Articles about Gps

The Register breaking news

US Supremes liken GPS tracking to 1984's Big Brother

If the Obama administration wins a crucial case testing when police may use GPS devices to track American's whereabouts, investigators would be free to attach them to all nine members of the nation's highest court without a warrant. That blunt assessment came not from one of the many critics blasting the controversial practice …
Dan Goodin, 08 Nov 2011
Wifi grumpy cat

Wi-Fi WarKitteh and DDoS Dog to stalk Defcon 22

A security boffin has created a 'WarKitteh' capable of sniffing Wi-Fi packets. Tenacity evil genius researcher Gene Bransfield (@gbransfield) combined a series of garden-variety technologies to evolve the humble house cat into a walking, purring WiFi war machine capable of pawing packets while maintaining enough agility to fight …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jun 2014
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Rats with GPS backpacks prepare to sniff out landmines

Scientists in the US have developed a novel system for detecting landmines by training rats equipped with GPS and wireless rucksacks to sniff out explosives and map them for destruction. A team of boffins at Bucknell University has trained the Rattus recruits to identify the chemicals that seep into the ground from land mines, …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jun 2012
The Register breaking news

US Supremes to hear warrantless GPS tracking case

The US Supreme Court has agreed to decide if the US Constitution requires police to obtain a search warrant before secretly monitoring location-tracking devices planted on the vehicles of suspects Monday's agreement to decide whether the Fourth Amendment bars warrantless GPS tracking of criminal suspects came at the urging of …
Dan Goodin, 28 Jun 2011
Apple iPhone 4 pre-order

GPS glitch leads perp-pursuing cops to wrong house

A man has been left with a £500 bill for a new front door after "tracking software" used to trace a stolen iPhone led Police to the wrong house. The missing iPhone was located using iOS' Find My iPhone feature, which can be used to find a device using its GPS fix. The handset is queried by a server and reports back its co- …
Caleb Cox, 29 Feb 2012
The Register breaking news

LightSquared offers low-power olive branch to GPS

LightSquared, the firm which so upset GPS users with their 4G-at-satellite-frequencies plan, has offered to reduce the interference by dialling back the transmission power and clear an exclusive band for precision GPS. The wannabe network operator has already offered to shuffle away from the Global Positioning System, promising …
Bill Ray, 12 Sep 2011
The Register breaking news

Gov exposes 8,000 GPs so punters can pick one

Data on more than 8,000 GP practices in England has been published in an effort to help patients choose the best GP surgery and to drive up standards. The Department of Health will use the information to measure patient experience for each surgery based on areas such as: How convenient it is to get an appointment. The length …
The Register breaking news

GPS trigger will light LOHAN's fire

There's been a veritable jetstream of activity at the SPB's mountaintop headquarters this week as our quest to find a method to fire our Vulture 2 spaceplane's solid rocket motor at altitude nears its end. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Followers of our audacious Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN …
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2012
Getac T800 pre-production sample

Reg gets sneak peek of Getac's chunky TOUGH AS NAILS 8.1-incher

Pics Getac has been a major player in the rugged tech market for 25 years, offering tablets, laptops and even servers built to withstand serious physical abuse. The latest in the line is the T800 – a chunky compact 8.1-inch tablet available with Windows 7 or 8.1. Getac T800 pre-production sample Getac T800 pre-production sample, but …
Bob Dormon, 16 Apr 2014
Coco with WarKitteh collar

Beware WarKitteh, the connected cat that sniffs your Wi-Fi privates

Defcon 22 An inventive security researcher has successfully tested a war-driving kitty collar – so its wearer can prowl around the neighborhood exposing the lamentable state of Wi-Fi security. WarKitteh collar Wardriving cat couture. Credit: Gene Bransfield Gene Bransfield, a security researcher with Tenacity, told El Reg that while he …
Iain Thomson, 09 Aug 2014
IBM 5150 PC

Doctors urged to adopt default opt-out approach to care.data scheme

A patients' group has urged doctors to automatically opt their patients out of the new "care.data" scheme until the patients give consent for the disclosure of their medical data. The Patient Concern campaign group said that patient trust in their GPs would be undermined if doctors shared the medical data stored on their systems …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

GPS jamming rife, could PARALYSE Blighty, say usual suspects

Technical experts are once again predicting imminent doom caused by interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) sat-nav receivers. A nationwide UK network of detectors has reportedly discovered widespread employment of GPS jammer devices, and calls are being made for a harsh crackdown on users of such devices. "Today's …
Lewis Page, 22 Feb 2012
Motorola Motoactv

