Posts Tagged ‘gps’
Oh, where is that teenage Suzy? She's well past her curfew. These can become much less of a concern with the newly launched PocketFinder GPS Personal Locator and GPS Vehicle Locator devices from Location Based Technologies. And they work with iOS.
In an attempt to win the John Carmack’s 100kft Micro Prize, a home-made rocket launched into the sky and roared beyond their target altitude of 100,000 feet, reaching an impressive 121,000 feet in just 92 seconds.
It's not official yet, but the FCC is trying to pass a ruling wherein all mobile phones sold in the United States must have GPS chips embedded in them by the year 2018.
There are units that can help you track your biking and running habits, for instance, and in the case of the newly announced ForeRunner 910XT multisport watch, it can track your swimming too.
It's a "simple location-based mobile application for finding friends in the real world." In some ways, you could say that it fits somewhere between Foursquare and Google Latitude, but it'll work with anyone in your address book without having to reconnect through another social network.
A research team based in the Netherlands has reported positive and promising results from an audio-only navigation system which relies on an Android smartphone connected to a pair of headphones to potentially help cyclists overcome the issue of visual navigation devices. The audio GPS guides users towards the target location by using music which is artificially shifted to the left or right in order to tell directions.
North Korea is working on a GPS jamming device that would work with an effective range of over 100 kilometres. Yes, this would be very frustrating for any foreigners who are trying to make their way around Pyongyang, but it's not like North Korea is terribly open to random tourists either. This clearly has more of a military application, disrupting GPS signals to the point of making them utterly unusable.
Oh geez, here we go again. Earlier this year, we learned that Apple has been secretly recording geolocation data for all iPhone users without their knowledge and consent. Well, the Cupertino crew aren't the only ones doing that. They're doing it in Redmond, Washington too.
DashCam is an iPhone app developed by St. Edward Enterprises that allows drivers to track the route they are travelling on Google Maps and display speed and distance as well. To do this, the app uses the iPhone’s rear camera, Google Maps and the GPS. The recording can be used as evidence should an accident happen or for learning purposes. Users can share the video recording on various sites such as Facebook or YouTube, it also makes a pretty sweet HUD.
We already know that your iPhone secretly records your geolocation data, but it's largely keeping this information between it and your computer. Such does not appear to be the case with TomTom personal GPS navigation devices.
The tablet wars are indeed heating up with Android making up some hefty ground, but the iPad is still the reigning king. Maybe you've picked up one of the WiFi-only models because you're not interested in paying for a separate data plan, but now you're missing out on the GPS side of the equation.
Before you work up some crazy conspiracy theory, let's get to the facts. It appears that the iPhone and iPad 3G automatically record your location data everywhere you go. Your movements are then automatically saved to a secret file on the device, and the file is automatically backed up on your computer when you sync up the device with iTunes.
Great. Some idiot decided to come flying out of a four-way stop, crushing the front corner of your shiny new Honda CR-Z. You're not hurt, but the insurance people are going to try and peg 50% of the fault on you
If Google Maps doesn’t cut it, Navigon today said they will point you in the right direction with their MobileNavigator for Android OS devices. The company says it’s the first on-board navigation app from a major navigation company for Android. And they may be right.
GPS is typically used to avoid getting lost, but there's a group of very enthusiastic group of people who enjoy "looking for treasure in Tupperware," aka, geocaching. Targetting these crazy weekenders is Garmin with a new chip called the Chirp. It may look like a rather nondescript piece of black plastic, but it's got some navigational technology inside.