- The AT&T GPS App will cost $10 a month for navigational service. — Wired
- Check out 10 video games that should have been turned into movies. — Switched
- YouTube has increased its file limit to 2GB and offers direct linking to HD videos. — TechCrunch
- Get ready, get set, because there's going to be a Grease video game for the Wii and DS. — Joystiq
- Here's an easy way to keep your long phone and laptop cords under control.— Unplggd
- Twitter's cofounder Biz Stone lays down the rules about the use of Twitter's trademarked word "Tweet". — Twitter Blog
- Log in for your chance to win the hot new iPhone 3GS. — geeksugar
This year during the WWDC keynote, I particularly got excited when navigation applications were announced — I'm not the best with directions. Well, AT&T has just released their TeleNav Navigation Application for the iPhone, which is a free app to download, but it is rumored to cost $10 for monthly service. Now, I really enjoyed the TeleNav Navigator on my BlackBerry when I took it for a test drive, and monthly service on that is about $10 as well. But keep in mind you don't have to pay $100 for the receiver when you are using your iPhone. . . so you save that much money right off the bat. AT&T also allows you to cancel the service at anytime — perfect for those times when you leave town or you're not using it very often.
I finally learned how to use the GPS in my car. And it changed my life. It took me so long because I have trust issues. I just didn't trust that it wouldn't get me lost. But I realized that nothing could get me more lost than me.
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Since TomTom is probably the most recognized navigational system on the market, it's only natural that it would find its way to the smartest phone on the market. With turn by turn directions, exact drive times, and road conditions, as well as maps to show you where the nearest gas station is, you'll never get lost again with TomTom riding along on your iPhone.
Plus, TomTom is making it easy to use in the car with a kit that includes a dash holder, loudspeaker, and charger. TomTom for the iPhone will be available this Summer.
I spent some time exploring unfamiliar territory over the weekend and charted out my adventures and directions with Google Maps in advance. Blame it on the Henny the night before, or my inability to chat with my copilot and drive, but I got lost. As we sat at the side of a sketchy road, frustrated and ready for a Garden Burger, I thanked my lucky stars for my iPhone. We were able to triangulate our position with the iPhone's GPS, update our directions, and get back on track, following the moving blue dot on the map until we reached our destination.
More than 75 percent of geeksugar readers claim to use GPS regularly, but about 58 percent admit it has led you astray at one point or another. I recognize using a GPS can be distracting, but I am always glad to have it when my primary plan (Google Map directions and instinct) fail me. Which travel tool do you think is more helpful?
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Well here's a bummer use for GPS: NFL Player Michael Strahan installed a GPS device in girlfriend Nicole Murphy's car, which then text-messaged him her location. Seem a little controlling? Apparently he had reason to be suspicious, because she was cheating on him.
With all the GPS-based devices and cell phones available to us now, along with the willingness of people to participate in up-to-the-minute personal status updates, it's not hard to know what your significant other is doing at all times. In fact, if you have a well-connected partner, an error or lack of updates could tip you off that something's amiss without you even trying to keep track of them. However, I've asked before if you've spied on your S.O. and shown you new tech to spy with — but have you or would you use GPS in any way to find where your partner was?
With so many new handsets being announced, I enjoy finding out what features are being integrated into the latest and greatest devices. And one of the most popular trends this year is GPS functionality. Nokia just debuted the 6710 Navigator and the 6720 Classic, which both feature built-in GPS. The Navigator comes with drive and walk navigation and its touchpad allows you to zoom in and out on the maps. I don't have a car, but the last time I was driving and needed GPS, I just used Telenav GPS for my BlackBerry. But I must admit, I was in awe of the iPhone 3G when it was first released and offered GPS navigation.
What about you? Is GPS something you would care about having on your phone?
- On Feb. 24, the TeleNav GPS Navigator will be coming to T-Mobile's G1 smartphone. — Crave
- Marvel has just announced that they will start selling its new "In Motion" comic books in the Apple iTunes Store. — Switched
- At last! There's finally a way that Hotmail users can import their email to other email clients like Gmail or Yahoo. — Lifehacker
- Apple may soon start to allow its iTunes users to stream video content instead of downloading it to a local machine. — Apple Insider
- Netflix has just hit its 10 million customer mark. — Engadget
- To help celebrate its 40th anniversary, Pong has opened its very own virtual Pong Museum. — Boing Boing
My iPhone 3G was the first GPS device that I've owned since I don't have a car; since then, I've become dependent on the technology, requesting it if I ever rent a car, and whipping it out of my pocket when I don't know where I am (and even when I do). Something I once thought I didn't need has become the ultimate traveling convenience, trumping my confident sense of direction and navigation.
But of course, we're all familiar with the hilarity of what happens when GPS goes wrong (and unfortunately, the unfunny accidents) — but that doesn't negate its usefulness or increasing presence in new devices on the market, like cameras. Tell me, do you use any GPS devices?