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Smartphones Continue to Threaten GPS Device Usage
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comScore has released some numbers about smartphone and feature phone browser and app usage, as it relates to map access and mobile navigation in the U.S. These numbers are based on a study, which found  14% of mobile users in the U.S. accessed maps on their devices in April, as the mobile map audience reached 33.5 million users, a 44% increase from last year.

More mobile users are also now accessing maps via apps as opposed to the browser, the study found.

Now Google Delivers GPS for Android 1.6
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Update: Google has now announced that it is expanding availability of Google Maps Navigation to devices running Android 1.6 (Donut) and higher, such as the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and the G1.

MSN Releases Direct-to-GPS Application
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Microsoft has released an API allowing for smoother transition of location information from a website to GPS devices. Webmasters with physical locations customers may wish to find can now offer them a way to send directions, addresses, phone numbers or other business listings directly to their GPS device.

Called MSN Direct, the open API is designed make it more convenient for drivers. Instead of reentering or searching again for location information on navigation devices, the API allows them to send it directly from the website wirelessly or via USB connection.

MSN Direct Hops In Your Car

Microsoft hopes to plug location-based information into GPS devices and reach potential customers as they enter a local market for a business.

MSN Direct Featured on New Garmin GPS

Garmin announced at CES its new nüvi 780 GPS unit, which will integrate Microsoft’s MSN Direct service.

Google Maps Partners with Magellan on GPS

Barely one day in advance of the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show opening in Las Vegas this week, Magellan issued a press release about their next generation of GPS navigation devices, highlighting how they will come integrated with Google Maps to provide local search capabilities.

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Mobile Navigation Driven By Ads

U.S. and European mobile subscribers who use maps on their handsets will total more than 43 million in 2012, according to Berg Insight.

Become a Business Referral Representative for Google

Keth of Gspy points us to the Google Business Referral Representative job application page. Your mission? To assemble information on local businesses, and to convince them to add their listing to Google Maps (and to pay for Google AdWords ads). From the program FAQ:

Mobile Phones Set To Take On GPS
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The number of mobile phone subscribers who use mapping and navigation tools could pass 42 million globally by 2012, according to In-Stat’s "Mobile Handset Navigation Applications May Threaten Global Personal Nav Device Market" report.

Ask Charges Into GPS On Mobile

A new mobile phone application from Ask offers GPS navigation as the centerpiece of the features it can deliver. The big question: will people be willing to pay $9.99 per month for it?

Google Earth Adds Hiking Trails, GPS Data
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The sun is setting, you’re surrounded by trees, and you just heard a noise that sounded like Jabba the Hut’s rancor monster.  Never fear – Google and Trimble will get you home.  Thanks to a new GPS content layer, they’ll also get you “a wide variety of multimedia data on fitness and outdoor adventures, including routes, points of interest, pictures, video and audio.”

Yahoo Local Search Added To GPS Device

A new GPS manufacturer is the first to add an in-car local search engine to its features, and the umpteenth millionth company to issue a rotten press release. But let’s stick to the good news. Dash Navigation’s soon-to-be-released GPS device will feature Yahoo! Local search.

GPS Data Integration With Google Earth

Telespial Systems is providing government agencies from around the world the tools needed to help manage and deploy asset and geographical data during times of emergency.

Palm Extends GPS to Treo Smartphones…

Here’s how the application works… The Bluetooth technology-enabled receiver identifies the car’s position using satellites.

Google Looking into Radio AdWords

Google has invented, innovated on, acquired or purchased a number of technologies over the past two years to bolster its online advertising business. AdWords is arguably the most successful advertising program ever and Google is obviously not content to focus solely on Internet advertising.

LAPD Takes GPS To The Chase Scene

By using a compressed air cannon, LAPD can blast a tag onto a suspect’s car, and track it with radio-transmitted GPS from a distance.

3dtracking Ltd Launches a New Range Of Free GPS Services

Here’s the skinny… using your mobile phone or PDA, along with your GPS receiver, you can record and view your movements in detail on Google Earth or Google Maps.

Philly GPS Test For Probationer Tracking Underway

The Philadelphia Pretrial Service Division will use GPS technology to monitor certain probationers and pretrial defendants.

Stalker News Update: GPS Panties Aint Real?

Okay I admit it. Like a bunch of other media figures who didn’t do enough homework on a story, I bought it hook, line, and sinker. On May 27, 2005, I posted a story about Forget-Me-Not GPS-enabled panties, only to find out later that I was utterly hornswaggled.

The GPS Shopping List (seeks participants)

From the SW Minneapolis’ Community Newspaper : Fulton resident Pam Ludford is developing a new technology for cell phones equipped with a GPS (global positioning system) device. It’s called PlaceMail, and it’s a sort of wireless, location-sensitive, to-do list.

Stalker News: Enhance Romance With GPS Panties
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Is matrimonial bliss tainted by a sneaking suspicion of raunchy infidelity? Have you been in fits since boys started paying attention to your daughter? If you find that heavy chastity belts are difficult to pick up and more difficult lock to around the women in your life, then Japan-based Panchira Corp., has a product for you-GPS enabled Forget-Me-Not Panties.