Mountain Biking GPS Track Repository website is a good little websote that holds a fair amount of information about hundreds of mountain bike trails across the country. While the site still has a ways to go on bulking up the database, maybe you can help. They have a few hundred maped trail locaitons with directions to and from the trailheads of the trails. Each trail has a few comments posted about the trail itself. The newest feature called "Trax" is the ability to upload and download GPS tracks for mountain bike trails.

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GPS Review: Cobra NavOne 4500 Automotive GPS

Cobra announed that they are launching the Cobra NavOne 4500 that they started teasing us about a few weeks ago. according to the press release, the feature set looks impressive, and the large screen luxurious in comparison to some of the other products on the marketplace. It will be available in September.

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GPS News: Navman iCN320 and iCN 550

The French site Mobinaute, has interesting and exclusive news about the iCN 320 (330 euros) and the iCN 550 (799 Euros, 899 Euros with Traffic Feed), the new PIMs from Navman.

The gadgets will be released in Europe in the coming weeks as well as the US.

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September 1, 2005

UPDATE: Contest Details for September and Jeep Contest

UPDATE: Use your GPS Receiver to have fun this summer with The contest has you out looking for travelbugs and taking pictures according to the themes below to win prizes. The new goals or themes are as follows:

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August 31, 2005

GPS NEWS: NEW Garmin Edge - a GPS Targeted at Bicyclists

Now we're talking. Faithful readers know we like to use our GPS devices out on the road while we bike, and here we go with the Garmin Edge 205 and Garmin Edge 305 (available in several configurations - see below) bicycle trainer GPS devices. These are GPS receivers with built in cycle computers. Garmin claims that it is "the ultimate fitness partner." They incorporate the SiRF star III architecture for enhanced accuracy and speed to fix on a satellite. (See our related article.)

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Garmin GTM10 FM Traffic Reciever for StreetPilot 2720 and C340

The Garmin GTM 10 is a small FM-band traffic receiver that connects with your car radio/antenna system to provide real-time Traffic Message Channel (TMC) data to compatible Garmin GPS navigation products which then depict and identify problem areas on their moving-map displays.

For now that's the Garmin Streetpilot 2720 and the Streetpilot c340.

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GPS Review: Mio 269 - "Mediocre"

In a recent CNet review, the Mio 269 was knocked for its sluggish performance and a messy interface. The Mio is a hard drive based GPS device that gives you a bit of room to store MP3's to play later - although not while you are navigating for some terrible reason. so while Moi's website claims to have 500MB free for MP3 storage, and the box says 700MB, the actual drive shows 1GB free, whoops. I guess the tech dept didn't talk to the packaging department on this one. Not a terrible mistake. It gets worse, read on......

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GPS News: Garmin selects SiRF as supplier

Gamrin has announced that it will incorporate SiRF starIII architecture into some upcoming selected units. "As the market for new GPS-enabled devices grows, we continue to introduce feature-rich products designed to improve people's everyday lives," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "SiRF's high sensitivity architecture is well-suited for some of our soon-to-be-announced products, and will help us achieve our mission of enhancing the GPS experience. We look forward to working with SiRF on these devices."

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After this news hit the markets, SiRF Technology Holdings stock rose on the news, up $3.21 or 14 percent, as analysts took the news to signal that SiRF is gaining a leadership position in the market for chip and software designs.

"We believe Garmin is scheduled to announce a slew of products for the second half of 2005 in the (consumer portable navigation, recreation and automotive) markets that should benefit SiRF," Jim Liang, an analyst with SG Cowen said in a note Wednesday.

Here at the GPS Lodge, we say "Great Bring them on we can't wait."

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August 30, 2005

GPS News: Fine Drive 300

Fine Drive has released the Fine Drive 300, a flash memory based automotive GPS device. It has 128MB internal memory with additional expandability in an SD slot. It gives you turn by turn voice guidance for easy directions, and NAVTEQ maps of the US and Canada. The big 3.8 inch color LCD touch screen and remote control (optional) make it easy to see and use.

Related News: Fine Drive announces the Finedrive 400 and Finedrive 500

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August 29, 2005

GPS Ruining Golf in the UK?

Could something as simple as a GPS ruin golf in the UK? Golf's governing body, St Andrews-based Royal and Ancient Golf Club, has yet to rule on the legality of a new GPS device that would tell the golfer how far to the bunkers, green or the pin. "Every time a golfer moves along a hole, the device will receive instant information on course lay-out and exact yardages to hazards such as bunkers and the greens beyond from a satellite thousands of miles above in space.

Jeremy Cooke, the managing director of manufacturers' Golf-Plus.UK Ltd, said: "Using global positioning satellite technology provides a constant stream of accurate information that helps you to play the correct club every time you hit a shot."

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