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Google Maps opens North Korea

Google Maps opens North Korea

Google Maps has begun to fill in the blanks on North Korea, using crowd-sourced geography data to add roads and city data about the secretive country. The new information has been gathered though Google Map Maker, the search giant's tool to allow road names, points-of-interest, new routes, and cartographical errors to be manually added and amended by users themselves. The North Korean data has been several years in the making, Google says.

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Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google apps on iPhone and iPad quickly gaining steam

Google spent a lot of time in the last part of 2012 improving its iOS app offerings through updates, and today we're hearing that those updates did quite a bit to boost market share. Though many of Google's apps will of course always be popular regardless of the platform, the company's iOS apps are looking pretty good going into 2013. Onavo Insights today published a list of the Google iOS apps that saw their market share grow as 2012 came to a close, with YouTube and Google Maps perhaps making some of the biggest gains.

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comScore: Facebook ends 2012 as #1 mobile app in the USA

comScore: Facebook ends 2012 as #1 mobile app in the USA

According to the latest comScore Mobile Metrix ranking working with the audiences of the top mobile apps in the USA, Facebook has taken a relatively massive leap ahead of Google Maps through 2012 to become the top app in the USA. This listing includes polling of users aged 18 years or older on both iOS and Android devices with a time frame between March and December of 2012, and you'll find that this isn't the first month in which Facebook has taken the lead. Google Maps and Facebook have been nearly neck-and-neck since the earliest results from March of 2012, with Google Maps in the lead until September where usage of Google's mapping solution appears to take a bit of a fall off of a cliff while Facebook continues to steadily rise.

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Google denies claim that a Street View car hit a donkey

Google denies claim that a Street View car hit a donkey

A Street View image in Botswana shows a donkey lying on its side on a dirt road over tire tracks, which prompted rumors that one of Google's Street View vehicles ran over the animal. As one backs away from the animal in Google Maps, it can be seen in various states of distress in each frame. Google has responded to the claims, saying that it has reviewed the footage and that the animal was not harmed.

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Google working on removing Maps redirect for Windows Phone

Google working on removing Maps redirect for Windows Phone

Yesterday, we reported that Google was redirecting Windows Phone users who tried to access maps.google.com to Search instead. Google has offered an explanation, stating that the redirect was in place because Internet Explorer mobile on Windows Phones provided a lackluster experience. In light of improvements with the browser, however, Google says that it is now in the process of taking down the redirect.

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Google won’t let Windows Phone users access Maps

Google won’t let Windows Phone users access Maps

Google has been getting on a lot of people's bad sides lately, and it doesn't look like the company will be reversing that trend any time soon. Shortly after Microsoft posted a lengthy blog post bashing the company and claiming that it is deliberately harming Windows Phone, it has surfaced that Windows Phone users who attempt to access "maps.google.com" are redirected to Google's search page instead.

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Hyundai to bring Google Maps integration to upcoming car models

Hyundai to bring Google Maps integration to upcoming car models

Earlier today, Kia Motors and Google announced a partnership that would bring Google Maps to new car models. However, Hyundai has also made a deal with the search giant to bring Google Maps integration to their own vehicles as well, including some pretty awesome features, like Send To Car and voice search.

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Kia announces Google Maps integration for new car models

Kia announces Google Maps integration for new car models

While Google might be working on their own driverless cars of tomorrow, it looks like the company is wanting to expand further into the auto industry. The company is partnering up with Kia Motors to bring Google Maps and Place services into Kia’s new UVO eServices telematics system, which will be rolling out in new models later this year.

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The best iOS apps of 2012

The best iOS apps of 2012

2012 ended with quite a bang, and while the world didn’t end as we expected, we got to see so many awesome iOS apps come to fruition this year. It was a big year for Google, and a lot of independent developers stepped up to make not only good apps, but great apps. We decided to gather up all of the iOS apps that released throughout the past 12 months and provide you with 10 of our favorites. It wasn’t an easy task to narrow it down to just 10, though -- there were a lot of amazing apps that just barely missed the cut, but we think we have a solid list here. So, without further adieu, here are our choices for the best iOS apps of 2012.

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Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google begins showing indoor Street View images on search result pages

Google has been expanding the reach of its Street View imagery all around the country. In some areas, Google started offering actual indoor images of businesses that go along with its Street View imagery allowing searchers to go from of you of the location of the store restaurant inside the doors to see what the place looks like on the inside. Google is now placing some of the inside images right into its search results pages.

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iOS 6 adoption jumps 29% after release of Google Maps

iOS 6 adoption jumps 29% after release of Google Maps

Google Maps for iOS released on December 12, and a lot of iPhone users were no doubt holding out on updating to iOS 6 strictly because of Apple Maps, and it turns out that within the past five days that Google Maps has been available in the App Store, ad management platform MoPub noticed a 29% increase in unique iOS 6 users.

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Google Maps for iOS downloaded over 10 million times in just 48 hours

Google Maps for iOS downloaded over 10 million times in just 48 hours

We knew the new Google Maps app for iOS would see a lot of downloads, but 10 million of them in just two days is quite impressive. Google's senior vice president of Commerce and Local, Jeff Huber, announced via Google+ that the app garnered "more than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release."

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