Mobile Devices

California’s Ban on Texting while Driving Extends to Navigation

April 9, 2013By

Steve Spriggs was cited for holding his smartphone in his hand using it for navigation while driving. California code 23123 reads, “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.” Spriggs  fought the ticket,... read more

New Furuno Multi-GNSS Receiver Chips Available this Summer

March 28, 2013By

Furuno Electric Co., Ltd., has announced that new multi-GNSS receiver chips eRideOPUS 6 and eRideOPUS 7 will be available in August. The new receiver chips are multi-GNSS compliant single-chip LSIs, capable of concurrently receiving signals from multiple satellites in GNSS systems and satellite-based augmentation systems, as well as Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System. Both chips receive signals from GPS and Galileo;... read more

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Apple’s $100M Settlement over Kids’ In-App Purchases Sparks Controversy

March 11, 2013By

Developers and consumers are divided over where responsibility lies around in-app purchases for mobile games by children. Apple’s settlement of a class-action lawsuit over the use of in-app purchases (IAPs) by children for $100 million sparked considerable disagreement across social media. According to the terms put forth by Apple, anyone whose children purchased currency, medals, weapons or other virtual goods... read more

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Navigation Test Supplier IFEN Establishes U.S. Company

March 11, 2013By

IFEN GmbH, based outside of Munich, Germany, has established IFEN Inc. in the United States. The new U.S. company will address the needs of the American market for GNSS test equipment, IFEN said. “IFEN Inc., located in Corona, California, will greatly facilitate order placement, delivery and support for U.S. customers,” said Günter Heinrichs, head of Customer Applications and Business Development, of... 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

Fujitsu Shows off High-Tech Walking Cane with GPS

March 4, 2013By
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Fujitsu has revealed a walking cane with built-in GPS. Fujitsu displayed the cane at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, reports engadget. No launch date has been set for the device. Fujitsu’s GPS cane allows users to set a route and get directions through an LED display in the handle, and follow directions along with a large arrow. If... 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

Qualcomm Announces 4G LTE Advanced Connectivity Platform for Mobile Computing

February 25, 2013By

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., has announced the industry’s first 4G LTE Advanced embedded data connectivity platform for mobile computing devices, including thin form factor laptops, tablets and convertibles. The technology, based on Qualcomm Technologies’ Gobi chipsets — the MDM9225 and MDM9625 — is the first embedded, mobile computing solution to support LTE carrier aggregation and LTE Category 4 with peak data... read more