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Quick access to home and work locations on Google™ Maps

Google Inc. has made it easier for the users of Google Maps to save and re-visit the places that matter to them. Once the user signs in to his Google account, he can access the places that are frequently visited by him virtually. This has been made possible after the release of a recent Google Maps update for the web version. The update enables the user to define specific home and work locations that will stay attached to his Google account, no matter how much PC-hopping is done by him.

Saving home and work locations on Google Maps

To set home and work locations, the user needs to sign in with his Google Account. Once logged in, he has to click the ‘My Places’ tab in Google Maps and save the home and work locations. From the ‘My Places’ panel, the user can also edit or delete his saved locations by clicking the drop-down to the right of the home or work icons.

News source: Google Lat Long Blog

GeckoSystems uses Microsoft’s Kinect Mobile Self-Navigation

Geckosystems released a statement announcing their recent development of the eckoImager which incorporates technology from Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. Gecko systems specialize in hardware and software inventions for the mass consumer marketplace aimed at usage in homes for safety and social purposes. Its current invention is the CareBot and GeckoNav, GeckoChat and GeckoTrak. These products are designed for the care of the elderly, the ill and children.

They are in discussions with various representatives from Microsoft. Gecksystes claims its sources its motivation from Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates’ article “A Robot in every home”.

Gecko aims to bring revolution in the robotics industry by incorporating elements from mobile robotics to develop Mobile Robot solutions for Safety, Security and service.

Microsoft has to its credit a mobile robot software development environment named as Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3. It is a Windows based application for the ease of developers in creating robotic applications across a range of hardware. The carebot is a robotic device with an aluminum frame surrounded by a plastic shell, two wheels which run independently, sensors microprocessors and on board computing device. It is primarily built around 5 platforms the GeckoSuper, GeckoNav, GeckoChat, GeckoScheduler and GeckoTrak. GeckoNav is responsible for maneuvering the device around obstacles and taking care of the motion of the robot, GeckoChat is responsible for interaction with the subject and answering to verbal commands, GeckoTrack using the Kinect technology through its sensors maintains close proximity to the subject.

Microsoft’s had recently stated sale of over 8 million Kinect sensors within 60 days of its launch. The GeckoImager uses sensor fusion interpolates structured light machine vision data provided by the Kinect sensor with sonar range finding data and all this added to the Geckos solid state compass, accelerometer and odometry sensor fusion provides enough data to provide the robot with a situational awareness to make it avoid collisions unaided utilizing its own resources in every conceivable environment setting. Also using the sensors from kinect would be cheaper than the current industry standard of laser range finding systems. It not only is cheaper but an excellent option providing dearth of data required for navigation at a lower cost to money and power stated Kevin O’Connor, Sr. EE Roboticist, Research and Development, GeckoSystems.

These service robots can find multiple utilizations from the home environment to the hospital environment. Can provide care of the elderly and the physically challenged can be used for monitoring the sick and many other uses.

Gecko systems state that the breach usage of Microsoft’s economic Kinect range finding sensor system would allow some approaching business-to-business niche retrofit markets for them. They said they would continue to expect technology-licensing revenues to precede revenues from product manufacturing and sales and have two to three prospective licensees in active discussions. This augurs well for increased ROI and shareholder value for their nearly 1400 investors.

How to access your computer regardless of location?

If you are a traveler and want to set up your computer to accept connections with remote desktop program, it is a tough task for you as you get a lot of problems like complexity of modern network and also the Internet. Although, the setup is available in current version of Windows but still it is tough to setup in one go. There are several blocks like a firewall securing your network, an Internet provider blocking everything except Web pages and images or different reasons exist in Internet. These are the main and valid cause of connection problems. Here in this article we will describe some of the best ways to access your computer from anywhere in the world.


There are two major types of IP addresses, one is dynamic that is common practice among practically all ISPs and the other one is static for which you need to pay extra. Static is permanent IP address.


There is also several websites available and the most popular approach is the anyplace Control by It is a revolutionary move toward to go around all the obstacles and you can remotely access your computer from anywhere in the world. You will get immediate control over your desktop with Anyplace Control.


You can basically gain the right of entry over your desktop by creating an account with Anyplace Control and assign a name to your computer. When you want to access your computer, you simply enter the name of the computer. It is a very small and lightweight client application which manages all the files. Using this application you will get rid of all the worries like configuring the network on remote PC  and also other obstacles, firewalls etc.


Anyplace control has amazing options and it will provide you the whole desktop with keyboard and mouse. you can also drag any file and drop to your computers.


The Anyplace control is very secure with its state of art encryption and latest security. Your files will be protected from remote attacks.


There are many features available in Anyplace Control one of them is the fastest response time which saves your bandwidth by consuming minimum traffic.


The remote access problems occur especially in developing countries and while travelling you use Internet cafes. But the problem is the difference between quality of your home PC and they use older operating system as old as Windows 95.


If you are using the Anyplace Control application then you will not get any problem in accessing your remote PC.


Anyplace Control also does not use Windows Remote Desktop and the advantage is the compatibility with all versions of Windows.


You can easily run Anyplace Control on Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, 2003 Server, and Vista.

Garminfone- An Easy Navigation Guide

We have seen and used phones which have navigation facility in them but how about a navigating device which has a phone in it. Garmin which is a leader in developing navigation devices has announced its new release named Garminfone. Garminfone is a navigation device which also carries feature to make calls, browse the internet, listen to audio, view video, and check emails. Garminfone has two devices built in one: first is Garmin GPS unit and the other is a Smartphone powered by Google’s Android Operating System. Garminfone has been developed in partnership with a Taiwan based company called Asustec Computers Inc.

Garminfone has a wide 3.5 inch touch screen which is bright, spacious, and helps you navigate easily. It comes with a car charger and a dashboard mount to make it easy to use when you drive. It offers options for changing the navigation voices and attractively the Garmin Navigation services are free once you buy this phone.

All the applications on the phone can be accessed just by sliding your finger from right to left. Unlike other phones Garminfone has multiple screen support and supports 5 additional screens. You can keep the applications like Facebook open on those screens for real-time use. When it comes to the main purpose of the phone which is navigation, Garminfone proves it worth. Garminfone has very precise traffic calculators and distance vs. time information. The routes shown by garminfone are very precise and it’s really of a great help for travellers. The database for various outlets and help lines is also very latest and updated.

Besides the above mentioned features there are certain features which should have been there and would have made Garminfone the only option for navigators. Garminfone doesn’t voice the street names, so you always have to keep an eye on the phones screen for the same. Garminfone is to be used by travellers so the camera should have been of high quality. The camera which comes packed with garminfone is a simple 3-megapixels camera with a not very good resolution. Pictures taken in daylight looks fine but the sharpness misses once you view them in full-size. Garminfone supports music playback or streaming from online radio tunes but doesn’t support the standard headphone jack. This just adds another cable in your travelling bag. Garminfone is good when it comes to its own display of text and images and also loads the web pages quit fast.

Lastly Garminfone is built on Google’s Android technology but supports only the old Android 1.6 version. This makes the phone to lack the latest features provided by Android and thus stands to be a second choice for people who wants a good navigating device along with all the other smart phone features.

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