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Pokemon GO Earth Day events aim to clean up litter worldwide

Pokemon GO Earth Day events aim to clean up litter worldwide

This week the folks at Niantic revealed their first ever Earth Day event for Pokemon GO. This event aims to bring all the Pokemon trainers to the yard where they'll pick up all the trash on the planet. Or at least all the trash at a select number of "cleanup events" in several countries around the world.

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Watch Ghostbusters World gameplay via Google Maps at GDC

Watch Ghostbusters World gameplay via Google Maps at GDC

Ghostbusters World is one of several games launched in collaboration with Google Maps API. Much like Pokemon GO, gamers use their phone to navigate the real world, watching their in-game character traverse an alternate reality according to their real-world GPS location. Today we've got some real-deal gameplay in pre-alpha mode courtesy of the folks behind the game Ghostbusters World.

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Google Maps APIs just changed gaming forever

Google Maps APIs just changed gaming forever

Google Maps APIs Gaming was just announced for game developers around the world. With these keys to Google Maps, developers have access to the most vital component of the most successful mobile game in history: Pokemon GO. Before now, the only games that really, truly took hold of an entire planet of GPS-mapped coordinates were Niantic's own. Now, Google's opened their doors to the future of mobile gaming.

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If Pokemon GO is down, the government did it

If Pokemon GO is down, the government did it

By the time you read this article, the United States Air Force may well be testing their newest protocols involving GPS. As such, it's entirely possible that Pokemon GO doesn't work - or you're told you can't access GPS, and cannot play as a result. What happens when a game that depends entirely on GPS loses that one crucial component?

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GPS jamming may confuse your phone as USAF tests old skills

GPS jamming may confuse your phone as USAF tests old skills

The United States Air Force is about to kick off an exercise known as the Red Flag, and it'll include disruption to GPS in certain places. Red Flag is an aerial combat training exercise that takes place at Nevada's Nellis Air Force Base; it'll also include the USMC, plus participants from the United Kingdom and Australia. During the exercise, certain places in the western US will experience GPS issues.

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Waze and Ford team up to launch SYNC AppLink compatibility

Waze and Ford team up to launch SYNC AppLink compatibility

CES 2018 has had its share of interesting announcements, but one that might take some by surprise is the reveal of a new Ford and Waze team up. The two companies announced their new partnership today, and it will see Waze becoming accessible through Ford's SYNC AppLink platform. This is great news for Waze adherents, as it should make the app much easier to use when you're on the road.

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Garmin Speak Plus refresh combines Alexa-powered GPS with a dash cam

Garmin Speak Plus refresh combines Alexa-powered GPS with a dash cam

Back in October, Garmin revealed its first Alexa-powered device, known as the Garmin Speak. At CES 2018, we're seeing Garmin introduce a refresh called the Speak Plus, and though it might seem a little soon to be announcing a new device in the line, there's good reason for it. While the Speak Plus will do everything the original Speak is capable of, there's one important addition with this iteration: Speak Plus will also serve as a dash cam.

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New Jersey city closes roads to navigation app traffic as problems grow

New Jersey city closes roads to navigation app traffic as problems grow

Navigation apps like Google Maps help cut down commute times and congestion by offering alternative routes when traffic is high. These alternative routes often take drivers down smaller roads that otherwise don't get much traffic, and while it can help alleviate congestion on highways and major roads, it may cause problems for the neighborhoods getting that additional traffic. One city in New Jersey has decided to take drastic steps to fix this problem.

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Google Maps is fixing Street View

Google Maps is fixing Street View

The newest version of Google Maps Street View will have a much more complete view of this planet. Or at least the parts the company's driven to or hiked to or swam through so far. Street View panoramas, specifically, are all about to look a whole lot better for everyone - and that's not even the best part. The best part is - nobody has to go back out and take all of those photos again. Google's fixing everything with computer algorithms!

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Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

Garmin has announced a new smart device that'll bring the best of Alexa into buyers' cars. The device, simply called Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, is said to be the first in-car gadget that gives drivers access to Alexa, as well as navigation via Garmin's own tech. Alexa can handle more than just tapping Garmin's navigational database, though.

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Solar flares may bring stunning auroras for the rest of the week

Solar flares may bring stunning auroras for the rest of the week

The sun unleashed big solar flares earlier this week, and that was followed by two more yesterday morning. The first, which happened at 6:15AM for those in the Eastern time zone, was classified as a mid-level flare, while the second, which happened around 10:30AM, was a stronger X-class flare. Though the solar activity came with the annoying side effect of disrupted GPS, it could also cause incredible auroras throughout the rest of the week.

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Weather app AccuWeather caught red-handed sharing your info [UPDATE]

Weather app AccuWeather caught red-handed sharing your info [UPDATE]

AccuWeather was just caught sending GPS coordinates, Bluetooth switch, and BSSID of local Wi-Fi routers to a third party. Granting this app access to location information on an iPhone has been found to send several pieces of information to data monetization group Reveal Mobile. While AccuWeather has an extremely large userbase with a strong rating on the Apple App Store, its innards seem to be doing something of which users aren't fully aware.

UPDATE: AccuWeather and Reveal Mobile have released a joint statement which includes the following: "Despite stories to the contrary from sources not connected to the actual information, if a user opts out of location tracking on AccuWeather, no GPS coordinates are collected or passed without further opt-in permission from the user." Further info can be found at the end of this article.

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