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A firm that builds environmental sensors is teaming up with Google to turn Street View cars into mobile pollution sniffers. Three of the search engine's mapping vehicles have been equipped with hardware to measure harmful compounds in the atmosphere including carbon monoxide, methane and VOCs. It'...

July 30th 2015 at 9:58am 0 Comments
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What little hope Uber had of buying Nokia's Here mapping service just went out the window. A Wall Street Journal source claims that Audi, BMW and Daimler have tentatively agreed to buy Here for the equivalent of $2.7 billion. A final agreement could be ready within the "next few days," the tipster...

July 21st 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Small cameras are being implanted in endangered rhino's horns to save them from extinction. An aerospace company designed a new engine which could power a spacecraft via Earth-based microwave emitters. And theme-park goers who love 4D immersive-motion rides may soon...

July 21st 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Japan's come up with some cool tech in the past, but this week it reached a whole new boss level. A new hotel opened in Nagasaki, manned by talking robots-- including a dinosaur robot. GE Healthcare showed off its new full-color 3D ultrasound machine. And Google...

July 16th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Some genius decided to engrave a record into an uncooked flour tortilla and the thing actually plays. Russians keep doing such risky things for selfies that the government just launched a selfie safety campaign. And Google's Street View is being taken to a whole...

July 9th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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US Railway crossing accidents are up sharply over last year, but the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) is about to get some high-tech help. Google's Maps will eventually include numerous public and private highway rail crossing locations across the nation. The app will also give drivers navigat...

June 29th 2015 at 9:05am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Tesla's teased a prototype car charging station powered by strangers' footsteps; Lexus released a video of a hoverboard that's "rideable now," (psst ... it still needs magnets and isn't as cool as this); and Google used mountain climbing's most famous men and women...

June 25th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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There's a new Terminator movie coming out, and what the studio saved on spellcheck it was able to pay Arnold Schwarzenegger for extra promotional work. As such, the actor has teamed up with Waze to lend his unique voice to the company's crowdsourced sat nav service. If you want to be steered aroun...

June 16th 2015 at 9:37am 0 Comments
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The folks that might one day save your ass still rely on '50s-era radio technology (with some exceptions), and the US Commerce Department wants that to change. Its National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) division has just created a roadmap for how first responders can exploit technol...

May 27th 2015 at 10:19am 0 Comments
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Sure, it's not hard to learn when your bus is likely to show up, but have you wondered where everyone else's bus is at any given moment? You now have an easy way to find out. GeOps and the University of Freiburg have rolled out TRAVIC (Transit Visualization Client), a map that shows the real-time...

May 18th 2015 at 2:34am 0 Comments
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Apple has snapped up more than a few companies that know how to deal with your location data, but it now appears to be focused on improving the accuracy of that data from the get-go. MacRumors has discovered evidence that Apple recently acquired Coherent Navigation, a company specializing in very...

May 17th 2015 at 12:02pm 0 Comments
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If Facebook's maps for mobile have suddenly gotten a whole lot more (or less) accurate, there's a reason. The social network is now sourcing its location data from Here, Nokia's soon-to-be-sold mapping division. According to TechCrunch's sources, only the mobile web version is using the new inform...

May 5th 2015 at 10:19am 0 Comments