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Expert Advice: The Chip-Scale Combinatorial Atomic Navigator

August 1, 2013By
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By Andrei Shkel, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Future breakthroughs in microtechnology for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) will likely rely on yet-to-be-exploited physics, new materials, highly specialized fabrication technologies, batch assembly techniques, selective wafer-level trimming and polishing, a combination of passive and active calibration techniques strategically implemented right on-chip, and introduction of innovative test technologies. Such microtechnology advances... read more

Google Disappoints with Mobile Ad Revenue, Apple Shines

July 30, 2013By
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By Janice Partyka, Contributing Editor for Wireless It has been a busy month. Apple is getting help turning around its embarrassing mapping debacle with an acquisition of HopStop and Locationary. Latitude, which enables location sharing and check-ins, is being sunsetted by Google, as it adds that functionality to Google Plus. Twitter acquired Spindle to enable real-time location recommendations. Nokia, leading... read more

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Enter to Win a Handheld GPS Computer

July 30, 2013By
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Real-time 1-2 meter GPS accuracy in the palm of your hand — a spanking new June  T41 rugged handheld computer from Trimble is up for grabs. One lucky winner of the drawing among all entrants who complete the 2013 State of the GNSS Industry Survey will take it home. Other raffle prizes also offered. In addition to a handheld computer... read more

Apple Maps Another Foray, Still Needs Google

July 29, 2013By

By Kevin Dennehy Trying to shake off last year’s mapping debacle, Apple recently bought two companies, HopStop and Locationary.  The purchases, whose financial details were not disclosed, get Apple rooted once more in the location business; how firmly those roots prove to be, and how well they serve the company against arch-rival Google, time will tell. Apple has been stockpiling... read more

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Out in Front: A Star Is Born

July 24, 2013By

Welcome to the club, India, and happy Birth Day. With the July 1 launch of IRNSS-1A, India and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System have officially joined the GNSSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems Society). With full membership, however, come some society duties and responsibilities. Chief and first among these is to provide all other society members and interested parties with... read more

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Get Back, Loretta: DARPA Seeks to Eliminate GPS Dependence

July 24, 2013By
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By Alan Cameron Call it irony, poetic justice, or just the nature of the beast. The same impulse that led to the invention of GPS now has engendered a drive to beget non-GPS. In the 1970s, the U.S. military began putting together a program “to drop five bombs in the same hole.” The program office, to the wall of which... read more

Expert Advice: Cooperative Updates with Maps 2.0

July 1, 2013By

By Oliver Kühn, Skobbler Not so long ago, paper maps were a necessity in many walks of life. Today, they are increasingly a nostalgic novelty, to coin a term. It’s not difficult to understand why digital maps replaced their paper brethren. Digital maps are more accurate, more adaptable, and most importantly, in an increasingly real-time environment, much faster at making... read more