Waypoints is our weekly link round up.
GPS in the news
- Here’s a blind guy who plans to use his GPS to help him through hike the Appalachian Trail solo!
- Is GPS hotter than cell phones, iPhones, iPods, the PS3 or Wii? (PDF)
- OnStar will soon be able to slow a stolen vehicle.
- A nuvi 760 demo.
- Win a Magellan Maestro 3100.
- TomTom and ProClip join forces to bring you non-windshield mounting systems. Via GPS World.
- How to swim with a Forerunner.
- Looks like the Lowrance XOG may use a high-sensitivity chipset after all.
- Here’s a GPS mouse that really is a mouse.
- Laptop GPS World is a new site devoted to the somewhat cumbersome world of GPS navigation on your laptop.
- A review of the Netropa Intellinav 3.
GPS firmware, software, data, etc.
- Garmin has posted firmware updates for the eTrex Venture HC/Summit HC, the nuvi 200, 250, 260 and 270, and the Rino 520 and 530.
- Garmin has also posted a new beta version of its POI loader for Macs.
- TomTom presents a Map Share FAQ.
- Halloween voices for your TomTom.
- GeoTourGuide features Garmin format tours you can download, forums, tools and more. I’ve added a link to them on my Custom POI resource page.
- Geotagging options.
- Seamless ortho-imagery.
GPS and cell phones
- Garmin navigates Brazil with BlackBerry.
- A BlackBerry Curve 8310 review.
- Teens don’t want GPS on their cell phones. GPS Business News looks into why.
- Over 3 million people in the U.S. use cell phone navigation, but it sounds like the adoption rate in Europe is lower.
- Sure, you can already have free GPS mapping
on a cell phone, but this article still closes with a good point…"the combination of ad revenue and wider usage generally
trumps fee-based services."
- Hands on with the ATT Tilt.
- Garmin aviation seminars. Via Garmin Blog.
- GPS for boaters classes in New Jersey.
- Google Earth Pro classes.
GPS business news
- A reminder to Nokia/NAVTEQ and TomTom/Tele Atlas that there is still plenty of room for another road navigation data player to enter the marketplace.
- This guy thinks Nokia’s purchase of NAVTEQ is a great move.
- I posted earlier this week about rumors that Microsoft would buy Garmin. Here’s more on Garmin as a takeover target.
- Five reasons why Microsoft should buy Garmin.
- OpenStreetMap sets its sights on the U.S. Via Digg.
- Comparing OpenStreetMap with other data sources.
- Garmin continues its march across the European continent, buying up distributors faster than you can say vertical integration.
- Garmin to move back into India.
- The U.S. gets another PND manufacturer — Carpoint.
- Community maps in Google Earth and Google Maps.
- Adding more user content to Google Earth.
- Chicago, Portland, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Tucson and Philadelphia are added to StreetView.
- Look up is a new feature in StreetView.
Updated GPS reviews
- Garmin eTrex Venture HC review – A consumer-authored Garmin eTrex Venture HC review has been posted at Amazon.
- Garmin eTrex Vista HCx review – GPSInformation.org has posted one of their typically thorough reviews.
- Garmin nuvi 200 review – I’ve added a link to a Garmin nuvi 200 demo.
- Garmin nuvi 200W review – I’ve added a link to a Garmin nuvi 200W demo.
- Garmin nuvi 250W review – ComputerActive has posted a hands-on review of this widescreen navigator, giving it five stars.
- Garmin nuvi 260 review - I’ve added a link to a Garmin nuvi 260 demo.
- Garmin nuvi 350 review – Raanan.com reviews this perennial favorite.
- Garmin StreetPilot c530 review – Bob Atkins has posted a review of this very reasonable priced model.
- Magellan Maestro 3100 review – UsedShoe reviews this basic model.
- TomTom GO 720 review – LapTop Magazine gives 3.5 out of 5 stars.
- TomTom ONE 3rd edition – I’ve updated my TomTom ONE review with links to the 3rd edition product page at Amazon, consumer-authored TomTom ONE 3rd edition reviews at Amazon, as well as the first one posted at CNet.