Garmin 310XT Has Just About Everything You Need

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Garmin 310XT Has Just About Everything You Need

Garmin 310XT Has Just About Everything You Need

Are you currently on the lookout for a timepiece of your choice? Well, why not narrow down your search to what could be one of the better watches you've purchased, ever - the Garmin 310XT. This model is not only waterproof, but it is a looker to boot! It comes with an automatic triathlon mode to help you switch from one discipline to another with just a single touch of a button, alongside other nifty stuff like synchronization with ANT cycling power meters, support for heart-rate straps as wel as Garmin running and cycling cadence meters, various stastictical collection on calories, speed, distance and elevation you're in at the moment, and a flexible charging mode. Too bad the battery life of this $350 watch stands at just 20-hours.



(Via UberGizmo, the Gadgets News Blog.)

GlobalSat GV-590D GPS navigator

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GlobalSat GV-590D GPS navigator

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We’re surprised that these GlobalSat devices don’t make it to U.S. very often. Take this GlobalSat GV-590D GPS navigation system for example. It has decent specs, a solid SiRF Star III GPS receiver, and a big 5″ TFT LCD screen.


Even though GV-590D is on the main Taiwanese site there’s no mention of it on their U.S. site; so we don’t have much info on pricing or availability.




(Via NaviGadget.)

Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC

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Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC

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Bushnell has a new GPS range finder called Yardage Pro XGC. Amazonhas the device available for $350 - same as a few other online sellers - but no reviews yet.


One of the nice things about Bushnell Yardage Pro XGC is that it has a 2.2″ sunlight readable color screen and a battery that is supposed to last up to 16 hours. A few other features of this golf gps device includes:



  • Download custom color course maps

  • Distance to any point on the hole

  • Stores up to 100 courses

  • Scorekeeping & statistics capabilities

  • Belt clip and storage pouch included

  • Rechargeable Li-lon battery

  • Rainproof




(Via NaviGadget.)

Navman selects NAVTEQ as preferred map supplier in Australia

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Navman selects NAVTEQ as preferred map supplier in Australia


Navman selects NAVTEQ as preferred map supplier in Australia


Digital map maker NAVTEQ announced yesterday an agreement that Navman will utilize the NAVTEQ map of Australia in its entire range of portable navigation devices. NAVTEQ is already powering the full range of Mio devices since the end of last year. With this new agreement, NAVTEQ is becoming the preferred map supplier for MiTAC (the company who owns Navman, Mio and Magellan) in Australia.





The relationship between NAVTEQ and Navman in Australia began in October 2008 when Navman first selected NAVTEQ to supply map data and content for its premium S-Series Platinum devices. Navman was previously using the Whereis map database from Sensis, which has a strategic agreement with Tele Atlas.





In the rest of the world Navman and Mio brands use Tele Atlas while Magellan is a NAVTEQ customer.


(Via GPS BUSINESS NEWS.)

TeleNav GPS Navigator For Android Reviewed (Verdict: Impressive)

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TeleNav GPS Navigator For Android Reviewed (Verdict: Impressive)

The guys at KickingTires have put the TeleNav turn-by-turn GPS Navigator for Android and the G1 through its paces and have emerged feeling that the software is impressive, but overpriced.

Indeed, while they felt that the software scored well in major categories like ease of use, routing, map quality and accuracy, the value factor struck a major blow to the final verdict. After all, it's hard to justify spending $10 a month, $99 a year or $249 for four years on a service for your phone when quality, dedicated GPS devices can be had for under $200. Still, if portability is a major issue for you, KickingTires is calling the Android TeleNav 'the best turn-by-turn navigation system for a mobile phone available to date.' And it will be available on more and more Android devices in the near future.

(Via Gizmodo: GPS.)

travel honey? really?

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travel honey? really?

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If it wasn’t for the lame ‘travel honey’ name this product would almost be perfect. It is 4 in 1 device that acts as a 1) GPS receiver for your laptop, 2) location finder to track back to a set point, 3) photo tagger with software, and 4) data logger for GPS tracking.


It is currently out of stock at this online wholesale site that is willing to sell retail for only $54.


The above images demonstrates how ‘travel honey’ directs you back to your car. The only thing you have to do to record your car’s position is to press a button for two seconds so it can record its GPS coordinates when you’re ready to head back home…


(Via NaviGadget.)

