April 30, 2007

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April 30, 2007

TMC Traffic Feed Hacked - Bad Data on your GPS?

Have you been getting erroneous messages on your TMC Traffic equipped GPS? Well, you might in the future. Two security experts in Europe figured out how to hack into the TMC system and transmit signals that can create fake incident reports on your GPS unit. The TMC system works over the FM band, and transmits incident codes that then pop up on the GPS as "Accident", "Construction", or apparently Terrorist Incident... It doesn't sound like an attractive project to go and implement this in the US, as there aren't so many people who use the TMC features in the US, but I would imagine we'll see something in the future about this in Europe, as many more cars are equipped with TMC capability.

at Computerworld via Gizmodo

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April 30, 2007

Jensen NVX227 Review by GPSLodge

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-Hands On Review by GPSLodge-


As the GPS market matures and expands, more manufacturers are getting into the GPS category from logical jumping off points. Jensen, the long time consumer electronics brand, has come into the market with a series of announcements to offer a line of GPS navigators ranging from the economical to the full featured. I am always interested to see new products in the category, new competition because it drives innovation and growth, with the ultimate benefactors being the consumer. So, today we turn our eyes to the Jensen NVX227, the value model entry from Jensen. The unit uses a SiRF star III chipset, has a 3.5 inch touchscreen and runs a customized version of the iGo software interface which is better known from the Mio line of products where it is customized and billed as the Mio Map interface. The Jensen NVX227 ships with North American maps preloaded on an SD card, and does not have media playing capabilities (not a big miss in my mind).

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April 29, 2007

Cobra Sales up, Losses Decline

Cobra Electronics reported improved results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2007, including a 26.6 percent increase in sales and a 39.5 percent reduction in its operating loss from the first quarter of 2006. The company reported sales of $32.0 million and an operating loss of $948,000 as compared to sales of $25.3 million and an operating loss of $1.6 million last year.

"Cobra's sales increase in the first quarter reflected improved sales in several of our product lines, as well as the contribution of Performance Products. Performance Products had net sales of $3.1 million, providing nearly 45 percent of the increase in consolidated sales compared to last year. Also contributing to our strong sales performance were each of our legacy product lines. Two-way radio sales increased by 56 percent, Citizens Band radio sales, driven by our most recent limited edition offering, increased by 35 percent, and radar detection increased by more than 10 percent. Sales of mobile navigation products declined 33 percent as compared to last year as our newest offering, the NAV ONE 2100, was not scheduled to be on our retail partners' shelves until the second quarter; this product has begun shipping and is on time to our customers," said Jim Bazet, Cobra's President and Chief Executive Officer. (My emphasis added - Scott)

More at Cobra.com

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April 28, 2007

Mio C520 in the US

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UPDATE: I have posted my Review of the Mio C220

Like its sibling the Mio C220, the Mio C520 showed up on the shopping list before we got news of its launch; those anxious web coders at Circuit City. Anyway, just as the weather is starting to get nice, the spring models are starting to hit the stores. I have the new C220 in for review now, and will be looking forward to trying out the new Mio C520 widescreen model for a review too. The unit uses a new Mio Map version and the newest TeleAtlas maps (in my quick use, things are looking good with them on the C220), which all may add up to a very good value.

Available at Circuit City

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GPS Steals and Deals - 4/28

Lawyers did well this week:

  • Garmin and TomTom Round 3 in the Patent dispute
  • A bunch of GPS Makers get sued for patent infringement over Traffic reporting on a GPS.
  • The TomTom ONE XL is available for pre-order, while the Garmin Nuvi 650 is now shipping.


    Highlights

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $797 - see my hands on Review of the Nuvi 680.
  • Very solid Garmin Nuvi 350 dropped to $390, and it's a HOT seller at Amazon, or $370 at the Nerds. More info on the Nuvi 350.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now around $439, or $404 at The Nerds.
  • TomTom ONE - around $299 See my Review of the TomTom ONE.
  • The Mio H610 is available for $299 (put it in your cart to see). Free Shipping. Diminutive GPS; see my Review of the H610.



    The usual Steals and Deals

  • Fry's is still blowing out the Mio C310x at $189 .
    More Info on the C310X from GPSLodge.

  • Staples has GPS Units $199+ - The new including the new Mio C220.

  • Garmin Forerunner Rebate - $50 back on a Forerunner 205 or 305, which drops the prices down significantly. See my Review of the Forerunner 205.


    Other GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $672 at Amazon. Down another $20 this week. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660 - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price, and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping.

  • Garmin Nuvi 670 - Need to travel to Europe and navigate when you get there? Garmin Nuvi 670 comes pre-loaded with both US and Euro maps. It's the very capable Nuvi 660 base unit with the extra maps pre-loaded.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $260 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – for $315

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  • April 27, 2007

    OnStar and Mapquest in Partnership

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    Mapquest and OnStar are in a new partnership that allows Mapquest users to send their directions to their OnStar service. Map out your destination and hit "Send to OnStar" to get your turn by turn directions with voice prompts. You will be able to store up to 5 destinations which can be retreived at any time. This is a pretty good service, but at a GPS user, I would love to be able to see where I am going instead of just "hearing" where I am going.

    Press Release follows...

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    Garmin vs TomTom Patent Battle Round 3

    It appears that the Wisconsin patent lawsuit chapter is closing for Garmin vs TomTom. Winner = No one. So the short version is this: Garmin sues TomTom for using Garmin's patents. TomTom goes and buys the rights to some US Patents and sues Garmin for infringing on those. Ultimately the judge just ruled that no one gets nothing..... Garmin was not infringing against TomTom's licensed patents, and now the judge just ruled that Garmin's lawsuit against TomTom can't go forward. Sounds like that's a dead end too.

