Nokia Ovi Maps getting traffic, transit, check-ins

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Looks like the crew at Nokia decided that today is a good day to make some big announcements. In addition to the three new phones, Nokia is also updating its Ovi Maps application with no fewer than three new features. Yup, they’re finally recognizing that software is just as important as hardware.

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UC Berkeley team creates indoor 3D laser mapping technology… in a backpack

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At UC Berkeley, the same team behind 3D views of major cities on Google Earth has created a mapping technology “that scans its surroundings and creates an instant 3D model”. The device takes the form of a backpack, where an array of lasers, cameras, and an Inertial Measurement Unit all combine to form a final […]

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BlackBerry Locate Service gets cellular triangulation

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Before today the platform was only able to determine the location of the user via GPS. Now with the recent update, the location can be determined based on cell tower triangulation for geolocation. This isn’t as accurate as true GPS, to be sure, but it’s much lighter on the battery and could prove to be more effective where a GPS signal is harder to get – like indoors.

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Get going with the Magellan RoadMate iPhone app

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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.

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

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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.

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Google Earth Mobile app now out for the Nexus One ‘Android 2.1′

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There is a new app to add in the already intensive library of Google code for your Android phone. You can use it for everything from Gmail to Google Maps, and now you get to have a global view too thanks to the new Google Earth Mobile app for Android.

Developed to work with Android 2.1, the “fastest mobile version of Google Earth” is now available for download through the Google Marketplace. The Android edition of Google Earth will support a screen resolution of up to 800×480 pixels and a “smooth” frame rate.

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International Users Blocked from Google Navigation

This news won’t affect anyone who is sticking to the United States, but for everyone else in the world, this is a rather unfortunate turn of events. As you may recall, some Android hackers have managed to get Google Maps Navigation to work around the world. I guess Google wasn’t very happy about that. Originally, […]

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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 […]

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Red Light GPS Device Lacks GPS Navigation

Red Light GPS Device Lacks GPS Navigation

By and large, you would assume that when you buy a standalone GPS device for your car that this device would be able to provide you with turn-by-turn directions, as well as information about points of interest and so on. That is not the case with this particular product from Hammacher Schlemmer. Sure, it’s still […]

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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, […]

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