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Following in your footsteps: SmartSoles bring GPS to heel

Following in your footsteps: SmartSoles bring GPS to heel

The tech world isn't short of ways to track you, but if you're yet to embrace wearables and don't have a smartphone, it's still possible to fall off the grid. GTX is targeting the elderly, young children, and potential kidnapping victims traveling to unstable countries with its GPS SmartSole, a waterproof insole that hides wireless tracking technology under your heel.

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goTenna brings messaging with you everywhere you go

goTenna brings messaging with you everywhere you go

Even when you go camping, you take your smartphone. For the drive up, or back down — maybe even for the compass app — a smartphone is still good out in the middle of nowhere. What it’s still poor at, however, is communicating. That’s where goTenna comes in.

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LG KizON wristband lets parents track whereabouts

LG KizON wristband lets parents track whereabouts

Wearables are handy little devices, and it was only a matter of time before manufacturers turned their focus towards children. LG is one such maker, having introduced this morning a new wristband called the KizON, giving parents a way to keep tabs on where their kid is at.

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Garmin Approach S6 golf watch helps perfect your swing

Garmin Approach S6 golf watch helps perfect your swing

Before smartwatches were hot, Garmin, more commonly associated with GPS devices than golf, has been making timepieces with a bit of brain in them. Of course, they're only useful if you play golf. The Approach S6, however, incorporates just enough features and smartphone integration that would might as well think that it is indeed a smartwatch, just that it comes with golf trainer inside.

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WhistleGPS tracks your pets on iOS and Android

WhistleGPS tracks your pets on iOS and Android

Last summer, the startup behind Whistle, a wearable for dogs, introduced its collar add-on for dog owners to bring their pets into the connected fold. Fast-forward nearly a year and the company has upgraded its device, officially introducing the GPS-harboring WhistleGPS.

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WhistleGPS dog tracker first to use SIGFOX IoT network

WhistleGPS dog tracker first to use SIGFOX IoT network

Digital dogs could be the first to benefit from the first dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) network in the US, with canine tracking collar WhistleGPS using startup SIGFOX's wireless system for low-power monitoring. The collar, an Oreo-sized disk, promises twice the battery life of traditional GPS pet tracking and a third of the bulk, thanks to SIGFOX's IoT-dedicated network that will light up first in parts of California.

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TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60 launch with lifetime maps

TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60 launch with lifetime maps

TomTom has launched three new devices, the TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60. With the navigational devices come TomTom Traffic, as well as Lifetime Maps, meaning the maps will always be updated for the device's lifetime. In addition, TomTom Traffic is now available across the entire TomTom GO series.

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Google Maps updates: Uber, departure time, Stars

Google Maps updates: Uber, departure time, Stars

If you’re working with Google Maps for driving - or for being driven - this week’s update is going to change the way you do so. An update has been released - and will continue to release in increments over the next week - which allows Uber interaction for Google Maps users. This speaks volumes about how connected to Google Uber really is.

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Garmin Forerunner 15 blends VivoFit and GPS fitness watch

Garmin Forerunner 15 blends VivoFit and GPS fitness watch

Garmin's latest GPS running watch, the Forerunner 15, has broken cover, blending the best of the VivoFit and the Forerunner 10 for everyday wear. Tracking both specific running workouts as well as everyday movement - and, as of this summer, sleep too - the Forerunner 15 will also give wearers a prod when they've been sitting down for too long.

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Apple indoor navigation hire tips iOS 8 Maps

Apple indoor navigation hire tips iOS 8 Maps

When Apple makes a hire, it generally means they’re up to something big. Hiring an indoor navigation specialist like former Wifarer CEO Philip Stanger for their crew, Apple would appear to be preparing for a big change in the way they go about handling their Maps.

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Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook Nearby Friends tentatively tracks friendslist

Facebook has added a new feature to its mobile apps, Nearby Friends, allowing users of the social network to find those on their friendslist when they're nearby, though Facebook is clearly wary of a privacy backlash. The feature, which will be rolled out to the Android and iOS apps over the coming weeks, shows your GPS position and that of your friends on a map; however, Facebook is turning it off by default, and relying on users to opt-in instead.

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For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

Self-driving cars may need to show some self-restraint when it comes to their “better than human” reflexes and abilities, the Nokia HERE team working on autonomous vehicle technologies suggests, if their flesh and blood passengers are to accept an AI taking the wheel. HERE calls it Humanized Driving, giving computer-controlled cars similar characteristics to the people they’re replacing so as to preserve a feeling of normality, even potentially becoming a virtual twin with the same style as the car’s owner.

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