• Video

    How GPS works: The cartoon

    Posted November 7, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    With GPS navigation devices in everything from cars to your smartphone, you may not also realize that GPS satellites can also synchronize time down to the nanosecond, and detect nuclear explosions!
  • OnStar reverses course on controversial GPS tracking plans

    Posted September 27, 2011 - 6:19 pm

    GM subsidiary OnStar has reversed a planned change to its privacy policies that would have let it collect and share GPS tracking and other data from vehicles -- even after users stopped subscribing to OnStar.
  • Sprint-LightSquared deal puts off network FAA warns could kill 800

    Posted July 29, 2011 - 3:34 pm

    The FAA is already counting to its credit the 800 lives it expects to save by replacing its current GPS navigational network with a new one. Cell carrier LightSquared's spectrum is too close to GPS, so it's buying some of Sprint's for $9 billion until the FAA's shorts get unbunched.
  • The Spot Connect sends location data when there's no wireless available

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 10:44 am

    It tethers to your cell but uses satellite to send check-in, track progress or help messages.
  • Video

    MIT and Audi team up on advanced auto navigation

    Posted May 9, 2011 - 10:59 am

    Of course, all of this data might be even more distracting to drivers.
  • Tom Tom's sleazy way to make up GPS revenue shortfall

    Posted April 29, 2011 - 4:10 pm

    Navigation device maker sold customer driving data to police to catch speeders.
  • HTC phone aboard a test balloon tracks flight to the stratosphere

    Posted March 30, 2011 - 8:46 pm

    An HTC Trophy smartphone aboard a high-atmosphere test balloon provided positioning data to scientists trying to figure out where it was going to land.
  • Video

    Contour GPS records hands free 1080p video, logs location data [video]

    Posted March 14, 2011 - 10:15 am

    While audio quality leaves a little to be desired and there are limited ways to view GPS data, the camera shoots good video for its size and could be a nice compliment to extreme sports enthuiasts and outdoorsy types.
  • Upcoming 4G cell net may break national GPS network: Garmin

    Posted March 4, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    Un-objective party Garmin predicts the LightSquared net will break GPS; it's pure coincidence it might hurt Garmin's location business.
  • California school district battles truancy with GPS

    Posted February 22, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Students with a tendency towards truancy in California's Anaheim Union High School District are being assigned GPS units to make sure they're going to school on time, according to The Orange County Register. The GPS units are the size of a (chunky) cellphone and are developed by Dallas-based AIM Truancy Solutions, which operates in more than 100 middle and high schools in three states.
  • Sport's networkiest moments

    Posted February 4, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    The intersection of sports and network technology.
  • Ford wants your car to avoid crashes on its own

    Posted January 28, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    Ford is showing off a GPS and WiFI-enabled crash avoidance system designed to be practical, cheap and effective.
  • Review

    Review: Today's best GPS devices

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 12:17 pm

    If you're looking to buy a dedicated GPS navigation device, you'll quickly discover that every manufacturer offers an almost dizzying array of products--each with slightly different features. The challenge, then, is to determine which features are must-haves and which would just be nice to have.
  • Review

    Review: Magellan RoadMate 3065

    Posted January 26, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    In a mature market such as that for personal navigation devices, it's difficult to come up with unique features that differentiate a new product from the competition. But Magellan has done just that with the Magellan RoadMate 3065 ($150, price as of December 22, 2010). The RoadMate 3065 is designed specifically for business travelers and commuters.
  • Car gadgets threaten drivers' privacy

    Posted January 25, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    For many drivers, the cockpit of their car is a sanctum sanctorum, a place where privacy is sacrosanct. That's becoming less so, however, as high-tech gadgets are introduced to find out what you're doing behind the wheel.
  • Review

    Review: TomTom XXL 550-TM

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:13 pm

    While a 4.3-inch screen has become the standard size for personal navigation devices, the upgrade to a 5.0-inch screen can make a significant difference. TomTom has two series of XXL products with 5.0-inch screens, the XXL 540-TM and the XXL 550-TM reviewed here ($230, price as of 1/5/2011). At one time, such an upgrade carried a huge premium, but no more: Now the premium can be as little as $40.
  • Review

    Review: TomTom XL 350-TM

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:12 pm

    The TomTom XL 350-TM ($170, price as of 1/5/2011) should appeal to both existing fans of TomTom navigators and newcomers alike. Like other models in the XL 350 series, this unit boasts a 4.3-inch touchscreen.
  • Review

    Review: Garmin Nuvi 1350T

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:11 pm

    One of the challenges of buying a GPS navigation device is to figure out just which set of features you want. The other lies in deciphering the differences among models in a product line--in this case, the difference between the Nuvi 1350T ($180 list, as of January 21, 2011) and the Nuvi 1370T. One need look no further than the list prices of these two models to know there’s a difference: The similarly featured 1370T is priced at $250 (as of January 21, 2011).
  • Review

    Review: Garmin Nuvi 265WT

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    If you're shopping for a bargain-priced GPS, searching for the previous year's models is often a good place to start. One of the current best finds is the Garmin Nuvi 265WT. While it still carries a hefty list price of $220 on the Garmin Website (as of 1/21/2011), you can generally find it online for $100 less.
  • Review

    Review: Magellan RoadMate 5045

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    While the standard screen size for GPS navigation devices is 4.3 inches (diagonal), a number of devices now have larger screens. Magellan launched a limited number of devices with 4.7-inch screens last year and expanded the number of different RoadMate 4.7-inch devices to seven, including the RoadMate 3065. But for my driving, I prefer a GPS unit with a 5.0-inch (dia.) screen. The new RoadMate 5045 series features such a 5.0-inch screen and most, but not all, of the features needed to make it an ideal navigation companion.
  • Review

    Review: Garmin Nuvi 1260T

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Each of the GPS manufacturers offers an almost dizzying array of products--each with just slightly different features. The key challenge in buying a GPS navigation device is to determine which features are must-haves and which ones would just be nice to have. Once you make that determination, buying the perfect GPS becomes simpler. Over the past several years, larger screens have been the trend for dashboard GPS devices. Devices with a 4.3-inch screen have almost completely replaced devices with 3.5-inch screens. Still, some people might prefer a smaller screen device. And, often, but not always, the smaller screens could mean a cheaper price. Such is the case with the Garmin Nuvi 1260T.
  • Review

    Review: TomTom GO 2505-TM

    Posted January 24, 2011 - 2:08 pm

    The TomTom GO 2505-TM has virtually every feature that you could want in a nonconnected navigation device. And, the company packs all of that into a striking, slim chassis.
  • Heads up display makes skiing way cooler than you thought

    Posted January 18, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    GPS-enabled Android-running goggles may turn a run down the mountain into a real-life game; or just let you text without looking at your phone.
  • Review

    Apps with maps: 11 iPhone GPS apps compared

    Posted January 14, 2011 - 11:25 am

    The world of iOS-based GPS navigation apps has matured since we last reviewed this category, and the situation has improved. These apps are designed to mimic standalone navigation hardware, those dash-mounted or in-dash devices that guide you to a destination, navigating with the aid of visual cues and maps and often complemented with spoken directions and street names. Both standalone devices and iOS apps can integrate live traffic information for alerts and active rerouting, too.
  • iPad is cool, but wait until you can fly a jet with it

    Posted December 16, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    Citrix' CTO loves what bring-your-own-IT is doing for his business; can't wait to see what developers will do with more than just email and database access.
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