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Senator to introduce privacy bill for LBS

The US needs consistent rules for how law enforcement agencies can access the ever-growing collection of location-based data from mobile devices, according to a US senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat. He said that he will soon introduce a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get courtordered warrants to get location-based information from smartphones and other mobile devices, instead of simple subpoenas or other methods without court oversight. The increasing ability of mobile service providers to track customer locations raises “serious issues” for law enforcement and intelligence agencies, he added.

Navigation aid for Manila residents

The Asiatype Group of Companies introduced its first locally made GPS PND, Vector V100. It employs electronic maps, route plotting and rerouting and turn-by-turn voice directions. It also features 38,000 points of interest.

GPS for local trains in India

According to a Railway Board official, the Research Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) has started trial of the new device on the pattern of Delhi Metro trains. If it is successful, the railways would implement it on priority basis in local trains across the country. According to RDSO director, railways have been consulting several other agencies which are competent in designing and developing such a device.

Navteq to get Bing power on Nokia

Nokia and Microsoft has announced new partnership. Now onwards, Nokia Maps would be a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services. For example, Maps would be integrated with Microsoft’s Bing search engine and adCenter advertising platform .

ROUTE 66 new app for Android

ROUTE 66 mobile app, ROUTE 66 Maps + Navigation relies on TomTom’s maps and location content to deliver navigation solution for both drivers and pedestrians around the globe. Aside from “classic” features found in pretty much any decent navigation app out there the new app also comes with optional liveservices like Real Time Traffic and Speed Camera.

MTS to sell Russian phone with Glonass

OAO Mobile TeleSystems plans in April to start selling Russia’s first smart phones equipped with the Glonass navigation network. MTS Glonass 945 will cost about 11,000 rubles ($376) and also be compatible with GPS.

Hands-free navigation solution

The Magellan Premium Car Kit is compatible with the latest iPhone and iPod Touch models. The Kit includes a powerful, built-in GPS receiver that provides faster and more accurate location information to the driver’s Apple iPhone and enables an iPod Touch to be used as an in-vehicle GPS device.

Consumer electronics devices doubled

According Berg Insight report, the worldwide number of shipped consumer electronics devices with cellular connectivity grew to 22 million in 2010 compared to 11 million in the previous year.

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