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Despite complaints, fresh calls for the president to act on cybersecurity mount
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The Hill recently published a copy of a letter sent by Sens. Coons and Blumenthal to the president, urging action on cybersecurity. As you certainly recall, we left the cybersecurity debate with the news that senior GOP senators had published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, sniping about the President's proposed executive order. TNW ran through that note, pointing out several inaccuracies, and gisting the policy standpoints therein. More

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Defense contractor to launch new GPS security technology
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Everybody knows about the Global Positioning System, a ubiquitous, free utility which we rely on everyday. We use it to find directions on our road trips, or to move through the maze of city streets. Airplanes use it to navigate our crowded skies. But, as most people don't know, it also provides timing information. And that's used to control the power grid and banking operations. More

Beastly drone sub may test next-gen undersea sensors
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One of the largest unmanned submarines ever built is finally performing sea trials. But don't expect the U.S. Navy, which dreams of undersea drones that can span oceans, to proclaim the Proteus its drone sub of the future. Instead, Proteus' manufacturers want to work with the Navy to test the software, sensors and power systems that will define those next-gen drone subs — and maybe use the Proteus as a stopgap solution until someone develops those long-range submarines. More

Why is the press still talking about Apple Maps?
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The key story broke not long after Sept 21, the day users got their hands on the device. The story, in short: the app isn't too good for navigation, and points of interest are in the wrong place. As I write, on Oct 1, the situation is pretty much the same. The app still isn't very good. Why then has this story continued to smolder for the last 10 days? More

LightSquared, FCC appear to align on GPS receiver standards
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In one of three separate filings, would-be broadband provider LightSquared asked the Federal Communications Commission to set "operating parameters" leading to "revised technical rules" to enable it to operate in the lower of the two frequency bands where tests last year showed its operations would interfere with GPS. Those rules and parameters should, the filing intimated, include standards for GPS receivers. More

GIS: The backbone of homeland security
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Whether in warfare or disaster response, maps have always played a critical role in helping commanders and decisionmakers take appropriate action to save lives. But maps are no longer the flat, laminated sheets of paper capable of providing only what the user is smart enough to see. Today's mapping tools are digitally-enabled, smart applications that are capable of analyzing mountains of data and presenting actionable intelligence to those who need it. More

How (and why) Reliant Energy pioneered in-home displays
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The goal of Reliant's IHD program was customer acquisition and retention in the fiercely competitive Texas retail market. The state now has smart meters for the majority of its electric power customers. The meters were installed by two transmission and distribution service providers — TDSPs or "poles and wires companies" — Centerpoint Energy and Oncor, who maintain the systems but don't sell electricity directly to customers. More

Goodchild frames the future of a Digital Earth
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Dr. Michael Goodchild gave the keynote address at URISA's 50th annual conference in Portland, Ore. With the topic of the future of Digital Earth, Goodchild started by looking back at Al Gore's speech of Jan. 31, 1998, which first presented the term. That visionary speech about a virtual reality where we can go to a museum and zoom down to layers of information, going forward and back in time was compelling, a full seven years before Google Earth was launched. More

Twin Galileo satellites fueled and ready for launch
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A pair of Galileo satellites are now fully fueled and mated together atop the upper stage that will haul them most of the way up to their final orbit. The launch is planned for the evening of Oct. 12, reports the European Space Agency. Technicians donned protective suits to fill the two satellites' tanks with hydrazine fuel, used to maintain the satellites' attitude and orbital position during their planned 12-year lifetime. More


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