These Underwater Mountains Are More Dangerous Than They Look

The ocean can look enormously peaceful, like a postcard sent from heaven by someone on Xanax. Under the surface, things aren't nearly so calm and picturesque. And on the coast of North Africa, the U.K.'s Royal Navy found another salty hazard: Two previously unmapped underwater mountains, jutting up from the seabed. » 1/21/15 10:26am 1/21/15 10:26am

This Heads-Up Display Puts the App Info You Need On Your Windshield

Using your smartphone or tablet while driving is not only illegal in most sane states, it's also just a dangerously stupid thing to do behind the wheel. But since access to your device can make your travels easier, the dashboard-mounted Navdy provides a heads-up display that shares info from your devices, and lets you… » 8/05/14 12:00pm 8/05/14 12:00pm

Garmin's New Upgradeable Navigation App Starts at Just $2

In order to compete with the navigation apps that both Apple and Google give away for free, Garmin is introducing a new Android and iOS nav app called Víago that sells for just $2 (on sale for $1 until July 13th), with advanced functionality available as in-app purchases. It's still not free, but compared to Garmin's… » 6/17/14 7:57am 6/17/14 7:57am

Our Electronics Are Messing Up How Birds Navigate

The air is thick with electromagnetic noise these days. AM radio waves, the electromagnetic hum of computers—it's invisible to us, but birds seem to detect them with their internal magnetic compass. A new study finds that electromagnetic noise disorients European robins, raising the intriguing and frightening… » 5/08/14 12:40pm 5/08/14 12:40pm

No GPS Signal? No Problem: This Little Chip Knows Where You Are

GPS is a godsend when it works. Problem is, there are plenty of places it doesn't work—tall skyscrapers, concrete overpasses, and other huge structures all block the satellite signal you need to navigate. Luckily, Swiss company u-blox just devised a chip that keeps you on course when the satellites drop out, using the… » 2/08/14 6:00pm 2/08/14 6:00pm