GPS in the cloud with Microsoft
Today, it takes around half a minute for GPS to get your location, your current location, and with microsoft new system it would take less then a second and the big thing is your location would be stored in the cloud, instead of your phone like it is now.
Microsoft describes it in more detail:
"Using our design of a portable sensing device platform called CLEO, we evaluate the accuracy and efficiency of the solution. Compared to more than 30 seconds of heavy signal processing on standalone GPS receivers, we can achieve three orders of magnitude lower energy consumption per location tagging."
With this system, which they call cloud-offloaded GPS, gps calculations could work more then year and a half on a single AA battery - that's a mile different timeline, since today it takes 6 hours for a battery to run out of power with constant calculations of GPS movements.
Sound really future like, but the problem comes when the governments get involved or and third parties that should not have any information on us, especially where we are which is what GPS provides to those server - or will provide if this "work in progress" works out. For now we will just wait and see how things develop.