April 29, 2006

Cobra Releases Earnings

Cobra Electronics Corporation announced their latest quarterly results which included a 31.2 percent increase in sales, but a first quarter net loss of $1.1 million, compared to a net loss in the prior year, of $1.4 Million, absent certain non-operating gains. Things aren't all bad though for the GPS area, as "Cobra's sales increase in the first quarter reflected improved sales of mobile navigation products, including the NAV ONE 4000 and NAV ONE 4500," said Jim Bazet, Cobra's President and Chief Executive Officer.

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April 29, 2006

We've Moved Hosts!

All Blogpire websites have moved hosting facilities. Seems we're all growing so well that we outstripped the bandwidth and CPU limitations of our previous internet provider. But that's good news, since it means we've got tons of dedicated readers like you who keep coming back to our site. So thanks! And even though we've moved, we're still the same bat-time, same bat-URL.
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April 27, 2006

Earnings for SiRF

So SiRF announced earnings and things are looking pretty good there, with sales at $52.7 Million for the first quarter of 2006, up 95% over the first quarter of 2005. They had to report a net loss though of $10.4 Million, as a result of their aquisition of TrueSpan and other costs, totalling $13.3 million. Without those, their profit would have been $2.9 million which is not bad.

"I am pleased to report that Q1 was yet another strong quarter for SiRF. As expected, revenues were only slightly impacted by seasonality as the strong market growth in portable navigation and consumer devices continued," said Mr. Michael Canning, President and CEO.

With SiRF chips popping up everywhere I am not surprised that their CEO is seeing strong demand and growth in their business. It will e interesting to see i they maintain that lead as competition tryies to play catch-up.

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April 26, 2006

TomTom helps Nab GPS Thief


Earlier this year we reported on the fact that the rate of stolen GPS units was on the rise here around Boston. Well, TomTom is now reporting that they helped out the Cambridge, MA police to nab a GPS thief. Apparently TomTom, which has its US headquarters only a few miles from Cambridge, donated a TomTom GO 700 unit to the police department who used it as a decoy for a GPS thief. Well, sure enough one came long, broke into the unmarked police car while it was under surveillance and stole the TomTom GO 700. They nabbed the thief who later confessed to stealing other GPS units. Nice Job.

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April 26, 2006

Pioneer Avic S1 Announced


Pioneer Electronics unveiled the AVIC-S1, a compact and lightweight portable navigation device that gives drivers access to the entire map of the United States and Canada in a system slightly bigger than the palm of a hand. The highly anticipated system combines the essentials of an installed navigation system with the convenience of a true portable gadget that can be transported easily from car-to-car. The AVIC-S1 is fully contained in a 4.1" X 3.5" X 0.7" chassis, which includes a 3.5-inch touch panel display, 2 gigabyte flash memory for map storage, SiRF Star III GPS receiver, Bluetooth support and built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery to quickly deliver door-to-door route calculations and voice instructions.

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Inrix and Curious Software Collborate

Curious Software and Inrix Inc. announced the companies are extensively collaborating to enable media broadcasters with innovative, animated traffic maps showcasing real-time and predictive traffic flow and incident data from Inrix.

Curious Traffic Producer harnesses the acclaimed mapmaking power of Curious World Maps specifically for illustrating traffic reports. The simple template-driven user-interface allows broadcast media graphics and non-graphics professionals to 'click-and-create' still or animated traffic maps to be ready for air in an instant.

To read more on Inrix Traffic Prediction click

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Big Earnings At TomTom - Raise Estimates


TomTom turned in some impressive numbers this last quarter as business is strong. Versus last yearin the same quarter, their revenue increased 288% on a unit volume increase of 606%, and profit was up 121%. Their margins were off a bit driven by the need to move out some of the older GO units to make room for the new ones. (Humm, maybe you'll see some rock bottom sale prices on the older TomTom GO's).

