Big Earnings At TomTom - Raise Estimates

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TomTom turned in some impressive numbers this last quarter as business is strong. Versus last yearin the same quarter, their revenue increased 288% on a unit volume increase of 606%, and profit was up 121%. Their margins were off a bit driven by the need to move out some of the older GO units to make room for the new ones. (Humm, maybe you'll see some rock bottom sale prices on the older TomTom GO's).

TomTom’s Chief Executive Officer, Harold Goddijn said, “2006 is off to a successful and exciting start. Market demand continues to be strong and TomTom increased unit sales seven-fold compared to the first quarter of 2005. In the first quarter we successfully secured the sell through of the current TomTom GO series ahead of the introduction of the new range. In Europe, we strengthened our market leadership position and increased our market share. In the US, we expanded our distribution strength through a substantial increase in the number of retail outlets we are present in.”

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April 21, 2006

MotionBased Tracking the Tour de Georga


If you are a fan of cycling, Garmin's new Edge 305 with a Heart Rate monitor is on Doug Ollerenshaw's bike for the Tour de Georga. Motionbased is publishing the tracks daily at the MotionBased Blog for you to look at and see what the course is like. These guys are out riding in thunderstorms, and at century plus distances. Interesting stuff if you are into biking or interested in seeing what the MotionBased site can do with data.

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April 20, 2006

Navman Announces Highly Sensitive Jupiter 30 GPS Chip

There’s a new GPS chip in town, and the Jupiter 30 ready to take on the highly sensitive chips that have been recently introduced into the marketplace. Navman is claiming that their new Jupiter 30 GPS module is sensitive enough to pick up signals in natural canyons, urban canyons and even indoors. The module can either be a standalone device or embedded into third party GPS navigation systems. Capable of detecting signals as weak as -160 dBM, the Jupiter 30 brings GPS tracking to previously "impossible locations," Navman said.

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Trimble Net Earnings up 48%

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Earnings are starting to come in and Trimble announced results for its first quarter 2006, ended March 31, 2006. Revenue for the first quarter of 2006 was $225.9 million, up approximately 16 percent from revenue of $195.4 million in the first quarter of 2005. Net income for the first quarter of 2006 was $25.8 million, up 48 percent when compared to net income of $17.4 million in the first quarter of 2005. "Trimble's results in the first quarter of 2006 demonstrate continuing progression in both our strategic and financial development," said Steven W. Berglund, Trimble's president and chief executive officer. "We continue to see robust demand for position-centric productivity solutions as we convert traditional work techniques to new solutions enabled by technology. Our outlook for the full year remains positive in each of our segments."

Recently Trimble announced their Ultra-Thin Copernicus GPS Module - ReadMore

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April 19, 2006

Happy Patriot's Day - Running the Boston with a Forerunner

Today is Patriot’s Day; the day that the American Revolution in effect started. Patriot’s Day was recently celebrated here in Massachusetts (Monday 4/17), which means that most of the state takes a day off for an official state holiday and we recognize the day that the revolutionary war started the ball rolling for the formation of our country. For some, it means dressing up in period garb, grabbing a musket and re-enacting battles around Lexington and Concord. To our readers in the UK - this is as much a re-enactment as it is a memorial for the fallen soldiers; not a party, more of a respectful event...... For baseball fans it means an unusually early Red Sox game (11AM), timed to finish up by the time the runners of the Boston Marathon are crossing the finish line (Fenway Park is pretty close to the marathon finish line). This year marked the 110th year of the Boston Marathon, and about 20,000 people participated in the well known run. Garmin is a sponsor of the Boston Marathon, along with other marathons and bicycle races across the country this year in an effort to spread the word about their Forerunner and Edge series of GPS training devices.

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Lowrance Official Sponsor of FLW Outdoors

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Lowrance has signed on as an enhanced official sponsor of FLW Outdoors, the world's leading fishing competitive organizaiton. The enhanced spondosrship will put Lowrance in front of many participants and fans of the fishing tounament circuit, both fresh and saltwater. Lowrance has enhanced its sponsorship to include full participation in FLW Outdoors' new striped bass circuit, set to debut this summer, as well as increasing its support of The Bass Federation.

Lowrance equipment will be used on all official freshwater FLW Outdoors boats and on the new saltwater striper circuit. In conjunction with its expanded sponsorship agreement, Lowrance will offer TBF a special "Excellence in Sponsor Marketing" promotional program that will provide significant benefits to each participating TBF State Federation Chapter -- to their state team members, as well as their general membership -- through incentive-based rewards. Yea, free Lowrance stuff!

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April 17, 2006

Sony Nav-U -- NV-U70 Now Available at Amazon

The Sony Nav-U NV-U70 was announced back at the CES, and is now shipping in the US, available at Amazon. It's size makes it portable and yet big enough for easy use in most cars. The Sony Nav-U, NV-U70 is available with 1GB of pre-loaded maps and a 3.5” touchscreen. The unit has a built in rechargeable battery for out of the car programming and use. The Unit sits right in the mid-tier of mobile GPS units, and will be a good one to take a look at for design and quality of the experience. The folks at Sony used their extensive design experience to get a lot of features built into an easy to use interface.

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April 12, 2006

Garmin StreetPilot c330 with 5 Asian Languages

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Garmin is now offering a version of its StreetPilot c330 that allows North American motorists who speak Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, or Taiwanese to experience the convenience and safety of GPS satellite navigation in their native tongue. The StreetPilot C-series is a high quality mid-tier line of GPS receivers, and the Streetpilot c330 in the middle of the line. GPS Lodge reviewed the StreetPilot c340 last year and we liked it a lot – see the review here.

The StreetPilot c330 Asian Americas is based on Garmin's most popular Personal Navigation Device (PND), featuring an intuitive touchscreen interface and automatic route calculation to any destination with turn-by-turn voice prompted directions in Asian languages along the way. Menus and text are displayed in one of five Asian languages as well -- the only unit in North America that offers an Asian language user interface.

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April 9, 2006

Cache In Trash Out Day - April 22nd

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Each April there is a Cache In Trash Out Day that Geocachers participate in to clean up their local parks, woods or other locale in a show of thanks to the places that make geocaching possible. This year, the CITO day is April 22nd.

This year Trimble is supporting the event in several ways. For example, you can use the Trimble Adventure Planner trip planning and mapping software in your CITO and other geocaching events—absolutely free of charge for 90 days. Compared to its previous versions, Adventure Planner today is easier to use and has a range of new features, such as importing and editing GPS tracks and exporting GPX files for sharing with other mapping programs.

ReadMore at the official CITO website, or at Trimble's CITO website where you can register for givaways.

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April 6, 2006

Trimble Aquires Quantm for Pre-Design Construction Planning

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Trimble announced recently that it has acquired privately-held Quantm International, Inc. and its subsidiary Quantm Ltd. of Australia in an all-cash transaction. Quantm is a leader in transportation route optimization software used for planning highways, railways, pipelines and canals. The innovative software system enables infrastructure planners to examine and select route corridors and alignments that simultaneously optimize construction costs, environmental restrictions, existing feature avoidance and legislative obligations. The improved solution for the proposed route results in significant reductions in project planning time and cost. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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