1.4 million grab Nokia's free Ovi Maps

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It's been less than two weeks since Nokia announced that its Ovi Maps Naviagtion app was available for free, but it's already been downloaded 1.4 million times, breaking the million mark by the end of last week. The app…

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Nokia smartphones to get free global sat nav

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Google may have recently announced its free navigation service, but Nokia's announcement today totally trounces that one. From March, all new Nokia GPS smartphones are to get Ovi Maps. For free. WORLDWIDE. While Google's service is US-based only, Nokia's…

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TomTom car kit for iPhone

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TomTom has introduced a car kit for the iPhone. Compatible with the iPhone 3G and 3GS (running OS 3.0 or later), it features a secure mount to dock the iPhone to the desired position on the car windshield or dashboard.

An adjustable mount securely rotates iPhone to either portrait or landscape mode for optimal positioning and widescreen route display. Voice instructions are provided through the built-in speaker and the integrated microphone and speaker also allow hands-free calling while driving.

TomTom claims that the built-in GPS receiver reduces the chance of signal drop out in areas where GPS reception is limited like cities with tall buildings or forested areas. Additional features include an iPhone charging facility and a facility to play music via the audio output (providing your car stereo has an audio input of course).

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If your Sat Nav told you to jump off a cliff, would you do it?

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Are you one of those lunatics that spends more time watching the virtual reality of your sat nav’s screen than actually looking at the road? You’re in company. Robert Jones followed instructions from his Sat Nav until half his car was dangling off a cliff.

He only stopped because a wire fence preventing him from getting any further – completely ignoring the fact he was driving down a dirt track three metres wide. The police have charged him with driving without due care and attention, and he describes the incident as a ‘nightmare’.

(via BBC)

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TomTom announces Go Live x40 sat-nav with petrol price-tracking tool

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TomTom has announced that its latest satellite navigation system, the Go Live x40, is the first to contain a petrol price-tracking tool.

In the current economic climate (are you fed up with hearing that yet?), an automated tool which helps motorists to find the cheapest petrol is arguably more useful than having access to all the historic landmarks in Dorset (great though that is).

In fact, TomTom has calculated that each driver using the system could save an average of £162 every year (based on the user driving an average of 12,000 miles per year, 7.4 miles/ litre, at a saving of 10p per litre, in case you were wondering)…

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TomTom adds 12 months of breakdown recovery to its satnavs

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Want a satnav, but haven’t taken the plunge yet? Well, now’s a great time, because Tom Tom has just announced TomTom ONE and XL Assist. These packages come with 12 months of free breakdown assistance in the UK or Western Europe, depending on how much you fancy paying…

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