Items tagged with GPS

If you were the market's leader in maps, what would you do? If you'd seek out one of the hottest GPS mobile apps, then your train of thought would align to Google's. A deal has been rumored for the past week, but it seems certain today: Google has acquired Waze for a cool $1.1 billion, beating out Facebook to the acquisition. Waze is a GPS app first and foremost, but it goes beyond the others by crowdsourcing information to make the information it spits back a lot more useful. With it, you can automatically contribute traffic data to the pool, and manually report accidents and other hazards. You'll of course receive that information as well if another user reports it. It's clear, then, why Google... Read more...
Google looks to be playing some expensive defense against Facebook, as the two companies are vying to buy Israeli satellite mapping startup Waze, reports Reuters. Facebook is reportedly offering $1 billion for Waze, so if Google wants to try and block Facebook from getting into the mobile mapping game, it’s going to cost them. According to the report, nothing is set in stone either way, although Facebook has apparently been in talks with Waze for six months. Waze is a unique mapping service in that it relies on crowd-sourced data from its 47 million users to deliver real-time traffic information for turn-by-turn GPS navigation. Clearly, it would be a great asset, and Google might also want... Read more...
Not sure if you've noticed, but Spring is here. Which means that you have a crazy short amount of time before your beach body needs to be in tip-top shape. So let us introduce you to a new gadget designed to help you get there: Runtastic's new GPS watch + fitness monitor. One of the best-known names in the fitness app world has just launched new fitness hardware on Amazon for U.S. users. This announcement comes as the Runtastic fitness community surpasses 25 million mobile users, 10 million registered users on Runtastic.com and averages one app download per second. Runtastic's proprietary hardware has been designed to work with Runtastic apps to provide users with the most comprehensive set of... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the decision makers at Facebook are in "advanced talks" to acquire Waze, an Israeli start-up that makes a social GPS application with turn-by-turn navigation for GPS-enabled smartphones. Apparently Facebook is really enamored with the app, as the price that's being floated around the web is anywhere from $800 million on up to a whopping $1 billion, the latter of which is the same Zuckerberg and company paid for Instagram. News of the potential acquisition was first reported by Calcalist, a Hewbrew-language daily business newspaper published in Israel by the Yedioth Ahronoth Group. According to Calcalist, nothing is yet official, though negotiations are currently... Read more...
For whatever reason, the smartwatch “craze” has been more of a low-level buzz than one might expect, but plenty of companies are getting in the game nevertheless. Google is no exception, and after a hearty helping of rumors to that end, Google has filed a patent application that indicates that the company might have one of its own in development. (The patent title is pretty clear: "Smart-watch with user interface features.”) This Google smartwatch makes no clear mention of Bluetooth-type connectivity, which has been something of a hallmark for these devices, although it does detail all manner of wireless connectivity such as WAN, LAN, satellite (indicating perhaps GPS capabilities),... Read more...
GPS is a powerful navigational tool that’s changed the way we travel, but it’s not without its shortcomings. The simple chip-to-satellite communication can be disrupted far too easily, for example, such as when a user goes through a tunnel or if there’s simple interference nearby. Being that GPS was originally developed for the military, those limitations are not just inconvenient, but life- or mission-threatening. DARPA researchers at the University of Michigan have been developing a “timing & inertial measurement unit” (TIMU) that will augment GPS when needed to help a user navigate. “Three pieces of information are needed to navigate between known points... Read more...
Thinking about punching in updated directions on your smartphone while cruising in California? Think again. Over the years, states have been marching towards a highway system that's devoid of any texting, phone holding, etc. And that's a good thing, given that distracted driving can (and does) lead to far too many accidents. But if you're a smartphone owners, chances are high that you've taken a risk a time or two by punching in new directions on a GPS app while still in motion, or perhaps at a stoplight if you're one of the dutiful citizens of the road. Now, however, a court ruling in California is making it illegal to use a mobile phone to check a GPS program. In other words, it may soon be... Read more...
