Articles about Gps

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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'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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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'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
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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 …
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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
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Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

Blighty's spying nerve center GCHQ has a licence to hack computers and devices at will, a UK intelligence oversight court has ruled. The judgment was handed down on Friday after Privacy International and seven ISPs launched a legal challenge against the agency's hacking operations – operations that were laid bare by documents …
Iain Thomson, 12 Feb 2016
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The field at the centre of the universe: Cambridge's outdoor pulsar pusher

Geek's Guide to Britain A field full of bits of old wire and an abandoned garden shed: it doesn't look like the place where Nobel prize-wining research was conducted, pushing the frontier of radio astronomy. But it was. This is the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, at Lords Bridge – site of a disused railway station just outside Cambridge – which …
Simon Rockman, 12 Feb 2016
Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day. If you haven't seen it, it's about a man forced to endure reliving the same day over and over. Pic: Columbia Pictures

Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go 'digital'

National Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has promised £4.2bn investment to "bring the NHS into the digital age," part of an attempt once again by the department to force the service to go paperless. Apparently the cash pile will allow patients to book services and order prescriptions online, access apps and digital tools and …
Kat Hall, 08 Feb 2016
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Networks First chairman Titmus to exit, dog pool biz awaits

Networks First chairman Peter Titmus is to exit the IT industry once he completes the handover of the business he founded 26 years ago to the new owners - but the old dog has some bite in him yet. The Redditch-based Cisco Gold partner was sold to Convergence Group, as revealed yesterday, which told us that Titmus may remain on …
Paul Kunert, 04 Feb 2016
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Lights out for Space Vehicle Number 23: UK smacked when US sat threw GPS out of whack

An error in the Global Positioning System (GPS) network apparently triggered by the decommissioning of a US satellite last week has had knock-on effect across a number of UK industries, it has emerged. Many industries are reliant on on GPS software for a swathe of critical applications such as financial trading and precision …
Kat Hall, 03 Feb 2016
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They're alive! Galileo sats 9 and 10 sending valid signals

Two more satellites in Europe's Galileo satellite navigation swarm are up and running, so to speak. The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that the ninth and tenth satellites in the planned 30-bird fleet started sending “valid navigation signals” as of January 29th. Galileo's eleventh and twelfth satellites are also …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Feb 2016

Smart toys spring dumb vulns. Again. This time: Cuddly bears, watches

Researchers with arguably too much time on their hands have discovered security blunders surrounding Fisher-Price Smart Toys and hereO GPS watches for children. Fortunately, the two sets of vulnerabilities, discovered by security researchers at Metasploit biz Rapid7, have been addressed and fixed by both affected vendors. …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2016
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Israeli drones and jet signals slurped by UK and US SIGINT teams

The NSA and Britain’s GCHQ have access to the video feeds of Israel’s fleet of drones and aircraft, according to new documents. The spy agencies have intercepted data streams containing videos, pictures and GPS data from Israeli jets and drones since at least 2008, according to Snowden-supplied documents seen by The Intercept …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2016
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Sony slurps Altair Semiconductor to make 'things' sing

Sony has put US$212 million on the table to buy LTE silicon vendor Altair Semiconductor. The Israeli chip developer runs the gamut from 200 Kbps low-power (and low-cost) Internet of Things comms chips up to 450 Mbps chipsets for base stations, mobile Internet and motor vehicle applications. In December, the takeover target …
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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

Geek's Guide to Britain On the northern tip of Scotland stands Dounreay – 74 hectares of nuclear site encompassing the world's first fast breeder reactor, and one of the first nukes to be wired into a national grid. Built in an age of optimism – an era that wanted to turn the destructive power of The Bomb into energy that was too cheap to meter – …
Bill Ray, 26 Jan 2016

Peru scrambles vulture squadron in war against trash

The powers that be in Peruvian capital Lima have scrambled a squadron of ten trained vultures in their war against illegal rubbish dumping. Lima's human inhabitants create 6,000 tonnes of rubbish every day, according to the city's waste management coordinator Javier Hernandez. He told Reuters: "Approximately 96 per cent of …
Lester Haines, 21 Jan 2016
Professional carbon drone with GPS. Pic via Shutterstock

Intel aims for PC-style position in drones, robots and wearables

CES 2016 The need to control not just the processor itself, but the whole surrounding software and connectivity platform, was very clear in Intel’s launches and keynotes a last week's Consumer Electronics Show. While the PC and smartphone processors or SoCs have been premium products, in semiconductor terms, in the IoT the hardware …
Wireless Watch, 13 Jan 2016

Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

Staff at one of Britain's oldest national newspapers got a shock on Monday morning when they found monitoring sensors installed under their desks. The boxes, sold by OccupEye as a way to monitor how long staff are at their desks without relying "on coffee cups and coats on chairs," were installed in the offices of The Daily …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2016

Beware the terrorist drones! For they are coming! Pass new laws!

A UK research group has warned that commercial drones represent a terrorist threat and new laws should limit what payload they can carry. The Remote Control Project, run by the Oxford Research Group, also wants the government to fund the development of military-style lasers to shoot drones down and the creation of jamming and …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Jan 2016

How long is your password? HTTPS Bicycle attack reveals that and more

A new attack on supposedly secure communication streams raises questions over the resilience of passwords, security researchers warn. The HTTPS Bicycle attack can result in the length of personal and secret data, such as passwords and GPS co-ordinates, being exposed from a packet capture of a user's HTTPS traffic. The attack …
John Leyden, 06 Jan 2016
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MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system

Updated MPs have today slammed "the severe failures" of an IT system designed to allow the extraction of data from all GP practice computer systems in England. The General Practice Extraction Service started five years too late, is over-budget and still does not provide the full service required, said a report by the Committee of …
Kat Hall, 31 Dec 2015