Garmin Nuvi 660 Available for Pre-Oder at Amazon


Garmin's newest and nicest Nuvi is now available for pre-order at amazon. It's price tag is pretty steep, so save that pocket change. The Garmin Nuvi 660 is the new widescreen, Bluetooth, Traffic Ready, FM Broadcasting super wonder that is added to the Nuvi family.

Click HERE for the announcement on the Garmin Nuvi 660.

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September 6, 2006

Philips Postpones Introduction of GPS Devices


So I guess the big news that Philips made when they announced that they were getting into the GPS navigation business made a splash that washed even itself out of the pool. In an announcement this summer, Philips said that they are getting into the GPS navigation system business, which made people ask if the market was going to become too commoditized and erode profits for all. Well, apparently Philips has realized that getting into the GPS business is a little harder than they planned. Rudy Provoost, chairman of the Philips Consumer Electronics division stated in an interview with Betten Beursmedia that the introduction of the first products has been postponed until early 2007.

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Clarion NICE P200 Coming to US


Clarion is brining its GPS stocks to the US. The NICE P200 will be launched in the US later this year, with its GPS navigation and movie playback showing up in a store near you. The NICE P200 has an interesting feature set, despite what looks like a pretty beefy and heavy design. (Will this stay on the windshield?) The unit ships with a 20GB hard drive that has maps and 10GB reserved for a few movies or songs. The unit will also do a picture slideshow. I have to ask at this point, when will Apple fit a GPS navigation system into the iPods? Steve Jobs, can you please do this well and sync it with my iTunes?

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Ferrari Skinned GPS


First Porsche, now Ferrari. Who’s next on the Super Car GPS treadmill? IFA Germany is turning out a few new GPS systems that are worth noting, and there is now a Becker Traffic Assist Pro that has a customized Ferrari Skin and is equipped in the Ferrari F340. Wow is that bright red.


  • Receiver GPS integrated with chip GPS SiRF III
  • RDS/TMC receiver integrated
  • Touch screen TFT 4”
  • Port SD/MMC (2 GB max)
  • Mini USB 1.1
  • Integrated speaker - 2 Watts
  • Connector for external antenna
  • MP3/WMA Capable
  • Photo/JPEG viewer
  • NAVTEQ maps of the 37 countries of Europe on a memory board of 2 GB
  • Lithium-Ion Battery with 4.5 hours capacity
  • Dimensions : 13.7 x 8.8 x 19.5 cm and 187 grams

    I'll see what I can do about getting the Ferrari and GPS in for review....


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  • GPS Guided Airdrops


    Can your GPS guide a 2,000-Pound airdrop to within feet of its target from 25,000 feet up? The Air Force can. The Air Force now has the ability to equip troops with gear through nighttime airdrops using this new GPS guided system. The re-usable system allows the Air Force to drop 2,000-pound pallets out of planes at 25,000 feet and have them land within feet of where you want them.

    “With this system we will be able to drop from up to 25,000 feet and many miles away from the drop zone with exacting precision to troops who may be in an isolated base camp up on the top of a mountain ledge,” North told Air Force Times on Friday. “To be able to deliver at night . . . within feet of exactly where you put the X on the ground is a wonderful thing.”

    Very Cool.



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    September 5, 2006

    Navman Announces NavPix Online Community for North America

    Navman, announced the official launch of the North American version of its online, global NavPix community. Recall the Navman iCN 720 and iCN 750 are equipped with cameras to document a location so it's easy to recognize.

    The website is stocked with thousands of professionally photographed images and complemented by a growing library of images from Lonely Planet, the world's leading independent travel media company. Through the website, Navman users can search for images of destinations they would like to visit and download them, free of charge, to their NavPix-capable street navigation devices.

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    Review: Averatec Voya 350


    You may not have heard of the name Averatec in the GPS realm, but they are an interesting new entry in the field of GPS systems that sets a new benchmark for affordability in a basic GPS. (They are running a rebate right now for purchases through the end of 2006 reducing the price down to around $350.) The Averatec Voya 350 is a basic GPS system that has pre-loaded maps of the US and Canada, and a POI database. A recent review online indicates that it’s fairly solid, but has a few interface and design quirks that take some getting use to; I think most new tech toys do anyway, and it’s only if those things annoy you 2 months later do they really take their toll.

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    TeleAtlas Finishes Mapping All Western Europe


    The road less traveled seems to be harder and harder to find. TeleAtlas has announced that they have mapped all of Western Europe. That’s all well and good, but I thought that the numbers were pretty interesting. Tele Atlas European maps now cover more than 7.8 million total kilometers, the equivalent of traveling around the Equator 195 times or a return trip to the moon 10 times. What was the fuel bill for all that mapping?

    Within Western Europe, the database now reaches more than 386 million inhabitants, includes 1.7 million ‘standard’ points-of-interest (POIs) and nearly 90 percent of all house numbers across the region. That’s a lot of data. My hunch is that it won’t be fitting on just any old GPS system. You’ll need hard drive space for this much information, and probably a big wallet, as these maps on a GPS system will cost a bit more than your single country GPS system.

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    September 4, 2006

    Porsche GPS


    Porsche is working with Navigon to put out a Porsche branded GPS. The striking design will be out later this year, and will be available with some decent specs. It’s a 4.3 inch widescreen (is this quickly becoming the standard or what?), Bluetooth and MP3 capable beauty, with TMC traffic. The Navigon P9611 Porsche runs on Navigon MobileNavigator 6, and has NAVTEQ maps of 37 European countries on SD card. The Prosche GPS System will be available mid-November 2006, for the price of about $800.

    Now, is it OK if I mount a Porsche GPS system on a rusty old Chevy?

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    August 31, 2006

    TomTom Navigator 6

    In a flurry of news, TomTom has released another product, TomTom Navigator 6. The Mobile Phone and PDA application brings easy TomTom style navigation to you with your own PDA/Phone, and the TomTom style that we enjoy. The Navigator 6 package comes in a couple of flavors, on DVD, on DVD with a Bluetooth receiver and on an SD card with a Bluetooth GPS receiver 9all at slightly different price points – see below). The product should be available in Early October for purchase.

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