SEATTLE and SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland- December 18, 2012 - Glympse, Inc., the mobile technology company that pioneered temporary real-time location sharing, today announced a new partnership with Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, ...
   

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Garmin and Glympse Team Up on Apps

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Navigon with a Glympse icon showing in the lower right; note the countdown clock showing on the icon that tells you how much longer your location sharing lasts before shutting off.

Garmin has teamed up with Glypmse, the temporary location sharing App that allows you to transmit your location on the way to a destination. It's a great way to send your location to someone you're traveling to see, whether it's a night out, or a weekend trip. Don't worry, the location sharing is temporary, and you set that up before you send the notification. Glypmse is one of my favorite location based Apps, and it's good to see them team up with Garmin.

This new feature is available on the Garmin StreetPilot Onboard App (the one with the maps resident on your mobile device), and Navigon's mobile Apps.

Right now, Garmin is also offering a 25% off sale through the iTunes store and Android Marketplace. Prices for these Apps vary from about $25 - $45 depending on map coverage needed (East/West US to All North America)

More information and Press Release after the jump......

Glympse Partners with Garmin to Provide Location Sharing for StreetPilot® Onboard and NAVIGON®Apps

Partnership Provides Consumers with Complete Location Experience - Mapping, Directions and Sharing Whereabouts

SEATTLE and SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland- December 18, 2012 - Glympse, Inc., the mobile technology company that pioneered temporary real-time location sharing, today announced a new partnership with Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, to provide location-sharing capabilities for Garmin StreetPilot Onboard for iPhone® and NAVIGON for iPhone and Android®. The new feature is available through a free update via the App Store and Google Play. Both apps are now being offered for 25 percent off throughout the holidays until January 7, 2013.

With the addition of Glympse, Garmin StreetPilot Onboard and NAVIGON users across the globe can easily share their location from within the app while they navigate to their destination. The integration provides consumers with a complete location experience - access to top-of-the-line directions and maps with the ability to instantly share location in real-time with friends and family.

"Working with Garmin, we've been able to turn navigation into a social and connected experience," said Bryan Trussel, co-founder and CEO of Glympse. "Maps, directions and sharing one's location go hand-in-hand, and by partnering with Garmin we are able to provide their substantial user-base with the added value of sharing their whereabouts."

The new StreetPilot Onboard and NAVIGON apps integrate Glympse directly into the mapping and navigation feature set. Users simply click on the Glympse icon in the sidebar, select any recipient, and then choose for how long to share their location - from a few minutes to a few hours. Garmin's apps will now be able to direct users to their destination while simultaneously sharing their location with friends or family.

"We believe sharing location is a natural fit with our existing technology, and we are thrilled to provide our users with the ease and additional location-sharing benefits that Glympse provides," said Joern Watzke, vice president mobile phone business at Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH. "Glympse is the perfect location-sharing partner and integrates seamlessly into our apps to let users share their location with friends and family."

Garmin's StreetPilot Onboard and NAVIGON apps provide premium turn-by-turn navigation for smartphones, helping drivers find their way and safe time and money. Features include onboard maps, lane guidance, speed limit warnings, real-time traffic and public transit routing, among many others.

    
 



Garmin Nuvi 50LM - Most Popular GPS

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Amazon has a big push on their Kindles, but nestled in among all of those book readers is the Garmin Nuvi 50LM as the #5 Best Selling (at this writing) electronics device at Amazon. That's pretty good, considering all of the competition.

What makes the Nuvi 50LM a Best Seller?

  1. It's a quality brand - Garmin is trusted
  2. It's $99 - a nice price point for a 5" screened GPS
  3. It comes with Lifetime Maps - update it when you connect it to your computer a few times a year. Roads change; update your GPS
  4. It's got some convenient features, like Lane Assist with Junction View - tells you what lane to be in and when to exit, graphically.

If you're looking for a good GPS, might want to check out the Garmin 50LM.

At Amazon - The Garmin 50LM



    
 



Cyber Monday GPS Deals Already Today

Amazon is running Cyber Monday deals already today - there are some good ones to be had. The deals are running in the 40% off range for in-car navigation, and depending on the category, there are other deals that are up to 50% off. All pretty good.

If you are looking for an in-car unit, I would recommend the following features:

  • Lifetime maps - you can get updated maps for free when you connect your GPS to your computer. You can do this a few times a year to keep up with road changes.
  • 5" screen - For about an extra $10, you can get the larger screen. The extra real estate will make data entry easier.
  • Advanced Lane Guidance - this gives you a quick look at what lane to be in when the highways get weird.

If you are really in traffic, and need to deal with it on a regular basis, I would recommend the higher quality traffic coverage that comes with the TomTom Go LIVE models. They use a GSM modem, and send out more detailed conditions that can get you around traffic on a regular basis.

See all the available deals at Amazon - CyberMonday GPS Deals

    
 



Deal of the Day: Garmin Forerunner 410 - 50% Off Now $150


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Garmin Forerunner 410 is on sale as the deal of the Day at Amazon - 50% off its MSRP. Now selling for $150.

The Forerunner 410 is a watch form factor, with several heavy duty capabilities that give runners the data they need to track their training progress. This deal comes with an ANT+ wireless heart rate monitor, and the ability to upload the data wirelessly to Garmin Connect; their training and analysis site via the included "USB ANT+ stick".

At Amazon - Garmin Forerunner 410 with Heart Rate Monitor

    
 


Apps to Avoid Thanksgiving Day Traffic

Over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving? Here are a few Apps designed to help you minimize Thanksgiving Traffic.

personally, I use all three together sometimes to get the best read. If you need to truly navigate around the traffic, buy the TomTom App. If you can dead reckon your way, you can use use the Inrix, because it doesn't navigate, but it does have high quality data. Waze offers both navigation and traffic, but the long distance navigation isn't quite as good as TomTom's.

Smartphones

1) Inrix Traffic App - It's free and it's backed by a powerful network of data feeds. I think it's accurate, but sometimes lags in picking up dynamically forming traffic jams. It's free and a must-have for a smartphone - available for iPhone, Android, BB, and Windows 8 - start at InrixTraffic

2) Waze - "Outsmarting Traffic Together" is their logo, need I say more? I like the fact that you can get earlier updates of fast forming traffic issues because of the user inputs. That means though that you need to have users ahead of you leaving you alerts that traffic is bad. Waze also has an underlying color-coded map for traffic issues. Its also a decent navigation App - I like it because people also alert you to speed traps! I use it in conjunction with Inrix - available for iPhone and Android - start at the Waze Website

3) TomTom Navigation with Traffic Subscription - It you're serious about smartphone navigation and traffic in one, bite off on TomTom navigation and upgrade to their HD Traffic for an additional $25. They alert to traffic along your route and then re-route you around it if possible. Save money by buying a regional product that only gives you what you need. Available for the iPhone - Start at the TomTom Website


    
 


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