    Next up? Texas. There's a whole new round going there, and Garmin is suing TomTom for patent infringement there too.

    Stay tuned, more to come on this one.

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    April 26, 2007

    GPS On a SIM Card

    Wow, nothing says GPS Capability in a Mobile Phone like having a GPS chip right on the SIM card. SIM cards are in the backs of many mobile phones around the world these days, and BlueSky Positioning has what seems like an incredible application for GPS technology. The product is Assisted GPS capable, or A-GPS, which has the ability to talk to servers to help the chip predict where satellites are, and "look" in the right places for them. This speeds satellite acquisition and reduces your wait time.

    According to the story in The Register, handsets using JSR177 Java programming that talks with the SIM chip could support full mapping, location and route-planning capabilities like you see on stand alone GPS devices. BlueSky apparently has working prototypes and is looking for a partner to produce the SIMs.

    Via The Register

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    TomTom Earnings up; Gains Market Share

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    TomTom is doing well with revenue, net earnings and US market share up. Revenue increased by 16% over Q1 2006 overall, while North American revenue was up 121% year over year. They shipped 1.3 million units in the quarter, up 75%. They said that their market share in the US was up to 25% (up from 20% previously), and up to 52% in Europe (vs 50% previously). The CEO also reportedly mentioned that the North American unit is now profitable, which I would assume is driven by the big volume increase in the market.

    TomTom’s Chief Executive Officer, Harold Goddijn said: “The global market for PNDs continues to show strong growth. The growth was particularly strong in North America, where the PND market is gathering momentum. We delivered strong profitability and cash generation in the quarter and we reinforced our leading position in personal navigation by increasing our market share in both Europe and North America.

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    Mio Launches C520 and C720t (in Taiwan)

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    Mio Technology launched two in-car GPS devices in Taiwan, the C720t and C520. The C520 has already been previewed at CES this year for the US and I would expect that a Taiwan launch of the unit, means that the C520 launch in the US is right around the corner... The pricing in Taiwan is about $350 for the C520, which if that carries over to the US, would be a pretty competitive price for a widescreen model. This would bring it in under the TomTom XL widescreen that has a list price of $399.

    Via

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    TomTom ONE XL Available for Pre-Order

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    The TomTom ONE XL is now available for pre-order. The newest addition to the TomTom line is sure to ignite some fires with its widescreen and is pretty darn good pricing. For a list price of $399, you are getting a lot of GPS at what is right in the middle of the pack as far as pricing goes. Ships with the newest TeleAtlas maps which are said to be very good.

    The TomTom ONE XL is expected to ship May 15.

    at Amazon

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    TeleAtlas LBS Finalists Announced


    Tele Atlas announced the finalists of the Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series event held in conjunction with the Wireless Innovations Conference produced by Dow Jones VentureWire. I always think these types of things are interesting to check out, as they give you a quick look at what is possible and what may be coming to a GPS/Phone/Computer near you.

    Based on the business potential of their LBS applications and attractiveness to venture capitalists, eight finalists were selected by Dow Jones to present their new location-based solutions to venture capitalists and industry experts at the 2007 conference, being held this week at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay in Redwood City , CA . This exclusive opportunity is a key component of the ongoing Tele Atlas LBS Innovators Series, a program designed to help enable wireless application developers to expand their visibility, credibility and success with key participants in the industry, including investors, carriers and technology providers.

    The finalists are:

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    April 25, 2007

    Another Day Another Suit in the GPS World

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    So, if you wanted to target a growth industry, it might be in patent law litigation for the GPS industry..... Apparently Acacia Research is suing Garmin, Cobra, Magellan, and TomTom. This company Mobile Traffic Solutions, a subsidiary of Acacia Research claims to have the exclusive license for patent numbers 7,069,143 and 6,728, 628. Both patents pertain to the technology for displaying traffic information and downloading it over broadcast technology; hummm sounds like TMC Traffic, eh? They are naming the Nuvi 680 so they must believe that the MSN network capability is covered by the same patent.

    ReadMore at GPS Business News

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    TomTom FM Transmitter Mount Review

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    The folks at Pocket Lint have their impressions up on the new FM transmitter Mount for the TomTom GO line (510, 910), which takes the FM transmitter and stuffs it into the mount. Great idea and it sounds like they liked the execution overall. They liken the unit to the Belkin iTrip for the iPod where the small attachment allows you to send audio over to your car stereo. The issue that I have run into is simply that I can't find empty space on the radio dial that stays empty for long since there are so many broadcasters around here.

    TomTom engineered the unit to play your music over your stereo, with interrupts for turn directions. With some caveats, they say that the TomTom FM Transmitter GPS Mount is "a great addition to what is already a great [GPS]."

    ReadMore at Pocket Lint

    Available at Amazon

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    April 24, 2007

    LG GPS Line Released: LN740, LN735, LN730

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    LG announced the launch today of their trio GPS units for the US. They previewed the line at CES this past January. We'll try to get the new LG GPS units in for review in the coming weeks/months. The top of the line LG LN740 comes with traffic feeds and a 4-inch screen. We'll see, at a list price of $449, not a bad price.


    "The portable navigation market is moving rapidly, with a growth in unit sales of over 250 percent industrywide in the U.S. last year. LG is strategically positioned to manufacture and deliver this innovative technology to U.S. consumers," said Allan Jason, vice president of Consumer Electronics Marketing, LG Electronics USA, Inc. "LG's 25 plus years of experience serving consumer needs in both the OEM and aftermarket automotive electronics industry provide a solid foundation for our U.S. portable navigation launch."

    More from their Press Release...