Forget About the World of Video Games, Geomate.jr Helps You Explore Our Own World

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Forget About the World of Video Games, Geomate.jr Helps You Explore Our Own World

Nicknamed the 'Easy-Bake Oven of handheld GPS devices,' the Geomate.jr is a family-friendly device designed to get children out of the house, away from their video games and go geocaching outdoors.

Supposedly easy to use for both children and adults alike, the handheld device also sports a water-resistant and shockproof design built to withstand most roughhousing your kids may encounter in the wild. The $70 Geomate.jr is equipped with 250,000 pre-loaded North American cache points, giving your children a fun, ready to go, hide-and-seek type outdoor game, all while helping them explore the world and train them how to use a GPS device at an early age. Apparently, because the Geomate.jr doesn't have an internal compass, you won't be able to get accurate directions unless you keep moving. Tell this to a fat kid, and let's see how easy it'll be to drag him away from those video games now. [Via CNet]



NAVIGON 7310

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NAVIGON 7310

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Navigon may have left the North American GPS navigation system market but they seem to be keeping presence in Europe well and alive. This new NAVIGON 7310 seems to be the European version of NAVIGON 7300.


NAVIGON 7310 boasts an amazing Panaroma View 3D which can show hills, valleys, tunnels, just as you’d see from your windshield.


Other higher end features on 7310 include voice recognition for voice commands, bluetooth hands free kit, and lane assistance pro.


It goes for 349 € and includes maps of Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, British Isles, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonian, Monte Carlo, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Vatican.


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(Via NaviGadget.)

TwoNav Aventura

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TwoNav Aventura

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TwoNav Aventura is a new handheld GPS navigation device that is quite different than most other handhelds out there. It can accept any kind of maps, provided you are capable of creating vector maps and raster imagery. You can even scan your own according to gpstracklog and calibrate it to use on TwoNav Aventura.


Another feature of TwoNav Aventura (perhaps where the ‘two’ is coming from) is that it can also act as a GPS navigation system for your vehicle, giving you door to directions.


Apparently it is being released in Europe this June for 650 Euros and they’re still looking for distributors in the U.S.


Here are some specs:



  • Li-Ion battery

  • Battery slot can be replace with 3AA battery slot

  • Up to 20 hours battery life

  • electronic compass

  • barometric altimeter

  • rainproof

  • SiRFStar III GPS chip




(Via NaviGadget.)

Sanyo Gorilla NVA-GS1609FT and NVA-GS1409DT

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Sanyo Gorilla NVA-GS1609FT and NVA-GS1409DT

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Sanyo just introduced two new in dash GPS navigation systems called Gorilla NVA-GS1609FT and Gorilla NVA-GS1409DT. Both these GPS navigation systems run on solid state drives (SSDs), feature a 7″ touchscreen, and an amazing user interface that features 3D buildings, very detailed intersection rendering even indicating where traffic details are.


The two in-dash models will be released next month and include some features such as 1Seg TV tuner, DVD, CD players, FM player, and the ability to read audio from SD cards.


NVA-GS1609FT will have a 16GB SSD whereas NVA-GS1409DT will only allow for 8GB of storage. We have no word on pricing yet. Oh.. did we mention you won’t be seeing this here in the U.S? Sorry.

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(Via NaviGadget.)

Vacations......

Dear Readers,

mala



I'm going out for vacations.....I will return on May 22nd.
Please, stay tuned for more news, reviews and photos....
Below you will find a nice article from Wired Magazine about the GPS Revolution.


See you soon....

Mavilonus

Inside the GPS Revolution: 10 Applications That Make the Most of Location

Inside the GPS revolution it's more than maps and driving directions: location-aware phones and apps now deliver the hidden information that lets users make connections and interact with the world in ways they never imagined. The future is here and it's in your pocket.

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1 - Drive Fast, Avoid the Cops


Application: Trapster


Platforms: iPhone, BlackBerry


Price: FREE!


People like to go fast. Two-thirds of drivers frequently exceed the speed limit, according to a recent study, and we suspect the other third just filled out the survey too quickly. This means everyone can benefit from Trapster, a program that pulls together crowdsourced info about the location of police traps. Drivers report red-light cameras, speed cameras, or cops hiding in wait, which all get added to a map of law enforcement hot spots for the next lead-foot coming down the highway. You can even set your phone to warn you audibly when approaching the fuzz. Coast clear? Floor it.



