September 30, 2005

GPS Lodge Monthly Round-up for September 2005

This was another fun month here at the GPS Lodge, as we were able to bring you a lot of GPS News this month. Most recently you may have seen us referenced on Gizmodo where they picked up our exciting announcement on the new Magellan RoadMate 800. If this is your first trip to the GPS Lodge, welcome. Check us out, we have a lot of GPS information and GPS reviews on receivers and devices. While you are here, check out some of the other sites at the Blogpire.

We also covered Magellan's announcement of their new RoadMate 360, adding features to the low end of the automotive market. We also reviewed the Magellan eXplorist 600 this month - Magellan's high end handheld.

In news from the other biggie in the industry here in the US, Garmin announced the new Garmin Nuvi, a personal navigation handheld device geared for travelers - complete with translation capabilities. Garmin kept up a fast pace on GPS releases, with the new Garmin StreetPilot i5 - a great little inexpensive automotive GPS. Wonder how Garmin can keep up the fast pace of new introductions? Check out our article on Garmin's HUGE increase in R&D spending. In cleaning up some older business, we reviewed the tried but true Garmin V GPS; is it a handheld? Is it an Automotive GPS model? It's both!

In other news, AOL's MapQuest announced that they will start selling a MapQuest branded TomTom model. In case an automotive GPS is too big, you can carry along a key chain GPS from Navicom or the GPS watch from Suunto. Finally there's some interesting news coming out on the Navman PIN 570.

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September 30, 2005

GPS Lodge & The Best of the Blogpire

Gps Lodge FindwhatyouloveAnother week and another Best of the Blogpire. If you haven't checked out GPS Lodge then you're missing some of the best GPS news & reviews on the web. They've got a great review of the new Magellan RoadMate 800 which has an mp3 player built in. Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Reusable Coffee Filter for Keurig - Review: Timothy's World Coffee Rainforest Espresso Extra Bold K-Cups

Just The Chips: Know When to Walk Away - Know When to Run - Nevadajacks American Beauty Clay Poker Chips

Kitchen Contraptions: Smart Stick Blender by Cuisinart - Smoothiccino Maker

Shaving Stuff: Review of Pacific Shaving Oil - Analysis of Gillette

What's All The Racquet: Prince Goes Pink to Fight Breast Cancer - Choosing a racquet for your kid

TV Snob: Does Your Sunbrite TV Need a Good Watering? - HDTV World - Everything you Need to Know About HDTV

Shirt Snob: Passion Tie Halter by Playhouse Clothing - Sale and new tees at Busted Tees

GPS Lodge: Magellan RoadMate 800 Announced - Magellan: $50 rebate on eXplorist - New GPS Satellite Launched - Review: Magellan eXplorist 600

The Cooking News: Fruity, full-bodied wine best for pizza - Coffee perks up ordinary recipes - Women still struggle to become a top chef

Liquor Snob: Tuaca Liqueur: Support Your Local Bartender - Keychain Breathalyzer: Alcohawk Micro-Digital - Quaffer Shot Glass with Built-In Chaser - Gray Kangaroo Liquor Filter Review: Part 1

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September 29, 2005

Magellan RoadMate 800 Announced

The latest in the RoadMate series has been announced (not officially - more later) upping the ante on the hot automotive GPS market. The Magellan RoadMate 800 adds a couple of extended features on top of the popular RoadMate 760 released earlier this year, namely a build in MP3 player and a photo viewer. Magellan calls it a "multimedia marvel." This release comes on the heels of the new Automotive GPS, the Magellan RoadMate 360 which was announced September 14, 2005 (see article).


Update March 24, 2006 -
Looking for the new Magellan RoadMate 860T - Click Here
Looking for the new Magellan RoadMate 3000T - Click Here


Anyway, much like it's little brother the Magellan RoadMate 760(see review), the feature set on the GPS side of the RoadMate 800 is plush and rock solid.

