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  • LightSquared admits it will knock out 200,000 sat-navs

    07/01/2011 11:40:09 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | 1 July 2011 | Bill Ray
    Wireless broadband firm LightSquared has admitted that its original plan would have knocked out most GPS sat-nav kit, but argues that its new plan will only leave 200,000 users lost. Reporting on the results of several months of testing, involving 130 different GPS receivers, LightSquared admits that operating in the neighbouring band to GPS satellites will knock out a significant proportion of location-finding kit. But the company reckons its revised plan, announced last week, avoids interfering in all but the most-sensitive GPS kit: which LightSquared pegs at 200,000 devices around the USA. Those are important devices, installed in aircraft to...
  • GPS leads women into water

    06/16/2011 6:35:41 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 111 replies
    upi ^ | June 15, 2011
    BELLEVUE, Wash. - A trio of Washington state women said they were lucky to escape injury when their GPS device directed them to drive into the water. The women said they were driving in Bellevue when the GPS instructed them to make a U-turn that took them down a boat ramp and into Mercer Slough, KIRO-TV, Seattle, reported Wednesday. The women, who were visiting from out of town, received a ride back to the hotel from firefighters.

    05/17/2011 1:06:52 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies · 1+ views
    self | May 17, 2011 | swampsniper
    On the 6th of this month I sent my 7 or 8 year old GPS72 to the Garmin service center in Kansas. It had been a reliable tool but was showing signs of failure and died on a recent trip to Fort Benning, Georgia.I got it back today, looks and works like new again and it only cost me about 70 bucks including UPS to Garmin.I know I could have bought a new one but I like the old beast just fine.
  • Testing of new wireless network could cause GPS outages

    05/15/2011 1:12:19 PM PDT · by NewHampshireDuo · 50 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 14 May, 2011 | Karoun Demirjian
    A warning for night drivers: If your GPS navigator gives out on you this week, don’t despair. What you’re experiencing is only a test of the emerging broadband system. Starting Monday, broadband developer LightSquared will start testing its planned 4G speed wireless network in the Las Vegas area. The test will run after midnight for several hours for 10 days, and if it works, Las Vegas could become one of the first U.S. cities to get on a super-high speed Internet grid that’s independent of any particular service provider. But if it fails, government agencies warn that it could compromise...
  • Travelers warned not to rely only on GPS (Darwin Award nominees)

    05/13/2011 8:44:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Reuters/WSAU ^ | 5/13/11
    Travelers in the western U.S. should not rely solely on technology such as GPS for navigation, authorities said, after a Canadian couple were lost in the Nevada wilderness for 48 days. Albert Chretien, 59, and his wife Rita Chretien, 56, sought a shorter route between Boise, Idaho and Jackpot, Nevada during a road trip from British Columbia to Las Vegas. Rita Chretien drank water from a stream and rationed meager supplies until hunters found her on Friday. Albert Chretien has been missing since March 22, when he went to seek help. The Chretians mapped the route on their hand-held GPS,...
  • DOJ Pitches GPS Surveillance Case to Supreme Court

    04/16/2011 9:28:27 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    legaltechtoday ^ | April 15, 2011 | Global EDD Group
    Last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the life sentence of a Washington area man named Antoine Jones, saying the government violated Jones’ privacy rights in clandestinely tracking his movement for a month in a drug trafficking investigation.
  • L.A. officials want to track building inspectors by GPS in wake of FBI sting

    04/12/2011 4:26:45 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 7 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 12, 2011 | David Zahniser
    Days after two city inspectors were arrested by the FBI on suspicion of taking bribes, officials at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety called Tuesday for the agency to electronically track the whereabouts of its employees. Building and Safety spokesman David Lara said his department sent a series of recommendations to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, including a move to activate the GPS tracking devices contained within each inspector’s cellphone and laptop computer. “For us, it’s mostly about making sure our inspectors are where they’re supposed to be,” Lara said. “With the latest turn of events, it’s too bad that...
  • Planned wireless Internet network threatens GPS

