TomTom gets social, adds Foursquare to iPhone nav app

Standalone GPS navigation makers continue to face the battle against smartphones and location based service apps. At least one of them is embracing the change: TomTom first added support for Facebook Places and now it includes Foursquare, making it easier to get directions and check-in.

Geoloqi targets developers of location-based services

Geoloqi, a Portland Ore. start-up, said it’s ready to take location-based services to the next level with a new developer SDK that makes incorporating location services easy. The location platform enables real-time tracking, geo-fencing, messaging and analytics while remaining very efficient on battery usage.

Waze adds hands-free option for traffic reporting, navigation

Waze users on the iPhone will be able to operate hands-free, leveraging the phone’s proximity sensor to initiate commands. Users who normally keep the app running while driving to stay abreast of traffic conditions will now be able to navigate or report accidents or traffic.

Federal agency recommends killing LightSquared LTE plans

PNT ExComm, the federal agency overseeing the national GPS satellite network, has concluded that any LTE network LightSquared would build, no matter how much it scales back its transmission power, would interfere with GPS devices nationwide. LightSquared’s hopes of building its network are quickly dwindling.

Choosing the right turn-by-turn app for your iOS device

Competition is certainly heating up in the realm of turn-by-turn navigation apps. There are lots to choose from for your iOS device, including many big names in navigation. But are the biggest names also the best? I took a look at the field to find out.

Apple Outs Future Traffic Plans in Location Q&A

In its explanation of the collection of anonymized location data from iPhones, Apple provided a rare glimpse into its future plans. The company revealed it’s collecting traffic data from devices, too, in order to build “an improved traffic service” for iPhone users.

T-Mobile’s New Garminfone Trumps Google Navigation

GPS navigation maker Garmin is trying the smartphone game again with a new model for T-Mobile. Only this time, Garmin is using Google Android. How can a GPS company compete with Google Navigation on a handset? There’s one key advantage that Garmin is able to offer.

4 Scenarios for Android, Minus the Phones

When the Mobile World Congress conference happened at the beginning of  this year, Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol, a mobile application company,…