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We’ve gotten lost and found our way home again courtesy of many a navigation system over the years, but if ever we’re battling not just confusing roadways but also unpredictable traffic patterns it’s TomTom we want on our side. The HD Traffic service the company offers is always spot-on, and now you can access that constantly-updated and really quite detailed data from your web browser. However, there’s a catch: right now it’s only available in Europe and South Africa. Also, the interface is a bit clunky. Oh, and the presentation isn’t nearly as nice as on the company’s mobile apps. But it is all free, and so you really can’t complain too much about any of that. Full details in the PR below.
We were actually pretty shocked at just how stellar the AT&T coverage was during a recent jaunt to Anchorage and Fairbanks, but we’re guessing it’ll take a satellite phone or two to make calls from the Alaskan wilderness. Whatever the case, the 2011 edition of the Iditarod is being hailed as the most technologically advanced ever, with mushers having “custom-made sleds with adjustable runners for varying snow conditions and, starting this year, GPS devices to check on their progress.” Phones and live streaming arrangements will be keeping the world tuned in to the 1,150 mile race from Anchorage to Nome, and if fate has its way, the hot-natured, Red Stripe-drinking kid from Jamaica will take home the gold. C’mon — who wouldn’t want to see Cool Runnings 2: Dog Sled Edition?
Google Maps Navigation becomes more of a threat to the traditional in-car GPS business seemingly on a daily basis, and they’re taking another stab at it today with the addition of traffic re-routing capability in the Android app (which, while technically still in beta, is pretty darn solid) in both North America and Europe. Of course, Maps has had access to traffic information for a long time, so this is a natural progression — and just as Google uses an interesting combination of sources (including phones) to cull that data, it’s employing some smart schemes for re-routing that take into account both current and historical information about your route. The update’s available today.
We’re still waiting for someone to one-up Google Maps Navigation, but until that fateful day shines down upon us, it looks as if we’ll have to once again point our attention to El Goog. Google Maps has just been updated to version 5.2, with three main additions to focus on. For one, the new edition allows users to tweet their reviews of places and share recommendations with Hotpot friends. Next up, there’s Latitude pinging, which enables you to send a quick message to a nearby Latitude friend rather than having to use a text or call; they’ll receive an Android notification from you asking them to check in at a place, and when they check in using your request, you’ll get a notification right back so you know which place to go to meet up with them. Finally, a new ‘Search More Places’ button has been added under the standard list of places to check in at, which ought to prove helpful in highly congested cities with multiple places stacked atop one another. Hit that Android Market link below to get your update going, and if you’re fixing to use that new ping feature, you and your friends will need v5.2 (or higher, if you’re reading this in the year 2043).
The folks at Callaway just announced the Upro mx, a followup to the device they so humbly referred to as the “iPhone of golf GPS technology.” PNDs for golfers aren’t exactly rare, but the new Upro claims to be the only one packing “hi-resolution actual aerial photography” of 25,000 different courses. It also boasts a multi-gesture touchscreen and optical finger navigation, as well a slew of viewing modes: Virtual Green offers exact putting distances, Smart View displays the best angle for each shot, and ProMode features video flyovers. Who knows, if they could land a Bill Murray tie-in we might actually be enticed to pick up a club and … Oh, who are we kidding? The Upro mx hits stores in May at $199, and you can check out a video of the device in action after the jump — that is, if you swing that way.