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Posts tagged with 'Portable Navigation Device (PND)'

26 Nov, 2012

John Day

A while back I met with the folks at TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) who are responsible for the VZ Navigator app on Verizon smartphones as well as navigation apps on myriad other smartphones. Networks in Motion launched the app in 2006 and TCS acquired them three years later. VZ Navigator uses Navteq maps but the app is built on HTML5 so TCS can work with any map provider and otherwise customize

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Air Force, Portable Navigation Device (PND), Verizon, Navy, Metro PCS, Special Operations Command, Sprint, Verizon smartphones, DENSO, VZ Navigator, GPS signal. Google Maps, Networks in Motion, U.S. Army, QNX, AT&T, location-based services, TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), Smartphones, Amazon, Marines

13 Jan, 2010

John Day You have to hand it to Apple. They not only spun a significant product line from a single iPod but also turned on a torrent of recurring revenue by creating the iTunes store. Wouldn’t the leading suppliers of portable navigation devices (PNDs) love to do something similar? Garmin’s nüLink! service offers one possibility. The firm’s $499.00 nüvi 1690 PND includes a two-year subscription to nüLink!, … Read More

Portable Navigation Device (PND), OnStar, Richard Robinson, Detroit Auto Show, Garmin nuLink!, Apple Computer, iSuppli Corporation, iTunes, Garmin nuvi 1690, iPod

11 Nov, 2009

John Day “Who needs a portable navigation device?” I sneered, back in the day when PNDs cost several hundred dollars and I didn’t travel very far very often, but after getting lost one time too many, buying one seemed like a good idea. It still does, but now the newness has worn off, replaced by thoughts of “what’s next?” My cell phone has a navigation application that works better than I thought it would, … Read More

TeleNav, Smartphones, Frost & Sullivan, Google Maps Navigation, Android 2.0, Networks in Motion, Portable Navigation Device (PND), iSuppli Corporation, Motorola Droid

16 Oct, 2009

John Day A lot is being said these days about distracted driving, including the contention that engaging in a hands-free phone conversation is just as bad as holding the phone to one’s ear. Apparently the danger comes from the conversation itself; not from the technology involved. It does seem to me that two hands are better than one, and that some conversations are more compelling than others, but I will have … Read More

La3TV, Mio, Garmin, Portable Navigation Device (PND)

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