PhoneSheriff – Know Where your Kids are, and What they're Doing

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Retina-X Studios just announced the availability of PhoneSheriff for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows smartphones. This parental control service for mobile phones allows parents to monitor, filter, and restrict their children’s smartphone activities. The parent sets the software to record and block activities associated with specific numbers and it can also track locations via GPS.
PhoneSheriff is a stealth application which allows parents to see everything their kids do while on the phone, like every text message sent or received, every call dialed or received and all videos and pictures captured by the phone. Yikes! Then, parents can check the kids actions by logging onto the hidden interface on the phone itself, or in order to be extra sneaky, they can log into a secure Web panel from any Web browser to view the recorded logs and stored GPS locations. Boy I’m glad my parents didn’t have this stuff when I was a kid!

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PhoneSheriff – Know Where your Kids are, and What they’re Doing


Retina-X Studios just announced the availability of PhoneSheriff for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows smartphones. This parental control service for mobile phones allows parents to monitor, filter, and restrict their children’s smartphone activities. The parent sets the software to record and block activities associated with specific numbers and it can also track locations via GPS.
PhoneSheriff is a stealth application which allows parents to see everything their kids do while on the phone, like every text message sent or received, every call dialed or received and all videos and pictures captured by the phone. Yikes! Then, parents can check the kids actions by logging onto the hidden interface on the phone itself, or in order to be extra sneaky, they can log into a secure Web panel from any Web browser to view the recorded logs and stored GPS locations. Boy I’m glad my parents didn’t have this stuff when I was a kid!

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Roadside Assistance that Finds You, even if You Don’t Know Where You Are


Mobile location technology is playing a new role in the evolution of emergency roadside assistance, thanks to an innovative location-based solution developed by AT&T and Road America, the well known roadside assistance provider. In partnership with researchers at AT&T, Road America has developed a GPS technology solution for pinpointing breakdown locations in seconds, even if you have no idea where you are.
Previously, drivers needed to have GPS units installed in their cars to be located in the event of an accident or roadside breakdown, but a new solution offered by Road America is bringing this important safety feature to any basic cell, landline or smartphone on any network. Sure, we had telematics device’s like Onstar, but it was only available on GM vehicles… so it left other stranded travelers relying on “well, there’s a big brick building, it looks like a school, with a truck parked in front… I’m around the corner from that.” Not exactly the pinpoint accuracy I’m looking for on a stormy night with a broken car.

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Get “Bizzy” – Real Time Reviews and Suggestions


Bizzy, the personalized local business recommendation engine powered by people with similar tastes, launched a new mobile location-based “Check Out” feature, which lets you quickly and easily denote your response to every business you visit. Then the sentiment that you have shared about the business that you visited will let others know what you thought about the place and it will help Bizzy give YOU recommendations for the next time you’re out and about.
“Bizzy’s new ‘Check Out’ is very different than other location apps that focus on WHERE you went. Bizzy’s focus is on how you liked where you went,” says Aaron Strout, author of the upcoming book “Location-Based Services for Dummies.” “I’ll keep checking in with Foursquare or Gowalla when I go out, but I’m also going to ‘Check Out’ with Bizzy to keep a record of my favorite places, let my friends know how it went, and help Bizzy learn more about my tastes.”

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Magellan eXplorist Pro 10 announced

Magellan intends to make another entry into the GIS market with their latest device, the eXplorist Pro 10. Just what is the Magellan eXplorist Pro 10 made out of? For starters, it has been described to be a “rugged, lightweight and waterproof GPS handheld device” that was specially designed for GPS/GIS data collection. Among that hardware specifications of the eXplorist Pro 10 would be a vibrant 3″ WQVGA transflective color touchscreen display, coupled with a 533MHz processor and 128MB RAM – where all of it combined is more than enough to deliver the relevant power required to work with maps and large data sets in a compact-handheld form factor.
As for other hardware specifications, the eXplorist Pro 10 will also be equipped with 4GB of onboard storage that can be further expanded to a cool 32GB as long as you slot in a microSD memory card. This would go some way in enabling large data sets including aerial photos so that they can be loaded in a jiffy.

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Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch

Do you participate in triathlons as though it was a walk in the park? Those who nod their head in agreement would want to get a timepiece that is capable of living up to their highly active lifestyle – we’re talking about the Garmin Forerunner 610 sports watch. As you know, Garmin deals mostly with GPS navigation systems, and when they aren’t dreaming up of better ways to let you know where you’re going, along comes an idea like a GPS watch.
This slim, robust and weatherproof touchscreen device will cater for serious runners who want an advantage during their routines, as the Garmin Forerunner 610 is capable of shrugging off water like a duck, and is responsive enough to work even when you’re wearing running gloves. Basically, the Forerunner 610 intends to stick to you like a barnacle, coaching you at every single step to help you cross the finish line in the fastest time possible.

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TomTom introduces new GPS navigation systems



TomTom has just announced their brand new GO Series of GPS navigation systems that have arrived in the US. First appearing at CES 2011 earlier this year, the released models include a GO 2535 M LIVE (formerly known as the GO 2505 M LIVE) and the GO 2435 and 2535, which are actually enhanced versions of the popular GO 2405 and 2505. The GO 2535 M LIVE is well connected, where it is the first in the next generation of the TomTom GO LIVE devices that will sport the powerful LIVE Services.
Just what does LIVE Services offer? We’re talking about the award-winning TomTom HD Traffic greeting your eyes and ears each time before you want to head out to your destination, where you can always access the most accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date traffic solution at all times.

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TomTom unveils VIA Series in North America



TomTom, one of the more trusted names when it comes to GPS navigation systems, has recently announced that they will be making available their new VIA Series in the US as well as the Great White North. These new TomTom VIA navigation devices was originally announced at CES 2011, where they are meant to deliver a powerful navigation experience in a sleek new design, accompanied by an enhanced software platform and premium safety-enhancing features such as Intuitive Voice Recognition and Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling.
In addition to deliver even more choices for drivers, the new VIA Series will feature a range of models that include the 4.3” VIA 1405 and 1435, alongside the 5” VIA 1505 and 1535. If you intend to purchase those, you can also opt for Lifetime Maps and/or Lifetime Traffic if you have additional dough to spare.

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Navteq to use their maps in select Panasonic Lumix cameras



Navteq is definitely a name that many of you have heard of before if you’re familiar with GPS navigation devices, as the company does offer its fair share of maps that ain’t too shabby to say the least. Well, the world of consumer electronics does seem to move towards another level of convergence with digital cameras, too, entering the GPS fray.
Of course, we already have geotagging going on for some time, but the newest Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ20/ZS10 and DMC-FT3/TS3 digital cameras will benefit from Navteq’s map and location content.
The cameras mentioned are the latest members of Panasonic’s acclaimed Lumix Series of digital cameras, where with the help of Navteq, you can geographically organize your photos in an effortless manner, letting you determine the exact location of where the photo was taken and when. Apart from that, there is also a timestamp feature that lets you determine the precise date and time a photo was taken.

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