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Trapster now available for BlackBerry

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Location-based services are making enormous gains in the mobile space. When Android launched its developer awards, most of the apps were LBS. Now Trapster will join the BlackBerry LBS space with an app that lets you know the location of speed traps. With over 100,000 users, more than 50,000 traps, speed cameras and red-light camera alerts in the system, Trapster is well on its way to stopping traffic tickets from burdening our already worsening economy.

Check out a flash demo of Trapster here.

Windows Live Search features voice recognition

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Not one to be outdone by Yahoo! OneSearch, it turns out the Windows Live Search application for BlackBerry is also packing voice recognition, letting you pull up mobile searches just by speaking into your mobile. I’ve been making progress with vlingo lately, which features Google and Yahoo! searches built in as well, but one of our readers went so far to say “it has replaced half of my applications overnight, literally.” Tall words, but Live Search does feature GPS maps and navigation, movie showtimes, traffic, weather, and a bunch of other handy features. One-stop shops for BlackBerry software are becoming hot commodities, and voice recognition is the soupe du jour. Head on over to m.live.com to give Windows Live Search for BlackBerry a shot, or go to Live Search Mobile for more info.

Proxpro offering free GPS-based traffic info

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Proxpro PromptIf you find yourself doing a lot of last-minute driving, Proxpro is running a closed beta of its travel app Prompt which determines where your next calendared appointment is, determines the fastest route based on congestion and your current location, ballparks when you should leave and gives an estimated travel time. The only downside right now is that it’s U.S. only, but it still sounds like a pretty handy app, and it’s hard to argue with free. Thanks Josep!

Garmin launches BlackBerry app

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If BlackBerry Maps isn’t cutting it for your GPS-enabled BB, there’s some new navigation software from GPS giant Garmin available for a cool $99.99. You get the whole nine yards on this deal, including turn-by-turn instructions, points of interest, and traffic information. Generally these things have a monthly charge and deployed through a carrier, but a one-time, unlimited-usage model certainly has its charm. They’ve also got a pricier product available if you’re packing a BlackBerry sans GPS.

The Weather Network releases WeatherEye and TrafficEye

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The Weather Network and French-speakering counterpart MétéoMédia have released WeatherEye Mobile and TrafficEye mobile, which do pretty much what you’d expect. WeatherEye offer current conditions as well as short-term and long-term forecast for cities in Canada and other locations. TrafficEye is currently only available for the Toronto area, but the two companies plan to expand the traffic maps, traffic camera images, and other features to more cities in Canada. Both apps are ad-supported and free, and available in English and French versions, so check ‘em out.

TrafficGauge adds BlackBerry support

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TrafficGauge has announced that they now support the BlackBerry Pearl, Curve, and 8800 for their eponymous traffic monitoring software. The app monitors freeway traffic, color-coding it for light, medium, and heavy traffic. It’s only available for select cities in the US, so if you live elsewhere you’ll have to use one of the other options.

Viigo adds UK traffic alerts

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After cruising BlackBerry Cool to Go today, we noticed that the US traffic alerts that were added not too long ago have been expanded to include the United Kingdom thanks to BBC and Highway.gov.uk. This update includes trains, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and 6 channels for London alone. If you can find any reliable RSS feeds for traffic in your neck of the woods, drop a link here, and we’re sure the Viigo dudes will take a look.

MapQuest updates mobile client

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MapQuest’s Navigator has been updated to version 5.0, including new features like gas prices and station locations, guides to what’s going on in your city, and live traffic updates. Audio turn-by-turn driving instructions is also new, along with a new interface that lets you switch between front-facing and above-ground views. Although that’s all sounding pretty old hat compared to the competition, MapQuest is also letting you search locations, plot routes and push them all to your handheld from the desktop. Not too shabby. They’re asking $4.99/month until the end of December, which is half off their usual rate. If you’re looking to try out the GPS on that newfangled BlackBerry 8130, you can sign up to Navigator over here, or get more details here.

Viigo adds traffic alerts

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The fine folks at Virtual Reach have added a bunch of U.S. traffic alert channels to their Viigo thanks to Traffic.com, giving you up-to-date congestion information for major American cities. Those of us north of the border are out of luck, but we still have DRIVES in the works. If you’re already packing Viigo, just hit Add a Channel and cruise on over to Cool Feeds & Useful Services. Some pretty sweet stuff is in the works for Viigo next month, so stick around.

Canadian traffic monitoring from your BlackBerry

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We just got word about Globis Data, who are opening the doors to a beta for their WAP-based traffic information service, DRIVES. Right now only Montreal and Toronto are covered, but keep an eye out for Ottawa and Calgary soon. It might not be much to look at, but this information is updated once every couple of minutes, which is pretty impressive. It uses cell signals to determine the speed of cars along particular streets, so you can see what’s moving slowly and what’s cruising. Since it’s all browser-based, it’s easy enough to keep your area of town bookmarked for easy access. So any drivers in Montreal or Toronto, give it a shot by accessing www.globisdata.ca/d2m5/bb_eng/welcome.html from your mobile browser and let us know how it fares.




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