Articles about Gps

Barton aqueduct mid swing, photo Alun Taylor

Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

Geek's Guide to Britain There are several fine examples of Victorian engineering still working in Blighty. Tower Bridge in London is one of my personal favourites. I was surprised to discover that another was on my doorstep. Well, 4.34km (2.7 miles) from my doorstep to be more accurate. The Grade II-listed Barton Swing Aqueduct in Salford was built …
Alun Taylor, 28 Jul 2016
Pokemon toys

Bot-herders fire fake GPS co-ords at Niantic to collect Pokémon

Well, that didn't take long: Pokémon Go players with sore feet and a case of sitzlust* are sending virtual robots out into virtual reality to catch virtual creatures and bring them home. Published “for educational use only” (read: “don't sue us, go after users”), the Necrobot at GitHub does all the messing about with Pokeballs …
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Apps record your heartbeat but now you worry the Census will remember your name?

Australia will conduct a census on August 9th and for the first time will retain name and address details in the data set created by the nationwide data dredge. That's got privacy advocates worried that your data could be linked to multiple other government data sets, so much so that friend of The Register Jack Skinner has …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2016

Australian maps and GPS will align by 2020

Geo-boffins are getting ready to nudge Australia to the north, so its national map data agrees with the new world of GPS. The country's maps are currently based on a standard called the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GAD94), which is more than 20 years old and ties map references to locations fixed on the Australian …
China will see you on the dark side of the moon

Maxthon web browser blabs about your PC all the way back to Beijing

A web browser developed by Chinese company Maxthon has allegedly been collecting telemetry about its users. Polish security consultancy Exatel warns [PDF] that Maxthon is phoning home information such as the computer's operating system and version number, the screen resolution, the CPU type and speed, the amount of memory …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2016
Johnny English

FBI arrests satellite engineer on charges of espionage

A US military contractor is alleged to have tried to sell Uncle Sam's satellite secrets to someone he thought was a Russian intelligence officer, the Feds claim. Gregory Allen Justice, 49, of Culver City, California, worked as a security tester on military satellites, including the GPS system, the Milstar military …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jul 2016
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Huge double boxset of Android patches lands after Qualcomm disk encryption blown open

Google has released two bundles of Android security patches this month: a smaller one to handle bugs in the operating system, and a larger package that tackles a raft of driver-level issues, particularly with Qualcomm's hardware. The first tranche of patches includes eight critical, 11 high severity, and nine fixes that are …
Iain Thomson, 06 Jul 2016

Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

Brexit A brace of French politicians has demanded a rapid post-Brexit de-anglicisation of EU business, potentially leaving the English-speaking majority of Ireland scrabbling for their Gaelic phrase books. The Gallic complaints about the English language came as the Irish Language Commissioner detailed Irish Irish speakers' …
Joe Fay, 27 Jun 2016
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Down and out in the Middle Kingdom: Beijing is sinking

Beijing is one of the most water-stressed cities in the world, and research carried out using satellite interferometry shows one of the side-effects of that: the city is sinking. Not by a trivial amount, either: according to this open-access study in the journal Remote Sensing, the eastern part of the city is subsiding by 100 …

Hatches sealed on ISS pump-up space podule

The hatches have been closed on the International Space Station's (ISS) Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, following three days' work by astronaut Jeff Williams installing sensors and other hardware inside the pump-up space podule. BEAM will spend two years attached to the orbiting outpost's Tranquility module, as NASA and …
Lester Haines, 09 Jun 2016
NASA F-18s working on formation aerodynamics

US military tests massive GPS jamming weapon over California

The US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is warning aircraft to stay a few hundred miles away from the Naval Air Weapons Station at China Lake, California, because the military is testing a new gizmo that disrupts GPS – and may also mess with flight control systems. gps jamming map Like Bob Marley, the US military is jammin …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2016

Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

Security biz Pentest is sounding alarms after it found an Android app it says has been downloaded 50 millions times despite being "little more than malware." UK-based Pentest said a whitepaper study [PDF] of the popular Flash Keyboard found that the Android app is "abusing" OS permissions, inserting potentially malicious ads, …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jun 2016
Professional carbon drone with GPS. Pic via Shutterstock

FAA to test Brit drone-busting kit

The US's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will trial the "world's first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt-defeat Anti-UAV Defence System (AUDS)", developed by a trio of British companies. Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics and Enterprise Control Systems describe AUDS as intended "for countering drones or …
Lester Haines, 01 Jun 2016
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

