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Nokia HERE Traffic: Inside the team tracking America’s roads

Nokia HERE Traffic: Inside the team tracking America’s roads

The fastest route isn't necessarily the shortest, and that's something Nokia's HERE Traffic group has discovered when it comes to tracking congestion across the US road network. Every day the team uses a combination of official reports, highway cameras, and social networks like Twitter to keep services like Nokia HERE Traffic, Bing Maps, and Yahoo! Maps up to date with the latest incidents and slow-downs. Join us on a photo-tour behind the scenes to find out how.

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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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Apple adds 3D flyover support for three more cities

Apple adds 3D flyover support for three more cities

Apple has been working hard to make its maps better and improve what users think of its maps service after the fiasco when Apple Maps first rolled out. The maps were not good initially and the press was so bad that Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized to users. One of the cooler features for maps that Apple has been rolling out is 3D flyovers.

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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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Microsoft HereHere maps NYC complaints

Microsoft HereHere maps NYC complaints

Building upon the Project Sentient Data, Microsoft's FUSE Labs has introduced HereHere for New York City, which aggregates neighborhood complaints and presents them daily with fun little cartoons. The mapping effort serves to visualize information in an easily digestible way.

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Yahoo Maps gets indoor mapping from Nokia HERE

Yahoo Maps gets indoor mapping from Nokia HERE

Yahoo! Maps has added indoor venue mapping, raising its challenge to Google Maps by including internal navigation for more than 75,000 buildings worldwide. The new feature, provided by Nokia's HERE platform, takes mapping indoors in places like shopping centers, even across multiple levels.

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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 HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 release imminent

Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 release imminent

Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 will soon be available for all Windows 8.1 devices, the Finnish firm has confirmed, having previously been an exclusive for Nokia's own Lumia 2520 tablet. The app - which will be supported across desktop, notebook, and tablet form-factors - will be a free download, and support 3D mapping, turn-by-turn navigation, and downloads of maps for offline use.

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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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PIXYUL Studios startup plans to map the globe with drones for survival game

PIXYUL Studios startup plans to map the globe with drones for survival game

Drones have a lot of promise on the civilian and consumer level, and some companies have already considered how they can use this technology to improve their products and services. Among these companies is the newly formed PIXYUL Studios located in Montreal, which intends to build an action survival game around drone-mapped locations.

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