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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sygic Expands App Capabilities With Update

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Despite the fact that dedicated GPS units tend to outperform smartphones as far as actual GPS signals go, a majority of people utilize some form of smartphone GPS application instead of a dedicated unit. I can’t deny it’s more convenient, at the very least, as most people won’t leave the house with a smartphone in hand. But, if you’re using your smartphone for directions, then you have the conundrum of which GPS app to use and you haven’t got any shortage of choices.

One of the companies that we don’t talk about all that much is Sygic. Unlike the more common free alternatives, Sygic is both more expensive and arguably more accurate. Powered by TomTom maps, Sygic offers an experience that is more akin to a dedicated GPS unit than a smartphone. Recently the company added a slew of features that might just be enough for you Google Maps users to sit up and take notice. read more

Garmin Introduces Edge Explore 1000

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Garmin has released details on a new cycling computer this week. The Garmin Edge Explore 1000 is similar to the Edge 800 with a few safety upgrades as well as the ability to create routes on the fly, search for addresses, input routes and connect with various devices and sensors for a more immersive and statistics-driven experience. Hailed as a “touring and adventure” unit, the Edge Explore 1000 is attempting to be an all-in-one device for the serious cyclist. read more

Low Cost GPS Spoofing Method Discovered

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GPS is probably one of the most frequently used governmental technologies of our decade. It is used by millions of people worldwide on a daily basis for everything from getting directions to tracking loved ones or even setting phone notifications based on location. Most people don’t even stop to think about everything that goes on behind the scenes. GPS simply works. But, what if it didn’t?

Pretty much all GPS technologies are vulnerable to GPS spoofing–or the act of sending fake signals to a GPS device to trick it into believing that it is located somewhere else. But, until now GPS spoofers were a little on the expensive side to create or purchase and so the threat, while there, was minimal for most devices. But, Chinese security researchers demonstrated recently that with the right know-how anyone could build a GPS spoofer. All you need is around $300 and some coding knowledge. read more

LightBug Solar GPS Tracker on Kickstarter

Just over a week ago a new project launched on Kickstarter that I wanted to talk about a little bit. Generally speaking, I tend to be a little wary of Kickstarter projects and I strongly recommend that all of my readers be the same. However, this particular project, called LightBug, has a lot of really fantastic possibilities should it receive the funding that the founders are looking for. At the very least, it is definitely worth a look. read more

Top Ten Bestselling Running GPS Units on Amazon

The Fitbit Surge was the No. 1 running GPS unit

The Fitbit Surge was the No. 1 running GPS unit

In my opinion, Amazon is one of the easiest ways (if not very scientific) to see small trends in the GPS industry as it sells for all of the different GPS manufacturers. It isn’t super accurate or really all that important, but it’s certainly interesting!

Today we’re gonna look at the running GPS units, some of which are GPS watches and some of which are not, as the market is pretty fractured and crazy right now. There are some duplicates in the list (due to multiple sizes or colors) which I have skipped over if they were already listed. read more

Do GPS Devices Encourage Recklessness?

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Whether you’re talking about a SPOT device, or an automotive GPS device designed simply to get you from point A to point B, sometimes I wonder if technology doesn’t encourage recklessness more than anything. While I want to be quick to add that there’s nothing wrong with using technology (heck, I make my living on technology) it has to be used in the right manner and with the right mindset. read more

This Week in GPS — August 21, 2015

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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 prime meridian, or the point of zero longitude on the globe. For decades, GPS units have read it as a different location than the one set into the ground at Greenwich, but this week, scientists have finally figured out why. read more

Magellan Back to School Fitness Sale

 

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On GPS Tracklog, we talk about Garmin quite a bit and TomTom on occasion, but it sometimes feels like GPS maker Magellan gets left by the roadside. So today, I wanted to take a minute and let you guys know about some of the Fitness Back to School Sale that Magellan launched recently. read more

Possible Partial Shutdown of DGPS

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Much like the more widely used Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), the Differential GPS (DGPS) system was designed to help give GPS signals a boost in accuracy and integrity through the use of correction messages. DGPS has been used especially on the coasts, but is technically a nationwide system which spans the whole of the United States.

However, that might not be the case for much longer. Yesterday, a notice was posted in the Federal Register which requested public comment on the idea of shutting down more than half of the DGPS sites in the country. read more

UAV Sightings Skyrocket in 2015

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Whether a result of increased availability, formalized FAA rules or simply the excitement of new technology, GPS World reported earlier this month that sightings of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones by manned aircraft like helicopters has increased dramatically in 2015. According to the article, there were 238 recorded sightings in all of 2014 and as of August 9, 2015 the number has already more than doubled to 650 sightings. read more