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Events: PocketGPSWorld.com Christmas Competition 2012

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It's competition time! This year we have five great prizes which which means there will be five winners.

The prizes are a Garmin Foreunner 10 GPS running watch, courtesy of Garmin UK, a TomTom GO LIVE 1005 Europe, courtesy of TomTom, a Proclip Mount and Passive holder suitable for the winners phone or satnav from DSL Developments, a Motorola T325 Advanced Universal Bluetooth visor Mount Car Kit plus a universal phone holder from MobileFun.co.uk and an A-Z Maps Bundle including a 2013 Road Atlas 2.5" to 1 mile, the new Adventure Series South West Coastal Path map and the maps in the Adventure Series of The Peak District and Lake District from A-Z Maps.

It's a great selection of prizes. Please do show your thanks and support for their generosity by visiting their websites.

Full rules and how to enter can be found on the competition page. The competition is open as of now, one entry per forum member only. We'll announce the lucky winner as soon as we can after the competition closes at midday GMT on Christmas Day.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Tuesday, December 18 @ 13:20:08 EST

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Events: Navigon Previews Version 2.1 at MWC in Barcelona

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Navigon has always been a leader in the mobile navigation market and there was a concern when Garmin bought the company that the development of the software would be halted. Well fortunately that has not been the case and Navigon had a strong showing at Mobile World Congress this year.

They were showing version 2.1 of the mobile navigation software. Highlights of this version include integration with Google Streetview, Community data input for danger zones, and Active Lane Assist.

The Google Streetview integration allows you to see your destination both as a map or tapping on the map you can see the Streetview image to confirm your destination is correct. This is available in the route planning screens.

Navigon have now added a button for community data input. This allows users to report 'dangerous zones' in France, and Speed Cameras elsewhere. This information is sent up to a central server and the information distributed to other users.

Active Lane Assist provides a rolling 'movie' of the lanes on the road indicating which lane you need to be in.

Navigon also demonstrated the broad support for various devices with systems implemented on Apple, Android, WindowsPhone and Samsung Bada devices. Each system has a UI that integrates perfectly with the underlying operating system making for a seamless and intuitive experience with the application.

In our MWC video Jorn Watzke shows us the different Navigon navigation apps running on the diverse hardware platforms. We also get a glimpse of the Google Streetview integration.

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Saturday, March 03 @ 16:59:51 EST

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Events: iOnRoad - Augmented Reality Driving Assistant

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Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. For the drivers amongst us, a novel solutions which makes great use of Augmented Reality (AR) is iOnRoad.

Its claim to fame is the use of AR to provide advance warning of a collision. I confess that, initially, I was rather dubious that the app could work but a road test proved it was every bit as clever as its authors claimed.

iOnRoad uses the on-board camera in your smartphone to identify vehicles in the lane ahead of you. It constantly measures the gap between you and the vehicles ahead and alerts if that gap becomes too small. The gap is coloured green when you are following at a safe distance but turns red and provides an audible warning if you allow the gap to become to small.

Not only is iOnRoad an incredibly clever demonstration of the technology, it’s a useful safety tool and can help educate you to drive more safely and to leave that important safety gap between you and vehicles ahead.

Available now as a free app on Android and coming soon to iOS. For more information see the iONRoad web site at www.ionroad.com.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 01 @ 15:55:00 EST

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Events: Telmap Display Mobile Location Companion at MWC 2012

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Mobile Word Congress 2012, Barcelona. Israeli outfit Telmap have been showing off their latest 'Mobile Location Companion' - much more than just navigation software. The update boasts improved map functionality, smoother and faster scrolling as well as 3D landmarks as an aid.

The users locality is a key element to this latest update which allows you to find and book restaurant tables and read Trip Advisor reviews. Telmap also have their Streetips user community where you can create a profile and, like with Waze, report traffic jams and police traps.

Other features include 'find my car', additional voices and traffic. Telmap are primarily a white label company so the software is only available rebranded as, for example, Orange Maps (France), Vodafone Find & Go (UK) and Telmap Navigator Powered by O2 (Germany). All versions will have the new features deployed gradually.

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Posted by maft on Thursday, March 01 @ 14:40:31 EST

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Events: CSR show SiRFstarV and SiRFusion for indoor positioning

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For some time now we have been hearing that indoor GPS will be the next big breakthrough. Well calling it GPS is a bit of a misnomer, it is really Indoor Location: GPS will never work indoors. There have been a number of attempts to achieve this with varying success. Even at MWC there are a number of vendors showing or demonstrating Indoor Location.

Foremost in this field is CSR who merged with SiRF a few years ago. CSR were showing a hybrid solution to Indoor Location that will be capable of working on any SmartPhone with their latest chipset. Essentially this comprises hardware and software. The hardware is the SiRFStarV chipset, and the software is SiRFusion.

