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July 29, 2007

How to Install Garmin's Map Update 2008 (Step-by-Step Instructions)

Verdict: Easy enough for newbies

Garmin Map Update 2008 DVD - Retail Package

Several years in the making, Garmin has finally released a major map update in the form of "City Navigator North America NT 2008."

Just what's involved in updating the maps? How Do I know if I Need the Update? Do I need an SD Memory Card? A PC? Is there MacOS Support? How long does it take? Do I need to backup my address book? What's different about the new maps? Read on.

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July 27, 2007

Cellular Navigation Poised to Grow 5x in 4 years (but study find US consumers still want portable GPS devices)

Shoppers holding shopping bags

According to a recent survey in TWICE (This Week in Consumer Electronics), 50% of U.S. consumers said they would opt to buy a PND (Personal Navigation Device) over cell-phone based subscription services.

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July 25, 2007

Google's Secret CameraCar Armada Sighted

Google StreetView Chevy Cobolt Car

Hidden deep in Mountain View, CA is Google's secret lair of specially modified Chevy Cobalt cars, equipped with roof-mounted cameras capable of shooting 360° photos. But why?

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Garmin's new 2008 (v9) Maps vs. v8 Maps: is it worth upgrading?

Garmin v8 maps vs. v9 maps

Garmin has finally released updated maps -- a good thing since the previous maps were getting a little moldy (they were several years older than Magellan's or TomTom's maps). With a new map database, however, comes the risk of changing Garmin's legendary rock-solid routing engine logic.

How do the new maps stack up against the old ones and is it worth the $70 upgrade cost?

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Correction: LG's LN790 will NOT do Split-Screen Video/GPS (but still does Divx/XviD!)

LG's LN790

Last week I attended LG's fancy-pants night at Christie's Auction House in Manhattan and got a sneak peak at the upcoming LN790 GPS. I originally reported that the LN790 will have a split-screen mode where the unit would be able to play video on one side and show navigation information on the other. Turns out this was incorrect: the LN790 will NOT have a split screen mode after all.

Nevertheless, the LN790 WILL still support Divx and XviD video playback, making the LN790 a great multimedia player in addition to being a very capable navigator.

The LN790 is expected to hit the street in September for $699 list, $599 street.

July 24, 2007

Garmin Officially Releases Updated Maps

Garmin Map Update 2008

Garmin has (finally) officially released updated maps for its entire GPS line-up, and is selling the map update via it's website for $70.

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LG's LN790 Does Video, Photo, Music

LG LN790

It's official: LG's LN790 is a pirate's video enthusiast's best friend, supporting both DivX and XvID video playback. Even better, the LN790 will reportedly have a split-screen mode with half the screen showing video playback and the other half showing the map (sounds safe, doesn't it?).

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GPS Giveaway Reminder

GPS Giveaway Contest

Reminder: we're giving away a FREE GPS (Pocket LOOX N100) to the sender of the most original photo involving a GPS. Photos must be submitted by July 31st. Obviously, no photoshoping allowed - these must be actual photos. We'll announce the winner next month, and send the lucky contestant his/her new GPS.

July 23, 2007

TomTom Acquires Tele Atlas for $2.7 Billion. Google to Acquire NAVTEQ next?

TomTom announced today that it has agreed to acquire Tele Atlas, the second largest mapping data provider behind NAVTEQ, for $2.77 billion. TomTom will pay 21.25 euros per share (20% more than Tele Atlas' closing price on Friday).

With Google rumored to be looking at NAVTEQ with bedroom eyes, this may have just been a pre-emptive strike before Google owns every map in the world...

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July 21, 2007

GPSmagazine Attends LG Masterpieces Event at Christie's Auction House (and gets first grope of LG's LN790 GPS)

LG 2007 Summer Kube Sgiw at Christie's

LG (with help from PR firm Ogilvy) put together an extravagant night of live music, food, open bar, and a sneak peak at LG's new product line, including a hands-on session with LG's yet-to-be-announced LN790 GPS, at Christie's Auction House in Manhattan.

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