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Magellan outs RoadMate GPS units with Safe Texting feature

08/07, 11:17am

Magellan will ship five new RoadMate GPS models, two with automatic text replies

Magellan has just introduced five new models in its RoadMate GPS range, two of which have a new Safe Texting feature. The 4.3-inch 2255T-LMB and 5-inch 5265T-LMB will pair with a Bluetooth phone for hands-free conversations or send the caller a pre-selected and composed text message with a promise of calling them back or the vehicle's present location and estimated time or arrival. These two devices also support Magellan's back-up camera add-ons.

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Magellan adds seven models to RoadMate line

05/07, 11:56pm

Some models with lifetime traffic alerts and map updates

Magellan revealed the seven models in the 2012 RoadMate series earlier today. The entire line boasts four new features: landmark guidance, traffic camera alerts, access to the bestparking.com database, and junction view. MSRP ranges from $100 to $170.

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Magellan intros two specialized GPS navigators, GPS watches

01/06, 10:35am

Magellan shows GPS for truckers, RV drivers, more

Magellan has just unveiled four new GPS devices for CES, starting with the RoadMate RV9145 and 5190T GPS navigators and being joined by the the Switch Up and Switch GPS watches. The RV9145 uses a seven-inch touchscreen and is made with RV travelers in mind, as it contains the Good Sam Trailer Life RV Parks & Campground Directory with 11,700 campground locations in the US and Canada. Drivers can also program in their vehicle's weight, height, and width to get routes that avoid low overpasses or narrow roads.

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Magellan targets fitness market with Switch Up

10/14, 8:50pm

Multi-sport monitor hits FCC

GPS maker Magellan has submitted a new device to the FCC which indicates it's near entering the fitness market. The Switch Up is a multi-sport device that can monitor effort, track movement, and calculate performance parameters. It also comes with conventional GPS tracking.

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LightSquared claims to have fix for GPS clash with 4G

09/14, 6:20pm

LightSquared has tech to solve GPS-4G interference

LightSquared during a call on Wednesday that it had developed a fix for its GPS interference complaints. Working with an unnamed top GPS company, it hoped to rebuff GPS industry criticism with an example of GPS technology that could get an accurate position lock without running up against LightSquared's LTE wireless. The change runs on existing hardware and is "affordable," executive regulatory VP Jeff Carlisle said.

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Magellan Roadmate 5175T-LM pops up with Wi-Fi, web browser

06/10, 10:55am

Magellan unveils GPS unit with own browser

Magellan has quietly slipped out a GPS unit of its own with Wi-Fi. The five-inch RoadMate 5175T-LM can connect to a local hotspot for browsing the web. The extra is considered a tool to browse for locations before getting directions, but a landscape mode also turns it into a miniature tablet for use while away from the car.

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Magellan offers new iPhone app with "lifetime" maps

06/09, 4:25pm

Includes traffic updates, Yelp and Google search

Magellan has released RoadMate App 2.0 for the iPhone. The new version of the app ($60, App Store) includes "lifetime" map updates for the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as Magellan's Lifetime Traffic service. New features include reviews of local businesses through Yelp as well as local Google search.

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Magellan intros seven-inch 9055-LM GPS navigator

04/26, 9:25am

New GPS flagship offers free lifetime updates

Magellan has introduced a new flagship GPS unit, the 9055-LM. Specifications for the Roadmate 9055 were only hinted at in the FCC filing last Fall, so its 7-inch, WVGA touchscreen is something of a surprise. The device also has hands-free Bluetooth calling and free lifetime map updates and traffic information.

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Magellan outs eXplorist Pro 10 with GIS data gathering

04/15, 10:35am

Magellan returns to GIS with eXplorist Pro 10

Magellan has brought back a GIS (geographic information system)-capable portable GPS product in the form of the eXplorist Pro 10 GPS receiver. It runs an open platform on Windows Mobile 6.5 for compatibility with other GIS-based data collection programs. The device is rugged, waterproof and uses two AA batteries to more easily stayed

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TomTom Go Live 1000, future Magellan GPS units hit FCC

09/16, 6:05pm

TomTom Go Live 1000, Magellan flagships hit FCC

The FCC has leaked word of two new including the Magellan RoadMate 9020/9055 as well as TomTom's Go Live 1000. More is known about the latter device, as it will be based on a WebKit interface, which is new for TomTom. It will sport a capacitative touchscreen, a magnetic mount and connected services such as real-time traffic updates.

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Magellan outs 4.7-inch RoadMate 3065 GPS

09/16, 11:50am

Magellan ships RoadMate 3065 with traffic, BT

Magellan has revealed its latest GPS device, the RoadMate 3065. It sports a 4.7-inch screen and has Bluetooth for hands-free calls. The navigation device carries preloaded maps for the US, Canada and Puerto Rico and has free lifetime traffic updates.

