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Memory-Map Adventurer 2800 – What’s In The Box?

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By: SatNavWarehouse

Original Source: Memory-Map Adventurer 2800 – What’s In The Box?

Hexagon to Acquire Russia’s NAVGEOCOM

By: GPS World

Original Source: Hexagon to Acquire Russia’s NAVGEOCOM

Hexagon has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares in Russia-based Navgeocom. The company is the largest distributor for Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon brand, in the Russian Federation.

Founded in 1997, Navgeocom has grown into one of the top-tier distributors of surveying and mapping products in Russia. The acquisition marks another step in Hexagon’s global distribution strategy, which aims to establish a strong direct presence in all key markets.

“Strategically, the acquisition of Navgeocom is a great fit for Hexagon and yet another step toward expanding our presence in Russia and Central Asia. Furthermore, Russia is entering into a phase of significant investment in transport infrastructure,” said Hexagon AB President and CEO Ola Rollén. “In addition to Russian highways, it includes significantly increasing the size of Moscow and surrounding its perimeter with a motorway, an expressway and high-speed rail system between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and an international transport passage programme between Europe and West China. Coupled with the acquisition, these projects provide substantial growth opportunities across Hexagon and improve our ability to serve customers in the Russian Federation.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close as of end of February 2013 and will contribute to Hexagon’s earnings. Excluding intercompany revenue, the company’s turnover for 2012 amounted to approximately 10 MEUR.

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360° Minds For The Future

By: The Hindu

Original Source: 360° Minds For The Future

As technology changes our day-to-day lives in ways that were unfathomable only a few decades ago, the world of work is also undergoing a parallel transformation. In his bestselling book, The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman argues that the twin forces of globalisation and technology, especially the Internet, are rapidly and radically altering how and whom we work for. A click of a mouse can erase geographic boundaries, and routine jobs are increasingly getting automated. Social networks, online retailing, e-books and GPS maps have revolutionised how we socialise, shop, read and navigate our worlds. As a result, new jobs are being continually created that require different mindsets than traditional manufacturing jobs. The aptitude and skills that the 21st Century worker needs are indeed quite different from those that his predecessors required, argue renowned educationists.

Ethical mindset

Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner states that five kinds of minds will be valued in the future. As human beings continue to break new frontiers of knowledge from miniscule nano particles to gargantuan galactic spaces, specialised knowledge is going to be increasingly prized. Gardner argues that experts in particular domains or disciplines will play important roles. Research across domains as diverse as chess to physics to dance indicates that it takes about ten years for a person to become adept in a field. Second, as we are bombarded with information from diverse media, the mind that can gather information from various sources and synthesise it in a meaningful way will be critical. Third, as routine jobs get automated, the mind that can extend knowledge or understanding in creative ways will be esteemed. As the world gets more interconnected through the web of globalisation, we need to learn to tolerate and respect difference, be it in the form of language, religion or culture. Finally, in the Indian context, we need to nurture an ethical mindset in students so that they learn to think beyond individual self-interests.

Digital deluge

In a similar vein, educationist, Tony Wagner, says that students need to acquire “seven survival skills” to meet the dynamic demands of an ever-changing workplace. Similar to Gardner, he emphasises the ability to problem-solve and think creatively. Instead of being overwhelmed by the digital deluge of disjointed information, students need to learn to synthesise effectively. As the world gets increasingly specialised, he says that people need to learn to work collaboratively in order to make a difference. He also adds that we need to hone our ability to communicate cogently, both orally and in writing. Clichéd as it may sound, change is the only constant in the future workplace. People, thus, have to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability and not display rigid mindsets. Finally, we have to keep the spark of learning in ourselves alive forever; a willingness to learn and accommodate to the demands of a job will be essential. In fact, Ken Robinson, who writes and lectures extensively on creativity and education, urges us “to adjust to a world where, for most people, secure lifelong employment in a single job is a thing of the past.”

Wagner bemoans the fact that education, unfortunately, has not kept pace with the changing landscape of work. He rightly states that the content schools and colleges teach should be used as a “means of developing competencies, instead of being the goal”. However, school systems across the world are mired in emphasising traditional academic subjects at the cost of honing other talents, according to Robinson. He says that our academic fixation and pervasive testing ends up “stifling the very skills and qualities that are essential to meet the challenges we face.”

