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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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Telenav Scout’s ‘3 screens’ pushed as Web, Phone, and Car

Telenav Scout’s ‘3 screens’ pushed as Web, Phone, and Car

This week the folks at Telenav are speaking on Scout, their newest effort in the mobile space for a fully-integrated GPS-based experience. This application takes on everything Telenav has learned since their inception and makes it a reality on a smartphone - have a peek at the newest update to this app from this past week. In their talks about how the company is growing at a great rate year to year across the earth but especially here in the USA, Telenav touted their "Seamless 3-Screen User Experience", this including oh the phone, in the car, and on your computer at home.

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ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongle is free – won’t work with keyboard dock

ASUS Transformer Prime GPS dongle is free – won’t work with keyboard dock

Remember all the talk about the poor GPS and WiFi in the ASUS Transformer Prime quad-core Android tablet? Well apparently ASUS has decided to make right with all the early adopters and loyal customers by provided a free GPS dongle that will enhance performance for those in need. We reported leaks on the module earlier this morning, but now ASUS has made it official.

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Telenav touts Scout for 2012 GPS market growth

Telenav touts Scout for 2012 GPS market growth

Today Telenav announced that they're doing quite well, hitting 27 million paid subscribers globally with free subscriptions numbering at 3.3 million as of this quarter. Telenav navigation has had its revenue grow from $12.5 million to $15 million to $35.5 million in the years 2009, 2010, and 2011 - a healthy set of jumps indeed. With a strategy to work with consumers "Everywhere Everyday" as well as to attack "Everything Local," Telenav is set to bring Scout (newly updated) and the rest of their GPS-based services to the USA and areas across the earth in an ever-expanding way through the future.

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