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Magellan outs rugged eXplorist handheld GPS devices

07/15, 2:10pm

Magellan outs three new eXplorist GPS devices

Magellan this week outed three additions to its fairly new eXplorist handheld GPS series of devices for outdoor enthusiasts. The three new devices include the eXplorist 710, 610 and 510, with each capable of capturing geotagged photos or videos with a 3.2-megapixel camera, navigating to outdoor destinations anywhere in the world and recording audio messages through a microphone. All also share a 3-inch color touchscreen.

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Magellan intros updated RoadMate navigators

05/25, 11:45am

Magellan outs new range of RoadMate PNDs

Magellan has upgraded its RoadMate series portable GPS, all of which will have free lifetime live traffic updates. This service will let drivers see upcoming traffic congestion and choose from alternate routes. The traffic interface has a flow report that shows the level of traffic rather than just reported accidents.

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Magellan puts out GPS units with lifetime maps

05/18, 4:25pm

Magellan brings map updates to GPS devices

Portable navigation maker Magellan has joined competitors TomTom and Garmin in offering free map updates on its GPS models. Some models, such as the RoadMate 3045-LM, get lifetime map updates, while others, such as the RoadMate 3045-MU, get only a single update.

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Magellan posts new RoadMate app for US, Puerto Rico

03/25, 4:25pm

Cheaper than North American version

GPS maker Magellan has released an alternate version of its RoadMate app for the iPhone and iPod touch, RoadMate 2010 USA. Whereas the main version covers most of North America, the new one narrows focus to just the United States and Puerto Rico. Omitting Canada cuts pricing from $60 down to $40.

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Magellan intros eXplorist geocaching GPS mapper

03/22, 7:50pm

Magellan details eXplorist GPS for geocaching

Magellan kicked off the week by introducing its eXplorist GC GPS device meant for geocaching, or placing location-specific 'treasures' for others to find. The device is preloaded with many popular geocaches from around the world and is rugged as well as waterproof. Its full color screen is outdoor viewable, and the device allows for paperless geocaching.

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Magellan updates RoadMate for iPhone with Touch support

12/23, 11:25am

GPS app also gains simulation mode, better music

Magellan has updated RoadMate for the iPhone to v1.10, adding several new features. The app handles turn-by-turn navigation, with extra help in the form of voice guidance, lane directions and 3D landmarks. New in the update is support for the iPod touch, though only the second-generation player, rather than the first- or third-gen models. Touches must also be paired with the Premium Car Kit, since they lack a built-in GPS receiver.

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Magellan Premium iPhone Car Kit up for pre-order

12/22, 3:05pm

Magellan Premium Car Kit to ship January 7th

Navigation device and related peripherals maker Magellan has begun offering its Premium Car Kit for the iPhone and iPod touch for pre-order, also announcing a ship date of January 7th for the device. The kit includes a windshield mount with a built-in GPS sensor of its own so that devices such as the original 2G iPhones and iPod Touch devices can also benefit from the navigation function. In 3G and 3GS models of the iPhone, the external GPS chip is said to improve the reception of the Apple devices.

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Magellan launches iPhone GPS app, announces car kit

11/17, 3:10pm

Car kit to support iPod touch

GPS maker Magellan has launched a new iPhone GPS application, RoadMate 2010. Like most such apps, the software provides turn-by-turn navigation, with features like bookmarks, lane guidance and spoken navigation cues. Aspects separating RoadMate include a pedestrian mode, and an associated "find your car" option, which marks a parking place for later return.

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Best Buy's Black Friday deals revealed

11/13, 1:05pm

Best Buy Thanksgiving sale flyer leaked

The flyer for Best Buy's Black Friday/Thanksgiving sale has been leaked on the Internet ahead of its official release thanks to a copy posted today. Among the 'doorbusters' are a $300 PS3 bundle that includes two games, while an Xbox 360 bundle with six games will carry the same sticker price. Another front-page deal involves a 46-inch, 120Hz LED-backlit Samsung HDTV with free home delivery, hook-up and recycling for $1,600, or $1,000 off.

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Magellan SE4 navigator shows up at Best Buy

10/29, 5:05pm

Budget priced Magellan SE4 now shipping

A new Magellan GPS model, the SE4, is now available at Best Buy. The budget-priced SE4 has a 4.3-inch touchscreen and contains Navteq map data for 48 contiguous US states, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The spoken turn-by-turn directions can guide users to one of the preloaded six million points of interest, and the device has the ability to route to multiple destinations.

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Magellan rolls 7-inch RoadMate 1700 GPS navigator

09/17, 11:00am

Magellan RoadMate 1700 official

Magellan gave its navigation units a new crowning model today in the RoadMate 1700. The GPS mapping device is one of the largest in the US and has a 7-inch, 800x480 display that's both easier to read from a distance and which provides more information onscreen. A video input jack helps exploit the extra size as an external display for a portable media player.

