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Handheld Algiz 10X shipping now

Handheld Group has started shipping its new Algiz 10X rugged tablet PC for  eld professionals. It is a rugged tablet computer that is lightweight and built to withstand the harsh conditions that come with all kinds of industry  eldwork, and that can display detailed maps and other visuals even in bright sunlight. It has also started shipping the new version Algiz XRW rugged notebook.

Sprint selects u-blox

Sprint U.S. and u-blox have announced the expansion of their collaboration in support of Sprint’s commitment to the 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network. Both companies believe 2G remains an important network option for business customers, including those that deploy Machineto- Machine (M2M) solutions as part of their service or product offerings. This collaboration will allow business customers to extend the product lifetime of their existing 2G M2M devices by seamlessly migrating to the CDMA network with minimal effort.

Asustek, Toyota launch smart car navigation system

Taiwan’s Asustek Computer Inc. launched an integrated navigation system for Toyota electric cars as part of a government pilot program to build a low-carbon tourism environment. The cloud-based navigation system has been installed in 35 Toyota electric cars. The tablet-like device combines functions such as voice navigation, sightseeing guidance for scenic spots around the lake, weather forecast updates, and the locations of nearby charging centers for the vehicles.

Navigate Ghana with Google maps

Google Ghana introduced Google Maps Navigation recently to enable owners of android devices such as smart phones and iphones have comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-go maps with built in local search, voice guided turn-byturn navigation to all kinds of places.

IndoorAtlas magnetically attracts $640,000 seed round

IndoorAtlas, Finland, snagged a seed-round investment of about $640,000 from Dallasbased Mobility Ventures to help develop its vision of using magnetic anomalies inside buildings and smartphones to accurately pinpoint positions. It began last year as a spin-off from the University of Oulu, Finland.

4M users of Hoppr onfeature phones alone

AND has launched the AND LBS Platform to provide worldwide LBS including geocoding, local search, customised maps and routing. It is based on LBS technology that has powered many of the largest LBS services globally.

4M users of Hoppr on feature phones alone

Hoppr, a location-based service developed by Gurgaon, India-based Y2CF Digital Media Pvt Ltd in partnership with Bharti SoftBank, claims to have crossed 85 million check-ins and 4 million registered monthly users in about 10 months of operation.

Apple buys WiFiSlam (probably a repeat news, need to check)

In a move that could improve the quality of Apple Maps, the Cupertino tech company has purchased WiFiSlam, a Silicon Valley start-up that specializes in indoor mapping for USD20million.

Locata Positioning will underpin future crash avoidance research

Locata Corporation has announced that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) plans to install a Locata network as the core positioning technology in a $30 million upgrade soon to be under way at their famed Vehicle Research Center (VRC) near Washington DC. A LocataNet will provide the vitally important high-precision positioning required by the VRC to perform rigorous, consistent and repeatable scienti c evaluation of new vehicle crash avoidance systems. Now research into new technology systems which allow cars to avoid crashes in the  rst place will elevate the value of the Institute’s safety ratings to new levels.

Mobile Location-Based Advertising will be worth 6.5 billion in 2017

According to Berg Insight report, the total value of the global real-time mobile location-based advertising and marketing (LBA) market will grow from € 526 million in 2012 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 65 percent to € 6.5 billion in 2017. This will then correspond to 32.8 percent of all mobile advertising and marketing. This means that location-based advertising and marketing will represent around 5 percent of digital advertising, or more than 1 percent of the total global ad spend for all media. SMS, mobile search and coupons are today important highvolume LBA formats.

MapmyIndia partners BlackBerry

MapmyIndia is betting on its partnership with BlackBerry to widen its reach among in burgeoning community of smartphone users and challenge the stranglehold of Google Maps. BlackBerry has tied up with the Delhi-based maker of online maps and navigation devices as Google is yet to release its map application for the Canadian smartphone company’s new platform, Blackberry10. http://timeso

Future Mobility Research Lab

BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have unveiled the joint Future Mobility Research Lab, the  rst for BMW Group in Southeast Asia. This new research facility will study and develop key areas relating to future transportation, which includes advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human-machine interfaces, and mobility patterns and concepts. A key focus will see how research outcomes can bene t the Asian market based on the needs of the region.

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