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Burglar Takes GPS Monitor Along for 10 Crimes

Cops allege the ankle bracelet to Taiheem McKay's arrest

(Newser) - Cops say an accused New York serial burglar was caught thanks to the GPS ankle monitor he took along with him to the scenes of the crimes. Per News 12 , cops on Long Island have arrested Taiheem McKay for allegedly robbing 10 homes in the town of Riverhead over the... More »

Fitbits Pose 'Increased Risk' for Deployed Troops: DOD

Department of Defense says GPS data from fitness trackers too sensitive, bans them

(Newser) - The Pentagon has restricted the use of fitness trackers by deployed personnel after an app revealed the movement of troops in sensitive areas. Per CNN , Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan issued a memo barring use of the technology six months after a fitness tracking company called Strava released a global... More »

After 4 Days Missing, Trucker Stumbles Out of Wilderness

Jacob Cartwright's GPS led him astray in remote Oregon; he doggedly walked 36 miles home

(Newser) - A trucker who was missing for four days in a snowy part of Oregon after his GPS sent him awry walked 36 miles and emerged safely from a remote region. Jacob Cartwright, 22, showed up Saturday near La Grande, where an intensive search had been taking place since he went... More »

Russians Go After US Drones in Syria With 'Fairly Easy' Tactic

They're reportedly jamming the drones' GPS signals

(Newser) - US military drones patrolling the skies over Syria have an operational issue: Russia is messing with them. Specifically, US officials tell NBC News , Russia is jamming their GPS signals, a tactic that seems to have started in earnest on smaller drones a few weeks ago after chemical attacks were suspected... More »

Experts Say Fitness Tracker Map Reveals Secret Military Bases

'A lot of people are going to have to sit through lectures come Monday morning'

(Newser) - Last November, Strava published a Global Heatmap tracking the movements of the 27 million people who use its fitness service—either through its app or devices like Fitbits—over two years. A 20-year-old international security and Middle East expert finally took a closer look at the map this weekend after... More »

Owner on Jeep Ending Up in Lake: 'I Was Speechless'

Friends who'd borrowed her vehicle were led into Lake Champlain by Google's Waze app

(Newser) - "I was speechless." That's how the owner of a Jeep tells WCAX she reacted when she heard said Jeep had ended up at the bottom of Lake Champlain. How Tara Guertin's vehicle got there: She says friends who were driving it were misled by faulty directions... More »

Drivers Who Cut Through This Town Might Owe $200

Leonia, New Jersey, is outlawing out-of-town drivers during rush hour

(Newser) - Authorities in Leonia, New Jersey, are so tired of out-of-town drivers clogging their streets during rush hour that they're taking what even the police chief acknowledges is "extreme" action: They're outlawing out-of-town drivers at crunch time. Soon, anyone not from Leonia caught driving there between 6 and... More »

Couple Follows GPS, Get Stranded for 6 Days

They ended up stuck on rocky road in Utah

(Newser) - A Texas couple who narrowly survived after being stranded for six days on a desolate dirt road in southern Utah says they realized too late their GPS app was guiding them to the wrong spot. KSL reports that 78-year-old Helena Byler of Houston, Texas, said Friday that they were on... More »

Cops Tracked Rape Victim Using Her Cellphone GPS

Christopher Henneghan charged with rape, unlawful imprisonment

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say they were able to find a rape victim using her cellphone's GPS signal, the AP reports. Bensalem police say they received 911 texts on Saturday from a woman claiming she'd been sexually assaulted. She texted that she was trapped in a bedroom and couldn'... More »

Theft of GPS Tracking Devices Backfires Spectacularly

Burglar's attempt to steal a beer also went wrong

(Newser) - It's only June, but a crook in California may already have a lock on the Dumbest Criminal of 2017 award. Authorities had little trouble tracking the thief down after he stole 100 GPS trackers along with other items from the Santa Clara offices of tech firm Roambee, NBC4 reports.... More »

GPS Told Him Where to Go. He Shouldn't Have Listened

Driver in China tells cops he didn't realize dirt road led straight to water

(Newser) - Why do people climb mountains? Because they're there. Why do they drive their cars into rivers? Because their GPS told them to. Mashable reports that's the experience of a man in China's Anhui province, where police had to spend a good portion of their day pulling a... More »

Our Brains May Be Suffering Thanks to GPS

Without exercise, hippocampus could begin to change

(Newser) - Maybe this helps explain why people drive into lakes because of their GPS. A study in Nature suggests that parts of our brain switch off when navigating with it. Indeed, as more and more people rely on GPS, the human ability to navigate as a whole could suffer, researchers at... More »

SpaceX Cargo Ship Turned Away From ISS Landing

GPS snag has moved docking attempt to Thursday

(Newser) - Sometimes GPS leads drivers into bodies of water ; other times it keeps cargo ships from docking with the International Space Station. Reuters reports the latter happened Wednesday, with SpaceX calling off the rendezvous of its Dragon spacecraft with the ISS, saying there was a glitch with the capsule's navigational... More »

GPS Reveals Chilling 2nd Stop by Dylann Roof

GPS data reveals he went to second church

(Newser) - GPS information from Dylann Roof's car reveals a chilling detail: He stopped at a second South Carolina church after his massacre, reports ABC affiliate WCIV . When he left Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, Roof got back on the interstate and took an exit that brought him to Branch AME... More »

GPS Suggested Mountain Road in December. Bad Idea

Family ends up stuck overnight in national forest

(Newser) - The GPS gave them excellent directions—if it were August. But the problem for the Sanquist family is that they were driving from Oregon to California in December, and their GPS told them to head straight through the mountains of Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, reports ABC News . As they soon... More »

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 »

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