July 31, 2006

Review: Garmin Nuvi 360


The successor to the very popular Garmin Nuvi 350 has hit the market and the Garmin Nuvi 360 is pretty solid. The Garmin Nuvi 360 is a small form factor GPS that has a BIG set of capabilities. When you review the capabilities, the Garmin Nuvi 360 has a big compelling feature that differentiates it from its sibling the Garmin Nuvi 350. The Garmin Nuvi 360 is Bluetooth capable and can function as a hands free calling device if you have a Bluetooth phone. Very cool if you do, and very easy to use.

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July 31, 2006

Magellan RoadMate 800 Blue Screen Lockups?


Magellan has released an update for those of you who have been having a blue screen lock-up issue with your Magellan RoadMate 800. So, if you have been running into this issue, go and download the update below, but only if you have been experiencing the blue screen lock-up. What’s the issue? The RoadMate 800 device boots to the warning screen, but when the user clicks the OK button on the warning screen, the Magellan logo appears on a blue screen, and the device is locked up.

Click here for more info.

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July 31, 2006

Update 2: Cobra 2500 with WiFi

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Update: More news out on the Cobra NavOne 2500 launch. Word is out that it will be equipped with WiFi to help enable updates wirelessly. While data and firmware updates are sometimes few and far between, thereby minimizing the utility of WiFi, I could see a Cobra “Home” type application that would allow you to work on routes on your computer and send it to the Cobra 2500.

We previously reported that iIt will apparently be traffic enabled to use the optional traffic reciever. It will also ship with an SD card slot which Cobra hopes you will fill with their Travel Guides which will be available for $39 to $99.

Original Story follows: Cobra is set to launch the NavOne 2500, the follow-up to the well known NavOne 4500. The NavOne 2500 is set to enter the mid-tier segment of the market with a 3.5" color touch screen, and a new software platform for Cobra. More after the jump...

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July 31, 2006

Garmin to Open Store in Chicago

Garmin announced it will open a retail product showcase on the world-renowned "Magnificent Mile" in downtown Chicago, located at 669 North Michigan Avenue -- in time for the 2006 holiday shopping season. Garmin is bringing it down from the mountain and bringing the GPS word to the masses this holiday season.

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July 31, 2006

GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for July 2006

Summer is the big season for GPS Units, with the new ones launched and lots of people taking road trips, they go out and buy one. We continue to update our buying guides as we see the market change, and recently we updated our Outdoor/Handheld GPS Buying Guide to reflect the New Rebates that Garmin has on handhelds.

GPS Reviews – Quite a few this month; we reviewed both the Garmin StreetPilot C550 and the Mio C310.

  • GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review by GPS Lodge
  • GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 from TIME
  • GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 - CNet
  • GPS Review: TomTom GO 910
  • GPS Review: Mio C310 Review by GPS Lodge
  • GPS Review: Garmin TrailGuide for Jeep Wrangler
  • GPS Review: Garmin Quest 2 GPS


    New GPS Units – Biggie from Garmin with the Zumo and a pair of new ones from Lowrance!

  • New GPS: Garmin Zumo 550, GPS for Motorcycles
  • New GPS: Lowrance iWay 250C
  • New GPS: Lowrance iWay 600C


    General GPS Related News

  • Avis and Budget offer Garmin "Where2" GPS
  • Google Mobile Maps adds Traffic


    Business update - The big news was that Shah Capital bought Magellan for $170 Mil.

    Earnings – Sales are up all around.

  • SiRF Revenue up 61% for Second Quarter - Less One Time Charges
  • TomTom Sales up; Could have Been Higher
  • Cobra sales up, Profit Off on GPS Write-Off
  • TeleAtlas Earnings - 17% increase in Revenue
  • NAVTEQ Second Quarter Earnings up 11%

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  • July 28, 2006

    Great Buys on GPS units this weekend - New Rebates

    Thought I would leave you with this list again this weekend. Have a good one.

    New Rebates available on Garmin Handhelds - Starting Today, see below. Price on Nuvi 350 is still a bargain discounted price vs. the $900 list price. The C330 and C340 are still GREAT buys.

    Here’s a rundown:

    Just saw this yesterday: At Amazon, Buy a TomTom GO 910 and get an iPod Shuffle FREE. Click the link and go to the TomTom GO 910 page; scroll down and see the promotion for buying both for the same price as the TomTom GO alone. Limited Time.

    If you are thinking about the TomTom GO 910, also check out the Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360 that’s coming soon. If you don’t want BlueTooth capability offered with the Garmin Nuvi 360, consider this a great deal on the Garmin Nuvi 350. If you are thining about a Nuvi - check out these screen protectors.

    Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

    Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also has optional traffic capability.

    Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable. Rebate Through 7/31. THIS ENDS NEXT WEEK!

    Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board. Rebate though 7/31. THIS ENDS NEXT WEEK!

    Sony Nav-U 70 - $100 Rebate right now through 8/5. Mid Tier GPS from Sony. See our posts for reviews of the Sony Nav-U.

    Handheld GPS

    LOTS of Garmin Handhelds with Rebates:

    Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon. Rebate through 8/21/06.

    New "x" series GPS Units with the better SiRF star III Chipset. All Rebates through 12/31/06.

    Garmin GPSMap 60Cx - $50 Rebate. VERY capable GPSMAP handhelds, excellent performers.
    Garmin GPSMap 60CSx - $50 Rebate - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.
    Garmin eTrex Venture Cx - $50 Rebate through 12/31/06 - Entry level color handheld with Mapping. Net Cost is within about $30 of the Monochrome Legend - DEFINITELY worth the upgrade - Color, Memory Card, USB Connectivity, 32 hour battery life..... consider at least the Venture Cx.
    Garmin eTrex Legend Cx - adds a 64MB micro SD card.
    Garmin eTrex Vista Cx - Adds Altimeter and Electronic Compass.

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    Buying Guide: Best Outdoor/Handheld GPS

    The current crop of GPS receivers are generally small and affordable for entry level GPS units. If you would like to get a lot of bells and whistles, you can easily pay up to $500 for a handheld GPS when you start adding on the latest features. So while the prices of GPS units have dropped, to a little more than $100 for a decent entry level GPS, the feature sets have gotten better too.

    Updated: July 28, 2006 to reflect new Garmin Rebates on Handhelds.

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    Cobra sales up Profit Off on GPS Write-Off

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    Cobra Electronics announced a sales increase of 9% for the second quarter - $39.6Mil vs. $33.7Mil year ago, but reported a net loss of $2.7 million due to write-offs of GPS assets. Their older generation products weren’t selling so well, and they wrote off both the inventory and the intellectual assets associated with it. They go on to talk about the positive reception that their recent GPS products have gotten and the high expectations for their newer NavOne 2500 product.

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    TeleAtlas Earnings - 17% increase in Revenue

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    On the heels of their Competitor NAVTEQ's announcement of an 11% revenue growth, Teleatlas has released improved earnings for the second quarter, of 60 Million Euros, a 17% increase compared to the second quarter a year ago. Profit swung from a loss of 1.3 Million Euros to a positive 4.5 Million Euros. The big push was from a strong 81% revenue growth in the personal navigation segment, no doubt powered by some of its big customers like TomTom and Cobra. They are also seeing strong interest in their Developers Link program that attracts developers to help them program and find uses for their mapping data. This will help them offer more to their customers in the future.

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    July 27, 2006

    Garmin Zumo 550 available for Pre-order at Amazon

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    Wow, that didn't take long, the Garmin Zumo 550 is available for pre-order at Amazon. Even though you'll need to wait until October until it ships, you can order today..... It looks hot and should be right at the top of a few lists come this Christmas.

