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Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

If you're using an Android device that was released in the last few years and you use Google Maps, you're in luck. Today, Google started releasing an update that adds traffic lights to maps. This isn't going to be live in all places around the world right out the gate - this is just the start - but it's a major step toward the hyper-accurate future of a fully mapped globe.

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China’s Beidou GPS rival is now complete

China’s Beidou GPS rival is now complete

The shutdown of Chinese facilities earlier this year due to COVID-19 showed just how much the world's products and businesses are dependent on them, perhaps much to the chagrin of the US. That said, the drama surrounding US export bans against Huawei also revealed some of China's own dependence on US and international technologies. One of the lesser-known dependencies is on global navigation systems, commonly (and inaccurately) referred to as GPS. As of today, China may no longer need to rely on the US-based system as it successfully launched the last two satellites to complete its own Beidou navigation system.

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Google Maps update adds COVID-19 safety features, border alerts

Google Maps update adds COVID-19 safety features, border alerts

In a move that further solidifies Google Maps' role as de-facto location and guidance system for all smartphones, the company's added a number of safety features to the app. Centering primarily on COVID-19 issues - like social distancing - Google Maps added alerts about important safety-related information as well as a number of public transit health-related insights.

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Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

Polar Grit X smartwatch released for high-end rugged fitness

The Polar Grit X was revealed today in a world where any that's not bad news is good news, and here the good news is a smartwatch. The Polar Grit X works with a circular full color display, and several hardware buttons (so you'll not be worrying about difficult-to-control touchscreen business when you're wearing gloves, and such.) Unlike some competitors, this watch is focused largely on Smart Coaching, wellness, and exercise.

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Apple COVID-19 mobility trend data released for the public good

Apple COVID-19 mobility trend data released for the public good

Today the folks at Apple released a mobility data trends tool to the public for free to aid in citizen care for COVID-19. Our current global pandemic requires that companies like Apple step forward and offer their tech power to assist the world in avoiding sickness and death. Mobility data revealed by Apple today is not attached to any specific user account, and is based instead on user requests for Apple Maps data for directions.

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Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

Estimote wearables track workers to curb COVID-19 outbreak

The folks at Estimote created a set of devices and software that'll allow a business owner to keep track of their workers remotely. With a "contact tracing dashboard" and Bluetooth devices (worn by each employee), a business owner can keep track of the location and relative health of their workforce. Each wearable device scans for other wearable devices in the area and "registers close interactions."

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Fitbit Charge 4 adds GPS and more focused fitness tracking

Fitbit Charge 4 adds GPS and more focused fitness tracking

Fitbit has officially revealed the new Charge 4 fitness band, and as expected it's a case of new tech hiding inside a familiar wearable. While it may look like the old Charge, the new version adds onboard GPS along with other sensors, and introduces an Active Zone Minutes feature that promises to better track your health.

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Fitbit Charge 4 adds built-in GPS but not much else

Fitbit Charge 4 adds built-in GPS but not much else

It has been months since Google bought Fitbit and fans from both sides of the have hoped that the union would bear fruit sooner rather than later. Some expected that Google would integrate more health features into Wear OS or even release its own fitness trackers. Others have hoped Fitbit would also get more smart features and maybe even have a Wear OS smartwatch. Neither of those happened and, instead, we're getting a new Fitbit Charge 4 that adds just one new feature to the mix.

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Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard is the competition you need to win

Coronavirus Social Distancing Scoreboard is the competition you need to win

A location data processing company called Unacast created a "Social Distancing Scoreboard" for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). This scoreboard's "Social Distancing Score" uses "distance traveled" by people "pre-COVID-19" and now. They cross-referenced this data with reports of people testing positive for COVID-19 throughout the United States. It's not a perfectly scientifically-sound solution by any means - but it is an interesting set of data points.

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Google claims less Android location tracking in near future

Google claims less Android location tracking in near future

This week Google is "previewing" policy changes to Android and Google Play that'll impact the ways in which developers of apps are able to access location data on smartphones and tablets. This affects background data collection with respect to systems like GPS location tracking, and it all starts in Android 11 / Android R. This is a major move - or it would appear to be a major move - in the smartphone user control realm in reaction to concern about how and when location data is used by apps - both known and unknown and/or malicious.

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Garmin Tactix Delta smartwatch has a kill switch and stealth mode

Garmin Tactix Delta smartwatch has a kill switch and stealth mode

A rugged privacy-centric smartwatch was revealed today: the Garmin Tactix Delta. This Garmin Tactix Delta smartphone was built to military standards MIL-STD-810 and rolls with a domed sapphire lens - and a "diamond-like carbon coated bezel." The key selling point here isn't the materials, but the abilities - stealth mode and a kill switch.

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Shiny Heatran Pokemon GO counters, best CP, and seeking tips

Shiny Heatran Pokemon GO counters, best CP, and seeking tips

Shiny Heatran is live in Pokemon GO and we've got the into you need to find the best ways to counter this fire stomper. The 100% IV Catch CP for this monster is between 2573 and 2681 (with weather boosts) and between 2058 and 2145 (without boosts), and it's got weaknesses to Fighting, Water, and Ground (X2!) If you're rolling against Heatran, you're going to be seeing one of the most awesome-looking Fire and Steel Types in the game - The Lava Dome Pokemon!

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