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MoSoSo 101: Checking in With Foursquare, Yelp and Location-Based Apps

The social media fast lane is heating up with real-time location updates. Apps now tap into your cell phone's GPS to track where you and your friends are, and, more importantly, what's happening nearby. Now that the world can finally say "tweet" with a straight face, there's a new term to learn: MoSoSo, or mobile social software. Read on to find out what it is, how it works and how to setup yo...

Design Concepts: Gadgets for the Visually Impaired

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never progress from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over them, nevertheless. According to th...

Impressive 'Siri' App Makes Your iPhone a Virtual Assistant

Siri is a new voice search and "virtual assistant" application for the iPhone that takes "natural language" requests and turns them into actionable results. For example, ask Siri "where can I get the best sushi," and it will, using the iPhone's GPS, search Yelp to find recommended sushi restaurants near you. Using Nuance, the same speech-to-text engine that powers popular tools like Jott and...

8 Weird GPS Devices

Sometimes technology treads into such intimate territory that it freaks us out. Such is the case with GPS technology, which is increasingly finding itself implanted in everything from tennis shoes to USB drives these days, potentially tracking our every move. The eight non-traditional-GPS-gadgets we've compiled range from the useful to the downright creepy -- take a look! ...

5 Questions To Ask Before You Buy GPS

GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation devices -- those talking screens with maps that give you real-time directions to wherever you're going (as you're going there) -- used to be the province of the well-to-do with high-end cars. But nowadays, real-time navigation technology is available for all budgets in all sorts of shapes, sizes and feature packages. So which type of GPS is for you? S...

Your Gadgets Are Tracking You....

Used to be, homing devices were the domain of James Bond and similar ilk. No more: In fact, chances are, you're carrying a GPS-enabled tracking device in your pocket. For at least two years, cell phones have been the largest application of GPS chips, and now, finally, we can use them to do our own sleuthing -- even if it's to find the nearest watering hole....

Five Things to Consider Before Buying a GPS System

GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation devices -- those talking screens with maps that give you real-time directions to wherever you're going (as you're going there) -- used to be the province of the well-to-do with high-end cars. But nowadays, real-time navigation technology is available for all budgets in all sorts of shapes, sizes and feature packages. So which type of GPS is for you? S...

Best Gear for Road Trips (Video)

Considering the sky-high prices of gas these days, it's even more important that you get to your summer road trip destinations on time and without getting lost, which is why you should take the excellent GPS navi system we recommend in the above video (a follow-up to our previous round-up of car trip doodads). We also recommend some other gizmos that'll get you where your going in o...

Survivor Tech: Gadgets That Can Save Your Life

If you've turned on the Discovery Channel at all in the last year you might have noticed that survival is quite the draw. The popularity of shows like 'Survivor Man' and 'Man Vs. Wild' is not only drawing viewers to Discover, though, it's also helping draw attention to an entire cottage industry of gear designed to help you avoid the very situations (read: deadly ones) we love to watch Bear Gr...

Exclusive Gary Busey Outtakes

As we mentioned in our interview with Ol' Toothy, Gary Busey has voiced turn-by-turn directions for TomTom's line of GPS devices. His directions, which are downloadable for $12.95, are relatively straightforward and will do a good job of getting you from one place to another via car, but we got our hands on the outtakes, which are downright nutty. To celebrate Switched's first week of existence,...