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    April 23, 2007

    Magellan CrossOver GPS Review

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    The Magellan Crossover GPS is a good bit of marketing and an interesting concept for a GPS. A lot of people have written in about the idea of using their car GPS for the purposes of Geocaching, and for the most part, you can't really do it and have a lot of fun. That is unless you have a unit designed to be in the outdoors with the ability to take on some of the demands of the outdoors. It's got the ability to use Topographic maps, as well as a compass and a tracker.

    CNet has a review of the Magellan Crossover GPS up and overall they thought that the unit is a mixed bag. The features are attractive, but overall the performance is mixed at best. The unit is big for road navigation and that can hurt on a long hike, but most folks may use this 95% on the road and 5% for short hikes, and if that's your expectation, I wouldn't worry about it. The CNet team didn't seem to take it for long hikes in the great outdoors, but did notice that in the wild streets of San Francisco the unit sometimes told them to turn after the street went by.

    ReadMore at CNet

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    April 22, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 650 Now Shipping

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    The new Garmin Nuvi 650 is shipping. This is the new “Value” Nuvi widescreen that has a beautiful widescreen, solid navigation and sheds some of the expensive options that the Nuvi 660 offers. Primarily the Nuvi 600 drops the traffic capability, and the Bluetooth handsfree capability. It retains the bright, beautiful widescreen, the preloaded maps of North America, and a great interface that is easy to navigate.

    The Nuvi 650 is available at Amazon, and GPSNow. Check both out for comparison sake; at this writing, GPSNow had a slightly better price.


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    April 21, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 4/21

    A few key postings this week:

  • Magellan announced the Maestro 3100 and 3140 GPS units.
  • TomTom Announced the TomTom ONE XL
  • Yesterday I posted a mini review of a great Garmin eTrex case for the "C/Cx" series.
  • Pioneer announced the AVIC-S2


    Highlights - The Nuvi 680 is finally shipping broadly!

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling at Amazon - $819 - see my hands on Review of the Nuvi 680.
  • Very solid Garmin Nuvi 350 dropped to $390, and it's a HOT seller at Amazon, or $370 at the Nerds. More info on the Nuvi 350.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now around $459, or $404 at The Nerds.
  • TomTom ONE - around $270 See my Review of the TomTom ONE.



    The usual Steals and Deals

  • Fry's is still blowing out the Mio C310x at $189 .
    More Info on the C310X from GPSLodge.

  • Staples has a couple of GPS Units at $199 - The Mio C310x and the Lowrance 250C

  • Garmin Forerunner Rebate - $50 back on a Forerunner 205 or 305, which drops the prices down significantly. See my Review of the Forerunner 205.


    Other GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $697 at Amazon. See my Hands on Review of the Nuvi 660 - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price, and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping.

  • Garmin Nuvi 670 - Need to travel to Europe and navigate when you get there? Garmin Nuvi 670 comes pre-loaded with both US and Euro maps. It's the very capable Nuvi 660 base unit with the extra maps pre-loaded.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $260 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – for $315

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  • Ghost Ship Adrift

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    File this under creepy; recently a sailboat was found adrift with no crew, the GPS cranking out the coordinates and a table set for a meal. The "Ghost Ship" was found drifting off the east coast of Australia with no signs of its crew. Maybe its GPS will give a clue as to when and where things went wrong.

    More at Sky News

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    April 20, 2007

    Foarm eTrex Case - Excellent

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    I am always searching for a good solution for carrying my eTrex Vista C while hiking or Geocaching, and I bought this case recently that is the best I have seen in a long time. The case is made by Foarm, and is designed specifically for the eTrex Cx line, including the Garmin eTrex Venture Cx , Garmin eTrex Legend Cx , Garmin eTrex Vista Cx . The case WILL also fit the now discontinued eTrex “C” series that preceded the “X” designation; the case WILL NOT fit the monochrome eTrex line as those are longer and narrower than the newer Cx line.

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    Sirf Earnings Up - Impressive Client List

    SiRF reported net revenue in the first quarter of 2007 was $67.3 million, up 28 percent while net income was $2.8 million vs. a loss of $11 million last quarter. "I am pleased with our Q1 results. We recorded strong financial performance in a seasonally weak quarter while strengthening our market leadership across our expanding customer base in a tough competitive environment," said Dr. Michael Canning, President and CEO.


    They have an impressive list of clients here (From their Press Release):

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    April 19, 2007

    GPS Navigation Reduces Fleet Costs

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    NAVTEQ has commissioned a research study which highlighted significant benefits for integrated navigation solutions, such as a 40% reduction in communications costs, a 15% reduction in fuel costs, and an 18% reduction in driver hours, among many other benefits for mobile enterprise applications. No big surprise, but nice to see the numbers; having a GPS in a fleet vehicle reduces costs..... maybe that's why TomTom went with the GO 715 with integrated mobile communication so that dispatch can "talk" to the mobile GPS fleets sending service call informaiton to the fleet. I htink it's huge; the last time the cable guy came, he had a GPS and he said it helped him tremendously.

    Huge results, you should read on....

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    April 18, 2007

    Pioneer AVIC-S2 - It's Official

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    Pioneer announced the compact AVIC-S2, a GPS navigation system that offers advanced route guidance and the hottest bonus features including MP3 playback and Bluetooth compatibility. The compact unit offers a lot of features at a reasonable list price. Two things stand out:
    1) This looks like a customized version of the iGo interface that's a bit more angular. You find this interface on a lot of other GPS units like:

  • Mio C310x - and other Mio's
  • V7 My Guide Navigator
  • and the Jensen line of navigators - (You'll have to trust me on this one; I have the Jensen NVX227 in for review right now.)

    2) This is the first instance I have seen the iGo interface used with the Bluetooth Handfree capability. Cool.

