TomTom iPhone app gets Google local search, real-time traffic

I’m not much of one to use standalone GPS navigation devices, I can’t even recall the last time I needed one as I prefer to use the free Google Maps application on my Nokia smartphone. But that’s not to say traditional GPS makers aren’t gonna go down without a fight. TomTom, still one of the world’s leading providers of navigation solutions and digital maps, is shifting their focus to the world of smartphones. More specifically, enhancementsfor the iPhone TomTom app.

TomTom’s press announcement explains how full real-time traffic information will be available from the TomTom iPhone app (version 1.3), getting you around those nasty traffic jams rather than taking what is suggested as the fastest route.

TomTom Releases Homer Simpson Voice Pack for GPS Devices

Whether you’re cruising around in your own town or you’re trying not to get lost in a foreign land, having a reliable GPS device in the car is quite the worthy investment. However, the pre-installed voices may not be the most interesting things in the world. Thankfully, for all the TomTom owners in the audience, […]

Google Search and Real-Time Traffic for TomTom GO 940 LIVE

Just providing you with accurate location information and turn-by-turn directions isn’t enough to be a hot-selling GPS navigation device anymore, but thankfully the new TomTom GO 940 LIVE brings quite a bit more into the picture. For starters, this handy little gadget comes with the “Live” package, which provides UK users with a subscription to […]

GPS Navigating On the Cheap: TomTom for $99

It used to be that these standalone GPS navigation devices were pricey little numbers and most people could justify spending that kind of money. As with all other kinds of technology, times have changed and now you can spin around foreign cities with the best of them. If you’ve been itching to get in on […]

TomTom Brings Real GPS Navigation to Apple iPhone

The Apple iPhone seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. When Steve Jobs first announced the device nearly one year ago, we were stunned by its beauty and enthralled by its multi-touch interface. As modders and hackers got their hands on the handheld, they developed all sorts of applications that emulate retro gaming […]

TomTom Go 715 GPS Has Mobile Broadband

Now that the price of portable GPS units has come down so much, they are becoming much more mainstream. As a result, the competition is fierce to grab market share and manufacturers need to do something to capture a customer’s attention. They’ve increased screen size, included MP3 playback, or tossed in some Bluetooth for wireless […]

TomTom Go 715 All-in-One GPS with Cell Phone Functionality

The flow usually heads in the opposite direction with cell phones transforming into Swiss Army knives, but today we’re going to head a little upstream. The TomTom Go 715 is being touted as an all-in-one GPS unit, but it’s got a little something extra that other GPSers are lacking: cell phone functionality. When you plunk […]

TomTom Gets Back to Bases with Celebrity Voice-Overs

Looking to differentiate itself from the crowd, TomTom has gone even further into left field with its celebrity voice-overs, recruiting Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to record a handful of instructions and announcements in his chosen parlance, baseball-ese, to replace such mundane announcements as “You are approaching your destination.” Instead, once you plunk down […]

TomTom navigator mount doubles as FM transmitter

I’m not sure if they’re the first ones to do this, but I would certainly like to see more products like this. One of the major complaints people have about portable GPS navigation devices is that the on-board speaker can be a little too quiet to hear those turn-by-turn directions, especially with all that wind […]

Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition with TomTom technology

If navigation isn’t your strong suit, then Palm and TomTom have something for you. It’s the Palm GPS Navigator Smartphone Edition, featuring TomTom NAVIGATOR 6 software. Hook it all up inside your vehicle, and you can get voice-guided, turn-by-turn instructions for how to get to even the most mundane of Points B. Millions of points […]

TomTom Rider, GPS for your Harley

TomTom, a company that specializes in navigation solutions, has announced a new product today called the TomTom Rider. The Rider is a portable all-in-one GPS that can easily mount on your motorbike or scooter. The device can also communicate with your GRPS enabled phone to provide information services such as traffic and weather conditions through […]

TomTom GPS Navigation Pre-Loaded with All USA Maps

TomTom today announced the TomTom GO GPS Navigation system pre-loaded with all maps of the USA. The colour 3D navigation views make it easy to view, and for the safest way of travel, voice-guided routing instructions. See press release below. TomTom Expands Product Line to Include New TomTom Go Pre-Loaded With Maps of the Entire […]

Maps on the go With TomTom

TomTom has released an alternative to paper maps for Series 60-based smartphones. The Nokia 7650, 3650 and 6600 now have a clear route when navigating major cities. See press release below. TomTom, a Dutch company behind several popular map and navigation solutions for Pocket PC, Palm OS and Series 80 platforms today announced the availability […]

TomTom Personal Travel Information Software

TomTom is a unique personalised locations-based service for use while preparing a journey and while travelling. TomTom plans the users’ route for them and gives information about their location and nearby places of interest. The service will cover Western Europe, including the whole of the UK, by the summer. TomTom can be accessed on the […]

Apple Acquires GPS Firm Coherent Navigation To Boost Location Mapping

  So you love Google Maps because they are more technically sound than Apple Maps, right? And as an Apple user you might be jealous of those who are awarded with the accuracy of Google maps. Well, it’s time for some good news, Apple is going to improve the navigation technology in an all new […]

The Nike+ sportwatch GPS will nag you into shape

If you’re having trouble keeping up with the exercise routine you’ve suddenly imposed upon yourself for the New Year, you might want to check out the new Nike+ sportwatch. Not only will it add a new layer of technological novelty to something as old-fashioned as jogging, but it will even nag at you when you haven’t gone for a run in a few days.

iPhone 4.0 is official: Apple brings you multitasking and more

iPhone OS 4 was announced today at Apple’s live press event, and out comes a rabbit from the hat. Seven major updates are coming to the iPhone 3G and 3GS models, iPod Touch 2G and 3G, with seven major improvements including multitasking, and 100 other minor ones ranging from searchable MMS/SMS to 5x digital zoom for your camera.

