Archive for the ‘GPS’ Category

Garmin Nuvi 350 Pocket Vehicle GPS

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

What if one device could help you navigate anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, while offering travel tips, storing your favorite tunes and photos, providing translation assistance, and more? That device is here, and it’s not much bigger than a deck of cards. The Garmin nuvi 350 is set to revolutionize what we expect from a GPS navigation device, or from any device for that matter.

The nuvi 350 is first and foremost a personal GPS device. Wherever you go — in your car or on foot– the device offers extremely accurate position data, thanks to a high-sensitivity integrated GPS receiver by SiRF and WAAS-enabled, 12-satellite reception. Combined with detailed maps of the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico the nüvi 350 provides automatic routing, turn-by-turn voice directions, and touchscreen control– making it easy to find your way anywhere. Plus, the unique “text-to-speech” feature calls out turns by street name, and you can choose from either 2D or 3D mapping perspectives when you’re viewing your route on the display. Additionally, the nüvi 350 is compatible with Garmin’s GTM 10 FM TMC traffic receiver*, which allows users to avoid traffic tie-ups by simply pushing a button that will calculate a new route.

As mentioned, the nüvi 350 comes packed with mapping data for North America, but you can can also load up your custom points of interest. Set up proximity alerts for school zones, safety cameras, and more using Garmin’s free POI (points of interest) loader program (available from garmin.com).

Navigation is just part of the journey, and the nüvi 350 is one of the first devices to recognize that. The built-in “Travel Kit” offers an MP3 player, an audio book player from Audible.com, a jpeg-format picture viewer, a world travel clock with time zones, a currency converter, a measurement converter, and a calculator.

In addition to the included travel tools, additional software add-ons are available, such as the Garmin Language Guide, with data provided by Oxford University Press. This software suite contains a multilingual word bank, phrase bank, and five bilingual dictionaries. The multilingual word bank and phrase bank supports nine languages and dialects, including American English, British English, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, European Spanish, and Latin American Spanish. Now you can look up and translate more than 17,000 words or 20,000 phrases per language — right in the palm of your hand. Through the unit’s text-to-speech interface, users can get a spoken pronunciation of each entry in the word bank, along with gender and part of speech information.

Another useful add-on software package, the Garmin Travel Guide, is loaded with information provided by Marco Polo. These guides put in-depth travel information such as reviews and recommendations for restaurants, tourist attractions, and more at your fingertips. The software allows you to navigate to an address or search points of interest– places like hotels, restaurants, shopping, and tourist attractions. The nüvi 350 automatically calculates the fastest route and provides voice-prompted turn-by-turn directions along the way. The unit also audibly announces the name of upcoming streets– letting you keep your eyes on the road while navigating through busy traffic and tricky roadways. And if you stray off course, the nüvi 350 automatically calculates the quickest way to get back on track.

*Traffic services available only in select cities where RDS-TMC coverage exists. Requires the GTM 10 FM TMC traffic receiver and subscription fee to enable traffic capability.

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Arkon CM910 Universal PDA Mount

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

The Arkon CM910 Universal PDA Mount includes three different pedestals that let you mount your PDA to the windshield, dash, console, or air vents in your vehicle. No other solution provides as much diversity for mounting PDAs in the car. This product comes with Universal PDA Cradle, Windshield Mount Pedestal, Vent Mount Assembly, Console / Dash Adhesive Disc and Alcohol Pad.

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Nokia E62 for $.01 From Cingular

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Nokia has pieced together a thin profile business email device which boasts a full qwerty keyboard, EDGE high-speed data, a miniSD card slot with Bluetooth technology on the S60 smartphone platform. With a full HTML web browser and music player Nokia E62 quad band device is sure to catch some attention.

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Garmin Nuvi 680 Pocket Vehicle GPS Navigator and Personal Travel Assistant

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Receive door-to-door directions while staying on top of local weather, traffic and more with nüvi® 680, a sleek multi-tasking Personal Travel Assistant¿. Similar to the 660, nüvi 680 features a colorful widescreen, hands-free calling and FM transmitter, then takes it up a notch by adding dynamic content from MSN® Direct to provide–in addition to traffic and weather–such local information as fuel prices in nearby gas stations and movie times in local theaters. Like all nüvis, the user-friendly 680 comes with preloaded maps and travel kit.

