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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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TomTom’s new GO devices come with lifetime maps, speed camera

TomTom’s new GO devices come with lifetime maps, speed camera

It's been a while since TomTom unveiled a new line of GO navigation devices, but now that they have, they're pouring in a lot into it. The new generation of devices, which include the GO 510, GO 610, GO 5100, and GO 6100 not only come bearing touchscreens for easier and more direct interaction, they also come with a ton features that drivers in any country will appreciate, including lifetime access global maps as well as lifetime access to locations of all kinds of speed cameras.

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Revolar personal safety device sends your GPS location

Revolar personal safety device sends your GPS location

When it comes to personal safety, there are a number of products out there to help anyone stay safe. Some of those products involve fighting back, and others are there to send out a call for help. If you are being attacked, it can be difficult or impossible to pull out a mobile phone and call for help. A product called Revolar aims to make it easy to tell anyone on your contact list that you need help and give them your precise location.

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Google Maps “Android Peeing on Apple” Bandit Revealed

Google Maps “Android Peeing on Apple” Bandit Revealed

Earlier this morning we asked a vital question to the public: Who added this Android peeing on Apple in Google Maps? Now we have the answer. At long last - several hours later, we've been sent the answer. It's this guy - this map editor from the masses - by the name of nitricboy. He did it, and he did it with a series of moves and subsequent edits to submissions you'll likely be unable to do yourself in Google Maps in the near future.

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Garmin nuviCam packs dash cam, GPS in one device

Garmin nuviCam packs dash cam, GPS in one device

GPS navigation, smartphone mount, dash cam — your car’s dash can get cluttered with tech, and quickly. Garmin is hoping to organize your dash a bit, and are introducing a two-in-one GPS navigation unit and dash cam. The nuviCam isn’t two separate devices in one housing, though. The dash cam works in unison with your GPS unit, and can log data in the case of an accident. You can also link your smartphone to nuviCam for hands-free calling, and Garmin will keep you from getting sidetracked with their driver awareness features.

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One Google trick every forgetful Android user should remember

One Google trick every forgetful Android user should remember

Today we're having a look at a bit of functionality hidden in Google's Android ecosystem. This piece of work is aimed at helping forgetful smartphone users keep track of their devices, and it does so through Google Search. Inside Google Search, you can now type a variety of different terms that add up to the same result. Start with "Where is my phone?" and see what it gets you. Go on, do it now! See if it finds your phone straight away.

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NASA uses smartphones to create earthquake warning network

NASA uses smartphones to create earthquake warning network

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has found a way to use crowdsourced data from smartphones to create a network of early detection and warnings for earthquakes. The system uses crowdsourced measurements from the GPS sensors in smartphones and tablets. Although smartphone GPS sensors are less accurate than scientific-grade equipment, they are ubiquitous enough to create a widespread network which could work just as well as singular scientific measurements. This technology would especially benefit areas that can't afford expensive advanced detection and warning systems.

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