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Smartstrap adds GPS to Pebble Time, then adds to the battery life to even it out
May 18, 2016 at 9:43 am

Smartwatches rarely have GPS built in. Why? Because it sucks the battery life, which is hardly a smartwatch strong point in the first place. The Powerstrap Pal, a smartstrap for the Pebble Time watch, may be the answer to this problem. Powerstrap has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Pal, which not only has built-in GPS, but also…

How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve from any device
December 24, 2015 at 8:51 am

The presents are wrapped, the tree is up, and the stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. There’s only one thing left to do: track Santa’s annual voyage around the world from your PC, smartphone, or tablet. Santa officially began his annual trek around 10 a.m. UTC on December 24, which is…

X-Doria Launches KidGPS Tracking Device
November 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

X-Doria said its new KidGPS tracking system is a palm-sized tracking device to help parents ensure they never lose track of their kids.

Alpine Redesigns Website
August 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Alpine Electronics has redesigned it's website to feature the Alpine Restyle dash systems and the aftermarket product line.

VOXX Electronics Unveils New ADAS Products
August 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm

VOXX Electronics announced the expansion of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) line with the introduction of a backup sensor camera and two replacement rearview mirrors.

CarLink Advanced Wireless Services Now Available
July 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

VOXX Electronics announced that the updated CarLink wireless service is available for purchase. The new services feature the latest vehicle safety standards alongside Remote Start and Savings services with the plug-and-play OBD II device.

Apple Seeking 'Advice' from TomTom on How to Fix its Point-of-Interest Woes with Maps
November 27, 2012

In a report today about Apple firing Maps manager Richard Williamson over the poor launch of its Maps app, it was also noted that it was looking for ways to improve its point-of-interest data. Specifically, it is looking to 'outside mapping experts' and mapping company TomTom NV to help it refine that data.

Apple's POI data in Maps is one of the major complaints that users have had with the service. The data was provided largely by Apple partner Yelp, and has displayed many inaccuracies that have led to improper directions being given

Nokia, Samsung, Sony Join Forces to Improve Indoor Navigation
August 23, 2012

Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Sony and Qualcomm have formed the In-Location Alliance, which will work to improve the accuracy of indoor positioning, the companies said on Thursday.

Indoor positioning is the next frontier of mobile services. Finding out where you are in a mall or a sports arena using a smartphone is difficult today because GPS coverage usually isn't available. Besides improving navigation accuracy in those kinds locations, the In-Location Alliance will also prioritize low power consumption and making the technology both easy to implement and use, according to a joint statement.

"Indoor GPS" May Soon be a Reality for Many Smartphone Owners
April 26, 2012

As more consumers around the world upgrade to smartphones, the adoption of indoor positioning systems will soon provide users granular navigation data more effectively than GPS.

As announced by Broadcom recently, the company has released a new chip designed for smartphones that may advance the adoption of indoor positioning technology more rapidly. The new chip can use data that's being recorded by a smartphone's accelerometer, gyroscope, compass or altimeter and incorporate that information into indoor positioning applications. Assuming the smartphone registers a starting point through GPS, the chip would be able to record

Phone Giants Battle Google Over Indoor Location Market
December 22, 2011

Indoor location positioning looks poised to be the next hot mobile service with its ability to enable smarter mobile offers and more accurate local searches. Google has an early lead but an analysis of patent filings points to a number of technology companies fighting for supremacy in this emerging space.

It has always been difficult to accurately track a person's location indoors. Since GPS is a satellite-based system, devices require a "line of sight" to satellites to operate. GPS generally does not function indoors and is particularly weak in large, enclosed spaces like malls,

Personal Navigation Devices Services Help Garmin Back on Track
November 2, 2011

Garmin Ltd raised its forecast for the year as it starts to gain from its move to add high-margin services to its staple personal navigation devices (PNDs), which have seen a freefall in sales over the past few years. Shares of the No. 1 U.S. navigation device maker rose as much as 9 percent in morning trade to $37.20, their highest in a year-and-a-half. They have fallen about 70 percent since their heydays in 2007, when they traded above $125.

Garmin and its European peer TomTom, known for their personal navigation devices

TomTom Shares Surge on Strategy Shift
October 24, 2011

TomTom, the Dutch navigation equipment and digital map maker, is switching focus away from the cash-bleeding personal navigation devices that made it a household name to its auto and mapping services to restore growth and profits.

"We have started a restructuring program which will focus our organization on the areas where we see the greatest potential for growth, of which Automotive and Content & Services are clear examples," said Chief Executive Harold Goddijn.

Best known for its personal navigation devices (PNDs) used by car and truck drivers, TomTom also sells real-time traffic services

TomTom Unveils iPad Navigation App
September 1, 2011

TomTom will expand its offerings to include a satnav application for Apple's iPad, hoping to balance the fast shrinking of its key personal navigation device (PND) market.

TomTom's Thursday launch, at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, follows smaller rival Navigon, bought by Garmin last month, which already sells a navigation service for iPad.

The iPad, which was launched early last year, still has the tablet-computer market almost to itself. Apple has sold close to 30 million iPads, whose prices start at about $500.