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Insighter’s Contest: Nogago Outdoor Free App Giveaway Contest

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011


Nogago Outdoor, a BlackBerryInsight featured mapping and GPS application, is giving away 20 free offline maps to all BlackBerryInsight Free App Giveaway Contest contestants. Nogago Outdoor is a GPS application that works by downloading offline maps to the area you need it in. The application itself is absolutely free but to get the map, it costs 4.98 EUR/USD for every map, for up to 18,000 square miles. But now, you have a chance to get it for free.

Contest Rules: From now to Monday, February 7th Midnight PST, you can enter the contest by simply commenting or tweeting this article.

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Revamped BlackBerry Maps – Extended Data Coverage

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010


According to Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog, RIM just made an update on their BlackBerry Maps application. There are a number of new features that they have added to enhance the user interface from its dullness and service coverage. Some of these new features include:

  • Data coverage has been extended by adding 34 news countries, including ustralia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, New Zealand, The Philippines and Taiwan. (You can see what new countries it covers from the image above)
  • New POI databases for hospitals, universities/colleges, police stations, train/subway stations, shopping centers, parking, parks and airports were also added wherever available, in order to make the maps as meaningful as possible to the end user.
  • Optimize the visual appearance of the maps with a stronger rendering engine as well as with a new color scheme.

As you can see in the images below, they have truly change the application’s visual appearance from:

To:

To update your BlackBerry Maps and to enjoy the new features and interface, follow the the instructions below:

Updating BlackBerry Maps with BlackBerry® Device Software 4.7 or Lower

  1. From the home screen, go to Maps.
  2. Press the [Menu] key and select Options.
  3. Press the [Menu] key and select Clear Cache.
  4. Select Delete when prompted to delete cached entries.

Updating BlackBerry Maps with BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 before Bundle 1057

Update your BlackBerry Device Software to the latest version, available here. If you do not wish to update your software, you can follow the instructions below (for the BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 after Bundle 1057) to receive the additional map coverage and new map design. However, the new POI icons will not be available.

Updating BlackBerry Maps with BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 after Bundle 1057

  1. From the home screen, go to Maps.
  2. Press the [Menu] key and select Options.
  3. Press the [Menu] key and select Clear Cache.
  4. Select Delete when prompted to delete cached entries.

Updating BlackBerry Maps with BlackBerry Device Software 6.0

  1. From the home screen, go to Maps.
  2. Press the [Menu] key and select Options.
  3. Press Global Map Options.
  4. Press the [Menu] key and select Clear Cache.

If you don’t have BlackBerry Map or any GPS on your phone already, click on the link below to download it for free.

Let’s us know what you think about the update.

Link to download BlackBerry Map application

New Google services and applications for BlackBerry devices: Google Maps 4.0, search through voice commands, access to star portals, Maps’ Labs and many more….

Friday, April 9th, 2010

maps1The time has finally come for all the BlackBerry users to revel, enjoy and celebrate. Google has recently presented an amazing lot of services and applications for the users of BlackBerry, which include some of the most ingenious, exciting and longed for applications in our times. Earlier the users of Android and the iPhones only, reaped the benefits of these services, but now there is going to be a change in the scenario. BlackBerry will be able to list itself in the small, coveted list of the Google services.

To cut down on all the guesses, the latest services offered by Google include Google Maps 4.0, Maps search through voice commands, complete entry to all the starred locations in your BlackBerry, the new socializing interface Google Buzz and the still in experimentation Maps’ Labs of which some of the Labs are free for access. Besides, these applications which gain the centre stage at the time of unveiling, there is an entire bunch of additional features and applications, up in their sleeves.

It is on first instance that Google has introduced and updated Mobile Maps for BlackBerry devices, partly owing to the sheer mass followers of BlackBerry all around the globe and due to the leading brand name of the company. The most up-to-date version, Google Maps 4.0 for BlackBerry consumers is loaded with thrilling new features. One of which includes the enabled voice command functions while using the Maps. A person while using the Maps, have to press and hold the green call key on their device and voice the name of the place, location or address of the search. Google instantly recognizes it and delivers the search results.

mapsGoogle Maps 4.0 also vouchsafes for a pleasant and friendly networking community for the BlackBerry users, the Google Buzz. Where you can get in touch with all your friends, gossip, chat, comment and report, and get to know all the buzz of the tinsel towns all over the world. Another feature worth highlighting is the unrestricted use and access to all the starred locations in your device. Google Maps efficiently saves all your marked locations and allow you to gain entrance into those starred locations, once you visit your Google account.

