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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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Google Maps native app for iOS 6 screenshots leak

Google Maps native app for iOS 6 screenshots leak

We know a native app for Google Maps is coming to iOS at some point, we just don't know when. The latest rumor is that we'll see it by the end of the year, and hopefully that's true, but we're sort of just taking things with a grain of salt until we get some solid evidence. In the meantime, a couple of screenshots from the upcoming Google Maps app have leaked.

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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.

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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.

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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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