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GPS System Could Begin to Fail Within a Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christopher Begnoche   
Thursday, 21 May 2009 10:35

David Coursey, PC World 

Editor's Note: The U.S. Air Force has responded to concerns raised in this article.

The Global Positioning System faces the possibility of failures and blackouts, a federal watchdog agency has warned the U.S. Congress. Mismanagement by and underinvestment by the U.S. Air Force places the GPS at risk of failure in 2010 and beyond. The problem: Delays in launching replacement satellites, among other things.

According to the Government Accountability Office report, "In recent years, the Air Force has struggled to successfully build GPS satellites within cost and schedule goals" as part of a $2 billion modernization program.

"If the Air Force does not meet its schedule goals for development of GPS IIIA satellites, there will be an increased likelihood that in 2010, as old satellites begin to fail, the overall GPS constellation will fall below the number of satellites required to provide the level of GPS service that the U.S. government commits to."

Considered by the GAO to be "essential to national security" the GPS is also widely used by business and consumers and is a driver for next-generation location-based mobile applications used with smartphones and other devices.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 May 2009 18:50
USANA Launches National Rev3 Geocaching Challenge PDF Print E-mail
Written by VegasCachers   
Monday, 18 May 2009 21:39

SALT LAKE CITY-May 18, 2009

The 2009 Rev3 Geocaching Challenge features a series of 60 individualized Travel Bugs, trackable tags that will make their way to new geocaches across the United States. Ambitious cachers will benefit from free Rev3 swag just for entering the Rev3 geocaching contest at All participants will also be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $3,000 REI® gift card.

"We are very excited about this contest and look forward to seeing all of our Rev3 Travel Bugs trek from coast to coast, spreading the Rev3 message," said USANA CEO Dave Wentz. "We want participants to have fun with this contest as well as have the opportunity to try Rev3 for themselves, which is why we're offering free product to every geocacher."

Lowrance Announces New Out&Back GPS Handheld PDF Print E-mail
Written by VegasCachers   
Friday, 15 May 2009 14:45

Tulsa, Okla. - Lowrance announced today the Out&Back, its next generation, touch-screen, easy-to-use handheld GPS. The highly adaptable, cost-effective GPS product in Lowrance's new Endura handheld line up, the Out&Back provides extensive expansion capabilities for the outdoor enthusiast. Preloaded with a sophisticated base map and offering multiple mounting choices and downloadable mapping options, as well as support for shared web community content and plug-and-play micro SD cards, the Out&Back offers an economical, yet completely scalable, solution for adventure sport-minded individuals.
   Designed for easy, out-of-the-box use, the Out&Back's straightforward menu makes navigation simple. Its large color transflective touch-screen allows for easy viewing and operation, and its pre-loaded mapping content with detailed hill shading, topographic contours, primary roads and key Points of Interest (POI) provides accurate and realistic situational awareness. Out&Back is also easy to customize, including a recording option that saves trails and routes allowing quick recall or sharing, a geocaching application compatible with and power standby to conserve battery life as well as provide ultra-fast startup. The Out&Back supports Lowrance's full range of optional mapping content including Fishing Hot Spots and Lakemaster charts, as well as national and international maps, and sport-specific content. Like all Endura handhelds, the Out&Back accepts public domain files and community-based content such as GPX trails, routes and general outdoor POIs.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2009 14:49
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