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California bans using hands-on GPS while driving

California bans using hands-on GPS while driving

Text messaging while driving is quickly making its way into law books across the US, and so is even talking on your phone. However, that leaves a bit of a gray area as far as using maps and GPS on your smartphone, but the State of California has cleared up the confusion and officially made it a law that you can't use the GPS function on your smartphone unless it's hands-free.

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Apple acquires indoor-GPS startup WifiSLAM

Apple acquires indoor-GPS startup WifiSLAM

It looks like Apple may be jumping back into the Maps business, and in order to do so, it has acquired the indoor-GPS startup, WifiSLAM. The company was a startup that came to fruition about two years ago with the help of one of its co-founders, ex-Google software engineer intern, Joseph Huang. Before it was acquired by Apple, the company helped app developers add indoor mapping features to their retail and social networking apps.

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TomTom Rider reboot gives motorcycle GPS a breath of fresh air

TomTom Rider reboot gives motorcycle GPS a breath of fresh air

This week the folks at TomTom have made it clear that the TomTom Rider will not be fading into obscurity, re-releasing a new iteration of the device with the same name here in 2013 with a brand new set of specifications and features. This device is made to sit on and with your motorcycle and allow you to get guided in real time, find local hotspots, and share routes with fellow bikers wirelessly via Bluetooth. They'll need a TomTom Rider as well, of course, so pick up a few!

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Waze saw 500m map edits by 65k users in 2012

Waze saw 500m map edits by 65k users in 2012

Before Apple released their own free mapping solution, a lot of iOS users resorted to third-party apps that offered free GPS turn-by-turn navigation, and Waze was one of the few that many users turned to. Now that Google Maps and Apple Maps are available, Waze has been becoming less important for travelers. However, the company has reported that in 2012 alone, 500 million map edits were made by 65,000 users.

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SlashGear’s Top Tech in Automotive 2012

SlashGear’s Top Tech in Automotive 2012

This year the automotive world really stepped it up when it comes to technological breakthroughs, especially when it came to connecting to drivers' personal mobile devices. What we've seen was everything from integration of mobile chipsets into automobile systems to wireless connectivity to smartphones from many of the top car and truck brands across the spectrum. Have a peek at some of the highlights in our 2012 run-down right this minute!

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Garmin GPS Navigation gets price cut, Foursquare, Glympse, and iCloud

Garmin GPS Navigation gets price cut, Foursquare, Glympse, and iCloud

It's time to get festively navigation-savvy with a brand new update and price deduction for the Garmin GPS apps for both Android and iOS: Garmin StreetPilot Onboard for iPhone and NAVIGON for both iOS and Android. This update brings on the Garmin updates to both the Apple App Store and the Google Play app store with discounts at 25 percent off their standard price. It's expected that this will bring in more sales to the apps that are anywhere between $33.99 and $44.95 USD after discount - just a bit more expensive than your standard navigation app, to be sure.

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Scout GPS iOS app gains free turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation

Scout GPS iOS app gains free turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation

In a move that will certainly have the folks at Telenav (creators of Scout) gaining a whole lot more users in the immediate future, they've pushed their voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation features down to the free portion of their app. While Scout's voice-assisted navigation has existed in the premium model for some time, the Telenav team have seen an opportunity to assist those looking for an alternative navigation system if they're not all about Apple's own Maps system built-in to the iPhone 5 and iOS 6 for legacy iDevices.

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Apple’s Richard Williamson reportedly ousted in Maps switch-up

Apple’s Richard Williamson reportedly ousted in Maps switch-up

This week Bloomberg is reporting that they've got a source assuring them that Apple's own Richard Williamson was pushed out this week amid a Maps team shakeup. This change of the guard was spoken of by an anonymous source close to the dealings who said Senior Vice President Eddy Cue was responsible for the push. While we've not yet been able to confirm 100% that this move was made in Apple - or if will ever be made official if it is true, we can take this from the situation one way or the other: readers want to know what Apple is doing with their in-house Maps app.

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Google Maps allows 3rd party apps free reign with developer APIs

Google Maps allows 3rd party apps free reign with developer APIs

A new set of two API releases for developers will soon have 3rd party apps working with Google Maps features that will allow them to be location aware - with location information not just relegated to GPS. The first of two releases is the Google Maps Tracks API, this allowing developers to integrate the display and analyzation of GPS data on a map, with this API being built on top of Google's own cloud infrastructure for reliability that's unmatched. The second of two releases today works with Google Maps Geolocation API, this enabling developers the ability to integrate location data found by looking up said information on nearby wifi access points and cell towers.

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Telenav extends HTML5 Navigation to Android and Windows Phone

Telenav extends HTML5 Navigation to Android and Windows Phone

With the new HTML5 wave covering the whole internet-loving universe, the news this morning of Telenav's HTML5 Nav on Android and Windows Phone devices is a sign of a fabulous new era. This push comes in the form of Scout for Apps, a service that was launched earlier this year for iOS exclusively. With Scout for Apps, developers will be able to integrate into their creations the first HTML5, browser-based, voice-guided, turn by turn, GPS navigation service for mobile phones!

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