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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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Cobra Electronics 7750 Platinum Navigation Unit Unveiled, Will Cost $499.95

Cobra Electronics 7750 Platinum Navigation Unit Unveiled, Will Cost $499.95

Are you someone that people may consider a professional driver? Do you need to know how many miles you've gone? Or how many hours you've been behind the wheel from location A to location B? And have you not found that perfect personal navigation unit yet? Well you're in luck, then, because Cobra Electronics has just pulled the curtain off their brand new 7750 Platinum Navigation Unit, and its specifically created for all you hard working drivers out there.

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Magellan eXplorist rugged PNDs pack touchscreen & camera

Magellan eXplorist rugged PNDs pack touchscreen & camera

Magellan has outed its latest hand-held GPS navigators, the eXplorist outdoor series.  The Magellan eXplorist 510, 610 and 710 all have a 3.0-inch color touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, are waterproof and ruggedized.  Photos are automatically geotagged and can be accompanied by voice notes.

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Apple acquire Poly9 3D mapping experts

Apple acquire Poly9 3D mapping experts

Apple has quietly acquired a Canadian mapping company, Poly9, in a move that some are suggesting marks the next step in the Cupertino firms plans to replace Google Maps in products like the iPhone and iPad.  Poly9's official site has been taken down and there's no official announcement from Apple or the company; their most notable product is a "cross-browser, cross-platform 3D globe" that can be manipulated without any installation and with minimal data downloads.

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Microsoft in-car tech could crop up in Toyota and Lexus cars

Microsoft in-car tech could crop up in Toyota and Lexus cars

Microsoft's in-car entertainment and navigation systems might be cropping up in future Toyota and Lexus cars as well as Fords, Kias and others, with the news that the company has signed a cross-licensing agreement with DENSO Corp.  Not a household name, certainly, but DENSO are responsible for much of the tech in Toyota cars (and their luxury Lexus cousins); thanks to this new agreement they'll get access to Microsoft's auto-drive and navigation technology.

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Garmin nuvi 1695 connected PND spotted at FCC

Garmin nuvi 1695 connected PND spotted at FCC

Garmin's successor the cellular-enabled nuvi 1690 PND, the unimaginatively named Garmin nuvi 1695, has been spotted clearing the FCC.  Official specifications are unknown, but the nuvi 1695 is expected to have a touchscreen UI, Bluetooth and GSM connectivity; the latter will likely be used for mobile access to Google Local search information.

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Garmin GPSMAP 62 series updates a geocaching icon

Garmin GPSMAP 62 series updates a geocaching icon

Garmin has taken the wraps off of their GPSMAP 62 series, an update to the popular GPSMAP 60 series.  The new GPS handheld has a 2.6-inch sunlight-readable LCD display, high-sensitivity chipset with quad helix antenna, and up to 20hrs battery life; three variants will be on offer, ranging from the basic GPSMAP 62 with worldwide shaded-relief mapping, the GPSMAP 62s with a 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, a barometric altimeter and wireless connectivity, and the GPSMAP 62st with preloaded 100K topographic maps for the entire US.

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Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT in-dash PND gets Pandora audio support

Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT in-dash PND gets Pandora audio support

Pioneer have outed their latest high-end in-dash navigation system, and it has brought along mobile Pandora access too.  The Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT has a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen, 3D graphics accelerator, onscreen iPod/iPhone control, integrated Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless music streaming (along with USB connectivity and an SD card slot) and is SIRIUS XM satellite and HD Radio ready.  As for Pandora, that's courtesy of Pioneer's PandoraLink for iPhone app, which as the name suggests requires Apple's smartphone in order to funnel streaming music through the head-unit.

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NaviRobo crab points your sat-nav directions [Video]

NaviRobo crab points your sat-nav directions [Video]

Wikitude Drive's augmented reality directions too complicated for you?  If you prefer a more straightforward guide to unfamiliar highways then Pioneer and iXs Research's NaviRobo might fit the bill.  A crab-shaped robot, he squats on your dashboard and points to the direction you should take next, using illuminated eyes to indicate how close the turn is.

Video demo after the cut

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Wikitude Drive AR sat-nav app for Android hits beta [Video]

Wikitude Drive AR sat-nav app for Android hits beta [Video]

Wikitude have announced the first beta of their augmented reality PND app for Android smartphones, Wikitude Drive, which overlays directions and guidance information on top of a live view of the road ahead.  Available in the Android Market today from 10am PST - though only for 2,000 downloads - Wikitude Drive is, the company reckons, safer than a standard PND because even when you're looking at the display, you're also seeing what's happening in front of your car.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia Ovi Maps SR4 released: faster, WiFi positioning & Qype

Nokia Ovi Maps SR4 released: faster, WiFi positioning & Qype

Fifteen times around the world every day; that's the distance Nokia's Ovi Maps guides users every day, and with the quiet introduction of Ovi Maps SR4 (v3.0.4) that number is likely to get even bigger. The first significant update since Ovi Maps went free four months ago, Nokia have already passed the 10m download mark and, while they're not talking updated figures quite yet, are still apparently seeing a new download every second. Ovi Maps SR4 brings with it over 2m kilometres of newly navigable roads, boosts points of interest (POI) to over 25m and speeds up zooming and searching, not to mention slipping in Qype reviews and recommendations. We sat down with Marcel Duee, Places project manager on Nokia's Ovi Maps team, for an update on why SR4 is special and what's still in the pipeline.

Update: Video demo of Ovi Maps SR4 on a Nokia N8 after the cut!

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