    “The AVIC-S2 is the ideal travel companion. Consumers get three of the best features they look for in a portable device; a full navigation system, MP3 playback, and Bluetooth hands-free,” said Karen Rubin, director of marketing and product planning for navigation products at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

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  • Win A Garmin Nuvi 350


    Love these contests that give away GPS units, especially good ones. This one comes from Travel and Leisure magazine. You just need to write in about a great road trip.... in either North America or Europe. What do they say at Staples? "That was Easy."

    Complete Entry Information Page at Travel and Leisure

    Via

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    More Stolen GPS Units in the News


    Worcester MA (about 60 miles west of Boston) has a mini-GPS crime wave going on, maybe your city will too. In a period of about 7 weeks, 29 GPS systems were stolen in the city, 27 of them ripped out of cars.

    “We’ve been looking at the GPS systems being the primary target of a lot of break-ins to motor vehicles,” Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said. “We’re in the process of having our Crime Analysis Unit specifically map the locations of where the GPS are being stolen, so we can have a better handle on times of day and specific locations, so that we can put some strategies in place to address this.”

    On March 19th, apparently a thief was so bold as to try to steal a GPS out of a US Marshall van that was clearly marked with who's car it was. Luckily for the marshall, the GPS was inside with him and only the empty box was sitting on the seat at the time.

    So, by all means take them off the windshield when parking and carry them with you. Recall that Garmin has what they call Garmin Lock - which sets PIN code for the GPS so that it won't work for the thief.... but it's still long gone before s/he figures that out though.

    More at the Worcester Telegram

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    April 17, 2007

    GPS Prices Show Downward Trend

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    GPSWorld has put up a nice article about the dropping prices in the GPS market. The study done by PriceGrabber shows a continuing downward trend in GPS prices, despite new introductions of high end products, like the Garmin Nuvi 660. The lower end products and the introduction of value oriented products like the Mio C310x and the Via Michelin X-930 into the market open up stiff competition around the $200 price range. The data is interesting and shows that Garmin maintains a premium price over the next rivals, although 2007 will quicken the pace to lower priced GPS models with a faster pace of value introductions, including the Nuvi 200 series. What is also evident to me is that TomTom had a premium priced model that it was not able to maintain and abandoned that in about September of 2006.

    The study also classified the GPS market as “niche” and that it is still going towards mainstream. I think that is changing right now, and that the turning point can be traced back to Black Friday 2006 when GPS systems joined laptops and flat screen TVs as some of the front-page door-busters at several stores.

    The full story is an interesting read: at GPSWorld

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    Magellan Maestro 3100 and 3140 Launched

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    Magellan announced today the worldwide introduction of the Maestro 3100 and Maestro 3140 portable vehicle navigation devices. These extend the Maestro line’s thin, elegant design and new intuitive user interface to a new form factor that offers a 3.5 inch QVGA display. The Maestro 3140 delivers advanced navigation capabilities, including AAA TourBook travel information in North America, while the Maestro 3100 delivers the best navigation experience in a price category that affords more drivers the opportunity to travel with the convenience and confidence Magellan navigation systems provide. This should set the stage for a great summer in the GPS world; new Nuvi 200, Nuvi 600's, TomTom ONE XL, New Maestro 4000's and now these.

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    April 16, 2007

    TomTom announces the TomTom One XL

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    TomTom revealed the new TomTom ONE XL range with a super-sized 4.3 inch high-quality touch screen and a sleek new design. Looks like a sweet GPS at a good list price - $399. The unit was leaked on the FCC site earlier this year, but we welcome the news just the same. Should be interesting to see what happens here; at $399, that's an incredible deal for a high quality widescreen.

    The 4.3 inch screen guarantees drivers a clear view of the screen, while ensuring a stress free and safer journey on the road. Thanks to the enlarged screen drivers will have a better overview of the road ahead with more streets and information on display. The TomTom ONE XL is also traffic ready.

    “We now have a great solution for everyone that would like to experience all benefits of the world’s best-selling navigation device TomTom ONE, combined with the ease of use of an extra large touch screen for added visibility and the possibility of receiving traffic information on the device. The TomTom ONE XL range has it all included and is a perfect addition to our product portfolio,” said Harold Goddijn, TomTom chief executive officer.”


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    GoogleEarth and Trimble Outdoors with Hiker/GPS Data

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    Google Earth has upped the GPS and hiker friendly tools available to us all. They have partnered with Trimble Outdoors to bring some interesting new content to us. When you fire up GoogleEarth, the content from other peoples' hikes will be there along with Trimble Outdoors data to help you plan some great outings.

    More at Google Blog

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    April 15, 2007

    Shipping Alerts for Nuvi 200/270

    If you want to be first on your block to have the Nuvi 200 or the Nuvi 270, GPSNow is offering a first notice service to those who want to know when they get them in.

    They have placed early orders with Garmin and expect them any day now, so if you want to know when they get them in and what they will be priced at, drop them an email, and they will email you when the units are available:

    Info on a Nuvi 200, email: Nuvi200@GPSnow.com

    Info on a Nuvi 250, email: Nuvi250@GPSnow.com

    Or see their website for more information.


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    Nuvi 200 series to use SiRF Star III LP

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    So, when I reviewed the Nuvi 250 a few weeks back, Garmin was a little guarded about the chipset used in the Nuvi 200 series, well it appears that they will be in fact using a SiRF star IIILP chipset according to GPS Business News. The competition is fierce for GPS chipset manufacturers, just check out the mini-war between SiRF and Global Locate, as the market soars, so do the stakes in this war. Word had it that Garmin would use MediaTek for their Nuvi 200 series, and honestly if that's what was in the Nuvi 250 I used, I'd be fine with that. In practice, I thought it worked well.

    Craig Ellison at PC Mag didn't see it that way in his review as he saw differences indoors and wasn't happy despite the fact that the Nuvi 250 he had wasn't noticeably different in actual use.

