February 20, 2007

Garmin C340, C550 Stopped Announcing Street Names?

We recently heard of a few instances where people’s Garmin C-series StreetPilots stopped speaking street names; they lose their Text to Speech (TTS) capability.

All of a sudden they will just say “Turn Left” instead of “Turn Left on Main Street”. This is often an easy fix. You need to change the voice in the set-up. From the Main Screen, tap on the settings button at the bottom of the screen, tap on Voices, and then pick a voice with a person’s name after it.

Only the voices with a person’s name after it is a Text to Speech (TTS) capable voice (i.e. American English – Jill). If it is just a plain “American English”, then it won’t do TTS and tell you what the name of the street is to turn on.

Thanks to atcMonkE for sending this in.

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February 16, 2007

Garmin Sponsors Tour of California


Garmin has teamed up with Amgen to sponsor the Tour of California, a 650 mile stage style bike race that will draw some of the best teams from all over the world. Each participant will get a Garmin Edge 305 to race with this coming week, Feb 18 - 25. This marks the second marketing move for Garmin with their Edge line in recent weeks, the other being the sponsorship of a major Euro racing team, Team Milram, with team member Erik Zabel.

Press Release Follows:

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February 14, 2007

Garmin Profit up 100%!

newgarminlogo.jpgGarmin announced their fourth quarter results this morning and their profit was up 100% on an earnings rise of 92% to $611 million. Things went well for the Kansas based GPS maker, as they cited strong holiday sales that drew inventories down as expected, and as I had hoped, they were able to improve margins through scale. This is key to getting their business healthy and getting you and me a good price on these units. They said that they sold two million units in the quarter, double what they did in the previous year.

Key in their earnings were the auto segment revenue up 173%, and while their US revenue was up 86%, more impressively their Euro revenue was up 109% where the market is more saturated with competition (TomTom).

There are a couple of hidden gems in the release.... after the jump.

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Garmin MapSource & MS Vista

Garmin Blogs has posted a nice list of compatability questions concerning the new MS Vista Operating System and the main PC based interface; Garmin MapSource. Garmin MapSource allows you to manipulate maps, tracks, waypoints and routes on the PC and manage those on computer before exchanging with your GPS (eTrex, GPSMap handheld, etc).

Bottom line is that Garmin MapSource is compatible with Vista, with a few notes that you can find at Garmin Blogs.

ReadMore at Garmin Blogs

Download the new Vista Compatible MapSource (This version no longer supports Win 98, ME or NT)

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February 13, 2007

Garmin GPSMAP 5008, 5012, 5208, 5212


Late in the day, Garmin let out some new product announcements for the marine croud. The new GPSMap 5000 series (5008, 5012, 5208, 5212) are Multifunction display chart plotters.

"The GPSMAP 5000 series firmly solidifies Garmin as a leading innovator in marine navigation," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "From the pioneering touchscreen display to the intuitive user interface to the elegant industrial design -- the 5000 series represents the pinnacle of functionality, versatility, and value in marine electronics."

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February 12, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 370 & Nuvi 670 Now Shipping

Garmin’s recent GPS announcements at CES 2007, have started to trickle into the market. The Nuvi 370 and Nuvi 670 have started shipping from popular outlets like Amazon and GPSNow. Both units are similar to their siblings (Nuvi 360 and Nuvi 660, respectively), and add in Euro maps on top of North American maps, making for what is a nice jet setting companion. Navigate to the airport, grab the Nuvi 370 off the windshield, and jump on the plane. Step off the plane and go; your maps and pre-programmed Points of Interest are already there. Not bad.

See our announcements on the Nuvi 370 and Nuvi 670.

More at Garmin.com

Available at Amazon (Nuvi 370 and Nuvi 670) and GPSNow.

Free Shipping at Both Sites with these purchases.

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Garmin Fleet Management Interface

Garmin announced the availability of the Garmin Fleet Management Interface, a fleet tracking and mobile resource management platform available for the Garmin StreetPilot, nuvi and zumo series of personal navigation devices. This new interface lets fleet tracking providers and large fleet operators utilize Garmin's award-winning portable GPS devices as part of their mobile resource management solution.

This follows TomTom's introduction of a similar interface, TomTom WORK. It's a good move for these GPS makers. The Cable Guy who showed up to my house the other day had a Garmin C330 on the dash, and said that he couldn't live without it. So what's the upside for these companies when they sell into fleets? Hundreds of GPS units, and a software service that makes their business more efficient. Sounds good to me.

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February 6, 2007

Garmin Sponsors Milram Bicycle Team

For those of you who follow bike racing, and the Tour de France, you will probably recognize the name Erik Zabel; who is well known for his sprinting capabilities. Word is out that Zabel's new team Milram has signed a deal with Garmin to equip their bikes with the Garmin Edge 305 GPS trainers for the coming season in a deal that runs through 2009. Apparently the cool thing here is that the data will also be uploaded to Garmin's Motionbased.com site, so you can check out how the pros train and how they race. The Edge 305's will give you speed, cadence and heart rate on top of all kinds of ways to slice and dice the data afterwards.

Via Bike Biz

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Ford to Sell Garmin Nuvi 360 & 680

The KC Star is reporting that Garmin and Ford have inked a deal for Ford to start selling rebranded Garmin Nuvi units in US dealerships starting in March. This is not a surprising move, as Garmin and Ford have worked together in other global regions in the past, including giving away StreetPilots in Taiwan and a similar deal to sell Garmin StreetPilots through Ford dealers in Germany.

The units will be rebranded and will feature Ford dealerships and service centers in the Points of Interest database.

Read My Review of the Garmin Nuvi 680

ReadMore at KC Star

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February 5, 2007

Garmin Super Bowl Ad Video

After much hype and excitement, Garmin's Ad aired yesterday on the super Bowl; right in the second quarter as promised.

Below is a video of it from You Tube:

Go vote on what ads wee the best. Click on the Garmin Blog link to see how. Via Garmin Blog

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