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Beidou launches navigation data for Asia-Pacific region

The Beidou satellite navigation network began offering positioning data yesterday for the Asia-Pacific region - a milestone in Beijing's bid to challenge the US-controlled Global Positioning System (GPS).

Friday, 28 December, 2012, 5:42am 1 comment

Middle Kingdom in a race for the centre

At this stage of China's history there is something wonderfully resonant about Beijing's determination to acquire a satellite-based navigation system with its Beidou programme.

28 Dec 2012 - 3:31am 2 comments

Rocket launch set to complete regional 'GPS for China'

China is likely to launch its 16th Beidou satellite later this month, completing a crucial stage in the construction of its home-made satellite navigation system. The Beijing News, quoting an anonymous source, said yesterday that the satellite would enable the system to extend its signal coverage over the Asia-Pacific region from Afghanistan to the Western Pacific, and from Mongolia to Australia.

16 Oct 2012 - 8:47am

Pentax WG-2 GPS

There are many water-resistant, shock-proof digital cameras on the market today, but if you are serious about taking photos where few cameras can go, then you might want to take a look at the Pentax WG-2 GPS.

While others might be perfect for the sand and beach, the WG-2 is designed for the ocean - more precisely, up to 12 metres below the surface.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Exercise in peer pressure adds competitive edge to fitness

Endomondo Sports Tracker Free Rating 8/10

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

China's eyes in the sky need watching

Being able to pinpoint the location of an object on the earth's surface is one of the most powerful technologies a government can have. China's announcement that its Beidou satellite navigational system has become operational symbolically moves the nation forward on the world stage.

30 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

There's no time like my present

There are many reasons why I love running, but most of all it's because of its simplicity. Throw on a T-shirt and some shorts, lace up your shoes and your workout starts once you're out the door. It's not logistically challenging, unlike swimming or cycling, which I also do as a triathlete.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Watch for these - the latest wrist gadgets for runners

Garmin Forerunner 910XT

Set to launch later this year, the latest incarnation from arguably the world's leading GPS watch brand is much sleeker than its predecessors. The all-in-one device not only tracks running and cycling, but also extensive swim metrics including distance, stroke identification, stroke count and pool length.

Nike+ SportWatch GPS

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

There are positives with horse-tracking system

The jury is out on one aspect of the Meydan set up - the Trakus system used for varying purposes, including sectional times and the enhancement of the 'viewing experience' for racegoers.

In fact the jury has been out for more than four years at Woodbine racetrack in Canada, where the system first emerged, despite tracks in the United States taking it up since.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

law and order

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 How do Octopus cards help detectives in their investigations?

a. They are linked to a global positioning system that can help locate suspects.

b. Their transaction and travel records provide clues to where they have been and what they have been doing.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am