• Groupon Acquires Realtime Location-Aware Service Glassmap To Help You Find Deals

    Groupon Acquires Realtime Location-Aware Service Glassmap To Help You Find Deals

    Y Combinator company Glassmap, a location-aware app that was big back in the day (last year), has just announced that is has been acquired by Groupon. A representative from Groupon has confirmed to TechCrunch that the company has indeed acquired Glassmap and is “excited to bring the team aboard.” This makes total sense, because Groupon needs to know where you are, who… Read More

  • Recce 3D Interactive Mapping Tech Gets Its Game On: Go Deliver iOS App Is GPS-Powered Real-World Scavenger Hunt Meets Groupon

    Recce 3D Interactive Mapping Tech Gets Its Game On: Go Deliver iOS App Is GPS-Powered Real-World Scavenger Hunt Meets Groupon

    eeGeo the startup behind Recce — a rich, interactive searchable 3D mapping platform which aggregates data feeds from other services to create an animated bird’s eye view of a city and what is going on in it — has launched its first game using the same technology: a GPS-based iOS app called Go Deliver – London, in partnership with games studio Midoki. Read More

  • Google Launches MyTracks 2.0 GPS App For Hikers, Bikers & Runners

    Google Launches MyTracks 2.0 GPS App For Hikers, Bikers & Runners

    MyTracks for Android is one of Google’s lesser known mobile apps, but it’s actually a pretty useful tool for those who would like to keep a record of their bike rides, runs, hikes and other outdoor activities. Google itself is actually using it together with Team HTC-Columbia during the Tour de France to track the team’s riders during the event. Today, the company is… Read More

  • Lost In The Supermarket? A New Sensor Will Navigate For You Indoors

    Lost In The Supermarket? A New Sensor Will Navigate For You Indoors

    Sure, GPS helps us get from Point A to Point B, but what if you’re just trying to find the Cinnabon? A new system from Fraunhofer allows for in-store (or in-mall) navigation and uses very simple sensors to asses where you are in the building at any time. The system works when you enter the edifice and scan a QR code. This identifies your current position. A built-in pedometer and… Read More

  • Geolocation’s Potential Heats Up With Geoloqi’s Battery-Saving Tech

    Geolocation’s Potential Heats Up With Geoloqi’s Battery-Saving Tech

    Geoloqi, a name you may know because of the mobile app that once provided automatic Foursquare check-ins and geofenced reminders, is today launching its next-generation location platform as an SDK. Although previously available in API format for developers’ use, the new iOS and Android SDK makes it even easier for developers to drop in location services into their apps, whether those… Read More

  • First Android Dedicated GPS Unit Actually Looks Pretty Decent

    First Android Dedicated GPS Unit Actually Looks Pretty Decent

    Considering Android is getting on in age, it’s surprising it hasn’t been featured on more “miscellaneous” devices. Phones and tablets, sure, but we haven’t seen many, say, DVD players or PMPs using the OS. And certainly not GPS devices, whose proprietary libraries and interfaces were developed at great cost, leading the companies that made them working desperately… Read More

  • Potternavi: Pioneer Announces 3G-Equipped GPS For Bikes

    Potternavi: Pioneer Announces 3G-Equipped GPS For Bikes

    Pioneer yesterday announced the so-called Potternavi [JP], a GPS for bicycles that will be available in white or black. Buyers can expect a 2.4-inch color LCD with 240×320 resolution, ANT+ support, an acceleration sensor, a USB port, and 10 hours of battery life. Pioneer says that the Potternavi not only shows maps and directions but also lets users look for popular spots, for example the… Read More

  • New Garmin GPS Watch Has Shed Its Girth

    New Garmin GPS Watch Has Shed Its Girth

    It’s interesting to chart the size and shape of fitness watches over the years. The first Garmins looked like protein bars melted to your wrist by this new one, the Forerunner 910XT, looks as svelte and lithe as the marathoners who will probably wear it. The 910XT costs about $400 and will be available next week. The new model supports Garmin’s Connect online service as well as… Read More

  • TC Tests The GeoMate Jr., A Geocaching GPS Unit For The Wee Ones

    TC Tests The GeoMate Jr., A Geocaching GPS Unit For The Wee Ones

    I just had the unique pleasure geocaching for the first time. I’d always been interested in the concept: someone hides something tiny in the wilderness and you use a GPS tracker to find it. However, the thought of traipsing around in the woods to look for someone hippie’s Tupperware did not compute. Then we got the GeoMate Jr., a small GPS tracker designed for kids and discovered… Read More

  • Garmin To Buy Navigon

    Garmin Ltd. and Navigon AG just announced that the two companies have reached an agreement and a subsidiary of Garmin will acquire the privately-held navigation company. The financial terms of the transaction was not released. German-based Navigon pulled out of the North American PND market in 2009 and has since focused on the European region and smartphone apps. It’s likely that these… Read More

  • NASA's Plan To Protect GPS Satellites? Hand Them Over To Homeland Security.

    Why this is making a splash today, I can’t really answer, but here we go. Nasa published a white paperin November that discusses how best to protect our GPS satellites from any sort of impropriety. The primary suggestion is to have the president declare our GPS satellites critical infrastructure. Once they’ve been classified as such the Department of Homeland Security will be put… Read More

  • 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 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