Magellan has taken advantage of CES to bring in five new models in its entry-level range, including a widescreen version with a 4.3” screenthat’s set to retail at $229. Its RoadMate 1400 series is aimed at those new to GPS, but come well equipped. Even the base model, the 1400, comes with maps of the Continental UnitedStates, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, plus 1.3 million essential points of interest, such as gas stations, ATMs, and airports with contact details such as location, phone number and travel distance. Moving up, the 1412 adds maps for Canada and Alaska; text-to-speech announcements of street names; and points of interest totalling more than 6 million, including retail, dining, health service andother local business information, while the 1430 includes real-time traffic update information to display traffic incidents along the driver’s route, suggests alternative routes when "fastesttime" to destination is selected, and recalculates the expected … [Read more...] about Magellan Intros New Entry-level GPS Models
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We’ve already grown accustomed to Google taking some pretty creative approaches to the way it does things, so it should really come as no surprise that the company has some pretty pie-in-the-sky ideas for setting up a cell network. Or more accurately, balloon-in-the-sky ideas. According to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal, Google may be investigating giant balloons as a means for replacing cell phone towers. The article cites sources who say Google has its eyes on Space Data Corp., a company that has already put the balloon concept into practice. Space Data launches ten balloons daily in the Southern U.S., where they are used by truckers and oil rigs for their brief 24-hour lifespans. The balloons carry cell phone transmitters 20 miles up into the stratosphere, where, with the advantage of height and a clear line of sight, Space Data claims they provide coverage for a coverage circle of 400 miles, far more than a traditional tower. While the balloons only last … [Read more...] about Google Eyes Sending Cell Towers Aloft?
TeleType has released its WorldNav 3100, a portable GPS device combining the company’s award-winning GPS navigation and mapping system with portable music and video playing capabilities for an all-in-one unit which may be compelling for vacationers and other travelers looking to cut down on device clutter. The WorldNav 3100 weighs just six ounces and offers a touch-scren interface which operates like in-dash navigation systems: users simply touch the screen to make selections, and are guided to their destinations via simple spoken word instructions. The U.S. edition of the WorldNav 3100 comes pre-loaded with street-level maps of the United States and Puerto Rico, and offers 2D and 3D views, pan and zoom, and day and night mode functions. The built-in maps also sport more up to 12 million points of interest (who knew the U.S. was that interesting?) A built-in lithium-ion battery enables the WorldNav 3100 to be used outside a vehicle, and the unit supports both SD media and … [Read more...] about WorldNav 3100 Offers GPS, Music, and Video
Thales Navigation announced a number of new Magellan branded GPS devices for handheld and auto usage at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show in early January. Among the more interesting new products on display were the RoadMate 800, the RoadMate 760 and the eXplorist XL. The RoadMate 800 is Magellan’s new flagship auto GPS device. This portable vehicle navigation system comes fully loaded with features such as a 3.5â€ color, touch screen display, integrated battery power, a music player and photo viewer. It delivers three-dimensional map views and comes preloaded with maps for all U.S. 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other notables include USB 2.0 connectivity, a smart feature to detour around traffic and a trip computer for reviewing mileage and travel time. A step below the Magellan RoadMate 800 is the RoadMate 760. This portable vehicle navigation system offers an industry first text to speech option that announces street names for … [Read more...] about CES 2006 Profile: Magellan/Thales
Toshiba announced today that it’s expanding the company’s MyConnect Internet service to give users the option to pay only for time they’re connected to the Internet at a flat rate of $3.95 per hour. Called the Pay-for-Use program, the service entails a one-time $10 setup fee, but otherwise users pay only for the time they’re online, with no monthly charge if they do not connect. Connectivity minutes divided into one-hour blocks and rounded to the next full hour, billed to the user’s credit card. MyConnect offers Internet access throughout the U.S. via wireless hotspots and wired Ethernet in Marriot and Hilton hotels, UPS Stores, Barnes & Noble bookstores, and other locations including rest stops, airports, restaurants, and brand locations, as well as through analog and (occasionally) digital dial-up. The Pay-for-Use program makes sense for infrequent travellers who don’t want to worry about making connectivity arrangements every time … [Read more...] about Toshiba Adds Pay-for-Use Mobile Internet
