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Smartphones Take on PCs: Significant Historical Moment

February 16, 2011By

It is a significant first, an iconic moment, a big deal. You will want to remember where you were when you heard that smartphones started to outsell personal computers. According to a report by market research company IDC, consumer electronics makers shipped 100.9 million smartphones worldwide in the last three months of 2010, an 87 percent jump from a year earlier. PC shipments didn’t do as well, edging up just three percent to 92.1 million. read more

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Companies Finding TRB Enterprise and Government Market Haven

February 9, 2011By

Sometimes a market niche appears to be heading toward better things — even if the economy is not. This year’s Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting had its highest attendance ever. While intelligent transportation systems meetings have been shunned in the last few years as being too government-focused, some forward-thinking companies are using the Washington, D.C.-based meeting as a springboard for their enterprise location-based services offerings. read more

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Out in Front: Tech and Techer

February 1, 2011By

Can the development and use of smart technologies actually render us dumber? Have we already lost a mental step or two, as we equip ourselves fearlessly for the future? Marshall McLuhan, the “medium is the message” guy from back when, preached that tools numb whatever part of the body they amplify. By extrapolation, location-enabling tools render us less aware of our actual place. read more

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Webinar Follow-up Q&A: SBAS, DGPS or Post-processing? Which Should You Use?

January 31, 2011By

Last week, I conducted a webinar along with Dr. Michael Whitehead titled "SBAS, DGPS or Post-processing? Which Should You Use?" It was one of the best webinars I've conducted to date. We barely squeezed it into 65 minutes and could have kept going for the better part of two hours, given the subject matter to cover and the number of questions we received before and during the webinar. read more

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January Is Off to a Mad Start

January 19, 2011By

Join me on January 29 at 1:00 ET for a free webinar on location-enabled networking applications. I will talk with my guests from Pelago’s Whrrl and Booyah!’s MyTown about the state of the market, monetization and the future. January is off to a mad start. iPhones users are no longer hostage to AT&T. CES was cooking with navigation announcements from car makers and more connected personal navigation devices. Garmin took a radical step. Location-based social networks applications are getting hotter with a new entry from Qualcomm. AT&T has a new location service for enterprises. And Groupon is sitting on a mattress stuffed with money. read more

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2011: The Year for Galileo

January 18, 2011By

Back in December 2006, I wrote about the momentum of Galileo (Europe's planned satellite navigation system) in an article discussing GNSS trends. It's been discussed off and on for well over a decade. It was a hot topic for a number of years. In fact, back around 2001, the U.S. really didn't want the European Union to embark on the project. read more

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CES Continues to Highlight Navigation’s Market Supremacy

January 12, 2011By

It appears that the Consumer Electronics Show is back to its pre-2009 doldrums as hotels, restaurants, cab lines, and registration numbers were up. Despite large wireless carrier presence, CES seemed to continue to be a place where aftermarket navigation providers are hawking their new units. Either way, it still is possible for LBS players, after fighting their way through miles of 3D-capable TV screens, car speakers, and dozens of entities hawking electronic tablets, to find companies still adding location to their consumer electronics offerings. read more

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