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The ultimate way to stay in contact with your friends while in the wilderness? This Garmin Rino 650T allows you to track each other's positions and communicate by voice or text, outside mobile service. It's a GPS tracker and trail guide that also lets you talk with your friends over 5km away.

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Any kind of individual geotracking may sound unnerving at first, but if you can control who is able to see your location and when, it can be a convenient way of keeping an eye on the kids, making sure everyone meets at the same bar, or working out how long it will be before your better half gets home from work. Here are six apps specifically for the job.

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Ever thought your GPS system said you'd gone further than you expected? A new study dives into the statistics behind the satellite-based positioning service — and finds that overestimates in distance are inevitable based on the way measurements are currently made.

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Ever contemplated going to war with America but been thwarted when the Great Satan switched off your access to its navigation satellites? That's potentially a real problem for China and Russia, but the real victor in this navigational arms race might be you; it's improving the quality of location data on your phone and in your car.

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This article will save your life. A basic paper map is the simplest, most reliable and most effective way to find your location and navigate somewhere else. But, in the age of GPS and Google Maps, many people have forgotten how to use one. Here's how to never get lost again.

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There are all kinds of reasons why you might want to filter tweets based on a location — from breaking news to travel tips — and new Android app Castround makes the process much simpler than it is on the Web. Here's how to use it and several alternative approaches you can try.

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Do you own an Android device? Is it less than three years old? If so, then when your phone's screen is off and it's not connected to a Wi-Fi network, there's a high risk that it is broadcasting your location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range that wants to listen.

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Potential buzzkill alert: you're at a concert, and your section runs out of beer. But magically, your phone gets a message that says you should head one section over where there's plenty of Buds to be had. Thanks to a developing Wi-Fi tech that knows exactly where you're sitting, that might soon be a reality.

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Foursquare just launched a neat new tool that allows you to view the last year of your life in Foursquare check-ins. Don't worry! It's more than a depressingly reductive view of your life as the summation of activities on a social network. It's actually really cool.

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We all see the occasional check-in on our social networks of choice, but Foursquare took a whole year of them and crammed them into one glorious minute of glowing information. The whole mess of data is condensed down into a colour-coded 24-hour span so you can see how people — Foursquarers at least — dart around almost ceaselessly, only stopping to rest in the most wee hours of the morning.

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If you plotted out all the check-ins made on Foursquare, you should be able to get a pretty good handle on the geographic layout of a city. It's like modern day map making or check-in cartography. So do you think you can recognise a city just by its Foursquare check-ins?

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Las Vegas, the amazing place that sucks souls, wallets and dignities, is also really good at swallowing mobile phones. Drunk, partying, WHOOPS. And whenever a phone is lost, people who use location services to find their lost phones always seem to track it back to the same place: Wayne Dobson's house.

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Twitter is modern-day people-watching. Anytime you check it, you see what a person is thinking or doing or saying. But it's not all happening in a digital vacuum, they're on break at work tweeting about their boss, they're outside a hospital tweeting about their day, they're somewhere tweeting about something. This photo project, Geolocations, by Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman show where people are when they send out tweets. It's completing the picture.

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Knowing exactly where you are on the face of the earth gives your smartphone wonderful location-specific capabilities. But GPS can only tell you what building you're in, not where you are in it. So STMicroelectronics has developed an advanced pressure sensing chip that can determine your vertical elevation down to what floor you're standing on.

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IMDB has an updated app out today, which is cool and fine, but one peculiar addition is the ability to check in and share whatever movie or TV show you're watching. OK, Foursquare, Facebook and Yelp were fine, but at what point does the whole check-in trend become overkill?