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September 29, 2005

Garmin units to be on Honda Gold Wing Motorcycles

Honda has selected Garmin to be part of their tier one parts providers for GPS units to be sold on their Gold Wing motorcycles.

Known as the Honda Satellite Linked Navigation System, it provides complete North American mapping with nearly six million points of interest - places like hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, and Honda Motorcycle dealerships and service centers - displayed on a large seven-inch integrated display.

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September 29, 2005

Magellan: $50 rebate on eXplorist 400, 500, 600 Through Feb '06

Magellan just announced a $50 mail-in rebate on the eXplorist 400, 500, and 600 for new products purchased between September 24th, 2005 and February 18, 2006. The offer is valid in the US and Canada.

Details and rebate forms available at the Magellan Site.

See our Review of the Magellan eXplorist 600 GPS.

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September 28, 2005

Predictive Traffic Services take a leap forward

Inrix announced today at CTIA Wireless 2005 that it has partnered with Tele Atlas, a leading provider of digital geographic content, to deliver Inrix Traffic Services to Tele Atlas partners and customers through a reseller agreement. As part of the agreement, Tele Atlas will also provide Inrix with the rights to resell and internally use Tele Atlas map data with Inrix's services.

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AOL's MapQuest in deal with TomTom- The MapQuest PND

UPDATE: We have received pictures from MapQuest and here it is the MapQuest branded Personal Navigation Device (PND). Not bad; like we thought, looks like a TomTom GO 300. Good for them, happy to have more people driving the use of GPS to the masses. TomTom is under represented in the US market despite their high quality GPS devices and interfaces. Maybe this will give them some help and on the back of AOL/MapQuest, they'll do well.


Sept 27th - TomTom, (makers of the TomTom GO300, GO700, TomTom Rider, and the NAVIGATOR 5 - a BlueTooth GPS module) announced today that they are working with AOL's MapQuest to launch an automobile unit - branded the MapQuest Personal Navigation Device (PND).

From the information here, it sounds like a re-branded and customized TomTom GO 300, pictured to the right - second pic.

"The MapQuest Personal Navigation Device represents the most natural and significant extension of our brand to date, as we move beyond the PC and take navigation into the car making it simple for drivers to reach their desired destination and change course, if needed," said Austin Klahn, Chief Technology Officer, MapQuest, Inc. "We selected TomTom, a global leader in developing personal navigation solutions, as we believe they offer the latest technology and the best consumer experience in personal navigation devices in the marketplace today."

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Garmin StreetPilots featured with Dollar/Thrifty Rental cars

In a move that will certainly be seen as an intrusion on the Magellan/Hertz space (another salvo in the Garmin vs. Magellan battle), Garmin has announced that a unit based on the StreetPilot c330 portable automotive GPS will be available on Dollar and Thrifty rental cars at 138 rental locations throughout the US and Canada. The extra cost will be about $10 a day.

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September 27, 2005

AOL's MapQuest in deal with TomTom- The MapQuest PND

TomTom, (makers of the TomTom GO300, GO700, TomTom Rider, and the NAVIGATOR 5 - a BlueTooth GPS module) announced today that they are working with AOL's MapQuest to launch an automobile unit - branded the MapQuest Personal Navigation Device (PND).

From the information here, it sounds like a re-branded and customized TomTom GO 300, pictured to the right.

"The MapQuest Personal Navigation Device represents the most natural and significant extension of our brand to date, as we move beyond the PC and take navigation into the car making it simple for drivers to reach their desired destination and change course, if needed," said Austin Klahn, Chief Technology Officer, MapQuest, Inc. "We selected TomTom, a global leader in developing personal navigation solutions, as we believe they offer the latest technology and the best consumer experience in personal navigation devices in the marketplace today."

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September 26, 2005

New GPS Satellite Launched

With more and more people (civilian and military) using GPS signals, a new more powerful replacement satellite was launched yesterday from Cape Canaveral. The 2 ton GPS 2R-M1 is a new breed of satellite that will provide the normal navigation signals, as well as an extra civilian signal. These new signals will bring greater accuracy, added resistance to interference and enhanced performance for users around the world. On top of this two new military signals will be broadcast from the satellite.

