August 16, 2006

Another Great Review for the Garmin StreetPilot C550

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There's another review out on the Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS navigation system that backs what we saw when we had the Garmin C550 in for our own review at the GPS Lodge earlier this year when we said that the traffic receiver was “Worth its weight in gold.” The well-designed traffic receiver (built right into the power cord) along with the intuitive interface that alerts you to traffic conditions is easy to use and understand. BusinessWeek seems to agree in their recent review of the Garmin StreetPilot C550 GPS navigation system and think that the unit and its traffic capabilities are an impressive addition to the usual solid navigation performance.

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August 15, 2006

Geocaching Contest - August Theme - "Discovery"

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This year's Geocaching Contest has begun. If you aren't out in the woods looking for a Jeep Travelbug, you're missing out. The contest will ask you to take photos and submit them for judging to Geocaching. Garmin is the official sponsor/GPS of Geocaching. This month's theme is "Discovery" so go out and take those pictures with a Discovery theme and submit them to win a new Garmin GPSMap 60Cx . There will be one overall winner who gets the Jeep Compass at the end of the contest in January.

Get more details at Jeep Geocaching

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August 14, 2006

Garmin Forerunner 305 helps Diagnose Fainting Issue


Interesting story over at the MotionBased Blog about how a runner fell ill and fainted while on a run, only to use the data collected on his Garmin Forerunner 305 fitness GPS system to diagnose what happened and what went wrong. He was able to see the progress of his run, and using the map player he was able to see where things turned bad.

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August 10, 2006

New: Garmin Foot Pod for Indoor Training with Forerunner 305

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Garmin introduced an accessory to the popular Forerunner 305 that allows athletes to train indoors where a GPS signal is unavailable. Named the Forerunner 305 Foot Pod, the shoe-mounted device wirelessly communicates with the wrist-worn Forerunner 305 to provide accurate distance and speed while training on treadmills or indoor tracks. Winter training is now helped by the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS System too! This will make the Forerunner much more useful to people who train indoors in the winter months and still want to track training with their Forerunner.

“The Forerunner has developed a large group of fans, thanks to its accuracy and amazing array of features,” said Gary Kelley, Garmin’s vice president of marketing. “Now, with the Foot Pod, the Forerunner 305 increases its versatility even more.”

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Watch iPod Video on 7000 series StreetPilots

The Garmin StreetPilot 7000 series, is the top of the line Garmin GPS system for cars, RV's and trucks with a huge screen and video input. Well the folks over at the Garmin Blog are letting you in on a secret, you can pump your iPod video into these and watch your favorite shows on the Garmin. A simple iPod connection kit and a cable will do. See their post for details.

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August 9, 2006

Garmin buys New Euro Headquarters Building

In a sign that Garmin is doing well in Europe and that they intend to do better, Garmin has bought a building in the UK to house their Euro headquarters. Garmin will buy the roughly 155,000-square-foot facility on 12 acres in the Hounsdown Business Park in Totton, Southhampton. The facility, completed in 2002, will serve as the company's European headquarters for distribution, marketing and product support.

"The popularity of (global positioning system) navigation is growing exponentially, particularly in Europe," Chairman and CEO Min Kao said in the release. "This new facility will allow Garmin to enhance our European marketing and distribution efforts so that we are well positioned to take advantage of this rapid growth."

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August 3, 2006

Garmin Users Update Your Mapsource

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For those of you with a Garmin unit, if you haven’t already done this, you should upgrade your Mapsource program on your computer to a recent version, at least version 6.9.1 or better, preferably the most recent. The upgrade to the 6.9.1 version allows for exporting and viewing your tracks in Google Earth. So while Google Earth is arguably useful, I see it as total eye candy. Sure you can do lots of things with it, but the best is just showing off its capabilities and wow-ing some friends with the route you recently took, or the hike you just went on. The image here is a recent hike that we took up Mt Washington.

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August 2, 2006

Garmin Sales up 64%, Profit up 66%

Garmin announced some rock solid earnings growth today. Their revenue was up 64% versus year ago, while revenue in the automotive segment was up 153%! They continue to do well in North America, while Europe saw some very big growth there, up 83% in revenue versus year ago. Overall, they sold close to 1.3 million units in the quarter. Wow.

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July 26, 2006

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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July 20, 2006

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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