TomTom and MIO

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2004-03-25 Print this article Print

GPS"> The folks at TomTom BV are known for what is probably the best GPS (Global Positioning System)/Palm combo device on the market. The reviewers at PC Magazine Labs even gave it an editors choice. But at CTIA, they rolled out the new TomTom Go, an all-in one GPS device that can easily be mounted into any car. Designed for ease of use, its a simple, all-in-one solution.
It runs off of a cigarette lighter but also includes a built-in battery, so you can take it with you when you leave the car. Maps are stored on an included Secure Digital card, and the bright, 3.5-inch screen is easy to read. It includes a built-in speaker for voice directions as well as on-screen navigation. At $899, the device is pretty pricey. Well see how well it works when it ships in July.
Garmin Ltd. has been selling GPS integrated into a PDA for almost a year, but it runs the Palm OS only. Now Mio, a division of Taiwanese computer company Mitac International Corp., is offering GPS built into a Pocket PC. The Mio 168 costs around $500 and started shipping recently. Check out eWEEKs Mobile & Wireless Center at for the latest news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our mobile and wireless news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:  

With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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