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September 24, 2005

GPS Lodge GPS Review: Magellan eXplorist 600

The Magellan eXplorist 600is a high end handheld that is packed with features and allows you to navigate the world with ease and comfort of the amenities that you'd come to expect or dream of in an advanced handheld GPS. In this review of the Magellan eXplorist 600, the GPS Lodge will take a look at the features and usefulness of the eXplorist 600, we'll sum it up and give you a couple of other units to compare it to if you are thinking of buying one.

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September 23, 2005

Keychain based Personal GPS Unit - Navicom

This latest GPS tracking device from Navicom is small enough to be placed on a keychain, but features a full set of GPS functionality. The C-TRAC GPS Personal Tracker has unlimited GPS tracking/locating, an E911 emergency feature, and even a push-button concierge service akin to GM's OnStar - working through the cellular network. Since its E911 functions work through a cellular network, don't expect help to come running when you hit the call button from 100 miles away deep in the back woods. Other features include a two-way speaker phone, programmable buttons for one-touch dialing, a USB port, and 256k flash memory.

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Our New Blog Liquor Snob & The Best of the Blogpire

Liquor Snob ThumbAnother week and another Best of the Blogpire! We launched a new blog this week - Liquor Snob. If you haven't had a chance to read a little bit about "real spirits" then you should take part of your busy Friday and read Liquor Snob. Liquor Snob had some amazing gems this week including: Booze Books: The Modern Drunkard, iPod Bartender: Digital Drinks Anyone?, and Bong Vodka - Art Meets Liquor for Cultural Exchange Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Review: Baronet Coffee One Cup Pumpkin Spice Coffee Pods - Review: Lavazza Espresso Point - X10 Mini Brewer Single Serve Coffee Maker

Just The Chips: PSP Payout Poker & Casino - TJ Cloutier Enters Game Market - World Poker Tour: Season 1 on DVD

Kitchen Contraptions: Fatten Up for WinterEZ Clean Deep Fat Fryer from T-Fal - Zevro Zero Gravity Spice Rack - Honey Spoon

Shaving Stuff: New Shaving BlogBarberBlog.com - Shaving Kits from Mulholland Brothers - Norelco 6423LC for $31.88 at Amazon.com

What's All The Racquet: Nikolay Davydenko Signs Full Prince Sponsorship - A Ball Machine That Actually Hits Realistic Shots

TV Snob: And the Love Affair with HDTV Continues - Top Rated HD TelevisionSony KD-34XBR960 - Man breaks record for watching TV

Shirt Snob: Free People's Belted Chin Yarn Sweater - Astrosatchel Bags - Ditsy Babydoll Cap Sleeve by Free People

GPS Lodge: Huge increase in Garmin R&D spending pays off - Gizmondo plans Widescreen Handheld Game - Amazon Claims Lowest GPS Prices of the Season

The Cooking News: Wine News: Fine Wine From The New York Vine - Food News: Doctors call for healthier hospital food

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September 20, 2005

Huge increase in Garmin R&D spending pays off

Here's a quick bit that I came across today and thought that I would pass along......

Readers of the GPS Lodge know that Garmin has been introducing new GPS devices by the truckload since July..... the Garmin StreetPilots (i2, i3, i5, c340, 2720), the innovative Garmin nuvi, the bicyclist targeted Garmin Edge, the new FRS based RINO 520 and 530, the Garmin Mobile phone service, the Jeep Wrangler only Trail Guide, the iQue M3, the Garmin GPSMap 376c and the Quest 2 receiver... whew! Are there more, our sources say that there are. Ever wonder what's changed? A huge increase in R&D spending is what's changed. In 2003 R&D spending was a fraction of what it was the following year....