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Garmin StreetPilot c320 GPS Vehicle Navigator

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

For navigators who only require detailed maps for a limited area, the StreetPilot c320 features an SD card slot, a 128 MB SD card, and MapSource City Select street data on CD-ROM. To load the area you need, simply select the specific area of interest on your computer and the data is transferred from a PC to the unit via a fast USB connection. The c320’s bright, 3.5-inch diagonal, 16-bit color display makes navigation a snap. The unit also features dual integrated speakers for high-quality voice prompts, and an internal lithium-ion battery for out-of-car route planning.

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TomTom GO 510 Portable GPS Vehicle Navigator

Friday, January 26th, 2007

TomTom GO 510 is a smart, easy-to-use, portable navigation solution. The crystal-clear widescreen display, 3D graphics, and clear, accurate turn-by-turn voice instructions help you find your way to any address in the US and Canada. The built-in Bluetooth connection and integrated microphone let you easily make or receive calls hands-free with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones. Control your iPod playlists directly from the touch screen. The home dock lets you connect to your PC for itinerary planning and downloading additional maps, voices, and more. Manufacturer’s limited 2 year warranty.

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Cingular 8525 PDA-GPS-Phone

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

cingular 8525 pda phoneThe Cingular 8525 PDA Phone is the successor to the 8125. This quad band GSM world phone sports a 400Mhz CPU, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11b/g and has an excellent slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Its 2.0MP is the best we’ve seen on a Windows Mobile phone and the device is ready for serious business work and multimedia fun. The Cingular 8525 is sold by Cingular in the US and the HTC TyTN is sold unlocked for use with any GSM carrier. The Cingular 8125 sold well through 2006 with many satisfied users and the 8525 is likely to outdo it.

USB GPS Receiver for Your Laptop

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

The Globalsat BU-353 is a first class GPS receiver. It is not Bluetooth but connects through your laptop’s USB port. The Globalsat BU-353 is perfect for marine, aviation, and commercial environments. It also won Germany’s iF Product Design Award 2006 for it’s innovative combination of design and technology. Features: SiRF Star III GPS chipset and active patch antenna for accuracy. High sensitivity and extremely fast TTFF Built-in SuperCap to save system data.

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Samsung Blackjack is a Fashion Accessory

Saturday, January 13th, 2007

Some smart marketer will come up with something to replace the term cellphone because they are so much more than simple wireless handsets. The Motorola RAZR was the first of a new genre that turned cellphones into fashion accessories. The Samsung Blackjack SGH-i607 is sleek looking enough to fit that description too. Black is the in color. The Samsung Blackjack also fits the category of Phone-PDA-GPS as you can do all three with this handset.

Avis Putting WiFi in Rentals

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 2 (UPI) — WiFi is hitting the road through U.S. car rental giant Avis, which signed an agreement with Autonet to provide wireless Internet access to travelers.

For $10.95 a day, Avis will issue motorists a device that plugs into a car’s power supply and delivers a high-speed Internet connection, The New York Times said Tuesday. A mobile WiFi hotspot linking laptops and other electronic devices to the Internet without wires represents a critical move toward what technology experts call the “connected car.”

Sterling Pratz, president and chief executive of Autonet, said the device uses the 3G cellular network. He said it would work in all major metropolitan areas and in about 95 percent of the country.

The technology minimized dropped connections but did not eliminate them, Pratz said.

Legal and safety questions about operating a vehicle with a WiFi hotspot onboard are also likely to be raised, industry analysts said, because the technology could divert people’s attention from the road and the act of driving.

Autonet said the service was for passengers, not drivers and that Avis would require renters to agree not to hold it liable for accidents resulting from irresponsible use.

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The HP iPAQ hw6945  smartphone has WiFi built into the handset.