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Apple Maps may get a boost from extra-precise GPSApple buys a GPS company, gaining new location-tracking powers. Meanwhile, a cybersecurity researcher raises concerns of airplane hacking, and Google is said to add a "buy" button to search results.
Apple has new location tracking power. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] Apple is mapping out a path to give Give you better directions, Apple has purchased the company Coherent Navigation which created an extra precise version of GPS it tracks location by combining normal GPS with low orbit communication satellites that means it knows where you are within inches rather than feet like most services Apple has bought several mapping start ups to help boost it's own map app It faced criticism over early bugs and a lack of some features since it launched 3 years ago. Apple maps still do not included transit directions. That could change this year. A while ago, Apple did buy a company focused on tracking public transportation. Ultra specific mapping directions can be helpful when you're using the Apple watch on your wrist, to get notifications on when to turn But you know what this tech could be good for sending you location specific advertisements when you're in front a store entrance, hey you never know. In other news a cyber security researcher is raising serious questions on the safety of passenger airplanes after saying he was able to take control of a plane From the entertainment system at his seat. According to an FBI affidavit, the security researcher, Chris Roberts, is said to have told the FBI that he has been able to hack the in flight entertainment system on numerous planes through the boxes under the seats. And that one time, he was able to send a command from his seat. To cause the plane to change course briefly reports say Roberts went to the FBI several months ago to warn them about vulnerabilities he discovered, but Roberts told Wired that the statement highlighted in the FBI report was incorrectly summarized and taken out of context Roberts has not been charged with any crime, he's not in custody On Twitter, he said his goal is to help improve airline security and that he's been advised to not say much. Several reports are citing law enforcement officials discrediting the claims, saying it's not possible to hack into a plane's steering controls from a passenger seat, which leaves other experts questioning, what exactly was he able to control? Or, was something in the FBI's report an exaggeration, based on a simulation? So, while we try not to have flight hacking nightmares, the Wall Street Journal reports, Google is planning to put "buy" buttons on its search results. The Journal's sources say the changes may arrive in the coming weeks under the heading Shop on Google. You'll see it inside those. Sponsored ads. And it will show up when you're searching from a phone or a tablet. Google isn't shipping the items, rather it seems it's just handling the whole checkout experience. It's another example of Google keeping up with Amazon as an online marketplace. That's your tech news update, you can head over to cnet.com for more. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.