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Telenav buys Skobbler to push OpenStreetMap attack on Google Maps

Telenav buys Skobbler to push OpenStreetMap attack on Google Maps

Navigation app developer Telenav has acquired Skobbler, as it pushes its preference for OpenStreetMap data and ramps up its challenge to Google Maps and Apple Maps. The acquisition, which closed earlier this week and saw Telenav splash out around $19.2m in cash and $4.6m-worth of stock, will see OSM data and services refined in Skobbler's iOS and Android apps integrated into the Telenav Scout app.

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Nokia Here Maps removed from Apple App Store

Nokia Here Maps removed from Apple App Store

When Apple tried to get away from using Google Maps on the iPhone for GPS navigation, its first attempt at its own maps was famously bad. The maps were so bad they led people to the wrong places in some instances and resulted in Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizing and telling iPhone users to take advantage of competitor's products until Apple Maps could be fixed.

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Santa tracking wars: Google vs Microsoft

Santa tracking wars: Google vs Microsoft

It has begun - Santa has officially begun his run around the world in sleigh. Two major trackers have begun the tracking of Santa’s trip, both aiming for real Santa Tracking supremacy. Here we take a (relatively simple) look at the major differences between the tracking of Santa with NORAD and the tracking of Santa with Google.

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Apple acquisition tips: BroadMap and Catch for notes [UPDATE]

Apple acquisition tips: BroadMap and Catch for notes [UPDATE]

The battle continues between Apple and the rest of the software giants around the world, focusing today on maps and the keeping of notes. Apple has been tipped to acquire two companies as of late, one called BroadMap, focusing on mapping technologies likely aimed at improving the stability and abilities of Apple Maps. The other company tipped to have been acquired by Apple this week is Catch, a note-taking cloud-based ecosystem in competition with Evernote.

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Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Researchers develop simulation mapping possible pandemics using breakthrough model

Pandemics -- the spread of disease through large populations rapidly -- is something that has affected our world at various points for as long as humans have been around, and something that remains an ever-present threat despite increases in medical sciences and research. One of the biggest issue with pandemics is how rapidly they can be transmitted over large populations, and to help envision this issue to, ultimately, serve as an aid in neutralizing transmission, researchers have made a model breakthrough demonstrated through a simulation.

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National Geographic uses Google Maps to show historical layouts

National Geographic uses Google Maps to show historical layouts

With Google beginning work on their Google Maps Engine public data program, the folks at National Geographic Maps have been keen to push their own historical cartography to the public. While you've very possibly seen some of these maps before, integration with Google Maps allows the entire situation to appear a whole lot more real.

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Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 adds 3D cities and Skype integration

Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 adds 3D cities and Skype integration

Microsoft has released Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1, its Google Maps-rivaling navigation app with over seventy high-res 3D cities, Skype and OpenTable integration, street-level photography, and Live Tile support. The new app, hitting the Windows Store today, introduces a new 3D graphics engine which Microsoft says delivers more realistic visuals across a wide range of angles.

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Google Maps Street View now guides you through big transit stations

Google Maps Street View now guides you through big transit stations

As of today, Google Maps will now let you see dynamic 3D renderings of the insides of airports and train stations. The update should help guide you through some of the most directionally confusing aspects of your travels this holiday season: transit hubs. As of this moment, the growing list of locations applies to 16 major airports and 59 train and subway stations around the world, a cable car station in Hong Kong, -- as well as 16 transit-related museums and points of interest and even the inside of your Emirates flight from Dubai, UAE.

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Apple PrimeSense purchase to leverage 3D mapping, not motion tracking

Apple PrimeSense purchase to leverage 3D mapping, not motion tracking

Apple's purchase of PrimeSense last week had all the tech industries howling. The Israel-based company's motion tracking technology had largely informed early versions of Kinect, Microsoft's motion-tracking and voice command interface for the Xbox 360 gaming console. Was Apple planning to use PrimeSense's expertise in motion tracking to propel its gadgets into a new era of universal motion tracking capability? Maybe not, says former Washington Post tech journalist Jessica Lessin. It's all about PrimeSense's other, lesser-known, claim to fame: 3D indoor mapping.

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Google Street View visits Arlington National Cemetery

Google Street View visits Arlington National Cemetery

Google has taken the Street View cameras through a wide variety of locations around the world. Last month we saw virtual tours of the Galapagos Islands come available and it looks like the same will soon be available for the Arlington National Cemetery. The tour was created in October with the changing of the seasons, however they will not be publicly available until early next year.

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Nokia HERE offline maps given incremental updates for tiny changes

Nokia HERE offline maps given incremental updates for tiny changes

With incremental updates for HERE maps on Nokia devices, the company takes away the pain of downloading the entire massive bulk of an offline map and makes it tiny. An update to Nokia's offline maps system this week makes updating an offline map to your phone as simple as updating any normal app. Just as you'd update Angry Birds to get a few new levels, so too can you update your maps for offline use in just a tiny, incrementally updated file.

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Google Street View now offering tours of the Galapagos Islands

Google Street View now offering tours of the Galapagos Islands

Google first began talking about taking Street View to the Galapagos Islands back in May. This work was being done in partnership with Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) and the Galapagos National Parks Directorate (GNPD). At the time Google had said this work was being done in an effort to "continue to study and preserve the islands’ unique biodiversity" and that the images would be available later in the year.

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