Earn Money With Your iPhone 3G

My iPhone bleeds money. I buy apps, the bulk of which I never look at again. My monthly bill, in order to guarantee enough data available, is pretty expensive, especially when compared to what I was paying for earlier phones. And, to top it all of, I buy tons of accessories for my iPhone, spoiling it like a loving grandparent. Occasionally (not often, but occasionally), I find myself asking what my iPhone has ever done to pay me back? Yes, it’s a great tool, but I mean really pay me back, in cold, hard cash. Now, the folks at Navizon have come up with a way for you to get a little return on your investment.

Basically, Navizon adds to the basic location services of your iPhone. Your handset can determine your location using a combination of cell towers, Wi-Fi, and GPS, but using the included Maps application, you have no way of knowing which is active at any given time. Navizon displays your position (on Yahoo!, rather than Google Maps), but it also displays a little badge to let you know which method is being used to determine where you are. That way I know, for example, why the map was showing me as located three blocks North of where I actually am. The answer? My phone was only using cell tower data to find me. You can also take advantage of built-in buddy features to locate friends or family, if they’re using Navizon’s service. You can also configure alerts by logging on to the website to receive notifications by email or web when your buddies enter into specific areas you designate.
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Apple Inc to Design Mercedes Navigation Systems

GPS Magazine points to a German report (FOCUS automotive magazine) that Apple Inc has struck an exclusive deal with Mercedes to develop their in-car navigation systems. The Luxury car maker will have exclusivity to Apple’s design for the first 6 months, after which it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see these Apple Navs popping up in other Luxury brand names as well.

The Apple in-car Navigation systems won’t be showing up in Mercedes’ vehicles until the 2009 model year, so we’re around a year away from seeing what Apple’s got up its collective sleeve. It’s probably a safe bet that an enhanced version of the Google Maps feature (found in the iPhone) will be used in some shape. GPS Mag points out the obvious, that iPod and iPhone integration would be no-brainers – the latter being more useful in this writer’s opinion.

Notice how I referred to Apple by their new name here, twice? I’d say news of this sort is yet another reason they dropped the restricting ‘Computer’ tag from their name. They’re quickly evolving into some new and interesting markets with the Apple TV, iPhone, and now in-car GPS…

UPDATE:
Apparently this is a couple weeks old, but the first I’d heard about it. I blame the iPhone for eclipsing everything else from view…or something like that. Regardless, should be interesting to see where Apple takes this.