Telenor Connexion launches new platform for business critical M2M solutions

Less CO2 emissions, increased safety in traffic and improved life for patients is enabled by the recently launched technical platform solely built for reliable M2M data communication. Products, devices and vehicles are increasingly equipped with embedded mobile connectivity to further enhance product offering, enable new services and cut costs.

AT&T Introduces GPS-Enabled USB Device

AT&T has introduced a GPS-enabled USB device, the USBConnect Velocity from Option. The Velocity is the first GPS-enabled LaptopConnect device from AT&T, opening the door to location-based applications, AT&T said.

Telmap Partners with GyPSii on Location-Enabled Social Media

GyPSii and Telmap have partnered to develop and introduce advanced location-based social networking as part of Telmap’s Mobile Location Companion.

Apple prevents third party developers from using its iPhone platform to enable location based advertising

In a recent posting on its iPhone developer site, Apple informed developers how the Core Location framework for the iPhone allows third parties to build applications which know where end users are and can deliver information based on their location, such as local weather, nearby restaurants, ATMs, and other location-based information.

CES showed optimism for many Navigation / LBS Companies

The 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was down in attendance last year—some estimate as much as 40 percent. However, a new feeling of optimism, and several product rollouts, made this year’s edition seem livelier—even in a down economy. Ford, once again, is touting new features for its Sync telematics system and other companies are following along.

Google’s Near Me Now works in the Android and iPhone web browsers

Google has now enabled “Near Me Now” on the iPhone and Android web browsers, whereas before it only worked in the Google Maps application. The usage model is simple enough, just type in google.com, click on “Near Me Now” and then look at what’s around you.

Elevator pitch on Galileo Application Days 2010

This high-profile conference offers any company active in the navigation/location/mobile industry to have the opportunity of keeping a professional elevator pitch during the Galileo Application Days 2010.

Google Offers New Model for Consumers to Buy a Mobile Phone

Google Inc. today unveiled a new way for consumers to purchase an Android mobile phone, a web store hosted by Google. The company is also launching the first phone offered through this new model, called the Nexus One, which combines the latest in hardware from HTC Corporation with the newest Android software.

Travel Firms’ Initial European Mobile Strategies Should Focus On Convenient Services

Travel is inherently mobile. Now that the promise of location-enhanced services is beginning to be fulfilled on mobile phones, travelers are starting to use their devices as personal travel assistants.

TomTom launches Hotel Booking Service in partnership with Expedia

TomTom and Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN) have signed a partnership agreement to help TomTom customers find accommodation on the move across Europe.
Using the new hotel booking service through their TomTom device, TomTom drivers can avoid the stress of finding that hotels are closed or full for the night in their chosen destination. TomTom drivers also benefit from the great deals that hotels provide through Expedia.