Daily Archives: July 31, 2008

John Gapper

My fascination with global positioning devices has not abated but it seems that not everyone shares my naive enthusiasm.

Devoted readers of this blog will recall my childlike sense of wonder at renting a car in Los Angeles last year and being guided around the city with a GPS device. Of course, GPS was already old hat then for many car drivers, but there we are.

My latest experiment has been to buy a small GPS Bluetooth fob for about $50 that links with my Blackberry and the Google Maps software that I have downloaded to it. As a result, I can now see where I am: a little blue dot on the map marks the spot. 

John Gapper

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My column in the FT this week is about cross-border mergers and whether they are really more risky than other kinds. It starts like this: