Articles about Gps

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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
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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
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Flare-well, 2015 – solar storm to light up skies on New Year's Eve

A major eruption from the surface of the Sun could give a spectacular display of the aurora borealis in time for New Year's festivities. At 1245 UTC (0445 PT) on 28 December our star belched out a coronal mass ejection from the surface in our direction. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that a …
Iain Thomson, 30 Dec 2015

IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

An IT manager in Manchester, England, says thieves stole his bikes after a smartphone cycling app pinpointed the location of his garage. Mark Leigh, 54, of Failsworth, said his two bicycles – worth £500 ($750) and £1,000 ($1,500) – were nicked shortly after he made his address and details of his bikes public on the popular …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Dec 2015
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Samsung appeals to Supreme Court to bring patent law into 21st century

Samsung has appealed to the Supreme Court to hear its patent case against Apple. The appeal [PDF] was expected when Samsung lost the case in 2012, and an appeal this May, and was told to pay the iPhone maker just under $1bn in compensation. The case revolved around the fact that Samsung's smartphones were strikingly similar …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Dec 2015
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France says 'non' to Wi-Fi and Tor restrictions after terror attack

The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ruled out introducing restrictions on public Wi-Fi and access to Tor as a response to the Paris terrorist attacks. Earlier this month, documents leaked to Le Monde suggested that the French police were asking for powers for the following (among others): Curtail public Wi-Fi Enforce …
Iain Thomson, 11 Dec 2015
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Hundreds of thousands of engine immobilisers hackable over the net

Kiwicon Kiwi hacker Lachlan Temple has found holes in a popular cheap car tracking and immobilisation gadget that can allow remote attackers to locate, eavesdrop, and in some cases cut the fuel intake to hundreds of thousands of vehicles, some while in motion. The gadgets are rebranded white box units from Chinese concern ThinkRace …
Darren Pauli, 11 Dec 2015

France mulls tighter noose around crypto

France's state of emergency could lead to blocks on encrypted Internet connections and a ban on public Wi-Fi networks, if proposals put to the government go ahead. According to Le Monde, the (in French) extension of the state of emergency could also stretch to requiring all rental cars to carry GPS, expansion of public video …

BOFH: Taking a spin in a decommissioned racer? On your own grill cam be it

Episode 18 "You know what Google has that we don't have?" the new Boss asks, wandering around Mission Control like the lord of all he surveys. "No conscience?" the PFY asks. "A sh*tload of cash?" I respond. "Much better PR?" the PFY adds. "A global presence?" I suggest. "A tax-avoidance philosophy which is second to few?" "NO!" …
Simon Travaglia, 04 Dec 2015

GCHQ v Privacy International: Computer hacking tribunal showdown begins

GCHQ is being challenged over its offensive hacking practices at a hearing that started on Tuesday morning. The challenge is being heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which is the only judicial body in the country with the authority to hear complaints about the intelligence agencies. Two complaints were filed last year …
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Is it a Loon or is it a drone? Google seeks experimental radio license in US

Google's asked the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to let it play with millimetre-wave technology America-wide for two years. In a filing that's sparked “Project Loon coming to America?” speculation, the company has filed a heavily-redacted request with the FCC for permission to run unspecified …

Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?

Special report The debate over encryption has become particularly intense following the deadly attacks in Paris. Politicians, police, and government agents insist the encryption in our software and gadgets be limited. Tech companies and programmers insist the encryption be implemented fully securely. This past week, there have been two …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Nov 2015
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GPS, you've gone too far this time

People writing GPS software need to re-think their approach to measuring distance, because the system has a built-in bias to over-estimate how far you've moved. That's the conclusion of a group led by geo-boffin Peter Ranacher of the University of Salzburg, in a paper published in the International Journal of Geographical …
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Cops gain access to phone location data

Police in some states can now access your phone location data without a warrant, following a Supreme Court decision not to hear the appeal of an armed robber. Quartavious Davis, 23, was convicted of taking part in a string of robberies in the Miami area after police used cell tower data to link him to the sites where and when …
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2015
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Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

The European Space Agency is to make the most of two satellite misfires by using them to test Einstein's theory of relativity. Last August, the fifth and sixth Galileo satellites were launched as part of a plan to create a Euro-run GPS system, but the launch didn't go according to plan. A failure in the fourth stage of the …
Iain Thomson, 10 Nov 2015
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Online pharmacy slapped with £130,000 fine for flogging customer data

