Items tagged with GPS

Verizon Wireless announced the latest version of the carrier's navigation service, VZ Navigator VX. This service provides 3D navigation views. Initially, the 3D capabilities of VZ Navigator VX will be available in six cities (Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Mo., New York, and Washington D.C.). Additional cities are scheduled to be added in 2011. Currently, VZ Navigator VX is available on select Android devices, including the DROID X by Motorola, the Samsung Fascinate and the DROID Incredible by HTC. Support for additional phones is expected this year as well. VERIZON WIRELESS LAUNCHES VZ NAVIGATOR VX ENABLING DROID TO DO DIRECTIONS LIKE NEVER BEFORE – IN 3D New Version Gives... Read more...
It may be winter, but it's still a great time to strap on the cold gear and trek outside. Magellan has just introduced a new member to their Explorist Outdoor GPS family, with the new Explorist 310 debuting at the 2011 Outdoor Retailer Winter show. This new device is as powerful and rugged as ever, offering a waterproof casing and an outdoor-visible display. It includes a world map as well as the ability to upload details topographic maps, where outdoorsmen can pinpoint their favorite adventure spots. Specs include a 2.2" transflective color screen, highly-sensitive GPS chipset (with 3-5 meters of accuracy), room for "hundreds" of waypoints to be stored, support for storing extra tracks and routers... Read more...
Navmii, a publisher of GPS location-based applications, announced a free navigational app for the iPhone and iPad. The new NavFree USA provides many of the features you'd expect from a turn-by-turn navigational app including the ability to search for an address, view points-of-interest, automatic re-routing if you miss a turn, and more. The free software also provides voice instructions along your journey. With NavFree USA, maps are started on your device, so you won't have to worry about incurring excess data fees if you're on a limited plan. NavFree USA: Free Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation For iPhone & iPad Free, high quality, easy to use, voiced navigation with OpenStreetMap data Maps stored... Read more...
TomTom's GPS app was the first third-party navigation application to be revealed for the iPhone, and having that leg-up on everyone else has definitely helped the company out. Over time, lots of rivals have appeared, but the "original" has done a lot to keep itself current. The newest update, pushed out today to iTunes, takes the TomTom iPhone GPS app to version 1.6, and it brings a very, very useful new feature. The new feature is called Map Share. TomTom Map Share enables iPhone users to make changes instantly to their own maps and to benefit from free, map updates made by the TomTom community and verified by TomTom. App users will now be able to edit street names, set driving directions and... Read more...
The iPhone has become a GPS replacement for many, and smartphones in general are quickly becoming powerful and smart enough to handle navigation duties. But if you have someone riding shotgun, there's obviously a lot of benefit to having a map on a larger display. The iPad already has a couple of GPS options, but one of the best on the iPhone is now being unified with the iPad in a recent release. Navigon's MobileNavigator app has today been upgraded to version 1.7, and it includes a total of six new features. Universal iPad integration, Zagat Survey, Active Lane Assistant, Map Reporter, enhanced Retina display support, and new user notifications are at the top of the upgrade list, and the graphics... Read more...
Google Latitude is now available on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPad 3G. After waiting for months, iOS users are now able to download and enjoy an app that Google has made available already on Android, Symbian and BlackBerry. Latitude is an app that constantly pays attention to where you are, and then puts your location on a map for those approved to view. It's a good way to keep track of your friends on a map, and now that iOS supports background application processing, it's possible to use Latitude while using another app in the foreground. The Latitude app is now available in the App Store, and users have to opt-in and approve people to view their location. You can then find people and contact... Read more...
Have you ever heard of "caching?" You probably have, but you may assume we're simply talking about the caching of files, or perhaps an L2 cache on a CPU. But when speaking about GPS units and outdoor activities, caching refers to something else: a grown-up version of hide-and-seek. And now, Garmin is stepping up to the challenge and inviting customers to join a new caching community. The company has just launched OpenCaching.com, a new online community makes it free and easy to create, find and share caches. As described by Garmin: "geocaching combines exploration, education, entertainment and recreation," and with this new site, members can talk about new routes they have created or discovered.... Read more...
