Mio Euro news: C710, C510E, C210, A701, P550 and P350

Mio recently launched the Mio C710 and the Mio C510E, essentially Euro versions of the Mio C710 and the Mio C310 that are on the US market. The Mio C510E is a personal navigation device with a small PDA style form and has a lot of nice features to it. We are writing up our Review of the Mio C310 GPS and it will publish next week. The Mio C710 essentially has added traffic (included) and Bluetooth; common features these days for the new crop of higher end navigation devices.

There’s a nice run down of the products from Crave in the UK – see Crave.

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June 20, 2006

Update: Mio 350 and Mio 550 PDA GPS

We wanted to pass on more information on the Mio P350 and Mio P550 PDA GPS units available in Europe. The Mio P350 and P550 were leaked, and then announced earlier this year. The units come loaded with a fair number of goodies on top of a Windows Mobile platform which allows you to use the full functionality of such applications as Pocket Office: Power Point, Excel, Word and Outlook. With synchronization you’ll be able to bring your MS documents with you as well as your contacts from Outlook. I am sure you’ll be able to find plenty of games online too if you get bored.

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June 7, 2006

Setting Up a GPS on Win Mobile 5

Ever have trouble setting up a GPS device on Windows Mobile 5? Ever wonder what that GPS control panel really does? Well, the folks over at the Windows Mobile Blog have heard you and they recently posted a solution for you. Windows Mobile 5 introduced a new feature called the GPS Intermediate Driver which allows multiple apps to share one GPS device. In the past, if one app had the GPS COM port open, no other app could use it. But the Intermediate Driver creates a virtual COM port that multiplexes the real GPS port, and can handle multiple client apps simultaneously.


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May 16, 2006

GPS Review: Garmin iQUE 3000

CNet has a quick video review of the new Garmin iQue 3000. The iQue 3000 is a Palm based PIM/PDA that will still perform the basic funcitons of a PDA while welcoming you with the familiar "Where to?" and "View Maps" interface that graces many Garmin devices. It has basic Palm functionality while offering a flip up antenna that will pull down the satellite signals for GPS funcitons. Check it out at CNet.

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March 4, 2006

Earthcomber Free Navigation for Windows based Handhelds

Users of Windows Mobile-based handhelds now have a new way to shop, travel and comb the surrounding area for anything they want, anywhere they are. Earthcomber, touted as “the ultimate personal navigator,” is introducing itself to users of Windows-powered PDAs and smartphones. This free service has already generated substantial buzz among Palm-powered loyalists.

To the naked eye, Earthcomber first appears like any other type of navigation software – except that its GPS-enabled maps for all territories in the U.S. are conspicuously missing a price tag. All maps, “Look Lists” and “Community” features are entirely free, providing users with tremendous new travel tools at no cost. where do they make their money? Some spot guides can cost extra (see below), but hey, no biggie right? Free navigation - I'll take that.

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January 14, 2006

Globalsat Launches Globalsat BC-337 Compact Flash GPS Receiver

Globalsat has announced another GPS receiver, this time a compact flash card based GPS receiver that uses the SiRF star III chipset. With its 20 channel capability and its low power draw this should be a pretty good piece of hardware.

"Unlike traditional GPS receivers which require separate antennas or wires, the BC-337 is an integrated receiver with a built-in patch antenna designed to fit directly into the Compact Flash or PCMCIA slot. The BC-337 was designed in SiRF Star III with wireless consumer applications in mind; it will give accurate readings from up to 20 channels. The BC-337 has an exceptional accuracy of WAAS which makes it ideal for detailed turn-by-turn mapping. The BC-337 is an inexpensive, flexible alternative to traditional navigation systems. The BC-337 is truly transportable. Insert it into your PDA and place it in a convenient spot in your car and enjoy the benefits of using your additional mapping software for intelligent route calculation and voice-prompted, turn-by-turn navigation instructions."

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January 7, 2006

Mio 268 GPS with Video Playback

Mio 268InterVideo, a pioneer in advancing DVD and MPEG-related software technologies, announced today that Mio Technology Ltd. has chosen InterVideo and Ulead to be the providers of its multimedia solutions for the Mio 268 GPS PDA product. By incorporating InterVideo's iMobi MPEG-4 video and AAC audio codec technologies along with Ulead's video converter toolbox software, Mio Technology delivers high-quality video and audio on the Mio GPS PDA. Not a bad convergence.

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January 4, 2006

Pharos Traveler 525 GPS

Pharos announced that they are launching the Pharos Traveler 525, a PDA based GPS device that is the first such integrated device to include WiFi, Bluetooth in the Windows Mobile platform. the big news here is that it also comes pre-loaded with Skype for Pocket PC for PC to PC communication all over the world. Because it's Windows based, you'll be able to sync up with your desktop or laptop to bring your addressbook, appointments and documents with you. The Pharos traveler 525 comes pre-loaded with maps of 50 US cities.

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January 3, 2006

Garmin iQUE 3000 PDA

Garmin announced the new Garmin iQue 3000 today, a new entry level Palm powered PDA that has an integrated GPS receiver with the appropriate software. The iQUE 300 joins the iQUE 3200 and the iQUE 3600 PDAs already in the Garmin line. You ask, what about the M3, M4, and M5? Yea, those are the Windows powered PDA's made by Garmin. The 3000 series PDA's are all Palm powered. OK, what else?

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Garmin Nuvi's New Features - The Savers Guide

Garmin announced today that the Garmin Nuvi is getting great reaction and that they are adding new features - specifically a location based coupon book. It's kindof like buying into a club that gives you discounts at participating shops.

"Public response to Nuvi has been amazing," said Gary Kelley, Garmin's vice president of marketing. "We believe it's because nuvi is a one-of-a-kind, all-in-one device; a GPS navigator, an MP3 player, an audio book player, a language translator, a travel guide, and much more. Nuvi provides industry leading convergence of capabilities in the PND product category."

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