TomTom’s Chief Executive Officer, Harold Goddijn said, “2006 is off to a successful and exciting start. Market demand continues to be strong and TomTom increased unit sales seven-fold compared to the first quarter of 2005. In the first quarter we successfully secured the sell through of the current TomTom GO series ahead of the introduction of the new range. In Europe, we strengthened our market leadership position and increased our market share. In the US, we expanded our distribution strength through a substantial increase in the number of retail outlets we are present in.”

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April 24, 2006

Review: Garmin Forerunner 205 Review by GPS Lodge

Garmin Forerunner 205

Garmin introduced the Forerunner 205 and Forerunner 305 this past January at the CES show, as a big improvement to the category changing Forerunner 101, 201 and 301 personal training aids. With the Forerunner 201 and Forerunner 301 on the market, one has to ask if the new designs are worth the extra money. After using the Forerunner 205 for the past month, I can appreciate the new design features and capabilities, and if it were up to me, I would pay the extra money for the newly upgraded Forerunner 205 and 305 units. If you are value minded, the Forerunner 201 and 301 are not bad units, but I'll walk through a few of the features below that I think make the Forerunner 205 and 305's worthwhile.

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April 21, 2006

MotionBased Tracking the Tour de Georga

If you are a fan of cycling, Garmin's new Edge 305 with a Heart Rate monitor is on Doug Ollerenshaw's bike for the Tour de Georga. Motionbased is publishing the tracks daily at the MotionBased Blog for you to look at and see what the course is like. These guys are out riding in thunderstorms, and at century plus distances. Interesting stuff if you are into biking or interested in seeing what the MotionBased site can do with data.

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Magellan RoadMate 860T Announced

So news of the Magellan RoadMate 860T leaked last month, and well, that leak was true. Magellan announced the new Magellan RoadMate 860T portable vehicle navigation system, available in May at US $799. The Magellan RoadMate 860T provides real-time traffic capabilities with 15 months of traffic service included so drivers can easily gain detour routes to get to their destination faster. In addition, the Magellan RoadMate 860T features SayWhere, a text-to-speech function that speaks the street name for upcoming maneuvers. The Magellan RoadMate 860T also doubles as a travel entertainment device, providing users with 10 GB of memory for storing multimedia files so they can enjoy music and view photos.

“The Magellan RoadMate 860T builds upon the benefits, flexibility and value the Magellan RoadMate 800 offered as the ultimate multimedia travel partner,” said Raj Mitra, director of product marketing. “The Magellan RoadMate 860T not only provides enhanced navigation performance with live traffic updates but also delivers more than twice the available memory for multimedia file storage.”

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April 20, 2006

GPS Review: Sony Nav-U GPS

The new Sony Nav-u GPS is just hitting the stores now and there’s a review that has popped up indicating that it’s not a bad little GPS. The nav-u features a 3.5-inch (diagonal) touch screen with a special coating to make it both glare- and fingerprint-resistant. It has a built-in light sensor to adjust the screen automatically for optimal viewing in any lighting condition and includes both a day and night mode. Many but not all GPS units feature this, and I think that it’s a big plus when they do. It’s a simple thing, but it makes a difference.

Update: Want another opinion? - see our other Review of the Sony Nav-U GPS

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Navman Announces Highly Sensitive Jupiter 30 GPS Chip

There’s a new GPS chip in town, and the Jupiter 30 ready to take on the highly sensitive chips that have been recently introduced into the marketplace. Navman is claiming that their new Jupiter 30 GPS module is sensitive enough to pick up signals in natural canyons, urban canyons and even indoors. The module can either be a standalone device or embedded into third party GPS navigation systems. Capable of detecting signals as weak as -160 dBM, the Jupiter 30 brings GPS tracking to previously "impossible locations," Navman said.

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Trimble Net Earnings up 48%


Earnings are starting to come in and Trimble announced results for its first quarter 2006, ended March 31, 2006. Revenue for the first quarter of 2006 was $225.9 million, up approximately 16 percent from revenue of $195.4 million in the first quarter of 2005. Net income for the first quarter of 2006 was $25.8 million, up 48 percent when compared to net income of $17.4 million in the first quarter of 2005. "Trimble's results in the first quarter of 2006 demonstrate continuing progression in both our strategic and financial development," said Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's president and chief executive officer. "We continue to see robust demand for position-centric productivity solutions as we convert traditional work techniques to new solutions enabled by technology. Our outlook for the full year remains positive in each of our segments."

