September 14, 2005

GPS News: New Magellan RoadMate 360

Not to be outdone, Magellan has announced the new Magellan RoadMate 360 , a continuation on their popular RoadMate line. The RoadMate 360 has picked up on some key needs of the lower end of the market and added onboard maps for a device ready out of the box to navigate. It also has a full color touchscreen and a full set of advanced navigation features at a price point that comes in lower than the high end RoadMate 700 series.

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September 13, 2005

GPS News: Garmin New Nuvi 350 a Personal GPS Travel Assistant

Garmin is keeping up their break-neck pace of introducing new models in new forms all attempting to break out of the woods and integrate location based knowledge further into life. The Garmin Nuvi 350 combines a GPS navigator, language translator and travel guide capability, an MP3 player, an audio book player, a currency and measurement converter, a world clock, and a digital photo organizer - all in one slim, sleek, and easy-to-use device. The Garmin nuvi 300 comes with 200MB of flash memory and is available in Europe only; it does not have text-to-speech capability. The Garmin nuvi 350 will be available in Europe and North America and has 700MB of onboard flash memory.....

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September 9, 2005

Update: Garmin Mobile


Sept 9th - More info available from the Gamrin Press Release and the hometown favorite newspaper for Garmin (Olathe Kansas, USA) from the Kansas City Star.

"Garmin Mobile exposes an entirely new group of consumers to turn-by-turn satellite navigation," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We are thrilled that Sprint Nextel, an industry leader in voice and data communications, has chosen Garmin to provide these exciting new applications and location-based services to their customers."

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September 6, 2005

GPS NEWS: Hey what's in your Phone - Garmin Mobile?

Garmin is moving into the phone market by providing the service that helps you navigate with your GPS enabled phone. They are doing this through Sprint PCS Vision phones (for now) with 3 Sanyo phones. The service is an easy to use software application that lets compatible mobile phones (in the US) funciton as GPS navigation devices. Want to go to restaurants, addresses, ATM's? Bring up the Point of Interest, get directions and be able to directly dial the phone number of that restaurant to make reservations.

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September 2, 2005

GPS NEWS: Comparison of Top Automotive GPS Units

The folks over at BusinessWeek online took a look at several of the Automotive GPS recivers oon the market and came down with some decent observations that we thought we would bring along to you. Most of us are aware of the player in the market, especially the ones that have come out recently; Garmin Streetpilot 2720,the StreetPilot c340, the Cobra Nav One 4500, but the author adds in the system on an Acura RL - the first car to use the Traffic feeds.

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September 1, 2005

Review: Garmin V GPS Review

We wanted to review some of the other GPS receivers in the Garmin line and today we are looking at the Garmin V GPS, a versitile GPS receiver that is right at home either as a hand held device out on the trail, or on the dashboard of your car.

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August 31, 2005

GPS NEWS: NEW Garmin Edge - a GPS Targeted at Bicyclists

Now we're talking. Faithful readers know we like to use our GPS devices out on the road while we bike, and here we go with the Garmin Edge 205 and Garmin Edge 305 (available in several configurations - see below) bicycle trainer GPS devices. These are GPS receivers with built in cycle computers. Garmin claims that it is "the ultimate fitness partner." They incorporate the SiRF star III architecture for enhanced accuracy and speed to fix on a satellite. (See our related article.)

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GPS News: Garmin selects SiRF as supplier

Gamrin has announced that it will incorporate SiRF starIII architecture into some upcoming selected units. "As the market for new GPS-enabled devices grows, we continue to introduce feature-rich products designed to improve people's everyday lives," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "SiRF's high sensitivity architecture is well-suited for some of our soon-to-be-announced products, and will help us achieve our mission of enhancing the GPS experience. We look forward to working with SiRF on these devices."

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After this news hit the markets, SiRF Technology Holdings stock rose on the news, up $3.21 or 14 percent, as analysts took the news to signal that SiRF is gaining a leadership position in the market for chip and software designs.

"We believe Garmin is scheduled to announce a slew of products for the second half of 2005 in the (consumer portable navigation, recreation and automotive) markets that should benefit SiRF," Jim Liang, an analyst with SG Cowen said in a note Wednesday.

Here at the GPS Lodge, we say "Great Bring them on we can't wait."

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August 20, 2005

GPS Review: Garmin StreetPilot c330

Another positive review of the Garmin StreetPilot C330 has hit the wires. They have accurately picked up on the target for this device, the simplicity of the interface and features attract the GPS Newbies. Garmin has taken a $200 price drop on the item to a new list price of $699. While serious users may want something more sophisitcated, the StreetPilot c330 offers quite a bit. The StreetPilot c330 offers pre-loaded maps on a hard drive, with a simple easy to use interface and a decent sized screen that adapts for night viewing by changing the color scheme. The voice promting is also included on the c330.

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August 18, 2005

US Marines going to Iraq with Garmin 76S and 76CS GPS Receivers

US Marines will be using Garmin 76S and 76CS GPS recievers pre-loaded with Iraqi street maps and packaged with hardened Pelican cases and with RAM Military Mounting devices and external antennas. The companies that are doing the work to pre-load and equip the units are Homeland Security Technology (HST), along with GPS World Supply. As well as having GPS receivers pre-loaded with Iraqi streets, HST has the ability to pre-load with Afghanistan databases.
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