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CSR Location Platforms Go Live with China’s BeiDou-2 Tracking

March 13, 2013By

CSR plc today announced that its SiRFstarV, SiRFprima and SiRFatlas location platforms are now able to acquire and track satellites and utilize location data from the recently activated BeiDou Satellite Navigation System. The addition of the BeiDou constellation is part of CSR’s ongoing efforts to support all global navigation satellite systems as they become available, with software or firmware upgrades,... read more

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Futuristic Heads-up Glasses with GPS Go to App Developers

March 7, 2013By
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Vuzix Corporation today announced that it has begun shipping M100 Smart Glasses to the first of its Gold developer partners — enabling them to start creating and testing their apps on the real hardware. The M100 Smart Glasses are a smart hands-free display and communications device for mobile data access, once paired to a smartphone and connected to the Internet.... read more

Showing Smartphones the Way Inside

March 1, 2013By
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Using a select set of components, a navigation software development kit can easily be configured to fit a variety of mobile and portable devices. Testing on several current devices demonstrates that the kit’s use of sensors already present in smartphones to enable entertainment can provide 3D positioning when satellite signals are degraded or absent, such as in urban canyons or in deep indoor environments. The solution also provides the heading of the user, the 3D orientation of the device, and the user’s velocity, without restriction on device usage. read more

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Magellan Debuts SmartGPS Apps for Apple and Android Mobile Devices

February 26, 2013By

Magellan has announced Magellan SmartGPS Apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. Following the recent announcement of Magellan’s SmartGPS device, the free Magellan SmartGPS Apps for iOS and Android devices are the next key elements in Magellan’s Smart Ecosystem, a cloud platform that integrates social media and navigation content directly onto a navigation map, the company said. The SmartGPS Apps... read more

Avenza Offers NatGeo Maps Off-Line, Yet Still GPS Interactive

February 20, 2013By

National Geographic Maps has joined with Avenza Systems to offer a new channel to access its map content. The alliance enhances Avenza’s digital map database by adding more than 500 maps from National Geographic and furthers National Geographic Maps’ established reach with mobile consumers. The Avenza PDF Maps app takes advantage of geospatial technology and allows users to view, acquire... read more

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Broadcom Launches GNSS Chip with Geofence Capabilities

February 20, 2013By

Broadcom Corporation has introduced the BCM47521, a GNSS chip with architecture that enables geofence capabilities while preserving battery life. According to Broadcom, the new chip opens the door to always-on location-aware applications such as social networking, place-based mobile commerce and local merchant advertising. Broadcom will showcase its GNSS innovations at the upcoming Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, February 25-28.... read more

Verve Mobile Ad Company Secures Funding from Nokia, Qualcomm

February 13, 2013By

Location-powered mobile advertising company Verve Mobile announced today it has closed its Series C financing led by Nokia Growth Partners, a global growth stage venture firm focused on mobile technology, services and media with participation from new investor Qualcomm Incorporated, acting through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures (QCOM), and Series B lead investor BlueRun Ventures. The capital will be... read more

Intersec and Alcatel-Lucent in Geo-Targeting Partnership

January 14, 2013By

Intersec, which provides software for mobile and integrated operators, has signed a global partnership agreement with Alcatel-Lucent for the creation of a geo-marketing service that will enable mobile operators to connect brands and retailers to consumers via mobile devices, based on their permission, preferences and location, to drive in-store traffic. Intersec’s IGLOO collects and aggregates “anonymised” network data (circuit switch,... read more

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