Motorola Motoactv GPS fitness tracker

Review Motorola may be pitching its "world's first" GPS fitness tracker as the ultimate fusion between exercise and music, but I reserve that accolade for mosh pits. In fact, I'm more inclined to agree with Henry Ford who once said “Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it.” …
Caleb Cox, 28 Mar 2012
The Register breaking news

Iran spy drone GPS hijack boasts: Rubbish, say experts

Doubts that Iran managed to bring down an advanced US drone over the country last month using an advanced GPS spoofing attack have been raised by experts, who say that attacks of this type would be extremely tough to pull off. Iran announced on 4 December that it had captured an advanced American remotely piloted spy drone, …
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2011
Contour GPS Bluetooth camera

Contour GPS Bluetooth camcorder

Review Contour has been making a lot of noise recently about the new wireless viewfinder feature for its HD range of helmet cameras. With these units being necessarily small, the idea is that the viewfinder bulk is taken care of by using your phone's display, with a Bluetooth connection streaming the pics and video. Simply download a …
Giles Hill, 12 Jul 2011
u-blox SARA-U260 module

U-blox Internet of Things radio okayed by AT&T

The Intel-powered mini 3G radio module from u-blox has taken a step towards commercial Internet-of-things viability, with AT&T announcing it's certified the kit for use on its network. The certification means OEMs can start designing products using the SARA-U260 module, part of the SARA-U2 range announced in late August. …

10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

Europe's alternative to the USA's global positioning system (GPS) may only have four satellites in orbit, but European Space Agency (ESA) officials are confident that constellation delivers a valid service. ESA boffins revealed this week that since March 2013 test vehicles around the world have run tests to determine the …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2014
Our Vulture 2's dismantled avioncs

Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane is in bits for the last time as we make the final modifications before declaring the aircraft fully operational - at least in the hardware department. Our Vulture 2's dismantled avioncs During a recent test, we identified a couple of problems - a dodgy port canard servo and a a lack of …
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2014
The Register breaking news

LightSquared shuffles away from GPS bands

LightSquared's national rollout has shifted frequencies to avoid interfering with GPS kit, taking early advantage of a deal with Inmarsat for 10MHz of bandwidth further down the dial. The wannabe operator, which aspires to cover the USA in an LTE network for wholesale leasing, has also offered to cut its permitted transmission …
Bill Ray, 21 Jun 2011
Magellan eXplorist 710 GPS

Magellan Explorist 710 hiking GPS

Review The Explorist 710 is top of the line in Magellan’s new x10 series of multi-purpose GPS devices and offers preloaded topographical maps, turn-by-turn navigation, geocaching, tracking and a host of other features in one handy robust unit. Magellan eXplorist 710 GPS Take a hike: Magellan's Explorist 710 The first thing you will …
Alun Taylor, 09 Aug 2011
The Register breaking news

LightSquared squares off against GPS worriers

The FCC refused to rescind LightSquared's licence over potential GPS interference, so now the general public is being courted in the hope of a less well-informed decision. "GPS dead zones" are threatened if LightSquared is permitted to go through with its plan to deploy LTE technology in satellite frequencies. Reports, and …
Bill Ray, 24 Feb 2011

Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

Samsung has started peddling a smart bicycle prototype. The self-propelled two-wheeler includes a battery, rear-facing camera, WiFi and Bluetooth routers of some sort and “laser projectors”. The latter devices let the bike shine bright red lines on the road, the better to warn motorists of riders' presence. The lasers will …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014
Lock security

Kiwi hacker 'menace' pops home detention tracker cuffs

Kiwicon Christchurch bus hacker William Turner has demonstrated how to trick home detention ankle monitors used in New Zealand. The monitor hack meant the location of criminals could be falsely reported to contractor G4S, triggering alarms. The feat was a tool of mischief makers and blackmailers, Turner said, but importantly could not …
Darren Pauli, 19 Dec 2014

Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

Samsung's Gear S appears to have pipped Apple's iWatch to the post. The South Korean firm today announced the release of a wearable smartwatch capable of making phone calls... and turning weedy wrists into computing powerhouses. The Samsung Gear S comes complete with 3G, a two inch curved Super AMOLED display and as well as …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Aug 2014
BMW's remote parking tech

At last! Something else for smartwatches to do as BMW promises park-by-wristjob demo

Auto-maker BMW has announced a park-by-wristjob demo at January 2015's CES electronics extravaganza. The company's been footling about with sensor-laden vehicles for some time and says it now has a research model i3 packing four “advanced laser scanners” that can “reliably identify impediments such as columns, for example in a …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2014
Cat on computer

