Items tagged with Maps

For companies like TomTom, it's a tough road ahead. Personal navigation devices have lost their luster as people move on to in-car systems and savvy smartphones, but the company is being quite smart about its future. Instead of banking on PND sales, TomTom has just landed a deal to provide the in-car navigation system for Fiat's automobiles. It technically extends an existing partnership between the two, but now -- for the first time -- TomTom navigation will be built-in as part of the Fiat Group's new Uconnect 5" Radio Nav infotainment system. The new infotainment system will initially be available in Fiat 500L series models, and offers a 5" touch screen. Uconnect will feature many of the technologies... Read more...
Going skiing this winter? If so, be sure to bring Google up in the ski lift. The company has already accomplished some amazing things with Street View, but its latest achievement reaches beyond amazing and goes straight to useful. With timing that couldn't be more perfect, Google has added 38 run and lift maps for some of the most popular mountains across the US and Canada. Power up Google Maps on your Android device or iPhone, and the mountain information you need is right there. Blue, green and black runs are shown as solid colored lines and ski lifts are red dotted lines. Ski resorts in Google Maps can also be helpful when you’re gearing up for a trip. You can check out the maps on your... Read more...
Google Maps has changed the way we navigate the world, whether it’s planning out a trip (or adjusting on the fly), using your smartphone to figure out where the dang ballet studio is, having a Street View look at the town you’re about to move to, and so on, and the service just keeps getting better. This fall, Google announced that it was sending a team of Googlers to hike the Grand Canyon wearing backpacks called “Trekkers” (which weigh 40 pounds!) upon which are mounted 360-degree cameras (with a 15-lens system!), and apparently those people have been busy. Google announced that 75 miles of trails and roads in and around the Grand Canyon are now available for viewing.... Read more...
In September, Apple ditched Google's mapping data in order to switch to its own maps app. The results were horrible, eventually causing CEO Tim Cook to issue a public apology for the maps fiasco. Apple's troubles didn't end there. Earlier this week, Australian authorities warned people against using Apple Maps and went so far as to call the inaccuracies in Apple Maps a potentially life-threatening issue. Now, iOS users can rejoice: Google has issued its own mapping application for iOS that brings many of the must-have features people love back to iOS. With Google Maps for iOS, you'll get Google local search, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, and of course, Google's reliable maps. Users... Read more...
The inaccuracies in Apple's new mapping application have been well publicized. Apple has acknowledged issues, and CEO Tim Cook has even issued a public apology for the maps fiasco in iOS6. It's been a couple months since Apple replaced Google Maps with its own app and the company is still working to improve things. Although overhauling the maps app is no small undertaking, we're willing to bet Apple wishes they could change the PR surrounding Maps, especially since Australian authorities are calling the inaccuracies in Apple Maps a potentially life-threatening issue. That's a serious accusation, but after several motorists ended up in a semi-arid national park where temperatures can reach... Read more...
The folks behind Bing Maps have been undeniably busy this past month: they've released 121 terabytes worth of satellite and Global Ortho imagery to its Windows 8 Maps app and Bing Maps, released a Hurricane Sandy-specific map app and have also launched a Facebook page where they'll show off some cool imagery each and every day. Whenever a company like Microsoft or Google rolls out a boatload of fresh imagery, it's rarely easy to figure out what exactly has been updated. Well, that problem is non-existent with Bing Maps, because if you visit its "World Tour", you'll see yellow areas coat the entire map - these represent the areas that have been updated with the current release. Even... Read more...
Right around a year ago, Google introduced the first wave of indoor maps. Being able to locate yourself while trapped within concrete walls -- in places like concert halls, shopping malls, etc. -- has been a challenge for a long while, but leave it to a company like Google to figure out a workaround. Now, the company is bringing indoor maps to desktop web browsers. Previously, Google's indoor mapping efforts were constrained to mobile. For now, Google's stepping gently into the new world. Only the main level of the available maps are available on the desktop, while multi-level buildings can be handled currently on the Android app. As of now, around 10,000 buildings are listed, and Google's working... Read more...
