Items tagged with GPS

Later this month, T-Mobile G1 users will be able to navigate their destination using a new full-color, 3D, turn-by-turn GPS navigation service from TeleNav. The new service will be available February 24 and will include speech recognition, traffic alerts with one-click rerouting, more than 10 million business listings, gas prices, weather updates, and restaurant reviews. TeleNav GPS Navigator displays full-color 3D moving maps and also provides voice and on-screen turn-by-turn driving directions. You can view the navigational instructions and map in landscape or portrait mode. Should you miss a turn, the service will automatically reroute you. For easy address entry and easy searching, TeleNav... Read more...
Garmin and ASUSTeK announced a partnership that will combine the companies’ navigation and mobile phone expertise to create co-branded location-centric mobile phones. We’ve heard about the nüvifone before, but this is the first comment we’ve heard about an official Garmin and ASUS partnership on the device. According to the announcement, Garmin and ASUS have been working together for over a year on the basis of an ODM relationship to create the initial nüvifone that was announced in 2008. From this experience, the companies concluded that they would be best off by leveraging and combining their expertise at a higher level. Through this partnership, the companies hope that the product line will... Read more...
Google Maps has been able to display your approximate location since November of 2007. Starting today, Google's location feature has been expanded to allow you to also see where your friends and family are as well with Google's new Google Latitude feature. As this can be seen as a potential privacy issue (stalkers need not apply), Google has made this feature an entirely opt-in service, and users have "fine-grained" control over who can see their location information and what specific location information others can see, including the ability to manually override your location information--in other words, you can actually lie about where you really are.Depending on the device you are using, Google's... Read more...
There's something about becoming a parent that seems to raise your paranoia quotient; it probably has a lot to do with becoming responsible for another human being's safety and welfare--especially when that being lacks the years of experience, wisdom, and distrust that adults eventually accumulate. Of course, it doesn't help when the evening news is rife with stories of child kidnappings. Whether rational or not, it is this primal fear of losing a child combined with propensity for the news to cover seemingly every child kidnapping story that has given rise to the burgeoning market of child-tracking and child-location devices. There are number of different child-tracking and child-location devices... Read more...
We are often annoyed by what we call "tachyon emitter technology" on shows such as C.S.I., where police might focus in on say, a retinal image reflected in a mirror, blowing it up 500x without any pixelation. But in this case, some real-life tech was used, as Massachusetts authorities used GPS and Google Street View to find a missing girl, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Rose M. Maltais, 52, had allegedly kidnapped her granddaughter, Natalie, 9. They had been missing since Saturday January 3rd when when Maltais picked up her grandchild for a weekend visit. Athol Police Officer Todd Neale and Deputy Fire Chief Thomas V. Lozier were the team. With Natalie's cell phone number,... Read more...
Like many companies, Garmin is taking advantage of the audience at CES and is announcing new products. This year, Garmin came to CES geared with three new GPS units. Here’s a quick look at each of them. First up, we have Garmin’s nüvi 885T. As one of Garmin’s high-end GPS routing devices, the nüvi 885T offers lane assist with junction view, MSN Direct content, and speech recognition. Lane assist with junction view details upcoming maneuvers and specific driving directions to give you a clear picture of the road ahead. MSN Direct can provide information on flight status, weather, traffic conditions, fuel prices, movie listings, local events, and much more. MSN Direct also gives you the ability... Read more...
If you’re one of the many people who have purchased a different vehicle as part of a way to cut your monthly expenditures on gasoline, then you’re probably not going to like Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski’s latest idea: In light of the decrease in gasoline tax revenue due to more fuel efficient vehicles and people driving less, Kulongoski is proposing a mileage tax that will use GPS to determine how far you’ve traveled. Of course, there’s much resistance to this proposal, including the worry that it would be an invasion of privacy. Recognizing that most of us wouldn’t be too keen on the government tracking our every move, the proposed system in Oregon doesn’t track any travel points. Instead,... Read more...