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Gizmondo plans Widescreen Handheld Game

Gizmondo has confirmed that they are planning a release of a widescreen version of their GPS enabled handheld game. We discussed their original launch HERE. Seems like they have announced the upgrade before even launching the original product here in the States. Either brilliant - people love hype, or Short Sighted - "Forget the original, I hear they have a widescreen coming".

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Navman PIN 570

Navman's got a new PiN device out, the Pocket PC based 570. It looks a lot like the Garmin iQue, and the PiN 570 features Navman's SmartST 2005 software, a 2.5-inch 65k color QVGA touchscreen, a 266MHz CPU, 64MB RAM, SDIO slot, and no Windows Mobile 5.0.

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TomTom now available at BestBuy in US

TomTom and BestBuy announced today that TomTom GO models 300 and 700 will be available through all 694 BestBuy locations nationally this month.

"The market potential for personal navigation devices is tremendous; through this relationship, Best Buy will broaden TomTom's reach and bring the TomTom GO line to drivers nationwide," said Jocelyn Vigreux, President of TomTom USA. "This only reinforces that consumers want personal navigation in their lives."

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September 19, 2005

Commodore GPS - The Navigator Combo

With the Commodore 64 ancient history, the name resurfaces again reincarnated as a combo device that has a GPS incorporated into a video and music playing handheld device. No you don't have to hook it up to your casette player to store data like the old Commodore 64, instead this device comes with a 30GB on board hard drive that has maps pre-loaded.

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Suunto X9i GPS Watch

Just when you thought things couldn't get smaller, the Suunto x9i watch brings GPS to your wrist. The Suunto x9i is not much bigger than other watches, but comes packed with a GPS receiver that allows you to plug into a computer and download your trips. Some features include black or tan colors, an altimeter, barometer, 3D compass, chronograph and comprehensive GPS unit accurate to three feet. Did I mention it's compatible with National Geographic TOPO!


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New Garmin StreetPilot i5 - building on the entry level of the Automotive segment

Garmin today announced the Garmin StreetPilot i5 GPS Navigator, it is pre-loaded with detailed maps of North America which includes the entire United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It features three buttons on the face of the unit: on/off button, "back" button, and a unique and convenient click-to-enter scroll wheel -- which makes it easy to select a destination from the unit's menu-driven interface.

See our coverage of the Garmin StreetPilot i2 and i3 launch announcement.
See our related article on a StreetPilot i3 gps review.

See our own GPS Review of the StreetPilot i5's sibling the StreetPilot i3: Garmin StreetPilot i3 Review at the GPS Lodge

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Mounts for Garmin StreetPilot 2720

A lot of readers have been asking about alternative mounts for their new Garmin StreetPilot 2720. For one reason or another the factory mount isn't suitable for their needs. The folks over at eMounts have confirmed that these mounts will fit the 2700 series products. So if you need a windshield mount, a c-clamp bar type mount, a cup holder mount, or a crazy floor mounted bendable stand, you can find them there.

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September 17, 2005

GPS Review: Dual XNAV3500P Portable GPS Navigation System

Well, it'srefreshing to see that people can be honest in their reviews; here's some information on a GPS that you should stay away from. Here we have some words from a straight forward review that ranks the Dual XNAV3500P as Poor: "What really differentiates navigation systems is the quality of the user interface and routing algorithms. Unfortunately, the XNAV3500P from Dual Electronics misses the mark on both."

At a street price of $999, this thing isn't cheap, and for that money you could get one of the biggies with better features and proven track records.

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September 16, 2005

Amazon Claims Lowest GPS Prices of the Season

Another Amazon Sale
Limited-Time Savings - Take advantage of the lowest prices of the season on popular electronics offered by Amazon.com. For a limited time, prices have been lowered on select GPS, including the Magellan 760 and the Garmin 2610. Hurry--special pricing ends September 26.

