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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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Pacman Google Maps brings April Fools’ one day early

Pacman Google Maps brings April Fools’ one day early

Prepare yourself for the incoming wave of April Fools jokes, pranks, and otherwise happy-go-lucky oddities like Pacman for Google Maps. Today Google begins early with this game that rests in one of their most popular products. Here you'll be able to play Pacman on a map of whatever city you happen to be in - just so long as it has roads. Head to Google Maps and you'll find yourself a Pacman button in the lower left-hand corner of your screen. You'll need to be on a desktop machine for this to work - for now.

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DARPA working on new GPS systems that needs no satellites

DARPA working on new GPS systems that needs no satellites

DARPA is always working on developing new technologies to help the military perform tasks that will protect the country and often that tech spills over into civilian life as well. One of the things that DARPA is working on right now is a reinvention of the GPS system that doesn't rely on satellites. This reinvention is part of DARPA's goal of ensuring American superiority in the air, maritime, ground, space, and cyber domains.

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Hertz adds cameras inside some rent cars

Hertz adds cameras inside some rent cars

If you travel a lot and rent cars, you should know that Hertz has started to add cameras inside some of its rental vehicles. The cameras are reportedly being added to the NeverLost GPS device that is inside many of the cars that Hertz rents to drivers. These cameras in the GPS devices are said to be able to see the entire inside of the car.

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Fogo smart flashlight integrates GPS, Bluetooth

Fogo smart flashlight integrates GPS, Bluetooth

Technology makes the most convenient gadgets a little better, and the Fogo flashlight is one example of this. Fogo is a relatively small and ordinary-looking flashlight, but it packs some tech into it that makes being in the great outdoors a little easier and a little more safe. Chief among Fogo's features is the integrated GPS, which works alongside a small display to help users navigate without the aid of a smartphone or dedicated GPS device, and Bluetooth for connecting to a different device.

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Ricoh WG-5 rugged camera sports high res and GPS

Ricoh WG-5 rugged camera sports high res and GPS

Earlier this week, Ricoh undisclosed its newest edition to the WG outdoor, adventure series of shock proof, enhanced underwater compact cameras. This latest design has focussed on simple, compact body however includes all the features and upgrades expected from an active, on-the-go camera. The contours of the non-slip body combined with the pocket-size chassis enable the user to utilize it in extreme conditions.

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Garmin Approach S5 golf watch improves your game

Garmin Approach S5 golf watch improves your game

Last June, Garmin introduced its Approach S6 golf watch for, quite obviously, pro and hobbyist golfers. With that watch came features tailored specifically for the sport, and now the company is back with its new Approach S5 golf watch, a very similar model with a slimmer price tag and pre-loaded CourseView maps. In addition to the golf features and Garmin Connect support, the watch also includes some typical smart features when paired with a smartphone, including email, text, and call notifications.

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TomTom RIDER targets motorcyclists with tailored “exciting” routes

TomTom RIDER targets motorcyclists with tailored “exciting” routes

Many of us use our smartphones for GPS purposes, and some use a smaller tablet instead due to its larger screen size. Still, many drivers prefer to use dedicated GPS units for their navigation needs, and that includes motorcyclists. TomTom is back with a new product for that latter group of users in particular with its new RIDER device, and it comes with a unique twist: a sort of "choose your own adventure" feature for tailoring routes to terrain preferences.

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