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2 - Sleep Easy, We'll Wake You


Application: iNap


Platform: iPhone


Price: $1


There's nothing like the click-clack of train tracks to lull you to sleep. And there's nothing like the fear of missing your stop to jolt you awake every 15 seconds. You can avoid this seesaw with iNap, a travel alarm that keeps you from dozing past your destination on public transit. Just use the Google map embedded in the app to indicate where you'll be getting off, then hit the hay. As long as your iPhone can get a GPS signal (sorry, subway riders), the program will track your location and trigger an alarm a preset distance before your stop. Remember to wipe off the drool before disembarking.



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3 - Play Tag, With Strangers


Application: JOYity


Platform: Android


Price: FREE!


Not all GPS programs are practical; some are just fun. Like JOYity, which includes three location-savvy games plus an interface to create your own. Here's how to play YouCatch, JOYity's digitally enhanced game of tag.
Target Log in and the app will determine your coordinates and briefly show you the location of the person you need to tag. Remember, once you start your game, someone else will be looking for you as well. Everyone's location will be displayed at regular, decreasing time intervals.
Tag Get within 80 feet of your subject, then press the trackball on your phone to execute the tag. Then go after your next victim. Every time you catch someone, you're assigned a new target. But keep moving, because someone out there is still looking for you. The last person standing wins.








4 - Call a Cab, the Easy Way


Application: Cab4Me


Platform: Android


Price: FREE!


Hailing a taxi in New York is a cinch. But say you're in Dallas on business, not sure where you are, and don't know the name of a local taxi company—catching a cab gets a wee bit tougher. Enter cab4me. The program displays your location on a map and pulls up a list of local cab companies. For now, you'll have to give the dispatcher your cross streets, but the app's makers hope to eventually let you complete the entire transaction automatically. Once the call is made, just stay in the same place and wait. Kind of like what you were doing before, just without the frantic hand-waving.








5 - Scan a Barcode, Find a Deal


Application: ShopSavvy


Platform: Android


Price: FREE!


It's the worst feeling: standing in the store, wondering if that thing you're about to buy is cheaper somewhere else. ShopSavvy makes sure impulse buyers always find the best deal. Scan a barcode with your phonecam and the app shows you how much the product costs online as well as at other stores nearby. You can even pull up reviews to make sure you're not skimping a little too much.









6 - See the World, Through Google's Eyes


Application: Google Earth


Platform: iPhone


Price: FREE!


The iPhone version of this popular app zooms in on your location, then lets you pan around to see the world through Google goggles. This includes satellite views of the streets and buildings in every direction as well as Wikipedia entries of interesting spots down the road and photos of nearby landmarks taken by users of Google's map-based picture database, Panoramio. Just don't expect to do any of it in a big hurry. Unlike the spry Google Earth on your computer, this version is maddeningly slow. Get it together, Google.








7 - Train Your Phone to Know Its Place


Application: Locale


Platform: Android


Price: FREE!


Turn off your phone's ringer and you won't interrupt today's matinee. Teach your phone to turn off its own ringer and you'll never accidentally rock the theater with your Van Halen ringtone again. Android's Locale lets you program your cell to auto-adjust its settings based on where you are. Through its map feature you can put a bubble around, say, the local Cineplex and tell your phone to switch to vibrate when you're there. You can also have your phone automatically Twitter your location, change your wallpaper, and disable Wi-Fi and GPS (to save battery life) for any preprogrammed area. Others may not know to thank you, but they won't kick the back of your seat, either.



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8 - Look Up! Be a Stellar Student


Application: GoSkyWatch


Platform: iPhone


Price: $10


Sure, anybody can identify the Big Dipper and maybe even Orion. But what about Scorpius? Or Hercules? Or Triangulum Australe? This app pinpoints where you are, then checks the current date and time to figure out what stars are above you. To get the name of a given cluster, just point the back of your phone toward it and, thanks to the iPhone's internal accelerometer, that constellation and its moniker will appear onscreen. To find more, just tilt and swivel the phone to pan around the sky (or scroll around with your finger). Zoom in on a specific planet or star and the app will tell you how far away it is. Hint: really, really far.








9 - Dark Alley? Call for Help.


Application: SafetyNet


Platform: Android


Price: FREE!


Finally, a right way to venture to the wrong side of the tracks. Use SafetyNet's map to select bad neighborhoods. Then, if you end up in a sketchy area, your mobile will switch into watchdog mode. If trouble arises, all you have to do is shake the handset and your phone will set off an alarm, start sending your location to friends and family every 30 seconds via Google Talk, take a picture, turn on its speaker, and dial 911 (or another emergency number) . The app announces each of these steps out loud so a would-be assailant can hear what's happening and give up. At the very least, they won't want to steal a cell phone that's shrieking about calling the cops.