Recently Trimble announced their Ultra-Thin Copernicus GPS Module - ReadMore

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April 19, 2006

Happy Patriot's Day - Running the Boston with a Forerunner

Today is Patriot’s Day; the day that the American Revolution in effect started. Patriot’s Day was recently celebrated here in Massachusetts (Monday 4/17), which means that most of the state takes a day off for an official state holiday and we recognize the day that the revolutionary war started the ball rolling for the formation of our country. For some, it means dressing up in period garb, grabbing a musket and re-enacting battles around Lexington and Concord. To our readers in the UK - this is as much a re-enactment as it is a memorial for the fallen soldiers; not a party, more of a respectful event...... For baseball fans it means an unusually early Red Sox game (11AM), timed to finish up by the time the runners of the Boston Marathon are crossing the finish line (Fenway Park is pretty close to the marathon finish line). This year marked the 110th year of the Boston Marathon, and about 20,000 people participated in the well known run. Garmin is a sponsor of the Boston Marathon, along with other marathons and bicycle races across the country this year in an effort to spread the word about their Forerunner and Edge series of GPS training devices.

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Lowrance Official Sponsor of FLW Outdoors

Lowrance has signed on as an enhanced official sponsor of FLW Outdoors, the world's leading fishing competitive organizaiton. The enhanced spondosrship will put Lowrance in front of many participants and fans of the fishing tounament circuit, both fresh and saltwater. Lowrance has enhanced its sponsorship to include full participation in FLW Outdoors' new striped bass circuit, set to debut this summer, as well as increasing its support of The Bass Federation.

Lowrance equipment will be used on all official freshwater FLW Outdoors boats and on the new saltwater striper circuit. In conjunction with its expanded sponsorship agreement, Lowrance will offer TBF a special "Excellence in Sponsor Marketing" promotional program that will provide significant benefits to each participating TBF State Federation Chapter -- to their state team members, as well as their general membership -- through incentive-based rewards. Yea, free Lowrance stuff!

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April 17, 2006

Sony Nav-U -- NV-U70 Now Available at Amazon

The Sony Nav-U NV-U70 was announced back at the CES, and is now shipping in the US, available at Amazon. It's size makes it portable and yet big enough for easy use in most cars. The Sony Nav-U, NV-U70 is available with 1GB of pre-loaded maps and a 3.5” touchscreen. The unit has a built in rechargeable battery for out of the car programming and use. The Unit sits right in the mid-tier of mobile GPS units, and will be a good one to take a look at for design and quality of the experience. The folks at Sony used their extensive design experience to get a lot of features built into an easy to use interface.

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April 14, 2006

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April 12, 2006

Garmin StreetPilot c330 with 5 Asian Languages


Garmin is now offering a version of its StreetPilot c330 that allows North American motorists who speak Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Taiwanese to experience the convenience and safety of GPS satellite navigation in their native tongue. The StreetPilot C-series is a high quality mid-tier line of GPS receivers, and the Streetpilot c330 in the middle of the line. GPS Lodge reviewed the StreetPilot c340 last year and we liked it a lot – see the review here.

The StreetPilot c330 Asian Americas is based on Garmin's most popular Personal Navigation Device (PND), featuring an intuitive touchscreen interface and automatic route calculation to any destination with turn-by-turn voice prompted directions in Asian languages along the way. Menus and text are displayed in one of five Asian languages as well -- the only unit in North America that offers an Asian language user interface.

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April 9, 2006

Cache In Trash Out Day - April 22nd


Each April there is a Cache In Trash Out Day that Geocachers participate in to clean up their local parks, woods or other locale in a show of thanks to the places that make geocaching possible. This year, the CITO day is April 22nd.

