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Telenav Scout switches to OpenStreetMap crowdsourced data

Telenav Scout switches to OpenStreetMap crowdsourced data

Telenav has switched its Scout for iPhone app to OpenStreetMap, planning a similar change for the Android version imminently, and meanwhile rebranding January acquisition Skobbler. The shift - telegraphed with the addition of OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast to Telenav's team, where he heads up the OSM division - sees Telenav ditch paid mapping data in favor of a crowdsourced alternative.

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Google snaps up Word Lens, will implement into Translate

Google snaps up Word Lens, will implement into Translate

Quest Visual, who have an incredible technology in Word Lens that replaces foreign words with your native language using your device camera, has been acquired by Google. The functionality is said to be moving right into Google Translate, which is a natural fit. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed at the time of publication.

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iPhone and Bentley team for ultra-luxe portable studio

iPhone and Bentley team for ultra-luxe portable studio

The gap between professional cameras and smartphones continues to narrow, and now Bentley is getting in on the act with a new documentary that ostensibly pimps luxury, but is quietly a paean to what you can do with an iPhone and an iPad, particularly if they're embedded in the motorized tables for your back-seats. A new video, dubbed Intelligent Details, takes the Bentley Mulsanne - the car company's most expensive and luxurious sedan - as its centerpiece, but distinguishes itself by having been entirely filmed and edited on iOS devices.

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Facebook rolling out new card-based activity updates

Facebook rolling out new card-based activity updates

Facebook is rolling out a new way to push contextual content based on your check-ins, which is coming via an OTA update. Now when you check in to a location, cards will show up telling you who else may have been there, relying on your Facebook connections for the data. It also works for status updates, which could keep users glued to the service more than they currently are.

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