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Cheating Boyfriends? In Japan There’s an App for That.

They don’t just sneak around, they sleep around. And if they’re already in a relationship, they’re called cheaters. In Japan, tech has helped them get away scott free for years. That’s changed.

With new smartphones and GPS tracking, it’s now possible to find phones—and presumably their owners. But what about privacy? And the law? Ha!

On Aug. 30 in Japan, an Android smartphone app called Kare Log ("Boyfriend Log") launched, allowing girlfriends to track smartphone GPS data via PC as well as the phone’s remaining battery life and call history.

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Seven-satellite plan set for domestic GPS network

Japan plans to establish a network of four satellites in the latter half of this decade to improve the accuracy of its global positioning system, government officials said Friday.

In the future, Japan will set up a network of seven "quasi-zenith" satellites to set up a GPS system independent of the one operated by the United States, the officials said.

A ministerial council comprising the Cabinet and headed by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made the decision Friday.

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Hello Kitty GPS announced

The Hello Kitty GPS has been announced by Seiwa! A Japan only device, it will begin selling on July 31st. Shaped like Kitty’s head, it comes with an onboard digital TV tuner so you can even watch TV while on the go.

It has a 7 inch touchscreen which supports a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

It has two input jacks so you can connect a DVD player, video game consoles or even reverse camera.

You can playback video and audio files via a SD card.

And to top it off, the GPS comes complete with a bow shaped remote control.

Japan eyes building its very own GPS system

Japan is considering launching new satellites to establish its own global positioning system (GPS) in a bid to reduce its reliance on the US navigation network, officials said on Wednesday.

In September, Japan launched a rocket carrying its first satellite intended to improve GPS systems widely used by Japanese motorists for navigation as well as by aviation and maritime operators.

The government’s space development strategy headquarters, headed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan, is now discussing plans to launch additional satellites, said an official.

"There is a proposal that our country should secure its own GPS as it is now fully relying on the US system," the official said.

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