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Sunday, March 18, 2012

This Week in GPS — July 3, 2015

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This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is the new Rino 650t which Garmin announced, in addition to several other new products. It’s been a great week for Garmin fans!
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4th of July GPS Sales 2015

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For all my U.S. readers, Independence Day is this weekend and it looks like the sales are already in full swing! Most of the sites I looked at don’t really have much specifically meant for GPS devices, there are a few GPS sales going on.

Since the 4th of July is in the middle of summer, the sales aren’t the greatest, but with more expensive purchases, every little bit counts, right? Anyway, here are some of the more notable sales I found: read more

Do You Use the Home Button?

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Most automotive GPS devices I’ve had my hands on—even the older ones—have a programmable “home” button. A lot of the newer ones also have a “work” as well as several slots to save other locations you frequently drive to like a friend or relative’s house, or maybe your favorite restaurant.

I don’t know anyone who has had this problem personally, but I’ve read all kinds of stories and articles about thieves stealing a GPS device and then hitting the “home” button and going to the victim’s house and stealing even more things while you’re away or busy trying to figure out what happened to your car. Maybe it makes me paranoid (I mean, it’s not like I really have anything worth stealing anyway) but I don’t like the idea of it. read more

Meet the GPS Predecessor, Etak

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Much like computers, cell phones and the internet, GPS is one of the more important transformative technologies of the 2oth century which will, no doubt, continue to change and shift for years to come. Since its first release in 1995, GPS satellites have been used across the world for various navigation and tracking purposes. But, where exactly did GPS come from? read more

11 Reasons to Geocache More this Summer

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Summer is finally here, and where I am the season certainly is in full swing. While it can be tempting to sit inside infront of a fan and simply enjoy the air conditioning this summer, I would like to make a few arguments for getting out and doing more geocaching during the next few months of awesome weather! read more

Garmin Announces New Rino 650t

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One of the more popular handheld GPS units over the years has been the versatile Rino line created by Garmin, undoubtedly the most popular GPS maker in the world. Part GPS satellite navigation and part walkie-talkie, the Rino products are excellent for any outdoorsman looking for a bit of extra protection while on the trail with friends. So I have to say I was pretty excited to see that on Friday Garmin announced that it will be releasing a new Rino product this summer, the Rino 650t.

In line with previous Rino products, the 650t features a built-in 5-watt FRS/GMRS radio which allows communication of up to two miles over FRS and 20 miles of GMRS, allowing users to communicate with the touch of a button and send their exact GPS location to other Rino users with the Position Reporting Feature. Short text messages relaying information like waypoints, routes, tracks and more is also supported through ANT+ with other compatible Garmin units. read more

Garmin Introduces GPS Dash Cam for Truckers

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In April, Garmin introduced its first ever dash cam/GPS unit combination aimed to help drivers not only find their way, but protect their vehicles via video recording of incidents. Well, it looks like the GPS giant has reset its sights on a group that spends even more time on the road than most: truckers. The dezlCam LMTHD is a trucker-specific GPS device that not only includes a built-in dash cam and lifetime maps and traffic, but also a slew of features designed to display information that truckers need most. read more

This Week in GPS — June 26, 2015

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is a new cycling computer that Garmin released this week. Called the Garmin Edge 20 and the Edge 25, this little GPS device is one of the smallest cycling computers on the market.

This week was chock-full of Garmin announcements and other things. Check out some other notable stories below: read more

Garmin Debuts World’s Smallest Cycling Computers

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Among cyclists, Garmin’s Edge line is one of the more popular choices for tracking essential data like distance, time and route. But, until now, Garmin’s choices have all been a little bulky and not always suited to smaller bikes or anyone looking for something simple and efficient to track their ride. Well, today Garmin has released two new Edge cycling computers which the GPS giant is claiming are the world’s smallest GPS cycling computers.

Coming in at just over 1.6 inches in both length and width and weighing just 25 grams, the Edge 20 and the Edge 25 are meant for the recreational cyclist who doesn’t necessarily need a huge elaborate screen or setup but instead is looking to enjoy the ride. read more

Garmin Pilot Expands Canada Chart Coverage

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Garmin seems to be focusing on its aviation sector as of late, and released yet more news this week that should make Canadian pilots quite happy. Now, NAV CANADA aeronautical charts will cover most of Canada, providing valuable information like radio frequencies, airspace boundaries and landmark information to helicopter and private pilots navigating through Canada.

Additionally, Garmin now will be offering helicopter route charts for Canada as well as several major metropolitan areas in the United States and the Gulf of Mexico. These charts will show information tailored specifically to helicopter pilots and will show airways and routes, heliports with associated frequency and lighting capabilities, NAVAID information and obstructions as well as pictorial symbols, roads and geographical features. read more