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Apple patent app reveals advanced “Maps + Compass” feature with augmented reality

Apple patent app reveals advanced “Maps + Compass” feature with augmented reality

A new Apple patent application has surfaced today, revealing that the company has some interesting plans ahead for its "Map + Compass" iOS feature. Titled "Augmented Reality Maps," the patent application shows that future updates to the iOS Maps app could incorporate the use of the iPhone's camera and its various sensors to provide mapping data to visually augment live video and images.

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Android Versus iOS States Mapped For The US

Android Versus iOS States Mapped For The US

Android continues to dominate the mobile landscape with a 40% share of US mobile subscribers, according to the latest ComScore report. However, wouldn't it be interesting to see how it maps out across the US? Well, mobile ad network Jumptap has done just that. The company issued a report today along with a map showing which platforms are most popular by state.

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Your Neighborhood’s Census Data Gets Mapped

Your Neighborhood’s Census Data Gets Mapped

Ever wondered about the demographics of your neighborhood? For those with school-aged kids, or those seeking to buy a new house, having access to demographics and other public data pertaining to certain neighborhoods can be very helpful. Companies, such as MoonShadow Mobile, have now mapped these types of data for easy access and visualization and to make the information more understandable.

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Facebook Maps the World via Social Networking Relationships

Facebook Maps the World via Social Networking Relationships

So a mister Paul Butler, an intern at Facebook's Data Infrastructure Engineering Team, was sitting around yesterday and he decided to visualize the world. There are 500 million people on Facebook - a maddeningly large amount of people for a study, so Butler took a sampling of "about ten million pairs of friends" from Facebook's data warehouse Apache Hive and began by combining that data with each user's current city, summing then the number of friends between each pair of cities. Confused yet? That data was then merged with the longitude and latitude of each city.

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University of California Berkeley Researchers Create Portable Laser Backpack, Used to Map 3D Interiors

University of California Berkeley Researchers Create Portable Laser Backpack, Used to Map 3D Interiors

While Google is busy mapping out the exterior world, where all our streets and buildings are, there hasn't been much work on the interior part of the whole thing. But, considering the amount of security issues that may be red flagged in any kind of effort, it will probably be a few years before something like this portable laser backpack, which is used to create 3D maps of internal spaces, sees the light of day in the private market. But, that doesn't mean the Air Force can't get their hands on it.

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Google add Live Wallpaper & Latitude widget to Maps for Mobile 4.1

Google add Live Wallpaper & Latitude widget to Maps for Mobile 4.1

Google have updated Google Maps for mobile 4.1 for Android devices, adding in much requested functionality like the ability to switch between Google accounts in the app - handy for tracking different Latitude and Buzz contacts - as well as making UI and other changes.  As for eye-candy, the 4.1 brings with it the ability to set maps as homescreen Live Wallpaper, together with a new Latitude widget.

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Google Maps Navigation hack blocked outside of US

Google Maps Navigation hack blocked outside of US

Google appear to have closed off the loophole that allowed users of Android smartphones to access the Google Maps Navigation beta outside of the US.  Tutorials explaining how to unlock the software - which was announced back in October - appeared in late November, and showed how workarounds for Google's location limitations could enable the turn-by-turn navigation for users in the rest of the world.  Unfortunately a software update for Google Maps on Android this weekend appears to have cut off those workarounds.

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Android 1.6 phones get Google Maps Navigation beta

Android 1.6 phones get Google Maps Navigation beta

Google has obviously tired of waiting for handset manufacturers to push out Android 2.0 to existing handsets before users can play with the Google Maps Navigation beta, and as such has released the turn-by-turn software for Android 1.6 devices.  Available now in the Android Market, Google Maps Navigation for Android 1.6 delivers the same topographical layers, voice guidance and automatic rerouting as we found so useful on the Motorola DROID.

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