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The Daily Slash: April 29th 2010

The Daily Slash: April 29th 2010

Today, for all intents and purposes, was a big day. Maybe not as big as yesterday, but it's pretty close. Especially if you consider the two cancellations, with the HP Slate getting tossed to the side, along with Microsoft's Courier digital journal. A sad day for the tablet market, indeed. But, we move on, forward unto . . . Well, whatever it is you're heading into. Either way, welcome to the Thursday edition of the Daily Slash. In the Best of R3, we've got the LG Aloha getting a name change, iAd takes a steep turn in the price bracket, and Palm may be ready to face a class-action lawsuit. And then in the Dredge 'Net, looks like Valve finally hit a release date for Steam on the Mac, the app thing gets out of hand, and Verizon gets a new netbook.

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MyFord Touch helps drivers save fuel and makes it easy to be green

MyFord Touch helps drivers save fuel and makes it easy to be green

A few weeks back I traded in my old Mustang for a new Mustang and one of the coolest things about the car is the Ford Sync tech. The hands free calling is cool that Sync offers, but the system is much more than a hands free calling device. Ford is talking up its next generation of in-vehicle tech that offers ways for drivers to save fuel and be greener called MyFord Touch.

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Nissan makes GPS navigation a cheap option on popular cars

Nissan makes GPS navigation a cheap option on popular cars

We can all add GPS to our cars if we want by schlepping down to the local electronics store and paying anywhere from $70 to $500 depending on the features and brand you choose. Add on GPS systems work just fine for the most part, but there is no denying the fact that any add on GPS device is nowhere near as visually appealing as one built-in from the factory.

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Mio MiBuddy Android PND/MID coming 2010; WiMAX version to follow

Mio MiBuddy Android PND/MID coming 2010; WiMAX version to follow

Navigation firm Mio is planning to use Android for certain models in their next-gen PND line-up.  The Mio MiBuddy range will offer both Android models - complete with GPS navigation, media playback and internet access - and versions using the existing Windows CE-based OS of Mio's current PND range.  While specific hardware details and model numbers are yet to be confirmed, Mio has revealed that the Android models will have WiFi and Bluetooth; future versions may add WiMAX.

TomTom GO I-90 dash-integrated PND promises “infotainment”

TomTom GO I-90 dash-integrated PND promises “infotainment”

Guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of English-lovers everywhere, TomTom's GO I-90 PND promises navigation "infotainment" with a double-DIN chassis and removable touchscreen slate.  Intended to curtail the rush of buyers from PNDs to smartphone navigation apps, TomTom's latest replaces your existing in-car audio head-unit with a combination entertainment system and turn-by-turn direction system.

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Satsports Multi-sports GPS launches

Satsports Multi-sports GPS launches

There are all sorts of uses for GPS devices from plain navigation while driving or walking in unfamiliar areas to helping you improve your golf game. A company from the UK called Satsports has unveiled a new GPS device called the Multi-sports GPS today that bundles GPS for running, biking, skiing, and golfing into one weatherproof device.

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