Continue reading to find out more about this technology and watch the videos of it in action.

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, March 01 @ 14:36:20 EST

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Events: We Talk to Route 66

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While we were at Mobile World Congress we caught up with Route 66 for a brief chat to see what they were up to. They were one of the later ones to release an Android navigation app but they have still saw over 400,000 downloads in the first three months alone and a steady 100,000 or so in the months that followed.

They mentioned that they have received a lot of useful feedback from the Android community and are working on various updates to add new features. These include regional maps (currently you pay a single €50 fee for worldwide maps) as well as some minor bug fixes and other additions. They are working on an iPhone version of their app but this has been delayed slightly as they want to make sure the requested features that are being added to the Android version will be in the iPhone version from day one.

Their unique "Follow Me" augmented reality feature is now one year old and Route 66 have said they are working on other novel, but useful, features. While we couldn't get any finer details it was hinted that these could include the phone reading the speed limit signs to make sure that the current speed limit is up to date in the app as well as reading other road signs and acting accordingly.

Have you used Route 66 on your Android device? Do you think they may be too late to the iPhone AppStore make an impact in the already crowded navigation section?

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Posted by maft on Thursday, March 01 @ 10:46:01 EST

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Events: ALK launch CoPilot GPS - A free route planner

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Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. CoPilot have made a bold move in the competitive navigation app markets with the offer of a free app.

The free app, CoPilot GPS will offer much of the features and functionality previously available in CoPilot Live. It will be available in the Spring in both Android Market and iTunes App Store.

Positioned as an alternative to Google Maps, the app will have on-board mapping (so no data charges) and a full complement of points of interest. Users can input addresses and calculate and view routes as normal.

What it doesn't provide is voice guidance, a 3D map and turn-by-turn navigation. You can still use it to guide you but it will not recalculate if you wander off the planned route.

In-app purchase options will allow you to unlock the full functionality and give access to 3D maps, voice etc at a cost of £19.99. ActiveTraffic will be £9.99/year.

It's an interesting move by ALK. Google's dominance of the Android navigation market has been blamed by some navigation app providers but others, such as ALK and Sygic are doing well and this may give ALK a huge boost.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 01 @ 09:51:31 EST

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Events: RealVNC Automotive - Is this the solution we've waited for?

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Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. We had an opportunity to talk with RealVNC whilst in Barcelona and to get a demo of their latest work on the VNC Automotive solution.

We've covered this product before and it continues to mature and improve. Supported smartphone platforms can connect to an in-dash touchscreen which can then view and control the phone. The benefits are obvious, a large, in-dash screen, control options such as steering wheel mounted buttons, jog dials, better sound etc.

RealVNC gave us a demo and it's fast, responsive and, impressively, it's able to stream video with no discernible lag. Apps such as navigation scale well and safety has been taken into consideration, the API that is used allows some apps to be blocked if the vehicle is in motion.

RealVNC already supports Android, Blackberry and iOS platforms and Sony have committed to including the necessary communication protocols in their Xperia smartphones.

Jaguar and Land Rover are implementing the technology but we now need more automotive manufacturers to commit to supporting it. They are notoriously slow in adopting new technology with glacial lead times between acceptance and availability.

There is everything to like with RealVNC's solution and nothing, apart from availability, to dislike. You get to choose the phone and apps you prefer with all the benefits of a factory fit product. We hope it becomes the standard.

Link: www.RealVNC.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Thursday, March 01 @ 09:31:12 EST

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Events: Renault equips Twingo with CoPilot Live GPS navigation

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Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. Renault has selected ALK's CoPilot Live navigation app to form part of the Twingo's integrated iPhone powered infotainment system.

Renault will be offering Oxygen Audio's O Car System as a dealer fit option. The O Car system is a single-DIN head unit that incorporates an iPhone cradle. When an iPhone is docked it becomes a part of the dashboard allowing control of car stereo functions through the dedicated e-Renault app.

The e-Renault app will be available free in the AppStore and includes a 30 day navigation trial. After the trial period has expired, a full navigation licence can be purchased from within the app.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Monday, February 27 @ 11:44:43 EST

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Events: Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2012 - What to expect?

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Mobile World Congress opens its doors on Monday for another week long event showcasing the latest and greatest in mobile device technology.

With the stellar rise in the adoption of smartphones and tablets and the matching decline in the popularity of PNDs, the show has become increasingly relevant to our readership.

TomTom, CoPilot and TeleNav are just some of the big names in navigation who are exhibiting. And there can be little doubt that we'll see a plethora of tablets, some of which may actually make it into production. And of course the latest and greatest versions of popular smartphones although Samsung won't be unveiling their Galaxy S3 Android smartphone as had been hoped.

