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BUSINESS
August 6, 1999 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several federal agencies issued a warning Thursday to hikers, boaters, drivers and others who use the global positioning system to beware of the possibility that their devices may malfunction Aug. 21-22 because of an unusual phenomenon known as "End of Week Rollover." The rollover problem stems from the original design of the GPS, which calculates the date by counting the number of weeks from Jan. 6, 1980. After the 1,024th week--about 20 years--the system resets back to zero.
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NATIONAL
December 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
President Bush has ordered plans for temporarily disabling the U.S. network of global positioning satellites during a national crisis to prevent terrorists from using the navigational technology, the White House said Wednesday. Any shutdown of the network inside the United States would come under only the most remarkable circumstances, said a Bush administration official who spoke to a small group of reporters at the White House on condition of anonymity.
HEALTH
March 20, 2006 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
Cyclists, runners, walkers, even swimmers and windsurfers, have now gone global. Using small, global-positioning devices, outdoor athletes are mapping their routes, tracking their distance, speed and elevation -- even creating their own virtual training partners, ones that beep instead of speaking when athletes are ahead of, or behind, their target goals. "If you're a gadget person," says Bruce Mosier, an avid runner and hiker from Santa Monica, "GPS is one of those things you absolutely need."
NEWS
April 27, 1997 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is little but prairie surrounding the carefully guarded buildings. From the time authorized personnel slide their personalized badges through the card reader and punch in a four-digit access code, they have 15 seconds to pass through a door leading to the master control station. Down a long hallway, seven people in blue jumpsuits work at computer terminals.
BUSINESS
March 12, 1998 | Bloomberg News
Trimble Navigation Ltd. said it will partner with Germany's Siemens to boost sales of global positioning system devices, which can be used to track locations worldwide. Sunnyvale-based Trimble said it will work with the semiconductor unit of Siemens to design and manufacture new versions of GPS systems. It did not disclose the terms of the alliance.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
The TomTom Go 700 sounds like a dream gadget for Southern California drivers: a GPS navigation unit for the car that not only pinpoints exact position and maps out directions, but also provides real-time traffic information for the route. It can even, at the push of a touch screen, almost instantly remap a route to avoid traffic snarls. It's an undeniably innovative use of the satellite-based global positioning system in conjunction with traffic data from the Internet.
BUSINESS
February 21, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sunnyvale-based Trimble Navigation Ltd. said it will resume shipments of global positioning system units to American Mobile Satellite Corp., ending a dispute that included litigation. Trimble, which makes satellite-based navigation and communication systems, said it will begin shipping its Galaxy units in March. The Galaxy units are used to precisely determine location and facilitate data transmissions. Reston, Va.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
beijing -- China said Monday that it would use global positioning satellites to ensure food safety at the Beijing Olympics as it steps up efforts to blacklist manufacturers who violate safety regulations. Wang Wei, an executive vice president of the Beijing Olympic Committee, said the high-tech system would monitor food production, processing factories and food hygiene during the Games to make sure healthy food is delivered to the 10,500 athletes in the Olympic village.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2006 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
After her husband's SUV was stolen from the driveway with her 10-month-old son still in the back seat, Stephanie Cochran of Riverside County thought the global positioning system in her husband's cellphone -- still inside the car -- would help her or the police locate her baby. It felt like it was "my last string of hope," Cochran said of their wireless provider, Sprint, about the Dec. 23 incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2001 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In today's high-tech world of satellite imagery and global travel, geographers would seemingly have few secrets left to unravel. But at least one question has been nagging at explorers and map makers alike: the precise source of the Amazon, the world's largest river, with six times the flow of the Nile. Since at least 1971, explorers have been bickering over which of two small streams in the Peruvian Andes actually represents the headwaters of the mighty South American river.
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