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Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

If you're carrying a smartphone or driving a modern car, you're a potential probe, and Nokia would love to unlock your location for its HERE Maps services. The company already has its own gathering programs in place yet, for all its gigabytes of daily data, Nokia's HERE 3D mapping car is only one part of a navigation data analysis program that combines 80,000 sources from across the globe. We sat down with Jane MacFarlane, head of HERE Research at Nokia, and along with her team responsible for making sense of the masses of data, to find out why being a probe might one day help you avoid traffic jams, travel more safely, and even discover the hottest new restaurants, all thanks to the "wisdom of crowds".

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Google Glass navigation expansion demoed: walking, driving, biking

Google Glass navigation expansion demoed: walking, driving, biking

With the newest update to Glass (v. XE8) appearing via Google this week, a new set of voice-commands were added to the Navigation Glass App found within the headset. Along with this update comes a demo video from the Glass team, showing off the current state of Navigation in Glass from three perspectives. One from a user walking, a second for travel in a car, and a third on a bicycle.

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Nexus 7 software issues reported: here’s what Google is working on

Nexus 7 software issues reported: here’s what Google is working on

While the 2013 reboot of the Google Nexus 7 has received its fair share of positive reviews in its first weeks on the market, a set of consumer complains have been called to attention. The first of these lives in the GPS realm, users hoping to play with Google's several Google Maps-related apps or - bafflingly - to use the tablet as a GPS navigation device for their vehicle - have found location services to be on the fritz. Also summoned this week is a complaint on the 2013 Nexus 7's touchscreen.

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Android Device Manager locates your lost smartphone remotely [UPDATE]

Android Device Manager locates your lost smartphone remotely [UPDATE]

Google's answer to competing smart mobile brands' device location services has arisen in the form of "Android Device Manager." This system will allow you to remotely locate you device - directly ping-able with Google Maps. It also lets you set the device's Ringer off so you can find the machine easily or wipe the device if it's in a place where you've no hope of getting it back.

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Nokia Asha 501 gains Foursquare app: even without GPS

Nokia Asha 501 gains Foursquare app: even without GPS

If you thought Foursquare was going to abandon the smallest of the small, the cheapest of the cheap in smartphone technology, you were wrong. Here this week the folks developing Foursquare have released the app for the Nokia Asha 501. This is a device that does not have GPS abilities - this would normally hinder an app that largely depends on such data - but no worries! This version of the app will use location data picked up by your network connection.

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Garmin Monterra outdoor GPS arrives with Android, WiFi

Garmin Monterra outdoor GPS arrives with Android, WiFi

If any kind of hiking or exploring is in your future, Garmin thinks they have a GPS unit for you. The company just announced the Monterra outdoor GPS, which Garmin says is their first WiFi-enabled outdoor handheld GPS running Android. While it looks like a rugged smartphone, it's actually just a touchscreen-enabled rugged GPS device for your outdoor needs.

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Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

As it was tipped just days ago by Israeli news sources with the inside line, so too does Google make their acquisition of the Waze team official. This acquisition has Google bringing in a team of creators that've made the Waze app a highly-used collection of real-time travel and traffic information bits, lighting the fire under rumors quite recently that it was more than just Google after their ownership. Google has made clear their intent to keep the Waze community - the users currently making the Waze app work - a part of the system as well as the developers behind the scenes.

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