I ordered my iPad early and opted for the WiFi only version because I didn't think I would need the 3G connectivity. If you have been holding out for the 3G version, you will be able to use the thing as a massive GPS device in your car.
Copilot Live HD for the iPad will be coming to the App Store just as the iPad 3G lands. The app turns the big iPad screen into a very nice navigation device.
I really like how you get the moving map, a visual image of the intersection, along with turn directions all at the same time. The app will only work with the iPad 3G version. Pricing is unknown at this time.
Deal of the Day: Magellan RoadMate 1430 GPS System for $99.99 with 3 Months of FREE Traffic Alert Subscription and FREE Shipping!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Circuit City - Magellan RoadMate 1430 GPS System for $99.99 with 3 Months of FREE Traffic Alert Subscription and FREE Shipping!.
Offer: It's back and at a LOWER price!! They've dropped it by $20 and it still ships for free as well! This is a brand new unit that gives you a nice 4.3" touch screen display and even better, text to speech! You also get live traffic alerts, the US and Canada maps, a gazillion POI, and usual accessories including mounts and cables. And like before, it still comes with 3 months of traffic alert for FREE!
Garmin has unveiled a new GPS device that doesn't look like the typical GPS unit. Rather than being a boxy rectangle, the new nuvi 3700 series looks more like an iPod touch crammed inside a windshield mount.
The 3700 is claimed to be the thinnest PND around at less than 9mm thick. The device has a touchscreen and users can zoom in on maps using pinch and tap gestured. The screen is 4.3-inches wide and can be used in portrait or landscape modes.
The device has a customizable wake up phrase that will activate the voice navigation. Maps are offered in 2D and 3D modes. The device has features you expect on a high-end GPS unit like lane assist, traffic and more. Pricing and availability are unknown.
N97 owners may like to know that Nokia has just made available its newest Ovi Maps which brings free voice-guided walk and drive turn-by-turn navigation for 74 countries.
The Ovi Maps update has actually been available for a short while already, but until now only supported the N97 mini, 5800 XpressMusic, 5800 Navigation Edition, E52, E55, E72, 5230, 6710 Navigator, 6730 classic and X6.
Keep in mind, to use this free navigation you must have first updated your N97 to the latest software version (2.0.x). However, in some markets the update might not yet be available, but Nokia is said to be providing a workaround for that in the near future.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector with GPs for $439.01 with Flat $5.95 Shipping.
Offer: This is the top of the line radar detector that has the new GPS tracking and the downloadable data feature. These radar detectors, especially any of the Escort or Beltronics units, never go down in price and are never discounted. They're like Apple and control the pricing fiercely so to see a $50 price drop on these top of the line units is hot. Price is good for a limited time and there's no set date on when this will expire so if you want it, get it now.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3" GPS with Text to Speech for Only $115.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: W00t! It's finally back! You guys really loved this GPS the last time the price was this low so get it now before they pull it again! Factory refurbished, you get a nice big 4.3" touchscreen, the cool Text to Speech feature, the Where Am I feature, XM, FM traffic, and other feature compatibility and more! Sadly, however, it is not waterproof.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Circuit City - Magellan RoadMate 1430 GPS System for $119.99 with FREE Shipping!.
Offer: This is a brand new unit that gives you a nice 4.3" touch screen display and even better, text to speech! You also get live traffic capability and all of the usual accessories including mounts and cables. The last GPS deal sold out so if you want this one, get it soon.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Computer Geeks - TomTom XL340S 4.3" GPS System with Text to Speech for $129.99 with FREE Shipping.
Offer: You can pick up the uber popular TomTom GPS, this time with a wide 4.3" screen and text to speech for just $129.99! It's refurbished to factory specs and ships for free by using coupon code: TOMTOM (expires 10/31/09)
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Garmin Nuvi 255W 4.3" GPS Navigation System with Text to Speech for Only $115.99 with FREE Shipping.
Offer: Refurbished to factory specs, this is a hot deal (dare I say, even better the one from yesterday at this price!) for a GPS system! It's FM traffic compatible, tells you to turn and navigate via street names and has all of the usual amenities of any GPS system you would want to use.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Buy.com - Magellan Roadmate 1212 3.5" GPS System with Text to Speech for Only $69.99 with FREE Shipping.
