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Finding the Beaten Path: Magellan Maestro 4040 GPS

Magellan Maestro 4040 GPS Navigation DeviceThere are people who are gifted with a good sense of direction, as well as the ability to navigate unfamiliar city streets and highways. These people have a talent that most of us simply don’t have.

For the greater majority, getting lost in the city or taking the wrong route or exit has become an unfortunately familiar experience. Thanks to the arrival of Magellan Maestro 4040 GPS Navigation technology, we can now enjoy a hassle-free travel experience.

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Like Having a Professional Trainer on Your Side

g145-0118-main.jpgTechnology is beautiful, isn’t it? PCs allowed us to accomplish work at a faster rate. Modern applications let us edit word documents, photos, videos and whatnot in easier and better ways. The Internet broke boundaries and allowed for an unprecedented level of communication between people coming from different sides on the globe. GPS assisted those among us who didn’t have the best sense of direction. Needless to say, technology is a gift that constantly changes the way we live.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Navigator and Personal Trainer is but another one of these potentially life-changing devices. Not to exaggerate things mind you, but with this handy gadget that snugly fits around the wrist, what we are presented with is an opportunity to lead healthier lives more than anything else. You have to admit, with the way we lead our lives nowadays, we are getting less and less exercise. You can consider the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Navigator and Personal Trainer as a digitized version of your high school coach who will assist you in keeping fit. Thankfully though, this coach will never shout or yell at you.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 continues Garmin’s excellent line of personal trainers. Combining form with function, The Garmin Forerunner lets you do your workout in style. The challenge never stops with this device as it will continue to push you to jump higher, run faster and achieve higher levels of performance. With a highly sensitive GPS receiver and a new “Courses” feature, you’ll be able to download recorded courses and compete against previous workouts without having to worry about signal jamming from trees and tall buildings. On the same note, the Virtual Partner system is another noteworthy feature, which lets you train against a digital person with specified time, distance and pace goals.

You will continually be pushing yourself to one-up your personal bests as the Garmin GPS Navigator and Personal Trainer tracks your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned in a simultaneous manner. Viewing all this information is very easy thanks to the trainer’s customizable screens, which allow you to view up to 12 data fields on three data screens. Tracking your progress is quick and effortless with the Forerunner 305, allowing you to resume your work out immediately. After you are done with your exercise routine, you can then view a full post-workout report on your PC with included Garmin Training Center software.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Navigator and Personal Trainer is very elegantly designed and has a form factor that won’t bog you down. It looks suave and trendy, and also very lightweight, allowing you to fully concentrate on your work-out. Most important of all, no matter what kind of athlete you are and no matter how much you are capable of exerting, the Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Navigator and Personal Trainer will be able to help you. Its robust set of features and attractive form make it one of the best digital trainers around.

By Daniel Gonzales
Staff Technology Reviewer

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  • GPS Device Supports Conservation Efforts

    200801001_4.jpgDr. Jerome Lewis, a British anthropologist from University College London, has fought side by side with the Baka Pygmies against the dispossession of their land and culture for 20 years. When political will failed, Dr. Lewis turned to the modern world for answers; his new defense – a Global Positioning System receiver. Who would have thought that a handheld GPS receiver is bound to play a vital role in environmental conservation?

    Helveta, a UK based software company, together with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British High Commission, in conjunction with international efforts to promote sustainable development, released CI Earthâ„¢, a unique technology designed specifically to aid local communities of Cameroon in managing their forest resources.

    The Modern World Reaching Out

    Utilizing the capabilities and accuracy of Global Positioning System (GPS), the group has implemented the use of CI Earthâ„¢, an interactive cartography application that captures reference-able data points such as GPS microwave signals, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) radio waves and barcode IDs. It uses a ruggedized touch screen PDA for field data gathering. These icons, configured by the users themselves, help in addressing the stumbling blocks in communication. The data capture interface can be graphics, text or numeric based. This technology will allow the Baka Pygmies to map their forest environments using images or text that is easy to understand, contrary to the highly specialized language that usually comes with modern devices.
    For the Baka Pygmies, this means they can now vigilantly watch and monitor activities on their hunting grounds, sacred trees and important rivers that have long been under the threat of land encroachment and illegal logging.

