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How Does the Potential AT&T Acquisition of T-Mobile Affect the Location Industry?

April 12, 2011By

Now that CTIA is over, and without a lot of location-based services news at the Orlando show, the time is ripe to examine the potential blockbuster AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile and how it affects the location industry. In the meantime, is Apple trying to get its mapping initiatives stronger to compete with other heavyweights? Does this include trying to be its own map database provider? read more

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GPS Surveying/Mapping Current Events

April 6, 2011By

The first few months of 2011 have been ripe with technical challenges (LightSquared), technical innovations (Galileo/Compass), and business activity (who is Trimble buying next?). read more

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Out in Front: Dual Use, Single Front

April 1, 2011By

As it was in the beginning, now and always, and to the ages of ages — or at least into the conceivable near future: GPS was, is, and shall be a dual-use system. Why, then, reading through the March 15 report of the Technical Working Group (TWG) to the FCC on LightSquared/GPS interference, do we find no mention at all of military receivers? read more

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Webinar Brief – A Closer Look at L5: The Future of High-Precision GNSS

March 18, 2011By

Yesterday I conducted a webinar titled "A Closer Look at L5: The Future of High-Precision GNSS." Preparing for it was quite interesting, so I thought I'd share some of the slides I produced (and had produced) for the webinar. I think you'll find them interesting. read more

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A Look at the Rugged Handheld Algiz 7

March 15, 2011By

The warfighters have spoken. My correspondence lately has been full of questions about tablet and handheld computers. My sources at AT&T and Verizon tell me that the number of iPads in Iraq and Afghanistan have doubled in the last year alone. The problem is that Apple iPads and iPhones, for all their ubiquity, are not rugged in any sense of the word. Enter Handheld US with the Algiz 7. read more

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Beyond Hyper-Local and Location Enhanced

March 15, 2011By

Be all you can be. Being location enabled or “hyper local” isn’t enough. Mobile applications are also trying to increase discoverability, push into Group-On couponing territory, and proactively deliver more relevant recommendations to users. Loopt announced limited-time and perishable inventory deals to users within proximity. Google has introduced an “open now” filter to local mobile search to find nearby businesses that are open. read more

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I’m Buying A New RTK Receiver. What Should I get?

March 15, 2011By

In light of this weeks webinar, A Closer Look at L5: The Future of High-Precision GNSS, and spurred by an email from a reader about how to sift through all the GPS/GNSS receiver choices, following are my thoughts if you're looking to purchase an RTK receiver today. read more

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