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Google wants to retake all iOS Mapping with new SDK

Google wants to retake all iOS Mapping with new SDK

Google may have been ousted from iOS 6 as official mapping provider, but with the freshly-released Google Maps for iOS and a new SDK for third-party developers, it's staging a revolt to win the platform back. Alongside the user-facing Google Maps app, the search giant has launched the Google Maps SDK for iOS, giving coders a way to add the mapping data into their software, or easily link to the app itself if it's loaded on the device.

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Google Maps for iOS now available

Google Maps for iOS now available

We reported earlier this evening that unnamed sources told All Things D Google was planning to launch its Maps app for iOS in the App Store some time this night. Turns out the rumors were true, and we didn't have to wait long for confirmation: the Maps iOS app is available for download now. You can nab it from iTunes or the App Store.

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Google to launch iOS Maps app in a few hours, sources say [UPDATE: now available]

Google to launch iOS Maps app in a few hours, sources say [UPDATE: now available]

Inside sources are claiming that Google will launch the iOS Maps app "tonight," although when exactly that means is up for interpretation. This move will save iPhone users who have been stuck using Apple's glitchy, error-filled, sometimes dangerous Maps replacement. Assuming "tonight" means by midnight, we could see the app within the next few hours. Update: The app has been released. More info here.

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Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

The term "unmanned aerial drone" might strike a bit of fear into your heart when you see the live tracking map of the USA that's been made available this week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but not to worry - not all of them are flying overhead right this minute. Instead this is a map that's the result of the EEF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that covers the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)'s full knowledge of unmanned flights across the United States and what you're looking at is a tracking of project licenses rather than actually flying objects. That said, this map is exciting in its coverage for our greater understanding of unmanned drone flight projects as initiated by state and local law agencies, universities, and US Military operations.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 5, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: December 5, 2012

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. Today we saw images of what may be the rear housing of the iPhone 5S - yes, already. There aren't too many differences between it and the rear housing for the iPhone 5, but there are enough to make the images noteworthy. The high-end HTC M7 is rumored for a Q1 2013 release, and it appears that HTC wants it to get on shelves before Samsung launches the Galaxy S IV, while Samsung's iPhone 5-bashing Galaxy S III commercial was named that most viral tech ad of 2012.

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Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Google Maps hitting Nintendo Wii U with augmented reality exploration

Though the Nintendo Wii U is indeed a stationary sort of gaming machine, that's not stopping the folks at Google Maps from making an app for the platform - with augmented reality, no less! This app allows you to not just find your way around your city before you head out of your house, it allows you to check out Street View with a fully interactive look-around mode from your Wii U GamePad. This means you can bring up the Street View images from downtown Rome and use your Gamepad screen like a window, moving it around yourself looking up, down, left, right, all around and see what the original Street View camera saw - like magic!

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Australian scientists undiscover small Pacific island

Australian scientists undiscover small Pacific island

With the modern age of satellite mapping and Google Maps, you might expect that the map of Earth's landmass, including islands, around the globe is correctly and accurately mapped. However, it appears that errors in mapping do occur as evidenced by a group of geologists from the University of Sydney who undiscovered a small Pacific island. The small island is in the Coral Sea and is called Sandy Island.

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