Tuesday December 23 | Tech Gifts & “First Night”

December 22, 2008 at 1:02 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 2 Comments

Need a snowball shooter? How about a solar powered handbag? We’ll look at some of the most interesting and popular tech gifts just in time for the holidays.
David Carnoy – Editor, Home and Hardware, CNET.com
Peter WeinbergerPeter Weinberger Productions

Then we’ll take a look at Charlotte’s New Year’s celebration called First Night. The family-friendly uptown event is back after a several year hiatus.

Cyndee Patterson – President, Duke Mansion
Robert Krumbine – Special Events Director, Charlotte Center City Partners
Robert Bush – Senior VP of Cultural and Community Investment, Arts and Science Council

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  1. Garmin does make a nice and well received line of GPS devices for the automotive use. The trucker should definitely look for unit that allows him to select the type of vehicle being used. For example, he can choose whether he driving a car, emergency vehicle, or a “Truck”. The unit will then calculate a route using that information. You wouldn’t want an 18 wheeler traveling down a narrow one-way street.

    Garmin also produces a large screen unit that’s specifically designed for the trucks and RV’s; although, it might lack traffic information.
    Many of the Nuvi units from Garmin also provide Bluetooth capability which is also handy when used with a Bluetooth capable cell phone.
    As Mike asked, but really wasn’t answered, the most important component to any GPS navigation device, secondary to its antennae, is its MAPS and how frequently they’re updated. I’m sure the trucker wouldn’t want to be taken down a route where the exit no longer exists; such as the South Blvd – I-277 interchange. Garmin maps are usually updated yearly and cover the US and PORTIONS of Canada.

    No, I don’t work for Garmin – I just own a Garmin Nuvi 765T that I’ve been very happy with…

  2. Garmin Nuvi 265WT
    Garmin’s nüvi 265WT improves upon its 200-series predecessors by adding free real-time traffic updates from Navteq (for the life of the device) as well as Bluetooth connectivity to your cell phone. Other significant improvements in the 2×5 series include a predictive technology that provides faster satellite lock, a redesigned screen with more information, terrain maps, and an exciting new photo navigation feature. The 265WT provides complete maps for North America and the handy Text-to-Speech feature, so you get turn-by-turn spoken directions with the real names of streets (e.g. “turn left in 50 feet at Nebraska Way”, rather than merely “turn left in 50 feet”).

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