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Facebook to Roll out Location App

February 13, 2013By
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There always is a lull in news between the Consumer Electronics Show and the Mobile World Congress, which is later this month in Barcelona. However, published reports that Facebook plans to launch a location application is big news. The social network giant, with more than 1 billion mobile users worldwide, could conceivably generate huge advertising revenue through the location-based friend-finder... read more

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Why the Price of Precision Receivers Will Drop

February 5, 2013By
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For quite some time, I’ve been writing in GPS World magazine and speaking at conferences about the declining prices of high-precision GNSS receivers and how the cost of high-precision data (especially vertical) is going to decline substantially. For my colleagues in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America, you’ve already seen this. Dual-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS receiver prices in those areas are... read more

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Expert Advice: BeiDou, How Things Have Changed

February 1, 2013By

Economically, the System Differs Significantly from Its GNSS Cousins John W. Lavrakas In May 2007, I authored an article in GPS World looking ten years into the future and envisioning how the GNSS field would operate at that then-distant time. Reviewing my assessments, I see that I was both accurate and wide of the mark with my predictions. The prediction... read more

Out in Front: Stand By to Capsize

February 1, 2013By

We have reached our tipping point, say the seven U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff in a January 14 letter to Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. “We are on the brink of creating a hollow force,” they continue. By this they mean that the military of the size that they are required to... read more

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Report from ION ITM: Faster, Smaller, Cheaper

January 29, 2013By

And more of them! That’s been one of the mantras — a controversial one, granted — of technological advance in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. It has succeeded in penetrating the global positioning, navigation, and timing vanguard, as evidenced by a handful of key presentations on the first day of the Institute of Navigation (ION) International Technical Meeting... read more

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From LightSquared to Narrowbanding: What’s Coming in 2013

January 22, 2013By

After a four-month sabbatical and the GPS World servers back in order, I’m back writing on a regular basis. I’ve been super busy on different GPS/GNSS-related products, conferences and various GPS/GNSS applications. Let’s take a look at some of the technologies and events that were significant in 2012 and some that will be significant in 2013 for high-precision GNSS users.... read more

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CES Continues to Showcase Connected Car Products

January 16, 2013By
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CES is big, loud and happens every year. For the past three or so years, the largest tradeshow in the United States has become a showcase for automobile manufacturers’ product rollouts…which is a far cry from the traditional car stereos and mega-huge flat-screen TVs you see walking the several football field-sized show floors. CES may not be everyone’s idea of... read more

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