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Is it Possible to Download Free Maps for Garmin GPS Devices?

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Readers of our blog often ask us if it is possible to download free Garmin map updates for their in-car Nuvi GPS. The answer is a resounding yes, and in this article we shall tell you how you can get free maps for Garmin GPS devices.

The most popular Garmin Nuvi products over the last few years have been their Nuvi 255w and 205 models and both will be susceptible to have out of date routes and directions on if you don’t update the GPS maps at least once a year.

How Can I Download Free Maps for Garmin GPS?

Quite simply, you just need to register your Garmin Nuvi on the myGarmin software downloads website. This is an official service by Garmin that lets their customers get additional and useful content for their Nuvi GPS including mapping, support, and software upgrades.

If you have a free map update available on your account then you can find out under the “Mapping” tab once registered and logged in.

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VHS to DVD Recorder Models that Up-Convert to 1080p

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Transferring VHS to DVD can be challenging but, thankfully, there are options out there for those who are too busy or too short on cash for the more expensive and time-consuming alternatives. Meet the VHS to DVD recorder – a solution to the problem of deteriorating VHS tapes. It is a digital tool worth its weight in gold.

Buying an easy-to-use VHS to DVD recorder from a store like Target or Walmart or Best Buy is probably the easiest way to transfer your VHS tapes to DVD. It is basically a machine that takes the place of both your VHS player and DVD recorder. Just plug it into a TV, insert the VHS tape and DVD disc, and push the button. Soon your movies will be transferred to DVD.

One of the best parts of this method is that it can be purchased at a reasonable cost and it can actually improve the quality of your videos without buying a lot of extra equipment like enhancers and converters.

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The Apple iPod: The Perfect Sports Companion?

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Although the main purpose of the iPod was originally to listen to music, there’s no reason why you can’t combine this with sports – or even use the iPod touch as a personal trainer! The iPod is the perfect partner for anyone who’s into running, going to the gym, cycling and more. Here’s a guide to the various features you’ll want to take advantage of.

iPod Sports Armbands

If you like to listen to your music while you’re running, then you’re going to want to get your hands on one of the many sports armbands available for the iPod and iPhone. Not only do the armbands help keep your iPod secure and out of the way while you’re exercising, they also help to protect it against damage, including moisture damage from your own sweat! Here’s a quick guide to the choices available to you:

iWatchz Watchband for iPod Nano: If you’ve got an iPod Nano then this is probably the most convenient of all the “armbands” you can get. In fact, the Nano is so small that it fits onto the face of this stylish watch design to be worn around the wrist. It still leaves full access to all controls.

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Apple iPad 2 Review: Can You Notice the Changes?

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Is It Worth Upgrading From The Original iPad?

Only you can decide whether it’s really worth upgrading your iPad if you already own one. You’re not going to notice any major changes, and many of them can be seen simply by upgrading your old iPad to the newest operating system.

That said, if you love technology then you’ll definitely want to upgrade for the faster performance, and some of the newest features such as the two cameras, improved gameplay thanks to the new gyroscope, and new apps such as iMovie for putting together your own videos and home movies. In fact the camera alone could be worth it if you’ve been waiting for it ever since the first iPad was released. You’ll also want to consider the fact that you can recoup some of the costs by selling your old iPad if it’s in good condition.

Pros And Cons Of The iPad 2

There’s a major pro to owning the iPad 2 – it’s cool and it’s fun! At first thought, this might not sound like much of a reason for shelling out on a new gadget. But if you’ve ever played with a friend’s iPad then you’ll know what I’m talking about. All of your reservations go out of the window once you get your hands on it and start playing with all of the apps.

In all seriousness, the iPad 2 has found a huge, unexpected market. On the one hand it’s an extremely capable productivity device, used by business people all over the world to keep up with emails, check appointments and work on documents. On the other it’s just the right size for watching movies, playing games, and keeping up to date with various websites.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Buy the Amazon Kindle Over Other Gadgets

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The Amazon Kindle has held its place at the top of the Amazon.com bestseller list for months now, and is still selling in huge numbers. With each generation, Amazon have improved the features and made it more accessible for other eBook formats. But if you’re still on the fence about whether you should buy the Kindle or another eBook reader/ tablet computer, here are five reasons why the Kindle is a winner.

1) You Only Use It To Read

There are many people out there asking why buy a Kindle when you could buy something fancy like an iPad? For a start, the Kindle costs far less. Secondly, you may not want all the bells and whistles that come with devices such as the iPad.

The truth is that the Kindle focuses on one thing: reading. Because of this, Amazon do their best to bring you the best reading experience possible. Sure, you could read eBooks on the iPad, but you wouldn’t get the benefit of the e-Ink screen, you’d find that your eyes quickly get tired out, and that you can’t read the screen out in bright sunlight.

If you love reading and want a device that won’t ruin the experience of reading physical books then the Kindle is definitely the option for you.

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Amazon Kindle Review: Does it Deserve its Crown as King of the eBook Readers?

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When you think of eBook readers you immediately think of the Amazon Kindle. Since it was first released it has constantly been top of the bestsellers lists, and has seen a number of improvements, especially to the display and the way in which it helps to replicate a real book. If you’re thinking of buying the latest generation of the Kindle, here’s a guide to the pros and cons of doing so.

