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March 5th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in gps passion
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New TomTom maps for the world

TomTom maps 2008.10

TomTom maps 2008.10

TomTom started selling its v8.25 maps, based on the 2008.10 release of TeleAtlas. These new maps are available for all devices from now on.
The maps are only for download through the TomTom Home application, just like the last versions before.

America’s: USA, Canada, Alaska, Mexico and Brasil
Europe, Middle East, Africa: Western, Central & Eastern Europe, Turkey and Southern Africa
Australia, New Zealand and Asia: Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore

The maps for the first time include the feedback on changes from MapShare users.

February 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in gps passion, mapping, software
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Gizmodo gets hands-on on Nüvifone G60 and M20

Garmin-Asus G60

Garmin-Asus G60

Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz has been so lucky to be one of the first to have  the nothing less than impressive Garmin-Asus Nüvifone G60 in his hands. Jesus is attending the Mobile World Congress 2009 (MWC’09) in Barcelona, Spain. Next to the G60 he also tried the M20, but this pre-production (Windows Mobile 6) piece wasnt’s ready for that.

Go here for the Gizmodo video’s: G60 and M20

The specs of the G60 are nice:

  • 2G Connectivity: Quad-band GSM / GPRS / Edge 850/900/1800/1900
    3G Connectivity: 850/1900/2100 HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
    Other Connectivity: 802.11 b/g WLAN, Bluetooth, HFP, HSP, AVRCP, A2DP mini-USB 2.0
    OS: Linux
    Dimensions: 112 x 58.1 x 14.6 mm
    Weight: 137g (battery included)
    Display: 3.55″ 65K colors, anti-glare resistive touchscreen
    Display Resolution: 272 x 480 WQVGA
    Camera/Photos: 3MP camera with auto-focus and geo-tagging
    Flash Memory: 4GB on-board 128 MB RAM
    Expandable Memory: Micro SD, HC Capable, expandable up to 16GB
    Music Player: MP3 capable
    Headphone Jack: 2.5 mm
    Battery: 1100 mAh removable/rechargeable lithium cell
    Email: POP3, IMAP 4, IMAP idle, SMTP
    Internet: HTML browser based on Webkit platform
    Calendar/PIM: Outlook contacts and calendar
    Productivity: Document viewing: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, JPG

I would like to touch one too!

You can the find the M20 specs: HERE

[It is funny to see that he keeps calling the devices NuviPhone. ;-) ]

via: Gizmodo

[also nice pics on: LapTop Mag]

February 15th, 2009 | 8 Comments | Posted in gps passion, handheld, navigation, smartphones
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Is there life without GPS navigation?

YES! Easily…

This is a dangerous judgement on a blog that says to have  a passion for GPS, I do understand that!

Let me explain.

More than often I hear people say that they survived life and vacation without GPS till now. And ofcourse they are right. Centuries ago I have been doing the same. Myself behind the wheel and my fellow traveller with a map on his or her knees and driving the same round about for the third time with a big smile on our faces (his depending on this fellow traveler ;-) ).

But traveling with a gps an be fun too.

Travelling with GPS devices

Travelling with GPS devices

If you have a passenger without humour, go buy a GPS, to be sure to have and keep the atmosphere relaxed. Next to that you can drive the night away (*) on trips without looking back. No need to be afraid that you can’t find your way back. But only use it on your way back!

With a handheld navigation device you could have loads of fun, while searching geocaching all over the globe.

Newer device can log your route easier than before and with that you can geotag your pictures for you and others to know where exactly the pictures have been made.

Conclusion: A life without GPS is possible, but for sure less fun! ;-)

(edit: Did I forgot to tell you that it saves fuel too and so saves the planet?!)

(*) free to Neil Diamond’s On The Robert E. Lee / The Jazzsinger

February 15th, 2009 | 7 Comments | Posted in gps passion, handheld, navigation, pnd, thoughts
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