Items tagged with GPS

Google has offered navigation and walking directions via its Google Maps for mobile, but now, the two are being combined into a new service called Walking Navigation (beta). Walking Navigation is available through Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android. With Walking Navigation, you'll be able to use GPS navigation alongside walking directions. Because the foot-based navigation instructions can utilize pedestrian pathways, they can also be more direct than driving routes. Because you'll be on your feet rather than in a car, Google has made a few changes to navigation. For example, the phone will vibrate when you need to make a turn. You can also turn off voice guidance. For help in orienting yourself,... Read more...
Nike this week launched its Nike+ GPS App into the App Store, a new piece of software that has grand aspirations of being a digital training tool for athletes. Runners who download the app can use their iPhone or iPod touch to visually map out their runs while tracking pace, distance, time, and calories burned, Nike says. And if you're new to this whole running thing and can't seem to stay motivated, Nike offers instant motivational feedback from athletes like Paula Radcliffe and Lance Armstrong, as well as...Tracy Morgan? That's right, the former Saturday Night Live star and current 30 Rock comedian will apparently help keep you in the mindset to run. "We are so excited to introduce the true... Read more...
Finally, a partnership that works. And a partnership that really gets at the core of what has been bothering drivers for years now. By and large, factory GPS/navigation systems are subpar. Automakers charge a bundle for them, and while they look nicely integrated, the feature set is generally lacking even compared to $100 standalone GPS systems from TomTom or Garmin. But now, Sony is realizing that people want legitimate navigation systems, and if you're looking to upgrade your vehicle's head unit, the new Xplod line isn't a bad place to look. A new partnership between Sony and TomTom has led to integration of TomTom's navigational services into Sony's Xplod head unit line. In other words, you... Read more...
Garmin introduced new personal navigation devices designed to suit a variety of lifestyles and budgets. The nüvi 2200 and nüvi 2300 families feature multi-stop route planning, route previews, and nüRoute technology with trafficTrends and myTrends. In addition to these new models, the PND manufacturer also introduced the nüLink! 1695 which is designed to give users accurate, up-to-the-minute information via a number of connected features. The nüvi 2200 series features a 3.5-inch touchscreen. It includes Garmin's ecoRoute fuel-efficient navigation to help you conserve fuel. The models in this family can remember the destinations you travel to most frequently and will use... Read more...
Tom and Jerry. Starsky and Hutch. Mulder and Scully. Abbott and Costello. Batman and Robin. Bill and Ted (who went on an excellent adventure). Take your pick on which duo is your favorite, and while you're at it, add TomTom and Sony to the mix. The two companies just announced a new collaboration effort that will shuffle TomTom's navigation technology and services into Sony's Xplod AV Navigation Systems. "We are delighted that Sony has selected TomTom as their navigation services supplier in Europe," says Giles Shrimpton, Managing Director, TomTom Automotive. "This endorses our position as the leading location and navigation solutions provider. Combining the audio and video know-how of Sony with... Read more...
Who says Garmin GPS units all have to fall into the tried-and-true Nuvi line? The company's latest navigation handheld is quite the feature-packed unit, with the Edge 800 being designed primarily for cyclists but suitable for anyone who needs to keep track of where they're headed. The unit features most of the same aspects found on the Edge 500 and Edge 705, but it adds a touch screen element to make navigating the user interface that much easier and intuitive. New mapping options such as Garmin’s BaseCamp route planning and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery make it perfect for training, touring and riding on the trail, and the simple mounting options make it perfect for the car as well. Building... Read more...
Don't you just hate it when you're driving down the highway and then, BAM, your GPS burst into flames, turning your Honda into a rolling fireball? That hasn't actually happened to us -- or anyone, for that matter -- and probably never will, but according to Garmin, some of its Nuvi Personal Navigation Devices contain potentially faulty batteries that could overheat, and in some rare instances, catch on fire. Garmin says less than 10 cases total have so far been identified, none of which have caused any "significant property damage" or injuries, and certainly no fireballs. Regardless, Garmin's taking the safe route by voluntarily issuing a recall for some 1.25 million Nuvi devices. Only the 200W,... Read more...