Online pharmacy Pharmacy 2U has been slapped with a £130,000 fine by the Information Commissioner's Office for flogging customers to a marketing company without their consent. The ICO said Pharmacy 2U offered the customer names and addresses for sale through an online marketing list company. The ICO investigation found that …
Kat Hall, 20 Oct 2015
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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

Something for the Weekend, Sir? I enjoy travel but I do not fly well – especially if the aeroplane’s wings are rusted, the tail has been attached with vinegar and brown paper, and the undercarriage is still sitting in the ditch it fell into at the end of the departure airport’s runway some 300 miles away. As you might have guessed, I am a big fan of the TV …
Alistair Dabbs, 17 Oct 2015
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Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

Uber's minicab-hailing app has been found lawful in the British High Court, following concerns over its alleged use as a taximeter, which is currently outlawed for private hire vehicles. The decision came after a request for clarity by UK local government body Transport for London (TfL), essentially asking the court rule on …
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Radio wave gun zaps drones out of the sky – and it's perfectly legal*

US biz Battelle boasts it has found a way to rid our skies of annoying drones without breaking the flying machines' hardware. And here's the solution: DroneDefender, a shoulder-mounted weapon that sends pulses of radio waves to disrupt communications between the drone and its operator. The electro-magnetic cannon, which has a …
Iain Thomson, 16 Oct 2015
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US Navy grabs old-fashioned sextants amid hacker attack fears

Sextants have been off the curriculum for naval officers in the US for over a decade, but now the swabbies have reinstituted celestial navigation classes over hacking fears. The US Navy discontinued celestial navigation courses in 1998 because GPS made the old style of navigating redundant. Working out your position the old- …
Iain Thomson, 14 Oct 2015
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Amazon Fire HD 8: Mid-spec Nokia Lumi... er, MediaTek slab

There’s a wind of change blowing through the Amazon devices lineup, and I suspect its source is the pricey fart that was the Fire Phone. Previous Fire tablets have tended to offer high-end parts for mid-price money. The HDX 8.9, which is still being offered, is a good example. But I reckon the HDX’s days are numbered. HD8_flat …
Alun Taylor, 13 Oct 2015
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Porsche-gate: Android Auto isn't slurping tons of engine data, claims Google – but questions remain

Google has flatly denied that its Android Auto car dashboard software slurps too much information from vehicle engines. It was earlier claimed that Porsche snubbed the system because it was shocked by the alleged data gobble. Google convinced many automotive manufacturers to use Android Auto for their in-car entertainment and …
Iain Thomson, 08 Oct 2015
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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

Motoring campaigner Neil Herron has beaten a mobile police speed trap rap by using the threat of revealing his own GPS-based telematics data in court. The incident took place in January 2014, when Herron was stopped by a police patrol who were using a Tele-traffic LTI 20:20 Ultralyte 1000 infrared laser gun. (PDF datasheet) …
Simon Rockman, 07 Oct 2015
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Asus ZenPad 10 Z300C: Cheap tab, dock combo you can turn up to 11

Review If you want a top-notch Android tablet and keyboard package, buy the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. It's very good. But at £499 it's also very expensive. If money is tight, Asus can now offer you a superficially not dissimilar package for two hundred quid. That £300 saving suggests some major compromises, so is the Asus a bargain …
Alun Taylor, 02 Oct 2015

Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

Listicle Clickbait Special BlackBerry wants you to know that the BlackBerry 10 (BB10) isn't dead. But beyond receiving essential maintenance, it simply isn't a priority for BlackBerry, which boasts that it now has over 50 per cent of its staff in software and sales jobs. "We have two confirmed new releases, 10.3.3 and 10.3.4, on the roadmap. These …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Oct 2015
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Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

Pics and video Google has updated its Nexus smartphone range with two new handsets powered by the latest build of Android, codenamed Marshmallow. "Nexus is for Android because we've designed it," Google's newish CEO Sundar Pichai told the press at Tuesday's launch in San Francisco, meaning that the new phones have been designed to squeeze …
Iain Thomson, 29 Sep 2015
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WATERPROOF iPhone 6Ss? Old news. Check out the OTHER 7 SECRET FEATURES

We here at the Reg, as all our readers know, subscribe completely to the idea that people need a continual stream of iPhone related news-style content. We were especially impressed by the idea that the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus might be "secretly waterproof". Some curmudgeons might suggest that this is merely a standard …
Lewis Page, 29 Sep 2015
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Spirit of the Ghost: Taking a Rolls-Royce Wraith around France

