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Garmin chirp is your pocket geocaching pebble

Garmin chirp is your pocket geocaching pebble

Garmin has outed the unusually-named chirp, a $22.99 geocaching dongle intended for those people whose idea of a good weekend is snuffling round clutching their PND and looking for treasure in Tupperware.  Compatible with any of the company's wirelessly-enabled handhelds, the chirp can basically be programmed to give location hints for other geocachers, and then hidden - it's waterproof, usefully - so as to encourage them along the way whenever they pass.

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Garmin Edge 800 cycling PND packs custom maps with no calibration

Garmin Edge 800 cycling PND packs custom maps with no calibration

Garmin has outed its latest PND, and the Edge 800 is targeted at cyclists either prone to getting lost or wanting to track their performance.  A compact unit with a 2.6-inch color touchscreen, the Edge 800 comes with a simple twist-on handlebar mount and can track not only position but speed, distance, time, elevation, calories burned, climb and descent.  Pair it with an ANT+ compliant monitor, meanwhile, and you can also record heartrate and speed/cadence (sensor depending).

Using Garmin's Custom Maps software, owners can manage their own topographical data or load on preconfigured packages, such as City Navigator maps, stored on a microSD card.  The Edge 800 also supports satellite imagery, and requires no calibration if moved between bikes: the company says you can simply twist it off the mount and snap it onto a different cycle.

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Garmin nuvi battery recall over potential fire risk

Garmin nuvi battery recall over potential fire risk

Bad news for Garmin today, with the announcement that the PND company is recalling around 1.25m nuvi GPS systems over concerns that third-party batteries may overheat and, potentially, cause fires.  Owners of Garmin nuvi 200W, 250W, 260W, 7xx and 7xxT (where xx is a two-digit number) PNDs should check out the company's special site, punch in the serial number and see if they're affected; if so, the unit will have to be sent back (at no cost, naturally) for battery replacement.

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