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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. wiredLayar
Layar is by far one of the coolest apps in the Google Play Store. Using Augmented Reality (AR) technology, [...]
The Asus Transformer Prime GPS dongle: you’ve seen in all its glory in yesterday’s leaked pictures batch, and now it’s time to get you and your Asus TF201 tablet out of your GPS misery. As expected, ASUS’ GPS dongle website has gone live, allowing you to claim your free GPS extension kit.
Getting the free dongle is easy peasy. You’ll have to become an Asus VIP member first. After activating the Asus account, proceed by registering your Asus Transformer Prime tablet. The next step is to click on the GPS Extension Kit Apply and Inquire link on the left side menu. After confirming your TF201 tablet’s serial number and delivery information, you’ll have the GPS [...]
Following up on the story of how Asus Transformer Prime owners can expect to get a free GPS extension kit to fix the GPS issues that has been plaguing the tablet, Land of Droid has some exclusive pictures of the dongle. How would the extension kit fit into your beloved TF201 tablet? Check out the pictures below.
As you can see, the GPS dongle matches the color of the Asus Transformer Prime TF201 tablet, so if you like your gadgets and their accessories thoroughly color-matched, that’s one worry out of the way. Aside from the dongle posing in various positions, you can also see how the device fits with the tablet. Thanks to the secure mechanism, you won’t [...]
The Asus Transformer Prime TF201 is, quite possibly, the stuff that dreams are made of for a lot of Android fans, except for one annoying flaw that has been plaguing the tablet — its GPS function. Many users have been experiencing various problems, from difficulty to lock onto signals to slight reading inaccuracies. Fortunately, Asus is taking a proactive approach in ensuring that Transformers users are happy with the capabilities of their beloved device. The Taiwanese company plans to give away an external GPS extension kit to deal with the GPS-related problems, once and for all.
The news was first reported by members of the XDA-developers forum. An email [...]
Those who often put themselves at the mercy of GPS devices to navigate their way home may find current navigation technology lacking in certain aspects. From the not-so-accurate position readings and the long satellite locking time, to the battery drain that we came to expect when using our smartphones as satnav devices, there are things about GPS that can ruin your travel.
But things may be about to change for the better with the introduction of BCM4752, a new GPS chip from Broadcom, that promises to deal with the problems above.10X better acquisition and less battery consumption
Most GPS units currently on the market only rely on one or two [...]