Our Mobile App of the Day today is TomTom for iPhone.
TomTom is one of the biggest names in the dedicated GPS industry and their mobile app is pretty popular with those who don't want to fiddle with a dedicated GPS device. TomTom for iPhone has been upgraded to version 1.5 with a few new features being included.
TomTom's latest update includes iPhone 4 optimization, which allows the app to take advantage of the devices high resolution graphics and responsiveness along with making maps more accurate. The new "Navigate to Photo" feature allows you to tap on an image and get turn by turn directions to the location. Updated maps give TomTom a million more miles worth of roads than their competitors with constant updates to keep everything current. It's a little pricey at $49.99, but if you're a traveler with an iPhone you can grab the updated app on iTunes now.
We have teamed up with Gainward this week to giveaway one of their GTS 450 "Golden Sample" Goes Like Hell (GS-GLH) video cards.
This video card is based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 GPU, but not like any regular video card. Using handpicked parts, the "Golden Sample" Goes Like Hell edition comes with its GPU core clock set at 930MHz (783MHz is standard), memory clock set at 2000MHz (1804MHz is standard) and finally the shader clock speed is set at 1860MHz compared to the standard speed of 1566MHz.
It is the top-dog GTS 450 video card from Gainward and this week you have a chance to win one!
Head on over to our forum giveaway page to find out how to win one! For this weekly giveaway anyone in the world can enter and you do not pay for the shipping charges.
Our Download of the Day today is OpenOffice.org 3.3.0 RC1.
OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.
OpenOffice.org is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software.
Easy to use
OpenOffice.org is easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to OpenOffice.org straight away. Our world-wide native-language community means that OpenOffice.org is probably available and supported in your own language.
... And it's free
Best of all, OpenOffice.org can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. OpenOffice.org is released under the LGPL licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Office Depot - Logitech Wireless Wave Combo Keyboard and Mouse for $49.99.
Offer: A great price ($20 drop on the Office Depot site) on this very popular wireless keyboard and mouse combo. Order it online and have it ready to be picked up or add anything to get everything in your cart shipped free. Price is set to expire 10/23/10 or while supplies last.
The latest happenings from around the web - October 20th, 2010
- Asus Dual Intelligent Processors @ Overclock3D
- ASRock H55M-LE Motherboard @ Vortez UK
- Gigabyte X58-USB3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD Talks Llano & Radeon HD 6800 @ Techgage
- Nvidia quietly reveals new GeForce GT 440 @ eTeknix
- AMD releases Radeon HD 6850 and HD 6870 pictures @ eTeknix
- Zotac GTX 470 AMP! Edition @ Technic3D
- MSI GeForce GTX 460 1GB HAWK Review - Custom Everything @ PC Perspective
Telstra has introduced a per megabyte charge model to their prepaid wireless offerings.
The prepaid wireless broadband battleground is getting more scarred as time goes on - Optus and Vodafone have recently increased the value to their plans, with Telstra now following through.
Telstra have introduced a plan which includes "up to" 10GB of data which is valid for twelve months. The plan costs $150 and is in direct competition with Vodafone who offer the same price and expiration period, but 12GB of data is included.
Logging into Xbox.com on Wednesday morning is going to give a bit of a shock to many users as Microsoft is giving the site a pretty serious facelift.
Included in the update will be Windows Phone 7 integration, an avatar creator, and even some playable web games. The social experience is getting some improvements with a a unified inbox for your game requests, inbox, and friend requests. Parental controls are also being implemented to help adults "understand what your family is doing and how they are using Live" with the Family Reports system. With Kinect and Windows Phone 7 on the horizon, it looks like Xbox.com is ready for the new gear.
Lenovo President and CEO Rory Read had a few things to say on the mobile front to a group of journalists at their headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina today. Even though Lenovo is not planning on bringing a smartphone to market in the U.S. for another two years, their "Le Pad" tablet may hit U.S. shores for businesses and consumers somewhere around Summer 2011.
This launch date seems to hinge on Android's next major OS release, codenamed "Honeycomb." Read stated that he "doesn't believe Froyo (Android 2.2) is the right base to have a fully functioning pad." Honeycomb is slated for release at around the same time so if that date gets pushed back, there's a good chance the Lenovo tablet will as well since Lenovo also has no plans on rolling out a Windows 7 based tablet.
As if kids aren't getting texting-crazed early enough these days, a company called Scholastic has released the Electronic Text Messagers, a wireless device that is pretty much a texting walkie talkie that sends messages between the handsets instead of voice.
Sold in pairs for $16.99 on Amazon, these devices have a range of 600 feet and work through walls without having to worry about line of sight. You can even network 24 of these together to talk to each other. They only have a 40 character limit so they make tweets look like short stories, so extensive text speak is most likely required. Expect these to show up in classroom teacher's confiscated item drawers soon.
Microsoft is working hard to get Windows Phone 7 devices into as many hands as possible at launch, and is offering up some pretty nice benefits worldwide to make sure that happens. Microsoft is offering up a 3 month Zune pass to those who sign up for a WP7 pre-order notification and buy a device, and AT&T is giving away a one month Zune pass and a free month of U-Verse Mobile for WP7 buyers. But they don't have anything on A1, an Austrian mobile carrier.
For everyone signing up or extending contracts to receive an HTC Trophy on October 21st from A1, they will also receive a 4GB Xbox 360. 360 more of the systems will be raffled off to those who put in a preorder. A1 is even allowing people to sign up for two Trophies to receive two Xbox 360s. These are the sort of things you have to try in our iPhone/Android crazed mobile marketplace these days, I suppose, but it's not a bad way to create buzz.