2013 Mustang GT Tech Drive: Next-Generation Navigation, AppLink, More

March 19th, 2012 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer

The 2013 Mustang GT is one of those rare cars that’s capable of producing a visceral feeling of speed and raw unadulterated power from its looks alone. From its new dual heat extractors located on its hood to its reworked front fascia, the Mustang GT simply oozes machismo. But who says geek cred and street cred can’t mix? Ford has added its Next Generation Navigation system and Sync AppLink to its famous muscle car, which we recently took for a test drive through the busy city streets and serpentine mountain roads around Portland, Ore.

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CES 2012 Wrap Up: Everything You Need to Know

January 17th, 2012 by Kenneth Butler, LAPTOP Web Producer/Writer

The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is over, but so many tech news stories, product showcases and software announcements came from the convention that you’re almost guaranteed to have missed something. If you take a look at our wrap up guides, you just might catch up on something you overlooked. Here’s everything we saw — and loved — at CES 2012.

CES 2012: Best in Show

The Annual Best of CES Awards
Here are the show’s standout products in 13 categories including the best smartphone, laptop, tablet, auto technology and accessory to surface in an unending swell of new gadgets.

Reader’s Choice Award 
The Best of CES Awards spotlights our editors’ top picks from the annual convention, but this year our readers had a decidedly different take on the single hottest piece of new tech.  

CES 2012: The Hottest Products

Best Laptops of CES 2012
Seven of these 8 clamshells fell short of a Best of CES Award, but they certainly garnered their fair share of time in the spotlight. Check out the laptops we eagerly look forward to reviewing this year.  

Best Smart Phones of CES 2012
The show’s smartphone announcements include a big step forward for Windows Phone, larger-than-ever screen sizes and phone cameras with the best specs we’ve encountered.

Best Tablets of CES 2012
This year’s tablets will offer longer battery life, lower prices and clearer screen resolutions.

CES 2012: The Biggest News Stories, Our Commentary and Live Video Coverage

Top 10 Videos of CES 2012
Some tech you have to see for yourself, like the Tobii Gaze Interface which, someday, will take hands-free to a whole new level by allowing you to navigate a computer screen just by looking at it. 

CES 2012: Biggest News Stories
CES doubles as a town hall for the world’s most successful tech companies to make huge announcements. This year, Microsoft embarked on its last CES keynote address and Intel announced partnerships to build smart phones with Lenova and Motorola.

SpoonFed: Top 5 Things I Learned at CES 2012
CES is too big to leave without thoughts on the long-view of tech. LAPTOP Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer learned that despite Ultrabooks’  lionshare of limelight at the show, hybrid Android tablets that connect to keyboard docks could be a bigger trend. 

CES 2012: How Our Staff’s Mobile Gear Performed
We armed ourselves with some of the best gadgets of 2011 and tested them in the fast-paced halls of North American’s largest tech show. Check above to see how the MacBook Air 13, ASUS Zenbook UX31 Ultrabook, Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and other favorite gadgets performed in action. 

TomTom Debuts GPS Devices with Facebook, iPad and iPhone Apps Integration

January 10th, 2012 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS — TomTom announced the revamping of its North American line of personal GPS devices at this year’s CES with the release of its Start, Via and GoLive units. Marketed as an entry unit for budget conscious consumers, the Start features lifetime traffic and map updates, spoken street names, lane guidance and IQ routes. The $119 Start system also includes maps of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as 7 million points of interest, and fuel prices when you sync your device. Read the rest of this entry »


TeleNav’s Scout Lets You Sync Navigation Between Your iPhone, Car, And The Web

January 9th, 2012 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS — TeleNav has announced its newest iPhone location-based app here at CES. Known as Scout, the app builds on TeleNav’s previous navigation app efforts by giving users the ability to sync Scout with the company’s Scout.me location-based website, eliminating the need to search for locations and directions on the web and having to later input them into your phone’s navigation app.

