Google Maps Arrives on iPad

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After having launched its third-party mapping and navigation application for the iPhone after Apple had shunned Google services for iOS’s Maps app on iOS 6, Google is now making Google Maps available for iPad owners. Hints at an iPad-specific version appeared about a week ago when Google updated the iPhone Google Maps version, and now […]

Google Redefines Mapping Experience

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Google is redefining the mapping experience for Android, iOS, tablets, and desktops with the new introduction of Google Maps at the Google I/O developer conference. Google says that it now provides over 15 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions and it’s working to improve that experience with additional imagery, photos, and user-submitted photo spheres captured with […]

Google Shuns Ads on Google Glass

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Though Google generates a significant portion of its revenues on placing ads, the Internet search giant is making a bold move in asking developers of its new Google Glass platform to not embed ads into apps made for the new wearable computing form factor. The company had issued guidelines just as Glass is beginning to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leaked Info Emerges for Native Google Maps App for iOS 6

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With iOS 6, Apple made the bold and controversial move to switch away from Google’s mapping services for its native iOS Maps app in favor of an Apple-developed back-end service. While the service does have its weak points–like inaccurate mapping–it does have its strong points like being the first version of a native iOS solution […]

Apple Ended Google Maps Contract One Year Early and Surprised Google

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Google was reportedly caught off guard and surprised when Apple had announced its plans to stop using the Internet giant’s mapping service a year earlier than the contract was set to end. Instead, with iOS 6, Apple had unveiled a replacement Maps app that eschewed Google’s backend mapping service in favor of Apple’s home-grown service, […]

iOS 6′s Maps App May Also Come to OS X

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Apple may be looking at porting the mobile Maps app for iOS 6 to its desktop OS X operating system in the future. A recently discovered code dump by Technically Personal reveals that there are lines of codes with references to Intel graphics chipsets that are found on Mac hardware, suggesting that Apple may bring its in-house […]

Will Voice Guided Turn-by-Turn GPS Directions Be Coming to iOS 6?

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With rumors that Apple may be ditching Google as far as the Maps app on iOS is concerned, there is now speculation that the move may also bring native voice guided turn-by-turn GPS instructions to the Maps app for the first time on Apple’s mobile iOS platform. According to a report on the Wall Street […]

Nokia Adds Social to Nokia Maps for Windows Phone

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The Nokia Maps app for Windows Phone is now in version 2.0 and along with the upgrade in version number, Nokia has also added some new features to its maps app. Nokia is now adding a social layer and crowd sourcing some of reviews of places and destinations. The new Nokia Maps 2.0 app now […]

Two U.S. Malls Now Tracking Shoppers Through Their Cell Phones

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Two malls in the U.S., both operated by Forest City Commercial Management, have begun to track customers inside shops and stores effective Black Friday. The way the tracking works is through antennas placed around the mall where shoppers’ cell phones are then triangulated, providing retailers with anonymous geographic data. Tracking systems are already being implemented […]

Samsung Adds GLONASS Support for Improved GPS Accuracy on Windows Phone

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Samsung has released an app called High Fidelity Position that would add support for the Russian positioning system GLONASS for improved location accuracy on the company’s Windows Phone handsets. The app, available for free in Windows Phone Marketplace, would help Samsung Windows Phone 7 obtain more reliable location position through the use of both the […]

Nokia Focuses on Location, Mapping for Growth

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After having launched its 3D mapping campaign through Ovi Maps at the Where 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, CA, Nokia may be looking at an even larger re-organization campaign to deliver value to users through location services an apps. Nokia will be bridging its mobile phone business together with Navteq, which it had acquired, and […]