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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

This Week in GPS — February 10, 2017

Photo by 3DR

Photo by 3DR

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 team of drone operators who received the first-ever permit to fly in a major airport. Read more about this, and other GPS news, below: read more

For the First Time, FAA Approves a Drone to Fly at Major Airport

Photo by 3DR

Photo by 3DR

If you’re a drone user, then you are probably aware of the almost draconian rules on flying your aircraft. There are restrictions to height and location which vary by region and even situation slightly. However, the one constant is that drones are not allowed to fly near airports. However, in a landmark moment, the FAA recently issued a waiver and allowed a drone to fly at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport—one of the busiest airports in the world.

The exception, it should be noted, did come with some conditions: in order to allow the drone to fly in airspace, the drone would require three spotters to be watching the drone during its flight, and there would have to be intense coordination with air traffic control. Of course, this isn’t the first time a drone has flown at an airport, but it is the first time the special permit was granted for a major airport. read more

This Week in GPS — February 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 Garmin’s newest golfing GPS unit–the Approach G30. Read more about it, and other GPS news, below! read more

Garmin Introduces New Golfing GPS: Approach G30

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Garmin has announced that it has added a new device to the Approach line of golfing GPS devices. The new Approach G30 is the most recent in the line but, unlike previous devices, is not a watch but rather a small clip-on device that can be easily attached to a golfer’s bag, waist, cart, or wherever else. The small 2.3 inch color touchscreen allows users to view a variety of statistics and game information to help give golfers a competitive advantage and better understanding of their game.

Much like other Garmin Approach devices, the G30 comes preloaded wiht 40,000 courses around the world and free map updates so that users can always have the most accurate and up-to-date information. Other features include: read more

FCC Looking for Comment on U.S. Use of Galileo Signals

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Since Europe’s Galileo system went live in December, the satellites have been transmitting navigational signals all across the world with only a few difficulties (such as clock malfunctions). And, now that the system is in the first stage of operability, it looks like the United States government is finally taking notice.

Last week, the FCC submitted a public notice that it is looking for comments on possibly waiving the licensing requirements for the use of Galileo in the United States. Currently, it is illegal to use other nations’ satellite systems in the United States without the sat-nav owner (the country who owns the system) applying for a license through the FCC. According to the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation blog, Europe applied in 2012 and the government is just now getting around to actually looking at the application. read more

This Week in GPS — January 27, 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 Garmin’s new RV centric GPS unit. Read about it and other GPS news below: read more

New Cycling Navigation Device, Beeline, Launches

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With the prevalence of GPS technology, sometimes it seems like we have lost the ability to really enjoy the journey and explore. With a mechanical voice constantly telling you to turn hear or there, rides suddenly can become stressful and even dangerous. However, a new GPS device, Beeline, is bringing some of the adventure and spontaneity back to finding your way around.

Originally launched via a successful Kickstarter campaign, this unique device works with your phone to provide directions in an unusual way: via an arrow literally pointing in the direction you need to go. The device was created in the UK by developers looking for a way to help cyclists take more control of their rides. The device, which pairs with an app on your phone, allows cyclists to choose their own path, bike safely with fewer distractions, and actually helps users build mental maps over time. read more

GPS Safety App Offers Alternative to Tracker

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There are tons of GPS trackers on the market designed to help keep loved ones safe whenever they are out on their travels. Most of these involve actually clipping something to a bag or carrying something in a pocket. But, if you’re anything like me, those things are easy to lose or forget about the moment that you take it out to charge it. However, a new company has aimed to solve this problem.

Virtual Halo is an app designed for iPhone and Apple Watch users, and it takes advantage of the device’s GPS functions to help users feel just a little bit safer. Unlike some other apps, this particular app does not broadcast your location continuously but rather sends a snapshot to selected contacts, which adds a little more privacy than a traditional tracker. read more