This year Trimble is supporting the event in several ways. For example, you can use the Trimble Adventure Planner trip planning and mapping software in your CITO and other geocaching events—absolutely free of charge for 90 days. Compared to its previous versions, Adventure Planner today is easier to use and has a range of new features, such as importing and editing GPS tracks and exporting GPX files for sharing with other mapping programs.

ReadMore at the official CITO website, or at Trimble's CITO website where you can register for givaways.

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April 7, 2006

GPS Review: Garmin Streetpilot 7200

The Garmin StreetPilot 7200 is a huge GPS for huge needs, and with its massive 7-inch screen, you'll be able to see a lot of information about where you are going. The TFT touch-screen display automatically adjusts the backlighting level based on current lighting conditions. The screen brightness is excellent, and easily viewable in all lighting conditions—even bright sunlight. It's got a few features to run through that are interesting.

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Delorme Ships New Topo USA 6.0


Delorme has released their new Topo USA 6.0 software with several upgrades that make the new version look pretty good. The software package covers the US with terrain detail on one DVD and allows you to plan trips, print maps and tap into your GPS location capability. It is said that it delivers next generation 3-D, exclusive routing and GPS capabilities, and the most up-to-date detail available in topographic map software.

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Garmin BMW Motorrad III Navigator soon to be released

Garmin BMW Motorrad Navigator III is set to debut with a TFT anti-glare screen and Bluetooth connectivity that should allow for easy voice prompted turn directions via remote ear pieces.

The BMW Motorrad Navigator III integrates charts of Europe in its memory, 500MB of space is said to be available on the hard drive. The unit should ship with MapSource City Navigator Europe NT DVD.
No date on when it will ship, but most likely this spring in time for biking season; and it’s sure to have BMW dealers loaded in the Points of Interest.

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The Best of the Blogpire

ThumbnailApril is going to be a great month but we musn't forget how amazing March 2006 was as well. Check out the monthly round ups from the following Blogpire blogs: Liquor Snob Monthly Roundup: March 2006, Critical Gamers March '06 Roundup, GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for March 2006, Shirt Snob Monthly Round Up-March, March 2006 Monthly Roundup for TVSnob, March Monthly Roundup for Shaving Stuff, Monthly Roundup for Kitchen Contraptions, and March 2006 Monthly Roundup for Single Serve Coffee.

Critical Gamers
Magic TG: Guildpact Draft Strategies Part Two

"Carcasonne: The Tower" Ships April 12th

Really Natural
Beet Borscht and Oatmeal Bread Recipe/Review
My favorite low-fat mid-morning snack: Yogurt, granola and raisins

Liquor Snob
It's All About The Heinekens, Baby
Will Generate Page Views For Beer

The Cooking News
Recipe News: Recipe ideas for Easter dinner
Food News: Doggie Dining

GPS Lodge
Wayfinder GPS for the Mobile Phone
NOVOGO Launches First Voice-Command GPS Navigators - NOVOGO V

Shirt Snob
Design for the American Red Cross, and New Threadless Tees!
Extra 20% off at Bluefly

TV Snob
How to Buy a Plasma TV
DirecTV Announces 750GB HD DVR - Yowza!

Shaving Stuff
Electric Razor Deals at Amazon
Free Brut Aftershave

Kitchen Contraptions
Intelliscanner Kitchen Companion
Peppermill with Light

Single Serve Coffee
Review: Senseo Cappuccino Coffee Pods from Single Serve Coffee
Limited Edition Bourbon Amarelo Espresso Capsules from Nespresso

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April 6, 2006

Trimble Aquires Quantm for Pre-Design Construction Planning


Trimble announced recently that it has acquired privately-held Quantm International, Inc. and its subsidiary Quantm Ltd. of Australia in an all-cash transaction. Quantm is a leader in transportation route optimization software used for planning highways, railways, pipelines and canals. The innovative software system enables infrastructure planners to examine and select route corridors and alignments that simultaneously optimize construction costs, environmental restrictions, existing feature avoidance and legislative obligations. The improved solution for the proposed route results in significant reductions in project planning time and cost. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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April 5, 2006

Wayfinder GPS for the Mobile Phone


Wayfinder is introducing Navigator 6, an exclusive product catapulting cell phone GPS navigation to a whole new level of ease, coverage and convenience. Another GPS software package for your mobile phone. This offers some interesting features like enhanced functionality including a zoom in/zoom out world map, a currency converter and a weather service. The world mapping capability provides easy to use and follow directions to over three million POIs (Points of Interest). The global reach of Wayfinder Navigator 6 is genuinely the world in your handheld!

