How to Find a Lost or Stolen Android Smartphone or Tablet

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When it comes to protecting your smartphone from loss or theft there’s plenty of apps in the Google Play Store, but like Apple’s Find My iPhone, Google has its own Android Device Manager users should know about. Tracking down a lost or stolen Android smartphone or tablet can be a daunting task, not to mention […]

The Mobile Nomad: A Needed GPS Feature

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The next phase of living my life as a Mobile Nomad is about to begin as I head off to Rock Island, Illinois to direct a couple of plays for Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse. This comes after my wife and I have been on the road since December due to work, the holidays, family visits, […]

How to Turn Off Location Data for Photos in iOS 7

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Every photo that you take with any camera comes with what’s called EXIF data, which consists of the settings used for taking the photo (shutter speed, aperture, etc), as well as the date and time the photo was taken. Furthermore, if your camera has GPS built-in, it has the ability to store the location of […]

Why Nokia, Not Microsoft, Should Use Its New $7 Billion to Acquire BlackBerry

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On Monday, Microsoft had announced that it is acquiring Nokia’s device business along with Nokia’s talent and management in crafting smartphones, effectively transforming Microsoft further into a devices and services company for the cost of $7 billion. Shortly after the Microsoft announcement, rumors are circulating once again that the Redmond, Washington software giant turned device […]

Nokia’s Location Cloud Adds Intelligence to Connected Cars [Video]

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Nokia has big plans with its locations business. Thanks to its Navteq acquisition, Nokia’s maps are now present in some 80 percent of in-dash vehicle systems as well as on Windows Phone. Now, through a re-brand to the HERE name, Nokia is making a big push into making cars more connected, more intelligent, and making […]

3 Navigation Features That Google Maps Should Borrow From Nokia’s Here Drive+

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With all the leading smartphone platforms coming with their own voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation app for free, Google Maps is still the leading free navigation platform given the market share that Android has picked up. Yet, despite Google Maps being a common tool online and Google Maps with Navigation being a much sought after experience […]

Garmin’s HUD Accessory Helps Drivers Keep Eyes On the Road With GPS Navigation

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Garmin is introducing an after-market heads-up display, or HUD, accessory that could project your next turn-by-turn direction onto your windshield. The aim of the accessory is so that users who use GPS navigation systems, particularly those manufactured or with software from Garmin or its Navigon subsidiary, could be more focused on driving and less distracted […]

OS X Mavericks Allows You to Start Your Apple Maps Nav on Desktop

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Apple is introducing a new app for its desktop operating system called Maps. Now, just like on the iPhone and iPad, desktop users can have access to maps on their Mac and MacBook. It’s a nice interface, and Apple is hoping that the native app will allow its home-built Maps application to compete against Google’s […]

Checking Smartphone Maps While Driving Now Illegal in California

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A court in the State of California ruled that using a smartphone to check map apps while driving was illegal. As a result, som people are concerned about how this will affect their experience behind the wheel. But while it seems like this law would ban all smartphone usage while driving, phone manufacturers already have […]

Apple Explores ‘Street View’ for iOS Maps in Latest Patent, Next Stop iCar?

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In the latest Apple-submitted patent filing to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it appears that the iPhone-maker may be exploring options to bring a Google ‘Street View‘-like feature to the Apple Maps application for iOS. With iOS 6, Apple had removed Google’s underlying code to power its Maps application on the iPhone, essentially shunning […]

More Accurate GPS System Paves the Way to Commercial Driverless Cars

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A new car navigation system developed by researchers at the¬†Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain may soon pave the way to driverless cars with GPS that’s up to 90 percent more accurate than systems used today. Additionally, it would make navigating in urban areas with tall buildings and trees more easy as GPS signals […]

Facebook Nearby to Take On Yelp, Google Local Recommendations

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In a bid to compete against local recommendation sites like Google, which has its own user-generated reviews along with expert reviews via the company’s Zagat acquisition, and Yelp, Facebook has launched a new update to its iOS and Android application to bring a new feature called ‘Nearby.’ Nearby will work in conjunction with your check-ins […]

Google Maps for iPhone, First Look

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And right on cue, Apple had approved Google Maps for iPhone, allowing Google’s mapping service to return to the iOS platform as a native app. The app has been optimized for the elongated screen of the iPhone 5, but don’t expect it to look gorgeous on the Retina Display of the iPad as it isn’t […]

Australian Police Advises Motorists Against Using Apple Maps

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Apple’s iOS Maps app and mapping service has gained a new critic in the form of the Australian police force. In Victoria, police are urging motorists against using Apple Maps, citing that egregious misdirection from the fault may cause potentially life threatening situations. In particular, the app’s routing to the city of Mildura to the […]

TeleNav’s Scout is Another Option for Free iPhone Voice GPS Navigation

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TeleNav had just launched an update to its Scout app for iPhone that now delivers free voice-guided turn-by-turn instructions to users. Though not fully optimized for the iPhone 5′s lengthened phone display resolution, Scout works well and provides excellent features, such as spoken street name, voice-guided instructions, and route optimization based on traffic conditions. The […]

iOS 6 Native Google Maps App Inches Closer to Launch

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With the launch of the iPhone 5 and the debut of the underlying iOS 6 operating system, Apple had abandoned its relationship with Google and removed the Google mapping service that powers the native iOS Maps app. Instead, Apple developed its own mapping solution, which has been met with criticism due to some inaccurate routing […]

Google Now Updated to Include Pedometer Card

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Google’s intelligent search app, Google Now, for Android smartphones and tablets now include an intelligent pedometer app that tracks your distance and knows how far you’ve walked.¬†The updated card should automatically begin appearing on Android devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or later and joins cards for weather, nearby restaurant suggestions, and other related search […]