    04/06/2011 4:41:56 AM PDT · by Jonah Hex · 32 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2011 | Joelle Tessler
    A new, ultra-fast wireless Internet network is threatening to overpower GPS signals across the U.S. and interfere with everything from airplanes to police cars to consumer navigation devices. The problem stems from a recent government decision to let a Virginia company called LightSquared build a nationwide broadband network using airwaves next to those used for GPS. Manufacturers of GPS equipment warn that strong signals from the planned network could jam existing navigation systems. A technical fix could be expensive — billions of dollars by one estimate — and there's no agreement on who should pay. Government officials pledge to block...
  • Sex offender caught after ditching GPS bracelet

    03/17/2011 10:11:43 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 18 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 3/17/11 | O'Ryan Johnson
    State police captured a “sexually violent predator” from Milford who was freed despite being convicted last year of aggravated rape, rape and abuse of a child, and indecent assault and battery among other offenses, according to state records and state police. Brian M. Addeo, 32, cut off his GPS tracking bracelet Friday in a Tewksbury parking lot and tossed it in the back of a pickup truck, state police said. Addeo remained on the run until last night, when the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension team captured him in Augusta, Maine, state police said. “We’re thrilled we got him,” said...
  • Quake moved Japan coast 8 feet; shifted Earth's axis

    03/12/2011 2:04:19 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 141 replies
    CNN ^ | March 12, 2011 1:58 a.m. EST | By Kevin Voigt
    The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and shifted the Earth on its axis. "At this point, we know that one GPS station moved (8 feet), and we have seen a map from GSI (Geospatial Information Authority) in Japan showing the pattern of shift over a large area is consistent with about that much shift of the land mass," said Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Reports from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude...
  • N.Korea Still Jamming GPS Signals (disrupting civilian airplane's GPS)

    03/10/2011 4:35:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 03/10/11
    N.Korea Still Jamming GPS Signals North Korea has been jamming Global Positioning System signals in South Korea since last Friday, it emerged. "The North kept jamming GPS devices as of Tuesday," a senior government official said Wednesday. "The attack isn't common knowledge because there's been no tangible damage, but it continues." There was one report that the GPS equipment of civilian aircraft near Incheon International Airport was faulty last Sunday. The official added the government identified Kaesong and Mt. Kumgang as the sources of the jamming attack. Interfering signals are sent out constantly, "so we can't say exactly when and...
  • N. Korea jams GPS signals to disrupt Korea-U.S. drills: sources

    03/05/2011 10:43:38 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 03/06/11
    N. Korea jams GPS signals to disrupt Korea-U.S. drills: sources SEOUL, March 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea recently jammed GPS signals in South Korea in an apparent bid to disrupt Seoul's annual military drills with U.S. forces, government sources said Sunday. GPS signals in Seoul and nearby cities, including Incheon and Paju, were temporarily disrupted on Friday afternoon, causing mobile phones and certain military equipment in the area to malfunction, the sources said. "My understanding is that errors were detected in a very few equipment within the telecom industry," a defense official said. "Some measurement equipment in artillery units was...
  • Massachusetts Legislature Considering Putting GPS Locators In Firearms

    03/05/2011 8:54:06 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 22 replies ^ | 03/05/11 | Gun Nut
    Last Thursday, 03/03/11, we reported that there is a bill under consideration in the Connecticut legislature that would require confiscation of all magazines with a capacity of over ten rounds that remain in the state 90 days after the bill becomes law, if it does. Now, the geniuses in Massachusetts are proposing going Connecticut one better. Its a state commission to study the feasibility of requiring Global Positioning Systems (GPS) locators in firearms. Here is the bill:
  • Simple Tips To Protect Yourself From ‘Geo-Stalking’

    03/01/2011 4:01:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    CBS) ^ | March 1, 2011 1:29 PM
    Through a combination of Web technologies and cheaper, more ubiquitous devices, we are now witnessing what could be the golden era of geo-stalking. Certainly, having a GPS inside your phone is convenient. But, because of GPS data embedded in pictures taken with cell phones, those pictures may also share information with strangers that allows them to track you all the way to your front door. For more information on how to protect your information and turn off your GPS photo function....
  • 1 in 4 cancer cases missed: GPs send away alarming number of patients, delaying vital treatment

