September 17, 2005

GPS Review: Dual XNAV3500P Portable GPS Navigation System

Well, it'srefreshing to see that people can be honest in their reviews; here's some information on a GPS that you should stay away from. Here we have some words from a straight forward review that ranks the Dual XNAV3500P as Poor: "What really differentiates navigation systems is the quality of the user interface and routing algorithms. Unfortunately, the XNAV3500P from Dual Electronics misses the mark on both."

At a street price of $999, this thing isn't cheap, and for that money you could get one of the biggies with better features and proven track records.

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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 10, 2005

Simple way to GPS Tag Photos: Flickr, Mappr, Google Earth....

Stumbled across this post and thought I would pass it along. The post offers an easy way to tag photos with GPS/Lat Longitude coordinates and see on a map or google earth where you took them. With the advent of cheaper, smaller and more efficient GPS modules, we should start seeing the convergence of GPS receivers and other electronics like digital cameras. For now, you have a work around.

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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 8, 2005

GPS News: Navman iCN320 Flash Based GPS

Navman has launched their Euro version of the iCN320 at the Frankfurt Auto show. This continues the new product flow out of Navman recently. The Flash based (SD/MMC card) GPS navigator has a 2.83 inch LCD screen and comes pre-loaded with street level maps of the UK and Ireland.

Other features include the ability to search for town, postcode, street, junction, house number or point of interest (POI).

The iCN320 is expected to retail for under 300Pounds in the UK (Roughly $580 USD).

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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 3, 2005

GPS News: Blaupunkt Automotive GPS

This is Blaupunkt's first portable car GPS unit, and it also happens to be the first ever portable GPS that plays music, photos and can pipe voice directions over your car speakers.


The Blaupunkt Lucca will come in two versions, a 370Pounds that adhere's to the windshield and a 430Pounds Smart Cradle edition that - needs to be installed by a pro. The upgrade to the cradle based system seems like a worthwhile step because it allows the unit to pipe the voice directions and the MP3/WMA tunes over your stereo speakers.

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GPS News: Hey you wanna Play? Gizmondo - GPS based gaming

Gizmondo is rolling out a new handheld player that uses GPS (SiRF Xtrac) to provide locatoin based gaming. GPS is not the only feature of this gaming platform, as the list is long and looks pretty good. It's got a camera, a Music Player, a Movie Player, Messaging, a GPS, GPRS connections for head to head playing, and Bluetooth. Whew! That's a lot of stuff. The Sony PSP looks like it is in the sights of the Gizmondo, as the Sony comes closest to the feature set of the Gizmondo, but the PSP does not have a GPS receiver. Hang on, because with the advent of low cost, small and highly accurate GPS components like SiRF is rolling out, is there any end to where the GPS location based activities will end? It's not just for geocaching anymore folks...

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GPS News: GPS and Privacy issues

Most of us don't have to worry about cruising around in our cars or walking around the woods with a GPS and whether or not that's going to cause any privacy issues. How about when you grab a rental car with a nice GPS navigator in it for your use? It's there for your convenience, right? Ever stop to think about it being used against you? You may recall a case in Connecticut where a a rental car company used the onboard GPS tracking system to fine the renter for going over the speed limit.

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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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