Posts Tagged ‘navigation’
  • Going where no car dare: The Google Maps Street View Snowmobile.
    by Mike
    Posted February 9th, 2010 at 4:41 pm
    Call the Google Street View team lazy all you want. I mean, they do ride around in a car all day snapping pictures of clueless humans and other random occurrences. But little did I even know that there is a more rugged and mobile Google Street View team. Evidence of such can be found with the Google Street View Snowmobile above. When the nicely paved streets end, the mercury drops, and the snow starts a fallin', the Google Street View team has even the rugged Yukon terrain covered. For you...
  • The car of tomorrow will know the weather and how to drive better than you…
    by Mike
    Posted February 3rd, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    Most of the sci-fi world may still be looking towards flying cars as the holy grail, but the truth of the matter is, there is plenty in the auto realm that is as equally enticing and exciting while still keeping all four wheels on the ground. As more complex electronics and computers move into our automobiles, the line between tool of the human and intelligent human transport system become become ever closer. In the year 2010, the person driving the car does most, if not all of the weather obs...
  • Ovi Maps breaks cover. Goes eye to eye with Android/Google Maps
    by Mike
    Posted January 21st, 2010 at 12:29 pm
    Ever since Google released the free Google Navigation for Android 2.0 devices, the tech world at large has been pretty fixated on how cheap (duh) and robust the service is. For $0, nothing else really comes close. Nokia would like to remind you however that they are still very much in the game. Today at a Nokia press conference, not only did the Nokia Exec's present make mention of how Ovi Maps is better than the rest, they even went as far as to claim it's hands down better than Android an...
  • Waze for Android and iPhone gets updated. “Road Goodies” brings Pac-Man like gaming and monetary rewards to driving.
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    Think what you will, but navigation apps are pretty much reaching the end of the "feature ladder". That is, there really isn't much else you can add to GPS/navigation apps or hardware that will make it any more beneficial. Sure you can find ways to connect the device to more aspects of our lives, but all in all, getting from point A to point B with some goodies in between is straightforward (figuratively). One part of navigation devices (especially software in mobile applications) that frustr...
  • In wake of Google Navigation announcement, Garmin stock price takes detour to hell…
    by Mike
    Posted October 28th, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    And so it begins...To all of those who thought that Google Navigation either wouldn't impact the mobile GPS market or would take some time to impact the market, I give you exhibit A above. Traditional GPS makers start to see the cold hard truth. So let's all ask Garmin: How does it feel to see a billion dollars worth of market cap evaporate since this mornings meeting? One thing to keep in mind, as @zpower points out, Garmin has several other very large, very profitable divisions. Strictly...
  • Ideas for iPhone Springboard 2.0
    by Mike
    Posted October 12th, 2009 at 9:54 am
    The iPhone OS has come quite a ways since 1.0. Besides the often mentioned Cut,Copy, & Paste, many other enhancements both "under the hood" and visual have been implemented. However one feature that has gone wholly unchanged is springboard. Ok, you can swipe far left to reveal spotlight searching. So what. Big whoop. That isn't that big of an update. The kind of update I'm talking about is that of navigating apps and springboard itself. The uber simple individual icon/grid approach that...
  • Garmin nuvifone G60 finally coming to market. AT&T smiles with glee. October 4th your date.
    by Mike
    Posted September 29th, 2009 at 9:12 am
    We can finally see it. The Garmin nuvifone G60 is finally coming to market. These two years have been full of disappointment after disappointment and one delayed release announcement after another -- not exactly the most expedited as you can see. However, put any ill will behind you and get your geek radar ready. Starting October 4th, AT&T; will carry the nuvifone G60 and bring to market one of the most delayed handsets to date...anywhere. The specs are widely known by now leaving only a cou...
  • Like getting ripped off on the look and feel of over priced plastic? Tom Tom has a hardware accessory for that.
    by Mike
    Posted September 24th, 2009 at 2:03 pm
    Hate me if you want. Call me too cynical. But one thing is for certain, Tom Tom's iPhone car mount is over priced by about 80% of what it should actually cost. In case you were curious. The mount is currently available for pre-order on Apple's UK store for £100 ($160.67 USD)! £100 for a collection of plastic screwed together to hold a phone in your window. Ya I'll pass. How stupid and gullible does Apple/TomTom think we are? I'm sure plenty will pony up the dough however. Is anyone el...
  • Waze for WinMo/Symbian out of beta. Officially available for all today.
    by Mike
    Posted September 22nd, 2009 at 8:25 am
    Whatever walk of life you choose, whether it be Android, iPhone, WinMo, or Symbian (sorry BlackBerry users), Waze as of today has you covered. If you didn't already know, Waze is a user input generated GPS app that provides real-time tracking of traffic as well as turn-by-turn functionality. For those looking for a quick look at the iPhone version, take a minute stop over here. While it has already been available for Android and the iPhone for some time now, those two platforms aren't every...
  • As usual, AT&T resorts to nickel and diming
    by Mike
    Posted June 23rd, 2009 at 10:55 am
    All I can say is thank god there will be more than just one turn-by-turn navigation app in the app store. While AT&T;'s navigation app looks really nice and has a pretty stellar feature set to boot, the $10/month price tag is simply stupid (read: another money grabbing attempt because they don't already over-charge you enough for iPhone service). A simple $20-$40 one time payment would have been sufficient. Personal matters aside, AT&T; Navigator includes: voice-guided turn-by-turn navigati...
  • Layar unlocks your world like it’s 2045
    by Mike
    Posted June 17th, 2009 at 1:29 pm
    [youtube][/youtube] Have you ever wondered aimlessly through town staring down at your cellphone screen wishing it were smarter to the surrounding area?  Instead of you having to enter in the criteria for places of interest the phone itself will show you in real time what is cool and what is not.  Time to celebrate folks as it appears the future hopped on the time machine...
  • Nav4All for Blackberry updated to 9.0
    by Mike
    Posted February 18th, 2009 at 10:59 pm
      Blackberry users and globe trotters...Nav4All has just...and I mean just been updated to 9.0.  So what comes in the latest update?  So far from what I've been told accuracy when searching addresses seems to have been improved as well as now integrating with Google Maps and Blackberry Maps.  So far that's all I've got right now as my Blackberry contact is bunking up for the night and the features mentioned above is all he good gather from the comfort of his house.  Anyone else out th...
  • VZW finally loosens their grip…GPS support comes to Google Maps!
    by Mike
    Posted February 18th, 2009 at 4:30 pm
    For quite a while now, well since pretty much the begining of time, Verizon has kept the internal GPS off limits to 3rd party applications such as Google Maps, instead reserving it for their over priced *and completely crappy* VZ Navigator carrier branded GPS application, (I've used it, I have room to talk).  According to Crackberry, readers from all over are writing in telling tales of Google Maps 3.0.2 and the internal GPS are now working in harmoney.  Other smart phone users with GPS do...
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