April 4, 2006

New Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T

We reported on the leak that the Magellan RoadMate 3000T was coming on March 23rd, and here's the official word that it and a couple of others are coming out this spring. Magellan announced three new portable vehicle navigation devices, the Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T. The products introduce a new intelligent design that's compact, stylish, and even easier to use than previous solutions. They also deliver a better navigation experience by combining the award-winning Magellan user interface with the advanced speed and accuracy of Magellan NavEngine(TM) routing technology, an Intel XScale(R) processor and real-time traffic information. The Magellan RoadMate 3000T, 3050T and 6000T cater to drivers' needs for out-of-the-box routing, traffic avoidance, multi-media functions and features that simplify driving while eliminating the frustration, waste of time and fear of getting lost. The RoadMate 6000T offers bluetooth hands free calling.

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April 3, 2006

Rusty Wallace to Promote MS Streets and Trips

After years of driving around in circles on the NASCAR track Rusty Wallace is going to be promoting the MS Streets and Trips package. Sounds like a nice deal for Rusty - I am sure he will bring legions of fans to the table for getting the word out on the Streets and Trips product. Rusty Wallace and Microsoft(R) Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator are teaming up to help families embark on successful and stress-free road trips this spring and summer.

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Mapquest Navigation on Mobile Phones

AOL unit MapQuest on Monday unveiled a mobile map service that customers can use on their cellular phones, complete with voice directions, text and maps in a bid to expand on the popularity of its Internet maps. The MapQuest Navigator will be marketed as a cheaper alternative to navigation systems built into cars.

Interestingly enough this follows their agreement to work with TomTom to sell the MapQuest PND - a modified TomTom GO 300 - see related story. Clearly Mapquest is trying to leverage their mapping and directions equity into this new growing and lucrative space.

In order to get the software for the service to consumers' phones, MapQuest is working on agreements with cellphone operators. The service could work in cellphones sold by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp., the company said. "A big part of our future is mobile ... We have users of mapquest.com that already trust us. This is just a better way for us to guide our users to their destinations," said Alan Beiagi, MapQuest's general manager of wireless.

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NOVOGO Launches First Voice-Command GPS Navigators - NOVOGO V

NOVOGO V Series navigator is the first personal navigation device equipped with advanced voice command function. With one simple word from your mouth and your NOVOGO V Series takes you to your desired destination and prevents the danger of distracted driving. Besides this innovative feature, NOVOGO V Series boosts a stylish, sleek lightweight design that comes with pre-loaded accurate maps, crystal clear voice guidance, and Free, Real-Time TMC.

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March 30, 2006

New Navman GPS Receivers: iCN 720 and iCN 750 with Cameras

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Navman launched several GPS receivers today with some pretty interesting features. The big news is out of the iCN 720 and iCN 750 which are equipped with NavPix service and a 1.3 megapixel camera. This feature and service allows you to take pictures of locations, let’s say your favorite restaurant, and then save that image as the Point of Interest image that you navigate to. The NavPix service will also allow you to upload and download pictures of locations, sharing them with friends and family. So while this is using still images to show locations, it's a step along the pathway from boring colored maps to Google Earth type navigation using satellite images to navigate through. Sure it would chew up a ton of disk space, but hard drive costs are always falling.

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New Navman GPS: iCN530

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Navman launched a mid-tier GPS receiver today, the new iCN530, positioning it as a sleek portable GPS receiver. Sleek and pocket-sized, the new iCN530 is less than an inch thick and weighs less than 7 ounces, making the iCN530 one of the lightest and most portable navigation models ever. The iCN530 also features an integrated SiRF Star III GPS antenna and a non-reflective 3.5 QVGA LCD touch-screen.

The iCN530 is packed with some decent features: extended voice guidance which now includes junction and road numbers; clearer map display and color choice; additional 3D next-turn map arrows; and detailed trip-meter report. Furthermore, the iCN530 offers unique one-touch gas and park buttons to help you out in a jam.

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March 27, 2006

Garmin Launches GPSMAP 378 and GPSMAP 478


Garmin International Inc, today announced the GPSMAP 378 and GPSMAP 478 -- two versatile and portable GPS navigators that come pre-loaded with a comprehensive set of maps and charts. These are the first portable GPS units to have both land and sea datasets.

"Our customers want GPS navigators that come pre-loaded with the cartography that they need, and the GPSMAP 378 and 478 fit the bill. These two units are the ideal companions whether you're sailing coastal waterways, boating on inland lakes, or driving across North America," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "With optional XM WX Weather capabilities, the GPSMAP 378 and 478 are the only portable units on the market that can also let mariners and motorists know what kind of weather to expect during their trip."

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March 23, 2006

Loki Location Based Service - Location without the GPS

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Yes, I know that this is a GPS site, but this caught my eye and I thought I would pass it along. Skyhook wireless has a little thing on the side Loki that is a Wifi based location based service. The software loads on your machine as a browser plug in and looks for Wifi signals, then compares that to their database to see where you are in the world. The technology uses various Wifi SSID signals and their strength to determine where you are. They have mapped dozens of metro areas and continue to build in new features. The software is currently in a Beta version.

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March 22, 2006

Gadget of the Week: Alpine Blackbird GPS PMD B100

The Apline Blackbird GPS was named “Gadget of the Week” by Time magazine this week. The unit is a mid-tier mobile GPS device that is geared towards integration with your life as it is fully loaded with maps for navigation, plays MP3’s through its FM modulator and is ready to guide your through the tough spots with its traffic ready receiver for grabbing live traffic updates.

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March 21, 2006

MotionBased now Mac Compatible

MotionBased, the web service to help you analyze your GPS based training data is now moving to a Mac compatible data upload system. The new system is in Beta, and allows a Mac user with the Safari browser to upload his or her data to the MotionBased service from their Forerunner or Edge GPS device. The Mac system has a few restricitons and won't allow you to run the Map Player, and the analyzer, but will allow you to run a lot of features. MotionBased says, "We hope to have complete Safari support this summer."

We reviewed MotionBased last summer before Garmin purchased them and liked the service - ReadMore. We really liked the service, and our only issue was that many non-Garmin devices were not supported. Since MotionBased is now owned by Garmin, it's no big deal and no surprise.

ReadMore - for news on the Mac Compatibility at MotionBased

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