Mobile Tech News — Google Maps, HTC Wiki, Motorola Q Case, and More

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Google Maps Extends Real-Time Traffic and Other Features to Mobile Phones

In what might seem like a continuous stream of Google showing up everyplace, the company has announced a new version of its downloadable Google Maps Java application for mobile phones. This features live traffic updates and the ability to save directions and favorite locations.

Traffic information will be available for 30 metropolitan areas in the US. The most up-to-date traffic information will be sent directly to the users’ mobile device, and when mobile phone users search for driving directions, they will now see the expected drive time as well as any unexpected traffic delays, making travel planning much easier and more effective.

Google has also introduced a new favorites feature in Google Maps for mobile that lets users save their favorite locations and frequently used driving directions for future use. This new feature is available to mobile phone users in the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain.

To download Google Maps for mobile free of charge, users must visit from their phone’s web browser.

Most current phones will be able to use the Java application, however some Treo 650/700p and users of older mobile phones may not find this application able to work with their devices.


HTC Wiki Launched

High Tech Computer, the company behind a significant number of the smartphone currently on the market, has created a wiki to let people know more about their products. This will help potential customers pick out a models as well as let people who already have an HTC device know what it can and cannot do, and what you can be done to it.

The HTC Community Wiki can be found here, and so far has information on most of the HTC models available in the U.S. and E.U. As with most wikis readers can add to the content and comment on what is there.


Piel Frama Leather Case for Motorola Q

Piel Frama, makers of high quality leather cases for mobile devices, has introduced the Piel Frama Leather Case for the Motorola Q. The case features a snap closure, sync through travel cable, rotatable/removable belt clip, three credit card slots, two mini-SD slots, and ABS inserted protection.

The Piel Frama Leather Case for the Motorola Q is available in black, tan, black/tan, and red from the Piel Frama web site. The price is $30.47, which includes worldwide shipping.


Palm Smartphones/Handhelds Used by Emergency Responders

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the largest medical library in the world and an organization within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has created a free application for emergency responders called Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) that runs on Palm Treo smartphones and handhelds.

Emergency responders use Palm products paired with the WISER application as wireless or stand-alone reference tools for gathering information on 400 of the most commonly encountered hazardous substances.

More information on WISER can be found on Palm’s web site and NLM’s web site.




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