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April 30, 2008

Amber Alert GPS Tracking System Review

Verdict: Great for Parents

Amber Alert GPS

Aimed at helping parents answer the terrifying question, "where's my child?", Amber Alert GPS is a relatively inexpensive solution that can track indoors and out, has an SOS button to call for help, supports Geo-Fencing, and can send speed alerts (ie. send an alert if my kid is driving faster than 80 MPH) -- all for under $200.

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April 28, 2008

InvisibleSHIELD Keeps Your GPS (and Other Gadgets) Looking Like New

Verdict: invisible, invincible

InvisibleShield Keeps Your GPS Looking Like New

Available in custom sizes for over 2,000 devices, invisibleSHIELD sells full body protection kits for everything from Apple's MacBook Air to GPS units to digital cameras. I tested invisibleSHIELD and have to admit I'm a believer.

Originally designed to protect high-speed helicopter blades from dust, dirt and debris, invisibleSHIELD is a thin, polyurethane film that doesn't scratch, adds no bulk to the device, doesn't interfere with GPS signal reception, uses no adhesive, and can easily be removed at any time. Read on for the full review and pricing details.

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April 19, 2008

Garmin nuvi 780 GPS Review

Verdict: Just like the nuvi 760, with MSN Direct

A widescreen display, preloaded maps, bluetooth, an FM transmitter, hands-free calling, and Enhanced MSN Direct service put Garmin's new nuvi 780 squarely into the premium GPS category. Sure, other GPS manufacturers offer similar features on some of their models, but unlike many competitors, the nuvi 780 manages to integrate a bevy of sophisticated features while still maintaining reliability and ease of use.

Note: Some sections of text in this review are taken directly from the Garmin nuvi 760 review, as in many respects the nuvi 760 and 780 units are functionally identical (the nuvi 780 is essentially a nuvi 760 with MSN Direct).

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April 14, 2008

Garmin's Map Update 2009 Released

Garmin Map Update 2009

Garmin's Map Update 2009 for North America is out, and available for about $65. Garmin's website still says the update is due out later this month, but it looks like a number of retailers (including Amazon) are claiming the update is in stock and ready to ship.

The 2009 update is valid for all Garmin nuvi series, most StreetPilot models, and Zumo units. Read on for all the details, including what's changed in the new maps.

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April 9, 2008

WorldTracker PLD (Personal Locator Device) GPS Tracker Review

Verdict: Great for Adventure Seekers

WorldTracker PLD (Personal Locator Device) GPS Tracking Device

I've been reviewing GPS tracking devices for the past few months, but WorldTracker's PLD (Personal Locator Device) feature list made me sit up and take notice. This quad mode GPS tracker is capable of two weeks of continuous GPS tracking on a single battery charge, works worldwide with both GPRS/SMS, can be used to place a phone call to a pre-programmed number, and even has an eavesdropping mode that lets you listen in on what's going on around the device.

All that plus some pretty stunning mapping and reporting features, and you've got one powerful GPS tracking device.

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April 3, 2008

Garmin nuvi 200 GPS Units Not Working In Some Volvo, Toyota, and Nissan Vehicles?

Details are still sketchy, but I'm getting an increased number of reports that Garmin nuvi 200 GPS units are unable to function in some Volvo, Nissan, and Toyota vehicles. From the sounds of things, the issue might be related to vehicles that have wires embedded in the windshield, preventing the GPS from getting adequate reception to function.

We've already heard of several reports from 2008 Toyota Camry and 2008 Toyota Highlander Limited owners. If you own a Garmin nuvi 200 series GPS and the unit won't work in your car, we want to hear from you -- post a comment and we'll get do some investigating.

April 2, 2008

GPS Snitch Review

Verdict: Drops a dime on your ride. Pricey

GPS Snitch Review

Don't let GPS Snitch's curiously urban styling fool you, this real-time GPS tracking system is a serious device that offers up to 7 days of battery life between charges, has a built-in motion sensor, can send you an alert if your car moves, and can be used hidden virtually anywhere in your car.

Available in the US and Canada for $399, GPS Snitch uses a combination of GPS and cellular technologies to provide real-time tracking. Like other real-time trackers, GPS Snitch requires a monthly service fee of $14.95 - $25.99 per month, depending on the usage plan you choose. How does GPS Snitch stack up against the competition? Is it worth the money? And is it better than competing product Zoombak? Read on

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April 1, 2008

Leaked Apple iNav Photo Shows GPS Navigation on the iPhone

Apple iNav

Could this be the highly anticipated GPS on Apple's iPhone? This leaked photo shows a new Apple product called iNav, and what appears to be turn-by-turn GPS navigation on an iPhone. iNav appears to overlay navigation data on actual street-level photos, and is said to be capable of "one tap routing", a feature that lets you browse the map and select a destination by tapping the map.

Apple is also rumored to be working on an iNav social network that would allow you to add other iNav drivers to your network, and see their location on the map. Also on deck are real-time traffic data supplied by Google, Internet-connected searches, as well as hands-free phone calls while navigation as well as music playback.

Read on for all the details and pricing information.

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