It's not often that lawsuits end in $1 payouts, but that's what has happened with Google and a Pennsylvania couple. Back in 2008, Aaron and Christine Boring sued Google because a Street View car, which drives around takes 360-degree shots of street surroundings in order to show on Google Maps, invaded their privacy. According to the couple, the car didn't pay attention to a "Private Road; No Trespassing" sign, and they weren't too pleased. After fighting back and forth for two years now, Google finally agreed to pay up. But the settlement is just $1! The couple said that they're glad to have this over with, and would've accepted a formal apology from the start. So why waste money on lawyers when... Read more...
Location-based services and GPS can be used for a number of things, but have you considered them being used for fraud prevention? That's an idea just announced by Visa Europe. It's pure common sense: the assumption is that if the smartphone and your credit card are in close proximity, you are most likely using the card, even if you normally live in Belgium and are showing up in New York City. In partnership with a company named ValidSoft, Visa Europe is looking into the idea.  If things work as planned, there will be less false positives where a credit card company thinks "someone else" has your card or card number and is using it half a globe away from where you live.   Of course,... Read more...
It looks like Net Neutrality isn't the only thing on the mind of the Obama Administration. There's another issue that's gaining attention, and with Google growing, GPS becoming more mainstream and individual privacy rights being put into question, there may be a new government creation to handle it all. Recently, privacy crackdowns on Facebook and Google (usually for taking too much information from users and making it public, or at least semi-public) have been spearheaded by countries with strict privacy laws like Germany, Canada and the UK. But America might be thrown into that group soon. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the Obama crew is gearing up to approach Internet privacy with... Read more...
Times are changing. It's an old adage, but it's true. Factory navigation systems in vehicles have been expensive and subpar for years now, with cheaper standalone navigation devices often being superior in nearly every way. But factory dash integration has its perks, and for years we have wondered why the two couldn't be combined. But as Garmin's popularity in standalone navigation devices has dwindled with the surge in smartphone navigation systems, that company as well as TomTom have been looking for ways to branch out. In fact, TomTom already landed a deal with Sony in order to provide navigational services in Xplod head unit devices, and now Garmin is sneaking into the automotive industry.... Read more...
Going to grandmother's house this Thanksgiving? If she has recently relocated, you probably don't want to be stopping anywhere for directions on a day where everything's closed. If you're in the market for a new navigation device, TomTom has two new devices to choose from. The TomTom GO 2405 and GO 2505 GPS units are both debuting today, with both looking a lot like TomTom units of the past. Both of these have larger displays; the 2405 has a 4.3" display and the 2505 has a 5" display, both considered "glass touch screens." They also share Bluetooth, pinch-to-zoom functionality, voice recognition and a click-and-lock mount. Buyers will also get lifetime traffic and map updates and advanced lane... Read more...
Garmin may not be competing in the smartphone business much longer, but the company still has plenty of new products up its sleeve. Today, Garmin announced the Approach S1, the company's first golf GPS watch. The Approach S1 comes preloaded with 14,000-plus courses. It can display information about distance to the front, back and middle of greens as well as measure shot distances. It's rugged and waterproof so you won't have to worry about destroying it on the course. The Approach S1 also has an alarm and automatic time and time zone detection. Garmin launches Approach S1, first golf GPS watch, with preloaded courses October 27, 2010 - Garmin has already put the most important information on... Read more...
After disappointing sales of its nuvifone, we reported back in September that Garmin was considering its options with its smartphone unit. Now, Reuters is reporting that Asus plans to end its mobile phone agreement with Garmin, thereby paving the way for Garmin to exit the smartphone business altogether. A company official for Asustek said more details will be available Tuesday. Although the smartphone market is enjoying huge growth, the Garmin Asus partnership hasn't delivered the volumes either company had hoped for. If you'll recall, the nuvifone was initially met with much anticipation and hype. However, that excitement dwindled as the smartphone faced one delay after another and other offerings... Read more...
TomTom and HTC are teaming up to deliver better navigation and locations solutions for HTC's smartphones. Under the partnership, HTC's new mapping experience known as HTC Locations will use TomTom's maps. HTC Locations will initially be available on the HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z in Europe and Asia. It will come to other phones in the future. Although maps and location content will come preloaded, if you want turn-by-turn navigation, you'll have to purchase it through HTC Locations or through HTC Sync. TomTom and HTC Unite to Deliver Best of Class Location and Navigation Experience on the Phone AMSTERDAM & TAOYUAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TomTom, the world’s leading provider of... Read more...
