Garmin introduces Approach S1 GPS wristwatch

Most folks who play golf are pretty well off, or at least middle class at worst. Well, this means they have a pretty secure and cushy job, coupled with timeshare vacations elsewhere, own a couple of properties with the mortgage fully paid off perhaps, and drive a convertible sports car with an upmarket saloon for more ordinary errands.

This would also mean their choice of attire will be branded for most, not to mention having a pretty nice wristwatch with metal straps. Who would have thought that one would wear a GPS wristwatch instead? Garmin’s Approach S1 GPS wristwatch is meant for those who love spending time on the greens, as it is capable of displaying precise yardages to the front, back and middle of greens while boasting more than 14,000-plus courses pre-loaded.

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Driverless vehicles finish their journey from Italy to Shanghai

Some of you might remember when we reported on the driverless vehicles who wanted to take a road trip from Parma, Italy to Shanghai, China. We are pleased to present a follow-up report on their success.

For those that don’t remember, these vehicles were not truly driverless, as they had people in them that could take over the vehicles at the push of a button. Although I haven’t read the official report yet, my Source says that the 8,078 mile (13,000 kilometer) trip was done “with minimal intervention”.

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Escort announces PASSPORT iQ for advanced warning of speed traps



Everyone hates to get stuck with a speeding ticket, but then again that has to be implemented if some form of law and order is required to make sure everything runs smoothly – as much as possible, anyways. After all, if there were no deterrents like speeding tickets, most folks with powerful cars will definitely zip down the freeway with wanton abandon – and you know how dangerous unbridled speed can be.

Well, here is something on your side today – the Passport iQ GPS navigation system from Escort that not only helps you get from point A to point B in clear directions, it also comes with integrated radar/laser detection to make sure you can slow down in time before the cop hiding in the thicket of bushes sends you a court summons.

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Garmin announces chirp wireless beacon



Garmin has just announced their latest unique wireless beacon that was specially designed for those who love geocaching their outdoor adventures. Meaning to target just about anyone and everyone who loves the great outdoors, the Garmin chirp is not only affordable, but is extremely durable and waterproof as well. The Garmin chirp can communicate with, as well as be programmed by, just about any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld for a more interactive and enjoyable geocaching experience. Those who fall under the cache creators and seekers categories will be able to enjoy the benefits as chirp stores hints, transmits multicache coordinates, counts visitors and confirms the cache is nearby.

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What Ford was doing at CTIA Fall 2010

As an attendant of CTIA Fall 2010, I couldn’t figure out what Ford Motor company was doing there. As it turns out, they were promoting the MyFord Touch. I got to get behind a tricked-out dashboard, and saw why they wanted to show off.

The set-up for MyFord Touch reminded me of the Earth-friendly dashboard I reported on over a year ago. I had one of their spokespersons show it to me, and I’ll do my best to convey my experience to you.

That screen that you see in the photo is a full touchscreen, and it allows the user/driver full control of Navigation, Climate, Entertainment and Phone. Each of these functions have a different color-code, accessible on the four corners of the screen. MyFord Touch also has two 4.2 inch LCD screens that flank the central speedometer for information to the driver at a glance.

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Sony and TomTom team up, delivers new navigation systems



Both Sony and TomTom have come together to roll out a couple of A/V navigation systems in the form of the XNV-770BT and XNV-660BT, where both companies hope that this partnership will result in some of the most advanced car audio, video and navigational technologies which are currently available in the current market. The Sony XNV-770BT will be a 7-inch widescreen display while the XNV-660BT is a 6.1-inch widescreen display, where both models will ship pre-loaded with TomTom’s extensive map database of both US and Canada roads, coupled with one free year of map upgrades which does not involve any incremental charge. Just to get an idea on how comprehensive TomTom’s maps in the US are, they feature more than 1 million more miles of roads than other GPS brands. Ain’t that comforting?

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Google Maps somehow deletes an entire city in Florida

If you have never heard of Sunrise, Florida, don’t feel too bad. As it so happens, Google didn’t have this city on Google Maps.

This happened for about a month, and it has apparently been the third time that this city has been eradicated from Google existence. If you tried to search for Sunrise businesses, you will be redirected to Sarasota, Florida, which is a city about 200 miles away.

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Casio EXILIM EX-H20G Hybrid GPS Digital Camera



Casio scores another world’s first with the EXILIM EX-H20G Hybrid GPS digital camera, making it the ideal traveling companion. Why do we say so? Well, the integrated Hybrid GPS system will deliver ultra-precise location data for the geotagging of photos and videos. Sounds normal, but you would be stoked to know that this is also the first camera that is able to geotag indoors. Yup, we’ve said it – you can even go into your home without missing a beat, snapping away happily while having those images tagged. Apart from that, you can also view your location on the camera itself thanks to a pre-loaded map on the EX-H20G.

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Magellan RoadMate 3065 GPS announced

Fancy getting a new GPS navigation system? That shouldn’t be too much of a problem with Magellan’s latest RoadMate 3065 GPS navigation system that has just arrived in the US. After all, you can never tell when you might be traveling out of state to an unfamiliar place on a work assignment or not, and a GPS navigation would certainly come in handy. The new school year (Stateside anyways) will also see parents ushering their offspring to new alma maters, and even that might turn into an ugly situation if paper maps don’t quite make the cut. Basically, the Magellan RoadMate 3065 GPS device is here to help you make the most of your travels, where you save plenty of time getting to your destination instead of figuring out the right turn. More on the RoadMate 3065 in the extended post.

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Garmin introduces the Nuvi 2200 and 2300 GPS series

I am not certain if the market for stand-alone GPS devices is strong, but I believe that Garmin still is the leader in a business that is slowly being replaced by smartphone applications.

The company has just recently announced two new lines in their Nuvi series, which includes the 2200 (2200, 2250, and 2250LT) and 2300 (2300, 2300LM, 2350, 2350LT, 2350MT, and 2370LT) series.

Both the 2200 and 2300 models have Garmin’s ecoRoute fuel-efficient routing and driving tools technology, as well as My Trends to save your favorite destinations and automatically remember routes and travel times. They are also come preloaded with maps of the lower 48 United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Grand Bahama Island, Nassau, and the Cayman Islands.

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