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?
Apart from that, each system is capable of taking full advantage of several of TomTom’s advanced navigational technologies that you have already come to know and love. Shared features of both devices include a high quality WVGA display that are touted to be one of the brightest and highest contrast screens available at the moment. The XNV-770BT 7-inch display is fully capacitive touch sensitive, while the XNV-660BT will feature several hard keys such as volume and key menu buttons to complement its touchscreen display. There is a rear USB port located on both devices for simple hookup to iPod, iPhone and other digital music players, while full Bluetooth capability ensures you can hook up wirelessly to other compatible devices. Sony also threw in a stylish graphical user interface (GUI) that comprises of large, easy-touch buttons to make life easier for everyone. Audio-wise, you get multi-channel playback with Center Speaker Organizer (CSO), resulting in a virtual 5.1 channel surround sound throughout the car. As for the advanced sound engine (ASE), it will deliver a high-quality, digitally enhanced sound experience while letting you customize the in-car sound field in order to match your tastes. Expect the new XNV-770BT and XNV-660BT A/V navigation systems to be out this November for around $1,300 and $1,000, respectively.
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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.
The Magellan RoadMate 3065 GPS device is basically a premium 4.7-inch navigator that comes chock full with features, making it the ideal device for students. We all know how most students love to flout the law once in a while, and talking on the phone without a hands-free kit while driving is not a very bright idea as it could probably help you end up with a ticket (and a very angry parent). After all, the RoadMate 3065 sports Bluetooth connectivity for all those hands-free needs, alongside built-in AAA Member Roadside Assistance for safety. Not only that, you need not fret about worrying about the crazy morning traffic, since each purchase will come with a free Lifetime Traffic that delivers real-time traffic information. As for the unique Traffic Wake-up function, it ensures that the device itself would go about downloading all the relevant information as and when you require it. This would definitely help you avoid traffic jams, detours and construction zones, perfect especially when you’re already running late for your meeting during those rush hour mornings. Expect the Magellan RoadMate 3065 GPS device to retail for $169.99 when it arrives.
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TomTom has a couple of new GPS navigation systems for the masses in the form of the TomTom XL 350 and XXL 550 series, where these latest models will throw in the new TomTom EasyMenu as well as all the quality navigation features which have become synonymous with TomTom, where millions of customers worldwide have relied on their devices to help them get from point A to point B safe and sound in the fastest manner possible. All TomTom products that fall under the XL 350 and XXL 550 range sports sharp graphics and a simple touchscreen menu which offers speedy access to search tools, letting users get started on their journey to arrive at their destination a we bit faster – we’re talking about a few seconds shaved off here, probably. With the inclusion of TomTom’s proprietary IQ Routes Technology and TomTom Map Share, you will be able to enjoy the most efficient routing for any time of day or day of week as well as the ability to make map improvements on your device itself just while sharing these improvements with the rest of the TomTom community – without having to wait for a proper official update. There will be a handful of devices across the new range of XL 350 and XXL 550 devices that will come with Lifetime Maps and/or Lifetime Traffic Updates features that allow users to keep their maps fresh by downloading, every few months, the industry’s most accurate and up-to-date maps. The maps include one million more miles than competing maps and, in certified tests, rate highest in terms of quality and reliability. Because an average of 18% of road information changes each year, maps are continually refreshed to include improvements across the entire road network and updates to points of interest (POIs). With Lifetime Map Updates, consumers always have access to the best maps available. Other features include preloaded premium maps of the US, Canada and Mexico from Tele Atlas, MapShare on demand updates, IQ Routes, over 7 million points of interest, Advanced Lane Guidance and EasyMenu among others. The XL 350 4.3″ model and the XL 550 5.0″ model are also part of the new series, where the X50 range will hit the market later this May from $169 upwards for the 4.3″ model, while the 5″ model will start from $199 If you want to include Lifetime Maps and Lifetime Traffic Updates, those can be purchased by forking out another $30.
Those who have used Bluetooth headsets right from the very beginning with their then technologically advanced cellphones would definitely have come across the brand name Jabra, as the company has rolled out a fair number of decent Bluetooth headsets in the past. Well, they don’t really have any standout device like Aliph’s Jawbone series, but then again they don’t need such a distinctive device considering the fact that most of the money comes from the average cellphone user who wants a decent performing Bluetooth headset that is priced correctly. Well, today we’ll look at the Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth wireless speakerphone, where it is the first of its kind that features Noise Blackout technology when used with cellphones. Noise Blackout technology involves a dual microphone system which is capable of removing virtually all street and traffic sounds while optimizing voice quality simultaneously to make sure you get your message across in a crystal clear manner. Of course, this does not guarantee that the person on the receiving end will follow through with whatever instructions you provide since that is out of Jabra’s hand, but at least it does do away with the excuse of the line “being not clear” during a conversation.
The Cruiser is able to bring superior audio quality in a sleek design alongside in-car convenience that makes it possible to keep both hands on the wheel while discussing about a multi-million dollar deal. Another interesting aspect of its proprietary Noise Blackout technology would be the ability to identify the direction of various sounds, where among them include traffic and backseat chatter. This technology helps to reduce only surrounding noise without distorting a user’s voice. With Multiuse connectivity, you can hook up the Jabra Cruiser to a couple of Bluetooth-enabled devices, and they are not limited to just cellphones but can also encompass smartphones and MP3 players among others. The inclusion of a built-in FM transmitter makes it possible to store both calls as well as MP3 files on a mobile device, where you can play it back on the Jabra Cruiser via a vehicle’s stereo system later on. Interested? The Jabra Cruiser comes with a price tag of $99.99, but you can get it on amazon.com for less than $80. Not too shabby for all those neato features.
