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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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TomTom app store expected in 2010

TomTom app store expected in 2010

Most of us are familiar with TomTom. The company is an international firm that is huge in the GPS and PND market around the world. The company is looking to follow other companies like Google and Apple into one of the most lucrative markets for portable devices -- apps.

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TomTom GO LIVE 1000 gets capacitive touchscreen, integrated Vodafone modem

TomTom GO LIVE 1000 gets capacitive touchscreen, integrated Vodafone modem

TomTom have unveiled their new flagship PND, the TomTom GO LIVE 1000, and it's the first from the company to pack a capacitive touchscreen and new, Webkit-based UI.  The GO LIVE 1000 comes with a year's subscription to TomTom's LIVE services including HD Traffic - which can show congestion details on highways and smaller roads - via an integrated Vodafone connection, as well as TomTom's IQ Routes for intelligent journey planning that takes into account historic traffic patterns.

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TomTom Start2 budget PND revealed

TomTom Start2 budget PND revealed

TomTom have outed their latest entry-level PND, the TomTom Start2, and if you prefer to keep your navigation separate from your cellphone then it's a budget way to avoid getting lost.  The Start2 packs a 3.5-inch touchscreen along with RDS-TMC automatic traffic reports using TomTom's IQ Routes system.

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TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs

TomTom add lifetime maps/traffic to $200+ PNDs

One of the more compelling aspects of a smartphone-based PND app that uses online mapping data is that you don't need to worry so much about the maps going stale; as long as the provider is on the ball, they can update their servers and you'll spend less time accidentally trying to turn the wrong direction up one-way streets.  Now TomTom are fighting back, with a new deal for certain PND models in their TomTom XL and TomTom XXL ranges that will deliver lifetime map and traffic updates.

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TomTom Ease announced for North America

TomTom Ease announced for North America

Entry-level GPS devices are a great thing for many commuters who need a GPs device on occasion but don’t want to form over hundreds of dollars to get one. TomTom has announced a new GPS device today called the Ease that is aimed directly at the entry-level user. The device sports the Fold & Go Easy Port mount and has text-to-speech.

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TomTom Car Kit incompatible with iPod touch, first-gen iPhone

TomTom Car Kit incompatible with iPod touch, first-gen iPhone

TomTom have confirmed that their Car Kit - the optional accessory to accompany the TomTom iPhone app - will only fully work with the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, thanks to a limitation in the TomTom application.  The app's limitation means that owners of the first-gen iPhone, together with iPod touch users, won't be able to take advantage of the Car Kit's integrated GPS receiver and speakerphone.

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