Bad Elf GPS dongle for iPod, iPad

Some of you may have already heard about them but we just found out about Bad Elf GPS accessories for the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. If you can’t really afford the 3G devices Apple offers you’re probably stuck with a WiFi only iPad or iPod Touch. Bad Elf GPS is here to fill the gap with their portable and compact GPS add-on.

A nice feature here is of course the micro USB port. Since the device takes up the 30-pin connector port micro USB port gives you a way to charge your device and sync your device.

It costs $130 but now it is on sale $100. If any of your readers already have this we’d like to know what you think.

nike+ GPS

Nike recently announced their new app that utilizes the GPS sensor and the accelerometer inside your iPhone or iPod Touch.

With this you won’t need the extra adapter that fits in your shoes no more. The app costs $2 and is probably worth it since it can overlay your running course on Google Maps.

Other features include the ability to play music while you’re running (obviously), voice feedback for coaching, upload to, and even the ability to work indoors relying on the accelerometer (and if you’re on an iPod touch you won’t get the map overlay of course)

Mio iPhone/iPod touch car kit is identical to Magellan’s

We just came across this French site that claims they’ll exclusively be offering the Mio iPhone/iPod Touch car kit which looks identical to Magellan’s car kit which we actually reviewed a short while ago. We won’t be surprised if this is actually the case - since MiTAC Mio bought off Magellan couple of years ago and apparently the Euro version of this GPS embedded car kit will be under Mio brand name.

The source says Mio will soon announce its Car Kit for iPhone which integrates its own GPS chip to get a better GPS reception for more accurate navigation then iPhone 3G alone. The Car Kit will obviously compatible with the iPod to the extent that it integrates its own GPS chip and a powerful speaker for voice guidance and may be in portrait or landscape position. The assembly will be possible either on the windshield or directly on the dashboard.

The price normally will be around 100 € to compete with TomTom Car Kit.

However there will be no navigation software for iPhone and iPod Touch provided by Mio Car Kit.

The launch is scheduled for mid May 2010.

Magellan iPhone/iPod Touch car kit giveaway winner is…

OK, we have our giveaway winner for the GPS embedded Magellan iPod/iPhone car kit.

There were 83 entries and out of those the lucky winner was commenter #20 - Randy - who said:

I have the Magellan app and would love the car kit. I would absolutely love it from this giveaway!

Here is how he got it…

Randy check your inbox for an email from The other 82 of you can check it out on Amazon :)

UPDATE April 13th: Winner never returned our email. Now the winner is:

kinoppyus who said:

Sounds appealing. Love to have one…

giveaway reminder: Magellan iPhone/iPod Touch car kit

Our giveaway for the Magellan car kit is coming to an end tomorrow. We thought we’d remind you. If you haven’t already left a comment now is the time.

Here’s what you need to do: 1) subscribe to our RSS feed and then 2) leave a comment at the contest page. That is all.

There are only 57 commenters so far so you’re about 104 times more likely to win this than struck by lightening in your lifetime.

GPS cradle for iPod Touch: XGPS-300

XGPS-300 - the GPS enabled iPod Touch cradle is finally available, direct from the Apple Store. What’s cool is that with this cradle is that any location aware app that works with iPhone can now work on iPod Touch. It costs a whopping $200 and here are its features:

It has included battery pack that last up to 10 hours, a 3.5mm audio out, volume control, and landscape mode.

Here are some more:

  • Amplified speaker for voice prompts
  • NavAtlas US and Canada navigation app* included with purchase (which is already free iTunes)
  • Built-in GPS receiver with adjustable windshield mount
  • Rechargeable battery to power the GPS or recharge your iPod touch

giveaway: Destinator 9 GPS navigation app

There’s no shortage of GPS navigation apps for the iPhone these days. Destinator 9 is one of these, offered by Intrinsyc.

It has live traffic alerts, a feature called NavStrip which lists POI’s along your way, live weather, comes with Navteq maps, uses junction views for realistic 3D intersections, has the ability to send your location to friends, supports iPod controls and lets you navigate to your contacts.

It is available for Android, and WinMo phones too, in addition to iPhone.

Anyways we have ten promo codes for Destinator 9 for the iPhone - and all you have to do is leave comment below to grab one of these. While you’re at it subscribe to our RSS feed so you don’t miss it when we announce the winners.

If you don’t win; do not worry. There’s always the free 30 day trial. After the trial a lifetime subscription is $80 and a regular subscriptions is $60.

We’ll close this article for comments a week from today and after that we’ll announce the winners.

Good luck.

magellan iPhone car kit review

We recently received the Magellan Premium Car Kit for iPhone or iPod Touch (compatible with iPhone 3G and 3GS or iPod Touch2G). We knew we were going to like it immediately upon opening, as it went from the box to mounted on the windshield in less than 2 minutes. After installing the Magellan RoadMate app for iPhone, we were off! (A somewhat lengthy download and install process, but one that is well worth the wait.) Using these two together - Magellan Premium Car Kit + Magellan RoadMate app - has at least one notable benefit; the Car Kit has a built-in GPS receiver, enhancing the performance of the RoadMate app. While we didn’t test with the iPod Touch, clearly the Car Kit is a valuable and compatible mate. Unlike the iPhone, the iPod Touch does not have any GPS capabilities of it’s own. Combined with the Magellan Premium Car Kit, your iPod Touch becomes a navigation tool.

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Alpine INA-W900

Alpine INA-W900 is an all-in-one GPS navigation and entertainment system that takes up 2DIN space and has mototrized 7” screen. It works with iPhone and iPod and lets you control all search options of your iPod directly, via playlist, artist, etc and the connection is via USA for playback as opposed to lame FM transmitters which don’t give out good sound.

As far as navigation it can do picture in picture, where the maps come from Navteq which can be rendered as 3D, 2D full map, split map, and turn-by-turn arrow view. It carries 6 million points of interests, coverage of US, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands, SD card map update, text-to-speech, and more.

Other features? We’ve got a lot since this is entertainment system that has an MSRP of $1100. FM, AM, bluetooth connectivity, 50Wx4 power out, optical drive, HD radio, and a remote control.

See more details here and find a retailer perhaps.

garmin iPhone app for pilots: Pilot My-Cast

Garmin just announced today an app for iPhone and iPod Touch called Pilot My-Cast. This is a premium aviation weather, flight planning and flight filing application that will work in USA and Canada.

How it works is that you input your route, and then Pilot My-Cast overlays the flight path with the weather. The interface has options to give you quick access to routes, flight plan, weather, airport information and other settings.

Here is what you can do in more detail:

  • Routes: Create a route to any airport, fix or VOR in the United States or Canada.
  • Flight Plan: Create and file a flight plan and send to DUAT(s) providers.
  • Weather: Weather information including NEXRAD Radar, METARs and TAFs, lightning data, SIGMETs, AIRMETs, PIREPs, NOTAMs, winds aloft and more.
  • Airport Information: Access the AOPA Airport Directory

Is it worth the $10/month or $100/year cost? Well you’ll be getting your data from the up to the minute providers such National Weather Service, Environment Canada, and Federal Aviation Administration; so you decide. I guess you can always get there with your browser but it wouldn’t overlay your flight path with the latest weather maps…

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