    Patrick Newton, CEO of Helveta Ltd, describes how Helveta with its software platform can even locate a tree growing in the forest and trace it at each stage of the supply chain using Internet Protocol-based technology. And while many may wonder if the remoteness of these communities’ locations poses as a challenge, the use of a PDA comes in as a handy solution.

    The True Value

    What makes this state-of-the-art technology truly relevant is its function to create maps detailing natural resources and incidence of resource use activities, both legal and illegal.These maps and other data produced are made visible to stakeholders through online map sharing. This feature allows users to export data points and associated icons to GIS products such as ESRI’s ArcView, or GeoWeb applications such as Google™ Earth for easy printing and viewing. In short, this feature will be largely used to gather evidence for illegal logging activities.
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    side from the Baka community in Cameroon, CI Earth is also currently deployed in Nigeria, Central African Republic, and Republic of Congo. Everywhere it’s utilized, this technology is helping indigenous communities protect their environment.

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    Garmin Nüvi 350 GPS Reciever Review

    garmin-in-use.jpgHave you been looking for a GPS that gets the job done without any setbacks, and yet is generous to your bank account? Ladies and gentlemen, Garmin’s nüvi 350 GPS Reviever is the answer you seek.

    With steep competition among GPS manufacturers and an oversaturation of choices, at times it becomes a difficult task in itself to determine which product is right for your exact needs. But with the nüvi 350, you can rest assured that it’s the perfect intersection of all of your expectations in a GPS unit.

    Price & Features

    Like I said, the price of the nüvi 350 is right on target to help you get the most bang for your buck. Touch screen control, loads of travel tools and searchable points of interests – all features that the nüvi 350 can boast of. Additionally, the nüvi 350 offers Text-To-Speech, a Picture Viewer (that makes it capable of viewing jpeg photos), a World Travel Clock, an MP3 Player, Currency/Measurement Converter and a Calculator.

    Quality-Build And Durability

    garmin-350-main-picture.jpgGarmin said it best when they described the size of the nüvi 350 as that of “a deck of playing cards.” The touch screen virtually clings to 3.5-inch display space, which is perfectly viewable even in the harshest sunlight conditions. The battery life can fall anywhere between four to eight hours, depending on exact amount of usage per charge.

    SD Card Usage

    The SD Card slot serves as an important feature because it gives users the opportunity to load additional Garmin resources (including the Garmin Travel Guide series of SD cards), audio books, and your choice of MP3’s to play on the internal MP3 player.

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    With an wide array of features, the nüvi 350 is the crème de le crème in the affordable GPS field. Plus, when it comes to dependability, it will definitely live up to its expectations. Those that call the nüvi 350 the “ultimate travel companion,” couldn’t be more dead-on. Get it today by clicking here.

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    Nüvifone: Garmin Enters Mobile Phone Market

    Garmin Nüviphone (Courtesy of Garmin)Garmin International Inc., the world’s leading GPS manufacturer, announced its entrance into the mobile phone market with the nüvifone. An all-in-one, slim bodied, touchscreen device, the nüvifone combines the features of a premium phone, mobile web-browser, and cutting-edge personal navigator.

    The nüvifone is an innovative mobile phone with a wide range of advanced (but still easy-to-use) features. The all-touchscreen nüvifone is one of the first to integrate premium 3.5G mobile phone capability with personal GPS navigation in one handset. When powered on, the 3.5-inch touchscreen display reveals three primary icons – “Call,” “Search,” and “View Map” all of which allow you to effortlessly master the nüvifone’s functions.

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    Russia to Complete Cold War Era GPS Style Satellite Positioning System

    GPSRussia may start getting into the global positioning system business.

    As it turns out, Russians have been pretty satellite savvy for years. While the United States was heading for the moon, the former U.S.S.R. was launching global positioning satellites similar to the ones the Western World has been using for GPS readings for years.

    When the Soviet Union dissolved, those very same satellite networks sat ignored and unfinished.

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    GPS Thefts on the Rise: Protect Yourself

    GPSApparently, the entire world is turning on to the convenience and simplicity of portable GPS receivers. Even thieves.

    According to authorities, thefts of personal GPS devices are skyrocketing, due to their popularity with high-end consumers. The decrease in the prices of these indispensable devices means that there’s more of them around—making them an ideal target for simple, smash and grab thieves.

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