    02/27/2011 7:44:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/27/11 | by Sophie Borland & David Wilkes
    A quarter of cancer sufferers are being sent away by GPs with their early warning signs dismissed as minor ailments, a study reveals today. Tens of thousands of patients are initially told that their symptoms are ‘nothing to worry about’ or advised to take painkillers or antibiotics for months. They have to make repeated trips to their doctor before being given a correct diagnosis, the report concludes. Britain has one of the lowest cancer survival rates in Europe despite billions being invested in treatment over the last decade.
  • Schools use GPS to track students who skip

    02/18/2011 8:04:35 PM PST · by Immerito · 30 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 18, 2011 | Rosa Golijan
    Skipping class, though frowned upon, is practically a rite of passage for young teens, but thanks to an elaborate system involving GPS being used by some school districts, it is practically being eliminated completely. The Orange County Register reports that the Anaheim Union High School District in California is currently participating in a pilot program which involves using a combination of Global Positioning System technology, automated telephone reminders, and one-on-one coaching to cut down on truancy. It's similar to programs being used in Baltimore and San Antonio. Basically any students in the seventh- or eighth-grade who have four or more...
  • Sweetheart deal for billionaire could cut off GPS service

    02/10/2011 12:20:19 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 69 replies
    FCC bending the rules for obama's internet service. Throw your GPS's in the trash.
  • EDITORIAL: Obama to America: Get lost--Sweetheart deal for billionaire could cut off GPS service

    02/07/2011 5:37:55 PM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 7, 2011 | Editorial
    In the past decade, millions have come to depend on the seeming magic of the global positioning system (GPS) to guide them to their destination. The navigational gadgets in cars, cell phones and other hand-held devices can even be a lifesaver. Now the system may be undermined by a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision last month to allow a well-connected company to exploit a slice of the airwaves in a way that potentially blocks GPS signals. The FCC bent the rules so the Reston-based firm LightSquared could offer a new wireless Internet service that fulfills President Obama‘s high-profile push for...
  • Missing dog finds way home after 5 years - even to owners' new house!

    01/20/2011 12:29:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | Wednesday, January 19th 2011, 6:20 PM | BY Lauren Johnston
    You'd almost think this little dog had a built-in GPS. A shaggy-haired Shih Tzu named Prince - missing for five years - has found his way home even though his owner moved four times since he disappeared. Myrna Carrillo got the cute pooch when he was just a puppy, and had him for three years before he went missing from her mother's house in Delano, Calif., NBC News reports. "It was sad you know, because I was really attached to him," Carillo said. Carillo got married, had two children and moved four times in the five years that Prince was...
  • FLIGHT ADVISORY: GPS Testing [spooky timing?]

    01/19/2011 8:23:34 PM PST · by backwoods-engineer · 27 replies
    Federal Aviation Administration ^ | January 19, 2011 | Anonymous
    FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION FLIGHT ADVISORY GPS Testing CSFTL GPS 11-01 January 20-February 11, 2011 February 15-February 22, 2011 Brunswick, GA The Department of Defense will conduct GPS tests on January 20th through February 22nd, 2011. During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable. A. Location: Centered at 304906N/0802811W or the location know as 105.25 degrees and 52.1 NM from the SSI VOR. B. Dates and times: GPS testing is scheduled on January 20th through February 11th, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily and February 15th through February 22nd, 2011 from 0000-0245 UTC daily. These tests may not be concurrent...
  • With more snow approaching, New York mayor vows preparedness (plows get GPS trackers)

    01/06/2011 6:13:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/06/11
    With more snow approaching, New York mayor vows preparednessThu Jan 6, 2011 5:50pm EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - With New York City facing another likely snowstorm this weekend, Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed on Thursday that improvements have been made to avoid the mishandled mess that was made of last week's massive storm. Bloomberg, who has been widely criticized for the many streets that went unplowed and the transportation systems that ground to a halt, said the city is better prepared for snow. An accumulation of roughly six inches is expected in the New York region on Friday. The city is...
  • Three Russian Glonass satellites crash into Pacific Ocean, no severe damage to navigation system...

