privacy
US Federal Agents, Police Are Using Google’s Location History Feature to Track Down Suspects

American law enforcement queries of Google’s massive mobile device location tracking database, which employees call Sensorvault, has “risen sharply in the past six months,” the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing sources at the company. Read More >>

technology
The Y2K Moment for GPS Systems Is Just a Month Away

Do you know where you’ll be on April 6, 2019? If you heavily rely on GPS, you may not be able to determine where you are when that date rolls around. That’s because GPS navigation technology was originally built with a short-sighted timekeeping system that will reset next month and has the potential to cause chaos. Read More >>

ces 2019
CES 2019: This Clever Digital Compass Tells You Exactly Where Your Friends Are in a Crowd

If you’ve ever been out with a big group of friends and tried to rely on text messages to get everyone back together, you already know what an act of futility that can be. “Head to the bar!” “Which bar?” “New phone, who’s this?” The LynQ tracker promises to make rounding up your posse a lot easier. It works similar to a compass, but uses GPS to point the way to a specific person, instead of true north. Read More >>

transport
Rail Franchises Begin GPS-Tagging Trains for Better Running Info

A select few rail franchises are to start publishing GPS data that offers more accurate tracking of trains, giving all the apps that pull in official data feeds a much better picture of how the services are running. Read More >>

health
Scottish GPs Start Prescribing Lovely Walks

GPs up in Shetland are the first in the country to try an entirely new method of tackling obesity and all the other forms of modern malaise that have us staring sad-faced at our doctors all the time, with 10 surgeries around the islands starting a scheme that encourages the prescribing of walking and birdwatching to help with various physical and mental ailments. Read More >>

military
Pentagon Bans Location-Tracking Apps in Obviously Dangerous Places

Members of the military and other US Defense Department employees can no longer use apps or certain devices that track their location in operational areas. That means no more Fitbits in war zones, folks. Can you even believe this was ever allowed? Read More >>

garmin
CES 2018: Garmin’s Alexa-Powered Navigation Device Gains a Built-in Dash Cam It Should Have Had From the Start

I really liked Garmin’s bare-bones Speak navigation device when I tried it out a few months ago. Instead of a touchscreen, the $130 (~£110) device relies on voice commands, processed by Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant, to get you where you want to go. A few months later, Garmin is already introducing a new version that adds a built-in dash cam for documenting accidents, but it’s a feature I wish the unit had had from day one. Read More >>

gadgets
Forget BMW, the Garmin Speak Is a Cheaper Way to Put Alexa in Your Car

The most useful place for a voice-activated digital assistant isn’t your office, kitchen, or living room. It’s in your car, where your hands and eyes should be pre-occupied with driving. So Garmin put Amazon’s Alexa in a new bare-bones navigation device that will ensure you’ll never get lost, and never get lonely, on a long drive. Read More >>

reviews
I Tried the Most Futuristic Car Dashboard You Can Buy

We all know we’re supposed to ignore our smartphones while driving. Yet somehow it’s OK to take our eyes off the road to glance at some kind of GPS unit? Navdy is one of the first GPS devices that claims to be safer for drivers by putting the map and other info front and centre so your eyes stay on the road—it’s also one of the most comprehensive in-car navigation devices on the market. Read More >>

transport
Pilot Crashed After GPS Took Him to Nonexistent Scottish Airport

A pilot flipped his light aircraft over a wall in a field in Scotland, with the blame being placed on a GPS device that pointed him to a landing strip that wasn't there. Read More >>

cars
Doing What the Satnav Says is Being Added to the Driving Test

The DVSA is tweaking the format of the driving test to better suit modern times, with the refreshed exam format about to feature a section on following the directions of your in-car GPS navigation machine. The driving instructors of the country are sighing so hard even the back windscreen has steamed up. Read More >>

gadgets
This Collar That Reads Pets’ Emotions Is a Tech Travesty

Tucked among the booths at CES is a small company called Kyon. It wants to revolutionise the pet collar business by offering an innovation that, among other things, tells you what your pet is feeling. This is bullshit and it must be stopped. Read More >>

wearables
Garmin’s Fēnix 5 Squeezes Satellite Navigation Into a Slim Fitness-Tracking Smartwatch

At CES 2015, Garmin revealed the epix: the company’s first wearable that included the same satellite navigation capabilities as its handheld units. As smartwatches go, the epix was one of the largest and bulkiest wearables you could strap to your wrist, but two years later, Garmin has finally packed similar functionality into its Fēnix smartwatch. Read More >>

crime
Future Tech Crime Division Locks Thief Inside Car He Stole

A car thief, after having enjoyed a little sleep in the BMW he'd just stolen, woke up to find he was locked in the vehicle -- thanks to the modern wonders of GPS tracking and remote locking and everyone coming together to punish a bad man. Read More >>

health
Telephone GPs are Cutting Costs for Private Healthcare Users

Some of the UK's private healthcare providers are turning to telephone GP consultations, in a move to make it easier and quicker for patients to get an opinion. Oh, and maybe to save money, but that's only a happy coincidence. Read More >>