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 some … » 1/07/13 9:00am 1/07/13 9:00am

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 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

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…

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'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…


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 step. … » 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