German boffins' clock drops 10 seconds in a billion-and-a-half years

Optical clocks are already so accurate that you can expect them to be out by a second every 15 billion years, but they suffer from frequent downtime. Now a group of boffins from The National Metrology Institute of Germany (PTB, which stands for Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt) reckon they've got that problem licked, by …
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Florida man, Chinese biz fined $48k, $35m on mobe signal jam raps

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has fined a Florida chap and a Chinese business over cellphone jamming boxes. The watchdog said it will try to extract [PDF] $34.9m from Shenzhen-based retailer CTS Technologies for marketing illegal jammers and, in a separate case, will fine [PDF] a bloke $48,000 for using a …
Shaun Nichols, 26 May 2016

Galileo satnav fleet grows an extra pair

Europe's home-grown Galileo satnav network is two orbiting operatives closer to a full constellation following the successful launch earlier today of satellites 13 and 14. The pair blasted off atop a Soyuz rocket from Kourou in French Guiana at 08:48 GMT, en route to joining their fellow Galileos at an altitude of 23,222km …
Lester Haines, 24 May 2016
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Goats boost solar power

Japanese solar power plant operator SB Energy Corp will use goats and sheep to boost the output of its 43MW plant in Yonago City, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Nikkei Technology reports that the plant will employ four sheep and two goats to eat weeds. The site is apparently threatened by vines that grow on the plant's fences and …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016
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Safety, pah! Digital Dukes of Hazzard have robot cars powersliding

Video Last month, Google, Ford and Uber started a lobbying group called the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets to promote autonomous vehicles on safety grounds, but boffins in Georgia are having far more fun with their hardware. While Google spends time pootling around Mountain View at 25mph, researchers at Georgia Tech, the …
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2016
Professional carbon drone with GPS. Pic via Shutterstock

US government publishes drone best practices

You can't use drones to check whether your employee really is sick, or to take pictures of your neighbors, unless you're a news organization in which case the sky is the limit - or more accurately not the limit. That's according to advice published by the US government over how best to use drones – or unmanned aircraft systems …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 May 2016
The audience at Continuous Lifecycle London

Continuous Lifecycle London: What we saw, what we learned

Video If you ever wondered what would happen when some of the leading lights of the software development world came together with a couple of hundred very real world users, you really should have been at Continuous Lifecycle London earlier this month. The event, brought to you by Situation Publishing, the people behind The Register …
Joe Fay, 20 May 2016
Chrome boss

Chrome OS to get Android apps via the magic of containers

Google I/O 2016 Google has pulled the move the software market has been waiting ages for, and built a system to run Android apps on its desktop operating system. The system works by setting up a Linux container in the Chrome operating system that runs a complete version of Android in a locked-down environment to minimize security issues. It's …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016
Electric Mountain under construction, photo by First Hydro Company

Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

From the outside, Elidir Mountain looks like an old industrial site that has returned to nature. The slopes facing the Llyn Peris reservoir have been hacked into terraces by slate quarrying – this was once the second-biggest quarry in the world, with 3,000 workers – but they are now peaceful. Only a few buildings at ground …
SA Mathieson, 16 May 2016

Exercise apps track you after you stop exercising

Three exercise-tracking apps keeps tracking you long after you stop exercising, according to Norwegian Consumer Council, a consumer advocacy group. The council engaged an independent research outfit called SINTEF to examine what apps do when you stop running, and whether those activities comply with the apps' privacy policies …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016
Rosetta's view of Earth on March 5th, 2005

Groupon fires patent suit at IBM

IBM has been taken to court by online marketplace Groupon over claimed patent violation. Groupon filed a counter claim on Monday in a court in Chicago after IBM accused Groupon of patent infringement in an earlier, separate suit. The online marketplace is reported to have targeted IBM’s WebSphere Commerce platform. Its claim …
Gavin Clarke, 10 May 2016
Business types walk around in a city centre square. Photo by Shutterstock

Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

The British public remains "clueless or indifferent" to smart cities, according to a report released by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). This is despite a government drive to champion smart cities and invest £50m in smart city technology to make urban areas more efficient and sustainable. In 2013, Glasgow …
Katyanna Quach, 05 May 2016
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Bali banking bandits foiled by probing penetration tester

