Okay, Yeah The Surface Of Venus Looks Really Hot

It's kind of hard to scope things out on Venus because the surface probes we send get obliterated pretty quickly by the heat. Pictures of Venus' surface do exist, though, and this one shows "large circular domes" that look pretty darn hot. The domes are thought to be magma erupting through vents, in a process that… » 6/23/13 1:18pm 6/23/13 1:18pm

Magellan Is Trying to Save GPS Units from Dying with the New Magellan…

Do you remember when GPS units were things people wanted to buy? Yeah, that's probably when you had a RAZR. But Magellan isn't willing to give up on its bread and butter quite yet, with its new SmartGPS, it thinks it can get you away from Google Maps and start using standalone GPS units (again). How? Buy borrowing… » 1/07/13 9:00am 1/07/13 9:00am

The Best Navigation App for iOS

When your iPhone comes preloaded with multiple types of maps, you might wonder why you'd ever need a dedicated navigation app. Yet there they are in the App Store, at astronomical prices, like a digital clone of the GPS unit your dad had suction-cupped to his windshield. » 11/28/12 12:00pm 11/28/12 12:00pm

Magellan's Indestructible, Waterproof iPhone/iPod ToughCase For…

Packing a battery pack, a GPS receiver, IPX-7 waterproofability into a single case to protect the otherwise svelte iPhone sounds like overkill, but if you're going to put a case on a phone, you should do it right. » 6/10/10 2:20pm 6/10/10 2:20pm

Magellan's Premium iPhone Car Kit

It's not the first iPhone GPS car kit, but Magellan's list of features might make this one of the better ones, and it doesn't even require you to use Magellan's own GPS app. » 12/21/09 2:47pm 12/21/09 2:47pm

Magellan RoadMate 1700: 7-inch Screen, For When Size Matters

My, what a big touchscreen you have RoadMate 1700. Yet we hardly know each other. The super-size nav-unit is being listed by several retailers, including Best Buy, and though everything else looks standard (including AAA TourBook), look at that display! » 8/26/09 3:00am 8/26/09 3:00am

Magellan Maestro 4700 GPS Navigator Prettier Than Most But Does It…

None of the actual features in Magellan's Maestro 4700 GPS navigator particularly stand out against the competition—4.7-inch screen, 3D landmarks, OneTouch bookmark access, predictive traffic, find your car—but it's a damn sight more attractive than most for $299. » 7/06/09 6:00pm 7/06/09 6:00pm

Garmin Nuvi 880 Voice-Controlled GPS Lightning Review

The Gadget: One of Garmin's flagship Nuvis, the 880 responds to commands from your voice, triggered by a little remote control you attach to your steering wheel. » 1/02/09 7:45pm 1/02/09 7:45pm

Giz Explains: An Easy Primer on GPS

In this week's Giz Explains, we're doing a quick rundown of a sweet technology that has evolved from a (deadly) serious military application to becoming a household utility, found in all kinds of gadgets: GPS. » 5/21/08 2:00pm 5/21/08 2:00pm

Magellan Triton GPS with Ground Guidance Tech Routes Around Rivers,…

Most outdoor navs, like the Magellan Triton, just go from point A to point B when navigating off road. Current and future Magellan Triton owners are is getting Primordial's Ground Guidance logic, which calculates routes around rivers, steep inclines and dense tree cover by analyzing aerial photography and elevation… » 2/04/08 7:45pm 2/04/08 7:45pm

CES 2008: What You Missed So Far

We arrived at CES yesterday, and despite being separated into bloggers and press, and watching the game in standard def, we've had a great time so far. If you've missed the coverage, let's catch you up to speed: » 1/06/08 2:00pm 1/06/08 2:00pm

Magellan Does the Dash Thing: Maestro Elite 5340+GPRS Connected GPS…

We've been waiting for a mainstream GPS maker to go the way of the innovative GPRS-powered Dash Express. Well, Magellan jumped first, embedding its own GPRS connectivity into a navigator and partnering with Google for dynamic local search wherever you have GPRS reception. (Dash is partnered with Yahoo's local search,… » 1/05/08 8:23pm 1/05/08 8:23pm

American Express My WishList Post-Black-Friday Super Deals Go Live Nov.…

We just got the advance word on the American Express holiday My WishList deals, running from November 27 to December 13. If you recall, Amex sells certain hot products for super cheap in very limited supplies, but you have to go to the site and try to buy it on a certain day (and yes, with an American Express card).… » 11/21/07 12:00am 11/21/07 12:00am

Panasonic Introduces Strada CN-GP50U, Its First Portable GPS Navigator,

When Panasonic introduced its Strada in-dash GPS system, I was like, "Where's the portable, dudes?" Well, it's here. The $500 Strada CN-GP50U will have the usual premium features such as Navteq maps of US, Canada, PR and Mexico, an SD slot and Bluetooth for hands-free calling, but it will also have Voice Command for… » 10/30/07 1:07pm 10/30/07 1:07pm

Magellan Announces Seven New GPS Units

Like some sort of GPS-delivering Santa, Magellan has announced the upcoming release of seven new GPS units—all set to be available between September and October. In the 4200 series, the Maestro 4250—retailing for $500—offers integrated live traffic updates, a shiny, widescreen 4.3-inch display and Bluetooth… » 8/31/07 4:37pm 8/31/07 4:37pm

Magellan's Triton GPS Features Touch Screen, National Geographic Maps

Unleash your inner explorer with the adventurous Triton handheld GPS from Magellan. There are six models in total, all sporting QVGA touch screens (2.2"or 2.7") that are waterproof up to one meter. Some feature expandable memory via an SD slot alongside a 2-megapixel digital camera and digital audio player. The… » 8/07/07 9:36pm 8/07/07 9:36pm

Talking to the Magellan Maestro 4050, the First Portable Navigator With…


I was lucky enough to get my hands on the first production model of the Magellan Maestro 4050, that is, the very first portable navigation device with voice recognition. And while it doesn't hear everything I yell at it, and I can't control everything it does using only my lovely baritone, it's an amazing first… » 6/05/07 9:56pm 6/05/07 9:56pm

Magellan Maestro 4040 Impressions: AAA Built in, Might Not Suck


If you've ever owned a Magellan GPS portable navigator, you may know that they tended not to have any endurance. Okay, fine, they crapped out a lot. Two RoadMate 700s both managed to die on me, once while I was driving through a nasty part of Boston. A few weeks ago, after a two-year hiatus from Magellan, I was using… » 4/12/07 4:00pm 4/12/07 4:00pm

Magellan Makes Maestro Line Official, First GPS with Voice Command

Magellan confirmed those leaked Maestro GPS systems today, giving them better prices than we had initially reported. The top of the line Maestro 4050 will be the company's first GPS to support voice commands and sell for $699 when it drops in May. The 4040, which loses the 4050's voice command and real-time traffic… » 3/07/07 6:50pm 3/07/07 6:50pm

Dealzmodo: Magellan eXplorist 500 Handheld GPS $129

Tanga, like Woot, offers one product a day for a lot cheaper than you can find on regular stores. Today they've got a Magellan eXplorist 500 handheld GPS for $129 (refurbished). Compared to sites on Froogle, you save anywhere from $30 to $80 depending on where you buy it. » 2/27/07 7:05pm 2/27/07 7:05pm