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When you choose to enable Google Maps with My Location, your phone sends anonymous bits of data back to Google describing how fast you're moving. When we combine your speed with the speed of other phones on the road, across thousands of phones moving around a city at any given time, we can get a pretty good picture of live traffic conditions. We continuously combine this data and send it back to you for free in the Google Maps traffic...


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A mobile phone application will help professional and "citizen" scientists collect and analyse data from "in the field", anywhere in the world.
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When you use Google Maps Navigation, your phone automatically gets the most up-to-date maps -- and live traffic data, street view, satellite view, etc!


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Shares in sat-nav device companies have fallen substantially after Google unveiled its free live sat-nav for mobiles on Wednesday. US firm Garmin fell 18% after details of Google Maps Navigation were revealed. Dutch firm TomTom fell 9.5% when markets closed on Thursday.


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Smartphones with GPS and talking map applications are increasingly competing with sat-nav devices, experts say. In response Garmin and TomTom, two major players in the sat-nav industry, have joined the smartphone market.


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Nokia's answer is to preload many of the maps on to the phone.


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Researchers say the Sun is awakening after a period of low activity, which does not bode well for a world ever more dependent on satellite navigation. The Sun's irregular activity can wreak havoc with the weak sat-nav signals we use.


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They agreed that the world's highest mountain - which traverses the border of the two countries - should be recognised as being 8,848m tall. ... But geologists say that the estimates of both countries over the height of Mount Everest could be wrong. They say that the mountain is becoming higher as India is gradually pushed beneath China and Nepal because of shifting continental plates. In May 1999 an American team used GPS technology...


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But Glonass is also vital for national security, he added, so that America does not deliberately alter or blur Russia's GPS signal - for instance, during a military conflict. One of the times such allegations surfaced was during the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008.


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Foursquare and others utilise the GPS technology in a user's smartphone to pinpoint exactly where that person is. It alerts friends to their whereabouts and gives them valuable information about what is happening around them.


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