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Garmin Monterra outdoor GPS arrives with Android, WiFi

Garmin Monterra outdoor GPS arrives with Android, WiFi

If any kind of hiking or exploring is in your future, Garmin thinks they have a GPS unit for you. The company just announced the Monterra outdoor GPS, which Garmin says is their first WiFi-enabled outdoor handheld GPS running Android. While it looks like a rugged smartphone, it's actually just a touchscreen-enabled rugged GPS device for your outdoor needs.

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Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

As it was tipped just days ago by Israeli news sources with the inside line, so too does Google make their acquisition of the Waze team official. This acquisition has Google bringing in a team of creators that've made the Waze app a highly-used collection of real-time travel and traffic information bits, lighting the fire under rumors quite recently that it was more than just Google after their ownership. Google has made clear their intent to keep the Waze community - the users currently making the Waze app work - a part of the system as well as the developers behind the scenes.

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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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