Shark attacks, while not terribly frequent when viewed in light of how many people visit the beach every day, are a valid concern for beach-goers and have been increasing in recent years. To give surfers and others an edge over the ocean-bound creatures, researchers tagged 300 or so sharks with transmitters. Similarly situated are receivers for the transmitters under the water that keep an eye on where the sharks are and send out tweets when they get too close.
When Apple tried to get away from using Google Maps on the iPhone for GPS navigation, its first attempt at its own maps was famously bad. The maps were so bad they led people to the wrong places in some instances and resulted in Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizing and telling iPhone users to take advantage of competitor's products until Apple Maps could be fixed.
The strange and wonderful game known as Ingress has exited beta and concluded its latest storyline, with the promise of another round to come in January 2014. The storyline was called Operation #13Magnus. It came to a decisive conclusion when Ingress Agents were able to physically transport the 13 Shards of self-proclaimed Enlightened Faction leader Roland Jarvis from parts worldwide to Cupid's Span Portal in San Francisco.
This week Google has released the app version of their device location service, this working with your machine's opt-in ability to be tracked (by you). What users will be doing with the Android Device Manager app is locating their full collection of Android devices, should they ever need to, using their device's GPS and Wi-fi signal locators.
With Google beginning work on their Google Maps Engine public data program, the folks at National Geographic Maps have been keen to push their own historical cartography to the public. While you've very possibly seen some of these maps before, integration with Google Maps allows the entire situation to appear a whole lot more real.
Sygic: GPS Navigation, the offline nav-and-map app for iOS and Android, has added some new third-party integrations for discovering nearby deals and parking options. Already glutted with online and offline additions over the course of the company's decade-long history, the freemium Sygic app competes with Nokia HERE Drive, the offline nav-and-map app for Lumia devices. A ParkMe addition brings the older Sygic app back into parity with the Nokia app.
Real-time crowd-based navigation, traffic monitoring, weather conditions, and incident reporting has come to Windows Phone in the person of Waze. The Google-owned app showed up in the Windows Phone Store today. This rounds out Waze's device support for all of the major mobile operating systems.
AT&T has announced the pending launch of a new product that helps parents keep their kids safe when they can't be with their children. The product is called the Amber Alert GPS device and will be available via AT&T for $129.99. The Amber Alert GPS is a communication and location device that will be available starting November 22.
Garmin has announced a new navigation core aimed directly at automotive manufactures. The new navigation core is called Gemini and is designed to allow for more realistic 3D graphics on in-dash navigation systems offered by auto manufacturers. Garmin says that Gemini will bring a more intuitive and feature-rich in-dash navigation experience to drivers than previously available.
This week the folks at Google and Niantic have released their cages from the "closed beta" edition of Ingress to allow this augmented reality game to all. The game remains in "beta" mode, though we're essentially seeing the entirety of this environment's gameplay live right this minute. This game will be available to iOS users in the future, but for the time being - it's all about Android.
It doesn't matter if you're a parent or a pet owner, one of the things that both groups want to do is keep track of their kids and their pet. A company called Wonder Technology Solutions has launched a new product called the Trax: GPS Tracker for Children & Pets. The smart device works in conjunction with an app on your smartphone or tablet allowing you to locate your kid or your pet anytime from anywhere.