Magellan recently unveiled the latest version of its rugged eXplorist handheld GPS devices. Targeting the outdoor recreation market, the new eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 features a 3.0-inch color touchscreen, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a microphone and speaker. All products in the eXplorist series are waterproof and come with a map that includes a complete road network for the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia, as well as water features, urban and rural land use, and a realistic shaded relief background.   The new eXplorist devices also offer expandable memory, paperless geocaching, GPX compatibility, 16 hours of battery life, high sensitivity GPS with 3-5 meters of accuracy, vertical... Read more...
Own a Garmin (or TomTom) GPS? In need of a laugh? If you have $9.95 and a love for 80s comedy, there's a solution waiting. The well-known Knight Rider really made famous talking cars, and most would say that no talking car on television or the silver screen has rivaled the original KITT. Even now, it's the talking car that everyone remembers, much like Mr. Ed is the talking horse that everyone remembers. Now, KITT can be your car. In a way. There's no magic potion for converting your Camry into a TransAm with all sorts of futuristic gadgetry, but a new voice pack for Gaming navigation systems and the new Android-based Garminfone allows your navigation system to sound just like KITT. NavTones... Read more...
One of the biggest issues that still plague phones and navigation devices that are equipped with GPS chips is indoor reception. Go under a bridge, or inside a tunnel, or inside of a building, and you'll probably have a hard time keeping a decent reception lock. It's a frustrating experience, and now that phones are being used more and more as true navigation devices, it's a growing problem that really needs a solution. Skyhook Wireless has been working on this for awhile now, with their Core Location Platform providing indoor reception on tons of phones today. The solution uses a combination of GPS, cellular data and Wi-Fi in order to position you, and it basically relies on whatever of those... Read more...
Is the best current GPS on the market, just a phone? Some would say that Google Maps Navigation on Android has the navigation thing down, but there's still nothing quite like a dedicated NAV. Garmin's first attempt at combining a GPS and a phone didn't exactly go over well; the original nuvifone took too long to go from introduction to shipping, and then the final product was priced too high for many to consider given the popularity of the iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry line and the growing Android selection. The second Garmin phone, which is simply called Garminfone, is a bit different. The phone is landing with a lower price tag than before, and rather than being completely proprietary, this handset... Read more...
There has been a lot of action at Google this week, and the Caffeine boost is just the tip of the iceberg. In a move that may be strong European mainstays like Nokia on their heels, Google has just announced that their highly lauded Google Maps Navigation service is finally departing the U.S. and heading elsewhere. But don't worry, it's not actually leaving America--it's cloning itself and becoming available in a variety of other locations. Google Maps Navigation remains one of the major reasons that users are flocking to Android. It's far more functional than the standard Maps application for iPhone, and it runs laps around most other navigation solutions on other operating systems. Just in... Read more...
Invest in one of Magellan's new 2010 RoadMate navigators and you'll never have to worry about being caught off guard by a traffic jam again. That's because, for the first time, Magellan is throwing in Free Lifetime Live Traffic, a service that keeps the RoadMate up to date with the latest traffic conditions so you can find an alternate route if need be. Each 2010 MAgellan RoadMate also come with the company's exclusive OneTouch personalization feature allowing you to save favorite destinations, categories, and searches. All units also include spoken street names, 6 million points of interest, QuickSpell for error-free address entry, and multi-destination routing, as well as an Automatic Parking... Read more...
The Global Positioning System is something most Americans take for granted. It's one of those things, like radio waves and cellphone service, that just seems "there." As if it were always "there" and will always be "there." It's almost as if the world was created with GPS, mostly because there's no monthly fee to tap into the satellites, and just about every smartphone now has GPS capabilities built right in. So, it's fair to take it all for granted, right? Well, not really. GPS may be there for all to enjoy, but it's not free. In fact, it doesn't even come cheap. The GPS system we're used to now has been around for awhile, and it's about time to start thinking about upgrades. According to a... Read more...
Garmin recently revealed a new series of standalone GPS units, all of which were drastically different in design than many of the company's past units. They also slipped out their second-ever mobile phone, one that's destined to land in June on T-Mobile USA. But what's this? This looks a lot like the original nuvifone, minus the phone portion. It's the nuvi 295W, a dedicated GPS with a slightly overhauled user interface and a few extra features that are rarely found on devices of this sort. There's a 480x272 resolution touch panel, a battery that'll last four hours, an internal solid state drive with all of the maps loaded on, a microSD card slot, turn-by-turn guidance, an internal speaker, and... Read more...
