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Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice

Inside the Nokia HERE HD Maps putting Google on notice

Where exactly am I? That’s the question Nokia is facing, not in its position following the Microsoft deal that will see it shed its phone business, but in how it’s constructing the next-generation of mapping data that’s clever enough to give Google Maps sleepless nights. The HERE team calls it an "HD Map" - taking traditional cartography and putting it on steroids - and it’s one of the main pillars the Nokia platform of tomorrow is expected to stand on.

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For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

Self-driving cars may need to show some self-restraint when it comes to their “better than human” reflexes and abilities, the Nokia HERE team working on autonomous vehicle technologies suggests, if their flesh and blood passengers are to accept an AI taking the wheel. HERE calls it Humanized Driving, giving computer-controlled cars similar characteristics to the people they’re replacing so as to preserve a feeling of normality, even potentially becoming a virtual twin with the same style as the car’s owner.

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iOS 8 Apple Maps revamp tipped

iOS 8 Apple Maps revamp tipped

Apple will significantly refresh Apple Maps in iOS 8, insiders claim, adding features like public transit navigation and even augmented reality for nearby points-of-interest. The significant update, which could arrive as soon as this year potentially alongside the much-anticipated iPhone 6, would address some of the lingering weaknesses in Apple's home-grown mapping app compared to rivals like Google Maps and Nokia's HERE platform.

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Google Maps Gallery gives deep data room to shine

Google Maps Gallery gives deep data room to shine

Google has launched Google Maps Gallery, a digital interactive atlas to showcase some of the ways charities, historic sites, galleries, businesses, and others have been creating custom mapping. The showcase pulls together publicly shared maps that have been created by the Google Maps Engine, and will initially feature curated content from the National Geographic Society, World Bank Group, and the US Geological Survey.

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Nokia Android phone tipped without Google

Nokia Android phone tipped without Google

It would seem that the elusive Nokia Android smartphone has been tipped as close to release this week, with a full collection of Microsoft and Nokia-created apps inside instead of Google's own. As Amazon has proven over the past several years, Google's Android is fully capable of being forked to a degree where Google itself need no longer be involved on the surface. Here Nokia is said to be taking a stab without Google's apps appearing anywhere on the device.

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Google Maps update: “Faster route now available”

Google Maps update: “Faster route now available”

This week Google fully recognizes the power of Waze in their maps apps. With Google Maps' update here and now, the 2013 acquisition of Waze has not only been integrated in a real physical way with "Faster route now available" appearances both on Android and in iOS, but Google literally makes the mark in their Google+ release. Here they say "Outsmart traffic and save time on the road", effectively usurping the classic "Outsmart Traffic" tagline for their own.

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