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Rhinos outfitted with horn cameras, GPS to fight poaching

Rhinos outfitted with horn cameras, GPS to fight poaching

British nonprofit animal conservation group Protect has come up with a new way to fight poachers, and it involves outfitting rhinos with their own versions of tech wearables. The system relies on three pieces of technology to track and monitor the animals: heart rate monitors under the skin, a GPS transmitter around the neck, and a camera embedded in the horn after a hole is (painlessly) drilled. The technology is called Real-time Anti-Poaching Intelligence Device (RAPID), and is already being tested on threatened rhino populations in South Africa.

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Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

If carpooling fits best into your lifestyle but traditional ridesharing services aren't operating in your city, you might one day have an alternative option through Google's Waze, a navigation app that provides standard road navigation functionality with assorted social features. The company will soon be testing a new carpooling app in Israel, according to sources, that will allow users to pay another commuter a fee in exchange for carpooling with them to and from work.

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Garmin Edge 520 bike computer offers Strava Live Segments

Garmin Edge 520 bike computer offers Strava Live Segments

Garmin, which recently introduced its new Edge 20 and Edge 25 devices, has just taken the wraps off yet another model in the lineup, the Edge 520. As with the other models, Garmin hails this as a “bike computer” with GPS and features relevant to cyclists in particular. This is its first bike computer that comes with Strava Live Segments, and it also brings with it various connected features for an overall feature-dense and lightweight tracker. Shipping starts in Q3.

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Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25: GPS and tracking for cyclists

Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25: GPS and tracking for cyclists

Garmin has announced the latest additions to its lineup for cyclists, the Garmin Edge 20 and Edge 25 “bike computers”. These are bid as the smallest GPS cycling computers available thus far, with the Edge 25 being the higher-end of the two with connectivity features. Both enables cyclists to gather and store data metrics on their rides, such as how far they travel during a ride and how long they spend cycling, how fast they were going during a session, where all they travelled, how high they ascended, and more. In addition and depending on the model, the data can be shared with others.

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Facebook Messenger drops constant location sharing for user-initiated sharing

Facebook Messenger drops constant location sharing for user-initiated sharing

Facebook Messenger is doing away with its constant location sharing and rolling out a new, user initiated, way to share locations. The previous method would track your location in the background if you had location enabled for Messenger. The process would not only drain your battery from GPS usage, but was downright dangerous in the hands of stalkers or hackers with a desire to find you, face to face. The user initiated location sharing could also signify a big push towards GPS features from the social network as the Head of Product of Messenger, Stan Chudnovsky states, "What we’re launching is the foundation of everything that’s coming."

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HidnSeek tracks objects over long distances using Sigfox network

HidnSeek tracks objects over long distances using Sigfox network

There are a lot of things in your life that you likely consider worth tracking: that expensive drone you bought but can't quite operate yet, your luggage on its slow trek to your destination, maybe even a pet or a child if you're feeling particularly cautious. There's no lack of Bluetooth tracking devices on the market, but their range limits their usefulness. Trackers that use cellular networks and GPS fill the void, and HidnSeek is the latest among them, but with a twist: it uses the Sigfox network instead.

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Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple could be looking to bolster its mapping services; which have a bit of a spotted history, polarizing iPhone users. Apple just purchased the company Coherent Navigation which specializes in High Integrity GPS. This specialized GPS system differences from consumer-end GPS systems in that it uses data from multiple Iridium satellite networks to give incredibly precise locations--accurate within centimeters. Apple is keeping mum on the deal, confirming the deal with a standard, boilerplate response, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

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Garmin eTrex 20x, 30x handheld GPS bring high-res displays

Garmin eTrex 20x, 30x handheld GPS bring high-res displays

Garmin has announced an update to its eTrex handheld GPS devices, the eTrex 20X and 30X. A lot of the features of the original handhelds, as well as their design (more or less), are retained in the upgraded versions, but they bring with them some notable improvements, perhaps the most important of which are high-resolution displays. Both units are designed for outdoor use, including being both water-resistant and rugged, and feature a 2.2-inch high-resolution display that can be read in sunlight.

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Garmin Forerunner 225 adds heart rate to GPS watch

Garmin Forerunner 225 adds heart rate to GPS watch

Garmin has outed a new GPS running watch, the Forerunner 225, its first to bake in a heart-rate monitor. Capable of tracking the location of your run and sharing that with Garmin's smartphone app and online community, the Forerunner 225 uses an optical heart rate monitor by Mio to track beats-per-minute, with optional vibration alerts if you get out of the zone.

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UT researchers develop GPS system accurate to the centimeter

UT researchers develop GPS system accurate to the centimeter

There is a limit to how accurate GPS systems are today for the average US for consumer. Only a few industries get the most accurate GPS available, but researchers at the University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering at Austin have developed a new GPS system that is accurate down to the centimeter. The system is also inexpensive and could be integrated into devices like mobile phones according to the team.

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