gps

  • FCC Approves LightSquared Frequencies, GPS Now In Danger

    It’s illegal to own or operate a GPS jammer in the United States for many valid reasons. More importantly, it threatens many systems us humans find relevant. If GPS goes down, how will people get around cities without getting lost? (Google Maps works so well for public transit.) It’s not surprising that the biggest threat to GPS is actually its owners: the US government. Read More

  • Telogis Raises $2.9 Million More To Help Companies Manage Fleets, Reduce Emissions

    Telogis, a location-based technology firm in Aliso Viejo, Calif. has raised another $2.9 million, according to a new SEC filing, to help businesses track and manage their fleets of vehicles, and workforce using GPS, mobile and web technology. The company touts its “mobile resource management” software and services as environmentally beneficial, and fuel-saving. According to the… Read More

  • New GPS System Boosts Accuracy To 3cm

    Existing GPS systems usually achieve an accuracy of about 10m, but that will change soon, according to a recent report in Japanese business daily The Nikkei: a new technology developed by Mitsubishi and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) improves that number to an unbelievable 3cm. Read More

  • In Russia, Linux-based GLONASS GPS "iPhone" Follows You

    http://www1.ntv.ru/swf/vps1.swf?xmllink=http://www.ntv.ru/vi215229/ Oh, those Russians. Sistema, a mobile operator over in Putin Country, just released the first GLONASS/GPS phone in the country. GLONASS is Russia’s GPS solution that doesn’t depend on America’s capitalist satellites. Read More

  • Should The Government Have To Tell You About That GPS It Installed On Your Car?

    Now here’s a prickly issue: should the government have to obtain a warrant in order to slap a GPS tracking device on your car as you drive around town doing whatever? A federal appeals court says yes, in fact, the government does have to obtain a warrant, if for no other reason than a “reasonable person does not expect anyone to monitor and retain a record of every time he drives… Read More

  • TomTom Releases GPS Units Redesigned Inside And Out


    TomTom is back and ready to sell its next generation of PNDs. The 4.3-inch Go 2045 TM and 5-inch Go 2505 TM are built around a new system that was developed by regularly monitoring traffic information, which is said to provide smarter and faster routing. These models also hit with a redesigned UI that reduces the amount of user inputs to reach the desired function. Pinch-to-zoom and swipe… Read More

  • North Koreans Have a GPS Jammer


    North Korea is apparently active jamming GPS signals using truck-mounted systems that overrun signals coming from Russian tracking satellites. South Korea is unable to pinpoint the locations of these jammers because the Army runs them for about ten minutes at a time and then moves them. Read More

  • ContourHD Announces New Camera With Built In GPS

    The makers of the ContourHD camera just announced an update to their hands-free product, the ContourGPS. The CoutourGPS uses the same camera as the ContourHD, but with the added functionality of GPS tracking. Check out a video of the camera in action, and the press release after the jump. Read More

  • Schools Now Tracking Your Kids' Bus Rides Using GPS

    Afraid that the almighty government will sneak into your driveway, attach a GPS device to your car, then track your every move? Perhaps you should be more afraid of what your child’s school has in mind? A Chicago-area elementary school will keep track of students’ bus rides using GPS. This a move to ease parents’ concerns about the perils of bus rides! Children have been… Read More

  • Can The Government Track You Via GPS Without Your Knowledge Or Permission?

    The government is coming after you! Run for the hills! Oh, wait, the government owns the hills! Shrill, yes, but there’s a point. A recent article in Time magazine paints a fairly scary picture of the potential for the government to use GPS (originally a military creation, remember) to track your every move. Will this happen? Eh, pretty hard to see that happening—but it could happen. Read More

  • Applied Geotagging: Where Locals And Tourists Shoot Pictures


    These maps, by Eric Fisher, are the result of interpreting geotagging data for Flickr photos taken in popular cities. Red dots mean tourist photos, blue dots mean locals. Personally I don’t see a lot of utility in geotagging, at least for myself, but hot damn does it make for some interesting (and beautiful) data. Above you see London; there are dozens more in the set. Check it… Read More

  • App review: TomTom for iPhone


    For the last couple of months I’ve been using the TomTom USA navigation app for iPhone. The big difference between this and other GPS applications is that all of the map data is stored on your phone, so no Internet connection is required to calculate routes. This is great when you’re in a dead zone, but it carries a hefty penalty in terms of file size: almost 1.5GB! Read on for… Read More

  • Timex releases their $275 GPS watch


    I love me a GPS watch. While they’re not quite as exciting in practice as they are in theory, they’re still great for exercising and keeping yourself on the right trail. I’ve thus far only used Garmin models but I’m quite excited by this new Timex watch for $275. Read More

  • DeLorme announces Earthmate PN-60w, a satellite messaging GPS unit


    So you’re trapped in the high mountains of Tibet with only your wits and a slice of beef jerky between you and certain death. What do you do? Why not text your friends “WIZARD NEED FUD BADLY LOL!” on the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w. This device is a portable GPS unit with a built-in keyboard. It supports SPOT satellite messaging technology – apparently unrelated to… Read More

  • Boeing preparing to launch next-gen GPS satellites

    Good news for GPS users, Boeing is getting ready to launch the latest generation of GPS satellites, the “GPS IIF-1″. The new technology provides improved accuracy for military and civilian users, as well as being more resistant to jamming and an improved lifespan. Read More

  • Hands-on with MobileHelp, for when Dad has fallen and he can't get up

    MobileHelp is a small device that works “beyond the home” allowing your loved one to call for help at a press of a button. The device also also tracks your loved one via GPS and, when they sound an alarm, MobileHelp’s staff will contact them directly and call the proper authorities. My mother tried this at home and found the installation to be fairly easy – all she had… Read More

  • TomTom quietly releases two new US models

    TomTom, you sneaky, sneaky devil. You thought you could pop two new GPS models up on your website and no one would notice. Well, you’re wrong. The Internet doesn’t miss anything. Read More

  • Garmin nüvi 3700 series part of the pre-crime unit

    I think the standalone GPS device is all but dead – I’m a pessimist that way and I know that your parents and mine both use standalone GPSes but that’s because we never showed them how to use the ones on their phones – but Garmin is still churning out some nice-looking models. Read More

  • Casio's GPS camera coming in October

    I don’t get GPS in cameras. There have been times (not many, but there have) when I’ve been out taking pictures and don’t necessarily want the whole world to know where I was. Casio’s new EX-10HG camera is going to take that option away from me, with their new GPS-enabled point and shoot camera. Read More

  • AT&T Navigator update shakes things up

    The AT&T Navigator app for iPhone got an update recently, and adds an interesting new feature. From any menu screen, simply shake the iPhone to make the app route you to a predefined “home” address. No need to work through the menus: simply shake your phone. That sounds like a convenient feature. More inside. Read More