To top it all, the brand new portal of services from Google also feature entrée into the Maps’ Labs workings. It is still early to comment on it, as some of the functions are still on trial. However, several of the Labs like terrain layers, findings of close by businesses and such others are available for the BlackBerry clients.

Website: Google Maps 4.0 for BlackBerry

Website: Google Buzz

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TopoExplorer for BlackBerry to get Canada Map Packs

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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It has taken a while, but from what I heard from someone inside at Skylab Mobilesystems, TopoExplorer will get Canada map packs very soon! TopoExplorer allows offline mapping on BlackBerry mobile devices without the need of any internet connection. You can (purchase and) download a map pack and install it on the microSD media card of your BlackBerry. TopoExplorer does not even try to connect to the internet when you are using it. It leverages the internal GPS receiver (or if not available, an external Bluetooth GPS) to get location fixes and then points your location on the map. As the map is loaded from the media card, there is no need for an internet connection. This makes it firstly cost efficient and also independent from network coverage.

As of now there are TopoExplorer Map Packs which cover each state in the US of A separately as well as overview map packs for the Alps, Africa, Europe and South America.

I am not sure if the Canada map packs will be divided by province as well (like they are for the USA). Anyway, everyone can check out TopoExplorer as the application as well as some maps are free. Though the free maps do not have a high scale, it is enough to see how the program works.

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DisasterAlert brings Disasters directly into your BlackBerry and Maps them using GPS

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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Did you ever ask yourself whether or not you will be informed early enough when an earthquake took place in the pacific? Just imagine you are living in LA or San Francisco and that earthquake is causing a Tsunami… I would want to know that – right now! Finally, there is a solution for this called DisasterAlert for BlackBerry!

DisasterAlert is a brand new application which has just been published by Skylab Mobilesystems. They are well known for mobile GPS and mapping applications (see BlackBerry and GPS for more).

DisasterAlert is available as a subscription based BlackBerry app which somehow shows a global disaster report of disasters that take place right now. It lists these disasters by date and time their information was last updated. By utilizing the BlackBerry’s internal GPS receiver (or an external Bluetooth GPS dongle if your device does not have a built-in GPS) DisasterAlert also shows the distance to each disaster! This allows us to quickly figure whether or not we might be affected by it.

Disaster Types Supported: Floods, Earthquakes, Tropical Cyclones and more.

Like you can see in the screen shot below, DisasterAlert can also show these disasters on a map which give a visual feedback on the location. An image is so much better than just plain numbers, right :)

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When you are in the map view DisasterAlert actually uses BlackBerry Maps. However, if you open the menu and click on “Details”, while the disaster is in focus, you will see further details about it. For example, it will tell you the type of disaster, name, category, country and even the count of people that might be affected by it. I got to get this! DisasterAlert is definitely in the app category: “It is better to have it and not need it, than to need and not have it!”

Compatibility: DisasterAlert is compatible with all current BlackBerry devices no matter with or w/o GPS. This includes the brand new Storm2 and Storm, Bold, Curve, Tour and so on.

The application and service is available for $29.99 per 6 months (which makes just $4.99 per month) and it comes with free lifetime updates. The 12-month plan lets you even save 17% compared to the 6-month plan. So it might be worth looking into that out too.

Check it out: DisasterAlert Website

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TopoExplorer GPS Map Pack for Europe coming soon

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Another map pack for the free offline GPS mapping application TopoExplorer for BlackBerry will be released very soon! We got a sneek peek at the maps and here is an example of London in the UK.

TopoExplorer for BlackBerry GPS Mapping - Map Pack Europe

Though the maps are in Cyrillic writing, Skylab Mobilesystems Ltd. gives you a Cyrrilic to Latin transliteration table which makes easy to read. To be honest, some language skills don’t hurt and after some two or three names it gets a lot easier. Here is the official note on these maps:

Note on Soviet Union Military Maps:

  • These are high quality topographic maps covering even very remote areas not available elsewhere.
  • Names of places are in the Cyrillic alphabet. It is however easy to map them to Latin names.
  • A Cyrillic-Latin transliteration table is included with the map pack.

That map pack is gonna cover most countries in Europe which includes (but is not limited to): Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Great Britain, Poland Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and a lot more. Stay tuned! We will drop a note in here once it has been released. Meanwhile you might want to check the already released map packs!

