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Tornado sirens giving way to new warning technology

Tornado Sirens - USA Today

On April 10, 2011, tornadoes ripped across Wisconsin, tearing roofs off houses, toppling trees and snapping power lines. In many places, the high winds were greeted with silence as some Cold War-era warning sirens failed because of lost power and other issues — just when they were needed the most.


Georgia man, 22, killed after following GPS directions to wrong house, friends say; homeowner held on bond

Lilburn police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man. Police said they were called out to a man's home on Hillcrest Drive on Saturday night. A group of friends said they were going to pick up a girl who lived in the area to go ice skating around 10 p.m. when their GPS system sent them to the wrong home.


Police: Apple Maps has dangerous Australian error

Apple Maps

Australian police are warning the public that errors in Apple's much-maligned mapping application are leading drivers headed to the southern city of Mildura to take a potentially "life-threatening" wrong turn into the middle of a remote state park.


Warrantless cellphone tracking is legal, federal court rules

warrantless Cellphone Tracking

An interstate drug trafficker hauling a motorhome filled with marijuana isn’t the most sympathetic defendant. But a federal court’s declaration that Melvin Skinner pretty much should’ve known his pre-paid cellphone could be tracked via GPS — and therefore cops didn’t require a warrant to track him — has repercussions that privacy advocates say deserve your attention.


Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

Solar Storm

An impressive solar flare is heading toward Earth and could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights....


AT&T customers surprised by 'unlimited data' limit

Mike Trang likes to use his iPhone 4 as a GPS device, helping him get around in his job. Now and then, his younger cousins get ahold of it, and play some YouTube videos and games.


Police Use of G.P.S. Is Ruled Unconstitutional

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that putting a tracking device on a suspect’s car violated his rights, although they differed on why.


NPD: US holiday electronics sales drop 5.9 percent

A research firm says U.S. sales of consumer electronics fell 5.9 percent this past holiday season, as smartphones cannibalize sales of standalone gadgets like cameras, camcorders and GPS navigation devices.


Opinion: GPS a privacy threat

Catherine Crump: Increasingly police are tracking our movements via our cell phones, an invasion that undermines our essential liberties


GPS shoes for Alzheimer's patients coming to market

GPS shoes for Alzheimer's patients coming to market

Shoes featuring GPS transmitters to help find wanderers suffering Alzheimer's disease or other dementia are coming soon to the U.S. market, Agence France-Presse reports.

Senh: That's actually pretty smart - a great use of technology. I bet you people will start using them for their kids ... and then their spouses!


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