TomTom’s Portable Navigation Device: Dash Revisited?

tomtomAT&T (s t) is continuing to move into the connected-devices space with the new TomTom XL 340S LIVE, but the gadget’s $300 price tag — and $10-a-month service — will likely prevent it from gaining much traction. There’s a lot to like about the GPS-enabled navigation device: It delivers real-time traffic information, gas prices and weather, and it features Google’s (s goog) Local Search. And it underscores AT&T’s eagerness to expand its business of adding network connectivity to consumer devices, which is quickly becoming a pillar in mobile carriers’ business models. Read More about TomTom’s Portable Navigation Device: Dash Revisited?

TomTom iPhone GPS Kit Debuts in Apple Store

tomtom-carkitThose of you hoping to augment your TomTom GPS iPhone experience shouldn’t have to wait too much longer. As Engadget reports, the TomTom iPhone Car Kit page on Apple’s (s aapl) online store temporarily went live earlier today in the UK, with an asking price of £99.95 (around $162). It also later went live for the rest of mainland Europe. Briefly.

It was set to ship in about two or three weeks, according to Apple’s web site. I say “was,” because it isn’t there anymore. At all. The device has been pulled from the product listings for the time being, and Apple isn’t saying why. Read More about TomTom iPhone GPS Kit Debuts in Apple Store

TomTom GPS Now Available in the App Store

tomtom_screenWell, it’s not the first turn-by-turn GPS navigation application in the App Store, but industry heavyweight TomTom has finally pushed out its entry. It became available late Sunday night, with versions for Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe and North America.

In my opinion, TomTom is a little over the top in its app description write-up, proclaiming, “Turn-by-turn car navigation for the iPhone is here.” Well, in fact, it’s also here, and here and here (all iTunes links). It might not have beat everyone out of the gate, but I suppose this is TomTom we’re talking about, and none of its rivals have quite as much brand power. Read More about TomTom GPS Now Available in the App Store

Vid-Biz: WonderWheel, Mobile Vids, MovieIQ

YouTube Adds WonderWheel! Search tool graphically shows other video recommendations; site also introduced improved search, and downloadable MP4 files of your work. (YouTube Blog)

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U.S. Mobile Video Revenue to Hit $350 Million This Year; up from $300 million in 2008, with growth spurred by increase in smart phone adoption, according to SNL Kagan. (Video Business)

Sony Launching a “Pop-Up Video”-Like Trivia Service for Films; MovieIQ lets you call up information related to the exact scene you are watching on net-connected Blu-ray devices. (VentureBeat)

Dollhouse Had Highest Percentage of DVR Viewers for the 2008-09 TV Season; 32 percent of all viewing was done on a DVR; followed by The Office, Heroes, Lost and 90210. (TV by the Numbers)

Justin.TV Adds DVR Features; “Continue Watching This Later” button lets you will record a video so you can come back to it. (TechCrunch)

D’oh! Homer Simpson’s Voice on GPS Device; TomTom navigation devices now offer directions voiced by the famous animated father. (The Hollywood Reporter) Sample some directions here.

France-Telecom Orange Rolling Out VOD Site; “Welles” to offer ad-supported streaming of TV shows, movies as well as some consumer-generated content. (Variety)

The Dawning Age of Social Navigation

[qi:gigaom_icon_mobile] Within five years, your cell phone will replace your Garmin, TomTom or whatever personal navigation device is currently sitting in your car, according to a Forrester report published today. Forrester supports this conclusion by arguing that more young people are using their cell phones for navigation and that because the phone is web-connected rather than offering static data, it provides a greater benefit. I’m not sure I would toss out the old Garmin just yet, however. Read More about The Dawning Age of Social Navigation

7 Ways to Cut Fuel Consumption With IT

Biofuels and electric vehicles are offering new forms of transportation, but let’s face it: cellulosic ethanol remains years away from commercial-scale production and electric vehicles are years from being manufactured for the mass market. In the mean time, while we’re waiting for those green goodies to make it to market, companies are using software, the web and and communication networks to develop tools to help today’s vehicles become more efficient. We’ll be delving into some of these topics at our Green:Net conference on March 24 in San Francisco. Here are seven of our favorite tools that can help drivers of gas-chugging cars cut down on fuel and reduce carbon emissions:

1). Online Eco-Driving School: Startup GreenRoad Technologies sells a subscription service for a web-based educational tool that tracks driving habits (and encourages safer, more efficient ones) via an in-vehicle monitoring system. The company, which is backed by at least $20 million from Virgin Green, Benchmark Capital, Amadeus Capital and Balderton Capital, sells its service to enterprise fleet customers that want to save on fuel and have employees drive more safely. GreenRoad says driving habits are responsible for 33 percent of fuel consumption and more than 95 percent of vehicle crashes.
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Beginning Mac: iCal

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Calendars have come a long way from the days of a pocket diary, with software able to manage your schedule and information much more reliable and accessible. iCal for OS X is the bundled calendar application, and works surprisingly well. It appears simple on the surface, but packs a wide range of different features and functionality.

This article will walk you through iCal from first opening the app, to having a diary filled with important events, recurring appointments, alarms, attachments, and attendees.
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GPS Players Aim to Navigate the Mobile Market

Even though Apple has yet to show off turn-by-turn directions on the GPS-enabled iPhone, navigation is one of the fastest-growing categories of mobile devices apps. As comScore recently noted, map use on cell phones in the U.S. during the three-month period ended May 31 was up 82 percent over the same period last year.

The demand is particularly high for step-by-step pedestrian navigation. GPS makers are responding by getting their services onto phones or, in some, cases, making phones around their services.

TomTom, based out of the Netherlands, deployed its Navigator 6 software at the end of 2006 on a wide array of handsets including models from Nokia, HP and Palm and included a Bluetooth GPS receiver to allow phones with no GPS chip to use the service. Intrepid TomTom-ers say they’ve even gotten it to connect to their BlackBerrys. And although it hasn’t yet been approved by Apple to be sold in the company’s App Store, the GPS maker has already gotten its service to run on the new iPhone. “We have made our navigation system run on the iPhone; it looks good and works very well,” a TomTom spokesperson wrote us in a statement. “We will have to look more closely to Apple’s strategy before we can say more about what kind of opportunities this will bring us.”

Meanwhile GPS veteran Garmin started offering its navigation software for the likes of BlackBerry and other smartphones last year. Read More about GPS Players Aim to Navigate the Mobile Market