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Updated Scout for iPhone App Lets You Search Along Your Route

Thursday April 17, 2014

Scout Navigation AppEven with the best navigation apps and dedicated GPS devices, it can be difficult to search for locations and services that are right on your route. Search tends to be separate from routing and real-time navigation functions. With its latest update to its Scout for iPhone app (free, but $24.99 in-app purchase needed for full utility) announced today, Telenav has taken a big step toward unified real-time navigation (and advanced route planning) and search, especially for popular searches such as restaurants, gas, coffee and parking. "We've all been in situations where we've needed to make a stop, but don't want to go too far off our route and delay our arrival at our eventual destination," said Ashita Achuthan, director of search and discovery for Scout. "Context is everything, and when you're already driving somewhere, you're looking to make a decision easily, and be confident that it's a good one - like whether a place is conveniently ahead of you or requires a detour. We found that 80 percent of all searches made during navigation are for gas, coffee or food, so we've made those searches easily accessible with no typing required."

The app update also includes an arrival guide with parking suggestions. Parking is another pesky search that seems problematic when you arrive in an unfamiliar city. Scout's new parking guidance feature automatically shows the parking that is closest and cheapest near your destination. Scout is already among the most popular navigation apps and these features will help keep it at the forefront. Image Telenav

New Garmin Edge 1000 GPS Cyclecomputer

Monday April 14, 2014

Garmin Edge 1000Garmin this week introduced its latest GPS cyclecomputer, the Edge 1000 ($599, available this spring), which has the largest (3 inches diagonal) and sharpest display among its bike computer models. Garmin made the Edge 1000 its most connected cyclecomputer ever, with head-to-head rider challenge features (to rival popular Strava Cycling's popular Challenges feature), easier-than-ever social media sharing and real-time rider tracking, and wireless uploads. The Edge 1000 will even show you weather updates and text alerts from your Bluet00th-connected smartphone. The Edge 1000 is also compatible with Garmin Vector power-meter pedals, and Garmin wireless heart rate monitors. Read on for all of the details. Image Garmin

TomTom's New Runner Cardio Watch Has Built-in Heart Rate Monitor

Sunday April 6, 2014

TomTom Runner Cardio WatchJust about everyone who works out wants to know their heart rate, but that has usually involved the use of a separate heart rate monitor strap - and putting it on (and keeping the strap clean) are just chores we've come to accept. That is changing as a few companies roll out strapless heart rate monitoring, with the latest being TomTom and its new Runner Cardio ($269) GPS watch. TomTom Runner Cardio "accurately measures heart rate with a Mio optical sensor, which monitors changes in blood flow by shining light through the skin," states TomTom (see photo). Other features of TomTom Runner Cardio include: five easy-to-set heart rate zones, full-screen, high-res graphics, one-button control, indoor (treadmill) tracking, weather and water resistance, and wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The watch battery charge is said to last 8 hours in full GPS and heart-rate mode. Image TomTom

Waypoints: Blue Marsh Lake

Sunday April 6, 2014

Blue Marsh Lake Park PAIf you enjoy mountain biking, you know that open, well-maintained buffed single track trails can be difficult to come by (especially in rocky Pennsylvania). That's why Blue Marsh Lake Park, located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, near Reading is such a treat. The park's long and serpentine lake is completely encircled by mixed-use (non-motorized) trails totaling more than 29 miles. The trails are challenging enough for a good workout for an expert, but most are rideable by novices. Much of the trail route is within view of the lake. The trails are also used by horseback riders, hikers, and trail runners. Other activities include boating and fishing in the lake and fishing in the Tulpehocken Creek, which flows out of the lake. Image Fred Zahradnik

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