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Runtastic accessories bring hardware in-house: GPS and Bluetooth on-deck

Runtastic accessories bring hardware in-house: GPS and Bluetooth on-deck

This week the folks at Runtastic have made it clear that their ability to track and bring together a community of runners and fitness fanatics is not limited to software. The company has today shown a Bluetooth heart rate monitor, a GPS watch, a "Runtastic Sports Armband" for holding your iPhone or similarly-sized Android phone, and a receiver and chest strap - for heart rate, altitude, distance ran, and more - each of these then fed wirelessly into your smartphone with a Runtastic app. While Runtastic has offered hardware like these accessory bits and pieces before in a more limited way, this week they've made their move to the USA.

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DARPA divorces satellites for GPS-free tracking chip

DARPA divorces satellites for GPS-free tracking chip

When we think about GPS satellites, most of us think about how the typical consumer uses GPS in their vehicle to get from one place to another. In fact, many people rely so heavily on GPS that in the event of a map problem, some people have literally driven right off the road because they depend so heavily on GPS. While a significant GPS outage for your average consumer might be an annoyance, an outage for the military could be catastrophic.

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TomTom GPS sport watches capitalize on smartwatch hype

TomTom GPS sport watches capitalize on smartwatch hype

This afternoon the folks at TomTom have revealed two GPS sports watches that they say completely re-define what it means to work with a GPS-tracking wrist-bound computer. Witht the TomTom Runner and the TomTom Multi-Sport GPS sport watchs you'll be working with massive displays, one-button control, and full-screen graphics-based training tools to make your sporty self a futuristic runner in no time!

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TomTom GO tells you to ditch the smartphone for a new PND

TomTom GO tells you to ditch the smartphone for a new PND

This week the folks at TomTom have revealed their next-generation TomTom Go Portable Navigation Device - aiming to keep your GPS in a dedicated device through the future. With three different sizes available (4.3, 5, and 6-inches) and lifetime dedicated connectivity with GPS from TomTom, the TomTom Go series will have you tapping through the future. With this dashboard device you'll be reminded why you liked a GPS-only device in the first place!

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Scout for Cars: Built In brings Telenav’s newest built-in GPS system bid

Scout for Cars: Built In brings Telenav’s newest built-in GPS system bid

This week the folks at Telenav have revealed their next-generation in-car personalized navigation system expansion with "Scout for Cars: Built In:, bringing on in-dash navigation for a whole new generation of smart vehicles. You'll find Scout for Cars bringing on real-time personalized information the likes of which you've only otherwise been able to access with Scout for Phones before this week, this time in an iteration that carmakers are able to make all their own with custom branding! And what's more - you'll be able to connect to your Scout for Phones service to share the information between your car and your phone for one great learning system that remembers your preferences.

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California bans using hands-on GPS while driving

California bans using hands-on GPS while driving

Text messaging while driving is quickly making its way into law books across the US, and so is even talking on your phone. However, that leaves a bit of a gray area as far as using maps and GPS on your smartphone, but the State of California has cleared up the confusion and officially made it a law that you can't use the GPS function on your smartphone unless it's hands-free.

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GPS bracelet uses social media to protect Civil Rights Activists

GPS bracelet uses social media to protect Civil Rights Activists

The Civil Rights Defenders have issued their first batch of GPS bracelets that will alert the CRDs' headquarters, other nearby activists, and the entirety of the CRDs' social media following if the bracelet's owner is ever kidnapped. The first 5 bracelets were issued from April 2nd through April 5th during the Civil Rights Defenders' conference, Defenders' Days. The CRD plans on issuing 55 of these bracelets over the next year and a half.

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Apple acquires indoor-GPS startup WifiSLAM

Apple acquires indoor-GPS startup WifiSLAM

It looks like Apple may be jumping back into the Maps business, and in order to do so, it has acquired the indoor-GPS startup, WifiSLAM. The company was a startup that came to fruition about two years ago with the help of one of its co-founders, ex-Google software engineer intern, Joseph Huang. Before it was acquired by Apple, the company helped app developers add indoor mapping features to their retail and social networking apps.

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Obama administration believes no warrant is needed for authorities to use GPS tracking on vehicles

Obama administration believes no warrant is needed for authorities to use GPS tracking on vehicles

You might think that police or other federal authorities would need to obtain a court order to be able to place a GPS tracking device on your vehicle. That court order is apparently not needed according to the Obama administration. This is despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled last year that attaching GPS devices to the vehicles of citizens amounted to search protected by the Constitution.

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