Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Garmin Updates Its iPhone App With Public Transit Directions, Google Street View

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Looking to attract users dissatisfied with Apple Maps, Garmin has updated its app for iOS with public transit routing, and Google Street View.

Garmin StreetPilot North America is packed full of great navigation features from Garmin, the world leader in GPS navigation. The app is the first iPhone navigation app to include Garmin's exclusive photoReal images of complex junctions to help you navigate with confidence. It also includes rich mapping with detailed 3D buildings and landmarks, lane guidance, speed/red light camera alerts and many other advanced features, while remaining simple and easy to use.

Optional in-app purchases include integrated real-time traffic updates, photoLive traffic cameras and fuel pricing.

Features:
• Industry-leading Garmin user interface
• Voice-prompted, turn-by-turn directions including spoken street names
• Millions of preloaded points of interest including gas stations, restaurants and other businesses
• Integrated Google™ Local Search

• Maps for the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico installed on your device, so wireless coverage is not required to navigate
• 3D buildings and landmarks
• Lane assist with photoReal junction view provides a photo-realistic illustration of the correct lane for different maneuvers
• Integrated red light and speed camera database including community-generated alerts (U.S. & Canada)
• Speed limits for most major roads with the capability to report speed limit changes or errors
• Where Am I? emergency locator shows your exact latitude and longitude, the nearest address and intersection, and the closest hospitals, police stations and gas stations
• Exit services allow you to quickly see services such as restaurants, gas stations and lodging available at exits along your route
• Trip planner allows you to create a route with multiple stops in advance with automatic or manual ordering of destinations
• Address book integration so you can easily navigate to contacts
• Trip computer includes a compass heading and bearing indicator, resettable odometer and trip statistics such as arrival distance, next turn time and average moving speed
• Trip log enables an electronic breadcrumb trail that shows you where you've been
• Weather feature shows current conditions and a 5-day forecast
• Location sharing via Facebook or SMS


What's New In This Version:
- iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support

- URBAN GUIDANCE considers public transportation options, such as subways, trams, busses and water taxis, when calculating pedestrian routes. You will be guided to a transit stop by foot and you're able to look up detailed information on what line to take and where to get off. The feature is available through In App Purchase.

- PANORAMA VIEW 3D provides true 3D elevation views obtained from NASA's height and terrain data enable intuitive orientation and show users what lies ahead. Panorama View 3D is available through In App Purchase.

- GOOGLE STREET VIEW provides users a street-level view of their destination before starting a route and shortly before arriving. Users can also look at a full-screen 360° view to get a better understanding of their destination's surroundings. The feature is available in cities with Google Street View coverage.

You can purchase Garmin N. America from the App Store for $44.99.














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Apple Lightning Connector Dynamically Assigns Pins for Reversible Use?

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Apple's new Lightning connector appears to dynamically assigns pins for reversible use, according to a AppleInsider report.

Peter Bradstock from Double Helix Cables provided the site with some interesting information on the connector. He notes that some features of the connector such as USB power are symmetrical on each side of the plug with pin 1 and pin 8 being connected. Other features such as data connections appear to be asymmetrical.

"Take top pin 2 for example," he wrote in an e-mail to AppleInsider. "It is contiguous, electrically, with bottom pin 2. So, as the plug is inserted into the iPhone, if you have the cable in one way, pin 2 would go into the left side of the jack, flip it the other way and the same pair of pins is going to match up with the other side of the jack (as the electrical contacts in the iPhone's jacks are along the bottom)."

"Dynamic assignment of the pins is the only way for the USB data to be routed, since I've proven that top pin 2 and bottom pin 2 are the pins that go to the Data+ connection of the USB," he said.

The complexity of the connector may be one of the reasons for the higher cost of the cable and adapters. Notably, the dynamic pin assignment could also explain the authentication chip included between the V+ contact of the USB and the power pin of the Lightning plug.


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iPhone 5 Costs Between $207 to $238 to Manufacture inShare

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IHS iSuppli has released the results of their physical teardown of the iPhone 5, confirming a bill of materials starting at $199 and manufacturing expenses of $8.

A physical teardown of the iPhone 5 confirms the bill of materials (BOM) and manufacturing cost reported last week in an IHS iSuppli virtual teardown. The low-end model with 16GBytes of NAND flash memory carries a BOM of $199.00, with the cost rising to $207.00, when manufacturing expenses are added in. For the 32Gbyte version of the iPhone 5, the BOM cost increases to $209.00, while the 64Gbyte version is estimated at $230.00.

"The iPhone 5 exhibits a great deal of similarity to the iPhone 4S in terms of component suppliers," said Andrew Rassweiler, senior principal analyst, teardown services, for IHS. "But beyond this superficial resemblance, there are some critical changes to product design and parts that enable major upgrades that improve user experience. These range from the faster applications processor, to the larger display, to the high-speed 4G LTE air interface. And beyond some of the high-profile changes that bring obvious benefits in performance and features, there are myriad upgrades and enhancements to virtually every component and subsystem in the iPhone 5."

If you're interested in a seeing exactly what components go into the iPhone 5, check out this teardown.

More details on the suppliers and components can be found at this link.





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