The major feature we have all been waiting for is multitasking, our iPhone 4G poll showed over 52% of iPhone owners would like multitasking, and Apple delivered. Improved Battery Life topped the charts at 61%, but with added multitasking this may only worsen performance.

Get going with the Magellan RoadMate iPhone app

Following in the footsteps of offerings like the TomTom app, Magellan has announced an iPhone app of its own geared toward people who need to find their way around town. The Magellan RoadMate app works with the Apple iPhone, of course, as well as the iPod touch.

The kicker is that you need to purchase the required Magellen Premium Car Kit in order to get any real functionality of the kit. This is quite different from the TomTom version where the kit is recommended but optional.

Google Maps Navigation for Android Announced

Ever since I picked up my Nokia E71 and loaded it with the Google Maps application, I haven’t used my standalone Garmin GPS navigation device. The regular mobile Google Maps app can give directions, but it doesn’t do turn-by-turn. Well, that’s changing with Google Maps Navigation. And, like its predecessors, it’s free too. The new […]

Are Standalone GPS Devices Going the Way of the PDA?

You’ve probably noticed that most of us love the idea of convergence devices. Our cell phones used to be for just voice calls, but now we use them for taking pictures, listening to music, checking email, surfing the web, managing our schedules, and so much more. We’re also increasingly using them for GPS navigation purposes, […]

Radio Shack Starts Selling MOTONAV TN20, TN30 GPS Units

When it comes to portable GPS navigation devices, there are a few names that immediately come to mind. You’ve got your Garmins, Magellans, and TomToms of the world and then you’ve got companies that usually specialize in other items. Motorola is a name that you probably associate with cell phones, but the electronics giant does […]

Amazon Kindle Easter Eggs: Google Maps and Minesweeper

The Amazon Kindle is supposed to be a device that brings e-book reading to the masses. I love how it includes a speedy cellular connection, allowing owners to purchase new e-books just about anywhere they find a cell phone signal. But did you know that the Kindle comes equipped with more functionality than just reading […]

Palm Looks to Garmin for Next GPS Navigator

To develop a new Palm GPS Navigator, the Treo maker has inked a deal with Garmin, effectively ousting TomTom, their previous partner in the navigating enterprise. If you’re rocking one of Palm’s handheld computers — like the Treo and the Centro — you can now “enjoy access to over 6 million points of interest and […]

Portable GPS Makers Set to Create Mobile Phones Too?

Cell phone manufacturers have stepped on quite a few toes by spreading their wings. Cell phones are capable of taking pictures, surfing the web, and even navigating you through unfamiliar territory. Well, GPS makers just aren’t going to take it anymore. Both TomTom and Garmin are reportedly working on mobile phones of their own, expanding […]

Tom Tom Handheld Boasts Wiki Future

Think of it as social networking for the navigation crowd. The TomTom GO 720 can create a network of users who can share navigation data with other users, including instances such as sudden road closures. The device has the TomTom voice-recognition feature as well as traffic and weather forecasts, so most navigation needs are right […]

Switzerland Bans GPS Use to Detect Speedtraps

So we recently told you about a GPS device that doubles as a radar detector. Well, don’t take that to Switzerland with you, ’cause they’ll confiscate it from your vehicle and slap you with a big heavy fine. The Alpine country on January 10 began enforcing a law that bans the use of any navigation […]

HTC unveils four new PDAs for Europe

HTC could have just rolled out one new PDA, but they got truly crazy and unveiled four at once instead. The new models carry some catchy names – HTC S620, HTC P3300, HTC P3600 and HTC S310. Each is targeted at a different consumer. The S620 is ‘super-slim’ and will be the choice of heavy […]

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GPS-enabled mobile handsets on the rise for commercial fleet apps

It seems that the next frontier in the mobile handset segment is the implementation of GPS functionality, according to a recent report by ABI Research. Looking into the commercial telematics market, they’re saying that fleet managers can better “organize their field workers and make their operations more efficient” by knowing exactly where everyone is at […]

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Inrex Real-Time Traffic uses historical data

I don’t know about you, but one of the most frustrating things that you can deal with is a traffic jam. What if you could avoid the bumper-to-bumper action in the first place? That’s the idea behind Real-Time Traffic technology, and Inrex has taken it one step further, integrating historical data into their system. Given […]

Tom Tom navigators link to your iPod

So maybe the Tom Tom band doesn’t really exist, but that still wont stop them from releasing a groovey navigation solution for your iPod. The expansions of the Dutch company’s award-winning GO series of portable navigation devices include three new models: the GO 510, GO 710 (Europe only model), and GO 910. Each has a […]