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How Tech Can Help Cities Reduce Crime

Camden, N.J. ranks among the United States' most dangerous cities -- and in 2011, its police force was cut in half. However, a state-of-the-art 'tactical information' center, combined with gunshot-spotting cameras, in-cruiser GPS technology and analytics are helping the embattled city cut crime. Full Story »
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Smart Cars Are Getting Smarter, But the Ride Isn't Perfect

The cars of tomorrow will listen, talk, entertain, protect, get energy from the sun and even drive themselves. Not all carmakers plan to take the same road, though, and some face more potholes than other.

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Location-Based Services: Controversy at Every Level

Your smartphone can be a beacon telling the world where you are, with increasing precision. Is that good commerce or bad privacy, or maybe a bit of both?

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US Court Rules Warrant Required for GPS Tracking of Vehicles

The government used a GPS device attached to the van of Harry Katzin, one of the suspects in thefts of pharmacies, to track movements

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Forget Shark Week: Researchers Tag N' Track Great Whites

A team of scientists off the coast of Cape Cod has been catching, then tagging great white sharks with wireless transmitters to learn more about their behavior -- and where they go.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Geofencing

This location-based mobile service lets marketers send messages to smartphone users when they enter a defined geographic area, such as a shopping mall.

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5 Ways Your Smartphone's 'Smarts' have Become More Important Than the 'Phone'

People live and die by their smartphones, but placing phone calls is not the primary function of a 'smartphone.'

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5 Ways to Track In-Store Customer Behavior

There's a fine line between tracking the behaviors of customers in your brick-and-mortar store and spying on them. The technology discussed here uses data from customers' smartphones in conjunction with opt-in apps to offer patrons deals and show retailers what's happening in their stores.

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Fake GPS Signals Lead Yacht Astray

Researchers in the U.S. have managed to spoof GPS (Global Positioning System) signals to send a yacht hundreds of meters off course, while fooling the crew into thinking the yacht was remaining perfectly on course.

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Nokia Here Drive+ Will Add Turn-by-Turn Navigation to Windows Phones

Nokia updates Here Drive+ to allow turn-by-turn navigation for all Windows Phones, but installation issues prompt a hiatus.

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Garmin's Head-Up Display Connects Smartphone Navigation to any Vehicle Windshield

Garmin today announced a portable head-up display device for smartphone navigation apps that costs $129.99 and can be used in any car.

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Wireless Automation Can Reduce Package Delivery by 30%

Same-day package delivery is on the minds of transport managers around the world who say their customers are demanding faster pick-ups and drop-offs.

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Maine May be First State to Require a Warrant for Cellphone Tracking

Maine is one step closer to becoming the first state in the nation with a law that would require police to obtain a court-issued search warrant in order to obtain a person's cell-phone location data.

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Solar Flare Blacks Out Some Radios, but the End is Not (necessarily) Near

The year's biggest solar flare affected some radios on Thursday, NASA said

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This Nevada Man Doesn't Have Your Lost Cellphone

A resident of North Las Vegas, Nev., says owners of lost cell phones have repeatedly shown up at his house incorrectly demanding phones that they tracked via software to his location.