    Either way, I am looking forward to seeing the street prices when the Nuvi 200, Nuvi 250 and Nuvi 270 come out later this month.

    I've got a lot more information on the Nuvi 200/250/270


    Via GPS TrackLog

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    April 14, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 4/14

    A few key postings this week:

  • The New TomTom RIDER 2 was announced for Europe.
  • The Mio C220 was announced for the US.
  • I reviewed the V7 Navigator 1000, and posted about a review on the new Magellan Maestro Line.
  • I posted about the potential for the Nuvi 380 with MSN Direct.
  • I posted a comparison of the Nuvi 300 series to the Nuvi 200 series.
  • Dash is looking for 2,000 testers across the US; Sign up!
  • Over at GPS Tracklog, Rich posted a story on new 1:24,000 Scale Maps of Colorado for the Garmin handheld line.


    Highlights

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling through a Ford Dealer at Amazon - $899 - see my hands on Review of the Nuvi 680. Read Why a Ford dealer is selling the Nuvi 680.
  • Very solid Garmin Nuvi 350 dropped to $398, and it's a HOT seller at Amazon.More info on the Nuvi 350.

  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now around $449.
  • TomTom ONE - around $290 See my Review of the TomTom ONE.



    The usual Steals and Deals

  • Fry's is still blowing out the Mio C310x at $189 .
    More Info on the C310X from GPSLodge.

  • Staples has a couple of GPS Units at $199 - The Mio C310x and the Lowrance 250C

  • Garmin Forerunner Rebate - $50 back on a Forerunner 205 or 305, which drops the prices down significantly. See my Review of the Forerunner 205.


    Other GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $697 at Amazon. See our Hand on Review of the Nuvi 660 - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price, and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping.

  • Garmin Nuvi 670 - Need to travel to Europe and navigate when you get there? Garmin Nuvi 670 comes pre-loaded with both US and Euro maps. It's the very capable Nuvi 660 base unit with the extra maps pre-loaded.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $260 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – for $315

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  • April 13, 2007

    V7/MyGuide Navigator 1000 Review

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    The V7/MyGuide 1000 is a value priced GPS that has a good feature set and for those who have seen the Mio C310x the interface will look familiar. The V7/MyGuide 1000 is loaded up with the iGo interface that is also the underlying engine on the Mio systems. The V7/MyGuide 1000 is a compact, thin device that goes easy on the wallet. The unit offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen and solid turn-by-turn directions.

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    Compare Garmin Nuvi 350/360/370 vs. Nuvi 200/250/270

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    A lot of people have been asking about the difference between the Nuvi 350/360/370 and the Nuvi 200/250/270. The differences are straight forward, and come down to a few features that can be easily explained.

    Introduced a couple of years ago, the Nuvi 350 is still a very solid unit, which is a testament to its well thought out design and feature set. Don’t think it’s a dinosaur worth skipping; it’s not.

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    April 12, 2007

    Jensen NVX227 Arrives for Review

    The Jensen NVX227 arrived for review at the GPS Lodge, and you can add this unit to the growing number of units that feature the familiar yet customized iGo interface. The overall design of the unit steps out from the usual in that it has a windshield mount that includes a larger (and louder) speaker in the holder/saddle that holds the GPS unit. The power cable plugs into the mount which in turn powers the GPS.

    The spoken word directions (not Text to Speech - TTS) that are clear and timely. It includes rechargeable Li-Polymer battery, car adapter and USB cable (battery recharges through the USB or car adapter).

    What's in the Box - Jensen NVX227

  • Jensen NVX227 GPS Unit
  • Windshield Mount with internal speaker and mini-USB power connection
  • 12-volt power cord (mini-USB at end)
  • Manual on CD ROM
  • Jensen Quick Start guide
  • SD Card with North American (FULL US + Canada) Maps

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  • Global Locate vs. SiRF – GPS Chipset Patent Dispute

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    I thought I would post a summary of the patent dispute between the two GPS chipset giants. I don’t pretend to be a patent lawyer specializing in GPS electronics technology, so forgive me, but a lot of folks are interested in what’s going on here and what the latest news is. It's well known that SiRF created a breakthrough change in the GPS chipset market with their SiRF star III chipset. Global Locate has developed their own chipset that is a high sensitivity receiver and then the patent battles began. A big change in the tide occurred in January 2007 when TomTom confirmed that they are moving to Global Locate chipsets for their TomTom ONE unit, kicking off a tit-for-tat dispute that has lawyers spending late nights trying to one up the other guys.

    Here's some info for you:

  • Motorola Invests in Global Locate
  • TomTom Rumors that they are moving to Global Locate Chips - after which the SiRF stock dropped precipitously as a result of the rumor.
  • SiRF then Sues Global Locate for Patent Infringement - SiRF's complaint alleges infringement by Global Locate and its distributor of four of SiRF's GPS technology patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 7,091,904; 7,043,363; 6,850,557; and 6,636,178.
  • Global Locate then counter sues SiRF
  • TomTom confirms that it is Going with Global Locate Chips and not SiRF on the TTOne model.
  • SiRF seeks to halt GPS Imports that include Global Locate Chips; could this mean the TomTom ONE?
  • Similarly Global Locate wants to stop GPS imports that have the offending or disputed rather GPS chipsets in them, namely models from ETen, Mitac, Mio, and Pharos. I wonder why they didn't pick Garmin or TomTom? Their SiRF Star III equipped models may not infringe or it may just be a prudent business decision not to piss off the two global leaders and potential HUGE clients.
  • An Investigation was officially opened on the above complaint by Global Locate.


    Stay tuned, more to come, I am sure!

