In this episode of Roadside Assistance, we decide whether aftermarket is the way to go for car audio, come up with an alternative for HDD-based audio storage, and take a look at a potential revenue stream for the Ford Focus Electric.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 024 SHOW NOTES
The Trapster app for Android has received a major update with a new user interface, a new widget for your home screen, and an emphasis on helping users confirm or deny reported road hazards with a turning of a digital thumb.
New to this version 3.0 update (dated July 21, according to the Android Market) is a refreshed interface that makes it easier to report road hazards while on the go. The map can now display satellite and terrain data in addition to the standard street data. New onscreen elements include icons on the left edge of the map … Read more
It's official: Garmin now owns Navigon AG. You'll likely recognize Garmin as the manufacturer of the Nuvi and Zumi lines of portable navigation devices and Navigon as the creator of navigation apps for iOS and Android. Garmin announced that it had signed an agreement to purchase Navigon back in mid-June and today announced that the acquisition has been completed for an undisclosed amount.
In absorbing Navigon, Garmin stated that it was "also acquiring one of the top-selling navigation applications for the iPhone and Android platforms." This is important because the portable navigation devices have been losing … Read more
Waze, one of our favorite free GPS apps for Android and iOS, gets a version 2.4 update today that adds text-to-speech guidance, a commuting widget for the Android app, and a host of smaller improvements.
The biggest change is the addition of a text-to-speech (TTS) engine powered by Nuance that adds spoken street, exit, and highway names to its turn-by-turn directions. Users will also receive spoken alerts as they approach road hazards reported by other Waze users. TTS is currently only available to Android and iOS users in the U.S. and Canada, though there are plans to roll … Read more
Google shuts down Google Labs for greater company focus, Darth Vader makes it to Garmin GPS devices, and the space shuttle Atlantis touches down, marking the end of NASA's shuttle program.
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:Space Shuttle Atlantis ends final flight Darth Vader voice comes to Garmin GPS Google shuts down Labs CBS TV shows hit Amazon Instant Video
Summer is in full bloom and the Tour de France is in full swing, which makes July a great month for biking. I try to get on my bike once a week during the warmer New England months and have long pined for a Garmin GPS unit to track my ride. How long is my usual loop on the road when the trails are still too soft and wet for mountain biking? Do my times improve over the course of a summer? And more importantly, how do I keep getting turned around in the woods--where am I taking a wrong turn?
Unfortunately, I have felt the answers to those questions weren't worth the hundreds of dollars required for a pricey Garmin GPS. Thankfully, I recently discovered a free iPhone app, iMapMyRide, which provides basic GPS information. The free version is supported by ads and devours battery life, but you can't beat the data for the cost. And on the MapMyRide site, you can find other bikers' routes near where you live.
LightSquared Chief Executive Sanjiv Ahuja is trying to have his cake and eat it too. Literally.
Ahuja and his management team will celebrate his upstart company's first anniversary on Thursday with cake and ice cream--a tradition from his days running France Telecom's wireless giant Orange.
The milestone comes as LightSquared has quelled some doubts about the validity of its planned 4G network through a few customer wins and a round of financing. But it continues to face resistance from the traditional telecommunications giants, as well as the GPS industry, which has loudly expressed its concern that LightSquared's … Read more
Google Maps makes it easy to get from place to place, even when those places change on the fly. If you're on the road, though, your connectivity may be spotty at best, so it's a good idea to take along a backup. Up until now, our best option was hard to fold and harder to manipulate while moving at high velocity, but now it's easy to download all the map data you need onto your mobile device. Here's how to do it:First you need to enable the function. Go to Maps on your device, … Read more
Your spouse has been working late in the office. You fear it might be the office cupboard.
Your spouse suddenly has a friend who needs a lot of comfort after a bereavement. You suspect the comfort might have slipped beyond the cuddle.
So, please, get yourself a GPS and track that spouse wherever he or she may roam.
This is not merely my suggestion for your peace of mind. It is that of a New Jersey court that decided that following your husband or wife is not an invasion of privacy. It's more of a loving gesture of concern. (… Read more
We all watched NASA's final space shuttle launch this morning before heading into the studio, and by "we" I mean Wilson and me, because as usual, Jeff couldn't care less. Nevertheless, we're still excited about Atlantis and spend part of the first half of the show watching videos and talking about the official Atlantis fanfare written by Emmy-nominated composer Bear McCreary and produced by actor Seth Green!
We're also mourning the death of Sony MiniDiscs, checking out a new way networks are handling product placements, and singing a brand new Tang That Tune!The 404 Digest for Episode 856 Atlantis launch a bittersweet end for space shuttle. Fanfare for final NASA shuttle mission. Sony to kill the MiniDisc Walkman in September. TV networks inserting ads and product placements in show reruns. Kidrobot launches Street Fighter toys. The missing person living in Savannah. Episode 856 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more