Petra Golf Tournament Raises $70,000
November 2, 2012

Petra Industries last week held its 14th annual charity golf tournament, which raised more than $70,000 for a pair of charities, Mercy Ministries of America and Whiz Kids. 

Garmin App Update Adds Public Transit Guides
September 20, 2012

Garmin today updated its iPhone navigation apps, adding public transportation features, Apple Maps integration, and support for the new 4-inch iPhone 5 screen.

By integrating Urban Guidance into the upgraded StreetPilot Onboard and Navigon apps, Garmin is making traveling by foot, public transit, or car even easier.

The new guide considers trains, trams, buses, and water taxies when calculating pedestrian routes, guiding users to a transit stop and providing detailed information about each available line.

Garmin Smartphone Apps Getting Public Transportation Features Soon
August 30, 2012

Garmin announced at IFA today that it's gearing up to roll out a set of updates for its smartphone apps on both iOS and Android . These updates will be adding a number of helpful tools for Garmin users, including in-depth details on public transportation routes and support for Google Street View. Get ready to hand over some extra cash if you want these features though, because some of them will only be offered as in-app purchases

5 GPS devices that do more than just navigate
June 29, 2012

Space is a premium in your car's cabin, even more so when we're discussing your windshield. You don't want to go cluttering up your view of the road with too many devices. It's easy to get out of hand with a navigator, a Bluetooth speakerphone, an audio source, and a fuel economy meter. That's why we've rounded up five portable GPS devices that do more than just navigate. Garmin Nuvi 2495 LMT with Garmin ecoRoute HD You can: Navigate while hands-free calling while saving money at the pump. TomTom GO Live 1535M with TomTom apps You can: Navigate and

A Brief Chat About Technology with the Consumer Electronics Association
June 19, 2012

Yesterday morning I had breakfast with Steve Koenig, Director of Industry Analysis at the Consumer Electronics Association. In case you don't already know, the CEA is the organisation behind the biggest trade show in the technology calendar - CES. Given the CEA's relationship with the technology industry, Steve is a great source of information, opinion and analysis.

Although Steve is over in the UK to give some formal presentations, our meeting was more of an informal chat about the trends and hot topics in the tech arena right now

How Garmin Failed to See the iPhone Threat
June 12, 2012

About nine years ago, I had a question for Min Kao, the CEO of the GPS concern Garmin. His answer was determined, and I thought of it yesterday as I watched the news from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference unfold. In the summer of 2003, I was at Garmin's headquarters in Olathe, Kansas, outside Kansas City, working on a profile of Garmin for Forbes Magazine. The GPS business was just warming up. Garmin was on the rise, and its two founders - Kao and the company's first CEO Gary Burrell

TomTom Takes Shot at OpenStreetMap
May 29, 2012

OpenStreetMap has seen some press lately thanks to the inclusion of its maps in iPhoto for iOS. Google has also pioneered free turn-by-turn navigation software on smartphones, a functional that was once dominated by expensive TomTom and Garmin units. Now TomTom has taken to its website to highlight the dangers of open source maps, and the community behind OpenStreetMap is crying foul.

TomTom details how open source map alternatives aren't quite as reliable as paid offerings, saying that they have "a third less residential road coverage and 16% less basic map attributes

Almo Kicks Off Expo Series in New Jersey
May 24, 2012

Dealers from around the Eastern region had the chance to view new products and get some how-to training this week at Almo's Mid-Atlantic Expo. The two-day event, held in Cherry Hill, N.J., was the first of four scheduled this summer.

Garmin's Multi-Controller Concept Talks to the Hand
May 23, 2012

With more technology being shoved into the dashboard of cars, drivers are being bombarded with information. So automakers and suppliers are trying to figure out the best way to manage this growing sensory overload so drivers don't become distracted, say, by their Facebook feeds on an in-dash display.

For its part, Garmin plans to employ some of the same display and interface technology it supplies to airplane pilots in cars. The company, which provides navigation systems to several automakers and recently unveiled its first complete in-dash infotainment system for Suzuki vehicles