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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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CoPilot GPS navigation app comes to Windows Phone 8

CoPilot GPS navigation app comes to Windows Phone 8

Software company ALK Technologies has announced that its CoPilot GPS navigation app is coming for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices. The software offers voice-guided GPS navigation for Windows Phone 8 smartphone users and other Windows devices. Using the software travelers will be able to take advantage of turn-by-turn guidance features, trip planning services, and automotive-grade maps stored on the device for off-line use.

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TomTom Rider reboot gives motorcycle GPS a breath of fresh air

TomTom Rider reboot gives motorcycle GPS a breath of fresh air

This week the folks at TomTom have made it clear that the TomTom Rider will not be fading into obscurity, re-releasing a new iteration of the device with the same name here in 2013 with a brand new set of specifications and features. This device is made to sit on and with your motorcycle and allow you to get guided in real time, find local hotspots, and share routes with fellow bikers wirelessly via Bluetooth. They'll need a TomTom Rider as well, of course, so pick up a few!

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Spanish scientists claim to have significantly improved GPS accuracy

Spanish scientists claim to have significantly improved GPS accuracy

Millions of vehicles, smartphones, and other devices in use all around the world support GPS navigation capability today. People rely on this GPS capability every day to get around in unfamiliar cities and to find better routes in cities they are familiar with. A group of Spanish researchers has recently claimed that they have discovered a way to help improve GPS accuracy in cities by as much as 90%.

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Waze saw 500m map edits by 65k users in 2012

Waze saw 500m map edits by 65k users in 2012

Before Apple released their own free mapping solution, a lot of iOS users resorted to third-party apps that offered free GPS turn-by-turn navigation, and Waze was one of the few that many users turned to. Now that Google Maps and Apple Maps are available, Waze has been becoming less important for travelers. However, the company has reported that in 2012 alone, 500 million map edits were made by 65,000 users.

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Star Trek Into Darkness app Review: dive in with Gimbal!

Star Trek Into Darkness app Review: dive in with Gimbal!

This week the folks at Paramount Pictures have released a very special app for the next blockbuster science fiction film in the Starfleet universe: Star Trek Into Darkness! This app is not just your everyday average movie companion app, it's a straight up scavenger hunt that uses the camera on your smartphone as well as the sensors you've got under the hood of your device to sent you out into the wild to collect a series of media bits as well as real physical location markers. This technology is made real with Qualcomm Labs' Gimbal technology and Qualcomm Vuforia augmented reality platform.

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