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November 26, 2007

TomTom, Magellan Top Black Friday Sales


According to PriceGrabber.com, the number one selling GPS unit for Black Friday was the TomTom ONE 3rd Edition. It ranked in number three overall just below the Nintendo Wii (Who didn’t see that coming) and the Microsoft Zune 30GB.

The Magellan Maestro 3100 took number eight in the top sellers.

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November 25, 2007

Cyber Monday GPS Deals Guide

Mr. T Says: I pity the fool who doesn't read GPSmagazine!

Black Friday has come and gone. Next up: Cyber Monday. There are going to be some great deals out there on the Wild West that is the Internet. Shop carefully, however, for not all GPS devices are created equal.

Here's a round-up of Cyber Monday deals that will begin at midnight tonight, along with everything you need to know to avoid buying a lemon, along with my top Cyber Monday picks.

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November 22, 2007

Don't Buy the Wrong GPS on Black Friday

Thanksgiving GPS Guide

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Tomorrow marks the official start of the holiday buying season, and retailers are offering up some great deals on GPS devices.

Here's everything you need to know to make sure you don't buy the wrong GPS. Take 5 minutes and arm yourself with the knowledge to make the smart buys tomorrow.

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November 20, 2007

Black Friday GPS Pricing Reveals Insane Deals

Crazy Eddie's Prices are INSANE!

Black Friday is just a few days away, and marks the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season. From the looks of things, there'll be some pretty fantastic GPS sales this coming Friday. So if you've been holding out for prices to drop before picking up a new GPS, then Friday just might be your lucky day.

Here's a round-up of the best deals I've found. *Note that many of these deals won't appear on the respective websites/stores until 11/23.

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November 19, 2007

Garmin Cancels Bid on Tele Atlas; Inks 10-Year Contract with NAVTEQ

TomTom holding the Tele Atlas fish

The bidding war for mapping provider Tele Atlas is finally over. Garmin has cancelled its bid to purchase Tele Atlas for $3.57 billion. After a short (but expensive) bidding war with TomTom, it appears Garmin has decided to pass on Tele Atlas, and will stick with the NAVTEQ mapping data it currently uses.

Garmin's bidding war with TomTom cost the Dutch-based firm an additional $870 million to acquire Tele Atlas. At the same time Garmin has brokered a deal with NAVTEQ that guarantees continued access to maps, as well as NAVTEQ's underlying map technology in a technology-sharing agreement between Garmin and NAVTEQ.

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November 15, 2007

Garmin, TomTom Temporarily Solve Differences


Every once in a while you need to just give your competitor a big hug and let them know that you guys don’t always have to be fighting.

In what can only be described as hardcore sibling rivalry, Garmin and TomTom finally settled at least one of their many disputes. The companies announced that they settled their intellectual property litigation that includes cases in the UK, Netherlands, Wisconsin and Texas.

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November 12, 2007

Good Drivers Gone Bad: When GPS Attacks


It seems like drivers in Europe are having a hard time driving around with their GPS companions.

A small village in Carmarthenshire has been seeing a recent rise in traffic and building damage. Residents in Llangadog said trucks and lorries were smashing into buildings that have already had thousands of pounds spent on them.

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November 8, 2007

Musician Leaves Guitar in NYC Taxi. Recovered Using Taxi GPS.

New York City Taxis

Back when I was growing up in Gotham city, it was common knowledge that anything left behind in a New York City taxi was gone for good. Not so anymore, thanks to GPS technology.

It seems professional musician Nik Munson left his acoustic bass guitar in the trunk of a cab. Not long after he realized his mistake, he remembered that this particular taxi was equipped with the much-protested Taxi GPS technology, which, among other things, provides real-time tracking information.

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November 7, 2007

The Battle For Tele Atlas: Round 2


Things are getting ugly in the battle for mapping provider Tele Atlas. After Garmin tried to outbid TomTom to acquire Tele Atlas, it appears that TomTom struck back with an even higher offer.

Garmin offered $3.3 billion for Tele Atlas, overridding TomTom's first bid of $2.7 billion. Not to be outdone, TomTom took a strike back by offering up $3.57 billion to acquire the rights to Tele Atlas.

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November 3, 2007

Idiot Follows GPS Into A Tight Spot


OK, look - I'm as much of a GPS fanboy as the next guy, but even I know the laws of nature always overrule my GPS' suggested path...

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