For all the college students who are up to their necks in papers, midterms, and study sessions, Spring Break is not only welcomed, it’s practically a necessity! An annual trip to Miami/Las Vegas/San Diego/etc., can be the perfect remedy for students who need their batteries refreshed. We understand the need for a Spring Break as much as the next person, and when you combine all the past Spring Break experience we have at the navigation group of TCS, you could essentially call us experts. With that said, we want to pass along some knowledge and give you our 5 Tips for having a great Spring Break.
1. Take a road trip. While there are definitely some traditional spring break spots that will always be a good time, sometimes it pays to be different. Hitting the road with some friends is a great way to explore the country and enjoy your break, and with voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, you never have to worry about getting lost (although sometimes with a road trip, getting lost is not a bad thing).
2. Avoid the in-car navigation system. If you happen to be renting a car for your vacation, don’t let them charge you extra for an in-car nav system. As long as you have your cell phone with you, you will have access to all the navigation you could possibly want, and you can save your money for more important things—like a surfboard or a new swimsuit.
3. Tell your friends where you are. With many mobile navigation solutions (such as Gokivo or VZ Navigator), you now have the option to share your location, whether this is by text message, or through social networks like Facebook. You never know who you will find on Spring Break, so make sure your friends know where you are, and how to find the good times.
4. Explore the nightlife. A huge advantage to using mobile navigation is the ability to search for points of interest around you, no matter where you are. When you are on spring break, you should really be exploring all that your destination has to offer, and with your mobile nav system, you can find and navigate to the closest restaurants and dance clubs.
5. Check the weather. The search functionalities of mobile navigation devices go beyond simply looking for points of interest. You can also search for all kinds of other information, including the weather. Many times, the more tropical Spring Break destinations have variable weather patterns, so make sure to check the forecast on your nav device and plan your day accordingly.
Windows Mobile has been a hot topic these last few days, and we want to join the party and let you know about some exciting Windows Mobile news of our own. We recently started a partnership with Sony Ericsson where forthcoming Windows Mobile devices from the company will come preloaded with Gokivo Navigator.
We are thrilled to be working with Sony Ericsson, but even more so than that, we are excited that more people can try out Gokivo. Windows Mobile is now the third platform that we are on (along with BlackBerry and the iPhone), and we can’t wait to get some feedback from new users who may be trying Gokivo for the first time.
The first phone that will be taking advantage of the new partnership is the Aspen smartphone, which was announced last week, and will debut in select markets in Q2 of this year. Over the coming months, we will be announcing numerous other Sony Ericsson phones that will be taking advantage of the deal, and we’ll be sure to let you know the various models.
If you have questions about getting Gokivo on your phone, or if you are a first time Gokivo user who may have some questions about the product, feel free to shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out the press release about the announcement at http://bit.ly/9bGapA
February is an eventful month. Families are hitting the ski slopes, children are celebrating getting the day off school for President’s Day, and men everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.
For a holiday that celebrates love and happiness, Valentine’s Day can occasionally be a little stressful. Luckily, it is yet another holiday where navigation can be extremely useful. We hope that everyone has a fantastic Valentine’s Day, and with that said, here are 5 tips for making sure you have a great day with your loved one.
1. Don’t be late. Maybe more than any other day of the year, Valentine’s Day is a time to put your partner first, and you should avoid being late at all costs. Not only should you make sure to use your navigation device to avoid getting lost, but we recommend using the traffic functionality too, so you know ahead of time if you are going to be a little late (and have an excuse).
2. Don’t forget the gift. Whether you choose to go the chocolate and flowers route, or if you decide to make a personalized card, having a great gift is essential. When you are out in your car the days before Valentine’s Day, use the search functionality of your nav device and spend some time trying to find the perfect gift.
3. Book your dinner ahead of time. No matter how much time you spend trying to track down a romantic place, all the work could go for naught if you don’t book ahead of time. If you happen to be searching for restaurants and reading local reviews on your navigation device, we recommend immediately calling when you find a place that looks good. It often goes without saying, but one of the great things about mobile navigation is that you are actually using a phone as well.
4. Go out somewhere fun during the day. Your mobile navigation device not only lets you search for restaurants, but it also allows you to search for local events as well. Valentine’s Day can be the perfect opportunity to take your loved one to a place that you don’t usually go, and if you have your mobile nav device, you don’t have to worry about getting lost traveling there.
5. Drive safe. Valentine’s Day is a holiday that celebrates relationships and often reminds us how much we care about other people. Navigation devices in many ways can make us safer on the road, but it is important to be smart and not do any complex searching when you are driving. Often times, being together is the best gift you can give on Valentines’s Day, so with that in mind, we hope that everyone has safe travels.