Be Your Own Big Brother: Peeking at pussy

Feature Last year, the BBC's Horizon programme treated the cats of a Surrey village to individual cameras, and their own prime-time spot on TV to share the results. And now the Beeb is at it again with Cat Watch 2014, hoping to find out a little more about what our feline companions get up to. Youtube Video Whether you're a dog or a …
Nigel Whitfield, 12 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

Nokia takes C5, adds Wi-Fi, GPS

Nokia has rolled out a revision of its C5 budget touchscreen phone, this one with Wi-Fi, a digital compass and GPS, the Finnish phone giant said. The 3G-capable C5-03 also sports a 5Mp camera and a Micro SD slot for storage cards of up to 16GB in capacity. The display is a 3.2in job. Nokia C5-03 It runs Symbian^1, the mobile …
Hard Reg, 14 Oct 2010
Taxi Driver

Wide Open Data: NYC taxi dump catches strip club Johns

Open Data zealots rarely give an individual’s privacy a thought – it’s just another obstacle to be driven over in their desire to provoke a data-powered revolution. But a gigantic dump of journeys made by licensed New York City taxis gives a vivid reminder of the dangers of careless data drops. Earlier this year a Freedom of …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

OnStar backs down over GPS tracking of ex-customers

OnStar has backed down from a proposed change in its terms and conditions that would have seen the vehicle info system collecting car monitoring data on former customers. The OnStar system, operated as part of General Motors, embeds a mobile phone and GPS in customer’s cars and relays a constant stream of data back to the …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2011
TX4 Black Cab

London officials declare cabbie-bothering Uber is legal – for now

Transport for London (TfL) has said that it doesn’t think that the app used by Uber drivers is in breach of the law by allowing them to use GPS and navigation to calculate charges, but it wants to refer the issue to the UK High Court. The capital’s transport authority said it didn’t agree that smartphones used by private hire …
Google Loon balloon envelope

Google to go Loony within the year

Google reckons its Loon balloons are going to be delivering a service within the next year, and has revealed that it's abandoned the radio kit it first tested in favour of LTE. When it first started playing with its stratospheric connectivity in 2013, the Chocolate Factory would only reveal that it had a “3G-like” communications …
Galileo

Magnifico! Galileo satellite nudged back into correct orbit

The European Space Agency has managed to salvage one of two misplaced Galileo satellites that it is using to build an alternative to the US's GPS system. ESA launched the fifth and sixth satellite that will make up the Galileo constellation on August 22 – but the were sent into the wrong orbit. It was initially thought the …
Iain Thomson, 04 Dec 2014

CATACLYSMIC Sun BELCH causes hour-long RADIO BLACKOUT in SPAAACE

Pic NASA boffins witnessed another major solar flare on the Sun on Friday - the fourth such activity in the past week erupting from the biggest sunspot in nearly 25 years. This particular flare was classified an X3.1, meaning it was pretty damn intense. The latest powerful burst erupted from a particularly large active region on …
Team Register, 25 Oct 2014

MIGHTY SOLAR FLARES fail to DESTROY CIVILISATION. Yes!

Vid Humanity has once again dodged apocalypse after a solar flare failed to bring civilisation to its knees. NASA gives particularly huge flares the rating of X-Class, with an X2 being twice as powerful as X1 and an X3 twice as intense as X2 again. The latest one was a whopping X2.2 and erupted into space on June 10. NASA …
Jasper Hamill, 11 Jun 2014
The Register breaking news

Stephen Fry explains how GPS and the Internet work

Writer, broadcaster and National Treasure™ Stephen Fry has struck again. The ubiquitous luvvie revealed the depths of his technical understanding on the the panel show QI XL, the self-styled "home of highbrow know-how". First, GPS. How does that work, Stephen? "You send a signal from your GPS device," he explained. "You've got …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Jan 2011

AT LAST! London gets BONKERS FLYING PRINTER TEST LAB

A £1.25m lab for testing drones that can swim and carry 3D printers will be built at Imperial College London's South Kensington campus. An artist's impression of what the lab will look like. The facilities will research a range of applications for drones from repair work in the nuclear, oil, gas, and energy sectors to their …
Kat Hall, 06 Nov 2014
Houses of Parliament at night-time

Oh GEE-Cloud: Billions of pounds of fresh tech frameworks on way

Professional buying group Government Procurement Services is in a race to roll out a bunch of tenders for multi-billion pound hardware and software frameworks before public sector year-end. According to sources familiar with the matter, GPS will issue a replacement to the pan-public sector Commodity IT Hardware & Software (CITHS …
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2013
quasar map

Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

Mozilla has released a new app, Stumbler, that “collects GPS data for our location service” by detecting WiFi access points and mobile phone cells towers, then “uses these wireless network locations to provide geolocation services for Firefox OS devices and other open source projects.” That sort of data collection has, of course …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Oct 2014
The Register breaking news

Car thieves making clean getaway with GPS jammers

Car thief gangs have begun using imported GPS jammers to allow them to escape tracking technology. Illicit kit imported into Europe from China operates on the same frequency as GPS satellites to drown out timing signals and confound in-car devices. Because of this in-vehicle systems are unable to either determine their position …
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2010
The Trax app gives you an 'augumented reality' view to help find the kids

Be your own Big Brother: With the help of Apple, Facebook ... oh, HANG ON

So far in this series, we've looked at ways of monitoring specific things, but this time round, people are the topic. There are, the media would have you believe, dreadful things out there – predators lurking behind every corner, dreadful accidents waiting to befall the unwary. The Trax app gives you an 'augumented reality' …
Nigel Whitfield, 30 Nov 2014

US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

Defcon 22 The US emergency response system is in urgent need of better security as it’s surprisingly easy to disable or spoof 911 calls. In a talk at Defcon 22 two doctors (who are also hackers) and a security consultant presented research into the emergency response system and how calls via fixed line, mobile phones and VoIP are routed. …
Iain Thomson, 11 Aug 2014

Suppliers given sight of '£6bn' hardware framework at last

A group of professional buyers for government have given hardware and software suppliers the heads-up on an overarching public sector procurement vehicle - and it estimates that to be worth up to £6bn. Details of the IT Products, Associated Services and Solutions (IT PASS), were leaked to us last month, but suppliers were …
Paul Kunert, 06 Dec 2013
Trajectory-cutting to preserve anonymity

Your location info is too revealing: data boffins

A group of researchers partly supported by SAP has taken a look at one of the big problems with so-called “anonymised” data: the way spatial correlations in mobile data can be used to re-identify individuals in large data sets. Location data is the big problem, the Singapore-led group says: even if the resolution of a phone's …
Our playmonaut tries out a jetpack, watched by a circling vulture

Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run

Vid Watch Video The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is still crunching numbers from last Friday's test run of the Vulture 2 spaceplane, which came at the end of an intensive week of brain surgery on the aircraft's Pixhawk autopilot. Hats off to Linus Penzlien and Andrew Tridgell for crafting and installing the …
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2014
Solar flare

Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

Video A "significant" solar flare emitted by the Sun on Wednesday will hit our planet over the next few days – most likely causing auroras to appear over certain areas. As a result of an X1.6 solar flare intercepting Earth, a dazzling overhead light display could reach as far south as Maryland in the east of the US and down to Kansas …
Chris Williams, 11 Sep 2014

€2 BILLION: Steelie Neelie wants US to pay for her Big Data splurge

Knowledge is power. That’s the message from Steelie Neelie as the EU Commission throws half a billion at “big data”. Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes announced the EC would contribute €500m to a €2.5bn scheme to leverage the power of big data. The rest will come from industry. According to the Commission, mastering big …
Jennifer Baker, 13 Oct 2014
Zeal Optics Transcend GPS Goggles

Zeal Optics Transcend GPS goggles

Review Being more a mountaineer than a skier I tend to the view that snowboarders and their ilk are a pretty self-obsessed bunch. Winter-sports eyewear maker Zeal appears to take a similar view, given its new Transcend goggles have GPS built-in to let snowboarders and skiers show anyone who is interested where they have been and how …
Alun Taylor, 16 Dec 2010

I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Why are Volvos called Volvos? Because their drivers are cunts.” Youtube Video So pronounced one of my bosses in my student holiday job days, as he sat, Buddha-like, at the head of the baggage-handlers’ crew-room at Leeds-Bradford Airport, delivering his words of wisdom to a weary audience of one. I eventually learned that …
Alistair Dabbs, 22 Nov 2014
iPhone 4

iPhone thief nabbed by GPS, cops say

iPhone thieves take note: Next time you strike, make sure the coveted device you pilfer isn't equipped with GPS software. That's what 31-year-old Horatio Toure allegedly did on Monday, leading to his arrest just 10 minutes later, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. He was booked on suspicion of grand theft and possession …
Dan Goodin, 22 Jul 2010
The Register breaking news

Vulture 1 GPS test: It did work, honest

Yesterday's test of the Vulture 1 GPS/radio board didn't quite run according to plan, due to a dodgy broadband connection which scuppered the live map here on El Reg. To recap, we arranged an airborne jaunt for the GPS unit (details here) which will allow us to track and recover our amazing space paper plane. The unit transmits …
Lester Haines, 03 Jun 2010