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    NAVTEQ Second Quarter Earnings up 11%

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    NAVTEQ reported record second quarter revenue for the quarter ended July 2, 2006. Revenue in the quarter rose 11% over the second quarter of 2005 to $135.9 million. Net income was $23.8 million, compared to $25.3 million in the prior year's second quarter. Earnings per diluted share were $0.25, compared to $0.27 in the second quarter of 2005. NAVTEQ supplies maps to GPS makers like Garmin and Magellan while also supplying online mapping services like Google Maps and MapQuest. NAVTEQ is generally known to be the stronger player in the US, while TeleAtlas is known to be the stronger player in Europe.

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    Traffic.com Second Quarter Results - Revenue Up 18%

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    Traffic.com, announced financial results for the second quarter 2006, with revenue of $14.4 million, an increase of 18.4% from $12.1 million in the second quarter of 2005. The Company reported a net loss of $4.7 million, or $0.23 per share, in the second quarter of 2006, compared to a net loss of $8.9 million, or $2.80 per share, in the second quarter of 2005. Breakeven looks like it is coming for these guys. For the GPS user, it's good to see these types of companies survive and expand their networks so we can use the traffic data to our advantage.

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    Traffic.com Adds Coverage to 10 Metro Areas

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    Traffic.com announced that the Company has expanded its geographic coverage from 40 to 50 U.S. metropolitan areas. More than 120 million drivers now have access to free, real-time traffic information online and on-the-go. Traffic.com’s 10 new metropolitan areas are Albany, NY; Birmingham, AL; Greensboro, NC; Indianapolis, IN; Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Raleigh-Durham, NC; Tulsa, OK; and Tucson, AZ. The expanded coverage enhances Traffic.com’s nationwide solutions and services supplied to business partners, government agencies, and consumers.

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    GPS units in the press

    A couple of stories on GPS units in the news that I wanted to pass along. The first is from the NYTimes that has a general overview on the GPS market, and how they are expanding beyond just navigation. If you’ve been a reader here you know all this already: NavMan and its ability to take pictures, traffic feeds through FM and XM satellite, music players, picture viewers and even form video players.

    Another story came out of the LA Times that takes a more cynical look at GPS units, but again doesn’t offer anything that you probably already know. Anyway, sometimes it’s interesting to see what mass media is publishing to help understand what the masses think about GPS navigators.

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    July 26, 2006

    Garmin Nuvi 360 Prices Starting to Ease

    Thought I would pass this on... The price is starting to drop on the new Garmin Nuvi 360, down in recent days from pretty much right on its list price of around $900.

    The Price on the Garmin Nuvi 350 is still at blowout pricing, WELL off it's original list price of about $900. While the price on the Nuvi 360 is no bargain at this point, it is a bit of a relief that it's starting to ease.

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    Take a Road Trip - Win MS Streets and Trips 2006 with GPS

    Here's another contest that could have you winning a new copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips 2006 with a GPS locator. The contest has you taking a classic road trip this summer, taking a picture and writing up a story about your adventure; easy right? Well, you are taking a road trip anyways, right? Snap a digital picture and whip up a great story, how hard is that? Entries are needed by September, 2006.

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    Infill G4 - In Car Windows XP PC with Navigation

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    Here's a sweet little Korean number that will do just about everything for you: The Infill G4, and in car PC running Windows XP home edition that comes with 512MB of RAM and a good looking 6.5 inch touch screen. Yes, of course it's a GPS unit with full navigation, powered by the SiRF star III chipset and it comes with navigational maps and free upgrades - that's a great idea. At about $2,000, I would hope so!

    The unit of course plays DVD video and can handle the best movies with its 5.1 surround sound capability, and with a 40GB hard drive, it will surely hold plenty of music.

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    TomTom Sales up; Could have Been Higher

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    TomTom released strong earnings yesterday marred a bit by a component shortage this quarter hat hampered their sales of the new TomTom GO line of GPS units. Their revenue increased to 277 Euros up 141% over the same quarter last year, in doing so they shipped 830,000 units, up 216% over same quarter last year. Their gross margins are around 43%.

    Highlights from the quarter include the continued strong share of the European market at a claimed 53% of the market. More after the jump.....

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    Garmin GPS 10X - Bluetooth GPS Receiver

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    Garmin's new Bluetooth GPS receiver, the Mobile GPS 10x just got approved by the FCC. Add this to the set of Bluetooth receivers on the market that can hook up to your laptop or PDA while traveling to give you directions. The manual draft says that the included CD has software for Windows Mobile and Palm OS devices. The unit weighs in at 80grams, and has a rechargeable battery on board that will last up to 12 hours. The GPS 10x measures 1.77" (W) x 0.75" (H) x 3.46" (D), and it is not waterproof. As part of the "x" designation, this would most likely have the SiRF star III chipset.

    Via MobileWhack

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    Google Mobile Maps adds Traffic

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    Got Google Mobile Maps? Google Mobile now has traffic reporting for you while on the go through your mobile phone. Google has had the mobile maps for a while now, but the recent update adds traffic in 30 major metro areas (they didn’t say which ones). The system allows you to pick a route, and Mobile Maps will trace the traffic enabled areas in green, yellow or red according to the severity of the traffic. They will even predict travel times based on the traffic flow. This is a pretty good step forward that I haven’t seen much on, but anyone who has been snarled in traffic can tell you it’s tough to know how long the back-up will last. Mobile Maps is free (except for the airtime charges to you), and works as a java program on your java enabled, gps, mobile, phone.

    Check out more at www.google.com/gmm

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    Free Navtones Voices for your TomTom

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    Got a TomTom GO and want to add some fun to your trip? Add a new voice. Well, Navtones is running a special deal right now that will have you on the road to happiness, FOOL! Yes, Mr. T, Dennis Hopper, and Burt Reynods are half price, while a few others are free until August 6th.

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    July 25, 2006

    Sirf Revenue up 61% for Second Quarter - Less One Time Charges

    SiRF Technology reported unaudited financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2006, and results again showed surging business, with strong sales growth. The GPS world has embraced the powerful innovations that SiRF has brought to the market, and here are the results. Net revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2006 was $57.2 million, an increase of 61 percent from $35.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2005. Net revenue in the first six months of fiscal 2006 was $109.9 million, an increase of 76 percent from $62.4 million in the first six months of fiscal 2005. Gross margin in the second quarter ended June 30, 2006 was 56.3 percent, as compared to 56.0 percent in the second quarter of 2005. Gross margin in the first six months of fiscal 2006 was 55.7 percent, as compared to 56.0 percent in the first six months of fiscal 2005.

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    Appalachian Trail Hut Coordinates and Trip to Mt Washington

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    Recently, we took a trip up to Mt Washington to hike up, stay over at the Lakes of the Clouds hut, and then hiked back down. The Lakes of the Clouds Hut is located in between Mt Washington and Mt Monroe on the Appalachian Trail. Of course I brought my Garmin GPS, and recorded the trip for prosperity, and as a certain measure of safety. While we generally had great weather, Mt Washington is known to have the worst weather in the US, claiming to have recorded the highest wind speed ever on land (somewhere north of 230 MPH). Anyway, in researching our trip, I came across a set of Latitude and Longitude coordinates for all huts and shelters along the Appalachian Trail. Thought I would pass on the link.

    They also have a GPX file available with the coordinates to all the AT huts.

    AT Huts Coordinates


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    Updated POI Databases for US

    Satellite GPS POI Database has been updated recently to include more Points of Interest across the US in a meaningful way, by adding more Red Light Cameras in LA, Memphis, the Boston Area and the Portland area. They have also added a database of YMCA's nationwide. The site has several dozen POI databases that are available, that are updated regularly and may include POI's that your GPS doesn't. The databases are easy to load up on your Garmin device. The site has all the information.

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    July 24, 2006

    New GPS: Lowrance iWay 600C

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    On the heels of the iWay 250C announcement, Lowrance has introduced the new iWAY 600C (and you thought with the recent merger you wouldn't see anything new from Lowrance....). The iWAY 600C is the first to offer both precision street-ready and marine-ready navigation... including a wealth of road mapping, plus charting for inland and coastal waters with depth contours...in one complete waterproof package. It's loaded with features including: a larger 5" , highest-resolution color touch-screen display, 30GB hard drive, built-in stereo MP3 player and full-spectrum FM transmitter; the iWay lists for $799.

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    New GPS: Averatec Voya 350

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    Averatec Inc launched its first product for the consumer electronics market with the Voya 350 personal navigation system. Overall, the product similar features to a lot of other GPS products on the market. The Voya 350 has voice prompts, and automatic route calculation, a 3.5 inch touch screen and comes with pre-loaded NAVTEQ maps. It has 1.6 million POI's, a few million less than some of the market leading devices. It has a helix type antenna that should give it solid GPS reception.

    The Voya 350 should be available in the US for around $400.

    UPDATE: See a Review of the Averatec Voya 350 here at the GPS Lodge.

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    Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Review by GPS Lodge


    "The C550 is the must have GPS for the foreseeable future."


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    For the past month we have been driving all over the place guided by the Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS, it has been an excellent experience. The unit has a lot going for it, and it more than delivers on the promise of getting you from here to there; it pampers you as you go with confidence and style. The interface is clean, the routing well done, and the traffic reporting very helpful and very well done. This is an excellent product that I would recommend to anyone looking for a mid-tier GPS. It’s on the pricy side with it being at the top of the mid-tier line, but if you have high expectations, the Garmin StreetPilot C550 can deliver.

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    July 21, 2006

    Rebates, Discounts and More on GPS

    Price on Nuvi 350 has crept up about $36, but still a bargain discounted price vs. the $900 list price. The C330 and C340 are still great buys.

    Here’s a rundown:

    Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360 that’s coming soon. If you don’t want BlueTooth capability offered with the Garmin Nuvi 360, consider this a great deal on the Garmin Nuvi 350.

    Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

    Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also has optional traffic capability.

    Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable. Rebate Through 7/31.

    Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board. Rebate though 7/31.

    Sony Nav-U 70 - $100 Rebate right now through 8/5. Mid Tier GPS from Sony. See our posts for reviews of the Sony Nav-U.

    Handheld GPS
    Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon – VERY capable handheld, one of the best available. Net price is right around $300. Rebate through 8/21/06. Moving them out to make room for the new “X” model with the SiRF star chipset. The new model is about $80 more: Garmin GPSMap 60CSx

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    July 20, 2006

    Altina Bluetooth GPS receiver

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    Altina has a Bluetooth out, the GPS Receiver-GBT708 enables you to receive GPS data on mobile handheld, Pocket PC, Notebook wirelessly. The GBT708 Receiver provides high position accuracy and has reliable tracking capabilities with the SiRF star IIe chipset.  

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    Win a Free Garmin Zumo 550 Motorcycle GPS

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    In celebratioin of their new Garmin Zumo 550 motorcycle GPS, Garmin is giving away a Garmin Zumo to those who register by July 31st at their website. The unit is specifically designed to be used on motorcycles with lots of customized features like glove friendly controls, Bluetooth to helmet audio capability, and it's waterproof. Garmin has loaded this up with some interesting features, and some nice touches. Fuel reminders with an easy route to gas stations, review your tracks on Google Earth when you get home, and swap trips and waypoints with other zūmo's.

    See the entry form box on the right side of the Garmin Blog page.

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    Shah Capital buys Magellan for $170 Mil

    An investment group led by Shah Capital Partners (SCP) today announced they have reached an agreement to acquire Thales Navigation, makers of the Magellan series of GPS units. Reports are out that say the deal was for $170 million USD. We reported on this possibility back in May. This is good news, I think that Magellan has lost its way recently and didn’t bring the innovation to the GPS marketplace that they were capable of and needed to do. These are the people that got the jump on automotive navigation, and where are they today in the European Market, or the US market, where the entire category is exploding? Garmin is eating their lunch in the US, while TomTom is doing the same in Europe. Let’s face it, competition is good for consumers, and while I am happy to hear about the recent launches of the new RoadMates, I am even more happy to hear about this purchase. In the near term, Shah capital had better pump some dollars into R&D (like Garmin did 2 years ago), and in eighteen months, I would expect some innovative products popping out the other end.

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    Mapquest Rolls out Multi-Point Routes

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    Mapquest has rolled out a beta of its new multi-stop Route Builder feature. This new tool lets travelers save time and money by mapping out their entire journey – and multiple destination stops in between – in one convenient step. So, if you aren’t yet using a GPS, the new multipoint routing at Mapquest can help you out. I tested it and it seems intuitive and pretty useful. You can start by putting in a starting and ending destination, and then move on to add other stops. If you want to change the order of your stops, you can easily move stops around and the route updates before your eyes. As you would imagine, with multiple stops, the direction set gets pretty long, so they have included the ability to hide segments of the directions as you work your route, and then allow you to reveal them all to print.

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    Boston's Big Dig a Big Headache for Online Maps

    In case you haven’t already heard, the Big Dig here in Boston has had some big problems, which has resulted in a closure of many key connector ramps from the main artery to the Logan Airport tunnel. There are detours set up that may last weeks to months as they repair faulty fixtures in the ceiling of these connector tunnels. The Boston Globe today wrote up a piece on how the online map world can’t keep up with these significant but (hopefully) temporary detours. TeleAtlas is mapping the Big Dig even now as the mess is unfolding, but unfortunately they won’t be getting the new detour information through the system in time to help travelers getting to the airport under the new detour laden routes. I did a quick check of a couple of online mapping programs and they sent you right through the closed ramps, whoops. It’s a complex pathway for road data to travel from TeleAtlas van to your GPS, but man if we could ever shrink that to a few days…. Now that would be big.

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    New Aviation GPS: Garmin GSPMAP 496

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    Garmin introduced the GPSMAP 496, a full-color, portable aviation device that expands on the GPSMAP 396’s features by incorporating Garmin’s SafeTaxi™ airport diagrams, Garmin’s Smart Airspace™, AOPA’s Airport Directory data, enhanced high-resolution terrain database, aviation database with private airports and heliports, accelerated GPS update rate, and pre-loaded automotive maps of North America or Europe. These features are in addition to the real-time XM WX Satellite Weather™ that puts powerful weather information at the pilot’s fingertips.

    They will be giving one Garmin GPSMAP 496 away - Details below.

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    MotionBased Wants to Know What You Think

    MotionBased, the training website owned by Garmin, is looking for product upgrade ideas. So, if you have some input, go fill out their online survey and maybe you can win a year of free service. Now there you go, consumer driven innovation – gotta love it. The contest/survey runs through July 31st.

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    CBS: Quick Overview of GPS Market

    CBS recently posted an article where they cover the wide swath that is the GPS market today. They reviewed and ran through almost 10 GPS devices or services, highlighting the advantages of each. Interesting little read if you want a quick average Joe read on the market.