Buy it here – Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth Speakerphone
CES 2010 is the launch pad for many companies where new products are concerned, and Cydle isn’t going to miss out on the party next January by offering to unveil the first portable GPS with built-in HD Radio and free HD live traffic updates in the world. The Korea-based company hopes that their portable GPS system will turn any vehicle into a haven, even if it is a bone shaker, offering the driver with various options to get to their destination accurately within the routes selected, or keeping the kids in the back seat entertained while one’s family is on a long road trip in order to avoid the dreaded repetitious question, “Are we there yet?” New technology employed includes GPS with HD Traffic Update, where one is able to receive Live Traffic updates up to 10 times faster compared to its competitors. The new T43H from Cydle will feature integrated HD Radio, where one will receive free HD Traffic. Inside the T43H will also feature both internal and external antennas, where they will refresh automatically to include the most up-to-date information concerning accidents, traffic speed and road construction areas.
All you need to do when behind the wheel is to key in the destination and receive real-time alerts as they go, but do use some common sense as well since it has been proven that not all GPS maps have been updated to reflect real world conditions. Other features of the T43H goes include a high-resolution 4.3″ screen, audio and video playback alongside support for a wide variety of multimedia file formats. You can also use this to flick through photos of your favorite memories, although we would recommend you keep your eyes on the road instead. Retailing for $299 a pop, there won’t be any hidden costs or subscription fees attached to the Cydle T43H. No idea on when the exact release date would be alongside the markets it will be rolled out in, but more than likely more light will be shed when CES 2010 rolls around.
buy it here – CYDLE T43H GPS with HD Radio
The market seems to be saturated with the latest gadget that promises to save your life and make it easier in one fell swoop. There are so many out there it can get complicated, and in today’s hectic society, all in one gadgets are becoming increasingly popular. This is precisely why you will love the Powermat. The Powermat will let you toss out or put away all of the chargers you have on hand, lying on your floors and carpets and making things look unorganized and cluttered.
With the Powermat, you can put your iPod, your cell phone, and your whatever else you want all on the mat and charge it all at the same time. They’re mats that can be plugged in and will simultaneously charge a whole heap of gadgets, all at the same time, wirelessly. That’s no more chargers cluttering up your house, no more tangled wires and no need to use multiple plugs when you need to charge up more than one thing at the same time. The Powermat uses magnetic induction and, according to the website, “When a Powermat-enabled device is placed on the mat, a “handshake” process synchronizes the mat with the receiver and electric power is generated to meet the specific energy needs of the device.” They’ll then monitor the power in the device and disconnect power to each device once they’ve finished charging.
There are so many gadgets and devices on the market that are designed to make our lives easier, it can be overwhelming to choose which ones to go with. So Sanyo decided to make this a little bit easier by offering a system that is about as user friendly as it gets when it comes to GPS navigation systems. GPS systems are becoming an in-car standard, and not only because they are useful, but they are pretty cool. Many cell phones and SmartPhones are equipped with GPS capabilities, but the problem with a lot of them is that they are hard to use, and not very handy when you need them, you know, when you are behind the wheel. Sanyo’s GPS system is called Sanyo Easy Street and seems to be appropriately named with its easy to use touch screen interface. To make things even easier during your travels, the Easy Street is also fully Bluetooth enabled with the ability to Auto Answer your mobile phone, and is also text messaging supported. It’s pretty too with a super light thin-bezel design and comes with a 4.3” touch screen LCD.
You will get turn by turn directions with hot keys that are shortcuts to the Main Menu anytime you need them. Also featured on the Easy Street are POI Along Highway Search Option, Freeway Junction Alerts, Position Resetting, Final Destination Indicator, True Text to Speech, Voice Alert for Railroad Indicator, MP3 Player, and even a Photo or Video Player. The lithium battery will last for up to four hours of non-top use, but I am sure an in-car charger is available for this device. The Easy Street is on the market in Japan and will be coming to the US pretty soon for around $300bucks. A small price to pay for having a device that is almost more handy than an in-car co-pilot. And probably less annoying as well.
Sanyo Easy Street Portable GPS Navigator
4.3 Inch High-def Screen, blue-tooth, and 3d maps are just some of its great features.
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On December 12, 2007 Helio announced the most comprehensive YouTube experience currently offered on mobile phones. For instance on the iphone we love the quick menu item for searching and viewing Youtube videos. But thats all you can do! But now with Helio you can do MORE!
Available for Helio Ocean only, over nation wide 3G network, users can experience integrated video capture and upload for near real-time sharing of video, GPS video tagging, personalization and more. You can also rate and comment on videos directly from your Helio Ocean cell phone. Videos uploaded to youtube from your mobile phone can be given a title, description, tags, category, or set private or public. The GPS video tagging allows helio member to tag the GPS location of their video to track exactly where the video was recorded. Now thats an awesome concept! This a big step ahead of the youtube video camera from flip.
All of this can be done absolutely free as well for Helio members!