So I sit in the Cypress Hotel in Cupertino visiting with Telenav hearing about whats new to come to my favorite GPS app for mobile phones. For those of you who do not know Telenav powers at&t Navigator, Sprint Navigation and will also be the GPS software of choice for the new Verizon iPhone.
Most of the items being discussed are under NDA and i can’t share it with you right now but I can pass along feedback to Telenav if you guys have any feedback or a feature request for their software. Feel free to email me.
Will update you all on the trip later on but so far so good.
Some info about telenav. Over 20 million users, 22 million points of interest and quite honestly the best GPS app for any mobile device.
Motorola will come out punching during the Superbowl with a new 60 second ad to introduce the Motorola XOOM. Motorola has uploaded a 15 second teaser of the ad onto their YouTube channel. Check it out.
Apple has patented a technique to detect whether a consumer has abused its devices, including methods to shut down the device in question and electronically report it to Apple service technicians.
Most of the “consumer abuse” in question is rather standard: the patent, approved on Feb. 1, covers the inclusion of shock, thermal, and liquid sensors into an electronic device. But it also includes detecting “tampering” with the device via a continuity sensor.
“For example, consumer abuse may include exposing an electronic device to liquids, extreme temperatures, or excessive shock (e.g., the resulting impact from dropping the device),” the background of the patent, titled “Consumer abuse detection system and method,” states. “Consumer abuse may also result from tampering which may include any interaction with the device that is not related to operating the device in a normal manner (e.g., opening the casing or housing of a device and adding, removing, or altering the internal components).”
This year the 2011 CES wasn’t just any old CES, it was a CES where I had been challenged by the Bluetooth Sig to walk the most. The Bluetooth Sig fitted myself and several other bloggers with a Body Media Armband. Which with the help of bluetooth wireless signals was able to sync with my iPod touch (also works with android phones) and kept track of the amount of steps I was taking while in Las Vegas along with an estimate on how many calories I was burning.
Even though I did spend over 150 dollars on cab fare while in Vegas, I also walked a lot, 63,196 steps to be exact. I accomplished this by doing a lot of walking ofcourse. For example I walked from the Pawn Stars pawn shop to the stratosphere Hotel. I walked fromt he Stratosphere to the Las Vegas Convention Center. I walked from the Wynn to the Hilton Grand Vacations at the Flamingo and Back. I walked from Caesars Palace to the Wynn and I walked both the convention floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Convention Center.