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A New Edition of Streets and Trips

Techstination feature for Friday, October 20, 2006

A new edition of Streets and Trips. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. If you have a notebook computer, it's simple and affordable to turn it into a navigation system for your car. Microsoft is out with the 2007 edition of Streets and Trips….which has been a top seller in the category for the last seven years. What's new? Product manager Helen Chiang…

"This year we've added a full screen navigation mode. We've also included Windows Live search integration which gives you access to more than 15 million points of interest when you're connected online in addition to the 1.2 million points of interest that are included on the DVD."

The software only version sells for about 40 dollars and is useful for trip planning…or map printing. The 130 dollar version bundled with GPS receiver…is what turns it into a full blown navigation system. And the receiver is smaller and more powerful than before…

"We've made it much more compact. It's also ten times more sensitive than the previous version. Not only can you get a signal in the garage, you can also get a signal in buildings and maintain that signal whether your driving through the country side or in the mountains."

A Bluetooth wireless GPS kit is available for an additional hundred dollars. Microsoft does have competition. ALK's CoPilot Live Laptop has more features…including turn by turn voice prompts with user selectable voices. With a receiver, it's priced at about 300 dollars. Another pioneer, Delorme, sells the 2007 edition of Street Atlas USA with a GPS receiver for a hundred fifty dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.