    They cover:

  • Garmin GPSMap 76CSx
  • Garmin StreetPilot C550
  • JVC KV-PX9B
  • Pioneer AVIC-s1
  • NAVMAN iCN750
  • Navizon service
  • Verizon Navigator Service
  • Pharos Traveler GPS 525

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  • July 19, 2006

    Wall Street Journal Reviews iPod/Nike+ System

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    Walter Mossberg has taken a look at and likes the new iPod/Nike + fitness training system that links your iPod Nano to your new Nike+ shoes through a wireless sensor to help you train better. While not a GPS, the sensor can gauge your strides, and give feedback to you through your iPod Nano. I wrote up a piece a couple of weeks ago on this system, and it’s good to see a review come out from a reliable source like the Wall Street Journal.

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    Rikaline GPS-50 - GPS Watch

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    The Rikaline GPS-50 watch isn’t the first GPS watch to come along (recall the Suunto x9i ), and I am sure it’s not the last, but it is the first I have seen with the SiRF star III chipset. It has a bunch of features, but at the same time is low on capability; it can measure temperature, altitude, and track where you are, while also featuring an optional solar charger to help you get through the long hikes you might take this on. The 45 gram watch only offers a tracklog of 600 points, which has an adjustable interval of 1 second to 10 minutes. So at 1 second intervals, you are overwriting every 10 minutes… that’s not a long tracklog. But the good news is that this continues the miniturization trend that can get GPS components into a lot of easy to use (carry) devices, so that GPS based information is only an arm's length away. No word on price or availability.

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    Live pic of the Garmin Zumo 550

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    Garmin Blogs has posted a nice picture of the new Zumo 550 from their ride to work day. The new Zumo 550 was being inspected here, but I thought it was interesting to see someone had mounted a GPSMAP 378 or 478 on the bike in the background. Both devices are weather enabled through an XM satellite feed. They aren’t as customized for the bike as the new Zumo 550, but the weather option would be great for long bike rides. Could that weather feed find its way into a Zumo 560?

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    New GPS: Garmin Zumo 550, GPS for Motorcycles

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    Garmin announced the debut of Zumo 550, designed from the ground-up to exceed the demands of motorcyclists. This will compete head to head with the TomTom Rider, as both have glove friendly controls, Bluetooth to helmet audio capability, and are waterproof. Garmin has loaded this up with some interesting features, and some nice touches. Fuel reminders with an easy route to gas stations, review your tracks on Google Earth when you get home, and swap trips and waypoints with other Zumo's.

    “The Garmin Zumo is designed by motorcyclists for motorcyclists, so it naturally includes hardware and software features that make the device stand out from any other navigator on the market,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Garmin has long been known as a pioneer in satellite navigation in aircraft, boats, cars, so we’re proud to be able to offer a unit that stands up to the demands of motorcyclists and a motorcycle’s demanding environment.”

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    NAVTEQ Maps South Africa

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    NAVTEQ has announced a full coverage map for South Africa. Included in the data set is over 450,000 km of roads, enabling customers using the NAVTEQ digital map for South Africa to create navigation solutions for the entire country. The full coverage product, which reaches approximately one hundred percent of South Africa’s population, includes over 25,000 points of interest including high value listings such as approximately 3,900 restaurants and 2,100 hotels. Customers integrating the map into consumer and business applications will have access to data representing over 4,955 named places in the country.

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    GPS Review: Navman iCN 750

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    Another review has hit the Net on the NavMan iCN750, the only in-car navigation system that comes with an integrated digital camera. This time the review on this GPS was from PCMag. They said that they’d have a hard time forking over the $700-$800 for this GPS, even with the camera. Last week, Cnet reviewed the same model, and had a lot of fun with the camera. So, read them both and you decide.

    "As a GPS navigation device, the Navman iCN750 is easy to use. On my vacation, it provided accurate, reliable directions and got me to my destinations without any hitches. The NavPix feature is interesting, but at $799.95, there are better GPSs available for the same money"

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    July 18, 2006

    New GPS: Lowrance iWay 250C

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    Lowrance announced the launch of their Lorance iWay 250C GPS, a well priced mid-Tier GPS for a list price of $349. The iWay 250C will come equipped with a 3.5 inch touch screen, with pre-installed NAVTEQ maps for the US and Canada. The unit gives voice turn cues, as well as a load of common features like: street address search, avoid toll roads, and play your MP3’s. It will also show your pictures in JPG format. Expect it to hit shelves this Fall.

    From the basic description, it sounds like the iWay 350C, so the jury is out on what happens to the iWay 350C this fall, upgrade? Discontinue? We’ll try to find out for you.

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    GPS Review: GlobalSat B-228 vs. GlobalSat B-338

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    There’s a nice review of the new GlobalSat Bluetooth receiver that you should check out. The folks at Geekzone have taken the new GlobalSat B-328 Bluetooth receiver through its paces and compared it to the GlobalSat B-338 Bluetooth receiver that is more expensive and sports the highly accurate SiRF star III chipset. Overall, they found that the GlobalSat B-328 Bluetooth receiver does fairly well in most situation, but sure enough the SiRF star III shows is prowess in tough urban settings where the buildings are high and the satellite signals are low.

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    July 17, 2006

    Avis and Budget offer Garmin "Where2" GPS


    Avis Budget Car Rental, LLC today announced that Avis Rent A Car and Budget Rent A Car will begin offering Where2 -- a Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation system built by Garmin -- in 125 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Recall that Avis had/has an offering that relies on a Moto phone that allows you to call a center and get directions delivered over the phone. My hunch is that Garmin GPS units are so intuitive that most renters can figure them out in a few minutes.

    Want a scorecard on who suppliesGPS units to what car rental agency? More after the Jump...

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    Garmin - Built Conquest GPS on Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

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    Garmin announced that Harley-Davidson will begin offering a customized GPS navigation system – named the Conquest – that features highly detailed, pre-loaded maps of North America.

    The Harley-Davidson Conquest is available as an accessory for '96-later models (except VRSCR) using the new handlebar mounting bracket. The Conquest will also fit the Road Glide and Electra Glide FLHT, FLHTC, FLHTCUI, AND FLTRI 1998 model year or later with a mount that fits onto the motorcycle’s fairing for a clean and streamlined look.

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    Japan May Launch Own GPS Satellites

    Japan is considering launching some of its own GPS satellites to augment the US based GPS satellites so that the accuracy and coverage is improved for Japan and surrounding areas. Not satisfied with the accuracy of the signals, Japan could by launching their own satellites, improve accuracy in crowded cites and urban canyons. Apparently special receivers would be needed to access the signals, but since the plans call for the launch of these satellites in 2009 or after, don’t alter your buying plans yet.

    Recall that India is also interested in their own navigation satellite launch - IRNS - ReadMore

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    July 14, 2006

    Up your Limit for MP3's on your Garmin Nuvi

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    Have you hit the limit of 500 MP3's on your Nuvi? Well the recent software update raises the limit on MP3's that you can load on the Nuvi from 500 to 1,000. If you want this update, just run the software updater application to get the latest firmware and you're good to go.

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    GPS Rebates, Sales, Blowout Prices, oh my!

    OK; there’s a lot of goodness going on right now for low prices, rebates and such. Here’s a rundown:

    Garmin Nuvi 350– Blowout price. Well off the $900 list price, making way for the Nuvi 360 that’s coming soon. If you don’t want BlueTooth capability offered with the Garmin Nuvi 360, consider this a great deal on the Garmin Nuvi 350.

    Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $400 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device. Earlier this spring this was selling for the mid-to upper $400’s.

    Garmin StreetPilot C340 – Also price dropped, now selling for around $450. Text to speech capability – says “Turn right on Maple St.” instead of “Turn Right”; a nice touch for an extra $50. Also has optional traffic capability.