As many of you probably know, we have been working with Verizon and powering their VZ Navigator app since it launched in January 2006. We have always been very proud of VZ Navigator’s position as one of the top navigation apps in the world, and over the last year, we have been hard at work looking for ways to improve it. Starting today, we are excited to unveil the fruits of our labor…VZ Navigator 5.0.
The new version of VZ Navigator is a major upgrade, and we truly believe that it will deliver an improved navigation experience for all Verizon customers who use the app. Since we last updated VZ Navigator, GPS technology has drastically improved, and we have been itching to implement some of these new technological advances into the app. We have also learned some new things about navigation ourselves through our work on other apps like Gokivo, and VZ Navigator 5.0 was an opportunity to bring some of these advances onto the Verizon platform.
There are truthfully too many new features to list them all out here, but we want to call out a couple of our personal favorites, just to make sure you can try them out yourself when you see the new app.
• Facebook Integration – VZ Navigator users can now connect with social networks and share their location at any time. If you are out having a good time and want some more friends to join you, simply update your Facebook status through VZ Nav, and it will also post your location.
• Roadside Service – If you happen to encounter some problems on the road (it happens to the best of us), the new VZ Navigator will give you the option to speed dial roadside assistance. The phone will automatically send your vehicle’s GPS location to the dispatch center.
• Speech Recognition – With the new VZ Navigator, you can simply speak the name of a place, address, or business, and you will have the option to navigate there, or bring up the local search features.
• Improved UI – VZ Navigator 5.0 will be far and away the easiest version of VZ Navigator to use. When you open the app, you will immediately see where you are, and will not have to do a search to see what is around you. We also have included the option to customize your map, so any particular POI categories you are interested in will be displayed on the side of your screen
Verizon is rolling out the new version of VZ Navigator to some select phones today, and over the next few weeks, it will become available to everyone. If you want to read more about the upgrade you can check out the official release at http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/02/pr2010-02-01.html and if you have any feedback about VZ Navigator, just shoot us an email at email@example.com.
It has gotten to be that time of year where the weather can play a huge role in our travels. Storms have been hitting people all over the country, and even here in Southern California, we have been dealing with heavy rain (may not sound like much, but morning showers are practically a reason to close schools down here). Obviously, when the weather is bad, we have to be careful when driving. Visibility can often be horrible, and if we don’t know where we are going, getting behind the wheel can be dangerous.
Like many things in life though, the problem of traveling in bad weather is something that navigation can help with. With that said, for all the travelers out there that are trying to brave though the weather this time of year, we want to present our 5 tips for using navigation in bad weather.
1. Know when your turn is coming up. This is a fairly basic tip, but one that cannot really be overstated. A lot of the accidents that occur in bad weather come from when people can’t see where they are going and have to make quick turns to overcompensate. When using navigation, keep an eye out for when your turn is coming up and make sure nothing catches you off guard.
2. Detour around particularly bad areas. Have you ever been in horrible weather, only to drive across town and see nothing but blue skies? We can’t really explain why this happens (and why we always seem to be in the bad weather areas when it does), but we do know that sometimes a detour can get you out of the bad weather. If you find yourself approaching what looks to be a bad storm, try using your detour feature, and see if you can avoid it.
3. Check the traffic—anticipate the bad weather. There are times when we may see the weather outside is not great, but we can never be totally sure how it is behind the wheel. When this happens, try checking the traffic on your navigation device. If you see congestion on the roads, chances are driving conditions are difficult, and if at all possible, you should try and avoid going out.
4. Locate your closest chain/windshield wiper store. When you find yourself stuck driving in bad weather, the search functionality on your navigation device can get you out of trouble. If you don’t have chains for your car, or if you have an old ineffective pair of windshield wipers, search for the nearest auto shop and you can be out of trouble in no time.
5. Know when to call it a day and find someplace warm. Sometimes, the weather is so bad that there really is nothing we can do. Luckily, there is now practically a Starbucks on every block, and travelers can use their navigation devices to find the closest one to them. It may not be perfect, but a warm cup of coffee can often be just the thing to help us get through bad weather.
When you download Gokivo for your cell phone, you are essentially giving yourself access to navigation capabilities at all times. We like to think that in a way, no matter where you are, Gokivo is always with you (in a non creepy way). Recently, we have taken this one step further and have given you a new portal to interact with Gokivo…you can now watch an official Gokivo video when you are surfing YouTube!
We put together a fun video that shows off Gokivo, and some of the ways it can help out when you are in navigation trouble. We’re not sure when our Academy Award is coming in the mail, but we’ll just say that we think our video may be the first on YouTube to prominently feature both a coconut and a turn-by-turn navigation app in the same story.