Offer: Not a fan of the TomTom's? Pick up this Magellan unit that's recertified to be new for just $69 and even have it tell you the names of the road!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Newegg - TomTom One 130 3.5" GPS System for Only $49.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping.
Offer: If you don't need the text to speech, you can have this tell you to turn right or left in so many yards in a small and reliable package. Recertified to be new, the rebate itself is set to expire 6/15/09 even though the price of the unit may change at any time.
The Sky is Falling! The Sky is Falling! Ok, ok not really but in the near future we may see some of those expensive GPS satellites falling from the sky and hindering our ability to drive to the store without getting lost.
The problem is that no one has been spending enough to keep the aging GPS satellite system in working order. To get accurate global coverage you need at least 24 GPS nodes floating up there, currently there are 31.
No problem you say, but the rub is that most are already past their designed life and the US military (the people with the pink slip0 have not been replacing them fast enough. So in the next couple of years we may have GPS outages while they rush to replace the failing satellites.
Read more here.
The US Air Force is said to be spending £1.3 billion to bring the US system up to date, but the GAO report says that repairs are not happening fast enough. The GPS network is run by the US military and rented by commercial firms internationally for sat-nav systems.
"It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption," said the report.
"If not, some military operations and some civilian users could be adversely affected," the GAO warned.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Radio Shack - TomTom One 130 GPS for Only $59.99 after Rebate.
Offer: Hot price on the popular GPS system. The rebate's only $20 (expires 5/31/09) and you can only order it online. Heck, thanks to the free shipping promo, you even get it shipped for free! Refurbished to be new, I've got a couple running that have yet to let me down from last year.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Magellan RoadMate 1412 GPS Navigation with 4.3" Touch Screen Display, Text-To-Speech, US/Hawaii/Puerto Rico/Canada Maps, Refurbished, for $79.99 plus Shipping.
Offer: This ultra-thin GPS with 4.3" widescreen touch screen, text to speech, smart detour, and more is just $79.99 plus shipping.
Our Deal of the Day today is the TomTom One 3rd Edition for Only $79.99 with FREE Shipping at Newegg.
Offer: You guys love these little GPS units and now you can pick up a refurbished to be new unit for over 50% the cost of a new one. Price and shipping is subject to change and frequently are so get it soon if you want one.
Update: If you're in California, it MIGHT be cheaper for you to buy from here. Shipping is $11 for you but may vary depending on where you live.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Omnitech 4.3" Portable GPS w/Text to Speech, 3D View for $69.99 at Buy.com Shipped Free!.
Offer: Pretty nice price for a portable GPD unit with text-to-speech and 3D view! It has preloaded maps the 48 continental US states 4.3" bright color touch screen.
Google Earth and Street View are two very controversial tools. Lately Google has come under fire for both. Very recently Google Earth has been used by Hamas to plan rocket attacks into Israel while the terrorists that planned the Mumbai attack used both Google Earth and Street View to plan.
*Correction Google's Version of Street view is not available in Mumbai or Israel*
Google Earth Boss, John Hanke has gone on record to defend both tools.
In an recent interview he claims that if the attackers didn't have Google Earth and Street View they would just use something else.
The problem is that his examples are not comparable to the data you can get from Google Earth or Street View. Using those two internet tools you can plan anything from afar without the risk of exposure and detection.
He says that Terrorist would simply have an informant on the ground "who was working in the hotel and drawing layouts of everything on a napkin"
Or use a tourists map. Here is the rub, the informant in the hotel runs the risk of detection and being caught, it gives the security forces a chance to prevent the attack. Using a tourist's map does not show military installation details; in fact most do not show much detail at all.
To Google I say this, own up to the fact that these tools are not good for anything other than providing criminals an anonymous means to reconnaissance. And either dump them (as they should do with the privacy invading Street View altogether) or blur out detail on sensitive areas to reduce their effectiveness as tools of terror.