In under half of a typical day, Apple pulls in enough money to purchase the indoor-location company that it just purchased. So when you hear of a $20 million acquisition price for WifiSLAM, don't fret -- it's not like Apple is really digging deep into its cash coffers to cut the check. That said, it's always meaningful when Apple snaps up a company. The outfit doesn't make acquisitions willy-nilly, and they usually forecast something that's coming down the pike. Apple picked up LaLa and then doubled-down on its musical efforts. It purchased Siri and then made it the standout feature of the iPhone 4S. So, what's it going to do with WifiSLAM? Well, the company is just two years old, and has reportedly... Read more...
As technology evolves, one thing in particular has remained a challenge for those in the location business: tracking indoors. Once those concrete walls start to add up, conventional GPS signals begin to falter. New technology from product development firm Cambridge Consultants, however, can reportedly "accurately detect someone's location indoors when GPS drops out." A number of sensors and a custom algorithm determine the location, with an accuracy of within approximately 1% of the distance travelled. Yet the technology uses low-power, low-cost sensors and the device concept is small enough to clip on a belt. It also doesn't need any existing internal infrastructure. "We are excited about the... Read more...
For most smartphone owners, GPS has become an outright necessity. From navigation to deals apps that look at your present location to present offerings to you, there's a lot to be said about global positioning. But over the years, we've seen a few variations. There's GLONASS, for instance, and now China is predictably rolling out a variation of its own. China has long since made proprietary variations of wireless technologies. Some of its cellular waves are incompatible with radios elsewhere in the world, for example. This week, the nation launched commercial and public services of its Beidou satellite navigation system, which covers the entire Asia-Pacific rim. Trials on the technology started... Read more...
Navigating from Point A to Point B can be tricky, especially these days when you never know if you're going to run into an Apple user wandering aimlessly using the broken Maps program in iOS 6. Fortunately for them, they have options, including the TomTom Navigation app. As luck would have it, the same app is now available to Android users for the first time via Google Play. That's right, TomTom learned to do the robot (see video below for proof). "TomTom has a history of making great navigation applications. Our existing iPhone app gets fantastic customer feedback and regularly wins awards," said Corinne Vigreux, Managing Director TomTom Consumer. "Today, we are bringing this world-class navigation... Read more...
The staggering size of the Olympics is doing more than congesting London's street traffic - it's hampering data traffic, as well. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is pleading with fans to reduce the number of tweets and texts they're sending, as the data usage has actually started to interfere with the games. Fans are asked to keep their social media updates to ones that are "urgent." The most noticeable effect of the intense mobile device traffic is that reporters and the Olympic Broadcasting Service (OBS) were having trouble providing up-to-date information about the men's cycling race as it happened. At least one data carrier experienced major network disruption, and the IOC pointed... Read more...
Who says GPS units need to stay married to the road? With Nokia Drive and Google Maps Navigation, it's clear that guidance is shifting into offline and mass transit, even on mobile, and Garmin thinks it can go even more places. The new Garmin Swim is a simply titled GPS watch, which is described as the company's "first training watch designed specifically for swimmers that lets users track stroke type, stroke count, distance, pace, lengths and more." Unlike some of the prior GPS watches, this one actually looks fairly unobtrusive and sleek, despite being waterproof. It's built to be used right out of the box -- great for user experience -- and it's designed to have minimal impact on speed and... Read more...
Google updated Google Maps for Android to version 6.5. With this update, you'll see a redesigned Navigation home screen on Android 4.0+ devices. For devices that have a high pixel density screen such as the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II, Droid Razr and others, Google is now offering higher resolution map tiles which means you'll enjoy a crisper, less cluttered map while navigating. The new style is also said to help maps react more quickly to panning, zooming, and twisting. Google also added the ability to prioritize a transit mode and route option in Google Maps 6.5 for Android. Crossing the 50 billion km mark and giving Google Maps for Android a fresh look March 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM - Every day,... Read more...
Not really surprising, but things aren't looking so good for LightSquared. The company has been fighting for what feels like ages to get their wholesale LTE network approved despite staunch opposition from naysayers who contend that the network will interfere with GPS usage, and they've seemingly been losing more and more ground by the day. This week, the NTIA recommended to the FCC that it put a halt to LightSquared's dreams, but the company isn't going to go away quietly. They said that they'll remain "committed to finding a resolution with the federal government and the GPS industry to resolve all remaining concerns. LightSquared is confident that the parties will continue the on-going efforts... Read more...
