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Amazon picks Nokia Location Platform for mapping service

Amazon picks Nokia Location Platform for mapping service

Shortly before the reveal of Amazon's new line up of Kindle Fire tablets - including a refresh of the original Kindle Fire and the new Kindle Fire HD - we heard whispers that the company was joining forces with Nokia for its mapping service. The rumor didn't come as much of a surprise, considering that Amazon has cut Google out of the loop considerably with its Kindle Fire line, but today is the first time we've received confirmation that Amazon has indeed licensed Nokia's Location Platform.

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Google Maps adds NYC subway service alerts

Google Maps adds NYC subway service alerts

Google has been very busy adding new features to its Google Maps service over the last several months. The latest addition to the service has been announced this week and brings something that visitors and New York City locals will really appreciate to Google Maps directions. Google Maps now has integrated messages about subway service alerts.

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Google Maps gets up close with HQ Olympics tour

Google Maps gets up close with HQ Olympics tour

Those residing on foreign shores hoping to experience a piece of England without buying an expensive plane ticket can do so with new high-resolution images courtesy of Google Maps. Google has added a couple of new features to Maps, including the ability to use Street View on Downing Street. Users can now peruse the outside of number ten, the famous residence of the country’s prime ministers, and Google has also started to roll out new high resolution map images for various countries across the world.

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Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps just added a whole bunch of 360-degree panoramic images to Street View of some great spots in Antarctica, both inside and out. Among those great spots include places like the South Pole Telescope, Shakleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royde Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole. Google Maps had partnered with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to make it all happen.

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Apple Maps spurs full Google Maps app

Apple Maps spurs full Google Maps app

Soon you'll be able to download your very own entirely Google-made version of Google Maps for iOS, this time not having Google on the back end of the Apple interface you've seen since the iPhone was launched. This new version will be released soon, with Google executive Jeff Huber speaking up this week on the subject with a simple "we look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS."

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Google introduces the Endangered Languages Project

Google introduces the Endangered Languages Project

Google has today announced the Endangered Language Project, which aims to save languages that are on the verge of extinction. Google says that there are over 3,000 languages that need saving, and feels it’s important to document them to preserve cultural diversity while “honoring the knowledge of our elders and empowering our youth.” The project aims to give those interested in preserving the languages a place to store the necessary information.

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Google Maps adds UK waterways as routes

Google Maps adds UK waterways as routes

Google is constantly updating the routes and maps that uses for Google Maps used by millions of people around the world to where they want to go each day. Google has teamed up with Canal and River Trust, which is the charity that will be in charge of all the UK water network starting next month. Part of the deal between Google Maps and the charity will include adding 2000 miles of canals and river paths to the Maps database.

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Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Last week, the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office reopened its Street View privacy investigation following the FCC’s findings in the United States. In a letter penned to Google, the ICO believes it was misled, with Google stating at the time that it wasn’t a deliberate data collection attempt and that no engineers had knowledge of the issue. Google has now responded to questions laid out by the ICO in the latest letter.

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Google Earth 3D Next Dimension update video wows

Google Earth 3D Next Dimension update video wows

This week the Google Maps team has shown off what they've been working on for some time with their brand new 3D enhancements to Google Earth, this part of "The Next Dimension" event they held earlier today. What we saw, and what you're about to see in video form, is how Google is hoping to keep the vast majority of the world spellbound by their technology with a level of realism we've not yet seen in a mapping program. Have a peek at what some are calling "The GTA of Maps" in the following clip.

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