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Google Maps goes Offline

Google Maps goes Offline

This week the Google crew have released The Next Generation in Google Maps in a completely Offline experience. You'll soon be able to download an entire map of a city to your mobile device and continue to navigate regardless of if you are connected to your data network or not. Though Google Maps has always cashed a certain amount of information on your device online before you go offline, this version of the software helps Google build the global baseline for maps by allowing you to take their information wherever you go - even without your network.

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Watch Google Maps “Next Dimension” video feed here!

Watch Google Maps “Next Dimension” video feed here!

This morning it's time to take a look at what Google has in store for us for the "Next Dimension" of Google Maps, live via YouTube! We'll be checking out the event all morning long and reporting back to you with all the big hits, but meanwhile feel free to check out the sweetness as it gets dropped by Google live and in-person!

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Apple’s iPhone 5 maps app technology previewed by C3

Apple’s iPhone 5 maps app technology previewed by C3

This week Apple has been tipped to be releasing a non-Google maps iteration on their iPhone 5 once the device has been prepared for a third-quarter announcement, this mapping technology bringing "next-level" realness and fabulous technological breakthroughs galore. What you're about to see is a hands-on video from NetBookNews which shows off the technology that has been created by C3 Technologies, a company that Apple purchased back in 2011. What we can expect from Apple in the very near future is a set of mapping apps that utilize the technology you see in this video without hesitation and on a giant scale.

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Nokia City Lens drive suite hands-on (with bonus My Commute preview)

Nokia City Lens drive suite hands-on (with bonus My Commute preview)

This week we spoke with the VP of Nokia's map platform for location and commerce Christof Hellmis who has given us a full tour of what Windows Phone-laden Nokia devices have to offer the world in the maps environment. What he showed us during CTIA 2012 was several hands-on demonstrations of each of the apps that make Nokia's Windows Phone smartphones unique, starting with Nokia Maps, Nokia Transport, and Nokia Drive and moving on to the newest application to hit Nokia devices worldwide: Nokia City Lens.

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CoPilot GPS is free on iOS and Android

CoPilot GPS is free on iOS and Android

It’s hard to argue with free, especially when it comes to Google’s Navigation app for Android. The built in maps functionality will just about get the job done on iOS too, but CoPilot is throwing the gauntlet down with its latest news. CoPilot GPS will be made available for free on both iOS and Android, competing directly against Google, and sending a warning shot in TomTom’s general direction.

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Google Maps for Android gets indoor walking directions

Google Maps for Android gets indoor walking directions

Google has a new version of Google Maps for Android users, with v6.7 delivering indoor walking directions for stores, entertainment venues and other locations that have shared floorplan information. The updated app also includes new Google Offers integration, making it easier to discover nearby deals and either redeem them immediately or save them for later use. Finally, if you're undecided whether to hit up a store or restaurant, there's new panoramic photo support for inside.

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RIM partners with TomTom for HD Traffic

RIM partners with TomTom for HD Traffic

RIM was at BlackBerry World last week trying to impress the world with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, and its not sitting still even coming off of that event. TomTom has announced a partnership with RIM that will see the Canadian company making use of the HD maps in BlackBerry Traffic, giving users access to accurate maps and precise traffic information.

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North Korea GPS jamming affecting civilians in and out of South Korea

North Korea GPS jamming affecting civilians in and out of South Korea

The incredible and completely unnecessary technology that North Korea is using to block GPS signals within the country is having effects that are felt outside the boundaries of the mysterious nation, according to statements from South Korean officials. The bordering country says that although those GPS-jamming signals are having impacts on civilian and government flights out of South Korea, citizens are not in any danger.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 25, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: April 25, 2012

This morning we're still swimming in the waves of the oncoming storm that is Samsung's next big release - believe it! We're also well out of the way of the iPad 3, into the wavepool that is the Apple Q2 earnings call, and getting ready for the massive beast that is the iPhone 5. What do you think of that? Then there's computing news as well, Windows 8 of course, can't forget that. And of course there's no knowing what might happen when indoor GPS comes around!

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Indoor Positioning Systems could solve GPS woes

Indoor Positioning Systems could solve GPS woes

All the technology crammed into our small phones is truly remarkable, but sometimes it can all go completely wrong. GPS is one such example, working perfectly when you have a clear view of the sky, and slowly dropping off once you delve further into the modern concrete jungles. Trying to get a signal indoors is especially bad, so how do we get around the problem? The advent of the Indoor Positioning System may just be what’s needed.

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