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Australia Is About 5 Feet From Where We Left It in 1994

And that's a problem for self-driving cars

(Newser) - For the love of GPS, somebody stop Australia from moving. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports the country is located smack dab on top of the fastest moving tectonic plate in the world. That means Australia is approximately 5 feet north of where it was in 1994—the last time the... More »

Driver Follows GPS, Car Ends Up Vertical

She drove up guide wires while making a U-turn

(Newser) - Police in Vermont say a car ended up almost vertical when the driver swerved quickly in response to her GPS ordering her to "turn around." The car was suspended almost vertically on guide wires attached to a utility pole (see a photo here ) in Mendon on Wednesday... More »

Wife's Attempt to Keep Tabs on Her Man Ends Poorly

Well, that did not go well, did it?

(Newser) - It wasn't a bomb, but a GPS tracker planted by a suspicious wife kind of blew up: A retired military member called police in Leeds, UK, Tuesday when he noticed what he considered to be a "viable device" in his vehicle. Fearing he was a target of terrorists,... More »

Driver Following GPS Ends Up in Lake

Canadian woman takes wrong turn in foggy weather

(Newser) - A Canadian driver got a scary surprise Thursday night when she drove right into Lake Huron while following GPS instructions, the CBC reports. Still unidentified, the woman was navigating foggy weather in Tobermory, Ontario, when she turned down a boat launch and found her car sinking. "How the launch... More »

Court: Lifelong GPS Tracking of Sex Offenders Is OK

Wisconsin's statute declared constitutional

(Newser) - It's perfectly constitutional to require some convicted sex offenders to wear a GPS tracker all day, every day, for the rest of their lives. That's per the Seventh Circuit federal appeals court, which ruled Friday on the case of Michael Belleau. He was convicted in 1992 of sexually... More »

Lost-Phone Apps Weirdly Keep Pointing to One House

The Atlanta couple who lives there is very confused

(Newser) - People keep showing up at Christina Lee and Michael Saba's Atlanta-area home at all hours of the day and night looking for their stolen phones—or even missing people, Fusion reports. "Three young men came by, really frantic," Lee recounts one occasion to the BBC . "They... More »

Woman Killed After GPS Takes Her to Wrong Street

Regina Murmura, 70, was shot in Brazil slum and died in hospital

(Newser) - GPS directions might at times drive you insane, but one woman was actually driven to her death in Brazil. Travel agent Regina Murmura, 70, and her husband Francisco, 69, were aiming for a Niteroi beach on Avenue Quintino Bocaiuva on Saturday when their Waze GPS app directed them to Quintino... More »

Worker Uninstalls Tracking App, Gets Fired: Lawsuit

Myrna Arias says her company was tracking her while she was off-duty

(Newser) - Myrna Arias didn't like the GPS app on her phone that constantly tracked her, so she uninstalled it. The problem: Arias' iPhone was issued by her employer, which required her to run the app constantly, and after she removed it, the California woman was fired. Now she's suing... More »

Driver Blindly Follows GPS Off Bridge, Kills Wife: Cops

Couple managed to drive past warnings and barriers: officials

(Newser) - A stark reminder to not let your GPS rule your common sense: In East Chicago, Indiana, a man drove off a ramp to a bridge that no longer exists, injuring himself and killing his wife, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. Husband Iftikhar Hussain, 64, was the one at the... More »

GPS Fail Takes Tourists on 750-Mile Detour

Bus driver went to La Plagne in southern France, not La Plagne in the Alps

(Newser) - A group of 50 Belgian tourists headed to the Alps for a ski holiday were slightly confused when they woke up from their overnight bus ride and found themselves surrounded by … vineyards in the south of France. The snow hadn't melted at La Plagne ski resort, their true... More »

Man Proposes With World's Hugest GPS Drawing

Yasushi Takahashi spent 6 months traveling 4,450 miles to create marriage proposal

(Newser) - Yasushi Takahashi quit his job six years ago and traveled all over Japan for six months, covering more than 4,450 miles—and he ended up getting a Guinness World Record and a wife out of it, the Boston Globe reports. Takahashi used his GPS tracker to draw "Marry... More »

Lenders Shutting Off Cars Over Missed Payments

Electronic devices becoming common in subprime loans: NY Times

(Newser) - T. Candice Smith lost control of her car on the Las Vegas freeway when it suddenly shut off. She alleges it happened because the lender of her subprime auto loan activated a starter-interrupt device installed in the car as a condition of the loan. The New York Times reports that... More »

Decoy Bottle of Pills Leads to Robber's Demise

NYPD track him with its GPS, fatally shoot him in confrontation

(Newser) - A man who robbed a Manhattan pharmacy at gunpoint yesterday pulled the wrong bottle from the shelf, and it cost him his life, reports NBC New York . But it wasn't drugs that did him in, it was the GPS tracking device on the decoy bottle he grabbed. Police were... More »

Google Working on Real-Life Tracking: Report

It'll keep tabs on you, and sell data to advertisers

(Newser) - What if tracking cookies didn't just track your web activity—they tracked your every movement and reported it back to advertisers? A program Google is beta-testing does just that, ad industry sources tell Digiday . The program would track consumers' smartphone GPS data even if they didn't have any... More »

Is This the Most Precise Clock on the Planet?

New atomic timepiece could help with navigation

(Newser) - A new timepiece the size of a dining-room table is being hailed as perhaps the world's most precise: It's "like measuring time over a hundred years to a precision of several nanoseconds," says Andrew Ludlow, co-author of a study behind what's being called the ytterbium... More »

Court: Feds Can Track Your Location Without a Warrant

But in another case, government says it must admit NSA spying to defendants

(Newser) - The federal government can grab GPS data indicating where you've been directly from your phone carrier without a warrant, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday, saying that the practice was "not per se unconstitutional." Technically, that data is a "business record," meaning... More »

Meet Google's Next $1B Buy

Waze buy thwarts rivals, might raise anti-trust concerns

(Newser) - Google is close to finalizing one of the biggest acquisitions in its history, with a more than $1 billion deal for the maps and traffic app Waze, the Wall Street Journal reports. Here's what makes the move interesting:
  • Google already has a maps app. You might have heard of
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World Gets Its Most Accurate Clock

Loses just one second in 50B years

(Newser) - Most clocks lose minutes over time and need to be reset—but if you're a scientist or an engineer, you need clocks that are just a bit more reliable. And now researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have created the world's two most accurate atomic... More »

Man Murdered After GPS Takes Him to Wrong House

Phillip Walker Sailors thought it was a home invasion: lawyer

(Newser) - There are wacky GPS mistakes and then there are tragic ones. A Georgia man died after being shot in the head Saturday night after his GPS reportedly directed him to the wrong house. WSBTV reports that Rodrigo Abad Diaz, 22, was driving three passengers to a friend's house, where... More »

South Korea: North Is Jamming Planes' GPS

Flights not in danger, South Korean officials say

(Newser) - Commercial flights into and out of South Korea found their GPS signals mysteriously jammed this weekend, officials revealed today, and they weren't shy about casting suspicion on their neighbors to the north. More than 250 flights were affected, though officials say none were in danger because they automatically switched... More »

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