I have been a happy user of TomTom satnav products since they first hit the market some ten years ago now. For the most part, that has meant dedicated hardware for in-car use. However, when I last [reviewed the TomTom app for the iPhone here at DaniWeb back in 2010](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/tablets-and-mobile-devices/reviews/333687/edit-your-own-satnav-maps-with-tomtom-for-iphone) it got a perfect 10/10 rating, the upgraded software truly being that good. In that original review I briefly mentioned that TomTom has a car-kit available for the iPhone which would charge the battery on the move and provide a GPS boost for those poor-signal areas. It also acted as …

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This brand new update to the ever popular TomTom for the iPhone app (which has featured in the Apple 'top grossing apps' list since it was first released 18 months ago) adds one highly requested feature: Map Share. Why the big hurrah over one additional feature? Simple, it's a hugely important part of the TomTom feature set and long overdue in iPhone form. What Map Share does, and does brilliantly it has to be said, is allow users of the iPhone app to make changes to their own maps as well as benefit from the changes and updates made by …

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Some of us just want a satnav which tells us how to get from A to B while avoiding traffic congestion. Others, apparently, want a satnav that imitates SpongeBob SquarePants for reasons which, to be frank, are completely beyond me. After all, I don't live in a pineapple under the sea. Yet the market leader in satnav devices, TomTom, has today announced the availability of a SpongeBob SquarePants voice (following the success of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220616.html"]Homer Simpson satnav[/URL]) for users of its products. Indeed, the jovial press release even informs me that it will help users to navigate beyond Bikini Bottom. …

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I drive hundreds of miles every week, I write about technology for a living, I've been a TomTom user for years and I own an iPhone. It had to be done, I just had to review the TomTom satnav app for the iPhone. Being both an iPhone 3GS owner and a happy TomTom satnav in-car user, like many people I had been waiting for the iPhone TomTom application to arrive. The delays seemed to go on forever, and in the meantime other players had entered the market: both Navigon MobileNavigator and ALK CoPilot Live launched before TomTom got into the …

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CoPilot Live 8 Mobile Navigation on the iPhone has been a runaway success at the App Store, consistently keeping ahead of its TomTom rival in the 'top grossing' app charts at least in the UK Store. It arrived first and costs half as much as the TomTom app, but is it better? If you had asked me that question a month ago then the answer would have been a resounding no. Extensive testing showed up huge problems in keeping a GPS lock and the app even refused to start half the time I wanted it to. But then, just as …

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How much for an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav? That's the question that has been on the lips of many an iPhone user ever since TomTom announced it was developing a version of the market leading turn-by-turn satellite navigation system especially for the iPhone. Now, it seems, we are a little closer to knowing the answer. I just hope you are sitting down before I reveal it. According to one online retailer which has broken ranks and [URL="http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php/2126/tomtom-for-iphone-inc-mount"]gone public[/URL] with pre-order pricing, if you want an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav in your car it will cost you a cool £113.85 ($193.75) which works …

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There is little doubt that when it comes to consumer satellite navigation devices, TomTom pretty much rules the roost. There is equally little doubt that in the past it has made some pretty serious mistakes, such as introducing the world to the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1276.html"]first virus infection distributed by a satnav device[/URL]. But surely introducing the voice of Homer Simpson to announce your driving directions has to go down as the biggest mistake so far. Not a financial mistake, that's for sure. By doing a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Locutio Voice Technologies, TomTom has pulled off something of a …

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Where would we be without the Global Positioning System? Well, without GPS I probably would not be at this hotel nice and early, waiting for a meeting to start. Forget the idiots who end up [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3301.html"]driving on train tracks or toppling over cliffs[/URL], for some of us SatNav has become not a car gadget but an essential tool for business life. Despite SatNav manufacturers sometimes [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1276.html"]getting things very wrong indeed[/URL], the honest truth is that without GPS I would, quite frankly, be paddling up a smelly dark brown creek without a canoe. Which is why I was a little worried …

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This morning I awoke to read news headlines declaring the worst snow the UK had seen for some 13 years, with reports of thousands of minor accidents and major motorway networks grinding to a halt. In London the public transport system collapsed, with London Buses, Underground and trains all being taken out of service as it was too dangerous to continue. However, one timely news alert caught my attention as it was from Sat Nav outfit [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1276.html"]TomTom[/URL]. The snow had caused 388 traffic jams on major UK roads, it informed me, with the TomTom HD live traffic reporting service showing …

