Google Maps Update Delivers New Features, Apple Waits for iOS 8

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Google Maps for iOS and Android has been updated today with several new features and improvements that give a generous boost to the app’s turn-by-turn navigation capabilities. The biggest feature is perhaps the addition of lane guidance, which tells drivers what lane they need to be in when it comes to merging with traffic or […]

How To Always Get Walking Directions on iOS Maps

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The Maps app in iOS 7 on iPhone or iPad defaults to giving directions for drivers, but many people who don’t drive or who live in large cities where they almost always walk, will prefer walking directions. We’ll show users how to change the Maps app to offer walking directions on iOS maps by default. […]

How to Send Directions to Your iPhone from Your Mac

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OS X Mavericks comes with a new desktop version of Apple’s Maps app, which lets you explore roads and highways in full-screen mode, as well as get directions right from your computer. This is great and all, but those directions don’t do much for you if they’re stuck on your computer and you have to […]

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 […]

Google Brings Real Time Traffic from Waze to Google Maps

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Following the company’s buyout of the Waze, mapping service earlier this year, users had expected that Google would bring some of the real-time mapping solutions of Waze’s application to Google Maps. That day has come, As of right now, Google Maps for Android and iOS  users are able to get directions based on real-time traffic conditions. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Overhauled Google Maps Leaks Again Before Google I/O

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A new pre-Google I/O leak gives more details on a Google Maps overhaul that Google may introduce at Google I/O later today. The new leak looks very similar to the previous Google Maps overhaul leak with a bigger emphasis placed on the Maps themselves with floating UI elements instead of static sidebars. This leak, however, […]

Google May Launch New Maps Design at I/O Next Week

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Google may introduce a new UI for the desktop version of Google Maps at Google I/O next week that shows more maps with floating elements laid on top of it. Google Operating System obtained two leaked images of the new Maps UI which shows a fullscreen Maps with the sidebar and top search bar gone. […]

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 […]

Apple Hiring to Improve Maps By Hitting the Pavement

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According to a recent job posting at Apple, the mothership is looking for managers to help coordinate a team responsible for regional map quality. These “Maps Ground Truth Managers” will be responsible for things like testing the new map code, collecting known truth data about maps data, and utilizing local expertise to help improve map […]

Google Reverses Google Maps Block on Windows Phone

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In a pseudo-armistice, Google has reversed its position on blocking Google Maps access via the mobile Internet Explorer browser on smartphones running Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. It was reported earlier that Google had redirected access to Google Maps so it won’t work on Windows Phone 8, previously citing incompatibilities with IE mobile. However, users on […]

Apple Has No Plans To Buy Waze

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Despite rumors this week, Apple does not plan to buy social mapping company Waze, accoridng to reports on CNet and TechCrunch. Yesterday rumors began to circulate that Apple wanted to buy Waze to help improve the Apple Maps app. Waze is a social mapping service that uses data collected from its estimated 30 million users to […]

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 […]

Apple Maps Manager Told to Get Lost over iOS 6 Issues

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Apple has fired Richard Williamson, the manager in charge of Apple Maps according to a Bloomberg report. According to the report Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, who recently took control of Maps after Scott Forstall left the company, forced Williamson out of Apple. This leaves the Apple Maps application under new control now that 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 […]