Here are a few of the hot models to check out the prices:

Magellan RoadMate 760

Magellan RoadMate 700

Garmin Forerunner 201

Garmin Forerunner 301

Garmin eTrex Legend

Garmin StreetPilot 2610

Magellan eXplorist 600

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The Best of the Blogpire

What a week. If you haven't read it already, Shaving Stuff has word the Gillette is introducing a Five-Bladed Razor. I'm not sure the world needs a 5 bladed razor, but I'm sure I'll have to try it. We have a new blog we will "OFFICIALLY" announce next week called Liquor Snob. If you want to spend the the rest of your Friday and have something both interesting, naughty, and downright funny to read - check out Liquor Snob.

Now on with the best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Pre-order Tassimo at Amazon.com - Single Serve Coffee Visits Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Just The Chips: Winning Low-Limit Hold'em from Lee Jones - New Payout Poker and Casino Screens

Kitchen Contraptions: Bialetti Mukka Express 2-Cup Cappuccino Maker Now at Amazon.com - Review: simplehuman Semi-Round Stainless Steel Trash Can

Shaving Stuff: The Schick Quattro Power - Gillette Introduces Five-Bladed Razor

What's All The Racquet: Congrats to the 2005 US Open Champions!

TV Snob: Hasbro's ZoomBox Projector - TV On Your Finger - TV on your Tombstone

Shirt Snob: New Junkfood Tees - Second Skin Shirt by Generra

GPS Lodge: New Magellan RoadMate 360 - New nuvi a Personal GPS Travel Assistant

The Cooking News: Campire Chili - Coffee News: P&G: Coffee may be out of stock

Liquor Snob: Liquor Filter Puts the "Lure" in Liver Failure - Beer...For Kids? - Absinthe Revisited...And Debunked?

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September 15, 2005

Update: New Magellan RoadMate 360 Press Release


Update: Magellan has posted their press release at their site... a few days after the news hit the web and GPS Lodge. Huh?

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Our Original story follows....


Not to be outdone, Magellan has announced the new Magellan RoadMate 360 , a continuation on their popular RoadMate line. The RoadMate 360 has picked up on some key needs of the lower end of the market and added onboard maps for a device ready out of the box to navigate. It also has a full color touchscreen and a full set of advanced navigation features at a price point that comes in lower than the high end RoadMate 700 series.

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September 14, 2005

GPS News: New Magellan RoadMate 360

Not to be outdone, Magellan has announced the new Magellan RoadMate 360 , a continuation on their popular RoadMate line. The RoadMate 360 has picked up on some key needs of the lower end of the market and added onboard maps for a device ready out of the box to navigate. It also has a full color touchscreen and a full set of advanced navigation features at a price point that comes in lower than the high end RoadMate 700 series.

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September 13, 2005

GPS News: Garmin New Nuvi 350 a Personal GPS Travel Assistant

Garmin is keeping up their break-neck pace of introducing new models in new forms all attempting to break out of the woods and integrate location based knowledge further into life. The Garmin Nuvi 350 combines a GPS navigator, language translator and travel guide capability, an MP3 player, an audio book player, a currency and measurement converter, a world clock, and a digital photo organizer - all in one slim, sleek, and easy-to-use device. The Garmin nuvi 300 comes with 200MB of flash memory and is available in Europe only; it does not have text-to-speech capability. The Garmin nuvi 350 will be available in Europe and North America and has 700MB of onboard flash memory.....

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September 10, 2005

Simple way to GPS Tag Photos: Flickr, Mappr, Google Earth....

Stumbled across this post and thought I would pass it along. The post offers an easy way to tag photos with GPS/Lat Longitude coordinates and see on a map or google earth where you took them. With the advent of cheaper, smaller and more efficient GPS modules, we should start seeing the convergence of GPS receivers and other electronics like digital cameras. For now, you have a work around.

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September 9, 2005

Update: Garmin Mobile


Sept 9th - More info available from the Gamrin Press Release and the hometown favorite newspaper for Garmin (Olathe Kansas, USA) from the Kansas City Star.

"Garmin Mobile exposes an entirely new group of consumers to turn-by-turn satellite navigation," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We are thrilled that Sprint Nextel, an industry leader in voice and data communications, has chosen Garmin to provide these exciting new applications and location-based services to their customers."

