Waypoints is an occasional posting of GPS shorts from the blogosphere and beyond.
GPS in the news
- Over at GPS Tracking Systems, I covered a story about Mercedes-Benz ignoring two court orders to track a vehicles following a fatal hit and run. Thanks to Engadget for picking it up.
- Rent an RV, get a GPS.
- Using a GPS to create a corn maze.
- Using your GPS while driving may soon get you arrested in Spain.
Points of Interest (POIs)
- I’ve updated my POI resource page again, adding a link for a TomTom POI forum.
- Share POIs with Mapicurious.com. Via Garmin Developer.
GPS maps and software
- Mio C310x map updates are now available, and you can’t beat the price.
- RouteBuddy, a GPS mapping application for Macs, is up to version 1.3.
- TrainingPeaks.com releases a Mac and Windows device agent. Garmin devices are supported for both platforms.
- Want to see the inside of the nuvi 200 series?
- A new heart rate monitor / GPS watch.
- Just for fun…The Hipster GPS. Via The Map Room.
- Navigating on a Nokia N800 Internet Tablet.
- Reviews of photo geocoding software iTag, Locr and two other geotagging solutions.
- Creating waypoints from the USGS Geographic Names Information System.
- ITNConv is a GPS data converter that may be especially useful for Europeans as it includes some formats more common there. Via Ogle Earth.
GPS Cell Phones
- I keep seeing lame articles talking about the demise of PNDs, due to cell phones. This one actually makes sense though.
- An updated list of Bluetooth phones compatible with the TomTom ONE XL.
- Garmin makes it easier for owners of Blackberry phones to use Garmin Mobile.
- Mobile GMaps version 1.35 has been released and it includes GMap-Track.
- Directions from your cell phone.
- Mobile social networking goes mainstream with the Loopt / Sprint partnership.
- Live Search for Windows Mobile version 2 has been released. Via Digg.
GPS for golfers
- Paperless caching with an iPod for Mac or Windows.
- My former hometown takes a commercial approach to geocaching.
- An interesting article that includes a discussion of China’s development of their own GPS, speculating on their reasons.
- The US and EU are discussing allowing GPS and Galileo to work together.
- The feds are getting ready to fund GPS III.
The business of GPS
- Broadcom finalized their acquisition of GPS chipmaker Global Locate.
- Garmin continues working on vertical integration in the European market, going after their top Spanish distributor.
- Garmin expands their operations in Oregon.
- NASA’s Earth at night comes to Google Earth.
- Tour driving directions in Google Earth.
- Using geo-search in Google Maps.
- My Maps + Mapplets = Google Maps Mashups 2.0. More from the Google Earth Blog and Google Maps Mania.
- Russia on Google Maps.
- geoXtract is a geocoding application that Ogle Earth reports "takes spreadsheet data and outputs it as a Google Map or KML."
- A Virtual Earth blog. Via The Map Room.
- View KML files on Google Maps. Via Ogle Earth.
- A review of some route mapping sites for cyclists.
Updated GPS reviews
- DeLorme PN-20 review – DeLorme posts a YouTube video how to for the PN-20.
- Garmin StreetPilot c320 review – Associated Content posts a brief review of this older unit.
- Garmin StreetPilot c580 review – Rich Menga reviews this unit with MSN Direct services.
- Garmin zumo 450 review – A consumer-authored zumo 450 review has been posted at GPSNow.
- Magellan Maestro 4050 review – GPS Magazine has posted one of their typically in-depth reviews, pronouncing it "HAL 9000′s dumber, less evil cousin."
- Magellan RoadMate 3000T review – Consumer-authored reviews are being posted at Epinions.
- Mio C520 review – Apparently, I overlooked CNet’s review when I posted, so I’ve added a link.
- TomTom GO 910 review – I’ve added a link to this GpsPasSion look at the inside of a TomTom GO 910.
- TomTom ONE XL review – TrustedReviews has reviewed the European edition of the ONE XL. PC Mag chimes in from the US.
- TomTom reviews – I’ve updated my Tom Tom reviews with this comparison chart and links to TomTom forums on YourNAV, GpsPasSion and TomTomForums.com.
All the news that doesn’t fit
- BlinkGeo is a new geospatial social bookmarking site with a GPS category. Via AnyGeo. So if you see a post here that you like, go ahead, Blink me!
- Maybe we’ll see neighborhood level searches on our GPS units in the not too distant future. Could come in handy. Here’s another source of them.
- Win a SkyScout GPS planetarium.
- Slashgeo returns from the dead.
- TMC is coming to Canada.