    Lowrance iWay 350C – $50 Rebate right now. Mid Tier model that we reviewed earlier this year. Highly configurable.

    Lowrance iWay 500C - $100 Rebate right now. BIG 5 inch touch screen and 10GB available for your MP3’s on board.

    Sony Nav-U 70 - $100 Rebate right now. Mid Tier GPS from Sony. See our posts for reviews of the Sony Nav-U.

    Handheld GPS
    Garmin GPSMap 60CS - $50 Rebate only at Amazon – VERY capable handheld, one of the best available. Net price is right around $300. Moving them out to make room for the new “X” model with the SiRF star chipset. The new model is about $80 more: Garmin GPSMap 60CSx

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    July 13, 2006

    Reabates: $100 on Lowrance iWay 500C and $50 on iWay 350C

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    Lowrance is running a $100 rebate on its iWay 500C GPS system, and a $50 rebate on the iWay 350C GPS system. The iWay 500c has a huge 5 inch touch screen, and comes with 10 GB of hard drive space to load up on MP3 or Ogg Vorbis music files. The iWay 350C has a 3.5 inch touch screen and also comes ready to play MP3 files loaded through an SD card. We reviewed the iWay 350C – read about what we thought.

    Both come preloaded with high quality NAVTEQ maps, and are highly configurable to get the screen and readout the way you want it. Rebates are good for purchases made before 7/31/06.

    $50 Rebate Form: Lowrance iWay 350C - Final Cost $350

    $100 Rebate Form: Lowrance iWay 500C - Final Cost $499

    Both come with Free Shipping from Amazon.

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    GPS Review: Navman iCN 750 GPS with a Camera

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    Navman recently announced the Navman iCN 750, the first GPS navigation device to have a 1.3 MP camera on board. A camera you say? Yes – use it to snap pictures of your favorite Points of Interest and use those pictures as icons to navigate back to them. The units has a big 4 inch screen, and right on the front buttons to get you to the nearest gas station, or parking garage; nice touch (I’d like a Home button too; hey it’s the place you are going to navigate to most!). A new review has hit the net and rates the product pretty high.

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    Traffic.com and AOL ink Deal - Traffic Feeds on AOL

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    In a couple of traffic news items today, Traffic.com has been selected to be the traffic feed provider to AOL, and they also just signed a $3.3 Mil deal to put in traffic sensors around Philly and Pittsburgh. The AOL deal is significant as it will deliver its TrafficOne™ solution, which will be co-branded across the AOL site. Detailed, accurate traffic information for major metropolitan areas across the U.S. will include Traffic.com’s incident, flow data, and Jam Factor® reports and trending measurements. The my traffic.com suite of services will provide this information to AOL users online, on-demand or on-the-go, giving drivers exactly the information they need--when, where and how they want.

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    How GPS’s work – Cool online Demo

    There is a cool online demo of how a GPS works. This is from Crutchfield and shows the basics of what life is like when navigating with a GPS. Going home? Navigating through traffic? It can show you how these things work. If you are new to a GPS and aren’t sure how they work, check it out.

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    July 12, 2006

    Google and VW Update – Like Google Earth on your GPS

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    We recently announced that VW and Google have teamed up to investigate what the future of GPS navigation should be or rather what it could be. Well they are also working with Nvidia to bring the future to us in a way that is more intuitive and easier to use. The NY Times recently covered this partnership. “VW is working on ways to display the facade of the destination building on the dashboard navigation screen, and to filter out all other irrelevant information. The company also expects to incorporate into its car systems a Google Earth feature that lets users trace a path on the digital map. A high-speed connection to the Internet would be required in the car to make the Google maps available.” Interesting stuff. More at the link below.

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    Gathering Map Data – A Tough Job, but Someone's got to do it

    So, you wonder why your GPS doesn’t have a local street on it, or why the name of that street is wrong on your GPS? Well, a lot of it has to do with the ever changing landscape that confronts the data gatherers. Me? I wish that there was more of a real time process where you could get updates downloaded to you weekly, monthly, quarterly? Upload the patch, and Bam! You get the new local restaurant that just went in last month. Instead of pressing DVD’s of the new map data, I just want more real time downloads. Well it’s not that easy, apparently.

    The NY Times has a good article today explaining a day in the life of a geographic analyst for NAVTEQ. Like I said, it's a tough job but someone's got to do it.

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    Pavion KCN-9000 GPS with Video + a Memo Pad

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    Pavion has a new GPS to the market that is sure to fill the world with a little eye candy. From what I can gather off their flashy site, the new KCN-9000 GPS will be built with a 3.5” touch screen that displays video from the A/V input jack. It also has the ability to capture memos as part of a memo pad. Navigation? Oh, yea it can do that too, we think, with the SiRF star III chipset at the heart of things. When you don’t have access to a “Cigar lighter” you can always rely on the onboard Lithium Ion batteries. No word on where or when you can buy one.

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    TomTom Hit by Component Shortage

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    Apparently, TomTom has been hit by a component shortage for their new GO Line of GPS sta nav devices according to a recent report. TomTom is now forecasting that revenue will be a more modest 275 Mil Euros in the second quarter, a mere 10% rise over the previous quarter. This is a critical quarter for the GPS market, which sells a lot in the summer months and also right before Christmas. Details weren't released, but they are now fixing the issues and getting things back on track. They said "issues with respect to this component have been resolved and production levels are now satisfactory and in line with our planning."

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    New GPS: Thompson GPS 420 and GPS 280

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    Thomson, is entering the GPS/Sat-Nav race in Europe with a couple of models this fall. The GPS 420 is a wide screen format 4.2 inch screen GPS that should sell for around €500. No news on wheather or not it will offer video capability, but it would be a shame if it did not, considering that nice widescreen it has there. It's not going to win any design contests, but hey, the screen looks nice.

    The other GPS unit is the GPS 280 with a 2.8 inch screen that will price in around €400. The GPS 280 is apparently designed for auto and pedestrian use. Anyway, the two devices are packing the almost standard and required SiRF star III chipset for high accuracy and low power consumption.

    via Engadget

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    July 11, 2006

    Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review - CNet

    The new Garmin StreetPilot C550 is hitting the shelves these days and another review has hit the Net. This time its CNet running the Garmin C550 through its paces. Recall that we have the Garmin C550 in house for review and will be writing up our thoughts on the unit in the coming weeks. The bottom line for CNet is that “The c550 offers the same great navigation features as its more economical cousin, the Garmin StreetPilot C330 , but adds a number of great improvements, such as Bluetooth integration, text-to-speech functionality, and traffic information. More important, it performs these functions well. It's a bit on the pricey side, but for the money, you get a great all-around portable navigation device.”

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    GPS Review: TomTom GO 910

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    T3, the Brit gadget mag, is loving the new TomTom GO 910 GPS; calls it the "King of Sat Navs". In their review, they loved the many features ranging from the great navigation, the ability to work with your iPod, and the ability to get traffic alerts. While the on-board speaker is not hi-fi quality, its audio out can connect to your stereo. Don’t have an iPod, well there is over 10GB of space for your MP3’s onboard.

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    NAVTEQ and LandSonar sign agreement - Traffic Prediction

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    LandSonar, a leading supplier of network delivered predictive traffic products, announces a broad, technology and product licensing agreement with NAVTEQ. LandSonar has licensed to NAVTEQ its core LandSonar Predictive Speed (LPS™) product, which offers predictive speed values with extensive coverage of the US continental road network. LPS in NAVTEQ format for the continental US is now available directly from LandSonar and will be available from other parties as an integrated part of NAVTEQ map data in the coming months. It will be interesting to see how this develops, and where NAVTEQ brings this out. Could this be in your next GPS? That's what I want - totally aware GPS navigation.

