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Lockheed Martin GPS III and OCX satellite launch and early orbit exercises demo successful

Lockheed Martin GPS III and OCX satellite launch and early orbit exercises demo successful

Lockheed Martin may be a name more closely tied with aircraft than anything else, but the company plays a significant role in the nation's space program. Lockheed and Raytheon have announced that they have successfully completed the third of five planned launch and early orbit exercises in a program to demonstrate that the GPS III satellite is ready for launch.

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Nokia and Mercedes self-driving car project taps HERE research

Nokia and Mercedes self-driving car project taps HERE research

Nokia and Mercedes Benz will work together on self-driving cars, the companies have confirmed, with Nokia's HERE developing metadata-rich navigation and mapping data with extra information for robot drivers. The partnership, which comes alongside deals between Nokia HERE and both Continental Corporation and Magneti Marelli, takes map data and bakes in aspects like how many lanes there are, what direction they go in, what traffic signs are along the route, and the precise location of traffic lights, so that autonomous cars will better understand the roads they are using.

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Garmin zumo 390LM GPS for motorcyclists debuts

Garmin zumo 390LM GPS for motorcyclists debuts

GPS devices designed to be used in cars are often not up to the task of navigating for motorcyclists. A GPS device for motorcyclists requires a rugged design that is weatherproof and sunlight readable. Many motorcyclists also wear gloves all the time meaning touchscreens need to be usable without having to take gloves off. Garmin has unveiled a new device aimed specifically at the motorcycle rider called the zumo 390LM.

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Telenav Scout navigation app hits Windows Phone 8

Telenav Scout navigation app hits Windows Phone 8

After years of keeping watch over the likes of Android and iOS in the premium GPS navigation realm, the folks at Telenav have revealed their intentions with their current brand Scout for Windows Phone 8. This Scout app has been optimized for the Windows Phone 8 environment, taking its already diverse user interface and giving it some Microsoft-flavored aesthetics. This app takes what the older Windows Phone version of Telenav was and douses it - Scout is an entirely new and refined look at the way a navigation app can look, feel, and provide for you in your automobile.

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Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

If you're carrying a smartphone or driving a modern car, you're a potential probe, and Nokia would love to unlock your location for its HERE Maps services. The company already has its own gathering programs in place yet, for all its gigabytes of daily data, Nokia's HERE 3D mapping car is only one part of a navigation data analysis program that combines 80,000 sources from across the globe. We sat down with Jane MacFarlane, head of HERE Research at Nokia, and along with her team responsible for making sense of the masses of data, to find out why being a probe might one day help you avoid traffic jams, travel more safely, and even discover the hottest new restaurants, all thanks to the "wisdom of crowds".

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Google Glass navigation expansion demoed: walking, driving, biking

Google Glass navigation expansion demoed: walking, driving, biking

With the newest update to Glass (v. XE8) appearing via Google this week, a new set of voice-commands were added to the Navigation Glass App found within the headset. Along with this update comes a demo video from the Glass team, showing off the current state of Navigation in Glass from three perspectives. One from a user walking, a second for travel in a car, and a third on a bicycle.

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Nexus 7 software issues reported: here’s what Google is working on

Nexus 7 software issues reported: here’s what Google is working on

While the 2013 reboot of the Google Nexus 7 has received its fair share of positive reviews in its first weeks on the market, a set of consumer complains have been called to attention. The first of these lives in the GPS realm, users hoping to play with Google's several Google Maps-related apps or - bafflingly - to use the tablet as a GPS navigation device for their vehicle - have found location services to be on the fritz. Also summoned this week is a complaint on the 2013 Nexus 7's touchscreen.

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