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This Week in GPS — March 17, 2017

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This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is from a new pedestrian GPS Map designed for people with limited mobility. Read more about it and other GPS news below: read more

New GPS Map Emphasizes Walking Directions, Mobility

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Whether you’re walking, hiking, cycling, or driving, GPS directions are incredibly useful for finding your way around. However, as anyone who has ever used a GPS knows, it is far from 100% accurate, although directions are getting better and better each year. One thing that hasn’t seemed to see a lot of improvement, however, is pedestrian directions.

Sure, there are plenty of GPS devices which claim to offer pedestrian-specific directions, and even Google Maps has this functionality… but it’s far from perfect and many times things like curb cuts, sidewalk interruptions, and ramps are often not taken into account. However, a Seattle-based company is looking to change that with the new program AccessMaps. read more

This Week in GPS — March 10, 2017

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This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is from the recent study that TomTom released, which shows that we’re all spending way more time sitting in traffic than ever before. Read it, and other GPS-related news below. read more

TomTom Study Reveals Global Traffic Congestion at All Time High

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Many GPS devices include some sort of traffic information—even Google Maps now has this ability. While in the past it was a subscription service, now it’s offered free with many dedicated automotive GPS devices. However, I constantly hear people saying that their GPS traffic is useless or that it is one of those bloat features that you don’t really need. But after reading a recent report from TomTom, I think that some people may start to change their minds.

For the last six years, TomTom has conducted a study of traffic and congestion across the world. Called the TomTom Traffic Index, this study was released recently with information on 2016 traffic trends. And, as anyone who drove in a major city could tell you, traffic definitely didn’t reduce in most places. In fact, globally, traffic rose an average of 10% in 2016, and is up a whopping 23% since 2008, when the study was first conducted. read more

This Week in GPS — March 3, 2017

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This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is the GPS tribute to actor Bill Paxton, who passed away this week. The GPS dots that spell out his initials were made by storm chasers motivated by Paxon’s role in the 90s film “Twister.”

Read about other important GPS news and articles from this week below: read more

How to Use Garmin Handhelds as Trail Cam Viewers

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Hunting season is still a ways away, but in the cold winter months and the coming spring is when trail cams are among the most fun. In these months, you’re more likely to catch a glimpse of an animal wandering to search for food, shelter, or a mate. It’s also a good time to get a feel for where your favorite game animals are located so that you know where to start in the fall, when hunting season opens.

Each trail cam is slightly different and features different ways to view the images. Some of them require owners to wait til they get home to check the content, while others will include some sort of trail cam viewer which can be used at the site to review the images. However, there’s a much easier way; instead of lugging the viewer all the way to the site and back, simply use your Garmin. read more

This Week in GPS — February 24, 2017

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This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is a picture of one of the missing APE Project caches, as the final vote for the fate of the cache recovered in 2016 is going on now. Read about this and other GPS news below! read more

Final APE Cache Ballot Open Now

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Last year, we were excited to announce that one of the fabled missing APE caches, the Mission 9: Tunnel of Light, which was originally placed near Seattle, had been located. The original APE cache container, which had been archived after being reported missing and possibly muggled in 2011, was finally found in October 2016.

The discovery of Mission 9: Tunnel of Light sparked a debate in the community of what to do with the cache, and it was finally put up to a vote. According to Groundspeak, around 9,000 votes were tallied, and now the final fate of the APE cache has been narrowed down to four options, which users can vote now through March 5, 2017.

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This Week in GPS — February 17, 2017

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GPS drone (UAS) with GoPro camera; Creative Commons image courtesy Don McCullough

This week in GPS is a weekly link roundup of (mostly) GPS related odds and ends, from GPS Tracklog and other places around the Web. This week’s featured image is of a drone, because it’s been a rather busy week in the world of drones. Read some of the headlines for this, and other news, below! read more

Geocaching App Adds Offline Maps, Trail Maps, Other Features

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The folks over at Groundspeak recently announced that the popular Geocaching app has been updated with some features that geocachers have been requesting for a long time now: offline maps. Although it’s only available for Premium Geocaching members, this feature will be nice when you’re somewhere that has zero cell signal—as is common when you’re out geocaching in the wilderness.

Other updates added with the most recent patch include a My Lists beta and trail maps, and pending logs. It’s unclear whether all of these features are available for free members as well as Premium members, unfortunately (so if you’re a free member, please chime in below and let me know). We’ll take a closer look at each of the new updates below: read more