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  • Gary Busey on TomTom

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    So on top of Mr T and Curt Schilling from the Red Sox, you can now get Gary Busey on your TomTom GPS. Navtones now has his voice in inventory along with others for download. I mean who could forget Gary Busey's Mr Joshua in Lethal Weapon?


    More at Navtones

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    April 11, 2007

    TomTom RIDER 2nd Edition Announced

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    After news leaked last week, the TomTom RIDER 2 is out (at least in Europe), and officially back on their website. The unit is almost definitely headed for the US, and has the classic design features that are needed for motorcycle navigation including operation with a touchscreen that has icons big enough to deal with gloved fingertips, bluetooth compatibility so that the unit can send spoken word directions to a headset, easy mounting on your bike AND your car with a windshield mount, and it's water resistant. The unit also acts as a handsfree kit to operate with your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone.

    Impressive amount of features and information at the TomTom website (link below).

    The unit should be available in May (In the UK) for be approximately £300 - £400, or about $590 - $790. These prices appear to be for a regional version (limited maps) and a European Version (Pan-Euro Maps).


    Press Release Follows...

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    Mio C220 - Official Launch

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    A few days ago the Mio C220 was seen on the Circuit City website, and now we have official word that the unit is being launched in the US, more broadly than just the single store.

    The Mio C220 follows on the Mio C310x success in the marketplace of offering a basic GPS with good functionality at a rockbottom price. We have a lot of information on the Mio C310x here at GPSLodge, including a review. Of course, we will check out the C220 vs. the C310x.

    Mio Technology announced the availability of an ultra-sleek, entry-level GPS device to meet increasing consumer demand for affordable and portable navigation. Following the success of the Mio DigiWalker C310x, the Mio DigiWalker C220 comes equipped with updated map data and is also competitively priced. We hope to have a Mio C220 in for a Review in the coming weeks.

    “The explosive popularity of the Mio DigiWalker C310x during the holiday season and early this year demonstrates the demand for quality portable navigation devices at a reasonable price,” said Kiyoshi Hamai, North American sales director, Mio Technology Ltd. “We are confident that the Mio DigiWalker C220 will follow in the C310x’s footsteps; exceeding consumers’ expectations without breaking the bank.”

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    Where's the Garmin Nuvi 380 with MSN Direct?

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    So in taking a look at the Garmin Nuvi line and their model nomenclature, you have to ask "Where's the Nuvi 380 with MSN Direct?" Garmin is doing a good job of segmenting the market with their Nuvi models while attempting to make sense of the model numbers and features...

  • The Nuvi x50's have North American Maps and no traffic or Bluetooth (Nuvi 250, 350, 650).
  • The Nuvi x60's have Bluetooth (Nuvi 360, 660).
  • The Nuvi x70's have North American and European maps (Nuvi 270, Nuvi 370, and Nuvi 670).

  • The Nuvi x80's should get MSN Direct capability for traffic, movie times, and gas price feeds. That means the Nuvi 680 and the new Nuvi 380.....

    This trickle down type of move is a classic way to introduce technology; start at the high end, get some financial run out of the features, then roll it down to the lower priced lines. If I ran the Nuvi brand, I'd consider launching the Nuvi 380 mid-summer as the next new Nuvi after the Nuvi 680. This would be after Nuvi 680 sales have shown signs that they need to start rolling the prices down; but hey I that's just me.

  • Read my hands on Review of the Nuvi 680 with MSN Direct.
  • Read More on the Nuvi 680.


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  • Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050 Review

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    CNet has a decent review of the new Magellan Maestro line, including the Maestro 4000, Maestro 4040, and the Maestro 4050 (kindof). They also include a brief cool video that walks you through the unit (links below). The line starts with a widescreen format, NAVTEQ maps and a fresh approach to the GPS world with the new ownership of the Magellan company. The Maestro 4000 starts out with a basic widescreen unit that has a thin design, has preloaded maps and a solid operating system. The upgrade to the Maestro 4040 adds text-to-speech (TTS) capability and Bluetooth pairing to for handsfree phone calls. While they didn't get to test the Maestro 4050 specifically, and its voice command features, the rest of the functionality should be the same, so I included it here in the title. The units run with a Sirf Star III chipset. ArrowContinue reading: "Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050 Review"

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    April 10, 2007

    Mio C220 in US

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    Mio has started the roll of new products for the warmer driving months ahead. They have the new C320 and C520 planned for later in the spring, but the new C220 snuck onto the Circuit City website and is officially listed at the Mio Euro site. The unit features the new Mio Map software, and most notably the new TeleAtlas map sets.

    Update: The Mio C220 was officially announced. We hope to have a Mio C220 in for review in the coming weeks.

    The new Mio Map software (still based on iGo backbone) adds a pretty upscale feature of predictive type ahead text. You start typing “Pine St”, and it only lights up the letters that can follow the letters you’ve already typed. Very nice. Magellan has had this for a while, and now we see this in more value oriented models.

    The unit has a standard 3.5 inch screen, and a SiRF star III under the hood, being pushed by a Samsung 2440 400 MHz processor. Internal rechargeable battery, and pre-loaded maps round out the package.

    More at Staples

    Also at Amazon

    Via Engadget

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    April 9, 2007

    Mobile Phones from Garmin and TomTom?

    So, everyone is moving their handsets to include GPS capability, and for the most part the jury is out on how these are going to fare in the marketplace. I personally think that it's more easily understandable for consumers to add a GPS to a Known device (Phone, PDA, etc) than for a GPS to add other capabilities that will allow people to use navigation and other things like personal organizer functions, and such.

    I saw this article this morning and had to look twice at it. DigiTimes is reporting that the folks over in Taiwan are hearing rumors of both Garmin and TomTom working on handsets with GPS functionality. Now these folks report on the cutting edge of what's coming down the line and what the rumors are in the land of GPS manufacturing. It wouldn't surprise me if both GPS giants are playing in this area with other makers or even venturing out on their own. It's a high bar though; you'll use a mobile phone as a phone 75+% of the time, so that aspect better be right before you even think about the navigation aspects.

