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How to Find the Perfect Gift

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There are many people on my holiday shopping list that are nearly impossible to buy perfect gifts for. They already have everything they really “want,” or they are very picky people. In either case, I am stumped every single year when trying to find that one gift they will not only enjoy – but get some real use out of. This year, I’ve stumbled upon nav system map updates from NAVTEQ. This is a gift that will keep giving all year – and one that can be used by nearly everyone.

Many newer vehicles have an in-dash navigational system. The ones that do are usually all powered by NAVTEQ. By having the latest map updates, you’re making sure that the person you care about always knows the best way to get where they are going, where they can stop along the way and is as safe as possible throughout their trip.

With a map update, you don’t have to worry whether you’re buying the right color or size. There will be no re-gifting going on. Heck, this is even a fantastic gift for yourself! You don’t want to get lost on the way to the mall or your in-laws’ house, do you? We all know how desperately you want to be on time for these things!

I have already purchased a map update for myself. I think that my parents totally need this, as well. As I scroll through my list of people on my iPhone, I realize that nearly everyone I know could benefit from the gift of figuring out where to go – and how to get there on time. The only problem now is figuring out what I’m going to get for my dogs, Wicket and Pixie. Those two already have more than they could ever possibly need!

What are you planning to pick up for those hard-to-buy-for people on your list?

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When Did You Update Your GPS Maps?

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When I was in the third grade, I learned map skills. North, East, South and West were pretty easy to master. Of course, I didn’t own a GPS system at the time. I’d have killed for one of these devices when I delivered pizzas during college, too. Thanks to the folks at Garmin, I not only reviewed the StreetPilot c320 GPS system; I now also have a new one to use in rental cars.

Once I started using a GPS unit, I knew I could never be without one again. I have one on my iPhone (obviously), and there’s a GPS built into my automobile. However, if I travel somewhere and then need to rent a car, I have to pay an insane amount of money to rent a nav system every day. When I was given the opportunity to play with the c320, I was stoked.

Now, allow me to take the time to remind you to update the information on your GPS (if you haven’t done so in the past year)! When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll always have access to the latest information. What if your GPS isn’t connected in any way, though? You remembered to fill your tank with gas, you checked your oil, but did you update your GPS to ensure that it’s just as up-to-date as your travel plans?


Garmin suggested I try updating the software / maps on the c320 myself. There’s both a Mac and a Windows updater available, too! I happily connected it via USB, stepped through a couple of prompts, and was pretty much done with updates in a matter of minutes. It was relatively easy (at least, easy enough that one of my parents could’ve done it without my assistance).

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The StreetPilot comes pre-loaded with detailed U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico maps. There’s no download required for that. However, there’s an SD memory card expansion slot which allows you to use other MapSource street-mapping products should you choose to do so. It has dual speakers at the rear, designed to be used in a car. There’s a windshield suction cup and the entire unit swivels. My iPhone doesn’t have a suction cup and the speaker isn’t very loud (and I’d venture to say the same about your phone, too).

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Do You Want a Google Car?

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Yes, I was driving in my car at night. I had two hands on the wheel, and four eyes on the road. I do think and drive, though! Do you?

Google is everywhere. One place it is not is in a car. Yes, you could bring an Android device into the car with you to make use of the turn-by-turn voice-controlled navigation. I predict that within three years, we will see Google cars on the road. You may even consider not buying a new car unless it’s powered by Google at some point.

Let’s face it. If you go online and look for something – where do you go? You go to Google. You look for maps. You go shopping. You search for things. It just makes sense. Maybe it’s just something I personally want to see, given that every built-in navigation system that I’ve used are nothing more than a kluge. They’re a pain in the ass, they’re ugly and cumbersome. Google Android is more powerful, for sure. If I’d want something in my car, and could choose for myself… I’d want this.

They have everything wrapped up. It’s all coming together on the desktop – calendars, maps, search, navigation… everything you need. Now it needs to come together in your car! The great thing is that they’re just giving it away. Car manufacturers can decide if they want to spend thousands of dollars to purchase nav systems that don’t even work well… or get the Google stuff for free!

Would you be willing to put up with well-placed ads in your navigation system in exchange for something that works – and works very well?

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