    12/05/2010 10:49:06 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    Xinhuanet ^ | 2010-12-05 22:54:26 | Editor: Mu Xuequan
    MOSCOW, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Three Russian satellites launched earlier Sunday have crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii Islands after falling off course, RIA news agency reported. Russia's space agency Roscosmos is not available for confirmation at present. According to the latest information gained by RIA Novosti, the upper stage of the Proton-M rocket carrier and three Glonass-M navigation satellites have fallen into the sea area 1500 km northwest of Honolulu, causing no casualties nor damages. Interfax said in a latest report the crash might be caused by stronger propulsive force of the Proton-M rocket, which deviated from its...
  • Polish Soldiers in Afghanistan Given Faulty GPS Units

    11/10/2010 12:04:59 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 11/8/2010 | Clay Dillow
    In Afghanistan, perhaps more so than in a small Polish town, it’s important to know exactly where you’re going. So you can imagine the frustration felt by Polish troops serving in Afghanistan when faulty GPS equipment told them that they weren’t in Afghanistan, but in one of several African nations or back home in the small town of Zielona Gora in Western Poland. The equipment, according to one Polish officer quoted in the Polish press, has caused some units to become completely disoriented in the Afghan frontier, a place where coalition soldiers really don’t want to be wandering around aimlessly....
  • Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps

    11/05/2010 12:44:42 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Search Engine Land ^ | 11/04/10 | Matt McGee
    "An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America. A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica. The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory. La Nacion, says the Nicaraguan commander, Eden Pastora, used Google Maps to “justify” the incursion even though the official maps used by both countries indicate...
  • Excalibur Use Rises In Afghanistan

    10/27/2010 9:46:56 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 10/27/2010 | Colin Clark
    Since the GPS-guided Excalibur artillery round first made it to Iraq and Afghanistan, roughly 200 rounds have been fired. In the last week or so, use of that round has pulsed. Army artillerymen have fired 20 rounds or 10 percent of the total in Afghanistan, according to James Riley, Raytheon Missile System’s vice president for land systems. We don’t have similar numbers for the Marines, who have been using the shell as well. Excalibur has been at the center of debate in the Army as the service grapples with the tradeoffs of cost, capability and logistics. Army Vice Chief of...
  • Oil change reignites debate over GPS trackers

    10/17/2010 12:24:32 AM PDT · by jerry557 · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/16/10 | Paul Elias
    SAN FRANCISCO – Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old computer salesman and community college student, took his car in for an oil change earlier this month and his mechanic spotted an odd wire hanging from the undercarriage. The wire was attached to a strange magnetic device that puzzled Afifi and the mechanic. They freed it from the car and posted images of it online, asking for help in identifying it. Two days later, FBI agents arrived at Afifi's Santa Clara apartment and demanded the return of their property — a global positioning system tracking device now at the center of a raging...
  • North Korean GPS Jammer Spotted

    10/16/2010 9:47:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/14/2010 | The Strategy Page
    For the last five years, South Korean intelligence has been trying to get their hands on North Korea's new GPS jammer. The South Korean recently revealed that they had evidence that these jammers were now mounted on North Korean electronic warfare vehicles. These jammers are used to spoil the aim of GPS guided bombs and missiles, and are believed to have a range of 50-100 kilometers. South Korea believes the jammer technology was obtained from Russia. The U.S., NATO, Israel and several Middle Eastern nations (friendly to the U.S.) are big users of GPS guided weapons. The North Korean device...
  • Student Says He Found FBI Tracking Device on Car (FBI says no warrant necessary)

    10/10/2010 4:09:29 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 108 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9 October 2010 | Kevin Dolak
    A 20-year-old college student in California said he was shocked to discover he has been followed by the FBI when earlier this week he found a GPS tracker placed underneath his car. Yasir Afifi, a half-Egyptian, half-American Muslim and U.S. citizen, said he was having the oil changed on his car last Sunday at a Santa Clara, Calif., auto shop when he noticed a wire and the black device underneath the automobile as it was being raised. "I was born here in Santa Clara, I just turned 20 last August. I'm a sales manager, we sell laptops and I'm a...
  • FBI Spies on Student, Retrieves GPS Device

