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Scientists Pursue Seamless Sneaker-Tracking GPS Software

The unrestrained GPS-integration movement spread to shoes last year, but sneaker-tracking technology has proven vulnerable to certain expected obstacles, like out-of-coverage areas. Apparently determined to ensure that no shoe goes unnoticed -- ever -- researchers from North Carolina State University are pursuing the development of portable footwear radar sensors. NC State's official study, pub...

Caught Spying, FBI Asks Student to Return GPS Tracker

Twenty-year-old Yasir Afifi took his car to the mechanic last week for an oil change, and wound up a minor Internet celebrity. When the California resident's Lincoln was raised on the car lifts Afifi and his mechanic, Mazher Khan, noticed something strange, with an antenna, near the car's exhaust. Afifi and his friend posted images of the device on Reddit, wondering if it was an FBI tracking devi...

GPS Sex Offender Tracking System Shut Down Because of Data Overload

A major data system used to keep track of sex offenders shut down Tuesday morning, after unexpectedly reaching its storage limit. The blackout, which lasted about 12 hours, prevented law enforcement authorities in 49 states from keeping track of some 16,000 sex offenders, parolees and other marked citizens. Although tracking devices continued to record movements of known offenders, authorities at ...

GPS Leads Spanish Man to Reservoir and a Watery Grave

We've learned by know that stubbornly following your GPS can lead to all sorts of trouble. Usually, the incidents result in little more than embarrassment and a lesson learned the hard way. Sadly, for a man on his way home from a street fair near the Spanish town of Capilla, it led to a close call for his passenger and to his own death. The 37-year-old man was driving home in his Peugeot 306 to...

Some Android Phones Quietly Sending GPS Coordinates to Advertisers

Researchers from Duke University, Penn State University, and Intel recently got together and did a little digging through the Android marketplace. They chose 30 of the most popular apps, installed them, and then monitored their every move. Half of the apps evaluated were found to be sending private and identifiable information, including GPS coordinates, phone numbers and IMEI numbers back to adve...

Following GPS, Man Drives Van Up Swiss Mountain, Gets Stuck

Share Most people probably wouldn't drive their cars off a cliff just because their GPS system told them to do it. Driving off-road and up a mountain, on the other hand, is an entirely different story. That's exactly what 37-year-old Robert Ziegler recently did, when his van's GPS system directed him up some ruggedly mountainous terrain in Bergün, Switzerland. Although Ziegler had his sus...

Outdoor Gadgets Put Visitors, Rangers and Others in Danger

Usually, when we talk about the union of gadgets and the outdoors, we're discussing how the latest tech can make your excursions into the wild safer or more comfortable. It turns out, though, that our gadgets are just as adept at putting us in harm's way. The New York Times spoke with park rangers from around the nation, and compiled a list of anecdotes about cameras and cell phones putting visit...

Nick Newcomen's GPS Writing Tells World to 'Read Ayn Rand'

Share Nick Newcomen had something to get off his chest, so he decided to write it across the continental U.S. Literally. With the help of a Qstarz BT-Q1000X GPS logging device and seemingly endless amounts of spare time, Newcomen spent a full month driving across 30 states, along a route he'd carefully planned before leaving his house. When he finally ended his trek, his trans-continental messa...

Warrant Required for GPS Tracking, Court Rules

The next time the police think about slapping a GPS tracking device on your car, they may be required to have a search warrant in their hands beforehand. In an opinion issued Friday, a D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals determined that unwarranted and prolonged GPS surveillance violates constitutionally mandated protections against unreasonable searches. Federal prosecutors used evidence fro...

LiveRider Turns Your iPhone Into a Serious Bike Computer

As both a nerd and someone who is physically active, there are few things your writer loves more than combining a love for gadgets, stats and sweat. The $99.99 LiveRider iPhone kit turns your iPhone into a serious bike computer. Sure there are countless apps that can track your speed or map your route using GPS, but serious cyclists want more (and more accurate) info at their fingertips. LiveRide...

Aussie Family Stranded Three Days After Following GPS Into Outback

Share How far will travelers blindly follow a GPS device? According to The Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian family of four (and their poor pup) followed directions given by their GPS onto a road closed by heavy rainfall and became stranded for three nights in a pickup truck. The family, believe it or not, ignored posted warning signs and turned onto the Darling River Road while traveling b...

Brazilian Detergent Knows Where You Live, Thanks to Bizarre GPS-Enabled Boxes

Brazil -- land of caipirinhas, Carnival and one of the world's highest crime rates per capita -- will be a bit more like the world of 'The Running Man' starting next week. In one of the scariest advertising schemes known to us, Unilever's detergent line Omo will be placing GPS devices in select boxes of suds throughout the country. According to Advertising Age, "consumers who buy one of the G...

Thief Nabbed After Swiping iPhone Used for GPS Testing

A useful tip to all would-be iPhone thieves: when stealing said iPhone, it's a good idea to make sure it's not running a real-time GPS tracking program. Unfortunately for Horatio Toure, he had to learn this life lesson the hard way. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the 31-year-old Toure recently stole an iPhone from a seemingly ordinary woman, Jordan Sturm, whom he stealthily targeted wh...

Yoda Botches Sound-Booth Session, Use Google Earth to Spy on North Korea

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Geek drivers probably know about GPS provider TomTom, and that the company has recently released new voices for your dash-mounted navigator -- straight out of 'Star Wa...

'BlackBerry Protect' Brings Mobile Backup and Remote Wipe to Your Phone

BlackBerry isn't in danger of becoming irrelevant anytime soon thanks to its deeply entrenched enterprise install base. But it would be foolish to pretend there were no threats to the throne. Apple's iOS and Google's Android have been adding enterprise-friendly features, and Microsoft will soon be introducing the exciting looking Windows Phone 7 later this year. Recent teasers of BlackBerry OS 6 ...