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Out in Front: Uh-oh for Information

July 1, 2013By

Back around 1992, in the early days of the World Wide Web, a starry-eyed pundit trumpeted “The Internet will do for information what TV did for entertainment!” “Uh-oh for information,” riposted an editorial cartoonist at the time. To be sure, television since the 1950s has brought a few new high points of entertainment into homes around the world, as well... read more

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Expecting Twins: A How-To Guide to Dual Launch

June 26, 2013By
Galileo FOC: These pictures give the first detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which has already been delivered to ESA for rigorous testing in simulated space conditions. Credit: OHB

Recently released views of the next two Galileo satellites in the European Space Agency’s testing lab, along with dual-launch rumblings from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin, occasion this story about two birds with one drone. That is, an unmanned autonomous vehicle bound for the exosphere. The rest of the GNSS world is on board with this topic; isn’t... read more

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Google’s $1.1 Billion Purchase of Waze Under FTC Scrutiny

June 26, 2013By
Google+Waze

In a year of ho-hum location deals, or the lack of any, the recent Google purchase of Waze for more than $1 billion is a big one. In fact, readers of GPS World magazine’s LBS Insider would have to go back to the summer of 2007, when TomTom purchased Tele Atlas and Nokia bought Navteq, to find an industry acquisition... read more

The Race to Own Mapping

June 13, 2013By
Trekkers Hiking

Mapping turned up the heat in June, becoming a hot topic across the board. Apple ended negotiations to buy Waze, a provider of crowd sourced mapping and traffic, reportedly because the company did not want to relocate from Israel. Google quickly took Apple’s place as Waze’s buyer. With almost 50 million drivers using Waze, many via Apple Maps, Google would... read more

A New Standard for L1/L2 GPS Static Receivers?

June 13, 2013By
X90_Wellsvilles

In the more than 100+ articles I’ve written for GPS World magazine over the past seven years, I don’t think I’ve ever written about a new product introduction like you will see below. I tend to focus on GNSS and geospatial technologies rather than a brand-specific products and services. In fact, last week I had an outline prepared for my... read more

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Out in Front: Ruminations Upon a Technical Program

June 1, 2013By

The Institute of Navigation’s (ION’s) advance program for the 2013 GNSS+ conference in September arrived in the mail the other day, and was avidly consumed. The technical sessions of this gathering are prime hunting ground for presentations that later become articles in this magazine, as are, to lesser extent, those of the European Navigation Conference, the Joint Navigation Conference, CTIA,... read more

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GPS OCX Ground Control in GAO Report

May 30, 2013By
The next-generation GPS ground-control system, known as OCX.

A March 2013 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) seems to claim that the projected cost of the next-generation GPS ground-control system, known as OCX, increased by 43 percent, or $1 billion over the past year, to a total cost estimate of $3.7 billion. As GPS World contributing editor Don Jewell wrote shortly after the GAO release, “In fact,... read more

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