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TomTom iPhone Car Kit Gets Approved by the FCC, Still No Launch Date

TomTom iPhone Car Kit Gets Approved by the FCC, Still No Launch Date

It's been about 10 days now since we last spoke about TomTom's upcoming iPhone Car Kit, but it's getting a bit exciting now, with the device slipping through the FCC inspection with a passing grade. And although we knew there wasn't a ton of information to be had the first time around, we're still pretty excited by what the FCC filing has laid out for us. Right up front, we've got the TomTom Car Kit showing off its own GPS chipset. And if that wasn't enough, it also comes along with Bluetooth, for some good old hands free communication.

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TomTom car-kit supports iPod touch, other PND apps

TomTom car-kit supports iPod touch, other PND apps

TomTom's PND app for the iPhone 3G and 3GS may already be splitting opinion among early reviewers, but we're yet to see how the company's dedicated car-kit fares.  Even if you pick one up and find you're less than enamored with the TomTom app, the company has confirmed to Mac4Ever that not only does the mount have an integrated GPS receiver but that it is compatible with other PND apps.  They've also revealed that the iPod touch will work in the car-kit just like the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

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TomTom for iPhone reviews suggest middling success [Video]

TomTom for iPhone reviews suggest middling success [Video]

The first early reviews of TomTom's navigation app for the iPhone 3G and 3GS are filtering through, and we can't help but think the software sounds a little half-baked.  Over at Shift Solutions, reviewer Mathew's early conclusion tips the disappointed theme for the whole piece - "if this software is as good as Tom Tom gets, I don’t know why anyone would buy a Tom Tom GPS" - before going on to critique the quality of the mapping data and the app's sometimes bizarre directions.

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TomTom for iPhone 3G and 3GS on sale now

TomTom for iPhone 3G and 3GS on sale now

The TomTom app for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS has gone on sale [iTunes link] through the App Store, with versions for the US and Canada, UK and Ireland, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand all available to download.  Prices range from around $74 for the Australian mapping to $132 for the Western Europe setup; that doesn't include the nifty in-car dock which has a separate GPS receiver and hands-free kit integrated.

TomTom iPhone kit priced in UK

TomTom iPhone kit priced in UK

From one iPhone PND app to another: details of TomTom's upcoming iPhone cradle and its pricing have emerged, courtesy of a premature listing on Handtec's site.  The accessory - first announced back at Apple's WWDC in June - includes not only a windscreen mount but a charger, amplified speakers, hands-free kit and separate GPS dongle.

TomTom lets Homer Simpson show you the way

TomTom lets Homer Simpson show you the way

Well this is pretty cool, if I do say so myself. If you get tired of the same old electronic-tinged voice providing you with instructions on your GPS, then you'll be pleased to hear TomTom has added one certain famous cartoon dad to their offerings.

That's right. Now, Homer Simpson can provide you with directions to your next destination. He says fun things like, "Whoo-hoo, you have reached your destination." Other staples include, "At the end of the road, turn left, then take the motorway, hee-hee-hee."

So, voice skins aren't a new thing, I know, but personally, Homer beats everything else out there by a long-shot. Though, I'd imagine listening to "D'oh!" a million times during a cross country trip could become quite irritating. You can get the new Homer voice skin now for $13.

Apple WWDC 2009 keynote video released

Apple WWDC 2009 keynote video released

Apple's WWDC 2009 keynote was certainly packed full of announcements, as you'll know if you followed along with our liveblog yesterday.  As is usually the case, Apple have now made the whole thing available to stream, so if you're curious about the TomTom iPhone OS 3.0 demo, new MacBook Pro range or want all the details on the iPhone 3G S, head over to watch the full 2hr video.

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TomTom bringing full PND navigation to iPhone [Video]

TomTom bringing full PND navigation to iPhone [Video]

Of all the software brought out to demonstrate the developing capabilities of Apple iPhone OS 3.0, the most interesting has to be TomTom's turn-by-turn navigation app.  Both a software app and an accompanying car kit were announced, complete with Points Of Interest (POIs) and both 2D and 3D mapping.

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Rumor: TomTom seeking iPhone GPS app developer

Rumor: TomTom seeking iPhone GPS app developer

Well, it looks like Tom Tom just might be producing an iPhone GPS application in the near future. And though nothing is set in stone--not by a long-shot--a new job listing for an iPhone app developer does seem to have TomTom written all over it.

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TomTom ONE 140 & 140S, XL 340 & 340S PNDs

TomTom ONE 140 & 140S, XL 340 & 340S PNDs

As well as the GO 740 LIVE, TomTom have announced four other new GPS models in their ONE and XL ranges, and we caught up with the company at MobileFocus to check them out.  The TomTom ONE 140 and ONE 140S both have a 3.5-inch touchscreen, while the TomTom XL 340 and XL 340S have a 4.3-inch touchscreen; in each case, the 'S' suffix indicates text-to-speech support for spoken street and place names.

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TomTom GO 740 LIVE set to ship in the U.S.

TomTom GO 740 LIVE set to ship in the U.S.

In case you've been itching to get your hands on the TomTom Go 740 LIVE but couldn't because you lived in the U.S. you're now in luck. The company just announced today that the device is available stateside, so now you can enjoy an Internet-connected GPS experience for the first time.

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TomTom Online Route Planner offers intelligent traffic mapping

TomTom Online Route Planner offers intelligent traffic mapping

TomTom have launched a new online route planner, which allows travellers to pre-plan their journey with access to the company's traffic delay data.  The system, which is open to free registration to both owners and non-owners of TomTom hardware, offers door-to-door route planning options to any address, taking into account real-time and historic information on traffic flows.  It also includes daily map updates.

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