The Indian mindset

In an article in The New York Times, Mohit Chandra, a partner with KPMG, complains about the lacklustre quality of Indian graduates. He says that our students need to work on five areas that employers value: communication, creative problem-solving, resourcefulness, curiosity and professionalism. Indian recruits typically expect to be handheld and given detailed instructions for all jobs, and do not necessarily think for themselves. We tend to defer to authority but rarely try to solve problems for ourselves. Students’ thinking is also streamlined into giving the one and only ‘right’ answer that the teacher will award maximum points to. In our culture, we also tend to view a Master’s or doctoral degree as the pinnacle of learning; the idea that we need to continually enhance ourselves is not celebrated in our culture. Even basic rules of conduct like honouring job contracts, sticking to one’s word and being punctual have to be spelled out. As students try to cultivate these traits, our anachronistic educational system also has to wake up to the fact that a notebook does not necessarily have to be made of paper.

In order to make students skilled and savvy for work in the 21st Century, schools and colleges also have to exhibit more innovation, creativity, flexibility and zeal, thereby modelling the very skills they need to impart. Finally, as Gardner says, education in the “broadest sense” cannot be left to schools and colleges alone. Thus, all stakeholders including parents, policy makers and the media have to do their bit to cultivate 360º minds.

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How to use your fish finder and gps effectively on a kayak


This clip explains some of the simple uses to using a gps and fishfinder on your fishing kayak. How to use it to your maximum benefit and how to make sure you get the best out of them.

Magellan eXplorist GC GPS

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Can GPS Trackers Save Pigeon Racing?

Personally I’ve never heard of the sport, but with the interest in pigeon racing apparently dwindling I guess that shouldn’t come as a shock. Are GPS devices the future for the sport?

By: BBC News

Original Source: Pigeon Racing

Pigeon fancying has been a staple of British culture for decades and even the Queen is known to send her royal pigeons into races.

But the sport has seen its popularity decline over the years with fewer young people showing an interest in breeding pigeons.

Technological advances could now reverse the trend and avid pigeon racers are already working with companies on introducing live GPS tracking to the sport, in the hope of attracting millions of pounds in online betting.

The BBC’s Franz Strasser went to the largest pigeon fancier convention in Blackpool.

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Mini Helicopter Drone For UK Troops In Afghanistan

By: BBC News

Original Source: Mini Helicopter Drone For UK Troops In Afghanistan

British soldiers in Afghanistan have become the first to use miniature surveillance helicopters in frontline operations.

The drones can fly around corners and obstacles to identify potential hidden dangers, the Ministry of Defence said. The Norwegian-designed Black Hornet Nano features a tiny camera and relays video and still images to a handheld control terminal.

It measures about 10cm by 2.5cm (4in by 1in) and weighs 16g (0.6oz).

The MoD, which also operates more than 300 larger-sized unmanned air vehicles in Afghanistan, said the Black Hornet is carried easily on patrol and works in harsh environments and windy conditions. They have been in use in Afghanistan since 2012, a spokeswoman confirmed.

Surrey-based Marlborough Communications has a £20m contract with the military to supply and maintain 160 of the drones, which were originally developed by Prox Dynamics for search and rescue operations. Mini drones can be piloted directly or programmed to follow co-ordinates using GPS.

Powered by battery, the Black Hornet is reported to have a range of about half a mile (800m), a top speed of 22mph (35kph) and can fly for up to 30 minutes.

They can help soldiers on the ground pinpoint hidden Taliban fighters and explosives.

Sgt Christopher Petherbridge, of the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in Afghanistan, said: “We used it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset.

“It is very easy to operate and offers amazing capability to the guys on the ground.”

Defence minister Philip Dunne said intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems were a “key component” of the MoD’s investment in new equipment over the next 10 years.

Spending outlined last month also includes almost £36bn for a new generation of nuclear-powered submarines, almost £19bn for combat aircraft, and around £17bn for Royal Navy warships.

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Garmin Shuffles The Deck As It Promotes COO To CEO

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Garmin has a new CEO in the form of previous COO Clifton Pemble.

By: ZDNet

Original Source: Garmin Shuffles The Deck As It Promotes COO To CEO

It’s beginning to feel like a game of musical chairs at the top of the tech world today. Following up Akamai’s announcement of its new CEO, Garmin is also revealing an executive transition plan on Monday. The navigation solutions provider announced that it has named Clifton Pemble as Garmin’s next CEO and president, effective January 1, 2013.

Pemble will succeed co-founder Dr. Min Kao, who will stay on with Garmin in the role of executive chairman, where he will be charged with “providing ongoing support to the company’s strategic planning and business development processes.”

