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September 27, 2007

Mio’s new C720t takes pictures, stuffs in features

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It seems like Mio is running non-stop with all of its recent announcements and releases. It’s newest high-end unit, the C720t, was just announced which has of slew of features including a 2-megapixel camera, real-time traffic updates, a 4.3-inch widescreen display, and enhanced Bluetooth capabilities.

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September 25, 2007

TeleAtlas Invokes the Third Dimension

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TeleAtlas announced today that it will make available more than 400 detailed 3D landmarks of notable North American structures for use in navigation devices and location-based applications, including Wrigley Field, the Empire State Building and Lincoln Memorial.

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GPS Unit Receives Fingeprint Recognition

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Put thoses driving gloves away. Medion will be releasing the GoPal P4425 this November in Europe with fingerprint recognition. It seems the US isn't the only one with pesky GPS thieves.

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September 24, 2007

Radio Shack, Mio Shack Up

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RadioShack and Mio announced the arrival of the new Mio DigiWalker™ C320. The RadioShack exclusive C320 boasts a 4.3-inch widescreen display with the same split-screen interface as seen in the C520.

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GPS App Available for iPhone (Well, Sort of...)

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Want GPS on your iPhone but don't want to wait until 2008? Say hello to Navizon, an application that triangulates your location using cell towers and Wi-Fi rather than GPS. Navizon's CEO claims "this is just as if the iPhone were equipped with a GPS chip".

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September 23, 2007

GPS Theft On The Rise - Windshield Mounts Tip Off Thieves

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GPS devices are now the number one item being stolen from motor vehicles. Think storing your spanking new GPS in the glove compartment keeps you safe from smash-and-grab thieves? Think again: according to a recent study, GPS theft is on the rise, and crooks have learned that a suction-cup windshield mount usually means a valuable GPS hidden somewhere in the car.

What can you do to keep GPS-loving thieves at bay? Read on.

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September 22, 2007

Biometric-Enabled GPS Spotted In The Wild

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The next big feature for portable GPS devices just might be the inclusion of biometrics. Medion is already busting out the P425 AIO in Europe, which includes an integrated fingerprint reader. According to sources, the fingerprint reader will be used both to deter theft, and allow individual user profiles based on the fingerprint scan.

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September 19, 2007

Apple iPhone to Get GPS in 2008

We do our best to limit iPhone porn to a minimum, but rumors are flying that the Jesus-phone will pickup GPS support in 2008, as well as 3G connectivity for faster data downloads.

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U.S. Military To Stop Buying Scrambling-Capable GPS Satellites

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Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Defense as a Cold War targeting tool, GPS is transforming modern day life. When the system first launched, civilian GPS signals had reduced accuracy thanks to intentional signal scrambling by the Pentagon. That limitation was removed in 2000, boosting civilian GPS accuracy from about 100 meters to 10 meters.

Today the Pentagon is announcing it will no longer purchase satellites that include the signal scrambling capability. Although there will be no immediate improvement in GPS signal quality, the Pentagon says the move should re-assure the rest of the world of its strong commitment to the GPS system. The move will impact the next buying round of Satellites, slated to launch in 2013.

September 18, 2007

Garmin Edge 705 Hands-On Preview

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It's still in pre-production, but GPSmagazine already got its hands on a Garmin Edge 705 and has the first hands-on preview walkthrough available.

Trainer, Navigator, GPS-enabled cycle computer: Garmin's Edge 705 has high ambitions, and promises to deliver heart rate, cadence, turn-by-turn directions, power data, and more. You can even share core data with other Edge 705 buddies after the workout/ride. It's still only a preview, but so far things are looking good for the Edge 705.

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