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Where would we be without satnav? Good question, as most of us seem to have lost the ability to drive anywhere without some annoying slightly posh woman barking instructions at us every few minutes. Of course, satnav is not all gravy: who could forget the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1242.html"]crazy satnav directions[/URL] that led drivers wanting to travel between Swaledale and Wensleydale in North Yorkshire, England via the suitably named village of Crackpot. Along a steep and twisty unlit track, which runs along the edge of a sheer drop down a 100 foot cliff, the maps were sending people. And just to make matters …

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Yes, I know it sounds pretty daft, but MIO has [URL="http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/07/09/knight_rider_satnav_confirmed/"]confirmed[/URL] that it will be releasing a satnav built entirely around a Knight Rider theme next month in the US. Fans who want to experience that genuine eighties retro feel, but in a totally modern way, will just love KITT greeting them with "Hello Michael, where would you like to go today." And it is KITT as well, or at least it is actor William Daniels who was the original voice of the black Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT) 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with the pulsing red LED smile. …

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I went to the demonstrations of the latest satellite navigation system from TomTom, and guess what - there's very little new to speak of in any of the devices. Yes, some of them have a wider screen than before and indeed I agree the new mounts for the dashboard are more elegant than the crane-like apparatus that one used to have to use. But they're satnavs. You tell them where to go and they guide you there. There's a community online to which you can submit amendments and corrections to maps. There are accessories. There are premium versions with US …

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Rewind to London in 1850 and the first public toilets which required users to insert a coin to gain entrance were born, along with the phrase ‘to spend a penny.’ Fast forward to 2007 and Londoners can now spend 25 pennies to use a cellphone operated, location based, SatLav service that has just been introduced in the West End by [URL="http://www.westminster.gov.uk/"]Westminster City Council[/URL]. The shopping capital of Europe, London’s West End includes such famous places to do some retail therapy as Oxford Street and Regents Street and can boast world renowned shops such as Harrods. With crowds guaranteed at this …

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GPS satellite navigation devices have become an indispensable part of everyday life for millions of drivers the world over. Without these little technological route planning miracles, many of us would literally crash and burn as we struggled to regain control over that map while driving too fast and drinking a large cup of coffee simultaneously. OK, so that might be exaggerating things a little, but the truth is that most 21st Century drivers are dependent upon satellite navigation to get from A to B. Efficiency is the key here, and systems that incorporate Radio Data System (RDS) Traffic Message Channel …

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My [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry1276.html"]original news story[/URL] here at DaniWeb has certainly caused something of a media frenzy. Everyone from specialist GPS and gadget websites through to national newspapers have been covering how TomTom let an unspecified number of its GO 910 satnav devices escape from the factory with not one but two nasty surprises in the form of a virus infection. Actually, it has now come to my attention courtesy of Martin Campbell, who first contacted TomTom on December 16th about the virus infection on his unit, that there are not two but [B]three[/B] infected files on the device. The third being …

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It started with an email from a worried satnav user, Lloyd Reid of [URL="http://www.trichromic.co.uk/"]Trichromic LLP[/URL] an IT consultant who knows his way around a computer and knows a virus when his AV software flags one up. The cause for his concern being a newly purchased [B]TomTom GO 910[/B] satnav unit that, once connected to his PC, immediately caused an anti-virus software alert. Not one, but two alerts in fact. The win32.Perlovga.A Trojan and TR/Drop.Small.qp were identified as being resident on the satnav hard drive, within the copy.exe and host.exe files. That’s worth repeating, two Trojans resident on the hard drive …

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Like many other geeks I have lost the ability to read a map, so used am I to having a posh if slightly robotic lady telling me where to turn during a road trip. SatNav is a wonderful thing, in the right hands, such as Eva Ericsson and the boffins at the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden who reckon it could be environmentally important as well. They have developed a device which not only calculates the quickest route, but the most fuel efficient as well. By considering such data as fuel consumption, street width and typical traffic flow it …

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I was born in London, and although I no longer live there (having swapped the rat race for a life of rural seclusion) I am a regular business visitor. Unsurprisingly then, I tend to travel a lot by the good old London Black Cab. While more expensive than taking the tube or bus, it is a door to door service and thanks to the knowledge of the London Cabbie, it is also often much quicker. Outside of the capital, not a lot of people are aware that in order to earn your license to operate a London Black Cab, the …

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