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Apple’s VR team is real, here’s who they are

Apple's latest acquisition once again tips their involvement in the virtual reality industry. Apple has been tipped - and essentially confirmed - to have acquired FlyBy Media, a group that has their hand in Indoor Mapping, Automotive (autonomous navigation), Drones (autonomous flight), and both virtual reality and augmented reality. They've worked with Google on Project Tango, a futuristic smartphone-based 3D-mapping system that'll tie in with virtual reality in the near future.

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Driving Change: Big Auto’s $2.7 billion bet on HERE

HERE's plans for the self-driving future can finally emerge from their autopilot holding-pattern, with the company and its new automaker owners holding a quiet but enthusiastic coming out party in San Francisco today. Representatives from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler joined HERE execs to talk about the development of high-definition mapping, location-based services, and cars that whisper to the cloud and - eventually - drive themselves.

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Foursquare added as Apple Maps source for business listings

Turns Apple has recently added a new partner for supplying data to Apple Maps: Foursquare. Similar to the service Yelp, Foursquare is used to discover restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions in cities around the globe, as well present user reviews on such places. As the site Apple Maps Marketing has discovered, Apple Maps is using Foursquare data to bolster its business listings, which likely not only includes locations, but information on hours of operation and contact info.

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Google rewarding Maps reviewers with 1 TB of Drive storage

It may not be that well-known, but Google Maps actually has its own Yelp rival built right in, allowing users to leave reviews, photos, and information about restaurants, attractions, and other locations. It's called Local Guides, and now Google is upping its incentives for users who continually make contributions. Among the rewards are the chance to win a new Nexus smartphone and access to beta features before others, but one of best may be 1TB of free storage for Google Drive.

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Uber partners with TomTom for navigation, maps data

Uber announced a new partnership with mapping and navigation company TomTom today, allowing the ride-sharing service to strengthen the traffic and map data within its own apps. The deal is seen as follow-up move after Uber failed in its attempt to purchase the HERE mapping service from Nokia earlier this year. Uber has long been reliant on third-party maps, including Google Maps, but the multi-year deal with TomTom simply adds another source for them to draw from.

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Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

As one of the most popular and most used navigation and mapping apps on smartphones today, it's hard to imagine Google Maps getting much better than it already is. Until, of course, you find yourself in a situation with poor or no network connection and in desperate need of the app. Starting today, however, Google is launching a major revamp of its offline Maps feature, adding support not only for search, but for turn-by-turn driving directions as well.

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HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

Turned off, HERE's 3D cityscape is the sleeping San Francisco that never really exists. The white, stylized version of the California tech hub - complete with a miniature chunk of the Bay Bridge - is tranquil in a way the real thing could never be. Turn on the projector overhead, though, and the city is flooded with data and light.

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Uber starts its street mapping project

Despite being set back in some countries thanks to state laws and a bit of politics, Uber is forging ahead with what some might see as yet another thing to take issue with the controversial transportation company. Although it isn't exactly a surprise considering it bough the technology from Microsoft way back in June, Uber has apparently given the green light for deploying its Uber "mapping cars" to take shots of roads and highways ala Google Street View, in the hopes of perfecting the art of offering the best driving route.

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Apple Maps adds 19 cities to 3D Flyover view

While Apple Maps didn't get much attention among all the new features that debuted with iOS 9, and it may still lag behind Google Maps when it comes to popularity, Apple continues to expand and improve its own service. In this case, Apple Maps' unique flagship feature, 3D Flyovers, was updated this week to include almost 20 new cities and locations around the world, including several in the countries of Germany, Spain, and Japan.

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