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Last November, Strava Labs launched a Global Heat Map for its fitness tracking app, which works in conjunction with fitness devices such as the Fitbit. It is billed as being the "largest, riches, and most beautiful dataset of its kind," but it's also proving a little too revealing for some military personnel. In can be deemed a security oversight, the heatmap is inadvertently revealing location data of soldiers at U.S. military bases. Strava's heatmap uses GPS tracking and satellite information to pinpoint a subscriber's location and movements. It is not a live map, but an accumulation of activity... Read more...
Motorists should take caution when driving in the direction of California's wildfires, even when using a navigation app that is continually updated. Case in point, users of Waze and other similar navigation apps report that driving directions have pointed them squarely to where the wildfires are raging, including roads that have been closed down or otherwise blocked off because of the fires. The aftermath of a wildfire in 2015 (Image Source: Flickr via Bob Dass) Apps like Waze use a combination of artificial intelligence and driver input to stay up to date with current conditions. In theory, these... Read more...
We've all been there when using GPS on our smartphones. You try and use something like Google Maps to navigate to a place you have never been, and all of a sudden, it's hard to tell if you should be on the feeder road or the highway. You eventually find out after driving too far that you are traveling along the wrong route end up cursing Google Maps. This will be a thing of the past next year when smartphones receive much more accurate GPS chips. How accurate you ask: Down to the inch. The chips that will save us from GPS hell are from Broadcom and the BCM47755 will have accuracy to 30-centimeters... Read more...
Your Lexus might not be your best navigation tool, unless you enjoy purple screens of death. A botched Lexus OTA software update has crippled the vehicle navigation and infotainment systems. Affected vehicles such as the RX350 are currently stuck in a boot loop following the update. Cindy Knight, a Toyota spokeswoman stated, “We have not found the root cause yet.” The glitch can also affect radio controls, which are displayed on the same dashboard screen. The company has not yet determined whether vehicles will need to return to dealerships in order to fix this latest glitch or if another OTA update... Read more...
It's tough to get lost these days. That's because we're increasingly becoming connected creatures with mobile devices always at the ready, devices that can tell us where we are at any given moment and how to get to where we need to be. Well, until the connection is lost, at which point you might find yourself wandering aimlessly in unfamiliar territory. Google's solution to that is to let you download sections of the world to your phone via Google Maps.This isn't entirely new -- it was already possible to view an area of a map offline in Google Maps -- but what's changed is that you can download... Read more...
Apple launched its homegrown mapping solution, Maps, with iOS 6 back in 2012. Maps encountered more than a few unscheduled detours along the way and helped push one exec, Scott Forstall, out the door. Over the past few years, Maps has gained in competency and has become a well-rounded navigation solution, although one that isn’t quite as robust as perennial favorite Google Maps. Apple is looking to give Maps yet another shot in the arm with the now confirmed acquisition of Coherent Navigation, a GPS firm that was founded in 2008. The deal was sniffed out by Mac Rumors earlier this morning and Apple... Read more...
The death toll from automobile crashes is expected to drop over the next few years, thanks to new rules set by European Union this week. By April 2018, all new cars will carry a device that can contact emergency services automatically immediately after a car accident. The device is expected to reduce deaths by alerting emergency services faster than victims or first responders might, reducing response times by as 60 percent.Volvo is among companies that have welcomed the new safety regs in Europe. Pictured is the Volvo V60 Polestar, model year 2016.The auto industry in Europe has encouraged the... Read more...
As wearable tech concepts go, the idea of a "smart helmet' — a motorcycle helmet equipped to deliver usable information to its wearer via heads-up visuals projected onto the visor, such as GPS data — really is quite smart, allowing riders to keep their eyes on the road. And even smarter? Configuring said helmet to respond to voice commands, allowing riders to keep their hands firmly on the handlebars. So all of this considered, the LiveMap helmet is indeed one wicked smart piece of wearable tech. The brainchild of a group of Russian engineers, the lightweight Android-based LiveMap helmet is fitted... Read more...
As someone who does a lot of driving and depends greatly upon the Waze app (Waze has roughly 50 million users in over 200 countries around the world), this bit of news struck a nerve with me. Law enforcement agencies across the country are coming out against the app, saying that would-be cop killers could use it to stalk officers while they are doing their jobs. But before we get to the complaints, let’s talk a little bit about what Waze actually does. First and foremost, Waze operates like a traditional GPS app, giving you turn-by-turn directions to a destination, voice prompts with spoken street... Read more...
On Android, given that it's built by Google, consumers already have access to what is arguably the best routing/navigational app in the known universe: Google Maps. But if for some reason that doesn't appeal to you, there's another major player coming to Android at long last. The HERE team is announcing this week that a beta of its mapping app is now ready for Android users, so long as you're using a Samsung device. Thanks to a licensing agreement with Samsung, it'll be available for free, exclusively for Samsung Galaxy smartphones like the Galaxy S5. What makes HERE special is that it'll work... Read more...
Toddlers love to mimic their parents, which is why you see them talking on pretend mobile phones. And now that the wearable category is starting to gain some momentum, it didn't take long for a company to once again think of the kids, though it wasn't Fisher Price or Mattel. Perhaps more fittingly, LG was the one that thought of extending the wearable experience to the little ones, which is the idea behind its new KizON. KizON isn't simply a toy imitation of a smartwatch, however, but a GPS-enabled device that allows parents to keep track of their young children's whereabouts. Utilizing both GPS... Read more...
Because this is America and we refuse to wait for our food to be prepared in a reasonable timeframe, Taco Bell is obliging us by experimenting with taking orders via smartphones. A test program will launch within weeks, and nationwide rollout is expected before the end of the year, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Taco Bell isn’t just implementing an existing solution, though; the company is building its own from scratch. The app will display different front-page enticements depending on the time of day, and although the (customizable) menu is front and center, users will be able... Read more...
“Iridium GO! is unlike anything the world has seen before,” reads the bold proclamation on the Iridium website. “Powered by the world's furthest reaching network, this compact, rugged and portable unit creates the first ever reliable global connection for voice and data communications on up to 5 smartphones, laptops or tablets.” The device looks a bit unconventional--a boxy little thing with a stubby antenna that pops up--which is commensurate with what it offers, which is global Internet access. The device relies on satellites for connectivity and grants users voice calls,... Read more...
Amazon is testing the use of drones to make deliveries in populated areas, but the Lakemade Beer Company of Stevens Point, Wisconsin is testing the idea of drones in decidedly unpopulated areas--namely, ice fishing shacks. “Our tests are on vast, wide-open frozen lakes free of trees and power lines. Our drone can fly as the crow flies, straight to our target, based on GPS coordinates provided by an ice angler. Fish houses are very uniform in height, so we can fly lower than FAA limits, too,” said Lakemade Beer Company president Jack Supple. “It’s the perfect proving ground... Read more...
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