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Apple’s iPhone 5 maps app technology previewed by C3

Apple’s iPhone 5 maps app technology previewed by C3

This week Apple has been tipped to be releasing a non-Google maps iteration on their iPhone 5 once the device has been prepared for a third-quarter announcement, this mapping technology bringing "next-level" realness and fabulous technological breakthroughs galore. What you're about to see is a hands-on video from NetBookNews which shows off the technology that has been created by C3 Technologies, a company that Apple purchased back in 2011. What we can expect from Apple in the very near future is a set of mapping apps that utilize the technology you see in this video without hesitation and on a giant scale.

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iOS 6 will feature Apple’s custom Map app

iOS 6 will feature Apple’s custom Map app

We’ve seen numerous hints that Apple has been working on its own in-house maps solution with the purchase of several mapping companies and the unusual switch to OpenStreetMaps in iPhoto for iOS. Now 9to5Mac has heard from trusted sources the Apple’s own mapping solution will be unveiled as part of iOS 6 when it’s announced in the coming months.

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Nokia City Lens drive suite hands-on (with bonus My Commute preview)

Nokia City Lens drive suite hands-on (with bonus My Commute preview)

This week we spoke with the VP of Nokia's map platform for location and commerce Christof Hellmis who has given us a full tour of what Windows Phone-laden Nokia devices have to offer the world in the maps environment. What he showed us during CTIA 2012 was several hands-on demonstrations of each of the apps that make Nokia's Windows Phone smartphones unique, starting with Nokia Maps, Nokia Transport, and Nokia Drive and moving on to the newest application to hit Nokia devices worldwide: Nokia City Lens.

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RIM partners with TomTom for HD Traffic

RIM partners with TomTom for HD Traffic

RIM was at BlackBerry World last week trying to impress the world with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS, and its not sitting still even coming off of that event. TomTom has announced a partnership with RIM that will see the Canadian company making use of the HD maps in BlackBerry Traffic, giving users access to accurate maps and precise traffic information.

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Apple confirms OpenStreetMaps usage in iPhoto

Apple confirms OpenStreetMaps usage in iPhoto

Apple introduced iPhoto for iOS along with the new iPad, and while Cupertino has relied solely on Google Maps for many of its services, iPhoto featured OpenStreetMap images instead. Apple has remained silent on the issue over the past two months, but OpenStreetMap has found Apple’s acknowledgement within the iPhoto settings. OpenStreetMap says that after making “informal contact” with Apple staff, the credit was eventually added.

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Microsoft Research deblurring tech now used in Bing aerial images

Microsoft Research deblurring tech now used in Bing aerial images

The Microsoft Research team had developed a sensor-based photo deblurring method back in 2010, which was designed to use the hardware motion sensors attached to a camera to help remove any motion blur from pictures. Originally meant for consumer photography, that technology is now being applied to deblur much larger photos for Bing's aerial imagery.

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Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps has now been updated to give you more accurate estimates of travel duration by using real-time traffic datas. Now when you use Google Maps to get directions, it will provide you with two estimated durations, one without traffic and one based on the current traffic conditions.

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Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Microsoft backs OpenStreetMap to compete with Google Maps

Google Maps may be the dominant player in the mapping business still, but there's a rising star in an open-source competitor called OpenStreetMap that's been heavily backed by Microsoft. Due to the high fees of using Google Maps, some major services, including FourSquare and Apple's iPhoto app, have already defected to using OpenStreetMap instead.

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Facebook QR code is visible from space

Facebook QR code is visible from space

There's something pretty unique about one of Facebook's new office buildings in the company's Menlo Park, California campus. Something so unique, in fact, that it can be distinctly recognized from satellites in space. Apparently a group of employees thought it would be a cool idea to paint a giant 42-foot QR code on the roof of the building, though the team hasn't actually decided what to do with it.

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