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May 23, 2008

Garmin nuvi 880 Video Review

Video review of Garmin's nuvi 880 speech recognition enabled GPS.


May 22, 2008

Garmin nuvi 880 Review

Verdict: Speech Recognition That Actually Works

Garmin nuvi 880 Review

REVIEW UPDATE: This GPS model has been discontinued

Garmin's nuvi 880 can be controlled using speech recognition, includes MSN Direct for real-time traffic, gas prices, weather, and more, can navigate to geo-coded photos, supports multi-destination routing, and a whole lot more.

Sporting a new, dual-speaker design, the nuvi 880 is a significant update to Garmin's award winning nuvi GPS product line, and, all things considered, is probably the best GPS money can buy right now.

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May 19, 2008

How to Install Garmin's Map Update 2009: A Step-By-Step Guide

How to Install Garmin's Map Update 2009: A Step-By-Step Guide

A few weeks ago Garmin released its annual map update. The 2009 Map Update retails for around $65, and can be purchased as an electronic download or a physical DVD disc. If you purchased a qualified Garmin GPS recently (or even if you purchased it a long time ago but never registered it on Garmin's website), Garmin will give you the update for free.

I finally got around to updating my nuvi today. Here's the step-by-step instructions.

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May 18, 2008

On the Road with Garmin's nuvi 880

May 15, 2008

Garmin Announces Lifetime Pricing for Blackberry Navigation Software. Pay $99 Once, Use it Forever.

Garmin Mobile for Blackberry now offers Lifetime Pricing

If you're the kind of person who just can't bear to sign-up for yet another monthly service, Garmin feels your pain and is introducing lifetime subscription pricing for Garmin Mobile for Blackberry.

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May 13, 2008

How to Find the Cheapest Gas with Your GPS

Save Money on Gas with your GPS

As if you needed yet another reason to buy a GPS, it turns out many new GPS units can not only get you from point A to B, but they can also save you a bundle on gas.

Gas prices are on the rise, and the summer driving season is expected to bring even higher prices at the pump.

Many GPS models already have a powerful feature that could save you hundreds of dollars each year: the ability to view fuel prices at nearby gas stations. Here's how it works.

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May 8, 2008

GPS Brands Market Share Data for 2007

Verdict: Garmin is king in the US, by a wide margin. In Europe, it's TomTom's World

PND GPS Brands Market Share Data for 2007

According to new PND data, Garmin was the #1 GPS brand in the United States in 2007, and by a pretty comfy margin -- taking 47% of the total GPS market. TomTom ranked a distant second place with just 19 percent market share, followed closely by Magellan in third place.

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May 6, 2008

Which GPS is Right for Mom?

Verdict: Stick to the Basics, Go For Ease of Use, A Big Screen, Text-to-Speech, and Routing Quality

Read the Mother's Day Buyer's Guide

Nothing says "I love you" quite like a spanking new GPS to adorn mom's dashboard. It's not too late to pick up a GPS, but which one is right for her?

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The Ultimate GPS Child Tracking Buyer's Guide

Winners: WorldTracker GPRS & Amber Alert GPS

GPSmagazine's Ultimate Child Tracker GPS Buyer's Guide

According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC), 836,131 persons were reported missing in 2006. About 80% of those were juveniles (persons under 18 years of age), the overwhelming majority of which were girls. While most missing persons return home safely, that statistic shows that 2,290 times per day, parents or primary care givers felt the disappearance was serious enough to warrant calling law enforcement. Even more troubling, the number of missing persons reported to law enforcement has increased almost 500% in the past 20 years.

What if, instead of sitting at home in a terrified panic that harm has come to your child, you could instantly locate him or her on a map, pinpointing their exact whereabouts? That's the promise behind a new wave of GPS and RF (Radio Frequency) tracking devices aimed at helping parents keep electronic tabs on their children. I've spent the last few months testing a number of these products at length, sorting out the good from the bad.

The bottom line? Hollywood-style GPS tracking still eludes us, but there are some good products available that will indeed help parents keep track of AWOL kids. There's also some duds out there that either underperformed or simply don't work at all. Read on for the full review, including which products I recommend, and which ones you should avoid.

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