Garmin's newest navigation machines were completely unlike any before them, looking more like a smartphone and less like a traditional in-car PND. TomTom's latest don't really leap that far forward in design, but they do offer a few new features that are rather attractive for avid road warriors. The new XL 350 and XXL 550 range of navigation devices incorporate a refreshed user interface, with two of the main new features being lifetime traffic updates and low-cost map updates. All TomTom products in the XL 350 and XXL 550 range include TomTom’s new EasyMenu user interface, which offers sharp graphics and a simple touchscreen menu that provides quick access to search tools so that users... Read more...
The route less traveled, to take? That may not sound like something your existing GPS voice would say, but it's certainly something Yoda would say. Having unusual voice characters speak to you through your GPS system isn't entirely new, but TomTom's latest is probably the nerdiest yet. Star Wars characters guiding you around from point to point, in their own unique voice signatures? It's a George Lucas fan's dream come true, and considering that we're nowhere near April 1st, this is definitely the real deal. TomTom users in Europe can already download a number of voice packs, with Darth Vadar, C-3PO, Yoda and Han Solo up for grabs right now. We have to admit that a few of those are probably hard... Read more...
Apple's iPad has many uses, and for anyone looking to "wow" someone right away, all you need to do is pull up "Maps." Zooming, pinching, and sliding across the globe on the iPad is a really marvelous experience, but there's just one main problem: no true iPad turn-by-turn navigation apps exist. Well, that was the case, but that changed today with the shipping of Apple's iPad 3G + Wi-Fi. The new iPad, which includes a Micro-SIM from AT&T, also includes an integrated A-GPS module, which the Wi-Fi iPad lacks. This helps it to remain locked onto GPS satellites while on the move, and generally makes it more suitable for navigation considering that a 3G connection can be maintained from the road,... Read more...
Every major GPS maker had to reevaluate their business after Google introduced a free Google Maps Navigation service for Android; suddenly, the allure of a standalone navigation system wasn't as bright, and anyone out for a new smartphone would basically have the option of also getting free turn-by-turn navigation. Garmin recently revamped their navigation lineup with an extremely sleek trio of devices that honestly looked a lot like a smartphone, and now TomTom is following suit. In Europe today, the company introduced the GO LIVE 1000, which is a drastic departure for TomTom and one that was probably needed to remain competitive in this new landscape. It's the first in a whole new generation... Read more...
Geotagging is a technology that has grown in popularity recently, with many new cameras and camcorders boasting integrated GPS chips that can "tag" photos and videos with GPS coordinates of the location at which a given shot or clip was taken. Jobo, a company best known for their bendable, flexible camera tripod mounts, has just released a new pair of GPS receivers for cameras. The geotagging PhotoGPS 2 and PhotoGPS 4 both fit into the hot shoe of a DSLR, and both enable your GPS-less camera to tag photos in order to help you remember where you took a given photograph or movie clip. For those who travel a lot or vacation in faraway places, this functionality is a real boon. The photoGPS 2 stores... Read more...
The Jetsons made us confident that we would one day talk to our vehicles, and while we expected to be flying around in spaceships by this point, talking to cars will work as a concession. Ford has enabled drivers to speak to their automobiles for awhile now through Microsoft's SYNC system, but to this point, all of the chatter was simply controlling the car's internal systems. What if you could speak to your car, and have the car control something else? It's a crazy thought, but it's happening on every 2011 Ford with SYNC.It will start with the 2011 Fiesta, which will be the first vehicle equipped with SYNC AppLink. This new system allows owners to access and control Android and BlackBerry smartphone... Read more...
A lot has happened in the navigation world over the past couple of years. Google has entered thanks to Google Maps Navigation, and smartphone GPS systems are quickly becoming just as robust as standalone options from Navigon, TomTom and Garmin. Companies who were in the market for those standalone units will have to retool their offerings in a big way in order to remain competitive, and it looks like Garmin is doing just that.The company has just revealed the new nüvi 3700 series, a navigation line with an incredible amount of style. Not surprisingly, these units won the Red Dot Design Award, and it's easy to see why. We think these really raise the bar for standalone NAV systems, as they're... Read more...
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