It’s been nearly a year since Garmin announced the nüvifone. And while the phone still isn’t out, Garmin is providing us with a nice handful of screen shots, perhaps as a final sneak peek before CES. If you’ll recall, the nüvifone is Garmin’s first combination GPS/phone device. Commercials such as the one below have definitely gotten us excited about the device, but we have to admit, we’re growing a bit impatient. Hopefully these new screenshots mean that the nüvifone is one step closer to a final release.      Home  Google LocalWeb Broswer        Calendar  Email   Navigation For the rest of the screenshots, go here.... Read more...
Picture this: It’s Saturday, and you’re watching your favorite football team compete against their biggest rival. Your team is 4th and inches away from making a first down. It’s the fourth quarter, you need a field goal to win the game, and this down will give you an excellent chance to get within range. As you anxiously watch the play, and the pileup that ensues, you can’t believe the horrible spot. As a result, your team just barely missed the mark, according to the referee. You’re sure that they made it with room to spare, however. The announcers agree. Frustration doesn’t even begin to describe how you are feeling right now. You say a few choice words to the referees and throw something at... Read more...
Everyone has his or her own way of celebrating the holidays. For some, tradition involves setting up a Nativity scene outside their homes. But when baby Jesus goes missing, what is a person to do? Of course, you can file a police report, but the chances of getting your property back are still pretty slim. If you’ve followed the latest trend of mounting a GPS device inside the figurine, however, your chances for returned property and justice may increase. Last year, the Wellington, Fla. community center’s baby Jesus was stolen. This is the second time this has happened, so this year, officials were prepared: They took a GPS unit that was typically used to track the application of mosquito spray... Read more...
Just in time for Christmas, Nikon is granting the wish of many by shipping the new GP-1 GPS add-on dongle. This handy little add-on was first announced back in August. The GP-1 geotags images taken with a compatible DSLR by recording latitude, longitude, altitude, and time information. Many image processing software programs support geotagging, including Nikon’s own ViewNX. Online services such as Flickr also support geotagging. According to Nokia, it’ll take about 45 seconds for the device to acquire satellites from a cold start, and only 5 seconds from a hot start. Approximate dimensions of the dongle are 2 x 1.8 x 1 inches. The GP-1 GPS slides into the hot-shoe on many DSLRs and connects to... Read more...
Soon, your GPS device might be useful for much more than just getting directions and finding the nearest coffee shop. NAVTEQ will become one of the first GPS services to provide flight status information to GPS users. The company is also adding fuel price information to its dynamic content portfolio. Both features are currently available in beta testing and are expected to be commercially available in the first quarter of next year. NAVTEQ already delivers camera alert data and real-time traffic to navigation systems. The new Air Travel Status feature will provide GPS users with flight arrival and departure information for thousands of U.S. flights. It will also include information about security... Read more...
We recently reported on a teenager who is using GPS technology to try to get out of a speeding ticket. Website, Njection wants you to avoid getting speeding tickets in the first place by using your GPS navigation device. Njection features a tool it calls a "Speedtrap Mashup." The tool uses map data from Microsoft Virtual Earth and overlays onto that data with known speed traps and red light cameras. How are the trap and camera locations known? Because Njection users enter the information into the site, which then gets added into the site's growing database. Visitors to the site can search for speed traps and red light cameras in the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe, and see where the traps and... Read more...
Update: We incorrectly reported that that Shaun Malone was found innocent of speeding. As PressDemocrat.com reports, the trial is still ongoing and is scheduled to resume on October 3rd. The judge "is expected to issue a ruling after hearing additional testimony in October, including from both sides' experts."   While an 11-year old, Louisville, Kentucky boy is using a toy radar gun to get drivers to slow down through his neighborhood, the police are finding that real radar guns might not be a match for GPS--at least not when contested in court.  According to a press release issued by Rocky Mountain Tracking, an 18-year old man, Shaun Malone, was able to successfully contest... Read more...