The Scout app is centered around its My Dashboard, a customizable homescreen from which users can access real-time commute times to saved locations or search for saved favorites and new locations. Scout also features, My Routes, TeleNav’s turn-by-turn navigation service; My Traffic, which offers real-time traffic on demand; and My Places, which gives users the ability to search for new locations near a specific destination. Read the rest of this entry »

OnStar and Verizon Working To Bring The Cloud, Skype To Future Vehicles

January 8th, 2012 by Daniel P. Howley, LAPTOP Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS – OnStar and Verizon have announced today that they working on a research vehicle intended to test the concept of giving passengers access to streaming content from the cloud through Verizon’s 4G LTE network and OnStar’s Advanced Telematics Operating System. The prototype vehicle, based on the Chevy Volt, is meant to demonstrate the aforementioned streaming content, in-vehicle sharing of content among passengers, independent transmission of cached or streaming content from the main interface to a vehicle’s rear-seat infortainment system, and Skype integration. Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Google Developing Glasses with Built-in Display and GPS

December 20th, 2011 by Sarah Silbert, LAPTOP Staff Writer

Apple’s foray into wearable tech may be taking the form of bracelet-style iPod nanos, but 9to5Google reports that the company behind Android is taking a different tack, developing literal Google Goggles: glasses with built-in displays.

Sources say that Google has already created prototypes of glasses embedded with a heads-up computer interface. Unlike Apple’s rumored “iBangle,” Google’s device isn’t a peripheral meant to interact with a user’s smartphone; instead, it connects directly to the cloud via IP.

9to5Google’s sources also indicated that these glasses will tie into the company’s location services, so users wearing the glasses could see relevant information related appear before their eyes on the built-in screen. In other words: Expect Android and GPS on board. Read the rest of this entry »


TeleNav Announces HTML5-Based GPS Navigation for Mobile Apps

December 14th, 2011 by Sarah Silbert, LAPTOP Staff Writer

TeleNav HTML5 NavigationLocation-based services provider TeleNav has already proved itself a formidable competitor to turn-by-turn direction apps such as Google Maps. But the company isn’t resting on its laurels, having just announced a new HTML5 browser-based navigation service for mobile devices. Mobile website and app developers will be able to integrate TeleNav’s turn-by-turn directions into their code free of charge.

Though free and paid versions of the TeleNav app are available for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry, the new HTML5 navigation service means location-based apps in the vein of Foursquare and Shopkick can provide directions without requiring users to leave their app. According to Sal Dhanani, co-founder and vice president of products for TeleNav:

With one line of code, you can give your customers one-click access to premium, voice-guided turn-by-turn directions to any location, including hotels, restaurants, merchants or deal locations. Read the rest of this entry »

Navizon’s New Location Technology Lets You Find Your Friends Indoors

October 27th, 2011 by Davey Alba, LAPTOP Contributor

GPS has established itself as the navigation technology people turn to when cruising roads and highways, but what about simpler predicaments—like when you’ve lost a friend inside the mall? Navizon has the answer for that.

The company’s new location technology, Navizon Indoor Triangulation System (I.T.S.), is touted as the first global micropositioning system that works both outdoors and indoors. It combines GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular signals to detect the location of Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, tablets, and laptops, all with real-time accuracy. The technology even works in three-dimensional areas–so you’re covered, even when you dither around multi-level buildings or multi-building campuses. Read the rest of this entry »

Android Users: Never Lose Your Car Again

August 4th, 2011 by Jesse Emspak, SecurityNewsDaily

Android car finder

Owners of Android phones will now never lose their cars in a parking lot. Available from AppBrain, the app, called Car Finder AR, uses augmented reality to help you find your car when you can’t remember what section of lot at the mall it was in or which side street you left it on.

The app uses the phone’s camera image of your surroundings and projects directions for you to follow. It also has a map, can manage up to three cars at once and includes features such as a parking meter alarm. You can also email the car’s location to another device, though that seems more useful as an anti-theft measure.

The app comes in a free demo version and a full one for $3.14.

Each weekday on TechNewsDaily, That’s Useful! finds practical new gadgets, computing hardware, apps, appliances and other electronics that make sense and simply make life better.

How To Use Google Maps Navigation On Android

May 24th, 2011 by Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief

Yes, this is an obvious one, but it’s hard to beat free spoken turn-by-turn directions built right into the Android OS. On iOS the Maps app delivers directions but they’re not spoken, and you don’t get a 3D view of your route either. If you want a bona fide GPS navigation experience, you’ll have to download an additional app, most of which are paid.

Step by Step

  1. Open the Maps application and search for an address.
  2. Once you see the business or specific address you want to navigate to, tap on it.
  3. On the next screen tap the button that looks like a right turn sign.
  4. You’ll be presented with three options. Choose Driving Navigation.
  5. If your phone has more than one GPS application, tap Navigation under “Complete Action using.”
  6. Click Accept on the next screen when you see Google Maps Navigation is in beta. Use caution.

Your Android phone will now calculate driving directions and search for a GPS signal.

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