    More at DigiTimes

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    Review: Garmin Nuvi 250

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    Craig Ellison of PC Mag has posted his review of the new Garmin Nuvi 250, and he is not overly thrilled with it. He does complain about the unconfirmed but likely switch out of the SiRF star III chip for another “High Sensitive” GPS receiver in the Nuvi 200 series. So, it’s baffling to me to make a big deal over the potential loss of sensitivity indoors when he plainly says about the chipset change; “That might be why the 250 displayed fewer signal-strength bars and lost satellite lock indoors more easily than the 350. That said, I didn't experience reception problems on my road tests.” Huh, if it doesn’t matter in use, then why make a big deal of it?

    He does comment accurately on the lack of Text to Speech (TTS) capability on the Nuvi 200/250/270 line and indicates that it is a must have feature in his book. I’m less rigid, and think that while non-TTS models will eventually disappear from the market, a quality device like the Nuvi 200 is a good choice if that’s what you can afford. A lot of his comments on value are based on street prices for the Nuvi 250 and list (or guesstimated street prices) prices of the Nuvi 200 series, so you’ll need to wait until the Nuvi 200 series to hit the street to see what type of value it will offer you. He may be right, and he may not.

    You can read my Review of the Nuvi 250, and then read PC Mag’s Review of the Nuvi 250 for comparison.

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    Dash Navigation Recruiting 2,000 Users

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    Dash Navigation announced plans to recruit 2,000 drivers to "road test” the Dash Express, the first Internet-connected automotive GPS. The company recently completed a successful six-month field trial in the San Francisco Bay Area. Now, Dash is turning traditional auto navigation testing upside down by crisscrossing the country to actively engage thousands of consumers in the process. Commuters eager to be the first to test drive the Dash Express are encouraged to apply by visiting www.dash.net.

    Sounds cool; when do you ever get the chance to take a look at something that could change (already has changed in my mind) the landscape of a particular electronics category. The Dash Express technology model has the potential to change how the navigation game is played and has certainly upped the bar for connectivity in navigation units. The good news is that unit is free for the duration of the test, the bad news is that there is actually homework..... I am not kidding, but at least you can't get a failing grade.

    More from the press release below...

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    VZ Navigator en Espanol

    "Donde esta mi casa?" So VZ navigator is now available in Spanish for your VZ Navigator enabled phone. The service has 14 million points of interest available and downloads turn by turn direction sstraight to your phone. The service is available; $9.99 for unlimited monthly access, or $2.99 for 24-hour use.

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    April 7, 2007

    GPS Steals and Deals - 4/7

    A few key postings this week:

  • A first look at the new Sony GPS model the NV-U92T
  • another two chapters in the SiRF vs. Global Locate battle; first and second.
  • Garmin updates software for the Mac.
  • You can win a Nuvi 350 - in two different contests.

    Highlights

  • The Nuvi 680 is selling through a Ford Dealer at Amazon - $899 - see my hands on Review of the Nuvi 680. Read Why a Ford dealer is selling the Nuvi 680.
  • Very solid Garmin Nuvi 350 dropped to $399, and it's a HOT seller at Amazon.
  • Garmin Nuvi 360 adds Bluetooth to the Nuvi 350 capabilities and is now around $469.
  • Both of the above continue to ease down after a $50 drop a few weeks ago.

  • TomTom ONE - around $290 See my Review of the TomTom ONE.


    The usual Steals and Deals

  • Fry's is still blowing out the Mio C310x at $189 .
    More Info on the C310X from GPSLodge.

  • Staples has a couple of GPS Units at $199 - The Mio C310x and the Lowrance 250C

  • Garmin Forerunner Rebate - $50 back on a Forerunner 205 or 305, which drops the prices down significantly.

  • Garmin 2720 Rebate - $50 off now through 4/9


    Other GPS's. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Garmin Nuvi 660 - Price around $697 at Amazon. See our Hand on Review of the Nuvi 660 - Also check out the GPSNow site for what has been often a lower price, and Order by 5PM weekdays, you get same day cheap shipping.

  • Garmin Nuvi 670 - Need to travel to Europe and navigate when you get there? Garmin Nuvi 670 comes pre-loaded with both US and Euro maps. It's the very capable Nuvi 660 base unit with the extra maps pre-loaded.

  • Garmin StreetPilot C330 – Now around $273 for this very capable, maps pre-loaded device.
  • Garmin StreetPilot C340 – for $319

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  • April 5, 2007

    Update your TomTom MAPS!

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    The free map upgrade offer has been extended through April 15th; so jump on it. These maps are reportedly a good jump forward for TeleAtlas, and should erase a lot of the concern that the maps are out of date. So if you haven’t taken advantage of this map upgrade offer, by all means do it.

    Another good reason to upgrade your maps is that the tomTom Traffic feature will cease to work on older map versions. So, you may be stuck after April 16, 2007 without your traffic feeds due to older maps. See Club TomTom for more information about this.

    More at Club TomTom

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    April 4, 2007

    Global Locate Seeks to Halt GPS Sales

    Global Locate is upping the ante on the battle with SiRF, bringing the battle to SiRF customers. In a complaint filed on April 2 with the US International Trade Commission spreads to involve Mitac/Mio, E-Ten and Pharos in the big GPS chip dispute. The complaint requests that the ITC starts an immediate investigation and then as a result halts the importation of these devices into the US as a result of alleged patent infringements.

    This is not unlike the recent SiRF filing.

    This is the latest salvo in the patent infringement battle between the two GPS chip companies. Nothing like halting shipments to get people's attention. Stay tuned.

