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Google hopes that one day Android phones will use weather info when taking photos

by: Gary SimsMarch 29, 2013
Almost all digital cameras can be configured for different light conditions, but Google wants to go one step further and calculate this setting by cross referencing your current location with the weather forecast.
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TomTom for Android update adds support for more devices

by: Kristofer WoukDecember 4, 2012
When TomTom for Android finally launched back in October, any celebration was minimal due to limited device support. Luckily, an update released today brings support for increased screen resolutions and therefore more devices.
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Startup LightSquared files with FCC, gets banned because of GPS interference

by: nathanOctober 1, 2012
LightSquared, the company that aims to be the United States' 5th nationwide wireless carrier, is yet again facing off with the government over proposed engineering solutions that interfere with GPS signals. The government has said it will do everything in its power to bar the network from competing on US territory.
 
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TomTom Android app confirmed to arrive in October

by: Bams SadewoAugust 30, 2012
Though the Android ecosystem has its fair share of navigation system app, with Google’s home brewed offering doing a mighty fine job already, it certainly won’t hurt to have TomTom finally jumping onboard. After a not so subtle hint two months ago, TomTom for Android is ready to direct you to your destination and stop you from getting lost – pretty soon.
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Skyhook brings GPS-like capabilities to the Barnes & Noble Nook series

by: Mike AndriciAugust 17, 2012
SkyHook has recently announced that they have partnered with Barnes & Noble for developing GPS-like capabilities for the latter’s otherwise GPS radio lacking NOOK series.
 
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IndoorAtlas uses magnetic fields for location-awareness in buildings and large structures

by: J. Angelo RacomaAugust 5, 2012

Researchers from Finland have developed a system that uses the Earth’s magnetic fields in positioning, borrowing from the adaptation that homing pigeons, spiny lobsters and dolphins have developed through thousands of years.

GPS availability on mobile devices has opened up a whole world of opportunity for smartphone and tablet owners. Positioning systems give life to maps, navigation, location-aware apps and even promos for local businesses. However, the inherent disadvantage of GPS is that it requires line-of-sight to GPS satellites. GPS systems rarely give precise positioning data while indoors.

Researchers from the University [...]

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My Tracks: Using phone and GPS to track your physical activity stats

by: Ken EastAugust 2, 2012

Android transformed the phone from just a simple piece of hardware for calling into a sophisticated device capable of multifaceted functions. Yet another addition to the thousands of things that a mobile Android device can do is that of being an outdoor companion, using your device as a sports accessory to keep track of your outdoor activity.  The My Tracks app simply does this for you, recording your activity details with an option to share them via your preferred networking sites.

My Tracks is a perfect app for outdoor enthusiasts who want to share their outdoor activities on the spot while at the same time using the GPS sensor of their mobile Android devices to [...]

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A-GPS vulnerability could let hackers track your location, take over your phone

by: Mike AndriciJuly 31, 2012

As the global adoption of smartphones has reached impressive levels during the past couple of years or so (with absolutely no sign of stopping anytime soon), it is surely not surprising to see that hackers have turned their evil eye towards exploiting the various weaknesses of your favorite mobile device. But although in the past we’ve talked how hackers exploit various soft spots in the OS, it turns out that attackers can actually use underlying technologies to get access to private information.

According to Ralf-Philipp Weimann, a researcher at the University of Luxembourg, Assisted GPS (A-GPS) is one of the technologies that hides such vulnerabilities. Just so that [...]

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Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update brings unexpected, but fixable, GPS bug

by: Chris SmithJuly 23, 2012

In addition to the Google Nexus 7 tablet that runs Android 4.1 out of the box, other Nexus devices including the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones have also received their taste of Jelly Bean, at least in certain markets. But it looks like it’s not a flaw-free roll out for Google’s latest mobile operating system.

A few days ago we heard that Vodafone had to postpone the Nexus S Jelly Bean upgrade in Australia, as the ROM did not mean certain local regulations and now new reports suggest that the Galaxy Nexus Android 4.1 build comes with an unexpected GPS bug.

Apparently Galaxy Nexus users are unable to get a “precise GPS fix” after [...]

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Top 8 Best Free “Location-Aware” Android Apps

by: Matthew SabatiniApril 18, 2012

The incorporation of your location into applications has become extremely popular over the past year. Looking at the permissions you grant when you install an app, it seems as if every app in the market wants to know where you are. But don’t fret, these apps aren’t here to steal your identity or track you down and find you, they are built to help you.

Google was the first to bring location apps to the mobile platform. Furthermore, the technology has come along with contributions from tons of developers and even Google. wired

Layar

Layar is by far one of the coolest apps in the Google Play Store. Using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, [...]

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