November 22, 2005

Slope Tracker keeps track of your ski day via GPS

Quite possibly the coolest use of GPS technology has come along, and I thought I had to pass this on. So yea, we wade through the dozens of uses for a GPS, mostly centered around tracking sex offenders via GPS, but this one has some pretty cool features that appeal to the techno-freak in me.

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TomTom Rebate on TomTom GO 300 and 700

Looking for the $50 TomTom Rebate for 2006?


TomTom has released a new promotion for the upcoming holiday season with the purchase of any TomTom GO 300/700:

$50 Mail in Rebate and Free TomTom PLUS Traffic updates until 12/31/06

Available at lots retailers, including Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA, Fry’s, Micro Center, Sharper Image and Tweeter.

Also available at Amazon - TomTom GO 300 and TomTom GO 700, where there is an additional $50 rebate through the end of November on the TomTom GO 700 (Total $100 off the TomTom GO 700).

Related reading: GPS Review of the TomTom GO 300 from GPS Lodge.


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TomTom ONE released in the UK

The TomTom ONE was released in the UK today just in time for the holiday season. The TomTom ONE has hit the continent, but TomTom has not announced any plans for a US roll out. The unit is squarely targeted at the entry level automotive GPS segment, with a price lower than the TomTom GO 300. The new TomTom ONE has the now widely used SiRFStar III chipset which is well known for its accuracy and low power draw.

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November 18, 2005

Fine Drive announces the Finedrive 400 and Finedrive 500

Finedrive 400 is a portable GPS navigation system that comes with the latest NAVTEQ mapping data for 48 contiguous United States plus Canada pre-loaded. Finedrive 400 features a bright and vibrant 4" diagonal TFT color touchscreen interface, with automatic route calculation to any destination and turn-by turn voice-prompted directions.

Update: Click HERE for a review on the FineDrive 400

Thinking of buying this unit? Check out the reader comments below!

How are you doing? Check out our Holiday GPS Shopping Guide for some guidance on what GPS is right for you.

The Finedrive 400 and 500 build on the success of the Finedrive 300 that was announced earlier this year. The Finedrive 300 is a solid mid-tier GPS with a nice screen and turn by turn directions.


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"Hey Fool" you need Mr. T's Voice on your TomTom

Navtones has announced that you will be able to download new voices for your GPS guidance system; much like TomTom has done with John Cleese and their TomTom Go line (read TomTom GO 300 review from GPS Lodge). If you want your directions to be delivered with attitude, why not have Mr. T show you the way? Wanderlust Media is a little vague on which GPS systems support the custom voices, and potential customers are asked to help out by "clicking your navigation manufacturer and sending them a quick note as to why your system deserves special attention." Huh? So I guess they are just dipping their toe in the water after they signed up the talent? Anyway, you are promised Mr. T, Dennis Hopper, and Burt Reynolds.

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November 17, 2005

TomTom GO Update available - Ver 5.42

Hey so TomTom has posted an update for their older model the TomTom GO automotive GPS. This updates does several things for the user:
Other improvements/fixes in v5.420 are:

* Traffic trial easier to set-up.
* TomTom Traffic is automatically enabled after set-up.
* Compatible with more mobile phones.
* CDMA is now also supported for connecting to TomTom PLUS (for US Networks).
* Streets with the same name in towns that are close together are not confused in this version.
* The quality of the sound has been optimized when using hands-free calling (GO 500 for Europe and 700).
* Entries in the on your mobile phone are now transferred to the device, no matter where they are stored.

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Route 66 Announces the Mobile 7 GPS Package for Mobile Phones


ROUTE 66 announced the launch of ROUTE 66 Mobile 7 that determines its position using an advanced high sensitive wireless GPS receiver, guiding the user with turn-by-turn voice instructions and on-screen directions to its destination. A new navigation display has been developed providing users with all vital travel information on a single clear screen of their mobile phone including 3D map display, turn arrows and navigation guidance, as well as the ability to dial points of interest directly from the map.

In addition, ROUTE 66 Mobile 7 features the latest maps, driving directions enhanced with upcoming exit signs and continued guidance when GPS reception is temporarily lost for example in tunnels through ROUTE 66's new Extrapolated GPS (E-GPS) technology.

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November 16, 2005

Garmin Fishfinder 340C, 160C, 140 and the 90; Announced

Garmin announced its new lineup of 2006 fishfinders, packed with features that will excite both the weekend inland angler and the serious offshore salt water fisherman.

"Garmin's new line of sonar devices offer a great combination of features that will satisfy just about any boater"s requirements," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "These units offer the same value, reliability, and innovation that boaters have come to know from Garmin."

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November 15, 2005

New EMTAC S3 Bluetooth GPS Module

Transplant GPS is launching their EMTAC Bluetooth GPS with a new chip set to improve accuracy; working with up to 20 satellites simultaneously and updating every second, before forwarding the data to your handheld or laptop over Bluetooth. Pretty good as most GPS's use 12 channels now. This should improve reception.

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November 9, 2005

Cobra NavOne 4500 GPS arrives for Review at the GPS Lodge

The Cobra NavOne 4500 car GPS arrived for review at the GPS Lodge, and wow is this BIG. It is strikingly huge with its bright 5" screen and is heavy look and feel. The design is somewhat retro with its chrome trim and its sharper defined edges. Kindof cool. I took it for a few tours around town briefly and the featureset is very big also; I feel pampered with the self dimming screen, the voice navigation that warns me with plenty of notice, and then gives a visual countdown to the turn with a little bar chart over on the side of the screen (with so much screen real estate you can afford to do this).

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