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TomTom GPS systems now offer more Simpsons voices

TomTom GPS systems now offer more Simpsons voices

D'oh! Homer isn't the only Simpsons character who can tell you when the next left turn you'll need to make is. TomTom has just landed a new agreement that brings the blue-headed wife Marge, as well as Mr. Burns into the picture. It isn't talked about as much since the novelty wore off, but celebrity voice guidance is one of TomTom's most distinct differentiating factors over the competition. Personally, we pity the fool who doesn't have Mr. T or someone equally as iconic giving them their turn-by-turn, sattlite-assisted directions.

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Supreme Court rules GPS tracking now needs warrant

Supreme Court rules GPS tracking now needs warrant

In a move on a ruling that very well may put Batman's tights in a bundle, the Supreme Court voted unanimously this week that police, private investigators, and anyone else with a sweet tooth for tracking will have to get a warrant before attaching a GPS device to a vehicle they do not own. Of course monitoring a vehicle's movements had previously been called legal in a case against a drug dealer that'd been tracked for a month without a warrant, but now according to the Supreme Court, this tracking has been deemed "unreasonable." Tracking a person with a GPS device without a warrant is now deemed illegal under the 4th Amendment.

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LightSquared claims FCC GPS interference Bogus

LightSquared claims FCC GPS interference Bogus

In recent weeks, the folks at LightSquared, pushers of ultra high-speed broadband internet for the future, have been under fire from the FCC as their signals seem to have been interfering with GPS in pre-tests. What's going on now is that LightSquared is saying that the results of these tests were rigged. LightSquared's own executive vice president Jeffrey Carlisle's most recent statement even used the word "bogus" to describe the tests at hand.

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Telenav Scout GPS in-car display integration hands-on

Telenav Scout GPS in-car display integration hands-on

At Pepcom during CES 2012 we got the opportunity to hop into a vehicle containing a 7-inch display that would, when connected with Telenav's technology, be able to run all the navigation and service-finding awesomeness we've come to expect from the GPS navigation group. What we got to see what just that, an Android device not only mirroring itself to the display, but displaying a whole different interface made specifically for the 7-inch form factor, it showing maps, favorite places, traffic information, information about the current status of your car, and more. Have a peek as the demonstration speeds its way through downtown Las Vegas.

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Parrot Asteroid in-car Nav & Entertainment systems revealed

Parrot Asteroid in-car Nav & Entertainment systems revealed

Parrot has unveiled a trio of new Asteroid in-car hands-free and navigation systems, the Asteroid CK, Asteroid Nav and Asteroid 2DIN, each offering voice control and more. The Asteroid CK is Android powered, running 2.3.4 Gingerbread on a 3.2-inch TFT display and supporting iPod/iPhone input, three USB ports, SD/SDHC media and line-in, and allows drivers to access apps, web radio - streamed through Bluetooth or USB tethering - and voice-controlled album search.

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LightSquared petitions FCC affirm GPS has no right to protection

LightSquared petitions FCC affirm GPS has no right to protection

This past month the folks at LightSuared have had less than an awesome time dealing with the idea that their network had been accused of interfering with GPS receivers of all kinds, and this week after already having sent word out to the world that the whole thing was just a simple misunderstanding, they've petitioned the FCC directly to have them affirm their spectrum rights. LightSquared is currently looking into building a new national LTE network using frequencies that sit next to those generally devoted to GPS, and as their petition for declaratory ruling notes this week, they're living in peace, not bashing each other around. On the other hand, specifically what they're asking is that the FCC affirm that their rights to use the spectrum outweighs the fact that because GPS receivers are not licensed and do not operate inside service rules, they are not entitled to interference protection.

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TeleNav GPS HTML5 browser-based navigation announced, world’s first

TeleNav GPS HTML5 browser-based navigation announced, world’s first

When it comes to mapping out the earth for mobile devices, there are only a few choices options you should really be deciding between - TeleNav being on of them - and this week they've upped the ante with the world's first HTML browser-based, voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation service. What this service will do is amp up TeleNav into the all-access world of mobile, giving essentially anyone with access to a web browser on their handheld device access to GPS in a way that's never quite been accomplished before now. In addition, developers of mobile websites and apps with local content will now be able to add one simple line of code to their product to have easy to use navigation at a glance!

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LightSquared disrupted 75% of GPS devices in government tests

LightSquared disrupted 75% of GPS devices in government tests

We have been hearing about LightSquared for a while now, it's a 4G wireless internet connectivity service that uses spectrum that was previously reserved for use by Satellites. The satellite owners who use that spectrum had complained that the LightSquared service would interfere with their devices and make it difficult for GPS navigation many people rely on today.

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Google Maps goes indoors

Google Maps goes indoors

Though the final frontier may be space, and according to some the ocean of water that surrounds us here on Earth, Google has decided that it's inside buildings - and that's exactly where it's going with it all-encompassing Google Maps environment. You'll be able to work indoors with Google Maps 6.0 for Android, for example, using "My Location", which will soon show you as a blue dot on a map of the location you're at, including both outdoor AND indoors. No longer will you have to act as a car to get to where you need to be should you simply have a pair of shoes. Nothing but fun ahead!

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Navigon GPS app hits Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Navigon GPS app hits Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Navigon launched today its mobile turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango platform. Similar to the way it functions on iOS and Android, the app stores maps on your phone so that it can work even when you lose data connection or cell coverage.

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