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The Best of the Blogpire

It's the Best of the Blogpire time again, but before we sound off with the best of the best, please take time to click the banner above any Blogpire weblog and donate to the Red Cross at Amazon.com. The victims of Hurricane Katrina can use your help and a donation is one of the best ways to do it.

Now on with the Best of the Blogpire!

Single Serve Coffee: Senseo Red Edition Coming in October with Shorter Spout & Free Travel Mug - Review: Green Mountain's Fair Trade Rain Forest Nut K-Cups for Keurig

Just The Chips: Erotic Caribbean Poker Game - Jennifer Tilly Scores Women's Poker Victory - Poker & Condoms

Kitchen Contraptions: Alessi New Fall/Winter 2005 Kitchen Gadgets - Kitchen Robot Roundup - Fireflies in a Jar for Your Kitchen

Shaving Stuff: The Beautiful Rosendahl Razor - Pubic Shaving from NYTimes.com - Extreme Shaving from King of Shaves

TV Snob: LG's Latest & Greatest TV Fridge - Nintendo DS TV Tuner - 3D HDTV without Glasses

Shirt Snob: Donate money to the Red Cross through these companies - New Orleans help - Two great shirts from Threadless

GPS Lodge: GPS News: Navman iCN320 Flash Based GPS - GPS NEWS: Hey what's in your Phone - Garmin Mobile?

The Cooking News: Wine News: Move over, beer: Wine is No. 1 choice - Wine News: Controversy mounts over best way to seal wine bottles

Liquor Snob: Cocktail Hour and New Orleans Relief Fund Raiser - Beer - Now Packed With Vitamins?

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September 8, 2005

GPS News: Navman iCN320 Flash Based GPS

Navman has launched their Euro version of the iCN320 at the Frankfurt Auto show. This continues the new product flow out of Navman recently. The Flash based (SD/MMC card) GPS navigator has a 2.83 inch LCD screen and comes pre-loaded with street level maps of the UK and Ireland.

Other features include the ability to search for town, postcode, street, junction, house number or point of interest (POI).

The iCN320 is expected to retail for under 300Pounds in the UK (Roughly $580 USD).

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September 6, 2005

GPS NEWS: Hey what's in your Phone - Garmin Mobile?

Garmin is moving into the phone market by providing the service that helps you navigate with your GPS enabled phone. They are doing this through Sprint PCS Vision phones (for now) with 3 Sanyo phones. The service is an easy to use software application that lets compatible mobile phones (in the US) funciton as GPS navigation devices. Want to go to restaurants, addresses, ATM's? Bring up the Point of Interest, get directions and be able to directly dial the phone number of that restaurant to make reservations.

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September 3, 2005

GPS News: Blaupunkt Automotive GPS

This is Blaupunkt's first portable car GPS unit, and it also happens to be the first ever portable GPS that plays music, photos and can pipe voice directions over your car speakers.


The Blaupunkt Lucca will come in two versions, a 370Pounds that adhere's to the windshield and a 430Pounds Smart Cradle edition that - needs to be installed by a pro. The upgrade to the cradle based system seems like a worthwhile step because it allows the unit to pipe the voice directions and the MP3/WMA tunes over your stereo speakers.

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GPS News: Hey you wanna Play? Gizmondo - GPS based gaming

Gizmondo is rolling out a new handheld player that uses GPS (SiRF Xtrac) to provide locatoin based gaming. GPS is not the only feature of this gaming platform, as the list is long and looks pretty good. It's got a camera, a Music Player, a Movie Player, Messaging, a GPS, GPRS connections for head to head playing, and Bluetooth. Whew! That's a lot of stuff. The Sony PSP looks like it is in the sights of the Gizmondo, as the Sony comes closest to the feature set of the Gizmondo, but the PSP does not have a GPS receiver. Hang on, because with the advent of low cost, small and highly accurate GPS components like SiRF is rolling out, is there any end to where the GPS location based activities will end? It's not just for geocaching anymore folks...