    10/08/2010 5:52:54 PM PDT · by Cindy · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | October 8, 2010 6:17 PM | n/a
    PHOTO CAPTION: "Yasir Afifi said the FBI planted a GPS device on his car and later confiscated it when a friend posted this photo online. (Credit: khaledthegypsy/REDDIT)" SNIPPET: "Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old student and U.S.-born citizen found a GPS tracking device on his car. A friend posted pictures of the device, which resulted in the FBI coming by Afifi's Santa Clara, Calif., apartment to retrieve the surveillance equipment. It seems the FBI was tracking Afifi's movements..."
  • N.Korea jamming device 'a new security threat'

    10/08/2010 3:50:24 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Voice of America ^ | October 7, 2010 | Stever Herman
    Defense officials in South Korea and military analysts elsewhere are expressing concern about what they call a new type of threat from Pyongyang. The North Koreans, according to South Korea's government, are now capable of disrupting GPS receivers, which are a critical component of modern military and civilian navigation.
  • Actor Tony Curtis Loved His iPhone So Much That He Was Buried With It

    10/04/2010 9:38:00 PM PDT · by RightOnTheLeftCoast · 40 replies · 2+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 4 October 2010 | Rosa Golijan
    Actor Tony Curtis Loved His iPhone So Much That He Was Buried With It While I was reading MSNBC's touching write up of Tony Curtis' funeral, something caught my attention. It was right there—right in the list of treasured items buried with the late actor: An iPhone.It's not really uncommon for individuals to request that some dear possessions be buried with them and I doubt that this is the first time one of those items was a gadget. But the fact that the shiny device seemed like it fit right in with all the other possessions shows how we're gradually...
  • Tsunamis leave ionosphere all shook up

    09/15/2010 9:10:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Nature News ^ | 14 September 2010 | Richard Lovett
    Progress of waves through open sea sends vibrations that magnify with height up the entire atmospheric column. The signals of GPS satellites could be used to monitor tsunamis as they sweep across the ocean. In the most detailed study to date of the effect, scientists have shown that even though open ocean tsunami waves are only a few centimetres high, they are powerful enough to create atmospheric vibrations extending all the way to the ionosphere, 300 kilometres up in the atmosphere. The finding, the researchers hope, could hugely improve tsunami early-warning systems. In a study published online on 1 September...
  • Virginia court upholds GPS tracking of suspect's vehicle

    09/10/2010 7:44:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Va. court upholds GPS tracking of suspect's vehicleBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 09, 2010 Richmond, Va. - The same GPS technology that motorists use to get directions can be used by police without a warrant to track the movements of criminal suspects on public streets, the Virginia Court of Appeals said yesterday. In a case that prompted warnings of Orwellian snooping by the government, the court unanimously ruled that Fairfax County police did nothing wrong when they planted a GPS device on the bumper of a registered sex offender's work van without obtaining a warrant. Police were investigating sexual...
  • Gov. Can Now Track Your Phones Without Warrant

    09/08/2010 12:45:06 PM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | September 8, 2010 | Kevin Parrish
    A new ruling says that--in most cases--government and law agencies don't need a search warrant to track cell phones.Tuesday a federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled that--in most cases--the FBI and other police agencies do not need a search warrant in order to track the location of cell phones used by Americans. The three-judge panel of the Third Circuit sided with the Obama Administration (pdf) in the belief that a signed search warrant--one based on a probable cause to suspect criminal activity--isn't necessary when obtaining logs from wireless carriers that depict the whereabouts of a cell phone. However the panel...
  • The Government Can Use GPS to Track Your Moves

    Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway — and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements. That is the bizarre — and scary — rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government...
  • GPS linked smartphones stop burglary crime spree

    08/25/2010 9:42:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies · 1+ views
    hconline ^ | 8-18-10 | James Ridgeway, Jr
    On Aug. 13, three men entered and burglarized a Bridgeview home in Northwest Houston. The residents of the house, Windi Youngblood, Corey Phelps, and baby daughter, slept undisturbed through the night. Suspects Jason Hamlin, Justin Hamlin, and Zachary Mckinzie, were caught by Precinct 4 constables less than 8 hours later. The constables found the suspects through an odd turn of events. The three men had been broadcasting their GPS coordinates the whole time. Phelps and Youngblood use a feature on their smartphones that link each phone to the other. “We started using this feature to help keep up with the...
  • The Government's New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS

    08/25/2010 9:52:33 AM PDT · by 444Flyer · 129 replies ^ | 8-25-10 | Adam Cohen
    Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements. That is the bizarre - and scary - rule that now applies in California and eight other Western states. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers this vast jurisdiction, recently decided the government...
  • The Government's New Right to Track Your Every Move With GPS

    08/25/2010 9:54:38 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 08.25.2010 | ADAM COHEN
    Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government isn't tracking your movements.
  • Worst GPS ever gets 'Simpsons' writer to Peabody

    08/17/2010 8:54:20 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    Salem (MA) News | 8/17/10 | Alan Burke
    PEABODY — If anybody should know not to take advice from Homer Simpson it's Mike Reiss. But he listened to the big goof anyway. "We came via a GPS (global positioning system) mistake," Reiss explained yesterday. "I have a Homer Simpson global positioning system. It speaks in the voice of Homer Simpson." Reiss, 50, and wife, Denise, after staying with friends in Wenham, were looking for the Peabody Essex Museum. They followed Homer's directions with some skepticism. "Are you sure, Homer?" they are apt to ask. And with reason. Homer took them to the City of Peabody instead of the...
  • GPS use voids conviction - Court overturns D.C. man's drug sentence

    08/08/2010 11:29:50 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 50 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2010 | Jim McElhatton
    Ruling that federal agents erred in attaching a satellite tracking device to a vehicle without a search warrant, a federal appeals court has reversed the life sentence of man accused of running a major Washington drug ring. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday found that the government's use of GPS technology to track defendant Antoine Jones' Jeep violated the Fourth Amendment. Civil liberties groups that aided in the appeal of Mr. Jones, whose case involved the largest cocaine seizure in city history, called the ruling an important legal victory for privacy rights....
  • Man Arrested In Michigan Charged In NC Homicide (Illegal? tracked cheating wife to lover w/GPS)

    07/28/2010 3:43:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies · 3+ views
    WXII ^ | 7/24/10
    Man Arrested In Mich. Charged In NC HomicideContreras Suspected Of Shooting Alamance County Man In Chest UPDATED: 2:06 pm EDT July 24, 2010 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A man was arrested in Michigan this week and charged with first-degree murder in connection with an Alamance County homicide. Michigan state police, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force out of Grand Rapids, and detectives from Alamance County Sheriff's Office arrested Raul Zuniga Conteras, 34, Saturday morning. Contreras was charged in connection with a homicide that happened on Monday. Police said David Wayne Smith was shot in the chest on...
  • App helps San Fran police track stolen iPhone fast

    07/23/2010 8:07:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 3+ views ^ | Fri Jul 23, 7:40 am ET
    A man accused of swiping an Apple iPhone out of a woman's hand in San Francisco may have been shocked when police found him only nine minutes later. It turns out the phone had been tracking his every move. The iPhone was being used to test a new, real-time GPS tracking application, and the woman holding it was an intern for the software's maker, Mountain View-based Covia Labs. Covia CEO David Kahn had sent the intern into the street to demonstrate the software. Police say Horatio Toure snatched it and sped away on a bicycle. Khan was watching a live...
  • San Francisco's unluckiest thief

    07/21/2010 4:33:09 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/21/10 | Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
    There are unlucky thieves, and then there is Horatio Toure. According to San Francisco police, the 31-year-old city resident rode a bicycle up to a woman Monday afternoon in the South of Market neighborhood, snatched an iPhone out of her hands, and then pedaled away. Problem was, the woman was carrying the phone as part of a company's demonstration of a real-time GPS tracking program. If the bandit would have taken a peek at the screen, he would have seen himself traveling across a map of San Francisco. Toure was captured a half-mile away about 10 minutes later, at 4:01...
  • China Builds Its Own GPS Network

