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  1. Garmin Mobile PC Nav software dies, no replacement planned

    by , 01-23-2011 at 01:31 PM
    Garmin's Windows based Navigation software marketed as "Garmin Mobile PC" has officially been discontinued.

    Mp3car reviewed the software back in May of 2008. *The community has loved it and even created their own graphics skins and on screen keyboards that were lacking in the original version. (photo of discontinued logo).

    It should also be noted that this was the navigation software shipped with companies like Toshiba and Fujitsu for their smaller form factor Ultra mobile windows computers. One of our community members emailed Garmin and here was the response:

    "Dear Customer, Thank you for contacting Garmin International. I will be happy to help you with this. I am sorry that Mobile PC has been discontinued. No further product releases have been announced for this sector at this time, I apologize for any inconvenience. Please reply to this email if you have any additional questions. "

    Updated 01-23-2011 at 01:43 PM by Fiberoptic

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  2. Another Iphone controlled car

    by , 04-02-2010 at 09:04 AM
    Jalopnik has an article about Dave Phipps who uses an iphone to control his car. We shot a video like this at SEMA a few months ago. Thanks Tom Berry for the tip!

    Updated 04-04-2010 at 07:50 PM by optikalefx

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  3. The iPad's role in your car?

    by , 03-18-2010 at 05:54 AM

    At first glance, the idea of having a 7.5" x 9.5" iPad in or around my dash doesn't sound realistic or desirable at all. The New York Times liked the concept. Navigadget hates it. I hated it, but the more I think about it the more I like it. About a year ago we did a video of how the iphone was the death of the PND and the concept here is similar. The iPad's size and a few other details aren't perfect but many people will find a way to mount these in their car. Why? Love it? Hate it? Let's get the debate rolling on the mp3Car forums. Some key pieces of technology and features contained in the iPad are leapfrogging features currently available in the car:

    A GPS: (Assisted GPS) From the specs, the GPS looks great on the GSM models but it is hard to know until we test it. If it is as good as the iphone we have a winner. AGPS should be an improvement over the location technology in the majority of navigation devices. GPS accuracy and speed to a location fix is dramatically improved by quickly sensing the wifi and cellular towers nearby. This gives the user an approximate location until the GPS can lock you down to within a few feet.

    Connected features built in: Traffic, Real time Map updates, weather, gas prices, streaming entertainment, others.

    Enhanced voice recognition: I have been amazed at the accuracy of voice recognition on the iphone, specifically using built in voice recognition as well as third party applications like Dragon. A great microphone and a decent CPU are two critical elements to good voice recognition. The Ipad has about twice the CPU power of the iphone and most likely one of Apple's high quality microphones.

    Multipurpose device: Apple does a good job explaining the multiple uses outside of the car

    Touch Screen: How many times have you fought with an inferior touch screen on your factory navigation, Car Computer or PND? Why are these touch screens so poor? There are several reasons:
    • Most nav devices use cheap resistive touch screens. Those that use capacitive screens use low quality versions or don't have the software to match the screen type.
    • For after market devices, there is tremendous pressure to keep the total product cost low due to profit margins in the distribution chain.
    • For factory navigation, auto manufacturers are forced to start planning their products years in advance before newer technology is released.
    • Designers are also heavily limited in their materials and technology selection due to the consumer expectation that your in car nav device work for a decade or more in extreme environments with a very low failure rate.
    • Touch screen for car computers are also slightly behind the times due to the lack of market demand.
    • The bottom line is that new cars rolling off the lot have yesterday's technology.

    Larger screen: Since I am hitting the ripe old age of 30, my eyes aren't what they used to be. Even for you young wiper snappers, you should be able to read your device out of peripheral vision. A larger screen will help us stay focused on the road by limiting squinting to get us the data we need.

    Sunlight readability: There is a good chance the iPad will be sunlight readable, and we will find out on April 3rd.

    In Car mounting & Docking: The cables to make an ipad connect to your car radio are readily available. The key to making this feasible is a proper universal docking solution that is driver friendly. I have an e-mail into some docking station vendors to see if anything is on the horizon.

    Updated 03-18-2010 at 10:25 AM by optikalefx

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  4. Intel to Turn Moblin Over to Linux Foundation

    by , 12-16-2009 at 10:27 AM
    According to Intel on Thursday plans to turn over the reins of its Moblin Linux-based platform project to the Linux Foundation, putting the work in neutral territory in the hopes of attracting more community support for it. Full details at
  5. iPhone Car Navigation Kit, In The Car

    by , 12-14-2009 at 05:52 PM

    Robert Wray of mp3Car shows us how to duplicate one's iPhone screen for automotive use. The kit, available now on the mp3Car store, includes all the hardware you need to replicate this setup in your own car. See this product here.
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