Vulture at the Wheel There used to be a tradition on Personal Computer World magazine of writing reviews on the computer you were reviewing. This is being written from the passenger seat of a Rolls-Royce Wraith travelling between Dijon and Reims. The two-door, four seat Wraith has just become the Rolls-Royce of interest because the company …
Simon Rockman, 27 Sep 2015
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Break from the future: Hold the new stuff and fix the web first

Peter-Paul Koch, author of The Mobile Web Handbook, published a piece this summer entitled "Stop Pushing the Web Forward". Koch argued that the relentless pace of new features on the web isn't helping it and that we – developers, along with browser makers – would do well to put on the brakes for a few months. It's not that …
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Let’s hear it for data scientists! Making our lives more and more frictionless

There’s a lot of hype around data scientists. You can blame big data and the cloud. Data scientists are lauded, hunted and positively desired by those wanting to squeeze the most from their information. In accordance with such demand come large salaries – the average is $123,000 in the US. Like the Yanks of WWII, data …
Stuart Burns, 24 Sep 2015
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Bookworms' Weston mecca: The Oxford institution with a Swindon secret

Geek's Guide to Britain The Botanic Gardens, Sheldonian Theatre, Museum of Natural History – there’s plenty to see in Oxford. Off limits, however, was the New Bodleian Library, arguably the city’s greatest treasure and jewel in the nation's academic crown. The Bodleian is home one of the world’s oldest and greatest collections of books, maps and …
SA Mathieson, 18 Sep 2015
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Arizona lads recover epic stratovid – two years after launch

A groups of lads from Arizona has posted a nice vid of a balloon flight over the US's majestic southwest – having finally recovered the footage two years after their payload went AWOL in the desert. Bryan Chan, Ved Chirayath, Ashish Goel, Paul Tarantino and Tyler Reid sent a GoPro Hero3, Sony camcorder and Samsung Galaxy …
Lester Haines, 14 Sep 2015
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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

Not one but two of the European Space Agency's Galileo satellite navigation craft were successfully launched in the small hours of Europe's Friday morning. The two new satellites, Galileo-9 and Galileo-10, aka “Alba” and “Oriana” will be joined in orbit later in 2015 by another pair. One of those birds is ready to fly, the …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2015

America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

Analysis America's broadband watchdog is suffering a backlash over plans to control software updates to Wi-Fi routers, smartphones, and even laptops. In a proposed update [PDF] to the regulator's rules over radiofrequency equipment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would oblige manufacturers to "specify which parties will be …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Sep 2015

Sparks and recreation: TomTom's stealth wearable success

IFA 2015 Last year, TomTom shipped half a million fitness and sports watches, more than any Wear smartwatch vendor can boast – but short of the 10 million fitness bands Fitbit shifted. Today at IFA it launched a new range of sporty watches. The Spark range has more in common with Pebble – low cost, durability, longevity – than the …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Sep 2015

Brit school claims highest paper plane launch crown

PICS+VID It's official: El Reg has finally relinquished its highest-altitude paper plane launch Guinness World Record, almost five years since the Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) Vulture 1 triumphantly swooped to earth from 27,310m. On 24 June, The Science Club of Ipswich's Kesgrave High School, led by science teacher Dave …
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2015
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Drone deals DEATH – to deadly starfish

An Australian university is about to start deploying drones on a seek-and-destroy mission. The target? The Crown of Thorns Starfish, which is famously a serious danger to the country's Great Barrier Reef. The invading predator first emerged as a problem for the reef in the 1960s, and since then it's been blamed for coral cover …

Turn-by-turn directions coming to Ordnance Survey Maps

Hands On Satnav-style turn-by-turn directions are coming to the Ordnance Survey's stealth-mode Maps app. The ambitious next-generation map app won't get a formal splashy launch until 2016 – but I checked in to see how it's getting on, since we gave you an exclusive peek here. OS Maps is a major multi-year project to create a kind of " …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Sep 2015
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Ins0mnia bug means malicious iOS apps WILL NEVER DIE

A newly discovered vulnerability allows an iOS application to continue to run for an unlimited amount of time, even if an application gets terminated by a user. The flaw – dubbed Ins0mnia – potentially allows any iOS application to bypass Apple background restrictions, security researchers at FireEye warn. FireEye notified …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2015
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Verizon wants to smartify old cars

Black, grey, and white hats associated with car hacking are flying in the air today, with Verizon announcing it's going to vastly expand their attack surface. That's not what the US network operator actually says, of course. What the company has announced is that its “project hum” has gone general-availability. Hum is …