US penetration tester Matt South has ripped off and reverse-engineered an automated teller machine skimmer, finding videos of entered PINs stored within. The TrustFoundry consultant found the surreptitious skimmer on an ATM in Bali, Indonesia, after he jiggled the cover protecting the PIN entry bank and discovered it could be …
Darren Pauli, 03 May 2016
Elon Musk

SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

The US military has awarded SpaceX an $82.7m contract to launch a next-generation GPS satellite into orbit. The move is bad news for the United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, that has been the sole provider of military launches for over a decade, and which has charged the US government an …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2016

E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

The Royal College of Physicians has issued a report strongly critical of “public health” scolds, such as GPs and EU officials, who want the use of e-cigarettes of restricted. These anti-vaping crusaders are costing lives, the venerable institution warns, as encouraging e-cigarettes is the most effective tobacco control …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2016

Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

Samsung is developing a small black box device that will plug into your car under the dashboard and instantly turn it into a smart, connected car. Speaking at its annual Developer Conference in San Francisco, the director of the company's Connected Car program, Val Zinchenko, showcased a rectangular black box roughly three …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2016
Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz knows where you live – if you downloaded his app

Many US presidential primary apps gather users’ personal information and leave their sensitive data vulnerable to attackers, security researchers at Symantec warn. Data exchanged through many of the apps can be intercepted by attackers and shared with third parties because of weak security practices. Symantec analysed the …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2016

Prof squints at Google's mobile monopoly defence, shakes head

Analysis Google says that its tight control over Android is necessary to keep Android great, and safe for consumers, adding that it's not all that heavy-handed. Honest. Google feels hard done by because it has created a market of alternatives to Apple’s costly and proprietary iPhone, and that ecosystem benefits consumers. There’s no …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2016
A still from the Arizona flight

'GPS 2.0' outline calls for open, hackable, interfaces

The group that created GPS wants it opened up so it's easier for people to compete on its individual components. Californian nonprofit The Aerospace Corporation also wants to address the weaknesses that have emerged in GPS in the decades since it was first created – things like jamming and resiliency – without compromising …

BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

Episode 5 "Wah wah wah wah wah..." "Wah wah wah wah wah... "...You know - the Internet of Things," the Boss says. "The internet of what things?" I ask. "You know, everything," the Boss says, tossing me the proverbial geeky talking stick. "Everything?" I ask, watching the stick fly by and fall to the ground. "Yes, you know, the …
Simon Travaglia, 15 Apr 2016
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Samsung's Galaxy S7 launch

Facebook slurps up ex DARPA techie for its F8 skunkworks

Facebook has snatched an ex-Google exec and former chief of the US government’s DARPA boffinry branch to lead a new research facility. Regina Dugan is to lead Building 8, a research lab running special projects that will extend the social network’s role into the broader technology field. The remit of both Dugan and Building 8 …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Apr 2016

Uber hands over info on 12m passengers, drivers to US officials, cops

Uber has produced its first transparency report and called for a public debate over the type and amount of data it is obliged to provide to the authorities. The taxi app company reveals in its report that it received 33 requests from American "regulatory agencies" that covered no less than 11.6 million customers and 583,000 …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Apr 2016
Doctors run to save patient. Photo by Shutterstock

Docs need to do remote consultations – report

Doctors need to invest in telehealth tech to take the strain off services by conducting remote consultations, according to a study by health charity the Nuffield Trust. The report (PDF), which was commissioned by NHS England, said GP services would have to address increasing patient numbers due to an ageing demographic. The …
Kat Hall, 07 Apr 2016

Courts cry over cunning call-center criminals crafting convincing cons

US federal courts have alerted Americans to a fresh crop of scams in which conmen are setting up call centers and impersonating government agencies. The advisory describes how criminals are pretending to be US marshals and court agents, demanding victims hand over money for a supposed failure to appear for jury duty. "This …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2016

Cunning scam: Mobe app stalks victims then emails booby-trapped bogus speeding tickets

Here's a smart scam that's cropped up on the US East Coast. It appears people have installed a free smartphone app – quite possibly a traffic monitoring tool – that keeps an eye on their whereabouts, and then emails them fake speeding tickets. Victims are tricked into thinking the messages are legit and have come from the cops …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Mar 2016
Samsung’s mobile chief Koh Dong-jin poses with the Galaxy S7 and its Edge variant  at S7 LAUNCH MARCH 2016. photo via Samsung Press site

