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Nokia Drive for Mango adds voice control but AT&T ignoring Searay say tipsters

Nokia Drive for Mango adds voice control but AT&T ignoring Searay say tipsters

Nokia is reportedly readying a voice-control update for its mapping software, with the new PND app set to debut on the company's first Windows Phone handset. According to WinRumors' tipster, a T-Mobile Germany product display - temporarily erected at the carrier's headquarters - confirms the new 3D mapping system. However, there's also talk that AT&T may have decided to bypass one of the first Nokia Windows Phones, the Searay, and instead hold out for the Nokia Sabre.

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Not Enough Devices? Here’s Why You Need More

Not Enough Devices? Here’s Why You Need More

I love a good smartphone. I work for Samsung, and I carry a Galaxy S II that I’ve been "testing" for an extended period of time. I use just about every feature on it. I listen to music. I navigate. I talk and text. I take pictures and video. I’ve even read books on it. I’m not pushing my product, I can hardly name a smartphone on the market that cannot do these things. But I just read Jon Pilon’s column on TheNextWeb.com about consolidating all of your gadgets. You know, because most people want to carry around only one gadget, instead of a half dozen. Right?

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TomTom GO LIVE 820 and 825 PNDs find their way to Europe

TomTom GO LIVE 820 and 825 PNDs find their way to Europe

TomTom has announced its GO LIVE 800 series PNDs for the European market, initially available as the 4.3-inch GO LIVE 820 and the 5-inch GO LIVE 825. Each packs a year's worth of TomTom LIVE functionality, including HD Traffic updates, speed camera alerts, weather forecasts and local search for hunting down nearby stores and services. There's also Bluetooth for hands-free calls.

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Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone hits App Store

Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone hits App Store

Garmin looks to be hedging its bets when it comes to the hardware/software PND debate, launching not only the nüvi 2400 range of dedicated 5-inch GPS units, but its first iPhone app as well. Garmin StreetPilot for iPhone offers turn-by-turn directions with spoken street names, free traffic alerts, lane-assist with a junction view for complex highway navigation, and integration with iTunes for music playback while you're driving.

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Garmin nüvi 2400 Series PNDs offer 5″ touchscreen

Garmin nüvi 2400 Series PNDs offer 5″ touchscreen

As more people rely on their smartphones for turn-by-turn navigation, is there still a market for a standalone PND? Garmin reckons there is, hence the new nüvi 2400 Series of sat-nav devices. Fronted by a 5-inch touchscreen, the four-strong range - nüvi 2460LMT, nüvi 2460LT, nüvi 2450LM, and the nüvi 2450 - offer predictive traffic, automatic logging of favorite destinations, and, optionally, hands-free Bluetooth calling and voice-control.

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Ford SYNC Destinations app remotely programs your PND

Ford SYNC Destinations app remotely programs your PND

Ford has pushed out their new SYNC Destinations mobile app today, allowing iPhone, iPad or Android device users to hook up to the TDI systems in their Ford vehicles and get Predictive Traffic advice for route mapping. Hooking up with the device's address book, as well as allowing up to 25 saved locations, the app lets you search for turn-by-turn directions and have them ready and waiting when you actually get into the car.

Ford's predictive systems take into account real-time speed, accident and incident information for all highways, interstates, arterials and city streets in 126 metropolitan areas across North America, and then use that to pick what the system reckons is the best route for your journey. So far, so good, but it then throws in local school schedules, sports games and concerts as well.

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Pioneer Network Vision head-up display for in-car PNDs due 2012 [Video]

Pioneer Network Vision head-up display for in-car PNDs due 2012 [Video]

Pioneer's head-up display ambitions - which the company showed off at CEATEC 2010 earlier this year - look headed to a commercial release, with Microvision announcing that it will be providing its PicoP laser projection engine for the Pioneer Network Vision system. We shouldn't have too long to wait until the results start showing up in front of our eyes, either, as Pioneer is targeting commercial introduction of an in-vehicle HUD in 2012.

Video demo after the cut

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