    06/23/2010 10:58:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 6/22/2010 | The Strategy Page
    China recently launched the fourth of 35 Beidou ("Compass") navigation satellites. Within two years, it will have enough Beidou birds in orbit to provide GPS type service for all of China. By the end of the decade, all 35 satellites will be up, and the entire planet will have access to Beidou. It was two years ago that China decided to expand its Beidou satellite navigation system to cover the entire planet, like GPS, Galileo and Glonass. Think of the original Beidou system as GPS light. That version of Beidou (or Beidou 1) only covered East Asia, and not even...
  • New RFID Chip Allows Government To Exterminate You At Will

    06/16/2010 8:47:17 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 16 replies · 708+ views
    Intel Hub ^ | 6-16-2010 | Shepard Ambellas And Alex Thomas
    Some of this information has been readily available but in light of the Gulf Coast situation, this information is more important than ever. In the event of disaster or evacuation, the government might feel the need to track people in order to make sure that they are “safe.” At least that’s what Radiant RFID has in mind with its newest technology. Radiant RFID has even ran beta tests on real-time disasters such as hurricanes Gustav and Ike. This system uses combined RFID and GPS technology to track and trace equipment and personnel. Here is an excerpt from the RFID Journal,...
  • Pentagon: A Space Junk Collision Could Set Off Catastrophic Chain Reaction

    06/04/2010 11:44:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 776+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 5/27/2010 | Clay Dillow
    Every now and again someone raises a stern warning about the amount of space junk orbiting Earth. Those warnings are usually met with general indifference, as very few of us own satellites or travel regularly to low Earth orbit. But the DoD's assessment of the space junk problem finds that perhaps we should be paying attention: space junk has reached a critical tipping point that could result in a cataclysmic chain reaction that brings everyday life on Earth to a grinding halt. Our reliance on satellites goes beyond the obvious. We depend on them for television signals, the evening weather...
  • Police Warn Parents about mobile phone GPS app after alleged sex assault

    06/04/2010 11:45:26 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 26 replies · 811+ views
    The Vancouver Sun ^ | 5/4/2010 | Tracy Sherlock
    A 54-year-old Vancouver man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old North Vancouver youth after using a new mobile GPS technology designed to help gay men hook up. Brent Tynan, 54, of Vancouver, faces charges of sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault, RCMP Cpl. Marlene Morton said in a press release. Police said the 15-year-old youth said he met the suspect through an application called Grindr, a social networking tool that connects users to gay and bisexual men who are nearby, Morton said. The application works on mobile devices that have a built-in GPS function to...
  • Texas Man Indicted for Attempting to Provide Material Support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

    06/03/2010 4:32:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 251+ views
    FBI Houston ^ | June 3, 2010
    HOUSTON—A federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas returned an indictment today charging Barry Walter Bujol, Jr., with attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno and FBI Houston Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers announced today. “Protecting the American public from the threat of terrorism, both international and home-grown, is the highest priority of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas,” said U.S. Attorney Moreno. “Proactive investigative efforts and cooperation between the...
  • Glitch shows how much US military relies on GPS

    06/01/2010 10:28:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 510+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | 6/1/2010 | AP via Google News
    A problem that rendered as many as 10,000 U.S. military GPS receivers useless for days is a warning to safeguard a system that enemies would love to disrupt, a defense expert says. The Air Force has not said how many weapons, planes or other systems were affected or whether any were in use in Iraq or Afghanistan. But the problem, blamed on incompatible software, highlights the military's reliance on the Global Positioning System and the need to protect technology that has become essential for protecting troops, tracking vehicles and targeting weapons. "Everything that moves uses it," said John Pike, director...
  • Air Force Launches Long-awaited First GPS 2F Satellite

    05/30/2010 10:02:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 441+ views
    Space news ^ | 5/27/2010 | Turner Brinton
    The U.S. Air Force on May 27 successfully launched the first of a new generation of GPS satellites aboard a Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., the service announced May 28. The GPS 2F-1 satellite was placed into a roughly 17,600-kilometer orbit and joins an operational constellation of 30 previous-generation GPS satellites, the Air Force press release said. The GPS 2F satellites are more powerful than previous GPS satellites, generating more robust, jam-resistant signals, according to prime contractor Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of Seal Beach, Calif. The satellites will also provide a third civil signal...