Website: All TopoExplorer Map Packs Overview
Buy them here: All TopoExplorer Map Packs for Instant Download

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TopoExplorer in New Version, with New Price and more New Map Packs

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

More new topographic map packs for the states below are now available for the free TopoExplorer for BlackBerry application. Moreover, they lowered the price for each map pack from $49 to $29. Remember, we mentioned a pricing poll last time new map packs were published. So it seems the guys over at Skylab are actually listening to their customers and price their products based on what the users are saying. :)

Newly published States:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Virginia

Full map pack overview: TopoExplorer™ Map Packs

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GPS Offline Topographic Map Application TopoExplorer for BlackBerry Now Available – For FREE!

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

TopoExplorer for BlackBerry - offline topographic GPS mapping application
With TopoExplorer you will discover your surroundings on topographic maps even in remote areas assisted by GPS and without the need of the wireless network connection.

  • Offline Maps – No wireless network connection needed.
  • Shows GPS position in different coordinate systems.
  • Large map support from memory card.
  • Free map packs cover most areas already.
  • Detailed map packs for more detailed coverage.

TopoExplorer works worldwide!

That’s what they say :) Anyway, I was a beta tester and liked the app pretty much. Though there weren’t enough maps available for my area, it worked fine. Back in November 2008 we already wrote about this app. Anyway, the new version seems to work better so check it out yourself – it’s free anyway so there is no catch.

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Google maps on your Blackberry

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Google Maps for your mobile phone is the single most useful application for BlackBerry users that saves you from ever carrying a paper map again. With Google Maps on your BlackBerry, you can determine locations without having to use GPS, get transit and driving directions and obtain the addresses and phone numbers of local businesses. Additionally Google Maps for Mobile has also introduced walking directions, street views and business reviews.

Google Maps offers many interesting features that need little explanation. The My Location feature on Google Maps lets you see your current location on the map without using the GPS system. My Location also gives you driving directions on the map and it directly determines the starting point. This way you do not have to spend time entering your starting point to get directions. Moreover, this application also offers walking directions and transits including schedules for subway and bus travels and directions for foot travel. Google Maps offers users the option of finding the fastest route by displaying real-time traffic.

Google Maps also offers business listings that let you search for any category of business that interests you in your locality. The street views allow you to view images of businesses on street-level and directions to them. Google Maps for BlackBerry also allows BlackBerry administrators to deploy Maps for any BlackBerry Enterprise Server. There are a few options for finding businesses using this application. If you know the name or type of business you are looking for, you only need to enter the same in the format “Business Name/Type in/near Location” in order to find it. Alternatively, if you do not know the location of the business you are looking for, Google Maps will automatically search within the section of map that is currently being viewed.

To start using the Google Maps application, once downloaded, access the list of applications or downloads on your phone and select “Google Maps.” You will require a mobile internet connection in order to use this application and might be asked to confirm the same at startup.

Google Maps for mobile supports a range of phones including the BlackBerry. To download this application, you can visit m.google.com/maps using the cellular connections on the browser on your device. Additionally, you can visit the site and send a text message to yourself through an option available on the website. If supported by your BlackBerry, you can even sideload the application on your phone.

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Topographic Maps & GPS on your BlackBerry – Without Internet Connection

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

If you are living in Oslo, Hamburg, Chicago, Brooklyn, London Area, or Hong Kong you can use the free beta version of TopoExplorer for BlackBerry.

It seems to be a very early beta version which actually just plots your GPS location onto a map. The maps that are delivered for free with the beta version are topographic maps. Some of them are even older Russian (must be secret soviet government stuff) ones. The following maps (with their scales) are included:

  • Oslo Region (1:200.000 Map)
  • Hamburg Region (1:500.000 Map)
  • Chicago (1:24.000)
  • Brooklyn (1:24.000)
  • London Area (1:500.000)
  • Hong Kong (1:200.000)

So this application just makes sense for people living at those areas – at least at the moment. It is said that the final version will support

  • 1:24.000 Maps for the whole US
  • 1:50.000 – 1:1000.000 Maps for the whole World

Here is a screen shot:

I have tested the application on a camping trip to some outskirt areas and it worked fine. Though it is a beta version I did not find any bug. Well, some more features would be nice but it is still a beta version

Website: TopoExplorer for BlackBerry – Download

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