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 |  Oct 10 2011, 2:00 PM

If you’ve got a BMW and an Android phone, you’ll be happy to hear that you’ve got access to the My BMW Remote app. Up until now, the app had only been available for the iPhone, but now the Android smartphone version has access to all the same nifty features.

The My BMW Remote app for Android will open and close your car, as well as control the Climate Control functions so you heat or cool your car before getting in. If you lose track of your BWM in a busy parking lot, just use the Flash Light or Horn Blow functions to be reunited again. And if it is way out of your line of sight or hearing, just use the Vehicle Finder function, which works within a up to 1,500 meters, and a map will pop up and get you to your car. It even comes with Google Local Search so you can use the search function or the smartphone’s address book to send Points of Interest (POIs) to your car’s navigation system.

Next year, the e-mobility-specific remote functions of the BMW ActiveE, which offers cool features such as battery charging from outside the car, will be available for Android phones, as will the Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) function upgrade.

 |  Sep 21 2010, 7:14 PM

Get ready to upgrade your driving directions. Garmin has just updated the 1600 GPS series with the new Garmin NuLink 1695.

Available this September, the Nuvi has changed its name to NuLink for the 1695. This is to signify the importance of the NuLink service, which offers a data connection to the portable GPS unit. The NuLink service brings drivers traffic information, weather forecasts, fuel prices, flight status, and other real-time, location-relevant content, including Google Local Search for points of interest, right to your dashboard.

Also new for the NuLink 1695 is the addition of the NuLink Store, where you can buy optional premium services. Purchasers of the 1695 receive one year of the NuLink service.

There are plenty of features that come with the NuLink 1695. A few notable ones include myTrends destination prediction, trafficTrends, ecoRoute software for fuel-efficient routing and driving, and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and a speakerphone. It also comes with a 5-inch screen (that’s an upgrade from the 1690’s 4.3-inch display).

The Garmin NuLink 1695 sells for $449.99. The NuLink service will be free for the first year after purchase, and you can continue to receive the service for $5 per month after that.

[Source: Cnet]

 |  Sep 14 2010, 9:09 PM

One of the downsides of winter (What? There’s a down side?) has to do with driving and your GPS device. If you own one, you know what we’re talking about – you have to take off your gloves in order to work your unit. Well, thanks to TomTom and its new European-market GO Live 1000 series, this problem may be a thing of the past.

Giving you the advantages of multitouch and requiring less pressing force to register an input, the GO Live 1000 is outfitted with a new “Fluid Touch” interface. This handy feature makes the most of its capacitive screen in order to make maps and menus easier to navigate. It also makes it possible to install functionality enhancing applications – and who doesn’t love a great app?

The 1000 unit will also be able to connect to TomTom’s Live data service and will give users access to HD Traffic updates, weather forecasts, speed and traffic camera locations, flight information, and Google Local Search. With the purchase price comes one year of the TomTom Live service.

Coming soon is the TomTom GO Live 1005 model, which will features a larger 5-inch display. Both GPS units come equipped with a new suction cup mount and a magnetic cradle. This lets you place and remove the device with one hand.

The bad news is that the TomTom GO Live 1000 and 1005 have only been officially announced for the European market. But like most TomTom units that started out on the other side of the pond, we’re sure that these new models will make the jump to North America soon (fingers crossed that we see them before the winter).

[Source: Cnet]