GPS

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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Memoto life-logging camera delayed (but gains digital compass)

Memoto life-logging camera delayed (but gains digital compass)

The Memoto wearable camera project is making lemonade out of delay lemons, taking advantage of a hitch in GPS antenna design to slot a digital compass into the life-logging gadget. Issues with the GPS electronics requiring a redesign of the wearable's PCB have pushed back the estimated initial production run to the beginning of April at the latest, the Memoto team said in an email to Kickstarter backers, rather than February as initially expected.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 GPS Flight recorder hands-on

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 GPS Flight recorder hands-on

Parrot is showing off some new features of their newer AR.Drone 2.0 remote-controlled quadricopter here at CES, and one of the new products they have on tap is a GPS "flight recorder" that video-records all your flights, and the accompanying iPad app lets you make edits to the video, like color adjustments and stability improvements.

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