maps

Apple reportedly boots Scott Forstall for refusing to sign apology

Apple reportedly boots Scott Forstall for refusing to sign apology

As we saw earlier today, Apple's Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of iOS, is slated to leave the company in the near future, along with head of retail John Browett. According to sources, Forstall was ultimately axed over his refusal to sign an apology letter over the problems surrounding Apple Maps. It seems Forstall has quite a bit of enemies within Apple, which probably didn't help matters.

Continue Reading

Google Maps gets Natural Geography update with colorful terrain

Google Maps gets Natural Geography update with colorful terrain

The folks at Google Maps have revealed a completely naturalized iteration of their global land environment this week with new terrain, color gradations to depict vegetation, and labels for lovely natural land formations of all kinds. This update makes that 3D globe you've got in your closet look all the more useless as you're now able to see the mountains, coast over the plains, and see where the densest forests in the world are. Google has shown this Maps update in a collection of great examples including Brazil and Columbia (with the African Basin) and Southern Asia - now covered with luscious vegetation.

Continue Reading

Tech companies launch map-blurring service in Germany due to privacy concerns

Tech companies launch map-blurring service in Germany due to privacy concerns

Back in May 2010, German authorities poked around the issue of what information Google collected via its Street View cars, eventually leading to the search engine giant's admission that it pulled personal information from unsecured WiFi networks. Thus began what has been an ongoing series of privacy concerns in Germany regarding online map services like Google Maps. To help allay these concerns, several companies have banded together to form a map-blurring service.

Continue Reading

iPhone 5 appeal unblunted by Apple Maps says research

iPhone 5 appeal unblunted by Apple Maps says research

Teething problems with Apple Maps failed to blunt mass market enthusiasm for the iPhone 5, new research suggests, with demand significantly higher than ahead of the iPhone 4S. 451 Research and ChangeWave Research surveyed 4,270 consumers in September, and found that those saying they were "very likely" to buy an iPhone 5 were almost double the number of those saying the same thing ahead of its predecessor's release last year. Meanwhile, Windows Phone 8 could "make serious inroads in the smartphone industry" the researchers claim, surprisingly highlighting Samsung as likely to be the manufacturer that benefits the most.

Continue Reading

Taiwan asks for Apple Maps censorship over military bases

Taiwan asks for Apple Maps censorship over military bases

Apple Maps is the subject of complaints again, this time from the Taiwanese defense ministry which has voiced its frustrations that secretive military sites are clearly visible in the iOS 6 mapping app. "We'll ask Apple to lower the resolution of satellite images of some confidential military establishments the way we've asked Google in the past" ministry spokesperson David Lo said this week, though Apple is apparently yet to have formally received a request to blur out the installations.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading