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TomTom offers custom printing on GPS devices

Posted in TomTom by Conner Flynn on October 13th, 2010

TomTom has announced another way to customize your GPS device to suit your tastes and stand out from the crowd. It’s a new program called My Custom TomTom GPS. Buyers can choose from a library of stock images that can be printed onto the outside of their GPS device. You can even upload your own photos to be printed onto your device.

So you can actually have pics of your kids, pets, vacation photos or whatever you want on your GPS device. You can also upload digital content like voices and POI databases to go with your design. The custom printing is done by CafePress but the GPS devices can only be ordered directly from TomTom.

GPS-enabled bike lock

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2010

This GPS-enabled bike lock tracks your bicycle, of course, but also protects your bike. It has to be attached to the rear area of your bicycle. Then with some help from third party mobile applications you can easily track down where your bike is and it can be used to unlock the bike itself.

What we like is that it saves you the time and energy that it takes to lock a bike when you need to park it. Now if only these Social Bicycles or SoBi were less noticeable.

Samsung to release Captivate GPS fix

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

By now it’s no secret that Samsung’s Captivate smartphone has had problems with GPS since the handset showed up, but now it looks like a fix has been announced and will be released within the next few weeks.

Apparently all Galaxy S class smartphones feature GPS which will give you problems, like being miles off your actual spot. Hopefully this fix will be able to track you the way you need to be tracked. You’ll have to wait for a fix for those other Galaxy S class devices.

Google Walking Navigation beta debuts

Posted in Google by Shane McGlaun on September 10th, 2010

I know in some big cities like San Francisco and New York City, walking is one of the most common ways for people to get around. The trick for people who aren’t familiar with the city and need to walk somewhere is figuring out which way to go to get around.

Google has unveiled a new beta application for Android phones using Google Maps for mobile 4.5 called Walking Navigation beta. The new application works like the GPS driving directions only it takes into account pedestrian walkways to route people on foot.

TomTom offers free iPhone 4 adapter for Car Kit

Posted in TomTom by Conner Flynn on September 8th, 2010

In order to maintain compatibility with Apple’s latest iPhone, TomTom is now including a simple adapter for all Car Kit orders going out on September 1st or later. Good news for sure.

But if you ordered one before that, you can apply for a freebie to be sent your way. It’s either that or go all DIY to create something that looks like the insert above. It’s up to you, but free is easiest.

Garmin Edge 800 for cyclists

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

GPS navigation systems aren’t just for drivers anymore. The Garmin Edge 800 is for cyclists who need accurate information in the simplest way possible. It merges the most popular aspects of the Edge 500 and Edge 705 along with an updated intuitive touchscreen interface.

New mapping options include Garmin’s BaseCamp route planning and BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and the Edge 800 is smart enough to track all performance data, so you can view it over a 2.6” display while keeping track of speed, distance, time, GPS position, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent.

Android GPS Navigation X-wing Edition

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on August 12th, 2010

Obsessed with Star Wars? So is Flash-developer Christopher Caleb, who has come up with an Adobe AIR-based app for Android that lets you use an authentic looking X-wing targeting system on your Android device to navigate to your destination.

Sure, you won’t get all the features of your typical GPS apps, like maps, points-of-interest etc, but you will see your destination ahead of you as if you were in the Death Star trench. It also features plenty of Star Wars sounds to complete the experience.

Becker Traffic Assist Z215 GPS navigation system for Europe

Posted in GPS by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2010

If you haven’t yet picked up a dedicated GPS navigation system and live in Europe, then you might want to check out the Becker Traffic Assist Z215 GPS navigation system. It’s listed on Amazon for €267, although only on the German site with no confirmation on whether the Z215 will make its way to the US.

If it ever does, you can take advantage of its eco route software for the most fuel efficient route, letting you enter commands using speech. Aside from that, there’s also free lifetime traffic information, Navteq’s traffic patterns solution, a 3D navigation display with lane guidance and even buildings.

T-Mobile Garminfone price drops

Posted in T-Mobile by Shane McGlaun on July 12th, 2010

T-Mobile landed the exclusive Asus-Garmin GPS phone called the Garminfone back in April .I think most of us will agree that at the $199 price point the device surfaced at it was very unappealing.

T-Mobile has cut the price of the Garminfone in an effort to make the device look better to customers. Rather than the $199 price, point the Garminfone is now available for $129.99. The handset is Android powered and offers voice guided and on-screen directions.

Waterproof Toughcase with built-in GPS for iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

You could go for a plain jane iPhone case or you could opt for Magellan’s waterproof Toughcase, priced at $199.99. Two hundred bucks gets you IPX-7 waterproof standards, allowing it to be submerged up to one meter for up to 30 minutes, and there’s also an integrated 1,840mAh battery that can “double the life” of your iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or second / third-generation iPod touch.

There’s also a high sensitivity SiRFstar III GPS chipset for quality GPS reception, and you can still access the touchscreen. You get all of that, but your device loses any sexiness it ever had and there’s no official support for Apple’s newest iPhone.

Garmin nuvi 295W materializes with some cool features

Posted in Garmin by Shane McGlaun on May 14th, 2010

We have seen the Garminfone already with its questionable mix of smartphone and PND that I don’t think most folks will care for. Today Garmin dropped a new GPS device that no one was expecting out of the blue called the nuvi 295W.

The 295W is sort of like that Garminfone minus the phone part. The PND is clearly aimed at trying to get users to take the 295W with them outside the car. The device has a 3MP camera and can geotag images it takes.

TomTom app store may launch this year

Posted in TomTom by Shane McGlaun on April 29th, 2010

Before Apple tossed the iPhone onto the market and then offered the App Store, apps on smartphones and other devices were pretty rare. Today everyone is launching their own app store to try to make more money.

GPS and PND maker TomTom is reportedly set to launch its own app store. TomTom’s CEO won’t give a specific date, but the app store is expected this year. It’s not clear if a TomTom app store will be for TomTom GPS devices alone or for multiple devices and product types.

TomTom Go Live 1000 GPS navigation system

Posted in TomTom by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

TomTom has introduced their latest GPS navigation, the Go Live 1000, which uses a capacitive touchscreen. The interface was given a makeover to make it easier when using it, and you’ll also get a web browser engine capable of running both Chrome and Safari.

Those in Europe can benefit from a 1-year cellular-driven access plan from Vodafone, with live traffic, local searching and speed camera detection. IQ Routes will let you know where to take a detour. The device is powered by a 500MHz ARM11 chip and 128MB RAM.

Garmin announces Nuvi 3700 Series GPS Navigators

Posted in Garmin by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

Garmin has announced some new additions to their line of GPS devices, to its 3700 series of GPS devices specifically. The 3790T, 3760T and 3750 all offer a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display that can be used in landscape or portrait mode, also with Pinch-to-zoom.

The Nuvi 3790T offers a wake-up-phrase, which you can set to begin voice navigation, there’s also 3D terrain and 3D building support. Both the 3790T and 3760T feature Bluetooth and come with traffic alerts.

The Hoff lends his voice to NavTones

Posted in Automotive by Shane McGlaun on April 8th, 2010

We have talked about NavTones before. This company takes the voices of celebrities, or those who were at one time celebrities and makes them into the novice of your GPS unit.

The latest fauxlebrity to lend a voice to NavTones is David Hasselhoff. This dude hasn’t been cool since Knight Rider. You can get The Hoff’s voice for $6.95 and it works on TomTom or Garmin GPS devices.