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Magellan leak shows RoadMate with 7" touchscreen

08/25, 7:15pm

Large RoadMate GPS

Product pages for an unannounced Magellan GPS, the RoadMate 1700, have leaked on several online retailers such as Tiger GPS. The 1700 matches many of the same features as the rest of the RoadMate series, but adds a larger 7-inch display. Otherwise, the GPS offers a AAA TourBook, 6 million points of interest, text-to-speech and multiple-point routing.

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Magellan bows new-design Maestro 4700 GPS

07/06, 11:25am

Magellan Maestro 4700

Magellan this morning officially unveiled its first significantly redesigned GPS unit in recent years. As seen at the FCC, the Maestro 4700 is significantly slimmer than most other models even with its larger 4.7-inch touchscreen. It's also Magellan's most advanced with 3D landscapes, Bluetooth calling and predictive traffic alerts that offers to reroute based on usual road congestion patterns.

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Magellan RoadMate 1475T brings free traffic

06/09, 11:05am

Magellan RoadMate 1475T

Magellan today produced a quick but important hardware revision for its RoadMate line. The 1475T improves on the earlier 1470 with free traffic updates that help re-route drivers around congestion. Magellan's approach is ad-supported rather than subsidized and helps keep the GPS device's price down.

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Magellan Maestro 4700 passes FCC testing

05/22, 12:15pm

Maestro 4700 passes FCC

Portable GPS system maker Magellan is likely to soon release its latest Maestro-series navigation device, the 4700, as it has just been spotted and passed tests at the FCC. Hard specs are still unofficial, but the user's manual (PDF) reveals it has a microSD memory card slot for adding multimedia content and a USB connection for charging and connecting to computers. The touchscreen is expected to be 4.7 inches in size, while Bluetooth connectivity with cellphones will allow for hands-free conversations while driving.

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DealNN: $148 RoadMate 1430, $2 Bluetooth headset

05/08, 12:25pm

DealNN: $148 RoadMate 1430

Today's featured DealNN deal is on the Magellan RoadMate 1430 4.3-inch portable navigation system. It is regularly priced at $299.99, but for today only 6ave.com has reduced the price to $148 with FREE shipping. The RoadMate has a 4.3-inch color touchscreen display, turn-by-turn navigation, LIVE traffic capability, 6 million Points of Interest, text-to speech and more.

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Magellan updates features of 3 RoadMate units

04/06, 1:10pm

Magellan updates RoadMates

Portable GPS unit maker Magellan at the CTIA show last week quietly showed off three new RoadMate devices with new features that were carried over from the flagship Maestro series. One of them, the 4.7-inch Magellan RoadMate 1470, is already available for purchase online at Amazon. This particular unit includes the company's OneTouch interface that provides shortcuts to favorite features and allows users to search for points of interest from the main display and not have to dig for them inside sub-menus.

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Magellan to sell products division to MiTAC

12/15, 10:05am

Magellan sells GPS arm

Personal GPS device maker Magellan Navigation announced on Monday that it will sell its consumer products division to MiTAC International, according to a report today. MiTAC is Magellan's competitor, as it makes its own GPS devices, including the Mio Knight Rider GPS. The deal is expected to close sometime in January, with more details as part of a more official, final announcement expected to be released before then, most likely at CES.

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Magellan adds Maestro 4350 GPS device to range

10/30, 1:40pm

Magellan Maestro 4350 GPS

Magellan on Thursday announced the release of its newest portable GPS navigation device, the Maestro 4350, with the company's new OneTouch interface meant to reduce driver distraction by allowing users to find the nearest favorite store or other point of interest with a single press of a virtual button. The 4.3-inch, 800x480 touchscreen device also uses Magellan's pedestrian mode, which helps users get to their destination on foot after having parked their car.

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Magellan launches flagship Maestro 4370 nav device

10/17, 10:30am

Magellan ships Maestro PND

The Magellan Maestro Elite 4370 portable navigation device is now available on the company's website. The long-awaited GPS, which was originally promised to make its debut during the first quarter of 2008, features a 4.3-inch color touchscreen and includes what appears to be a new interface, with 3D buildings and a lane guidance system. The interface also includes a OneTouch function that can save searches, such as a favorite chain store, fast food place, coffee shop or gas station, then show users the closest one to their location with just one button-press.

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Magellan adds new RoadMate, Maestro Elite GPS units

01/07, 4:20pm

Magellan CES 2008

Magellan this afternoon updated its GPS line with multiple new GPS units. As the beginner model, the RoadMate 1400 (pictured) is still noteworthy as the first widescreen, entry-level GPS: a 4.3-inch touchscreen helps see more of the road ahead and while typing out directions. It also keeps the 3D mode and (on the top-spec 1430) adds real-time traffic warnings with an auto-routing feature to duck around congestion. A basic 1400 model stats at $299 but climbs to $399 for the 1430. Similar 1200-series models with a 3.5-inch screen but similar features start out at $229. Launch dates for these models are unavailable.

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