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Apple: iOS 8.1.2, Bose, Apple Maps all ready for prime time

Apple: iOS 8.1.2, Bose, Apple Maps all ready for prime time

It must be Apple’s day to roll stuff out and update their services, because there’s a lot going on. After seeing Apple TV would get some needed love from YouTube, as well as some new channels, there is a lot more to discuss. Apple’s iCloud seems to have replaced Google Maps for their own when using Find my iPhone, and Bose is coming back to the Apple Store. There’s also a new version of iOS out, though we wouldn’t get too excited there. The latest iOS fixes one small issue regarding iTunes ringtone purchases.

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Apple Maps may soon have a new way to improve: you

Apple Maps may soon have a new way to improve: you

A new job posting via Apple suggests Maps isn’t dead just yet. In fact, Apple may be gearing up to take a run at Google Maps, and in more ways than just offering a topical view or your surroundings or suggesting routes to take. Apple might just be looking to you for help this time, as the job posting asks the new hire to work on ways to get users involved with improving the service. Siri and Passbook might also play a role.

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Bing Maps improves global trip time accuracy

Bing Maps improves global trip time accuracy

Microsoft has updated Bing Maps to provide more accurate estimated travel times for users located anywhere its map service is available. This update was accomplished by implementing the same technology Bing has been using for those in the United States, namely traffic-aware routing, something that results in not only the time it would take to drive between any two points being displayed, but also the time it will take to drive the route based on the current estimated traffic levels.

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Google’s Skybox for Good to help nonprofits save lives

Google’s Skybox for Good to help nonprofits save lives

Satellite imaging is a rather touchy subject. So much so that it was only June this year that the US allowed the taking and use of high-quality satellite images. Aiming to give this kind mapping a more positive face, Skybox, which Google acquired just before the lifting of that satellite imaging restriction, is introducing Skybox for Good. This initiative will give nonprofit organizations such as Appalachian Voices or HALO Trust access to high-quality real-time maps of areas in order to help them save lives, human or otherwise.

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Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google Earth for Android revamped: Smoother 3D & faster updates

Google is pushing out a new version of Google Earth for Android that will boost the 3D navigation of the geographic app, as well as see updates to mapping data be pushed out to users more rapidly and thus cut down misdirections. The refresh sees Google change the 3D rendering engine for Google Earth on Android phones and tablets for the first time in over a decade, the company's mapping team points out, which should add up to smoother zooming, faster rendering, and less glitchy transitions.

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Apple Maps Connect ushers in listings portal for businesses

Apple Maps Connect ushers in listings portal for businesses

Apple has rolled out a new do-it-yourself listings portal for small businesses called Apple Maps Connect. Through it, business owners or select others working on their behalf can list a company on Apple Maps whenever they'd like, doing so with an instant verification option. This opens up the listings to any business owner who wants to hop on and add their company; Apple is also giving them the chance to sign up for Indoor Positioning technology priority installation through it (though certain terms apply for the latter category).

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HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

HERE maps now on Android to take on Google

What once was only a Nokia joint in HERE maps comes now to Samsung smartphones, then to Android devices in general. Back in the day Nokia purchased Navteq, then they created their own HERE mapping division, then they became one of the most radical map-making groups outside of Google. Now they’ve gone bigger than they’ve ever been before. With a newfound freedom beyond Windows Phone devices, the Android spread can begin. You device can more than likely run this mapping software right this minute.

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Nokia HERE Maps arrives on Galaxy smartphones

Nokia HERE Maps arrives on Galaxy smartphones

Nokia HERE's Maps app for Android has gone live for Samsung smartphone users, bringing a Google Maps alternative with full offline navigation support and more. The app, based on HERE's Windows Phone software, supports regular and satellite mapping, live traffic reports using data pulled from the 24/7 monitoring team at HERE Traffic, public transportation information for a number of cities, and of course navigation, with an in-car view for easier use while your Galaxy S5 is suction-cupped to your windshield.

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HERE Maps hands-on: Google & Apple should be worried

HERE Maps hands-on: Google & Apple should be worried

For a long time, Nokia HERE Maps has been Windows Phone's secret ace card. The quiet star of Lumia - and perhaps the most interesting part of Nokia now that Microsoft has its phone division - the app's free offline navigation and comprehensive traffic data service has made it a hit among users. Now liberated from its Windows Phone blinkers, though, the HERE team has spread its sights to include Android and iOS, slipping us a beta version of the app for Samsung's Galaxy smartphones to try out ahead of the full release.

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Report: Apple working on 3 new iOS 8 updates

Report: Apple working on 3 new iOS 8 updates

Though iOS 8 was a good iteration of the mobile OS from Apple, building nicely on the aesthetic twist iOS 7 brought in, it lacks some punch. Certain aspects of iOS still go largely untouched, and the update itself can be a bit buggy. Now it seems three new updates to iOS are in the pipeline, and may be coming soon.

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