Nokia maps tracking point

 

Losing a laptop through either misplacing it or by theft can be devastating. Not only is the financial loss tough to get over - laptops aren't cheap after all - but the loss of personal files, documents, photos and other data can be even more upsetting.

It can also be potentially very dangerous, as any criminal who snatches your laptop could then have access to your email or online banking accounts, which combined with other personal data on your laptop, could make identity theft easy.

The laptop security and tracking software we're looking at in this group test claims to add an extra layer of security to your laptop should disaster strike. In worst-case scenarios they should allow you to remotely lock down your laptop and wipe sensitive data. However, in the best-case scenario, the software will allow you to track and retrieve your laptop and, if it's been stolen, provide evidence to the police for a conviction.

Nokia maps tracking point

The search giant has announced it will be ending its Map Maker service, which let users make edits and corrections to places within the app.

Map Maker gained widespread popularity among Google Maps users for letting them make edits or additions directly into the app.

This included amending the route of roads in rural areas, editing addresses for companies or businesses, and marking when shops had moved location.

Losing a laptop through either misplacing it or by theft can be devastating. Not only is the financial loss tough to get over - laptops aren't cheap after all - but the loss of personal files, documents, photos and other data can be even more upsetting.

It can also be potentially very dangerous, as any criminal who snatches your laptop could then have access to your email or online banking accounts, which combined with other personal data on your laptop, could make identity theft easy.

The laptop security and tracking software we're looking at in this group test claims to add an extra layer of security to your laptop should disaster strike. In worst-case scenarios they should allow you to remotely lock down your laptop and wipe sensitive data. However, in the best-case scenario, the software will allow you to track and retrieve your laptop and, if it's been stolen, provide evidence to the police for a conviction.

GPS Visualizer can read data files from many different sources, including but not limited to: GPX (a standard format used with many devices and programs, including Garmin's eTrex, GPSMAP, Oregon, Dakota, Colorado, & Nüvi series), Google Earth (.kml/.kmz), Google Maps routes (URLs), NMEA 0183 data , Microsoft Excel , Google Spreadsheets , XML feeds , Garmin Forerunner (.xml/.hst/.tcx), Timex Trainer , OziExplorer (.plt/.wpt), TomTom (.pgl), IGN Rando (.rdn), Suunto X9/X9i (.sdf), Geocaching.com (.loc), FAI/IGC glider logs , Fugawi , CompeGPS , NetStumbler , and of course tab-delimited or comma-separated text .

Last  month, Apple confirmed its acquisition of WiFiSLAM, a Silicon Valley-based startup that specializes in indoor mapping. Despite a lack of details from Apple regarding its plans for the startup, stories pegging WiFiSLAM as the company’s latest weapon in its mapping arsenal flooded the news stream. While the technology would certainly fill a critical gap in Apple Maps, this deal marks something bigger: the growing exploration of indoor mapping.

With most of the developed outside world already mapped, people can easily get from one place to another by using a GPS solution or breaking out its old-fashioned paper counterpart. Mobile technologies have advanced to conveniently navigate the great outdoors with the drop of a “you are here” pin. Until recently, the concept of providing the same location abilities for indoor use was left unexplored. Yet, the current surge of interest by software developers, phone manufacturers, and even some Web search providers, has opened up the field of indoor mapping and all of its potential.

If you have ever used a GPS-based app to get to the mall or grocery store, you know that the program can only get you to the front door and renders almost useless once inside the building. Mall rats have to turn to a physical directory for help locating a specific store.