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Google Maps starts rolling out app-wide dark mode for some Android users
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Google Maps starts rolling out app-wide dark mode for some Android users

Google Maps already had a dark mode dedicated to navigation but the latest rollout is aimed at the entire user interface.

Google Maps' new update brings visual improvements to help users understand location, surroundings better
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Google Maps' new update brings visual improvements to help users understand location, surroundings better

With the new update, users will be able to correctly distinguish beaches and deserts from lakes, rivers, oceans and ravines.

ISRO, SpaceX similar because they deliver efficient performance says former chief Madhavan Nair
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ISRO, SpaceX similar because they deliver efficient performance says former chief Madhavan Nair

India had undertaken planetary missions to the Moon and Mars on a shoestring budget of around USD one billion compared to China's USD three billion and USD 25 billion of USA.

China indefinitely postpones the launch of its Beidou navigation satellite due to technical issues with its rocket
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China indefinitely postpones the launch of its Beidou navigation satellite due to technical issues with its rocket

More than 70 percent of mobile phones in China were Beidou-enabled as of 2019 and millions of taxis, buses and trucks also used Beidou signals.

China will complete its Beidou navigation satellite network, gaining independence from US-owned GPS
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China will complete its Beidou navigation satellite network, gaining independence from US-owned GPS

With an estimated investment of $10 billion, Beidou keeps the communications network of the Chinese military secure, avoiding \risk of disruption in case of conflict.

Men are better at giving directions and other gender stereotypes that have no scientific backing
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Men are better at giving directions and other gender stereotypes that have no scientific backing

While there are some cognitive biological differences between male and female brains, they do not amount to what popular gender stereotypes suggest.

NASA wants to make GPS for space, will guide astronauts and spacecraft on the Moon
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NASA wants to make GPS for space, will guide astronauts and spacecraft on the Moon

The Global Positioning System is made up of three parts: satellites, ground stations, and receivers.

Earth’s north magnetic pole is erratically shifting at a speed at 50 km per year
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Earth’s north magnetic pole is erratically shifting at a speed at 50 km per year

The shifts are forcing an unprecedented early update to a model that helps navigation.

New quantum technology could reduce reliance on GPS, which is vulnerable to hacking
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New quantum technology could reduce reliance on GPS, which is vulnerable to hacking

US engineers are working to harness quantum sensing technology to reduce current reliance on GPS.

OnePlus 6T to come with advanced navigation gestures, 'whole new UI' experience
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OnePlus 6T to come with advanced navigation gestures, 'whole new UI' experience

OnePlus is also said to have brought advancements to features like Do Not Disturb.

Google Maps now lets you and your friends vote on places to deal with indecision
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Google Maps now lets you and your friends vote on places to deal with indecision

The feature will be enabled via an update which is being pushed out at the end of the week.

India launches two models of its very own GPS module, Utraq L100 and L110
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India launches two models of its very own GPS module, Utraq L100 and L110

This GPS module is an endeavour to provide an alternative to the Indian customers.

Google Maps to soon get more India-specific features like the two-wheeler mode
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Google Maps to soon get more India-specific features like the two-wheeler mode

Last year, Google India added public toilets on the map in partnership with the government.

Facebook's 'Talk the Walk' AI guide can help you navigate without access to GPS
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Facebook's 'Talk the Walk' AI guide can help you navigate without access to GPS

The AI, which is currently being tested in New York, will help you navigate without GPS.

Google Maps now supports picture-in-picture, alert pop-up for e-vehicles and more in the new update
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Google Maps now supports picture-in-picture, alert pop-up for e-vehicles and more in the new update

If the user has updated their Google Maps to the latest update, which is 9.68, then the app will allow you open Maps in PiP mode.

Google Maps speed limit feature confirmed; will roll-out to vehicles in more regions soon
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Google Maps speed limit feature confirmed; will roll-out to vehicles in more regions soon

While the speed limit feature could be immensely useful to the users, any incorrect information could create chaos as speed limits are often associated with fines.

MapmyIndia announces a number of new products and alliances with organisations
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MapmyIndia announces a number of new products and alliances with organisations

Navigation, tracking and location service provider MapmyIndia on Monday announced a series of map and location-based technology and product releases.

China's BeiDou navigation satellite system to expand to other Asian markets
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China's BeiDou navigation satellite system to expand to other Asian markets

China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will expand its cooperation to Thailand and Sri Lanka, and then to the entire Southeast Asia to go global, its operator has said.

Using 'satnav' results in switching off parts of the brain making navigation skills worse
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Using 'satnav' results in switching off parts of the brain making navigation skills worse

Scientists studying what satnavs do to the brain have found that people using them effectively switch off parts of the brain that would otherwise be utilised to simulate different routes and boost navigational skills.

Atomic clocks on navigation satellites by Isro and ESA are failing, and nobody has an explanation
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Atomic clocks on navigation satellites by Isro and ESA are failing, and nobody has an explanation

There is no clear evidence that the failures of the atomic clocks of the IRNSS flock is in any way related to failures on the Galileo constellation by ESA.