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Apple Maps spotted for OS X desktop use

Apple Maps spotted for OS X desktop use

Apple's next-level GPS mapping and 3D exploration app has been spotted in the code for the beta launch of iOS 6 with an indicator that it'll be working with OS X soon. This will mean much more than just a mobile-based threat for Google Maps, as we originally suspected, it'll be Apple attempting to take full control of the very much Google-dominated maps landscape from all angles. Have a peek at some XML right here and see if you can see what the developer sees.

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Google offline Maps update now live: YouTube adds preloading

Google offline Maps update now live: YouTube adds preloading

Google is on a roll today. In addition to introducing the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, the company has updated some of its services to add new features. Maps is one example, with the Android version of the app seeing an update that will let users save maps offline to their devices. The update has gone live on the Play Store, with version 6.9 supporting a customizable map area that can be saved offline.

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Apple Maps spurs full Google Maps app

Apple Maps spurs full Google Maps app

Soon you'll be able to download your very own entirely Google-made version of Google Maps for iOS, this time not having Google on the back end of the Apple interface you've seen since the iPhone was launched. This new version will be released soon, with Google executive Jeff Huber speaking up this week on the subject with a simple "we look forward to providing amazing Google Maps experiences on iOS."

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iOS 6 Maps to feature built-in Yelp check-ins

iOS 6 Maps to feature built-in Yelp check-ins

Apple revealed earlier this month that it would be integrating Yelp reviews into iOS 6, but apparently that's not all. According to Bloomberg, screenshots found in the Apple developer kit indicate that Yelp's check-in feature will also be baked directly into the new iOS 6 maps app, allowing users to check-in to a location without having to leave the maps app.

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Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Last week, the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office reopened its Street View privacy investigation following the FCC’s findings in the United States. In a letter penned to Google, the ICO believes it was misled, with Google stating at the time that it wasn’t a deliberate data collection attempt and that no engineers had knowledge of the issue. Google has now responded to questions laid out by the ICO in the latest letter.

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Windows Phone traffic feature for maps gets official

Windows Phone traffic feature for maps gets official

Microsoft's Windows Phone blog is talking officially about the traffic feature on Windows Phone maps. We've talked about rumors about Windows Phone getting traffic data in maps and more earlier this month. The official confirmation of improved traffic coverage in Windows Phone maps came this week. The announcement comes by way of Microsoft's Windows Phone maps program manager Scott Borton.

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