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Garmin nuvi 3590LMT GPS navigation, hands-on

Garmin nuvi 3590LMT GPS navigation, hands-on

The Garmin nuvi 3590LMT has essentially everything available on their previous models, but adds a few much welcomed features and the thinnest 5" screen to date. The first of which is voice-activated navigation. It works as it should, and unlike Google services, voice control doesn't require internet access. This makes it much more responsive, an almost essential quality while on the road.

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Google Maps app adds more floorplans; Google+ geo-game previewed

Google Maps app adds more floorplans; Google+ geo-game previewed

Google has pushed out its second update for Google Maps for Android in a week, with more new indoor floorplans along with various battery and location fix improvements, while previewing a new map-based Google+ game. The update follows the earlier addition of CES floorplan mapping to the app, and sees data collected using Google's Floor Plans tool pushed out into the Android software.

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Parrot Asteroid in-car Nav & Entertainment systems revealed

Parrot Asteroid in-car Nav & Entertainment systems revealed

Parrot has unveiled a trio of new Asteroid in-car hands-free and navigation systems, the Asteroid CK, Asteroid Nav and Asteroid 2DIN, each offering voice control and more. The Asteroid CK is Android powered, running 2.3.4 Gingerbread on a 3.2-inch TFT display and supporting iPod/iPhone input, three USB ports, SD/SDHC media and line-in, and allows drivers to access apps, web radio - streamed through Bluetooth or USB tethering - and voice-controlled album search.

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Google Maps brings indoor mapping to CES

Google Maps brings indoor mapping to CES

For those that might remember Google recently announced and released a new feature for Google Maps called indoor maps. Mapping indoors for big city shops and mainly malls, Home Depot, and other large traffic areas at first -- we can happily say it works amazing in Vegas, and even more so for CES.

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Beidou satnav system promises free SMS messaging and location data worldwide by 2020

Beidou satnav system promises free SMS messaging and location data worldwide by 2020

You read that right, folks, the representatives speaking for the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation said this week that their Beidou satellite navigation system is currently operational and will have free, global coverage in place by the year 2020. This system Beidou, otherwise known as Big Dipper, will be providing both location data and SMS messaging to any device that can utilize it for free. Beidu is working right this minute mainly in China and the group says that global coverage is in the works for full working operation inside 8 years.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon S2 and S3 support for GPS and GLONASS

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon S2 and S3 support for GPS and GLONASS

The number of apps and services in smartphones today that use GPS for locations and more is staggering. We take GPS location for granted until our devices can't get a fix thanks to trees or location. Qualcomm has announced new support for GPS and Russian GLONASS navigation satellites for its Snapdragon S2 and S3 processors.

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Block III GPS satellite prototype starts testing

Block III GPS satellite prototype starts testing

The use of GPS is so prevalent all around the world that a lot of people never stop to think about the satellites in orbit that make it all work. The US is set to start testing of a new generation of GPS satellites with the first of the Block III GPS satellites showing up in Colorado for its first tests in an extensive series to ensure that the tech will work.

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Nokia outs slick Maps 3D with nav and share capability

Nokia outs slick Maps 3D with nav and share capability

Nokia unveiled its Nokia Maps 3D back in April of this year and they were certainly cool. The service reminded me more than a little of Google Earth. Nokia has announced some really cool new features. One of the new features is the ability for the user to search for local attractions, restaurants, and shops. That means you can see the shop you want to visit and then get directions how to get there.

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NAVIGON 2.0 adds offline maps to iPhone

NAVIGON 2.0 adds offline maps to iPhone

Garmin has launched a new version of its NAVIGON navigation app for iPhone, with v2.0 adding the option to download maps for offline access as well as introducing quarterly map updates. NAVIGON 2.0 for iPhone follows Nokia Maps' offline mapping with state-by-state downloads in the US (those using the app outside the US will likely get country-by-country download options) so that you can navigate while your data connection is turned off.

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Nokia Maps HTML5 for Android and iOS get offline mode

Nokia Maps HTML5 for Android and iOS get offline mode

Last time we talked about the new HTML5 version of Nokia Maps was when they first hit beta. Originally, the Nokia maps were only offered on Nokia branded devices. Nokia is now expanding the maps to allow them to work with other devices on the Android and iOS platforms. Some new features for the HTML5 version of the maps have surfaced.

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Navigon GPS app hits Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Navigon GPS app hits Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Navigon launched today its mobile turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platform. Similar to the way it functions on iOS and Android, the app stores maps on your phone so that it can work even when you lose data connection or cell coverage.

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TomTom adds 400,000km of new roads to map database

TomTom adds 400,000km of new roads to map database

TomTom has announced that it has added a huge amount of new roads to its coverage around the world. TomTom says that it has now added 400,000km of new streets to its map database. The addition of the new roads brings the total to 35.2 million kilometers of roads covering 104 different countries. The database now offers navigation for 3.4 billion people worldwide.

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