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Nokia gets connected with automotive futures

Nokia gets connected with automotive futures

This week the folks at Nokia are bringing on the next generation of their hardware and software integration talks with none other than their own Floris Van-De-Klashorst speaking about the future of automotive. The Connected Car, as they call it, is one which is a futuristic concept - this meaning that though we've got cars at the moment that are relatively connected, we've not yet scratched the surface. According to Nokia, it's Points of Interest (POI) search capabilities that are at the center of the future for vehicles that use what they call "Intelligent Technology."

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IARPA awards millions for worldwide image mapping project

IARPA awards millions for worldwide image mapping project

This week ObjectVideo is one of several multi-million-dollar contract winners with IARPA, the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity, for investigation into a technology that will geolocate any image on a massive map of the planet. This technology will "geolocate an outdoor image or video from anywhere on the land surface of the world via the use of publicly-available information." This geolocation task will have users able to utilize open-source knowledge to locate any photo or video they've got on hand with precision - a scary yet exciting concept indeed!

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Skyhook promises always-on mobile location tracking with tiny battery hit

Skyhook promises always-on mobile location tracking with tiny battery hit

Mobile location expert Skyhook has outed its latest version, promising always-on positioning without draining your smartphone or tablet battery. The new Skyhook 4.6 mobile engine features a new Always-On location system with clever background power management that allows the company to promise all-day geo-fixing "without a noticeable change in battery life."

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Garmin unveils GLO Portable GPS and GLONASS receiver

Garmin unveils GLO Portable GPS and GLONASS receiver

Anyone who has tried to use a GPS navigation application or other app that uses GPS data knows that the internal GPS receiver on many smartphones isn't up to the task of accuracy in some situations. This is especially true when you're trying to use GPS services in the city surrounded by tall buildings, in thick forests, or in canyons. Garmin has announced a new external portable GPS and GLONASS receiver that connects to portable devices using Bluetooth.

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Garmin introduces fenix outdoor GPS watch

Garmin introduces fenix outdoor GPS watch

Garmin is expanding its range of watches by introducing its new fenix outdoor watch. As you might expect, it makes full use of GPS in order to help adventures better navigate the great outdoors, and adds some useful functionality in the process. You can record waypoints using the watch, such as landmarks or campsites, and make notes of points along your route using GPS tracklogs.

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TomTom provides connected navigation system for Fiat 500L

TomTom provides connected navigation system for Fiat 500L

GPS maker TomTom and Fiat are partnering for new connected navigation system will be used in the Fiat 500L. The navigation system used in the little car will be the TomTom Go Live using a special cradle and dashboard system to allow the driver to have clear visibility while providing navigation details. The system will use HD traffic information and allow drivers to use social media apps to access restaurant reviews, hotel options, and to update followers on their location.

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Garmin nuvi 2598FL 3G satnav outed by FCC

Garmin nuvi 2598FL 3G satnav outed by FCC

Details of a new Garmin nuvi GPS navigation device have emerged courtesy of a freshly-spotted FCC filing, with the new model packing 3G connectivity. The Garmin nuvi 2598FL is listed as a "connected personal navigation device" and comes with not only Bluetooth but GSM/GPRS and HSPA+ radios for high-speed data on the move.

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Researchers find drones vulnerable to GPS spoofing

Researchers find drones vulnerable to GPS spoofing

Drones continue to see large rollouts in various industries across the world, and now there’s one more thing to worry about on top of privacy issues and potential death from above. A team at the University of Texas has managed to find a vulnerability in drones that allows an attacker to gain control of the unmanned vehicle and change its course. Professor Todd Humphreys and the team spoof GPS receivers in order to take control of the drones.

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TomTom expands Map Share to all navigation devices

TomTom expands Map Share to all navigation devices

There’s nothing worse than relying on a GPS unit with incorrect map information, so TomTom has opened up its Map Share community so that around 60 million units can take advantage of daily map changes for free. TomTom say that Map Share was previously restricted to a limited number of devices, but now just about everyone can get in on the action.

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Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

Waze social GPS navigation to be embedded in cars

If you haven't heard of Waze, and you drive any sort of vehicle at all, then you should get on board. It's a unique 'social GPS' platform that allows drivers to share data about things like traffic congestion, speed traps, accidents, gas prices, and all sorts of other handy features that you simply don't get with your vintage Garmin or even your standard smartphone maps app.

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Apple Maps spurs full Google Maps app

Apple Maps spurs full Google Maps app

Soon you'll be able to download your very own entirely Google-made version of Google Maps for iOS, this time not having Google on the back end of the Apple interface you've seen since the iPhone was launched. This new version will be released soon, with Google executive Jeff Huber speaking up this week on the subject with a simple "we look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS."

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Facebook adds Find Friends Nearby to mobile apps

Facebook adds Find Friends Nearby to mobile apps

Facebook has a new feature that iOS and Android users can now start to take advantage of called Find Friends Nearby. Originally dubbed “Friendshake”, the feature allows you to see friends who are nearby, as well as potential friends, provided they’re also using Find Friends Nearby. The new feature is primarily aimed at those meeting people for the first time who want to quickly add details to Facebook.

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