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Police slam Apple Maps after dodgy directions strand motorists

Police slam Apple Maps after dodgy directions strand motorists

Australian police have recommended motorists avoid using Apple Maps, after incorrect navigation data led to six people needing rescue after getting mistakenly directed to a National Park. The official iOS Maps app, which replaced Google Maps in iOS 6, locates Mildura, Victoria, over forty miles away, in the midst of the Murray Sunset National Park. "It's quite a dangerous situation," Victoria police inspector Simon Clemence told ABC Australia, pointing out that "if it was a 45-degree day, someone could actually die."

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AT&T launches video bills and “AT&T Alerts” geofenced discounts

AT&T launches video bills and “AT&T Alerts” geofenced discounts

AT&T has revealed a new video bill service that will animate your monthly payments, creating personalized clips that walk through charge explanations, as well as a new location-based deals system for store discounts. AT&T video bills aim to cut through subscription shock, crafting a narrated walkthrough of the voice, data, plan, and one-off charges they're facing in the early days of their subscription. As for AT&T Alerts, that will offer text messages alerts when users are near stores like Gap or Staples where there's a deal on offer.

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TomTom updates for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (but loses Google Local Search)

TomTom updates for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (but loses Google Local Search)

TomTom has updated its iOS app to play nicely with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, though the company has stripped ill-fated Google functionality out at the same time. The new version of the app, v1.12, works hand in hand with Apple's own Maps app, showing up as a routing option in the iOS 6 software, but removes the Google Local Search feature as Google itself has discontinued it.

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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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TomTom Navigation for Android released (with a compatibility catch)

TomTom Navigation for Android released (with a compatibility catch)

TomTom has launched its Navigation app for Android, with offline driving directions, 2D/3D views, voice guidance and the promise of mapping updates for the lifetime of the software. TomTom Navigation for Android - available in North American, European, UK & Ireland, and other geographical versions - also includes TomTom HD traffic data, for mapping out routes on less busy roads, using live and historical traffic trends. However, the mapping app still isn't perfect - you may well find you can't actually use it at all.

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Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Apple had a bad situation on their hands when it became apparent over the past week that their new non-Google "Maps" app appeared to fall short of expectations, but Tim Cook took this situation today and flipped it on its head entirely. It's not that Cook apologized for the situation - the situation being that Apple Maps (without Google) isn't as perfect as they wanted it to be - it's that inside this apology, he encouraged users to use other products while they remain patient for Apple Maps to improve. Tim Cook took a situation where Apple could easily have said "just chill out" to the public and said instead, in so many words, "we're confident enough in our own product that we'll literally tell you to use other solutions while we prove to you that you'll want to return to us when the time is right" - this is rare in the tech industry.

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