TomTom releases fix for 'leap year' bug

GPS device maker apologizes, saying the glitch was caused by a "leap year" bug in the GPS receiver software from a third-party supplier.

TomTom Go Live 1000
TomTom's Go Live 1000 TomTom

Satellite navigation maker TomTom has pushed out an update to fix a software glitch that left customers worldwide complaining about not being able to find their location.

The problem, which began on Saturday, meant the sat-navs failed to get a GPS position. Instead, users saw a gray screen or a message saying the GPS signal was poor.

Today the Dutch company apologized for the glitch, which it said was caused by a "leap year" bug in the GPS receiver software from a third-party supplier.

"A software update fixing the issue is now available via MyTomTom," it said in a statement, directing owners to a support Web page. "The update is straightforward."

While the company did not directly identify which models were affected, its support page gives instructions for installing the update on the Start 20/25, Via 110/120/125, the Via Live 120/125, the Go Live 820/825, and the Go Live 1000/1005 and 1005 World.

This story originally appeared at ZDNet UK under the headline "TomTom sends out sat-nav fix for 'leap year' bug."

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