E-Ten has announced that it's finally shipping the Glofiish X800 and the company also released its X600 at the same time. The X800 was shown back at Computex earlier this year, but it has taken this long for it to become available. It features a 500MHz Samsung SC3 2442 processor and it has 256MB of flash memory and 64MB of RAM. The screen measures 2.8-inches and has a 640x480 resolution.
It's a 3G handset which HSDPA support and it works on 2100, 1900 and 850MHz for 3G and it also works on all four GSM bands and as a backup to 3G it does GPRS class 10. Of course it also has 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR.
As with previous devices from E-Ten the X800 also features a built in SiRF Star III GPS unit and it also features a 2Megapixel camera with LED flash as well as a front mounted camera for video calls. Memory expansion comes in the shape of micro SD card slot, it can be connected to your PC via a mini USB port and it even has a built in FM radio.
The X800 measures 113.5 x 60.5 x 15.8 mm (HxWxD) and it weighs 147g. It comes with a 1,530mAh batter which is meant to be good for some 120-150h in standby, 5-7h of calls, 10-15h of PDA usage or 2-2.5h of GPS usage, so it might be wise to get a car charger if you intend to use it as a GPS in the car.
The X600 is a rather more stylish device in our opinion, although it doesn't boast the same high-end features as the X800. It is powered by a 400MHz Samsung SC3 2442 CPU and it has half the flash at 128MB, but it still has 64MB of RAM. It has the same 2.8-inch display, but the resolution is only 320x240.
It doesn't support 3G, but it's still a quad band GSM device with GPRS class 10 support. It also has 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR. It also has the same SiRF Star III GPS module built in and a 2Megapixel rear mounted camera.
Memory expansion comes courtesy of a micro SD card just as with the X800 and the X600 also has a mini USB port and an FM radio. It measures 107 x 58 x 14.7 mm (HxWxD) and weighs slightly less at 136g. The X600 has a 1,530mAh battery as well, but it has a longer standby time of 150-170h, but oddly enough the call time is only 5-6h. The PDA usage time is 12-14h while the GPS batter life seems to have been vastly improved over the X800 to 5-7h on a single charge.
Neither device is up on E-Ten's English website as yet, but hopefully they'll appear there shortly. We're expecting an X800 review unit to arrive, so look out for the review in the near future.
Now that Intel have fired off a new range of IGP based Intel chipsets into the market, the Dailytech report that they are now focusing their attention on some IGP chipsets for the latest AMD platforms. Referred to as MCP78, the upcoming lineup will comprise two DX10 equipped GeForce 8 series IGPs as well as an IGP-less variant.
Get the full rundown on 'em here folks.
NVIDIA plans to update its budget AMD chipset lineup with two new GeForce 8 series IGP and an IGP-less solutions - MCP78. The new MCP78 features the MCP78 U with a $70-80 build cost, MCP78 S with a $55-65 build cost and the MCP78 D with $50-55 build cost.
The MCP78 U and MCP78 S feature a DirectX 10 compatible graphics solution with unified memory architecture and PureVideo HD technology for high-definition HD DVD and Blu-ray playback. NVIDIA touts new Hybrid SLI technology for the new IGP solutions, which it claims to boost performance of discrete GPUs.
Samsung is apparently working on a new handset with integrated GPS as part of its new line up of handsets that are expected to arrive late this year or early next year. The unofficial model name is i550 and it will also be using the Symbian S60 operating system. This is not the first time Samsung has developed a phone with Symbian as its OS, although it's not Samsungs main choice of OS for its handsets, unlike Nokia that almost exclusively uses Symbian.
The i550 is also meant to be a 3.5G handset with HSDPA, although it only supports speeds of up to 3.6Mbit. It's meant to have a 2.6-inch display which will hopefully have better than 240x320 resolution, 128MB of RAM and 150MB of ROM. The built in memory can be expanded via a microSD card slot and the phone features a mini USB connector.
The i550 should also come with a 3.2Megapixel camera with autofocus and flash. It should measure 115 x 53 x 13.8mm (HxWxD) and have a 1,200mAh battery. It looks pretty cool to us and it seems to have a track ball similar to that of the Blackberry Pearl, but it's hard to see if this is really what it is from the picture, it could simply just be a large joystick.
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