Older GPS devices are facing their own mini Y2K bug next month

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The bug isn’t disastrous and should only hit a small number of GPS devices, but for those impacted the results could be severe, resetting the receiver’s time and corrupting its location data. Only older devices are at risk, though, and if you’re just using a commercial device the fix is quite simple: just check that its software is up to date.

TomTom has told customers “if you frequently update your device there’s no need to worry” as…

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