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Saturday, December 31, 2005
A couple near riverside pleaded with sprint to track their car that was stolen with their baby in it. I am not sure what to think of this case. It seems like Sprint did the right thing. There is fine line between safety and privacy.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Company Offers Celebrity Voices for GPS Navigation Systems
This sounds kind of funny. I pity the fools that makes a wrong turn.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
With GPS all the rage these days one often forgets of it shortcomings. GPS systems are are as good as the data that is inputed into them . It great to always have a backup plan and for those Geocachers out there A Handhelp topo map and a compass can be your best ally.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Instead of satellite signals typically used by GPS devices, Navizon uses signals from nearby Wi-Fi and cellular towers. This technology seems like it could be useful in the city.
About 200 cases of liquor, valued at $80,000, were stolen earlier this month from the Van-Kam Freightways trucking compound in the city earlier this month.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
BlackBerry 7520 GPS
To me the Blackberry seems like the ultimate paperless caching machine. My girlfriend has one of these smart devices from work so I have had some time to play with one. Although we do not have a telenav or mapquest subscription, I was able to find our coordinates. You can have instant internet acess almost anywhere and it has a technology that makes up for spotty satellite coverage. Geocaching.com Came up in a flash out in the field.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
When Google introduced Google Earth, free software that marries satellite and aerial images with mapping capabilities, the company emphasized its usefulness as a teaching and navigation tool, while advertising the pure entertainment value of high-resolution flyover images of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and the pyramids.
As technology driving global positioning systems gets more powerful, the navigation devices get lighter, more accurate and are even turning up in cell phones.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The New York Times did their own mashup for Commuters
New York Transit Strike - Guide to Commuting - New York Times Interactive Graphic
For all you Mac enthisists out there the is Terrabrowser for MacOS X. Below are just some of the great features in this program.
- Three map types:
- Color satellite maps (large urban areas only)
- Black and white satellite maps
- Topographical maps
- Map is draggable with the mouse or controllable via keyboard.
- Distance calculation option (hold down option and drag).
- Date of photograph and human readable location information provided (note that dates may be inaccurate since the date is only fetched for one of the map tiles, not all of them).
- Basic AppleScript support.
- Ability to save maps to a JPG file.
- Bookmarking ability for waypoints
Monday, December 19, 2005
International organizations like the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, or PTWC, in Hawaii currently depend on coastal seismic stations to record deep-sea earthquakes that could cause giant waves. But according to Jeff Freymueller, a geophysicist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, data from GPS receivers could provide quicker, more accurate estimates of the magnitude of a tsunami-causing quake, buying time for evacuation. Freymueller presented his findings at this week's American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Using Google Earth, you can view geocaches all over the world! The link above is for the description page. To download it without an account, use this site:
It should download and open the KML file in Google Earth. After zooming in to within 500 miles, the geocaches will start popping up.
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Saturday, December 17, 2005
Unfortunately, Google Transit doesn't currently support the Safari web browser—but we're working on it! In the meantime, we recommend Firefox for viewing Google Transit on the Mac.
Friday, December 16, 2005
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Tuesday, December 13, 2005
HOW TO GPS Tag Photos: Flickr, Mappr, Google Earth....
I am going to try this soon and will report back with results
Here's the simple, non-techy way of tagging photos with the location of where you took them on planet Earth. There are lots of ways to do this, and I'll write about those later- but this is fun thing to do over the holiday weekend. As an added bonus, I'll show you how to see your photos on a cool Mapping application called Mappr, as well as Google Earth...
howto: geocaching with google and terraserver
If you’re into geocaching, terraserver and google maps can be your greatest allies. well, maybe second greatest, right after your trusty gps receiver. with terraserver, you can pull up hires satellite photos and topo maps of just about everywhere in the continental us. with google maps, you can easily pull up a road map and driving directions.however, one thing i noticed when google maps launched was that it’s interface is conspicuously lacking a lat/lon entry field. it turns out there are a couple of query parameters that you can use to pull up coordinate based maps. with this info, you can make a simple form to pull up both map results for a given latitude/longitude combination, which should hopefully be a handy tool for your next gps treasure hunt. Read more
Monday, December 12, 2005
Garmin Adds XM to New Portable GPS Units
READ MORE: 2730, 7200, 7500, Garmin, Portable Media, StreetPilot
Garmin has finally upgraded its portable StreetPilot GPS line. I love XM and all GPS Gadgets. This includes all kinds of extra traffic management notifications like where accidents are, road construction, and weather-related traffic delays before they are encountered. And even better, you’ll get alternate routes to where you’re going. This info will be supplied either by XM NavTraffic—which is the first satellite-based data traffic in the US and works very well—or Clear Channel’s RDS-TMC Total Traffic Network. The new units also include optional entertainment options, like an internal MP3 player, XM radio subscription, or eBooks from audible.com. The 7500($1899) and the 7200($1499) both have 7-inch touchscreens and a SD card slot so you can just take your music with you. The 7500 also has what is called Dead Reckoning, which will allow you to keep all your navigation information even if you lose your GPS signal. The StreetPilot 2730 ($1199), on the other hand, has only a 5-inch screen and doesn’t have an SD slot, which means you have to plug it into your computer to download any music you may want to take with you. All three will come out in December.
Friday, December 09, 2005
PetCell GPS tracker phone for dogs
Aw yeah, you know Fido ain’t be going nowhere these days if he isn’t sporting a cellie, and now he can impress the ladies with some cameraphone action. PetsMobility threw down the PetsCell last year, and now they’re losing an “s” and going for broke with their latest version, PetCel.
Head over and check out the new offshoot of Geocaching called Waymarking.
Looking for a Wi-fi hotspot, a plane crash site, or perhaps an odd-shaped building near you? Browse hundreds of interesting categories for exact coordinates or post one of your own. The largest category so far... McDonald's Restaurants!
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Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
U-blox a Swiss provider of GPS receivers announced an apparently very sensitive GPS device. The LEA-4H, the company claims, is able to receive "the weakest signals" - even in places with obstructed views. In fact, the device is sensitive enough to calculate geographical positions within in buildings.
Acquisition and reacquisition sensitivity of the LEA-4H is rated at -148 dBm, cold start sensitivity at -142 dBm and tracking sensitivity at -158 dBm, U-blox said. The device is also Assisted-GPS capable.
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