Features Of The Amazon Kindle

* High contrast e-Ink Pearl screen to replicate real paper,

* Read in bright sunlight,
* Battery life of up to two months with wireless turned off,
* Stores up to 3,500 books,
* 7.5 x 4.8 x 0.335 inches in size,
* Wi-Fi Model weighs 8.5 ounces, Wi-Fi + 3G model weighs 8.7 ounces,
* Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models,
* 3G + Wi-Fi model comes in black or white,
* Includes experimental web browser,
* 6 inch diagonal screen size,
* Text-to-speech feature,
* Native PDF support.

Pros Of The iPod Kindle

The native support for PDF files means that you can view them on the Kindle exactly as they were created on a computer – very useful for people who regularly need to read PDF reports and documents away from their computer screen.

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Kindle Cases: Why do You Need Them and Which One Should You Choose?

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The Kindle is thinner and lighter than your average book, which means it’s easy to carry around with you wherever you go. The downside of this means that it’s far more likely to get damaged in your bag, which is why it’s so important to protect it with a good quality case.

Another benefit of using a Kindle case is that many are designed in a “book style”. You’ll find it natural to open up the case and hold it in two hands if you like to use books that way. If not, you can simply pull the cover back and use the Kindle in one hand.

A Selection Of The Most Popular Kindle Cases

If you want to get a good quality case that’ll not only keep your Kindle protected, but will last for a good period of time, then it helps to take a look at the best rated cases available.

Kindle Lighted Leather Cover: This is the bestselling case for Kindle, and comes in a huge variety of colors: black, orange, brown, pink, blue, green and red. It has a sleek look, made from leather with a suede interior to keep your Kindle protected at all times. Even better, it includes an LED reading light that hides away when not in use. The light doesn’t require any batteries, it simply draws power from the Kindle device.

Acase Classic Kindle 3 Leather Case: If you’re looking for something a little cheaper than the leather cover above, this is the next best thing. It also features a stylish and robust black leather exterior, and suede inside to prevent any scratches. This case comes with the added benefit of an included screen guard to protect the Kindle screen.

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Canon HD Video Camera Summary

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These days, people are no longer satisfied with still digital cameras. They now want a camera they can also use to capture video clips. For this reason, Canon has come out with compact cameras capable of taking HD video images. As a leader in photographic and broadcast television cameras, Canon is also emerging in the forefront of HD video cameras.

Canon offers a variety of compact and full size HD video cameras. Not one to stint on features and quality, the company continues to deliver the high level of performance and premium quality that people have come to expect from any Canon product. Just check out the affordable compact HD digital camcorders that Canon has to offer.

Canon Vixia HF R100

The Canon Vixia HF R100 is one of the favorites in the below-$400 price range. Its sleek, compact and lightweight design allows you to take the video camera with you anywhere.

Canon uses an HD CMOS Image Sensor to capture HD video at 1920 x 1080p resolution. The video camera is also fitted with Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor to capture the most vivid colors and sharpest images.

Prices are kept at an affordable level with Canon’s use of the HD CMOS Image Sensor, which is easier and cheaper to produce than CCD image sensors.

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The Best Basic Digital Camera – Canon PowerShot S95

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If you’re looking for a basic digital camera and have been searching online for the best beginner digital camera, then read on.

I recently helped my mom purchase her next digital camera due to the fact she was so unhappy with her previous digital camera, a Sony. After comparing quite a number of different models and brands I settled on the Canon PowerShot S95, which turns out to be an excellent digital camera for my mum’s purposes. Here’s a few brief points on why I decided upon the Canon S95 as the best digital camera in this situation.

  • Controls were the number one reason I recommend this digital camera. They’re nicely outlined and clear, believe it or not I never had to browse the manual on this camera and truly did not need to. This is one of the highlights of Canon’s digital cameras, the camera is intuitive to use and very user friendly. The functions are laid out in grid format system with big icons making it a breeze to locate any options you may wish to change for a particular shot.

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Is There a 4G iPhone?

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Everybody has heard about the iPhone 4 which was released in June of 2010. Being the fourth generation of the famous Apple iPhone, the company naturally called it the iPhone 4. Unfortunately, a bit of confusion arose from the name because many people thought it was a 4G iPhone. What’s In A Name? Coming after the Apple iPhone 3GS which was the third version of the iPhone, the iPhone 4 was promptly purchased by people who mistakenly thought the “4” stood for 4G. The error is understandable, considering that the previous version (iPhone 3GS) was a 3G smart phone that used the high speed 3rd generation mobile wireless data transfer network. Coming upon the heels of the 3G iPhone 3GS, you can’t blame them if people thought they were buying a 4G iPhone this time. A 4G iPhone would have used the lightning fast 4th generation network, also known as the LTE (Long Term Evolution) network. The 4G LTE network is up to 4 times faster than the 3G networks that people are currently using. Many consumers use their cellular service provider to provide their internet connection. It’s understandable that they would want their mobile phone service provider to ramp up their network to 4G standards to be able to make full use of any 4G device they may have. Conversely, if their carrier now uses a 4G network, they would want their smart phones to be equipped to take full advantage of a 4G LTE network. → Read More