Sony is releasing 4 nav-u PNDs. The NV-U94T is top of the line with a photo viewer that, when a Memory Stick is put into its slot, can display images. With stereo Bluetooth and audio/video player, it lists for $399.99. The mid-sized NV-U84T with a 4.8-inch screen and NV-U74T (4.3-in frame) carry a price of $349.99 each. The compact NV-U44T has a 3.5-inch frame and is a more affordable $249.99. All 4 satellite signal receiving GPS devices feature gesture command with one touch and Position Plus hardware to help prevent false positions.
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Garmin has released their Oregon series with a cool touchscreen interface. The waterproof GPS navigational devices weigh only 6.8 oz., and are good for about 16 hours on two AA batteries with a microSD slot for more input. The 200, 300, 400t, 400c, and 400i models feature their HotFix, which calculates and stores satellite info for position calculation. The Oregon allows customizable profiles of automotive, marine, recreation, fitness, and geocaching. With prices starting at $479.99, Garmin is so jazzed about their new toys that they have set up an Oregon mini-site.
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Once you acquire your new Shadow Caddy, you will certainly have to purchase Geostate’s golf balls to go with your tech savvy status. The British company uses satellite technology and places chips inside that inform the golfer how fast and far the ball travels, similar to GPS in cars. While an actual product will not be available for a while, Geostate is hoping that eventually the tech can be incorporated into other items such as jogging shoes and pet collars.
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Pioneer has released their Home Theater System with lots of fun components. The HTS-LX70 has 4 multi-directional satellite speakers, a 7.06-inch dual-drive subwoofer, decoder for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and 3 HDMI 1.3 inputs. XM/Sirius ready, it also features 2 audio inputs. There is an illuminated LCD touch panel remote, but sadly no player to go with the $1,800.00 package, although the system is pictured with one.
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It was only a question of time until SIRIUS got involved with more than the droning voices of Howard Stern and Martha Stewart, and their Backseat TV was innovative enough to get them the In-Vehicle Video Overall Award. The device comes with a child-friendly remote for audio front/rear access to their satellite entertainment or attach by the dash mounted control for both radio and video. Parental locks are available to keep the kidlets confined to the g-rated stuff. Compatible with most video monitors with NTSC and audio outputs, the Backseat will set you back $299.99.
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Talk about great free advertising. DirectTV has decided to endow the newly designed International Space Station’s Harmony module with an HD makeover. If NASA agrees, the company will include access to all channels, a DVR, and a 42-inch flat screen HDTV. An engineer to install the equipment comes with the offer. For the rest of us, DirectTV is offering such online subscription goodies as a $10.00 a month savings over the next year with a free Visa worth $50.00, and 3 months of HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime with certain packages.
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As our early holiday gift, we have found that Santa is trackable tonight, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. As near as they can figure, at 4:00 a.m. ET Santa left the North Pole. Other sightings are as follows: New Zealand 4:40 a.m., Japan 7:35 a.m., Great Wall of China 9:50 a.m., India 11:25 a.m., Cairo 3:00 p.m., Rome 4:40 p.m., Germany 5:10 p.m., Paris 6:00 p.m., and London 6:55 p.m. Looks like he is on his way to the States. Don’t forget to leave him some cookies and a carrot or two for his faithful steeds.
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Air France-KLM has decided to try out cell phone service on some of their flights. Calls and messages are routed through a cellular base station located in the plane, then transmitted by satellite to on-ground telephone networks. The system was designed by OnAir, a company co-owned by Airplane builder Airbus. There is an illuminated sign when passengers can use them, which is above 10,000 feet. We wonder if they will also come up with a way to keep those annoying callers’ voices down to a minimum.
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We recently told you about Vroop’s Liveboard, a device that hooks up to your computer, and lets you keep up with baseball scores in real-time. Now comes a similar device for the football fanatic. The Sportscast Wireless Football Scoreboard keeps you up-to-date (stats and all) on every football game, and updates every 15 minutes. All without a computer, TV, radio, or subscription: it receives wireless information via satellite. Stats are maintained from pre-season to playoffs, while schedules, scores, and standings can be obtained for any team. It features a 5 ¼” screen, and requires 4 AA batteries (not included). Available for $99 USD. Go Cowboys!