AT&T Puts the 'A' in A-GPS
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Sep 10, 2008, 1:53 PM by Eric M. Zeman
AT&T announced that it has enhanced its network to include assisted GPS capabilities. A-GPS uses cell tower location information to narrow down the search area that phone's use to find GPS satellites. The smaller search area leads to a faster time to first fix. AT&T is also bringing two more location-based services offerings to its catalog of applications. MapQuest Navigator and AAA Mobile navigator both offer turn-by-turn directions, local gas price information and more.
Oct 30, 2020
Samsung has officially launched SmartThings Find, a device-tracking solution roughly similar to Tile, as well as Apple and Google's respective Find My services. "SmartThings Find uses Bluetooth Low Energy and ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies to help people find select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and earbuds."
Apr 7, 2021
Apple has officially opened up the technology behind "Find My iPhone" to non-Apple devices. The first devices using the new program ship next week, including bicycles from VanMoof, true wireless earbuds from Belkin, and a keychain-style tracking tag from Chipolo.
Apr 7, 2022
Google has updated its Lens camera-based search tool with an experimental feature that lets you type in extra search terms to refine your visual search. Google calls this new image+text type of search "multisearch".
Nov 28, 2022
Google is quietly rolling out an update to Messages that lets users react to individual messages with any emoji, instead of just the usual seven. When long-pressing on a message, the usual seven reactions are still offered, along with a new "face plus" icon that leads to a full emoji picker.
Aug 25, 2022
T-Mobile and SpaceX today announced a partnership to provide 100% coverage across the US and "vast" parts of oceans using SpaceX's next generation of Starlink satellites, which will be able to connect directly to existing cell phones. The service will use a dedicated "small slice" of the PCS band (the G block of band 25, which is 1910–1915 MHz for uplink and 1990–1995 MHz for downlink).