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First impressions of the Dash Express connected GPS device

First impressions of the Dash Express connected GPS device

I checked out a Garmin StreetPilot c580 last summer and thought it was a pretty compelling dedicated GPS system since it had MSN Direct integration to provide some wireless functionality. While it was useful for some things, the MSN Direct service is not designed for real-time wireless data and coverage is limited. I have heard quite a bit about the Dash Express internet connected GPS system and have now spent just over a week with one myself and posted several product photos and screenshots in my image gallery. I also offer several first impressions about the device and its functionality below. I plan to use it for a few upcoming out-of-town trips in the next month and will write up those thoughts before I send back the evaluation unit.

October 7, 2008 by

US Internet ad revenues reach $11.5 bln in the first half of 2008

US Internet ad revenues reach $11.5 bln in the first half of 2008

US Internet advertising revenues in January-June 2008 were $11.5 bln, setting yet another new half-year record that represents a 15.2% increase over the first half of 2007. Q2 2008 was up 12.8% over Q2 2007 and showed a slight decline of 0.3% from Q1 2008. Search revenues totaled almost $5.1 bln for the first six [...]SHARETHIS.addEntry( { title: "US Internet ad revenues reach $11.5 bln in the first half of 2008", url: "http://www.itfacts.biz/us-internet-ad-revenues-reach-115-bln-in-the-first-half-of-2008/11615" } , { popup: true } );

October 7, 2008 by

Blogger ethics, public relations... and you

Blogger ethics, public relations... and you

Two different conversations that are connected at the core by the way the news media continues to grow and change. Bloggers have a significant responsibility in wielding their keystrokes, whether they have 10 readers or 10,000.

October 7, 2008 by

Antitrust suit against Apple, AT&T moves forward

Antitrust suit against Apple, AT&T moves forward

A federal judge has ruled that an antitrust suit against Apple and A&T over exclusivity deals for the iPhone may move forward, Ars Technica reports. Apple and AT&T signed a five-year exclusive deal but only told consumers they would have to sign up for a two-year contract.

October 7, 2008 by

Trying to increase productivity? Send your employees home.

Trying to increase productivity? Send your employees home.

Companies that give their workers the option of telecommuting are seeing greater productivity, lower costs, improved employee health and greater employee retention, according to a survey released today by the Computing Technology Industry Association.Case in point: I'm typing this from this from my own home office setup - a desk out in a corner of the garage where there's a printer, a phone, some speakers (for my background tunes) and even a small TV with CNN on in the background.

October 7, 2008 by

Scammers introduce ATM skimmers with built-in SMS notification

Scammers introduce ATM skimmers with built-in SMS notification

The bust of the notorious ATM scammer going under the handle of Cha0 in early September, once again puts ATM skimming in the spotlight. Among the main insecurities scammers face while embedding an ATM skimmer, is the retrieval process of the device that is now containing the credit card details of several hundred people depending on the volume of transactions that occurred while the device was in place.

October 7, 2008 by

Google is your friend

Google is your friend

I know there are those among us who lack my love for all things Google. Sure, it shows our kids ads, keeps track of the searches coming out of our buildings, displays naughty thumbnails that only the best of content filters can block, most kids don't look beyond the first three hits (two of which are usually sponsored), etc.

October 7, 2008 by

TRO hearing today on RealDVD

TRO hearing today on RealDVD

Federal Judge Marilyn Patel will hear arguments today on whether Real should be temporarily restrained from selling its RealDVD copying software. The software has been unavailable since Friday, when the Hollywood studios won an emergency halt on sales, a move that Real claims caused them "irreparable harm.

October 7, 2008 by

AMD to split into two

AMD to split into two

Chipmaker is expected to unveil plans to spin off its manufacturing operations into a joint venture, under a multi-billion dollar investment fund from Abu Dhabi, reports say.

October 7, 2008 by

Apple begins shipping replacement iPhone chargers

Apple begins shipping replacement iPhone chargers

Apple announced a recall of all of its ultracompact USB power adapter for iPhone (pictured) on 21 September 2008 because its metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock. iPhone Alley received word that a reader has received the replacement he ordered online.

October 7, 2008 by

Apple notebooks to be fabricated from a solid "brick" of aluminum

Apple notebooks to be fabricated from a solid "brick" of aluminum

The term “brick” was mentioned in a 9-to-5 Mac rumor piece on 10 September 2008 when their source said that the MacBook update is “all about the Brick.” 9-to-5 Mac now claims that the "brick" isn't a specific Apple product but rather a manufacturing process that uses lasers and jets of water to carve MacBooks out of a solid mass of aluminum (a.

October 7, 2008 by

The invisible frontier of our solar system

The invisible frontier of our solar system

On October 19, NASA will launch a new spacecraft named IBEX, short for 'Interstellar Boundary Explorer.' Its mission, which will last about two years, is to refine what the Voyager spacecraft experienced in 2004 when 'an invisible shock formed as the solar wind piles up against the gas in interstellar space.' This IBEX mission will explore what is outside our solar system. As said the project leader, 'the interstellar boundary regions are critical because they shield us from the vast majority of dangerous galactic cosmic rays, which otherwise would penetrate into Earth's orbit and make human spaceflight much more dangerous.' But read more...

October 7, 2008 by

The debate over kids and animals

The debate over kids and animals

On the hit list of lead author Dr. Robert Frenck at the University of Cincinnati are exotic cats and raccoons, ferrets, monkeys, Gambian rats, hedgehogs, reptiles, baby chickens and hamsters.

October 7, 2008 by

Visa CIO: Michael Dreyer

Michael Dreyer, CIO of Visa talks to ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das about developing transaction technologies for its financial payment network including new wallet-less and contact-less payment solutions. Dreyer also discusses what it takes to process and handle more than 300 million transactions on a daily basis, and the company's response to the recent credit crisis rippling through the global economy.

October 7, 2008

Visa CIO: Michael Dreyer

Michael Dreyer, CIO of Visa talks to ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das about developing transaction technologies for its financial payment network including new wallet-less and contact-less payment solutions. Dreyer also discusses what it takes to process and handle more than 300 million transactions on a daily basis, and the company's response to the recent credit crisis rippling through the global economy.

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