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Waze’s ‘Star Wars’ promo brings C-3PO voice navigation

Google has introduced Star Wars promotional content on several its services, not the least of which is Waze, the cartoony navigation app. Those who use Waze have the option to add Star Wars content, including a C-3PO voice for voice navigation. This other-world guide is “fluent in over six million forms of communication,” and leads drivers where they need to go while hunting down both BB-8 and R2-D2.

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Google Maps update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps is updated to include the prices of gasoline at gas stations throughout the United States. While a previous update included standard prices at some gas stations, this newest version includes prices for Diesel, Midgrade, Premium, and Regular gasoline as well. At the time this article is being published, you may not be able to see any of these gas prices live on Google Maps. You might also not be able to see them when you upgrade with the newest APK - Google will activate this feature very, very soon.

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KidGPS tracker monitors you child’s whereabouts

Like the idea of tracking your young child, but they won’t keep a GPS-enabled watch on their wrist? X-Doria has a different solution, one involving a rectangular tracking device called KidGPS. Instead of strapping it on like a smartwatch, the device can be attached to a lanyard for securing to a bag or belt, or it can be placed within a pocket, keeping tabs on where you kid is at, but without being intrusive.

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Google Maps offline: How to download

While Google Maps offline functionality isn't strictly new in a broad sense of the word, some of its most important functions are. What we're going to do today is show you how to access offline maps in Google Maps, and why you're not able to access offline maps if you're reading this article too far into the past. When this article is being published, for example, not all users will be able to access offline maps with this new method.

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HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

Turned off, HERE's 3D cityscape is the sleeping San Francisco that never really exists. The white, stylized version of the California tech hub - complete with a miniature chunk of the Bay Bridge - is tranquil in a way the real thing could never be. Turn on the projector overhead, though, and the city is flooded with data and light.

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Garmin debuts new Forerunner fitness watches with heart rate monitor

The year of smartwatches continues to roll on, as a new set of fitness-focused wearables have just been announced by Garmin. This includes three new watches in the company's Forerunner line, all with GPS, heart rate monitoring capabilities, and features aimed at runners. The first pair is the Forerunner 235 and 230 (seen above), followed by the much more high-end Forerunner 630. The most noticable change is that all three have a color display that is 44% bigger than previous models, along with thinner bezels.

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Cyberattack risk prompts Navy to take up celestial navigation

Hackers have hit government agencies and private companies alike, and the instances of data theft and compromise are becoming increasingly severe. The risk of cyberattacks is ever present, and as such, the U.S. Navy has decided to restart teaching celestial navigation as a backup tool. The Naval Academy used to teach celestial navigation, but stopped in the 1990s, prompting outcry.

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Waze is looking to reduce difficult left turns in traffic

Waze is a popular navigation app that is able to give you the shortest distance between two places and the route it takes isn’t always a straight line. The app will route you along any twist or turn that will get you there fastest and sometimes those turns leave drivers more than a little nervous. Particularly the so-called "Waze left" that has drivers trying to make a difficult left turn across traffic to stay on route.

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Exploride heads up display makes your car smart

Distracted driving is a huge problem all around the world and people who frequently use their phones inside the car are more likely to have an accident according to research. A new product called Exploride aims to make it safer for you to use things like maps, listen to music, call, text, and access other infotainment content in your car.

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