50 Shades Debut Inspires Increase in GPS Tracker Sales

50 Shades of Grey book.

50 Shades of Grey: you either love it or hate it, whether you read the book or not. Some chose to skip the movie altogether based on their disappointment with the series, while others counted down the days to its release. No matter if you liked it or not, there’s no question this movie topped the charts all over the world. In fact, according to worldwide box office figures, the movie did better overseas than it did here. The majority of the $350 million the movie grossed has the highest percentage of those sales coming from international locations. It isRead More

The Problem With Tracking Parrots

A Kea parrot.

Ever since the creation of the GPS tracking device, researchers and conservationists have had one goal: to find out more about the animals that we live alongside. One animal that we don’t know that much about is the wild parrot. But there’s a problem with tracking parrots. Parrots have strong beaks that they use to rip things apart–things like GPS trackers. Until this point, scientists have been thoroughly frustrated with the number of GPS collars that parrots have ripped apart. Now, researchers have discovered that tracking wild parrots is actually possible – they just have to create strong gps trackers!Read More

Swans Tracked Using GPS Trackers

A swan.

Every year, a number of Bewick swans make the move from the UK to a breeding ground in Arctic Russia. This year, some of those swans are being tracked using GPS tracking technology, so that researchers can better understand the bird’s migratory patterns. A Population Problem In the UK, the Bewick swan is the rarest swan that can be found, but for some reason the number of Bewick swans in the UK is drastically declining. Researchers aren’t sure why this is happening, but it’s important they find out. If something is eating the swans or if the swans are justRead More

Tesla to Sell Cars in New Jersey Without Dealerships

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Nearly a year ago, the state of New Jersey banned Tesla from selling its cars direct to the public. Today, Governor Chris Christie reversed that ban by signing a bill into law that allows the car company to sell directly to the public without the help or interference of any car dealerships. This is a major step forward for Tesla, since New Jersey is one of the states with the highest luxury car sales. The company has been banned from selling directly to the public in a number of other states including Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and Arizona. Tesla’s CEO ElonRead More

A Watch, Games, and GPS Tracker Combined

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Parents are usually torn when it comes to technology. Some love the way that certain devices can entertain kids for hours (tablets, anyone?), and others hate the idea of giving a child any kind of technology too early. But, what about a watch that combines educational games you’d want your kids to play with the safety that is a GPS tracking device? The new watch by Ambit Networks does all of those things, and it’s also a watch that your kids will like to wear. The AmbyGear watch was designed for kids, but also for parents that want to keepRead More

Is Hunting Helping With Conservation Efforts?

A lion sticking it's tongue out.

The Maasai people of Northern Kenya and Tanzania have always hunted lions. Certain men from this tribe have been given the title of ‘lion hunter’ in order to prevent lions from killing livestock, but also as a source of pride or rite of passage–it takes great courage to hunt lions. While seemingly impossible, conservationists have been able to work with the Maasai people in order to protect lions. How? A Mock Hunt The Maasai don’t hunt lions with modern weapons. Instead, they set out on foot in a group, find a lion, and close in on that lion with chantsRead More

The E-Bike to Shame All Other E-Bikes

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Electric bikes–no, not scooters–really haven’t been all that appealing. Consumers find them to be a bit hideous, truth be told. Not only do they sport a hefty price tag, they are usually visually unappealing, way too heavy to be practical, and often need to spend too much time in the repair shop (as with many new technologies). Enter the Vanmoof 10 Electrified, an e-bike created in the Netherlands, where they know their bikes! Not only is it affordable (compare its price tag of $2,998 to that of another model, the Stealth Bomber, at $11,000), it isn’t ridiculously heavy (weighs inRead More

Vanderbilt Next Team to Track Football Players’ Performance

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College football teams seek out the best of the best to recruit to their teams, hoping the men they assemble on the playing field each week lead their team to a championship. They practice endlessly, perfecting their plays, and hoping that injuries don’t occur. When technology intersects with sports, all kinds of amazing things happen. We’ve brought you stories of the wearable tracking devices used by teams–-not just football-–all over the world, designed to bring data to the coaches that allow their teams to play at an optimum performance level. The latest team to give the technology a try: Vanderbilt.Read More

Mumbai Gets GPS Trackers in Taxis

Taxis in Mumbai.

Mumbai taxi cabs are about to be equipped with GPS trackers, according to state transport minister Diwakar Raote. Citing recent safety concerns, all black and yellow taxis in Mumbai will soon have GPS tracking devices installed on board. The new trackers will provide women with more security when taking a taxi anywhere in the city. Over the past few months, there have been numerous cases of violence in taxi cabs throughout India, and government officials hope that the new trackers will help to curb some of this behavior. But, the government in Mumbai isn’t stopping at taxis either. According toRead More

Apple’s Upcoming Electric Car

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According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently making an electric car. This news might not surprise many tech-savvy readers, since tech, in general, is largely headed in the connected car direction, so why wouldn’t one of the world’s biggest tech leaders (Apple) get in on this fast sailing ship? Apple tends to keep all projects that the company is working on top secret, which is why we never hear much about any new Apple product before an official launch date. But, WSJ has some speculative secrets about the new Apple car. If you think that youRead More