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    SiRF files ITC Complaint against Global Locate

    SiRF announced today that the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) has initiated an investigation into the infringement of four SiRF patents by Global Locate GPS chips, associated software and systems, and products containing same.

    I am not sure, but would this include the TomTom ONE?

    The investigation is based on a complaint filed on February 8, 2007, by SiRF Technology, Inc. The complaint alleges violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States of Global Locate’s GPS receiver chips, and products containing such chips, that infringe one or more of the following SiRF U.S. patents: 6,304,216; 7,043,363; 7,091,904; and 7,132,980. SiRF is seeking an exclusionary order and a cease and desist order from the ITC to prevent any further importation of the infringing Global Locate chips and products containing such chips.

    By instituting this investigation (337-TA-596), the ITC has not yet made any decision on the merits of the case. The Honorable Robert L. Barton, Jr. is designated as the presiding administrative law judge and will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. Judge Barton will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of Section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the Commission.

    SiRF’s filing with the ITC is posted at the following Internet address:

    http://edisweb.usitc.gov/edismirror/337-596/Violation/269333/310905/40/81c6e8.pdf.

    The full text and images of SiRF’s asserted patents are available at www.uspto.gov.

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    Win a Garmin Nuvi 350 - Twice!


    OK – want to win one of the top selling GPS units in the US? There are two recent contests that popped up for you to win the Garmin Nuvi 350. Solid navigator, and thin to boot. The first is the Hit the Road with Bic contest, and the second is from Flying Magazine. I love GPS units, but I love free ones even more.

    Sign up for both and double your chances.

    Via

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    April 3, 2007

    Sony NV-U92T First Look Review

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    I thought I would pass this along about the new Sony GPS unit that is hitting the shelves in Europe ; the Sony NV-U92T. Pocket Lint has a quick take on what's happening with the new Sony units that were announced this past week. The screens are pushing the envelope with a big 4.8 inch widescreen design, and the gesture control interface that allows you to caress the screen in different ways to give the unit different commands.

    We'll be looking forward to their full review.

    ReadMore at Pocket Lint

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    April 2, 2007

    Garmin Nuvi 200/250/270 Available for Pre-order

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    The Garmin Nuvi 200 series is now available for pre-order at Amazon. The units were promised in "April" according to their original press release. Can't wait to see them on the market.

  • Read my hands on review of the Nuvi 250.
  • Read More on the Nuvi 200/250/270 here at GPSLodge.

    At Amazon:

  • Garmin Nuvi 200
  • Garmin Nuvi 250
  • Garmin Nuvi 270

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  • Garmin Software for Macs - WebUpdater, POI Loader

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    Garmin introduced Training Center for the Mac in January, and have followed that on with two key software releases to further their pledge to be Mac compatible.

    Garmin just released Webupdater for the Mac, which allows you to download software updates onto your Mac and install them onto your GPS unit.

    They also released POI Loader for the Mac, which allows you to get your own collection of Points of Interest (POI's) and load them onto your compatible GPS system. This can be helpful when you get POI collections for restaurants, campgrounds, etc and want the latest on your GPS.

    Via

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    NAVTEQ Announces LBS Winners

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    NAVTEQ announced the winners of the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge - The Americas today at CTIA Wireless 2007. The Global LBS Challenge is the wireless industry's premier program driving the next generation of location-based services and products. Developers from around the world have entered LBS applications that work on portable devices using wireless technology and NAVTEQ map data to compete for a global prize pool valued up to $2 million. Sixteen semifinalist companies were selected to advance to the final judging where they were evaluated by a panel of industry experts based on each competitor's commercial viability, unique functionality and features, and ease of use.

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    April 1, 2007

    New TomTom RIDER Leaked

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    So apparently someone posted new material about the new TomTom RIDER 2 on the TomTom site without actually checking, and then took it down some hours later, but not before some keen readers captured the material.

    YourNav has a nice write up about the soon to be announced units, just as a lot of distributors are dropping prices on the TomTom RIDER and slowing/stopping re-order shipments from warehouses. Always exciting when a new unit hits the market, and it appears that this new improved version of the RIDER will have a new mount that also allows the unit to go in the car too. A big plus because folks don't just want navigation for the bike, they want the portability and capability in the car too.

    ReadMore at YourNav

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    Via Michelin X-930

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    The Via Michelin X-930 came to the US via Europe, where the Via Michelin business is a lot larger in a market that is more developed for GPS systems. The Via Michelin X-930 is a value model that has basic functions and basic features, at a very good price.


    Reviews

  • Read my Review of the Via Michelin X-930 (See also my announcement of the X-930 arrival for review)
  • Read PC Mag’s Review of the X-930

    More Information

  • Via Michelin’s US Website


    Related Stories

  • Via Michelin X-980 Launched in Europe
  • Via Michelin Gets FCC Approval for the X-980


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  • Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040, 4050

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    The Magellan Maestro line of GPS systems were introduced in Early 2006 after being leaked a few days before the event. The line is a widescreened (4.3 inch) line of GPS units that are the first out of the Magellan shop after its recent sale to a private equity firm after what seemed like a period of relative neglect by its former parent company Thales.

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    Garmin Nuvi 350

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    The Garmin Nuvi 350 (simply called the “Nuvi” back then) was introduced in the Fall of 2005 and kicked off a bit of a frenzy as thin was in and the standard was set for many future GPS units to come in terms of portability and added features. Not only did the Nuvi 350 come with the ability to navigate, but it also came with many Travelers’ aids to help position it as the businessperson’s GPS. This positioning was needed, as the price tag for the Nuvi 350 was close to $1,000 when it came out, and the general public was not ready to snap them up to adorn the dashboards of middle America.

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