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GPS News: GPS and Privacy issues

Most of us don't have to worry about cruising around in our cars or walking around the woods with a GPS and whether or not that's going to cause any privacy issues. How about when you grab a rental car with a nice GPS navigator in it for your use? It's there for your convenience, right? Ever stop to think about it being used against you? You may recall a case in Connecticut where a a rental car company used the onboard GPS tracking system to fine the renter for going over the speed limit.

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September 2, 2005

GPS NEWS: Comparison of Top Automotive GPS Units

The folks over at BusinessWeek online took a look at several of the Automotive GPS recivers oon the market and came down with some decent observations that we thought we would bring along to you. Most of us are aware of the player in the market, especially the ones that have come out recently; Garmin Streetpilot 2720,the StreetPilot c340, the Cobra Nav One 4500, but the author adds in the system on an Acura RL - the first car to use the Traffic feeds.

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Singletracks.com Mountain Biking GPS Track Repository


Singletracks.com website is a good little websote that holds a fair amount of information about hundreds of mountain bike trails across the country. While the site still has a ways to go on bulking up the database, maybe you can help. They have a few hundred maped trail locaitons with directions to and from the trailheads of the trails. Each trail has a few comments posted about the trail itself. The newest feature called "Trax" is the ability to upload and download GPS tracks for mountain bike trails.

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GPS Review: Cobra NavOne 4500 Automotive GPS

Cobra announed that they are launching the Cobra NavOne 4500 that they started teasing us about a few weeks ago. according to the press release, the feature set looks impressive, and the large screen luxurious in comparison to some of the other products on the marketplace. It will be available in September.

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GPS News: Navman iCN320 and iCN 550

The French site Mobinaute, has interesting and exclusive news about the iCN 320 (330 euros) and the iCN 550 (799 Euros, 899 Euros with Traffic Feed), the new PIMs from Navman.

The gadgets will be released in Europe in the coming weeks as well as the US.

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The Best of the Blogpire

It's September and Summer is slowly wrapping up around the Blogpire. The students are back in Boston and causing traffic madness wherever you go, the nights are a bit cooler, but we all know we've got a few weeks left of some really nice late Summer weather and some great late Summer blogging.

Single Serve Coffee has news of the Keurig Elite B40 & Special Edition B60 Available at Keurig.com and their Single Serve Coffee.com Monthly Round Up for August 2005

Just The Chips looks at Phil Gordon's Little Green Poker Book and the PSP World Series of Poker

Kitchen Contraptions reviewed the simplehuman Wall Mount Paper Towel Holder and also has a great Monthly Round Up for August 2005

Shaving Stuff found Hitachi's +10 Razor of Goodness and also has a terrific August Wrap-Up

What's All the Racquet found The Coolest Tennis Gear in Forbes Magazine and 5 New Racquets from Dunlop, Head, Prince, Wilson & Yonex

TV Snob has been watching Photonic Textiles on their pillows and has great Roundup for August 2005

Shirt Snob continues to find Great deals at Max Studio and has their round up for August

GPS Lodge find a bunch of new reviews: GPS Review: Garmin V and an UPDATE: Geocaching.com Contest Details for September plus their Monthly Round-up for August 2005

And The Cooking News finds out that Hurricane Katrina May Affect Coffee Prices and some very cool cooking tips that Asian flavors add to recipes

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September 1, 2005

Review: Garmin V GPS Review

We wanted to review some of the other GPS receivers in the Garmin line and today we are looking at the Garmin V GPS, a versitile GPS receiver that is right at home either as a hand held device out on the trail, or on the dashboard of your car.

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UPDATE: Geocaching.com Contest Details for September

Geocaching.com and Jeep Contest

UPDATE: Use your GPS Receiver to have fun this summer with geocaching.com. The contest has you out looking for travelbugs and taking pictures according to the themes below to win prizes. The new goals or themes are as follows:

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