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Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

The term "unmanned aerial drone" might strike a bit of fear into your heart when you see the live tracking map of the USA that's been made available this week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but not to worry - not all of them are flying overhead right this minute. Instead this is a map that's the result of the EEF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that covers the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)'s full knowledge of unmanned flights across the United States and what you're looking at is a tracking of project licenses rather than actually flying objects. That said, this map is exciting in its coverage for our greater understanding of unmanned drone flight projects as initiated by state and local law agencies, universities, and US Military operations.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 5, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. Today we saw images of what may be the rear housing of the iPhone 5S - yes, already. There aren't too many differences between it and the rear housing for the iPhone 5, but there are enough to make the images noteworthy. The high-end HTC M7 is rumored for a Q1 2013 release, and it appears that HTC wants it to get on shelves before Samsung launches the Galaxy S IV, while Samsung's iPhone 5-bashing Galaxy S III commercial was named that most viral tech ad of 2012.

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Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Though the Nintendo Wii U is indeed a stationary sort of gaming machine, that's not stopping the folks at Google Maps from making an app for the platform - with augmented reality, no less! This app allows you to not just find your way around your city before you head out of your house, it allows you to check out Street View with a fully interactive look-around mode from your Wii U GamePad. This means you can bring up the Street View images from downtown Rome and use your Gamepad screen like a window, moving it around yourself looking up, down, left, right, all around and see what the original Street View camera saw - like magic!

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Australian scientists undiscover small Pacific island

Australian scientists undiscover small Pacific island

With the modern age of satellite mapping and Google Maps, you might expect that the map of Earth's landmass, including islands, around the globe is correctly and accurately mapped. However, it appears that errors in mapping do occur as evidenced by a group of geologists from the University of Sydney who undiscovered a small Pacific island. The small island is in the Coral Sea and is called Sandy Island.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 16, 2012

Welcome to Friday evening everyone - the weekend is here again, but before we dive in, we need to recap the day's news. First and foremost, our review of the HTC DROID DNA went live just a little while ago, so if you've been thinking of picking that phone up, be sure to have a look at our review to see what we think of it! We found out today that Apple and Samsung have been permitted to add new devices to their lawsuit, so expect Samsung to go after the iPhone 5 while Apple tries to collect damages on a number of Samsung devices. Speaking of Samsung, the company is rumored to show off a new handset with a 5-inch 1080p display at CES, so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for that.

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Google Maps for iPhone and iPad near “finishing touches”

Google Maps for iPhone and iPad near “finishing touches”

Those of you waiting for the return of the official Google-powered mapping in app form to iOS for your iPhone and iPad may not have long now with a report saying they're putting the "finishing touches" on the software. This report comes from the Wall Street Journal where they've got an anonymous source inside Google noting the near-complete build status. This person with "direct knowledge" of the innards of Google's Maps segment notes that they're note entirely certain that Apple will approve of the app once it's ready for action - but we can't imagine such a situation, in all fairness.

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