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What sort of hyper-reactive reality are we heading into?
Sensors & Systems
This year's Consumer Electronics Show showcased a lot of sensors that combine to make smart home environments with sensing and alerts for energy, access, and safety of our homes. This vision has been coming for some time, it's a reality now with some products, and will rapidly become ubiquitous as these products such as Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, lights and power plugs hit all the home improvement stores.
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DoT opposes early start for navigation messages on new civil GPS signals
Inside GNSS
The U.S. Department of Transportation is asking the Air Force to cancel its plan to add navigation data to two key civil GPS signals this year, saying they are concerned that the approach and "nonstandard engineering tools" military officials plan to use could put GPS users at risk. The messages are to be "developed by engineers rather than certified GPS operators, and then manually uploaded to the satellite," said then-Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari.
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We're not doing enough about security: But what SHOULD we do?
Smart Grid News
Steady criticism has zeroed in on how utilities have been handling cyber and physical security in their operations for some time, and it seemed to begin when stimulus funding launched a flurry of smart grid projects, like advanced metering, and programs in 2009. Even then, critics were warning that security needed to be built in from the outset, not bolted on later as an afterthought. And the criticism continues from several sources.
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Sharpening the government's blurry maps
Directions Magazine
In recent years, Americans have witnessed the destructive power of floods again and again, from the damage inflicted on coastal New York and New Jersey by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to the devastation wrought by overflowing rivers in Colorado just a few months ago.

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Top 10 awesome features coming in the new Google Maps
GIS User
By Glenn Letham: I'm sure more than a few of you have been catching the 2013 Google I/O livestream, unless you happen to be there in person (lucky you). It's always a treat to hear about Google and what's coming next.

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FAA selects 6 sites for UAV research
GPS World
After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems research and test site operators across the country.

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Utility safety: Preparing for the next Sandy
Utility Products
Severe weather — ­ you can find it every day on the Weather channel, moving across America as large storms (often with tornadoes) that pose a direct threat to the lives and power supply for thousands of utility customers. A 10-day outage for 288,000 customers: The $138 million bottom line. A serious storm with major outages is expensive. Major events such as Hurricane Sandy can cost in the billions of dollars.
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Five tips for getting the most out of location-based marketing
Directions Magazine
Thanks to the rise of the mobile consumer, location-based marketing has taken off as a way to target consumers when they are in a position to enter a store. With any marketing method, a company is likely to have varied success depending on how it uses the method to improve the customer experience. To ensure your location-based campaign is a success, remember these five tips.
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The colorblind tubemap for iOS and Android
GIS User
Here's a clever app that's built on one of London's most iconic maps, the London Tube map. But, this app has a spin on it, the maps are served up in a number of ways, using cartographic enhancements and color variations in order to be more usable to those with vision issues such as color blindness. The app was developed by 323 studios and was announced as a winner in the TFL accessible app competition.
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James Webb telescope still on schedule for launch despite GAO concerns
Space News
Some work on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is behind schedule and fueling concerns about a near-term cash crunch, but the agency still expects to finish the $8.8 billion astronomy flagship in plenty of time to make a scheduled October 2018 launch. A senior NASA official emphasized that the infrared observatory, which has become infamous for soaring cost growth and delays, is not in any trouble despite the nagging issues cited in the latest annual program assessment by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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