance displays - Gives you the option of viewing the map in 2D, 3D or a safety screen
- Access IPOD MUSIC LIBRARY from Map Screen
- Safety screen for clear instructions whilst driving
- Portrait or Landscape view
- Exact address search, including City, Street and House details
- Add and route your favourite locations
- Pick a location from the map and route to there, handy if you don't know the exact address.
- Find nearest POI (café, restaurants or museums) or use Google or Microsoft Bing Search to find millions of places near you and calculate route there.
- Fast routing engine, allowing you to calculate long routes in seconds.
- Automatic rerouting - If you happen to miss a turn, NavFree will quickly and automatically recalculate your route.
- Route prompts - Clear turn-by-turn; voice-guided directions and a 'graphically rich', detailed moving map display with visual directions, leaving you to concentrate on driving.
- Information updates - Provides information about your journey, including Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) and distance to destination (DTD)
- Detour Feature
- Routing Options - Avoid motorways, Pedestrian routes
- Safety Camera data available via an in-App purchase (£1.99 at time of post)

For a complete list of features see Navfree (http://www.navmii.com/navfree/)

I've had Navfree installed ever since it first became available in the AppStore in September 2010. I've also tried others since then to see if there are any better and have to say that Navfree is still my favourite navigation app installed. Unlike Google Maps, NavFree doesn't rely on a data connection for its map feed. The whole of the UK & Republic of Ireland as a 420MB+ file is downloaded straight to your iDevice so your route won't be interrupted should a network signal be lost. It also has the ability to let you share your position and route via SMS, email and even social networking service such as Facebook and Twitter.

As a free app, this is top notch! Too bad the safety camera add-on is not free but it's not exactly expensive either and you get updates regularly. I can't remember when they introduced ads into the Navfree app but with the latest update it is there. But you can turn it off by buying the Ad-free add-on for 69 pence. Still a bargain if compared to actual paid versions like TomTom and others alike.

You can try Navfree out on your iPhone/iPad for the few selected countries via the following links below or for a more comprehensive list of countries @ iTunes AppStore:
- Navfree GPS UK & ROI
- Navfree GPS Live Australia & New Zealand
- Navfree GPS Live USA
- Navfree GPS Live France
- Navfree GPS Live Germany
- Navfree GPS Live Italy

It is also available for the Android devices now too via this link. If it is not available or for more up to date releases for the Android please check here.

I have had one issue since upgrading to iOS 5 on the iDevice and that the app doesn't register that I've already purchased the Speed Camera add-on. It shows up that is has been purchased and I have checked all in-app settings and for some reason the app itself doesn't show where the speed cameras are and any warnings. I have reported this issue to the Navmii team and have not heard any responses back yet. The only fix that I have found is to delete the app from your iDevice and download it again. Load the app once downloaded and tap on the Navfree Store icon. Tap on the Installed tab and tap on the Restore button. OK and confirm everything and it should redownload all of your purchases. You might as well check for any updates while you're in the store by tapping on the Updates tab.

Update: I have one gripe about this app at the moment and that instead of finding the shortest route from A to B, it routes the scenic route to your destination. i.e. Recently going from South Kensington to Hammersmith, it decided to take me all around to Marble Arch before turning to Hammersmith and if you live in London you’ll know that that is totally out of the way to get to Hammersmith. What was supposed to be a 3 miles drive, turned into a 7 miles drive! For some reason this app has been doing this for the last few destinations that I’ve entered and TBH I’ve bought a proper satnav device since then. What savings you may get from your shorter drive will eventually pay off the use of a proper satnav device.

Update 2: Am using the NZ & AU version of the app at the moment and plotted a route home. It managed to route to the motorway ok as I know that that is the quickest way home but as soon as I got off the motorway, it was directing me to get off the quickest route to go somewhere else. Once again not very reliable. Yes, Navfree is FREE but Navmii will have to fix their routing engine before you can 100% rely on it.