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December 17, 2018

IN THE NEWS: IMPROVING GPS

DENVER (AP) — Don’t expect it to start guiding you anytime soon — but there is a major upgrade coming to the world of GPS. Tomorrow the U.S. Air Force is scheduled to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites. The new “birds” are designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile than the current “flock” encircling the earth. Once it’s up and running, the new GPS system is expected to be able to narrow down a location to 3 to 10 feet. That is about times as accurate as those now in place. But most of those features won’t be fully available until 2022 at the earliest.

IN THE NEWS: TECH EXECUTIVE COLIN KROLL DEAD

NEW YORK (AP) — A top tech executive who co-founded HQ Trivia and founded Vine has died. Colin Kroll was 34 years old. It’s unclear what happened; the New York City medical examiner will determine the cause. Police say officers went to Kroll’s apartment early yesterday after getting a request for a wellness check. They found him unconscious and unresponsive on his bed — and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Kroll was the chief executive of HQ Trivia, which live-streams short trivia shows to users. He also founded Vine, an app built around six-second videos. Kroll also worked for a while at Twitter.

ON THE WEB: MERRIAM-WEBSTER’S WORD OF THE YEAR

CYBERSPACE (AP) — “Justice.” It means different things to different people. And for Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions for “justice” — is that it’s the 2018 word of the year. Editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski says the word experienced specific spikes in lookups on the company’s website for much of the year. Among the dictionary’s runners-up this year are “maverick,” which spiked after the death of Sen. John McCain, and “respect,” which did the same after Aretha Franklin died.

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Merriam-Webster site: https://www.merriam-webster.com

IN STORES: BELKIN SPECIAL EDITION BOOST?U WIRELESS CHARGING DOCK FOR iPHONE, APPLE WATCH

PLAYA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — If you have an Apple iPhone and an Apple Watch — you now have a single solution for keeping them both charged through the night. Belkin has a wireless charging dock that accommodates both. The BOOST?UP Wireless Charging Dock for iPhone + Apple Watch is compact — but delivers a big, wireless, boost to your devices. There are two discs, one for the phone, the other for the watch. And because it draws 7.5 watts of juice for your phone and 5 watts for your watch, the charging process is fast. If you need another device charged, you can do that too — because the stand has a 5-watt USB port that lets you charge a tablet or other device. The one-stop solution to charging up to three devices also allows you to see and/or use your phone and watch as they charge. The Beklin BOOST?UP lets you charge your iPhone without having to take it out of its case. But if your case is thicker than 3mm or made of metal, you’ll have to “undress” your iPhone before putting it to bed. Or, you can use the USB slot in the rear to connect your iPhone to the stand. The BOOST?UP Wireless Charging Dock has a 2-year warranty and is protected by Belkin’s equipment warranty. If your gear is damaged by an electrical surge while properly connected to the charger, Belkin will repair or replace the stuff up to $2,500.

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Belkin site: http://www.belkin.com

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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