For a relatively small fee, Marge Simpson and/or Mr. Burns will happily tell you where to make your next turn, or order you around the neighborhood depending on which character you choose. They're the newest voice downloads to land on the TomTom navigation app for iPhone, iPad, and personal navigation devices (PNDs), the company announced today. "We want to keep the offerings on the TomTom app fresh and exciting by introducing new voices at different times," said Jeffrey Godsick, President of Fox Consumer Products. "We know that fans of the show are going to appreciate these new additions as it gives them yet another platform to enjoy one of the greatest shows of all time. Marge Simpson and Mr.... Read more...
The U.S. Supreme Court put to rest any discussion of whether or not law enforcement needs to get a warrant to stick a GPS tracking device on your car. The answer is a unanimous “yep”. All nine court justices agreed that placing a GPS tracking device on someone’s vehicle without a warrant constitutes an unlawful search, per the Fourth Amendment. Justice Scalia (pictured) delivered the court’s opinion. The case arose from the prosecution of a D.C.-area nightclub owner named Antoine Jones who was suspected of drug trafficking. In a joint effort, the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department staked out the nightclub, aimed a camera at the facility’s front door, and... Read more...
Hitting the slopes soon? Taking your goggles? We'll bet they aren't as great as these. Zeal Optics has announced their new iON Goggles with HD video and phone capabilities. These ski goggles actually have an HD camera embedded in them in order to capture videos and photos while standing still or on the move. iON by Zeal Optics was born out of the desire by the company to create lifestyle products that seamlessly incorporates innovative technology to redefine how people experience the outdoors and share their memories. "We've arrived at Outdoor Retailer this year with the most diverse goggle portfolio on the market that takes full advantage of technology," said Joe Prebich, director of marketing... Read more...
It's the story that just won't end. Just when you thought LightSquared may have given up the game, nope -- here's another punch to the mid-section. LightSquared has just issues a scathing new release that points fingers at testing equipment and again assures the public that their network wouldn't screw with any GPS triangulation. LightSquared said today that the process used to test GPS devices by Air Force Space Command on behalf of the Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Executive Committee (PNT EXCOM) was rigged by manufacturers of GPS receivers and government end users to produce bogus results, and revealed details of the testing to document its accusations. PNT EXCOM advises... Read more...
You've probably never driven your car off a cliff or walked aimlessly into a 30-foot hole in the middle of a construction site, but perhaps your travels have taken you "through an unsafe neighborhood" or "in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures." One of Microsoft's latest patents -- No. 8,090,532 -- aims to make such incidents a thing of the past. "A route can be developed for a person taking into account factors that specifically affect a pedestrian," Microsoft stated in its patent abstract. "Moreover, the route can alter as a situation of a user changes; for instance, if a user wants to add a stop along a route." Microsoft's patent for "pedestrian route production" is sort of... Read more...
According to a report in the Register, China’s Beidou satellite navigational system is up and running, with 10 satellites in orbit. In 2012, another 6 will be launched, and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation plans to have more than 30 satellites in the network by 2020. More exciting for those living in the Asia-Pacific region, Beidou will be a free service. Further, the company is working on interoperability with the U.S.’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and EU’s Galileo systems. Reportedly, Beidou already has 100,000 users.... Read more...
The world's first HTML5, browser-based, voice-guided, turn-by-turn GPS nav service has just been released. Got all that? TeleNav is upping their game by adding "one line of code." That line gives evelopers of mobile websites or of apps with local content will have a free and easy way to integrate full GPS turn-by-turn directions into their services, creating a more seamless user experience and increasing user engagement and time spent within their applications. Similar to TeleNav's GPS navigation application, the HTML5 navigation service will include full-color moving maps, audio directions, and automatic rerouting if the driver misses a turn. TeleNav's HTML5 navigation service will be free for... Read more...
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