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April 4, 2006

New Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T

We reported on the leak that the Magellan RoadMate 3000T was coming on March 23rd, and here's the official word that it and a couple of others are coming out this spring. Magellan announced three new portable vehicle navigation devices, the Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T. The products introduce a new intelligent design that's compact, stylish, and even easier to use than previous solutions. They also deliver a better navigation experience by combining the award-winning Magellan user interface with the advanced speed and accuracy of Magellan NavEngine(TM) routing technology, an Intel XScale(R) processor and real-time traffic information. The Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T cater to drivers' needs for out-of-the-box routing, traffic avoidance, multi-media functions and features that simplify driving while eliminating the frustration, waste of time and fear of getting lost. The RoadMate 6000T offers bluetooth hands free calling.

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April 3, 2006

Rusty Wallace to Promote MS Streets and Trips

After years of driving around in circles on the NASCAR track Rusty Wallace is going to be promoting the MS Streets and Trips package. Sounds like a nice deal for Rusty - I am sure he will bring legions of fans to the table for getting the word out on the Streets and Trips product. Rusty Wallace and Microsoft(R) Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator are teaming up to help families embark on successful and stress-free road trips this spring and summer.

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Garmin Forerunner 201 - $20 Mail in Rebate at Amazon

Garmin is offering a $20 mail in rebate on the popular Garmin Forerunner 201 when bought through Amazon. Right now the price is $114.99 - $20 Rebate = $94.99 with free shipping from Amazon. The rebate is good through April 17th. The device is still a popular item even though the new Forerunner 205 launched earlier this year.

I have the Forerunner 201 and am currently testing the Forerunner 205 – see related article. I’ll say that the Forerunner 201 is still relevant and useful to many, especially at this attractive price; it still connects to the PC, still gets training data on your runs and still helps train. Briefly, the Forerunner 205 does have dramatically improved reception in tough areas like under tree cover and in “urban canyons” and the Forerunner 205 has improved training features, including the “Courses” feature that allows you to race yourself on the same course versus a previous run. If you are budget minded, are running in the open and aren’t turned on by some of the advanced training features, the Garmin Forerunner 201 is a good choice. Interested in the Forerunner 205? We'll be writing up our review in the next couple of weeks.

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Mapquest Navigation on Mobile Phones

AOL unit MapQuest on Monday unveiled a mobile map service that customers can use on their cellular phones, complete with voice directions, text and maps in a bid to expand on the popularity of its Internet maps. The MapQuest Navigator will be marketed as a cheaper alternative to navigation systems built into cars.

Interestingly enough this follows their agreement to work with TomTom to sell the MapQuest PND - a modified TomTom GO 300 - see related story. Clearly Mapquest is trying to leverage their mapping and directions equity into this new growing and lucrative space.

In order to get the software for the service to consumers' phones, MapQuest is working on agreements with cellphone operators. The service could work in cellphones sold by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp., the company said. "A big part of our future is mobile ... We have users of mapquest.com that already trust us. This is just a better way for us to guide our users to their destinations," said Alan Beiagi, MapQuest's general manager of wireless.

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NOVOGO Launches First Voice-Command GPS Navigators - NOVOGO V

NOVOGO V Series navigator is the first personal navigation device equipped with advanced voice command function. With one simple word from your mouth and your NOVOGO V Series takes you to your desired destination and prevents the danger of distracted driving. Besides this innovative feature, NOVOGO V Series boosts a stylish, sleek lightweight design that comes with pre-loaded accurate maps, crystal clear voice guidance, and Free, Real-Time TMC.

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