August 15, 2005

GPS-enabled Mobile Phone Games are here...

Today Boost Mobile announced the first GPS-enabled Java cell phone games in the United States with 2 games "Swordfish" and "Torpedo Bay" that were developed by Blister Entertainment.

The games use the GPS capabilities of most cell phones to figure out where you are, then it creates a virtual playing field that you get to play on.

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Last Day: Save $100 on Magellan RoadMate 700 at

Through August 15th, you can save $100 on the Magellan RoadMate 700.

See the special Offer Details:

Special Offer: Save $100 instantly on the Magellan RoadMate 700 Vehicle GPS with windshield mount. Offer valid through August 15, 2005. Requires promotional code MAGEMATESAVE. (Applies only to products sold by

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August 8, 2005

Interview with Magellan's Christian Bubenheim sat down with the VP and General Manager of Thales' Magellan consumer products Business, which includes the Magellan GPS systems.

He talks about the various areas of their business, including the automobile navigation segment, where the market is most advanced in Japan (go figure), Europe, and finally North America, where he says that,

"[The North American] market is doubling year over year. We're the market leader in the North American market with the RoadMate series."

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August 5, 2005

GPS Review Update: Garmin Vista, Legend and regular eTrex Shut Off Problems

A lot of our readers have complained about the Garmin eTrex Vista, the Garmin eTrex Legend or the Garmin eTrex units shutting off automatically when the GPS is mounted on a handlebar mount while cruising down a bumpy trail, or bumpy road. A while ago, we got in touch with Garmin Technical support, and they claimed that there was no known issue with the unit that would cause this. We have had the problems ourselves and we have a solution for you.

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August 4, 2005

GPS NEWS: Nintendo DS Hacked for the GPS good

We saw this and thought we would pass this along in the name of fun. Here is a nice story about a good hack to a Nintendo DS hacked to include Google Maps and a GPS connection. The Google Maps are had through a WiFi connection, while the GPS is had through a serial connection to a Trimble based Lassen iQ GPS module. Not exacly somehing that you may breing out to the field for geocaching, but not a bad little project for hacking the DS.

More at

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August 1, 2005

UPDATE: Contest Details for August 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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Track your teens (or your husband or your wife) via GPS

Want to know where that kid went to with the car? Discrete Wireless, the maker of truck fleet based tracking devices has released a home version that also hooks data into the internet for some remote control spying right from the comfort of your own home. parents can see the data on the website, or get it delivered via email, or via cellphone, and cal provide alerts based on some pre-defined criteria. While this might work once, or twice, who is going to use their car to go do anything fun if they know their parents are watching their every move? Take a friend's car until his or her parents get too smart and put one of these devices on their car too.

or at Discrete Wireless website.


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July 29, 2005

Data obsessed drive GPS use

Sales of GPSs are being driven by a lot of people who are data obsessed these days claims the NY Times. Come on what is the problem with wondering where you are, what your heart rate was at the time and what is the altitude? Well today the NYT took a quick look into some of these devices, including highlighting the Garmin Forerunner 301 (wrist mounted GPS with heart rate monitor - shown here). While the argument rages on the subject of injecting too much technology into an otherwise pleasurable outing, we ask, Why not, isnt that part of the fun?
Read more: NYT By Data Obsessed

Read more about some good software to feed the data obsession, MotionBased web service allows you to upload your GPS tracks and analyze them as well as get graphical readouts on attributes like speed, altitude, pace, heartrate, etc. You also have the ability to "Dot Race" where you run you GPS tracks side by side to see who wins the virtual race, or maybe where you are stronger this week in training than last week on the same course. See the GPS Lodge review of MotionBased.

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July 28, 2005

Mobile Crossing Waypoint 200 Released

The new Waypoint 200 from Mobile Crossing has been released and looks like it has an interesting set of features. This PDA (Pocket PC) based GPS solution is Bluetooth enabled, and comes with a bluetooth GPS receiver module. The Bluetooth ability also powers the capability to download realtime traffic and weather information through your Bluetooth enabled mobile phone. The first year is free for this service, and for a subscription after 1 year. The traffic maps cover a handful of top cities, mostly West Coast and Minneapolis and Chicago with the promise of more cities. It comes with built in Navteq maps and spoken word directions. Street Price $749 to $799. Read more at the Moble Crossing website
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July 13, 2005

Personal Securer GPS

Psecurer-1 This thing sure is ugly but boy it might just save your life. This is a dedicated personal security device based around a 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM phone and GPS receiver. If you're ever stuck in the himalayas and need to try and get beyond just eating people and possibly get rescued - this is for you.

Via Gizmodo at Product Page

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