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    Garmin C330 and C340 running Cheap at Amazon

    Another couple of blowout prices to talk about at Amazon. The Garmin C-series is running cheap these days. The Garmin StreetPilot C330 (pre-loaded maps, touch screen) was running $450 or so this spring, and it’s now under $400, while the Garmin StreetPilot C340 (pre-loaded maps, touchscreen, text to speech turn indications and optional traffic alerts), is now about $450. Again, these are running several hundred dollars off list price. These must be clearing out in time for the new Garmin StreetPilot C550 hitting the shelves. If you want more info on the StreetPilot C340 – read our review from late last year.

    Also if you are interested in these, check out the Garmin Nuvi 350 – it’s moving out ahead of the new Garmin Nuvi 360, and is bargain priced off its $900 list.

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    Win a New Jeep Compass SUV or GPSMap 60Cx - 2006 Geocaching Contest

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    So, the Jeep Geocaching Contest is back for 2006 and you can win a new Jeep Compass in the process. The Jeep compass is the new Compact SUV coming from Jeep this fall. Right now, the contest is in the pre-launch stages as they distribute all those little Jeep Travel Bugs. If you want to get one sent to you so that you can drop it in a local cache to help with the contest set-up, visit the Jeep Geocaching site listed below.

    Starting August 1st, the contest will run with 5,500 Jeep Travel bugs nationwide each with a unique tracking number on it. There will be some directions on the travel bug and at the Jeep Geocaching site to tell you what to do and how to win. Like last year, the contest will ask you to take photos and submit them for judging to Geocaching. Garmin is the official sponsor/GPS of Geocaching. Weekly winners of the photo contest will win a new Garmin GPSMap 60Cx . There will be one overall winner who gets the Jeep Compass.


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    July 10, 2006

    Garmin Nuvi sold through Saab Dealerships

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    Garmin has announced that Saab automotive dealerships in Europe are now offering customers the opportunity to purchase a Garmin Nuvi 300 satellite navigation directly from the dealer's showroom. Big step up for the Nuvi; a well thought out and well designed unit from Garmin. In the States, the Garmin Nuvi 350 is selling very well (blowout prices now at Amazon.com – well off its $900 list price), with its upgrade, the Garmin Nuvi 360 hitting the shelves about now too. So, with Saab doing this, one has to wonder if its parent, General Motors, will do a similar thing here in the US for either Saab or another higher end line.

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    Garmin Mobile - New Features: Weather, Traffic and Gas Prices

    Garmin upped the ante today on the mobile phone as a navigation device, with features you can’t find just anywhere. Garmin announced it is providing new dynamic content -- fuel prices, weather conditions and forecasts, and traffic information -- on all mobile phones equipped with Garmin Mobile -- a subscription-based, application delivering maps, directions, and turn-by-turn navigation on mobile phones. This new real-time content will be available at no additional fee to Garmin Mobile users beginning in July. Garmin Mobile is currently available on select Sprint and Nextel mobile phones.

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    Magellan RoadMate 3000T Giveaway - Are you Lovin' it?

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    In a sure sign that GPS’s have gone mainstream, McDonalds is now giving away Magellan RoadMate 3000T GPS’s in their Pirates of the Caribbean promotion/contest. You can also win a Volvo convertible, and a few other Pirates of the Caribbean type prizes (i.e. DVD’s and such). So, you can get your entry codes on Big Macs, Large Fries or Large soft drinks, go to the website, and see if you won. You can also get entry codes without buying their stuff. “You will be required to provide your email address in order to obtain either one Code or one Instant Win Code and one Late Night Bonus Code by email.” You can go to their website for registration and ways to get your code sent to your email. So go win that GPS (or car….) They are giving away 28 cars in 28 days. Are you lovin’ it matey?

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    Philips GPS: PNS 100, 120, 150

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    So some more details have emerged on the new Philips GPS units that are coming out this year. Recall last month that Philips announced their intention to enter the GPS navigation market this year with a line up of GPS units to be launched in time for the holidays this year. Good move, since most GPS units are either sold in the US/European Spring – right before Road Trip season, or for the holidays when everyone wants to buy the perfect gift. More details to follow...

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    Galileo Codes Cracked

    So the Galileo system is starting to form over Europe for navigation, which is supposed to be functional by 2010. It’s a private venture that needs to make money from selling subscriptions to users (unlike the GPS system that is paid for by US taxpayers and is free to use as long as the government wants you to). Well some enterprising folks at Cornell wanted to see if they could crack the encryption on the Galileo satellite, as some signals are supposed to be open. The Cornell news service is reporting about their success in cracking the codes and listening in to the Galileo transmissions.


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    July 9, 2006

    TeleType WorldNav 3100 GPS with Video, and MP3

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    TeleType has just released the WorldNav 3100 that blends cutting-edge vehicle GPS navigation with MP3 and Video player technology. The WorldNav 3100 goes a step beyond other GPS units by offering the Video capability at such a bargain price. Two configurations are offered at $399 and $449. The unit has a 3.5" touch screen, a rechargeable lithium ion battery and the SiRF star III chipset. (ReadMore at our article – “What is the SiRF star III chipset”)

    The “WorldNav 3100 is stylish, lightweight, and easy to use, and we’re excited to offer this device for a very reasonable price,” said Marleen Winer, a spokesperson for TeleType.”

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    Amazon Sale on Garmin StreetPilot 2730 and Magellan RoadMate 700

    Amazon is running a few GPS specials this week in their electronics section; the Garmin StreetPilot 2730, and the Magellan RoadMate 700. The Garmin StreetPilot 2730 is a newer model that has XM Satellite capability. The StreetPilot 2730 uses this XM data to automatically calculate and suggest faster alternative routes long before traffic starts backing up. The StreetPilot 2730 offers more than 180 channels of XM satellite radio channels. You can send XM and navigation audio to your car stereo through the StreetPilot's integrated FM wireless transmitter or via an integrated 3.5 mm stereo headphone/line-out plug.

    The Magellan RoadMate 700 is a solid player in the mid-tier range that while a bit long in the tooth has some good features from a good company to make it worth checking out at this price.

    While you are at it - check out the Garmin Nuvi 350 - I'll say it again, this is a low price compared to its $900 list price. They must be moving them out before the New Garmin Nuvi 360 moves in. It's worth a look too.

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    Garmin Nuvi 350 at Blowout Prices

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    So, I knew that the Garmin Nuvi 350 is popular, but have you noticed that it's in the Top 10 for electronics sold at Amazon, beating out things like an iPod Nano ?!?! I recently reviewed the Mio C310 which has a similarly small footprint and loved the form factor. I think that people are catching on, and the rock bottom price doesn't hurt either. Word has it that the Garmin Nuvi 350 was rated highest of the models tested in a recent Consumer Reports magazine. Yea - it's that good. These are selling at a steep discount to their $900+ list price; they must be moving them out to make room for the new Garmin Nuvi 360's that are coming later this month with Bluetooth capabilities. If you don't need the Bluetooth, this price is great on the Nuvi 350. As always, Amazon offfers free shipping on these.

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    July 7, 2006

    Review: Garmin Quest 2 GPS Review


    Garmin announced the launch of the Garmin Quest 2 GPS receiver for North America last summer and a new review of this GPS is up talking over the pros and cons of this navigation device. It's portable and versatile enough to go in your automobile, on foot and into wet locations due to its water resistant design (i.e. on your Motorcycle or on a hike). The Quest 2 is an upgrade from the older Garmin Quest, and is priced in the mid-tier of GPS navigation units. The Garmin Quest 2 has voice based directions that are routed through the 12V power adapter presumably due to the water resistance requirements on the unit, but the unit also runs on its internal battery when not connected to power.