Although a GPS unit lost a recent court battle against a radar gun, in this case GPS units might be used to enforce speed limits.Each car will have a special digital map of the city downloaded into their sat-navs, which has all the road speeds listed. The plan is that the proposed ISA device will then pinpoint the driver’s location and tell if they are exceeding the limit.It will stop them from going too fast by taking control of the accelerator pedal and vibrating the throttle, or giving an audible warning to let drivers know they’re speeding. A TfL spokesman stressed it’s only a pilot project scheduled to last two years. But a line in the bid document, seen by Auto Express, says the organisation... Read more...
Asus is quickly making inroads here in the US with their line of highly integrated smart-phones.  A little birdie let this gem slip out to us today and it certainly looks sexy-sleek.  The P527 is a tri-band phone with integrated GPS and WiFi functionality, in addition to a new Asus feature dubbed "Travelog". "Capture and Share Exciting Journeys with Travelog The P527 can record and share users’ traveling pictures, routes, Points of Interests (POIs) and memo with the handy built-in Travelog feature. This handy function supports the Google Earth satellite maps format – allowing users to create a diary of events during their travels. With Travelog, users will be able to put together snapshots... Read more...
GPS has many uses, and its use has been expanded to include tracking of teens by parents.  Now it might just prove to get a teen out of trouble.The case represents the first time anyone has contested a speeding ticket in Sonoma County courts using a global positioning system, which pinpoints speed and location using lightning-fast calculations and satellites.All GPS systems installed in vehicles calculate speed and location, but the tracking device in Malone's 2000 Toyota Celica GTS downloads the information to his parent's computer.The family says, based on the data, that Malone was going the posted speed limit of 45 mph on Lakeville Highway the morning of July 4 at virtually the same time... Read more...
Remember the good old days, when thieves would smash the window in your car and steal your radio? Well, the days of walking down the street in any big city and seeing "No Radio" signs in car windows are long gone. It's the Global Positioning Satellite devices they're after now. "Police say several things have come together to make this a lucrative crime - so lucrative, in fact, that victims often say GPS thieves ignored other valuable items in their cars. The units - which gather real-time location information from global-positioning satellites and display that on digital maps - have come down in price enough to become relatively popular in higher-rent districts.... Read more...
Fulfilling a promise made when they began their partnership late last year, when Microsoft and Sprint launched Windows Live Search across the Sprint mobile web, Microsoft and Sprint have added GPS-enabled local search functionality to their offering.Sprint's local search as well as full Internet search through the carrier's mobile portal would now be powered by Microsoft. The local search would also be GPS-aware, allowing consumers to search around their location as detected by the Sprint's network. <script language="JavaScript" src="https://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/ttm.betanews/bn/home;tier=1;sz=336x280,300x250;tile=2;ord=1068424074?" type="text/javascript"></script>... Read more...
With the growing support of geo-tagging, I can see many uses for this type of device. A friend of mine is a service technician for a communication company. He is routinely called out on "locates", which means he must drive to a site and mark the locations of buried cable. Imagine, if you would, being able to geo-tag these locations, such that the requesting party could simply query the location. Acquisition would be a one time task, and multiple service calls to the site could be eliminated. Others that may benefit from this are municipal services such as police and fire departments, delivery services, outdoor enthusiast, and disaster relieve efforts. Of course the tools to do this are already... Read more...
NVIDIA Integrated Graphics Processors Enhance Highest Volume HP Notebook Lines Powerful, energy-efficient NVIDIA IGP and GPU Solutions Power Slim, Stylish HP Notebooks SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 17, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the new NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150 integrated graphics processor (IGP) and NVIDIA nForce Go 430 media communications processor (MCP) are now available in the HP Pavilion dv2000 series and Compaq Presario V3000 series of notebook PCs. The HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario lines are the highest-volume of notebooks PCs from HP, the world's leading provider of consumer notebook PCs. Thin-and-light... Read more...
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