If you are a Gokivo user, we think you will get a kick out of it, and for people who are looking for a navigation app to try, this should hopefully give you a little bit of information on what Gokivo is all about.
We are really pleased with the video, and we would love to know what you think. You can check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8irLKkZ0Nm0, and feel free to leave some comments with your thoughts or feedback.
As the holiday season approaches, we’ve made it a goal of ours to try and give something back to all the navigation users that have made the last year such a success for us. We have been throwing around some ideas for a while, but most of the good ones (“trade in your old paper maps for a cell phone!”) simply aren’t feasible. What we ended up deciding on, was the simple gift of advice, and there is nothing we are more qualified to give advice about than how to get the most out of turn-by-turn navigation.
For the millions who decide to brave the madness that is the after-Christmas sales on the 26th, we decided to look at where the crowds will be the worst, so you can try and avoid the mayhem. On December 26, the top five most searched destinations include Walmart, Best Buy, and Target (we like to think this is more about cashing in on those new gift cards, as opposed to returning bad gifts), Starbucks (to re-energize), and Bank of America (because even the best sales won’t make products free). Well, it may not be possible to avoid all these places, our advice is to go to the smaller stores on your list first, and save the Walmart’s of the world for the next week.
Along with Christmas, we also wanted to give some advice on how to best use navigation on New Years. One of the best parts of New Year’s Eve is that we often don’t know exactly how our nights are going to end up, and although this can be exciting, it can also lead to disaster. With navigation, you should never feel lost. Top searches on New Year’s Eve include Bars and Nightclubs, Hotels and Motels, and of course Taxi’s. No matter what your plans are, we recommend using your navigation device to help make sure you end up where you want to.
We hope that this may help a little bit, and we want to wish everyone a wonderful and safe holiday.
As Apple continues to make changes to the App Store’s pricing system, we follow suit in our effort to give you Gokivo at the best price.
Today, we’re offering a new pricing option that allows you to download Gokivo for just $0.99, and then if you like it – and we think you will! – you can continue to use Gokivo without any commitment for $4.99 per month.
For those of us that have become dependent on Gokivo’s ability to effortlessly get us from Point A to Point B and keep us out of traffic jams, the app will still be available with a yearly pricing option of $39.99.
If you still haven’t given Gokivo a try, now’s your chance. With pricing like this, why wouldn’t you? You can find more information about Gokivo at http://www.gokivo.com. We’re also happy to answer any questions you might have. You can find us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone knows somebody that, to put it nicely, is “navigationally challenged.” Some people will admit it and some will not, but if ten minute trips are routinely taking half an hour, it is safe to say that these people can benefit from a navigation device.
Finding the right gift for someone can often be a challenging ordeal, and with this in mind, we wanted to throw out the idea of giving someone turn-by-turn navigation this holiday season. While the new sweaters and random bread makers sit around the house and go largely unused, turn-by-turn navigation will often provide immediate benefits, and can be a gift that makes you stand out from the crowd.
When giving navigation as a gift, there are two important steps to follow. The first is to find the people who need navigation. Not surprisingly—this is not that difficult. Key signs to look for are people showing up perpetually late, trips routinely taking longer than they should, or a car filled with crumpled up directions printed from the Internet.
Secondly, you need to know how to position your gift. Some people are aware of their direction difficulties, but many people are not. If you have someone who you are worried about offending, we recommend telling them that you know they are “tech savvy” and thought that they would find this interesting. The fact that it will give them directions is besides the point (saying this with a straight face is key).
No matter what gifts you decide on, we wish you a stress-free holiday shopping season, and if you know a certain someone who seems to get lost a little more than they should, think about turn-by-turn nav.
To see a full list of the turn-by-turn nav options offered by NIM, check out: http://www.networksinmotion.com/products/default.php
Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with traditions and familiar routines. Whether it is going to the store to pick up a turkey, learning about the pilgrims in school, or daydreaming about pumpkin pie, there are certain activities that simply go along with the time of year.
In the last few years, however, there has been a new Thanksgiving activity that’s gaining popularity…GPS navigation! We have been checking out the numbers, and it turns out that navigation use on Thanksgiving Day is rising, and it has become one of the busiest GPS holidays of the year.
We can think of numerous reasons why people may need to use their nav system on Thanksgiving, ranging from people searching for where they can find the perfect ingredient, to travelers who need a little assistance getting to their relative’s house.
However you choose to you use your navigation system though, we hope you have smooth travels and a great holiday. As you head out over the river and through the woods…don’t be afraid to pull out your GPS system to get to grandma’s house–it can be tough to find, and we all deserve a relaxing trip.