Pemble joined Garmin in 1989 as one of the company’s first software engineers. He has served as president and chief operating officer since 2007 on top of being on the board of directors since 2004.

As COO, Pemble was responsible for directing day-to-day operations of all Garmin’s subsidiaries in North America.

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Vibrating Belt Uses GPS To Guide Cyclists By Tickling Them

I find that the US Military training a system that guides soldiers to targets in a similar way to be interesting.

By: NDTV Gadgets

Original Source: Vibrating Belt Uses GPS To Guide Cyclists By Tickling Them

Researchers have designed a new vibrating navigator belt that guides cyclists by tickling them with coded buzzes and with directional nudges just before each turn.
Like satnav for a cyclists waist, the “vibrobelt” helps guide cyclists and has proven successful in early tests.

It uses vibrating actuators that indicate left, right, backward and forward turn directions, and even tickles the user with coded buzzes that tell them how far they have to go to their destination.

Developed by Haska Steltenpohl of the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the system aims to give cyclists a “heads-up” navigator, allowing them to keep their eyes on the road after they have chosen their destination on a GPS smartphone.

They simply set off and get directional nudges from the vibrators just before each turn, ‘New Scientist’ reported.

To see if the vibrotactile navigation compared well with using a standard GPS map on a handlebar-mounted smartphone, 20 volunteers tried both methods on a variety of unfamiliar routes.

While all the cyclists reached their destinations successfully, the researchers noted an important difference: when questioned about landmarks they had passed, the vibrobelt users proved much more aware of their surroundings en route than those who were constantly glancing at a GPS screen.

The researchers plan to reveal their system and research results at the annual Intelligent User Interfaces conference in Santa Monica, California, in March.

It’s not the first time “vibro” navigation has been tried, however.

The US military is trialling a system that guides ground troops to targets in a similar fashion.


Facebook Is Said to Create Mobile Location Tracking App

By: Business Week

Original Source: Facebook Is Said to Create Mobile Location Tracking App

Facebook Inc. (FB) is developing a smartphone application that will track the location of users, two people with knowledge of the matter said, bolstering efforts to benefit from growing use of social media on mobile computers.

The app, scheduled for release by mid-March, is designed to help users find nearby friends and would run even when the program isn’t open on a handset, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.

Facebook is adding features to help it profit from the surging portion of its more than 1 billion users who access the service via handheld devices. The tracking app could help Facebook sell ads based on users’ whereabouts and daily habits. It may also raise the hackles of consumers and privacy advocates concerned about the company’s handling of personal information.

Regulators in the U.S. and Europe have already scrutinized Menlo Park, California-based Facebook amid concerns that it doesn’t do enough to keep data private. Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have similar tools for continuously keeping tabs on user whereabouts.

Derick Mains, a spokesman for Facebook, declined to comment.

The team developing Facebook’s location software is being led by Peter Deng, a product director who joined from Google in 2007, one person said. The group also includes engineers from Glancee, a location-tracking startup Facebook acquired in May, and Gowalla, a location-based social network whose assets were purchased in December 2011, the person said.

Facebook fell 5.5 percent to $28.11 yesterday in New York. The stock has gained 59 percent since closing at a record low on Sept. 4.

‘Mobile First’

Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the need for new mobile products in a Jan. 30 call with analysts.

“A lot of what we had to do last year was simply to improve our mobile development process,” Zuckerberg said. “The next thing we’re going to do is get really good at building new mobile-first experiences.”

Facebook already records the GPS coordinates of users when they post status updates or photos from their phones, or check in to a venue. With the new app, the company would go a step further by tracking user whereabouts in the “background” of Apple’s mobile operating system, even when other programs are running or the phone isn’t in use, one person said.

While Facebook would probably need to ask permission from users to track their location to be in accordance with Apple’s guidelines for developers, Facebook may have already gotten consent from its users to run such a feature.

Friends, Events

Facebook’s data-use policy tells users that the company may use information on location “to tell you and your friends about people or events nearby, or offer deals to you that you might be interested in.” The company said it may also put together data “to serve you ads that might be more relevant.”

“When we get your GPS location, we put it together with other location information we have about you (like your current city),” the data use policy reads. “But we only keep it until it is no longer useful to provide you services, like keeping your last GPS coordinates to send you relevant notifications.”

A host of apps, including Apple’s Find My Friends and Math Camp Inc.’s Highlight, constantly track user locations to help them find friends or places of interest. Many of the programs have failed to gain wide audiences because of privacy concerns and the heavy toll such apps have on the battery life of mobile phones.

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