GPS

CoPilot GPS is free on iOS and Android

CoPilot GPS is free on iOS and Android

It’s hard to argue with free, especially when it comes to Google’s Navigation app for Android. The built in maps functionality will just about get the job done on iOS too, but CoPilot is throwing the gauntlet down with its latest news. CoPilot GPS will be made available for free on both iOS and Android, competing directly against Google, and sending a warning shot in TomTom’s general direction.

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Google Maps for Android gets indoor walking directions

Google Maps for Android gets indoor walking directions

Google has a new version of Google Maps for Android users, with v6.7 delivering indoor walking directions for stores, entertainment venues and other locations that have shared floorplan information. The updated app also includes new Google Offers integration, making it easier to discover nearby deals and either redeem them immediately or save them for later use. Finally, if you're undecided whether to hit up a store or restaurant, there's new panoramic photo support for inside.

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RIM partners with TomTom for HD Traffic

RIM partners with TomTom for HD Traffic

RIM was at BlackBerry World last week trying to impress the world with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, and its not sitting still even coming off of that event. TomTom has announced a partnership with RIM that will see the Canadian company making use of the HD maps in BlackBerry Traffic, giving users access to accurate maps and precise traffic information.

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North Korea GPS jamming affecting civilians in and out of South Korea

North Korea GPS jamming affecting civilians in and out of South Korea

The incredible and completely unnecessary technology that North Korea is using to block GPS signals within the country is having effects that are felt outside the boundaries of the mysterious nation, according to statements from South Korean officials. The bordering country says that although those GPS-jamming signals are having impacts on civilian and government flights out of South Korea, citizens are not in any danger.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 25, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 25, 2012

This morning we're still swimming in the waves of the oncoming storm that is Samsung's next big release - believe it! We're also well out of the way of the iPad 3, into the wavepool that is the Apple Q2 earnings call, and getting ready for the massive beast that is the iPhone 5. What do you think of that? Then there's computing news as well, Windows 8 of course, can't forget that. And of course there's no knowing what might happen when indoor GPS comes around!

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Indoor Positioning Systems could solve GPS woes

Indoor Positioning Systems could solve GPS woes

All the technology crammed into our small phones is truly remarkable, but sometimes it can all go completely wrong. GPS is one such example, working perfectly when you have a clear view of the sky, and slowly dropping off once you delve further into the modern concrete jungles. Trying to get a signal indoors is especially bad, so how do we get around the problem? The advent of the Indoor Positioning System may just be what’s needed.

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NASA plans to use GPS satellites to pinpoint earthquake magnitude and location

NASA plans to use GPS satellites to pinpoint earthquake magnitude and location

NASA issued a press release this week outlining an interesting way that it wants to use GPS satellites in orbit to help rapidly pinpoint the location and magnitude of earthquakes across the western United States. NASA is calling the plan Real-time Earthquake Analysis for Disaster, and naturally, it has an acronym. In this case, the system is called READI. I have always suspected someone at NASA works full-time coming up with these acronyms.

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Micro helicopters ditch GPS and remote controls

Micro helicopters ditch GPS and remote controls

While more and more drones are finding their way into the hands of enthusiasts and being developed for different applications (including scary ones), researchers have developed a self-flying robot that can navigate using only an on-board camera and a small computer. They don’t need to be controlled via remote control, or require GPS, so once you program them with the necessary instructions, they can get from point A to B by themselves.

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Cadillac “driverless” tests underway

Cadillac “driverless” tests underway

There are some real live Cadillac-made semi-automatic "driverless" cars being tested this week using technology they call "Super Cruise." This mode of driving allows for fully automatic steering, lane-centering, and braking in highway driving conditions - but they've got to be optimal or it does not work. Detroit's test runs this week are said by Cadillac to possibly be ready for real-world use by the middle of the decade - we're looking at a boss here, folks, no hands!

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ASUS Transformer Prime GPS freebie small-print prompts owner ire

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS freebie small-print prompts owner ire

ASUS may have managed to turn aftersales gold into PR misery, using spec sheet small print to explain why many Eee Pad Transformer Prime owners won't get a free GPS-fixing dongle. The company was praised earlier this week for agreeing to send Transformer Prime owners an add-on to address shoddy positioning performance; now, though, ASUS not all buyers will actually be eligible, since marketing materials in some places never actually mentioned GPS location functionality.

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