Last week TeleNav announced their new Shotgun personal navigation device (PND). The Shotgun takes the tried and true TeleNav navigation software (found on many carrier phones as AT&T Navigator, Sprint Navigation, etc.) and places it on a very nice piece of hardware. I was sent an evaluation unit to check out and wanted to offer a few first impressions, along with plenty of device pics and screenshots in my image gallery and the video below. The TeleNav Shotgun is available now for US$299.
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The TeleNav Shotgun internet-connected personal navigation device was released back in November (see my review and one of the connected features was the ability to be updated over the air. TeleNav just posted a press release concerning the first update that will be appearing on your Shotgun soon. This update adds the ability to simply track miles driven and have it recorded for expense reports and ratings and review for various points of interest.
Fellow MoTR podcast host James Kendrick has been playing with the new Viliv X70EX ultra portable computer that looks quite attractive and portable. I just read on jkOnTheRun that the ViliV X70EX will be available for $599 over at Dynamism.
Some of the most popular Christmas gifts the last couple of years were personal navigation devices providing GPS data to consumers. Just about every smartphone today comes with a GPS receiver and different applications that support mapping and navigation. Location-based applications are also becoming more and more popular as GPS becomes an integral part of people's everyday lives. However, the convenience and utility of GPS may be impacted over the next year or two as the satellites circling our planet begin to expire while funding and management issues keep replacement satellites grounded.
Back in December we saw Gartner's 3rd quarter 2008 report on the world smartphone market with Nokia showing its first decline in sales. Today, Gartner released the 4th quarter 2008 data and Nokia continues to show a decline in market share. Compared to the same quarter in 2007 Nokia is down from 50.9% to 40.8%. Apple went from 5.2% in 2007 to 10.7% in 2008 while RIM also saw an increase from 10.9% to 19.5%. HTC also saw a minor increase from 3.7% to 4.3%.
I am close to finally posting my review of QuickOffice for S60 devices, but QuickOffice Inc. keeps updating the software with new features. The latest feature will please those enterprise users and individuals who use an Exchange or hosted Exchange account since Mail for Exchange 2.0 support is integrated in QuickOffice Premier v4.5. Now when you receive email attachments they will appear in a Mail for Exchange folder within the QuickOffice file explorer. The free update for existing users went live late last night and I updated the software right from my device this morning.
There were several posts (like the one from Jason) on Apple's statement posted yesterday regarding hacked iPhones. Everyone who hacked their iPhone, like I did, shouldn't be a bit surprised by this statement and if you are then you shouldn't have hacked your iPhone in the first place. Hacking the iPhone carries a known risk and I am sure Apple felt some pressure from AT&T to make such a statement. I personally am saving myself US$50/month by using my iPhone on T-Mobile and dropping AT&T, but I also made the decision before I hacked it that I can live with the iPhone the way it is now along with the 3rd party applications I have loaded on it. The iPhone Dev Team who enabled us to SIM unlock our iPhones issued a statement today in response to Apple's statement.
The Apple Smart Cover is a nice solution for the front of your iPad, but what about protecting the back? The Griffin IntelliCase solves that with a full protective back cover and front flip cover with magnets.
The Apple iPad is an extremely powerful device and there are now some excellent Office-compatible applications available. In this showdown we take a look at the four top apps for working on the road and ask you which is your favorite.
The competition to the iWork suite of software is coming out hard and fast and it looks like Quickoffice was able to add the functionality of Documents To Go with the eye candy and user interface elements of iWork. IMHO, it is a steal at the $10 introductory price and highly recommended.