Samsung Galaxy S7: Big brand Android flagship champ

Review If only all reviews were as easy to write as this one. Take last year's product, make small but important refinements, and this year's is much better. The Galaxy S7 is the Android flagship to beat, and everyone who gets one will be really happy with it. That's basically all there is to it, really. Can I go home now? Samsung …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Mar 2016
Monty Python sketch: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Microsoft's Linux Inquisitor Grand Master is off to Spotify

Linux and Android device makers can breath a little easier: their IP bête noir has left Microsoft. The lawyer running Microsoft’s intellectual property inquisition, Horacio Gutierrez, has left after 18 years. He’s jumped to streaming service Spotify. Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 but ran the company’s LCA innovation and …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016

Ben Nevis embiggened by a metre

The Scottish mountain of Ben Nevis is now a officially a metre taller at 1,345m, thanks to Ordnance Survey measurements gleaned using GPS. To be precise, the peak lies at 1,344.527m, just a tad higher than the last reading taken back in 1949, when 20 surveyors took 20 nights* to obtain a rounded figure of 1,344m, using " …
Lester Haines, 18 Mar 2016
Gridlock on the Kabul Jalalabad Highway

Big data boffins crunch GPS traces, find altruistic route planning is good for everyone

GPS and navigation systems make it a lot easier to find the most direct way to get where you're going, but with a downside: they funnel everybody onto the same congested route. People who know a city well already know the best response to this: take an alternate route. Navigation systems know about alternate routes as well, …

Storks bin migration for junk food diet

Storks which nest on the Iberian Peninsula are increasingly rejecting the annual migration south to Africa in favour of spending the winter at their nesting sites, thanks to the ready availability of landfill "junk food". Portugal, for example, currently has 14,000 overwintering white storks (Ciconia ciconia), which would …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2016
The dashboard in Back to the Future showing the date 21 October 2015

'Just give me any old date and I'll make it work' ... said the VB script to the coder

Link Break Is it that time of the week again already? You've reached Line Break, our weekly roundup of terrible code you've seen in the wild. Today, we're going to delve into submissions from reader comments rather than the usual postbag. Line Break article comments are such a rich seam of snippets and anecdotes, it would remiss to not …
Chris Williams, 16 Mar 2016
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What a pair of ace-holes: Crooks bug gambler's car with GPS tracker, follow him and rob him

A couple of crooks planted a GPS tracking device on a gambler's car so they could follow him home and rob him at gunpoint. According to cops in Montgomery County, Maryland, the two thieves clocked the man at a casino in nearby Baltimore, tracked him home over 50 miles, and then robbed the house six days later. The pair of …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Mar 2016
US Pentagon. Pic: DoD photo by MSgt Ken Hammond, USAF

Pentagon to Dept of Defense: Give us $580bn for cyberwar and spacewar

The Pentagon has asked for $582.7bn to bolster the US Department of Defense's (DoD) capabilities, especially when it comes to a future cyber and space war. Testifying before the House Appropriations Committee, which regulates the US Government's expenditure, the Defense Secretary Ash Carter explained why his department was …
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Child tracker outfit uKnowKids admits breach, kicks off row with security researcher

The developers of child-tracker app uKnowKids have responded to reports of a data breach, admitting an issue had also exposed its proprietary IP. uKnowKids goes on to accuse the security researcher who uncovered its problems of "hacking" its data. The researcher involved, Chris Vickery, maintains he was acting in the public …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2016

Browser made by China's top search engine leaks almost everything

Sit down, so you don't injure yourself falling down in surprise: the browser provided by China's Baidu is a privacy nightmare. That's the conclusion of Canada's Citizen Lab, which watched the wire while the browser was running and needed a lie-down itself from what it found. Baidu is China's top search engine and, like Google …
Robot AI Woman

Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

Andrew at Large At the Battle of Ideas Festival at the Barbican last year, Claire Fox chaired a panel titled "Is Technology Limiting Our Humanity?", and invited me to take part. Panelists could give a seven-minute introduction. It's now online as a video and podcast*. Two avenues looked promising, and I'll give you excerpts from each. One …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Feb 2016
EARTHQUAKE!

Earthquake-sensing smartphone app fires off early alerts of disaster

There's a new smartphone app that could save your life by giving an early warning of an impending earthquake. The app, dubbed MyShake, was developed as a collaboration between UC Berkeley and Deutsche Telekom and uses the accelerometers built into modern smartphones to sense for earthquakes. "MyShake cannot replace …
Iain Thomson, 13 Feb 2016