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    July 6, 2006

    ATM Thieves Stopped by GPS

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    News of how a GPS helps in society – this is way better than reading about all those sex offender GPS tracking stories....

    Apparently some thieves hotwired a forklift to steal an ATM, but they didn’t realize that the thing had a GPS transponder inside, which eventually brought the Law to them. When the sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene where the ATM was about four hours after the ATM was stolen, they found the ATM still wasn’t cracked. The ATM seemed to have survived a pry bar, a sledgehammer, and even a welder’s torch. The two men who apparently stole the ATM were brought into custody.

    Via UPI

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    Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS Review from TIME

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    A short review has hit the net on the Garmin StreetPilot C550 - saying that it's the "Must have accessory for summer road trips." Not a bad assessment. We have the Garmin C550 in house right now for our own review, and I agree that it is very good. My review will be coming in a few weeks. For now, you can check out what Time magazine thought of the StreetPilot C550 in their review of the popular mid-tier GPS.

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    Update: Cobra NavOne 2500

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    Update: More news out on the Cobra NavOne 2500 launch. It will apparently be traffic enabled to use the optional traffic reciever. It will also ship with an SD card slot which Cobra hopes you will fill with their Travel Guides which will be available for $39 to $99. Recall that Cobra works with traffic feeds via Clear Channel who has an agreement with Inrix, provider of traffic flow data for dozens of major metro cities. See our report from earlier today for more on Inrix coverage and their technology.

    Original Story follows: Cobra is set to launch the NavOne 2500, the follow-up to the well known NavOne 4500. The NavOne 2500 is set to enter the mid-tier segment of the market with a 3.5" color touch screen, and a new software platform for Cobra. More after the jump...

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    New RoadMax VMax 361 GPS

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    RoadMax has debuted its new mid-tier VMax 361 GPS model, adding to their line of GPS devices. The new affordable VMax361 features an easy-to-read 3.5-inch LCD touch-control display to assist drivers in finding an address location. Primary controls include: Destination, View, Function and Settings. Other convenient navigation features includes a volume adjustable Voice Prompt option as well as search by Address, Intersection or Points-of-Interest. The VMax361 comes with a pre-loaded Secure Digital (SD) card of the entire USA and Canada.

    The RoadMax VMax 361 has a suggested price of $349 - decent bargain considering the features, but I can't vouch for the usability. No word on where to buy the units yet, but availabilty is now slated for August or September.

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    Nike and Apple Launch Nike+ Training aids Next Week

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    So if you haven't heard, Nike and Apple recently announced a partnership to develop and market fitness equipment targeted at runners (for now, more to come?) that links up enabled footwear and the apple iPod Nano that will record your workout while also giving you prompts about your pace, distance, time, etc. All of this goes on sale a week from today. Looks like fun competition for Garmin's Forerunner series, and comes on the heels of Garmin announcing that they are delaying Mac compatibility - ouch. The Nike+ shoes link to a module that you plug into your iPod Nano and delivering this information, that is also available for download to your computer after your run - more info at Apple. (A heart rate monitor must be coming soon; if not they're nuts.) Of course leave it up to Apple to create a culture around the launch. Check out the Nike+ site for more information as they appear ready to create a little community featuring total miles run by these hip-coolites who are using the devices and uploading their results. You'll be able to see who has run the fastest and the farthest in the last week; can I drag my Nikes behind the car to qualify?

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    Inrix: Real-Time Traffic Coverage to More US Cities

    Inrix announced it is delivering accurate, real-time speed and flow information for 36 metropolitan markets, making the company the broadest nationwide coverage provider of real- time flow information. Leveraging the real-time vehicle GPS probe data from the 'Inrix Dust Network,' the company launched six new metropolitan markets today including Dallas, Hartford, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

    Recall that Inrix has signed an agreement with TelAtlas, who supplies map data to Cobra and TomTom. Of course, that's all well and good, but you still need a way to get real time data form servers to the units, which requires one or more wireless type technologies, either FM broadcasts through a silent channel (Inrix is in an agreement with ClearChannel for this), Bluetooth connection through your phone, or XM satellite data signals. Anyway, I still think that accurate traffic prediction is the future of navigation, and Inrix is well positioned in this area.

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    July 5, 2006

    Medion Readies new GPS Units: GoPal 210 and GoPal 500

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    Entry level electronics manufacturer Medion has added new models to its GoPal GPS range. The new GoPal PNA 210 is priced at £149.99 in the UK, and comes equipped with a 2.8 inch color touch screen and preloaded maps of the UK and Ireland. The GoPal PNA 500 is the mid-tier model, featuring pre-installed UK and Ireland maps, a 3.5-inch color TFT touch screen and an integrated MP3 player. It's priced from £199.99.

    All the models are powered by a Samsung 300MHz processor and have on-screen and voice directions, pre-loaded points of interest database (POI), distance and estimated time remaining to the destination. They also feature an expandable memory card slot and an interchangeable faceplate.

    Via TechDigest

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    Garmin readies the Garmin Mobile XT

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    Update: See the New Garmin Mobile XT Announcement - Oct 4, 2007

    News has come from the FCC website that Garmin has a new mobile product waiting in the wings, named the Garmin Mobile XT (at least for now). From the manual and descriptions, the unit appears to be a GPS receiver, and mount for your mobile that will allow some pretty sophisticated navigation, including multi-point destination programming. The unit would have the ball mount available for your phone. From the manual it appears to have the classic Garmin interface feel with a good feature set and a simple interface. No news on launch or availability.

    Via MobileWhack

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    GPS, Galileo, now IRNS?

    So, if two global positioning satellite systems weren’t enough; here goes another one. Apparently India feels that they need to put up a system that serves their nation with position, navigation and timing services. The new Indian Regional Navigation System (IRNS) should be built in the next 5+ years and would cover India with up to eight satellites.

    "The system is a totally independent navigational system based on a constellation of eight satellites," said Nair, who is also chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Nair said the system would be under Indian control, and the space and ground segments as well as receivers will be built in the country.

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    Rumors Rumors - TomTom takeover target for Microsoft

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    Yea, apparently there's a rumor floating around that TomTom is a takeover target of Microsoft's. "That's news to me. I haven't heard about it," says TomTom Chief Operating Officer Alexander Ribbink when asked about the news. Of course if there was something going on, he wouldn't be able to say anything anyway. Now, when Garmin was rumored to be looking at a Lowrance acquisition, they denied it in a press release. I don't see anything official coming out of TomTom.

    Hummm, I wonder what would TomTom look like running under Windows Mobile?

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    July 3, 2006

    Review: Mio C310 Review by GPS Lodge

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    Update: See our Review of the new Mio C310x GPS, Compare the Mio C310 vs. the Mio C310x
    Update: I talked with Mio and got an update on Map fixes and more. See the post.


    We have been using the Mio C310 for a while here at the GPS Lodge, and when we got it back in May, I’ll admit it, I wasn’t expecting a knock-out performer. I mean designing a solid piece of consumer electronics – software and hardware, isn’t easy, and I have seen my share of poor design in GPS devices. Not just anyone can do this, and from the list of failures in the market it seems like there’s more do designing a sound GPS than one might think. Watch out, Mio has something here in the Mio C310. Is it perfect? No, but who is? It’s pretty darn good and it certainly beat my expectations.

