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TomTom maps 2008.10

TomTom maps 2008.10

TomTom started selling its v8.25 maps, based on the 2008.10 release of TeleAtlas. These new maps are available for all devices from now on.
The maps are only for download through the TomTom Home application, just like the last versions before.

America’s: USA, Canada, Alaska, Mexico and Brasil
Europe, Middle East, Africa: Western, Central & Eastern Europe, Turkey and Southern Africa
Australia, New Zealand and Asia: Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore

The maps for the first time include the feedback on changes from MapShare users.

February 27th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in gps passion, mapping, software
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The iPhone 3G hysteria

Only a few days after the serious iPhone 3G hysteria started there are some patterns to see in how Apple and the local gsm providers deal with things concerning the new Apple fanboy toy. Next to that there are some technical issues. In total:

distribution -> soup kitchen style, people in line to get a glimpse or even to get the real thing in their hands. People waiting days (?) or weeks to get an iPhone 3G and making reservations in more than one shop to be sure to have one (if they are lucky).

2 year telecom contract and a locked phone (in most countries) with an expensive contract -> to me the same as hanging on the gallows for no less than 2 years.

3G -> in USA 3G is only available in (big) city areas, in Europe more widely spread, but still not everywhere.

GPS -> works. But depends on Google Maps and asks for (international) (3G) data roaming which is extremely expensive outside your own country! Big need for offline software like TomTom. Apple now says this has a big priority.

App Store -> regional difference, wich looks nice, but big players like eBay only publish their software in the USA (for now).

Loudspeakersystems Gen 1 iPhone -> doesn’t work anymore, like the docking of the Palm Treo 650 and Treo 680.

MobileMe -> the MobileMe ‘push’ from iPhone to Internet has a delay of 15 minutes and is therefore not really push! But it has been sold as the everyman’s Exchange. NO WAY!

VOIP -> T-Mobile Germany doesn’t allow VOIP on the iPhone 3G.

There might be some more issues, but these are the most important, I think. You know more issues? Tell us!

Do I want one? Oh yeah!

But I can wait! (a few days longer ;-) )

July 16th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gps passion
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TomTom for iPhone

After in fact stopping support for PDA’s and smartphones it is very likely that TomTom will bring a iPhone version of its navigation software to sell to customers, Reuters tells us. The Dutch navigation device maker is not yet telling when it comes to the market, but it is expected that it will be on the same date that the iPhone 3G will be for sale.

via: iPhoneclub.nl (Dutch only)

June 10th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gps passion, navigation, software
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TomTom TeleAtlas deal has to wait

The TomTom TeleAtlas merger that was announced last year is getting some objections by the European Commission. It is not a full brake, but a soft brake, so here are some issues that TomTom can solve until May 5th, it is said. I am curious what they are supposed to deal with to get an okay from the EU.

via Engadget

Tags: TeleAtlas, TomTom, maps, merger, acquisition, EU, European Commission

February 25th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gps passion
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