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Twist for Android hands-on: GPS notifications with an HTML5 spin

Twist for Android hands-on: GPS notifications with an HTML5 spin

There's a brand new app out there today by the name of Twist, made for Android and working with GPS map data as well as real-time traffic information to give your friends and colleagues an idea of how long it'll be before you're at the place you're headed to. Without revealing exactly where you are - this isn't a hyper-tracking sort of situation, it's just a bit of a guide. This app had been available before today on iOS, this release being unique in its implication of HTML5 for fabulous accuracy.

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Apple tipped in Foursquare talks for Maps local integration

Apple tipped in Foursquare talks for Maps local integration

Apple and Foursquare have held preliminary discussions to see location data from the social-sharing service embedded into Apple Maps, sources claim, as part of a push to increase their competitiveness with Google Maps. The talks took place in recent weeks and involved Maps chief Eddy Cue, the WSJ reports, and were part of a more expansive move by Apple to increase third-party data integration in its home-grown mapping software.

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Google Maps for iOS downloaded over 10 million times in just 48 hours

Google Maps for iOS downloaded over 10 million times in just 48 hours

We knew the new Google Maps app for iOS would see a lot of downloads, but 10 million of them in just two days is quite impressive. Google's senior vice president of Commerce and Local, Jeff Huber, announced via Google+ that the app garnered "more than 10 million downloads in less than 48 hours after release."

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Set Google Maps as the default maps app on iOS with a few tweaks

Set Google Maps as the default maps app on iOS with a few tweaks

We're not surprised if you were ecstatic about Google finally releasing their own Maps solution on iOS last week -- we were certainly excited as well. However, while Google Maps provides an excellent user experience, the app doesn't integrate with the iOS ecosystem as well as Apple Maps does. Luckily, though, there are a few solutions for both jailbreakers and non-jailbreakers alike.

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Google Maps for iOS may not last long, according to analyst

Google Maps for iOS may not last long, according to analyst

If you happened to jump on the Google Maps for iOS bandwagon a couple days ago, only because you thought Apple might take the app down, you're not alone. According to Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil, the new Google Maps app may not stay in the iTunes App Store forever, mentioning that a rejection into the App Store should've been "out of the question" in the first place.

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Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport

Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport

When faced with the idea that either Apple's Maps solution or Google's Maps solution might be better at everyday situations here on the first day when both are available for use on the iPhone, we decided to put them up to the test. The test in this case was getting from here (at a hotel in Saint Paul) to the Minneapolis International Airport, deciding as we do so what constitutes a more effective set of controls.

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Google Maps for iOS Review

Google Maps for iOS Review

It's finally time to get (back) to business with a Google-run map app for iOS, this time with Google Maps own unique app separate from the main built-in collection of iDevice apps. For those of you that haven't followed along with the iPhone since its birth, you should know that it was only with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5 that Apple cut ties with Google Maps for their Maps app that comes with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch right out of the box, replacing it with their own branded Apple Maps. [See our supplemental Google Maps vs Apple Maps hands-on to the airport post for one part of the big battle.] Now with Google Maps, Google has its own unique app that brings not only a new face to the iOS version of their central mapping ecosystem, but a new look for the app for all platforms as well - in iOS 6 this UI is unique!

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Find my iPhone updates with driving directions to lost devices

Find my iPhone updates with driving directions to lost devices

Find My iPhone has already helped numerous iPhone and iPad owners find their lost devices, and now Apple’s making it even easier for people hunting down their lost treasures by providing driving directions to the lost device. The new features uses Apple Maps, so you must be updated to iOS 6 in order to take advantage of driving directions.

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Apple corrects potentially deadly Australian map error

Apple corrects potentially deadly Australian map error

Over the weekend, Australian authorities issued a warning to Apple users that Apple Maps had an error that could be "life threatening," sending users off into a scorching desert-like national park. The problem resulted from the platform confusing a barren state park with Mildura, a city about 44 miles away. In response, Apple has pushed out an update, correcting the issue.

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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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Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

Live USA Map of Unmanned Drones released by EEF

The term "unmanned aerial drone" might strike a bit of fear into your heart when you see the live tracking map of the USA that's been made available this week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but not to worry - not all of them are flying overhead right this minute. Instead this is a map that's the result of the EEF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that covers the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)'s full knowledge of unmanned flights across the United States and what you're looking at is a tracking of project licenses rather than actually flying objects. That said, this map is exciting in its coverage for our greater understanding of unmanned drone flight projects as initiated by state and local law agencies, universities, and US Military operations.

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Google releases updated maps for 10 European countries and regions

Google releases updated maps for 10 European countries and regions

Google has released updated maps for a variety of European regions and countries as part of the "Ground Truth" project, which launched in 2008. This is part of Google's goal to provide high-quality maps that are as accurate as possible, ensuring that people "get exactly the information they need." This brings the total number of maps built via Ground Truth to 40.

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