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In order to fully flex its digital collecting muscle on Apple slates, Pinterest has revamped its iPad app with new features for iOS 7. Redesigned navigation is said to gain a speed boost via a bottom-aligned menu and recent boards are kept handy for …
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Now that Google has finished updating its Map app’s UI, the company can focus on the finer details: navigation, documentation and monetization. The Android app’s latest update tweaks hotel search results by adding sponsored rate and booking links, which places a tiny “ad” icon next to services that paid for exposure. Navigation has been also been improved, with better traffic and route information, and the side menu now has a “tips and tricks” option that inelegantly opens a maps help page in your device’s web browser. Check out the official update notes at the Google Play link below.
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Developer Hammerhead Navigation thinks it has the solution to safer cycling: LEDs. It created a bike-mounted tool that does everything with its flashing diodes: turn-by-turn navigation, suggests crowd sourced-paths (via Strava and MapMyRide) and will even point you to the nearest Citibike exchange. The unit pairs with your iPhone or Android’s GPS to help find invisible bike trails through your city, and supposedly it can function without a data connection — perfect if you’re a desert cyclist. A $ 75 pledge ($ 70 if you act fast) will get you one gizmo, or a $ 140 promise will get you two. You like to spoil your riding buddy now and again, don’t you?
We knew DirecTV had a few things in mind for its various mobile apps, with the focus being on discovery features and an overall better experience. Now, following a refresh to the iPad app earlier this month, the iPhone version is getting updated to version 3.0. The highlights of today’s release are the completely overhauled look and user interface, which allow users to browse content in an easier way and have more customization options within the guide — things like setting your favorite channels. DirecTV also added a redesigned Info Page that displays more details about the content you’re interested in, while a new Watch Button will let you seamlessly choose whether you want to view something on your iPhone or TV. Oh, and just in case you’re still stuck in the old days, we should tell you that the company says this is the last update to support iOS 5, so any future versions are to only be friendly with iOS 6 or later.
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Windows Phone 8 users will get an update to Nokia’s Here Drive and Here Transit “by the end of this week,” just months after the apps expanded beyond Nokia-branded Windows phones. Both apps will have a refreshed design and the updated Here Drive will now receive live traffic updates, enabling the app to revise routes to circumvent heavy delays.
In a nod to Google Now, the Here Drive app now also has a feature called My Commute, which learns frequently traveled routes and displays estimated transit time in a Windows 8 Live Tile. It’s not as robust Google’s travel assistant, which uses calendar appointments and email information to provide relevant traffic information, but it’s a step in the right direction. Users needing global…
Garmin built its empire on dedicated GPS devices, but those are obviously facing extinction in the face of smartphones that can replicate their function without requiring an expensive secondary hardware purchase. Today, Garmin announced a device that could help it capitalize on its changing role in the navigation ecosystem, while still allowing it to see hardware to consumers.
The Garmin HUD is just that, a heads-up-display that sits on your dash and projects a simple set of basic navigation data onto a transparent film affixed to your windshield. This replicates some features found in very expensive and well-appointed luxury cars, and it’s relatively inexpensive at $ 129.99.
Information displayed on the readout includes current speed, speed limit, an indicator to show when you turn next and the distance to said turn, as well as estimated arrival time. There’s no detailed map or points of interest, which is actually very good in that it will help keep drivers more focused on the road. It also shows yo upcoming traffic delays and traffic camera locations, and auto-adjusts for night and day. The smartphone HUD will work with any Bluetooth-capable smartphone running Android, iOS or Windows Phone 8 that can run Garmin’s StreetPilot and Navigon applications, and will arrive this summer for $ 129.99.
Garmin and others who make third-party smartphone apps that offer navigation services face an increasingly challenging market: Apple and Google both offer free software that does turn-by-turn navigation on mobile devices, either built-in or free, and offerings like Waze (which Google just acquired) really does a fantastic job of giving you all the bells and whistles for free, with a system that’s intelligent and adapts to changing traffic and road conditions in real time.
How do you differentiate as a dedicated navigation company? Offering your own accessory hardware is one very good way. The HUD from Garmin provides a real, tangible advantage to using Garmin’s paid apps over the free and easy competition. Until HUD projection becomes a built-in feature of every smartphone or in-car infotainment system, at least.
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Telenav reveals Scout for Cars: Developed In, brings together phones and in-dash systems in navigation consistency
Telenav has long been a purveyor of navigation apps for phones, web browsers, and vehicles, but today the company’s revealed Scout for Cars: Constructed In to bring those platforms together. It’s an in-dash system that provides both the form factor and UX enhanced for cars and all the attributes of the Scout for Phones app. It works using Bluetooth to link to iOS, Android, or Windows Phone devices to sync your details and let you access the mobile app’s existing map information. It also obtains your phone’s information connection, which offers users access to voice control and search and discovery functions, plus real-time weather condition and traffic updates making use of the in-dash touchscreen.
Search for Cars: Constructed In can also seamlessly hand off navigation responsibilities to the phone when you exit your vehicle– a convenient function for individuals as directionally challenged on foot as they are behind the wheel. And, if you’re bothered with getting lost ought to you forget to bring your phone, fear not, for Scout for Cars: Built In uses your phone to offer a better experience, but it’s not reliant upon it, so it still gets you where you should go on its own. The system is presently offered to automakers today, so the system should be finding its way into car dealerships sometime quickly.