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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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Misfit Vapor smartwatch won’t have built-in GPS

Misfit Vapor smartwatch won’t have built-in GPS

Product is just begging to be called vaporware with the choice of its name and, for some interested buyers, it might as well be. The Misfit Vapor is not only more than half a year in the making, it is also going to arrive with less than what the company promised at the start of this year. According to the company’s own Instagram account, Misfit’s first full smartwatch won’t have standalone GPS, contrary to what it boasted back at CES in January.

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Garmin quatix 5 marine smartwatch is made for boating, fishing and more

Garmin quatix 5 marine smartwatch is made for boating, fishing and more

Garmin has introduced a new smartwatch that is designed specifically for 'life on the water,' the Garmin quatix 5 marine wearable. This smartwatch offers GPS and has features specific to boating, such as support for related Garmin chart plotters and similar marine-centric gadgets. The wearable itself builds upon the quatix 3 model, adding a new form factor as well as things like Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate tech.

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New Balance, Intel reveal RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch

New Balance, Intel reveal RunIQ Android Wear smartwatch

At CES 2017 this week, running shoe company New Balance revealed its first fitness-focused smartwatch, the RunIQ. Designed in partnership with Intel, the wearable is powered by Google's Android Wear software and pairs common smartwatch functionality with a number of running-centric features. Priced at $300, the RunIQ is available for pre-order now and is scheduled to begin shipping on February 1st.

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Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch comes in small and ultra-rugged styles

Garmin Fenix 5 smartwatch comes in small and ultra-rugged styles

Navigation and tracking experts Garmin are back at CES 2017 to unveil the latest additions to their popular Fenix line of wearables: the Fenix 5 multi-sport GPS watch. While the new models include many of the same activity and fitness tracking features as before, the Fenix 5 line comes in three different sizes, including a small version designed to be more appealing to women and those with smaller wrists in general.

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New Pokemon GO plus wearable for trading in the mix

New Pokemon GO plus wearable for trading in the mix

As the Pokemon GO Plus sales go as quick as they appear, Niantic may well be bringing another, more advanced device to market. This device is tipped by 9to5Mac as being Niantic's next stab at bringing hardware to Ingress, the company's first big GPS-based game. They tip that Niantic is considering their next move after that release, as well, into the world of Pokemon GO.

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Apple Watch 2 Runkeeper GPS support is now live

Apple Watch 2 Runkeeper GPS support is now live

The Apple Watch Series 2 has another app making use of its standalone GPS, with Runkeeper launching a new version of its fitness tracker. The updated app can now not only log performance metrics like heart rate and distance traveled, but store the exact route you took as you jogged, ran, or struggled around the park. Meanwhile, Runkeeper has also tweaked its software to improve usability while you're predominantly focusing on getting fit.

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Amazfit Pace GPS running watch needs no phone for tracking

Amazfit Pace GPS running watch needs no phone for tracking

People who like to get data on their workouts outdoors don't always want to take their smartphone with them to record the tracking data. If it's raining or muddy, worry about killing your smartphone is real. Amazfit has a new GPS running watch called the Pace that needs no phone to track all your workout data. The watch has 11 days of battery life and 2.4GB of internal storage.

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Garmin GPSMAP 64sc adds flash camera and 250k geocache locations

Garmin GPSMAP 64sc adds flash camera and 250k geocache locations

Garmin has updated its popular handheld GPS units with features to please the most discerning of adventurers, including an 8MP flash camera and a quarter of a million geocache locations. The flash camera is complemented with geotagging functionality, making it an easy matter to tag locations, find new destinations, and more. The handheld has also become a more attractive option for geocaching enthusiasts thanks to 250,000 preloaded geocache locations.

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