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10 - Go Here When You Gotta Go


Application: SitOrSquat


Platforms: iPhone, BlackBerry


Price: FREE!


There are some unavoidable gross-outs in life: swim lessons in the kiddie end of the community pool, the bus during flu season, a filthy public restroom. The good news: You can at least limit your exposure to germ-infested toilets. Fire up this app to find public bathrooms in your vicinity, complete with user ratings. Facilities are shown in order of closest location. Once you spot a near-enough john with a decent-enough rating, the application connects to Google Maps directions so you can start the cross-legged shuffle. Sorry, still no avoiding those snotty teens sneezing on the crosstown.

Via Wired.com







Navigon No Longer Selling Personal GPSs in US

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Navigon No Longer Selling Personal GPSs in US

Navigon will no longer be selling PNDs (personal navigation devices) in the US. In a statement released today, the company explains, 'Due to the difficult economic environment and the aggressive pricing we have decided to withdraw from the PND business in North America for the time being. We are however not closing down our Chicago office which will continue to serve our automotive and mobile phone businesses in North America.' With the rise of the smartphone, I wonder how long it will be until we see some of the bigger GPS manufacturers follow suit.

(Via Gizmodo: GPS.)

Pioneer AVIC-F310BT

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Pioneer AVIC-F310BT

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Pioneer presents a new in dash entertainment system with GPS navigation called Pioneer AVIC-F310BT. Pioneer AVIC-F310BT has a sale price of € 799, - relatively cheap, but that does not mean that the system is equipped sparingly. According to Pioneer, the AVIC-F310BT is the entry model for consumers who are fed up with cigarette lighters and suction cups to make the device work. The double-DIN mounting system offers a big advantage that a stand alone GPS navigation system also has: it is removable - the screen that is; which is enough to steer away most thieves.


AVIC-F310BT is an all-in-one system. Radio, CD player, USB connection with the option to connect an iPod and the navigation system are all combined. Pioneer AVIC-F310BT is controlled via the touch screen and even handsfree for those who wish to call using the built-in Parrot Bluetooth car kit. The navigation system is equipped with the maps of at lease 44 European countries and also offer free TMC traffic updates. Although F310BT is equipped with an SD card reader, it can only be used for new maps for the device or to bring in new POIs for the system. Another nice feature with this latest Pioneer system is the adjustable lighting which makes AVIC-F310BT suitable for many cars. The LED colors of this system can match the interior of your vehicle.


Users can also use the free NavGate Feeds software from the manufacturer on their PC and use it to connect to the detachable screen we just mentioned. The software can also be used while driving, to monitor fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The manufacturer suggested retail price is set at € 799…



(Via NaviGadget.)

Mio Moov S501

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Mio Moov S501

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Mio Moov S501 was announced today, alongside Moov S401 which we just mentioned.


All the features are almost identical between the two units, except that Moov S501 has a bigger screen that measures 4.7″, and a bigger memory that holds about 12 million points of interests. The device will have North America maps, offer lane guidance, gas price search, a sample Wcities guide loaded, and Google Send to GPS.


Optional stuff are TMC receiver, more Wcities guide, and more maps.





(Via NaviGadget.)

Verizon Wireless Launches VZ Navigator Global Mobile services

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Verizon Wireless Launches VZ Navigator Global Mobile services

Verizon Wireless launched a global version of its VZ Navigator service, providing travelers the ability to find locations and access turn-by-turn directions in North America and Western Europe, including Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. VZ Navigator Global customers can choose either English or Spanish as the default language, and miles or kilometers to mark distances.


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VZ Navigator Global is available for $19.99 per month and will be initially available on the BlackBerry Storm 9530 smartphone




(Via SlashPhone.)

Mio Moov S401

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Mio Moov S401

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Mio is coming up with a couple of new models for their Moov series. One of them is called Mio Moov S401.


Moov S401 will have a 4.3″ widescreen and carry about 4 million points of interests. It will feature the new Spirit interface Mio has been advertising lately.


A couple extra features are the ability to search for gas prices in your area, and the ability to use Google to send addresses to your unit. Though we’re not sure how it accomplishes these without the mention two way connectivity… Expect to pay about $130 for this unit.

(Via NaviGadget.)