As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma, one airline is doing what it can to help residents and visitors escape from the expected path of the storm. JetBlue is now offering tickets for just $99 to those looking to leave south Florida and other parts of the U.S. that might be affected by the hurricane. This special fare will be available through September 13, but many of these discounted fares have already been snatched up.Amid the mass exodus from the coastal state, JetBlue has capped its nonstop fares out of Florida to just under $100; connecting flights out of Florida have been capped at $159. The same pricing applies to Charleston International Airport in South Carolina and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, as well as select airports in Haiti, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Bahamas.JetBlue’s decision to cap prices places the airline firmly in the role of the knight in shining armor, as other carriers have … [Read more...] about JetBlue caps airfare prices out of Florida at $99 as Hurricane Irma advances
JetBlue will test a new paperless and deviceless boarding system in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection starting in June at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The system uses biometrics — specifically facial recognition — to match passengers with their passport photos.The airline is the first to integrate with CBP and passengers have to do nothing other than opt-in to the program. The test is only for flights to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport and JetBlue did not specify whether it has any immediate plans to expand the test, if successful.The process is fairly simple: Passengers step up to a camera to have their picture taken. The picture is then compared with passport photos in the CBP database and to verify flight details. If successful, the passenger is notified that they are cleared to board by an on-screen message at the camera terminal. JetBlue says it will have employees nearby to monitor the process and assist in the … [Read more...] about JetBlue wants the selfie to be the new standard for airline access
Update (Friday, 9:12 p.m PT): The answer to today's challenge -- which 208 people got right -- is the model of Knuffingen Airport in Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg Germany. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back for tomorrow's challenge. Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest (and welcome back to returning players). This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures. Each day, I'll be posting a new photograph from my various travels, and your job is to try to correctly identify it using any means at your disposal. Note: Because Road Trip 2013 doesn't officially begin until next week, the first week or so of the challenge will feature photographs from my past travels. Throughout Road Trip 2013, which will take me through Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and … [Read more...] about Road Trip Pic of the Day, 6/28: What is this?
Update (Sunday, 12:34 a.m. PT): The answer to Saturday's challenge -- which 115 people got right -- is the control tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., which during the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in air show becomes the world's busiest control tower. Thanks to all who played, and to everyone, please come back for today's challenge. And please remember that today's photo will be the final one of the 2013 CNET Road Trip Picture of the Day Challenge. Welcome to the Road Trip Picture of the Day contest. This is your chance to win some cool prizes as you test your skills at recognizing pictures. Each day until Sunday, Aug. 11, I'll be posting a new photograph from my various travels, and your job is to try to correctly identify it using any means at your disposal. Throughout Road Trip 2013, which will take me through Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Indiana, there will be a new challenge each day, and the opportunity to win some great prizes. I … [Read more...] about Road Trip Pic of the Day, 8/10: What is this?
According to USA Today, the Federal Aviation Administration shut down Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports after "a fire at an Illinois air traffic control facility" grounded "more than 1,900 flights were grounded nationwide" Friday morning. Shutting down the air traffic control facility managed to create a backlog of passengers as planes couldn't take off for several hours. As of 2:35 p.m. ET, almost 1,200 flights were canceled, leaving stranded passengers and crews. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock At approximately one-third of O'Hare's daily flights and nearly 70% of Midway's 450 flights, the impact was felt nationwide. Locally, the Milwaukee airport grounded over 40 percent of the day's flights and Southwest canceled at all local flights for Friday between Midway and Milwaukee. And Southwest's cancellations are a very large percentage of Midway as it's one of the airports for the airline. Meanwhile, O’Hare was recently declared the … [Read more...] about Fire At Illinois Air Traffic Control Center Shuts Down Chicago