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Nest’s GPS-enabled Home/Away Assist feature makes your smarthome devices much smarter

Google-owned Nest is best known for its smart thermostat, but the company works on a number of devices which, albeit being generally good at their given task, do not communicate with each other particularly well. And that’s mostly due to the fact that said devices have always had a hard time detecting whether you are actually at home or not.

With the upcoming implementation of GPS support via the Nest app, however, it looks like your house is about to become decidedly more efficient – and smart…

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Edoardo Maggio

March 10th

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A New Technique Makes GPS Accurate to an Inch

GPS is an utterly pervasive and wonderful technology, but it’s increasingly not accurate enough for modern demands. Now a team of researchers can make it accurate right down to an inch.

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Jamie Condliffe

February 11th

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The Project To Monitor Bridges and Infrastructure From Space Is Growing 

A few months ago, the European Space Agency and the University of Nottingham described a new project that would use satellites to monitor aging, at-risk piece of infrastructure was at a given moment, right down to the centimeter. Now, more countries want in.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

December 8th

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Your GPS Probably Overestimates Distance

Ever thought your GPS system said you’d gone further than you expected? A new study dives into the statistics behind the satellite-based positioning service—and finds that overestimates in distance are inevitable based on the way measurements are currently made.

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Jamie Condliffe

November 16th

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Garmin Rino 650t Review: GPS Navigator And Radio In One

The ultimate way to stay in contact with your friends while in the wilderness? This Garmin Rino 650T allows you to track each other’s positions and communicate by voice or text, outside cell service.

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November 2nd

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Garmin Now Puts Directions and a Live Feed of Your Baby On Your Car’s GPS

Touchscreen tablets never quite killed off e-ink book readers like the Kindle, nor did GPS-equipped smartphones kill off dashboard GPS nav units. They’re still thriving, and Garmin intends to keep it that way by now letting parents also monitor their kids in the backseat using the same display that’s giving them directions.

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Andrew Liszewski

October 15th

Gadgets

TomTom Is Bringing Tunes to Its Newest Fitness Watches

TomTom’s first running watch was a great first step two years ago. Last year it got even better , with an integrated heart rate monitor. For this year’s watches, TomTom is adding full activity tracker capabilities and the ability to stream music to Bluetooth headphones, all for a pretty reasonable price.

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brent rose

September 3rd

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This Accident-Recording Dash Cam Will Now Help Prevent Them Too

If the endless supply of crazy Russian dash cam videos haven’t convinced you to get one for your car, maybe Garmin’s new Dash Cam 35 will. In addition to documenting accidents, it now has Forward Collision Warnings to remind drivers when they’re following too close to another vehicle, risking a crash.

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Andrew Liszewski

September 2nd

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Apple Watch How-To: Use Maps for navigation and directions

Apple Watch comes with Apple Maps, which allows you to find your current location, pan and zoom around on the area, search the map, get information about a location, call a location, get directions, and more. One of the benefits of having Maps on the watch is that it allows you to get directions without needing to pull out your iPhone, especially if you happen to be lost or in a sketchy neighborhood. In this how-to article, we will discuss how to use Apple Maps on the Apple Watch.

There are several different ways to open up Maps on the Apple Watch. You can open the app by tapping on the icon on the home screen after clicking the Digital Crown from the watch face, use Siri to open Maps by pressing and holding on the Digital Crown, hands free by saying “Hey Siri open Maps,” tapping on an address that was in an email or text message, or via the Map glance which is accessible by default when you swipe up on the clock face.

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When you first open up Maps, by default it shows you your current location on the Map, denoted by the blue dot. From here, you are able to pan around on the map by using your finger (like you do on your iPhone), and to zoom in on the map you turn the Digital Crown or by double tapping on the screen with one finger. To get back to your location on the map, press the blue square with the white arrow in the lower left hand corner. If you wanted to drop a pin on a location, lightly tap on the display for two seconds.

Current location via Maps on Apple Watch Drop pin on Apple Watch Maps

If you want to get directions on your watch, you would Force Touch the display. To Force Touch, you press firmly on the screen for about a second until you feel the haptic feedback. When you do this you get two different options: to either search for a place or get directions from a contact.

Apple Watch Maps Force Touch options

When you choose Contacts, it lists all of your contacts in your address book. There are some limitations with this. The first one is that there is no search option to search your contacts, so if you are trying to find someone towards the end of the alphabet you have to scroll all the way down towards the bottom either with your finger or using the Digital Crown. The second limitation is that there is no option to see any Groups you have in your contact list.

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When you choose Search, you have the option to dictate where you want to go, or choose a place based on where you recently got directions. Depending on what you search for, Maps will provide you with reviews, contact information, and hours. It will also tell you how long it will take you to drive or walk to the destination.

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To go to the destination, press on Start. You will then start to get directions. 12 quick taps in a row means you are going to take a right turn, and for left turns there will be a total of 6 taps in groups of two. When you glance at your watch, it will also display the directions and estimated arrival time in the upper left hand corner. When getting directions from the watch, Maps will not dictate the directions. If you started getting directions from the watch, and open up it on the iPhone, Siri will dictate directions.

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There are other methods to get locations from the Apple Watch or from the iPhone including using Siri on the Apple Watch to ask to find restaurant or destination. Siri will then display a list of results.

Using Siri on Apple Watch to get pizza Siri results from Apple Watch

You can also use your iPhone for directions, which will then send the information to the Apple Watch when it’s paired. Type in where you want to go up at the top in the search field, and then press Start down at the bottom in blue. Since you are getting the directions from the phone, the phone will dictate the directions and your watch will vibrate for turns and display the directions.

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If you no longer need directions, you can end it by Force Touching the watch display.

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So there you have it. That’s how you find your location on the map, pan and zoom around on the area, search the map, get information about a location, call a location, and get directions using Apple Watch.

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Sarah Guarino

August 20th

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This GPS Speaks In a Child’s Voice Near Schools To Make Drivers More Careful

Humans are hard-wired to respond to the voice of a child. So to make drivers more cautious and careful around children, an ad agency in Sweden created a GPS app that switches to the voice of a child whenever the car is near a school.

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Andrew Liszewski

August 17th

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