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Parrot partners with senseFly and Pix4D on mapping UAVs

Parrot partners with senseFly and Pix4D on mapping UAVs

Parrot, the maker of the famous AR.Drone, has today announced two new ventures with companies chasing similar goals. The first is a $2.5 million investment with aerial mapping specialist Pix4D. That will see drones creating mapping solutions and geographical information using Pix4D's software. Pix4D will be providing the necessary imaging algorithms that helps the drones make 3D maps of the areas they fly over, while Parrot’s investment will help boost development.

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IARPA awards millions for worldwide image mapping project

IARPA awards millions for worldwide image mapping project

This week ObjectVideo is one of several multi-million-dollar contract winners with IARPA, the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity, for investigation into a technology that will geolocate any image on a massive map of the planet. This technology will "geolocate an outdoor image or video from anywhere on the land surface of the world via the use of publicly-available information." This geolocation task will have users able to utilize open-source knowledge to locate any photo or video they've got on hand with precision - a scary yet exciting concept indeed!

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Microsoft adds 215 TB of new Bird’s Eye imagery to Bing Maps

Microsoft adds 215 TB of new Bird’s Eye imagery to Bing Maps

Microsoft is significantly ramping up the amount of imagery available to users of Bing Maps. Late last month Bing Maps received 165 TB of new imagery to round out its offerings. This week Bing Maps has received another new infusion of imagery to the tune of 215 TB of new Bird's Eye images.

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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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Nokia 3D Gotham map for Batman “Dark Knight Rises” goes live

Nokia 3D Gotham map for Batman “Dark Knight Rises” goes live

Nokia teased its The Dark Knight Rises 3D map yesterday, and now the full interactive Batman world has gone live - complete with the chance to win Batman's cowl. Built in collaboration with Warner Bros., the 3D map details director Christopher Nolan's rebooted Gotham and introduces a series of games.

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TomTom expands Map Share to all navigation devices

TomTom expands Map Share to all navigation devices

There’s nothing worse than relying on a GPS unit with incorrect map information, so TomTom has opened up its Map Share community so that around 60 million units can take advantage of daily map changes for free. TomTom say that Map Share was previously restricted to a limited number of devices, but now just about everyone can get in on the action.

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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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Bing Maps gets 165 TB of new imagery

Bing Maps gets 165 TB of new imagery

Microsoft's Bing search engine has announced that its received the largest update to its satellite imagery database for its Maps so far. In fact, Bing says that this update is larger than all of its past aerial releases combined. The latest update weighs in with 165 TB of new data.

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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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