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Apple mulling Siri and Apple Maps integration in OS X 10.9

Apple mulling Siri and Apple Maps integration in OS X 10.9

Apple is testing versions of OS X 10.9 that include Siri voice control and Apple Maps integration, sources claim, though it's unclear if both features will make it to the public release expected in 2013. Development of the new Mac OS was reportedly begun simultaneously with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the current release, so 9to5Mac's sources claim, including a "MapKit" framework for coders to embed into their desktop applications much as they can do with iOS apps.

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Google Maps for iPhone and iPad near “finishing touches”

Google Maps for iPhone and iPad near “finishing touches”

Those of you waiting for the return of the official Google-powered mapping in app form to iOS for your iPhone and iPad may not have long now with a report saying they're putting the "finishing touches" on the software. This report comes from the Wall Street Journal where they've got an anonymous source inside Google noting the near-complete build status. This person with "direct knowledge" of the innards of Google's Maps segment notes that they're note entirely certain that Apple will approve of the app once it's ready for action - but we can't imagine such a situation, in all fairness.

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Google distributing standalone iOS Maps app, says source

Google distributing standalone iOS Maps app, says source

A person familiar with the situation told the Wall Street Journal that Google is currently testing a standalone iOS Maps app. Allegedly, the app is getting its final touches before heading for iTunes store approval. The source doesn't know when the app will be heading for the app store, but says that it is currently being test by "individuals outside the company."

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Nokia unveils HERE mapping service to take on Google Maps

Nokia unveils HERE mapping service to take on Google Maps

Nokia revealed their new mapping service dubbed HERE, which is aiming to take on the likes of Google and Microsoft, both of which have respectable mapping services. Nokia's HERE is essentially just a rebrand of their current mapping solution, but it now includes more features and improved maps and 3D views.

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Google Maps for iOS approval not likely, claim sources

Google Maps for iOS approval not likely, claim sources

We've known for quite a while now that Google was working on their own Google Maps app for iOS. We've seen leaked screenshots, and we've even heard rumors that the app is expected to arrive within the end of the year. However, according to multiple sources working closely with Google, the app will have a tough time getting past Apple's approval wall.

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Google adds AMBER Alerts to Search and Maps

Google adds AMBER Alerts to Search and Maps

In an effort to raise awareness of missing children and assist in their safe return, Google has partnered up with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to bring AMBER Alerts to Google Search and Google Maps on both mobile and desktop devices. It will also provide data about new cases through Google's Public Alerts platform.

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Apple delays turn-by-turn navigation in Australia

Apple delays turn-by-turn navigation in Australia

Apple Maps isn't exactly known for its quality, having garnered so many user complaints that Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a written apology. Now it seems the lagging service has developed another limp, with Apple electing to delay turn-by-turn navigation for Australian users. Originally, the country was set to get the feature this month.

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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.

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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.

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Nokia: Hey, we do fancy maps too, not just Google!

Nokia: Hey, we do fancy maps too, not just Google!

Nokia has joined in the maps attention-seeking, highlighting its own camera-toting efforts to 3D visualize locations, just as Google Maps has done with Street View. NAVTEQ True, as Nokia calls its system, combines 360-degree LIDAR with the awesome power of lasers to map out 1.3m 3D data points each second, panoramic cameras, and military-grade positioning systems.

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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.

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Google Maps fleshes out 25m building footprints with aerial magic

Google Maps fleshes out 25m building footprints with aerial magic

Google has updated Google Maps to include more detailed building footprints, with 25m new graphics added to mapping across the US thanks to clever use of aerial imagery. The new footprints were not manually created, but instead use computer vision tech to figure out the shape of buildings based on photos normally used in the "satellite" view mode.

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