'You Are Here' maps course for directionally challenged

From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves, by Hiawatha Bray

By Marla Vacek Broadfoot, 10:04 AM April 17, 2014

These days, it can be almost impossible to get lost. The creation of affordable smartphones has put personal homing beacons into over a billion pockets and pocketbooks, enabling even the most directionally challenged to locate the nearest Starbucks or find their way around a traffic accident. Yet the technology that enables easy navigation was centuries — even millennia — in the making. Boston Globe technology reporter Hiawatha Bray chronicles the evolution of navigational and mapmaking tools...

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