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    Garmin and Traffic.com Team up on Garmin Mobile 20

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    Traffic.com and Garmin team up on Garmin Mobile 20 to bring you up to the minute traffic data to your mobile phone. Traffic.com will provide Garmin Mobile 20 users with traffic data in 50 metro markets across the country. Traffic.com has a decent array of tools and data collection that make it a solid destination for you to learn more about how traffic will impact your commute of road trip, even if you don’t have Garmin’s Mobile 20 product.

    "Real-time traffic information is leading the expansion of the consumer navigation services market and we are thrilled to announce Garmin -- a widely respected industry leader -- has chosen our traffic content exclusively to integrate into its GPS-based Mobile 20 device," said Robert N. Verratti, chief executive officer, Traffic.com, Inc. "By partnering with us and our unique mobile advertising network, Garmin will be able to provide our accurate, detailed traffic information as a free, standard feature."

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    Garmin Pushes Off Mac Compatibility

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    So Garmin is still going to support Macs and the Tiger operating system, just not this Spring….. the launch has been delayed until the end of the year. Earlier this year, we reported that the Training Center software that powers data collection and fitness training on models like the Garmin Forerunner 205 and Garmin Forerunner 305 would be Mac compatible by Spring ’06. Now Garmin is pushing that off until the end of the year. In the good news column though, Garmin did announce Mac compatibility with their MotionBased site in March.

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    TeleAtlas Working Hard this Summer

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    TeleAtlas is working hard this summer to map all 120,000 miles of limited access highways in the US. Some have changed, been modified or are simply new. There's a decent article that talks a bit about the process of capturing road data and how TeleAtlas processes it that hit the net. So, if you see a bright orange van driving down the highway this summer with a TeleAtlas logo on it and odd looking antennas on top, wave and thank them - they are getting the roads right for your next trip with a GPS or with any number of online mapping software services.

    ReadMore at UnionLeader

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    Another Week another Winner - $25,000

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    Another week and another $25,000 given away to the first place finisher Michael S from Alpharetta, GA in the Up Your Budget contest. This past week took people on a road trip to the North East to some great weird locations including the world’s largest Globe, named Eartha, in the Delorme headquarters. If you have been to Yarmouth Maine, you have probably seen it rotating inside its glass enclosure. Visit the Delorme website to read up on Eartha. Also, click the big Cheese Guitar ad at the top of our homepage for your chance to win the road trip contests.

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    TomTom Newsletter - Sign Up

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    So like most places, TomTom has a newsletter to keep you informed and set up a relationship with you so that you will buy their stuff. Hey, why not, right? Well, if you haven't signed up for their newsletter, then you are missing out, because they just sent their latest one out and are giving away a new TomTom GO 910 to its subscribers. So, if you want in on some goodies like this, go sign up for their newsletter and maybe you'll get invited to win a nice TomTom GO unit too.

    Sign up for newsletters at the TomTom website.

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    July 2, 2006

    Review: Garmin TrailGuide GPS for Jeep Wrangler

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    Last year Garmin announced their special edition Jeep Trail Guide specifically made for the demands of off-roading for the Jeep Wrangler line. Well the folks over at Off Road magazine seem to like the unit and like the idea of having a GPS with them full time. The unit mounts nicely in the new Wranglers, and fits into a docking station that integrates into the dash. When not in use the unit is hidden from view.

    Overall, they liked it a lot saying, “Once you start using a navigation/GPS system in your off-road vehicle, it's hard to go without.”

    ReadMore at Off Road Magazine

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    GPS Lodge: Monthly Round Up for June 2006

    June was a busy month here at the GPS Lodge. One big item for us was that we went Green. Yes, the GPS Lodge is now being run on renewable energy by buying enough GreenTags to offset our electricity use in bringing you the GPS Lodge. ReadMore

    As for news of the GPS World check out what happened. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you:

    GPS Reviews

  • GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot C550 Arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge
  • GPS Review: Sony Nav-U70 GPS Review
  • GPS Review: Magellan RoadMate 3000T
  • GPS Review: FineDrive 400 GPS

    New GPS Announcements & Updates

  • Mio H610 Handheld GPS
  • Mio Euro news: C710, C510E, C210, A701, P550 and P350
  • The GPS as a Fashion Accessory - the Intempo "Buddy"
  • Audiovox GPS Models hit the Market: NVX216, NVX226, NVX406
  • The Wizxer 350 - Fusion GPS Thing
  • Mio C210 GPS Now Available for Europe
  • New GPS: Pocket Loox N100 and N1100

    General GPS News

  • New Toyota FJ Cruiser with Available Garmin Quest 2
  • Video on your TomTom GO GPS from Makayama
  • Maps of Iran Released for Garmin
  • NAVTEQ – Program to Upgrade your Maps
  • Need a GPS for a trip? Try renting a GPS
  • Garmin Teams up with USA Triathlon Program - Forerunner and Edge units to be Used
  • Google Earth 4 Beta Released - Improved GPS Features
  • Verizon Launches Chaperone - GPS Based Kid monitoring Service
  • Setting Up a GPS on Win Mobile 5
  • New MotionBased Software Announced
  • Weather Bug launches service for GPS Based Mobile Phones

    GPS Rebates and Deals

  • Magellan GPS Rebate - through July 7th
  • GPS Directions on Mobile Phones - Not Ready for Prime Time
  • $100 rebate on Garmin GPSMap 76Cx and GPSMap 76CSx

    GPS Business

  • Traffic.com to Expand Atlanta Traffic Sensor Network
  • TomTom Denies Problems with New GO Line
  • TomTom and Fiat Join up to offer the TomTom ONE
  • One Too Many GPS Makers?
  • Philips Announces Intention to get into the GPS Market in Europe
  • Garmin with a Strong Share of the US market
  • Garmin Fires up New GPS Production Line
  • Fastrax Announces New iTrax300 Family of SiRFstarIII Based OEM GPS Receivers
  • Quick Overview of the Fitness GPS Market
  • NAVTEQ expands relationship with AAA Car Club
  • TomTom Rider on Moto Guzzi Motorcycles
  • TeleAtlas and TeleNav Sign Partnership
  • Traffic.com Launches Real Time Traffic on Windows Live Local
  • u-blox Launches New GPS Chipset - Highest Sensitivity and Low Power Use
  • TomTom ONE on Volkswagon Polo

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  • Taking a Trip? Geocache along your Route

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    So Geocaching is a pretty fun time if you have a GPS that allows you to input Latitude and Longitude and desire for a good treasure hunt. Well, Geocaching.com has just announced that they can help you plan out geocaches along a route, so next time you are taking a road trip you can find geocaches on or near your route and hit up a few on the way to the beach or to grandma's house!

    ReadMore at Geocaching.com

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    $100 rebate on Garmin GPSMap 76Cx and GPSMap 76CSx

    Just a reminder, This is the last week for the rebate: The rebate offer goes through July 9th!

    Garmin is running a $100 rebate on their powerful GPSMap 76Cx and GPSMap 76CSx handheld GPS units if you purchased the units between now and July 9, 2006.

    If you buy one of these you may also be interested in the Americas Bluechart Map CD ROM that offers detailed marine maps.

    The GPSMap 76Cx is a color outdoor and marine handheld (both models float) GPS that features the highly sensitive SiRF star III chipset, and comes loaded with features that rival most other handheld units in the marketplace. This unit features a removable microSD card for detailed mapping memory and a waterproof, rugged housing. The microSD card slot is located inside the waterproof battery compartment. Users can load map data and transfer routes and waypoints through the unit’s fast USB connection.

    If you want the barometric altimeter and compass, upgrade to the GPSMap 76CSx.

    Access the rebate card here.

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