Google Maps Navigation may have a leg-up on the other navigation services on the mobile platforms, but TomTom's not letting their guard down. The company was one of the first to showcase a full mobile navigation service for a mobile platform (iPhone OS, now iOS), and they have been constantly updating it ever since to make it more robust. There's plenty to love about it, and those who own an iPhone and a car dock could easily use the TomTom iPhone app in place of a dedicated navigation unit. And now, that choice is being made even simpler for users. TomTom v1.5 has now become available in Apple's App Store, with the new version allowing users to turn their photo gallery into an address book.... Read more...
Nearly everyone has heard of geotagging. That's when you embed GPS coordinates into an image or video in order to plot them on a map and recognize where a given image or video was taken. But geocaching is another matter. This is a lesser known "sport" where players can hide capsules and tag the whereabouts with geocaching data. Garmin calls it a high-tech hide 'n seek, and their new "Chirp" module enables even more players to join. The Chirp is described as a unique wireless beacon designed specifically for the outdoor adventures of geocaching, but to use it, you'll need a certain one of Garmin's outdoor navigation units. They mention the Dakota and Oregon devices in particular, which can pair... Read more...
Are you sick and tired of your current GPS model? Is it too bland and boring for you? TomTom would like you to know that you don't have to drive another day looking at something that doesn't make you smile. The company has partnered with Cafepress, a company that specializes on helping companies sell all sorts of branded/colored merchandise, in order to let buyers of select TomTom navigation models coat them in all sorts of designs. My Custom TomTom GPS will be free for customers that buy certain models (those aren't being disclosed yet), and individuals can customize their unit with hundreds of professional designs, custom artwork and personal photos. Whatever they choose, it'll be printed directly... Read more...
It's like skiing on the mountain and playing a video game at the same time. Zeal Optics, maker of sports lenswear has partnered with display maker Recon Instruments to come up with the Transcend GPS ski goggles and the units became available for sale this week. Zeal goes so far as to call them the world's first GPS-equipped goggles. The goggles do more than simply tell you stuff like what runs you've skied, or where the heck you are after telemarking in the back country all day while pounding schnapps. They include a dashboard that logs speed, altitude and temperature, vertical odometer, distance and the time, plus stopwatch and chronos modes, because for GPS lovers, there's no such thing as... Read more...
Sony announced its first in-dash car navigation systems. Powered by TomTom technology, the new Sony XNV-770BT (7-inch widescreen display) and XNV-660BT (6.1-inch widescreen display) A/V navigation systems feature many of TomTom's navigational features such as IQ Routes, Advanced Lane Guidance, Quick GPSfix, and MapShare. The units will have more than 6 million preloaded points of interest. The new systems also offer rear USB-1 wire connectivity so you can hook up your iPod or other digital music player to the unit. SONY AND TOMTOM TEAM UP TO DELIVER PREMIUM IN-DASH A/V NAVIGATION SYSTEMS Two New Models Feature Innovative Navigation Technologies, High-contrast Screens and More SAN DIEGO, Sept.... Read more...
Casio unveiled what it is calling "the world’s first Hybrid GPS enabled digital camera." The new EXILIM EX-H20G features Casio's Hybrid GPS technology, which combines GPS with autonomic positioning made possible by an internal motion sensor. This technology enables the camera to geotag your images, even if they are taken indoors. The EX-H20G can display your current location as well as geotagged photos and videos on a map. In addition, the camera has preloaded information for 10,000 sightseeing photo spots around the globe. The EX-H20G is a 14.1 megapixel camera with 10x optical zoom capabilities and a 3-inch high-resolution 460K LCD. In addition to geotagged images, the camera can capture... Read more...
When you think about Garmin, you probably think about one major thing: GPS. Here's something you probably don't associate with Garmin: smartphones. But regardless, they're in both markets right now. The original nuvifone was announced with a huge amount of hype behind it, but it was delayed for around a year while the iPhone came out and stole the thunder of every other smartphone on the market. Since, Garmin has teamed up with Asus to create the Garmin-Asus partnership, but the phones that have shipped under that label have seen a lukewarm reception at best. The problem is pretty obvious: Garmin just doesn't have any credibility in the smartphone realm, and moreover, they're competing with flagship... Read more...
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