Telenav has just announced that it has added offline navigation to its Scout personal navigation application on iOS. Before going on the road, users can download regional maps that contains huge areas of the country so that they won’t have to worry about having a working data connection.
It is clear that although data connectivity has become extremely common in urban areas, there are many places where it is too slow, unreliable or simply non-existent. While it’s not dramatic when you want to update a social network status, it can be really annoying when you are trying to find your way in a new area.
Google has recently added offline navigation to Android (a free service), but Apple users don’t have an “out of the box” solution, that’s why Telenav came up with this new option for Scout. This update is called “Always There Navigation” and should be available right now, at least in the USA. Offline navigation is not a free feature, and costs $9.99/yr or $2.99 for customers who subscribe to Scout’s premium features (voice guidance, auto re-route, speed trap+camera info, advanced traffic). Official teaser video in the full post. (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: TeleNav launches world's first HTML5 voice guided, turn-by-turn GPS navigation service, TomTom announces iPad optimized version,
Back in June, we reported that Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for the Nintendo 3DS will be seeing a launch in November. Well the good news is that if you are living in North America and you can?t wait to get your hands on the game, Nintendo of America has announced a new release date for the game along with a new English trailer. So now instead of having to wait until October, gamers who can?t wait to start their puzzle solving will now be able to do so on the 28th of October in North America. As with our previous report, gamers will also be able to download a new puzzle every day for the next 365 days, just in case you finished the game too fast or if you just can?t get enough puzzle solving. In any case you can check out the trailer in the video above. So, who?s excited at the upcoming game?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will arrive on the Nintendo 3DS in November, Nintendo Wii U rumored for a release during Black Friday,
Earlier today we reported that thanks to a rumor, the Nintendo Wii U for Europe could be seeing a delay and could be launched in December. Considering that the Wii U has yet to receive an official release date and pricing, we guess it was hard to be bummed out by a rumored delay. However based on current rumors and speculation for a possible holiday release, November seems to be the favored release date for the Wii U and according to the folks at GoNintendo, a GameStop employee reportedly informed them that the Wii U is expected to see a launch during Black Friday 2012 in America, and that pre-orders for the console are expected to begin as early as next week.
The employee also revealed pricings for several Wii U games and assuming the price list is to be believed, games for the Wii U are priced starting at $49.99 and can go up to prices of $99.99. Obviously this information should be taken with a grain of salt, but what do you guys think? Could a Black Friday release see Nintendo sell more Wii U units?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Nintendo Wii U for Europe could be delayed [Rumor], Nintendo confirms box art for Wii U games,
If you want to teach your kids that saving money is a good habit while making it a fun experience at the same time, or if you?re just too huge a Mario fan to pass this up, then you might be interested to learn that Media Factory will be releasing a series of Super Mario Bros. piggy banks. However unlike regular piggy banks where it merely involves the dropping of the coin in the slot, Media Factory?s offerings will play sounds as well! In case it wasn?t obvious enough, the sounds played will be that of the classic coin sound when Mario bumps a brick, a mushroom sound, a pipe sound, a game over sound and more. It?s a bit ironic that the coin sound plays when coins go in the piggy bank, but we?re sure that Mario fans will still have a blast with it anyway; the game over sound is a bit worrying though. In any case these piggy banks have been released today and are priced at ¥399 (~$5). No word if you will be able to get your hands on it outside of Japan, but you might want to keep your eyes peeled anyway.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Super Mario Bros. theme remixed with sound effects from Diablo 3 sounds interesting, Real life Super Mario coin blocks let you knock money out of blocks,
With sustainability and clean energy being the buzzwords these days, we guess we aren?t surprised to see that more motor vehicle manufacturers are starting to turn towards alternative forms of energy to power their vehicles. We?ve seen hybrids which uses a combination of electric and fuel motors, electric vehicles which run on electricity alone, and even solar-powered vehicles that use the energy harnessed from the sun to power themselves. Now it seems that Indian auto company Tata Motors has revealed their attempts at a clean energy vehicle by utilizing MDI?s AirPod technology.
This technology was worked on by MDI back in 2007, although its technology was then licensed to Tata and it was only recently that the engine was successfully tested on two Tata cars. For those wondering what the AirPod is, it?s basically a prototype car that utilizes compressed air to power itself. It has the capability of driving at speeds between 45-70kmph. The air used to power the engine can either be pumped in via a charging station, or taken in while driving with the help of an electric motor. It sounds like a good idea but don?t expect to see it on the roads anytime soon as development is expected to be made ?over the coming years?. In any case we guess it?s good to see that some progress has been made, but what do you guys think? Will this prove to be a better solution versus electric vehicles?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Tata Motors to offer new electric vehicles in Europe next year, AIRPod Drives Pretty Well,
Back in April, there were rumors that suggested that Apple could be taking a look at in-cell display technology and use it in their next-gen iPhone?s display. This technology basically integrates touch-sensing circuitry with display circuitry, thus removing the need for an additional layer in the display which will ultimately lead to a thinner device. While those rumors cannot be confirmed at the moment, it seems that Apple has recently received a patent for what appears to be technology similar to in-cell display. Dubbed ?Touch screen liquid crystal display?, this patent describes a variety of methods in which touch-sensing circuitry can be integrated within the LCD itself. According to the description: (more…)By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Samsung wants to patent safe taxi services, Samsung patent reveals plans for a perfume emitting mobile phone,
For fans of RIM?s Blackberry platform, you guys are probably aware that Blackberry 10 devices are expected to make an appearance in the near future. However with the struggles that RIM is currently facing, many believe, including RIM themselves, that licensing the Blackberry 10 platform might be the way to go. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, RIM?s CEO Thorsten Heins revealed that the company believes its Blackberry 10 platform can be licensed.
He stated that since Blackberry 10 is based on QNX which is already being used in cars, nuclear plants and military drones, it would not be a stretch of the imagination if Blackberry 10 could be licensed out as well. Heins did not reveal as to which companies they were looking to license the platform out to, although it has been rumored in the past that Samsung could be interested, although those rumors were quickly shot down by Samsung later on. Either way it will be interesting to see other manufacturers roll out Blackberry 10 devices in the future and the sort of features they will be introducing as well.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Samsung denies reports of licensing Blackberry 10, Analyst does not believe Blackberry 10 will be able to steal any market share from Apple,
If you love taking photographs with your iPhone, then accessories like the Olloclip are probably familiar to you. For those who aren?t sure, the Olloclip is basically a lens that iPhone users can attach to their iPhone?s camera to enhance the camera?s abilities. However if you?re looking for a more simple solution that lets you attach a lens without any hassle, then this Kickstarter project dubbed Mobi-Lens might be worth taking a look at. As pictured above, this accessory for the iPhone looks like a clip and that?s basically what it is. It features a lens on each side, one fisheye and the other a macro/wide-angle lens depending on which way you screw it on.
Given it?s clip-on nature, we wouldn?t be surprised if it could work with other devices apart from the iPhone, such as Android phones and tablets although some repositioning might be needed. It?s certainly not the most pretty of designs but it should get the job done. If you?d like to learn more, see some sample photos or pledge a donation, you can head on over to its Kickstarter page for the details!By Ubergizmo. Related articles: The Ubi Kickstarter project wants to bring voice activated computing to your home, Stompy the giant 6-legged robot launches on Kickstarter,