This year Android's latest operating system release, Ice Cream Sandwich should be appearing on more handsets. Other enhancements that will be grabbing the headlines include NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad core processor, Near Field Communications (NFC) and 4G.

We'll be attempting to filter out all the PR waffle and bring you the lo down during a whistle stop one-day race around the show grounds on Tuesday.

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, February 24 @ 16:33:48 EST

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Events: GPS Product News From CES 2012 Las Vegas

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This week saw the start of the first big consumer electronics exhibitions in Las Vegas: CES 2012. At CES the whole range of electronic gadgets are on show with companies promoting high-end stereo systems all the way down to the manufacturers and fabricators from the Far East looking to provide products and services to larger companies.

This year sees multi-media featuring strongly once again. This time it is 3D TV but in a change from the normal glasses 3D TV these are glasses free TVs that track your eyes and adjust the output according to your viewing position. A few years ago we were seeing an explosion of HDTVs from the main manufacturers, this year they are promoting 4K and even 8K sets (HDTV is 2K). The bandwidth required for this content is mind boggling, let alone the storage required for it.

Once again OLED is on display, the rich beautiful colours that the technology can render is amazing, but 6 years down the line we are only seeing it implemented in a small number of smartphones. I would love to own a 30" OLED monitor for my computer.

Anyway the goodies aside this site is all about navigation so lets look and see what CES has in store for GPS this year. As usual we have news from TomTom, Garmin, Magellan and CSR.

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Posted by Mike Barrett on Thursday, January 12 @ 04:34:32 EST

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Events: Garmin shows new nuvi SatNav range at IFA 2011

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A week of so ago we took a look at the new range of Garmin nüvi navigation devices at Garmin's UK headquarters in the UK. IFA was the first time that the public was able to see them and have a look at some of the new functionality.

In our video we talk to Clive Taylor Garmin's director of Product Management who gives us a quick tour of the devices and the new features.

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Posted by mike Barrett on Tuesday, September 06 @ 22:01:40 EDT

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Events: TomTom Introduce Travel Live Services at IFA 2011

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Just before the 2011 IFA Expo in Berlin last week TomTom announced additions to their Live Services portfolio. Building on the success of the Live Traffic TomTom have now added Live Travel Services. Effectively this is an integration of Expedia, Trip Advisor, Yelp and Twitter. The services allow you to access information from the portals directly on the TomTom SatNav. This dramatically increases the amount of information available on your journey, and is integrated into the navigation engine.

Unfortunately it would appear as if TomTom have simply bolted the services on the their navigation functionality rather than stand back and look at how a user would likely use the service. For instance having found a hotel on Expedia having gone through a search and selection process the natural thing to do is check the hotel out on Trip Advisor. This is where the whole system is disjointed as you now have to go back to Live Services then do a search and select using trip advisor. A much more natural usage model would be to link to Expedia and Trip Advisor from the POI details rather than having to restart the search from scratch.

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Posted by mike Barrett on Tuesday, September 06 @ 21:58:01 EDT

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Events: Navigon Launch New Navigon Flow Software at IFA 2011

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Navigon and Garmin may now be one company, but that didn't prevent Navigon from having a commanding presence at IFA this year. As both the Navigon and Garmin products had reached the point of production prior to the company purchase both ranges will be released. And a good thing too as Navigon have developed a new software interface called Navigon Flow.

Navigon Flow is claimed to improve the user experience adding swipes, scrolling lists and drag and drop to the user interface with all functions available from the main screen.

In our video Timo Weinschenk describes the new features of Navigon Flow and we take a look at a few demo routes highlighting lane assistance, 3D terrain and Tunnel modes.

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Posted by mike Barrett on Tuesday, September 06 @ 21:53:36 EDT

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Events: TomTom shows iPad Navigator Software at IFA 2011

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For about two years now we have been able to use TomTom Navigator software on the iPhone, but TomTom have been reluctant to release an iPad version of the software. Indeed it was only in May when I met TomTom that I was told in respect of the iPad "We dont believe that there is a market for the iPad as a navigation device. It is too big.". I would like to think my Brodit iPad Holder review influenced the decision to release iPad specific software, but I will not kid myself…

Anyway gone are the days when we have to have a 2X iPhone display TomTom have done a good job on creating a iPad Navigator with integrated (in-app purchase) HD Traffic. The app will be available in about 4 weeks and will be free to existing iPhone app owners.

Our video shows the software being demonstrated on the TomTom stand at the IFA Expo in Berlin.

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Posted by mike Barrett on Tuesday, September 06 @ 21:49:00 EDT

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