Nokia's mapping system is right up there with Google's system in terms of depth, range, and reliability. But the company's hampered status in the U.S. has prevented many people from giving it a whirl. As it stands, the best offline mobile mapping solution on the market today resides on Lumia phones, but Nokia understands that not everyone is going to ditch their iPhone or Android handset for a Lumia. So, there's Here. The company launched its Here mapping platform a few weeks back, and now the Here iOS app is available for iPad and iPhone. Here gives iOS users access to Nokia's mapping system, complete with points of interest, contact sheets, and the ability to make certain segments available... Read more...
According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the version of Mac OS X due next year will likely have Siri and Apple Maps integration. Specifically, the same essential Siri voice command software found in newer iOS devices is present in these early OS builds. If Siri indeed ends up as part of Mac OS X 10.9, it’s unclear whether the functionality could come to all versions of Mountain Lion or not. 9to5Mac says that Apple began working on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9 at the same time and planned to include several features of iOS in both. Some items that didn’t make it into 10.8 were slated to come in 10.9. Additionally, although many users probably won’t be as enthused about... Read more...
Hurricane Sandy has forced hundreds of thousands of people living along the Eastern Seaboard out of their homes, stranding others who ignored the evacuation orders. According to reports, some 60 million people live in the path of the 900-mile storm, which has been pushing 85 MPH winds and waters up to 11 feet tall. "This is the most catastrophic event that we have faced and been able to plan for in any of our lifetimes," Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said, according to CNN. Hurricane Sandy is expected to wreak all kinds of havoc throughout New England and as far as the Appalachians. To help people prepare for and track the storm, Google's Crisis Response team (which was setup during Hurricane Katrina)... Read more...
While Apple’s maps app came up far short with consumers, Google Maps maintains its popularity as the watermark to target, while competitors elbow for market share. Another serious, mostly unsung contend in the maps market, squarely aligned with the Windows Phone platform, is Nokia. Nokia, with its many recent woes, has an impressive maps tool, powered in large part by its acquisition of Navteq in 2007. And while Google’s mapping cars are well-known, driving the world’s streets, Nokia’s crew is doing essentially the exact same thing. According to The Atlantic, Nokia’s primary weapons are drivers with vehicles that are outfitted with a significant amount of mapping... Read more...
Tim Cook is coming into his own as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple. After a little more than a year at the helm, he's managed to differentiate himself in a subtle, yet meaningful way from Steve Jobs, and he did it simply by apologizing for the situation with Maps in iOS 6. We'll give you a moment to pick your jaw up off the floor. If you're new to the Apple scene, understand that apologies don't come very often from the Cupertino company. When Steve Jobs was in charge, rather than apologize for a design defect in the iPhone 4 that caused a lot of dropped calls due to the antennae placement, he told people they were holding their phone wrong. Seriously. Now we have Tim Cook offering... Read more...
We knew that Amazon was ditching Google Maps for its Kindle Fire tablets, but now it’s official: Amazon announced today that it’s Amazon Maps API is now in beta and ready for developers to migrate from the Google Maps API on Android. The two core features of Amazon’s maps are Interactive Maps--so users can pan, zoom, display the user’s location as well as toggle between different map views--and Custom Overlays that show businesses, points of interest, and so on. In other words, this is all typical fare for what we’ve come to expect from a maps application. We’re still not sure how exactly Amazon plans to integrate the technology it acquired when it bought 3D... Read more...
Google is making its Maps and Earth products even better. While the company clearly has to match Apple now that the company is cranking out its own Maps app for iOS 6, it seems that 3D offline maps with flyover data isn't enough. Now, it has just published another extensive catalog of new imagery. This week it has new updates to both its high resolution aerial and satellite imagery and our 45° imagery. In total, 25 new cities and 72 new countries/regions are seeing high-res aerial and satellite updates, which will be rolled out to both Maps and Earth. Not surprisingly, the London Olympic Games are juiced up, with new satellite imagery of the Olympic Park / Village. The new 45° imagery... Read more...
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