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Nokia HERE 3D v2: We ride the 68MP rig putting Google Maps on notice

Nokia HERE 3D v2: We ride the 68MP rig putting Google Maps on notice

Nokia may have come late to the game with Streetview-style 3D photography in its HERE Maps service, but the company is aiming to overtake Google with its second generation of mapping cars. Built using newly developed camera, LIDAR, and processing technology from 3D specialist Earthmine, which Nokia acquired last November, the updated system promises higher-resolution panoramic imagery than Google, as well as more accurate 3D buildings and sign recognition. SlashGear went out on the road in one of the prototype cars with Earthmine founder John Ristevski, to find out why Nokia's 68-megapixel mobile mapping system should be giving the Google Maps team sleepless nights.

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Google Maps for iOS and Android gets Waze integration

Google Maps for iOS and Android gets Waze integration

It seems like Google is putting that recent Waze acquisition to good use finally, as the search giant announced that they have added Waze alerts to Google Maps on iOS and Android. The maps app now includes real-time incident reports crowd-sourced and submitted by Waze users. These include road closures, construction work, and accidents.

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Apple acquires Locationary for crowd-sourced Maps improvement

Apple acquires Locationary for crowd-sourced Maps improvement

Apple has been known to acquire small startup companies every now and then, and well they're usually nothing to write home about, this one is particular interesting. The Cupertino-based company has acquired Locationary, a location data company that relies on crowd-sourced information for real-time data.

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Google Street View visits Eiffel Tower, provides birds-eye view of Paris

Google Street View visits Eiffel Tower, provides birds-eye view of Paris

Google has expanded its Street View imagery once again, this time taking a trip to one of the most iconic structures in the world. Google trekked the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France and used the Street View trolley to show what it looks like to stand on top of the Eiffel Tower and look out onto the city of love.

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Google Street View visits Skyfall-inspired Hashima Island

Google Street View visits Skyfall-inspired Hashima Island

The Google Street View Trekker backpack is at it again, and this time it visited the abandoned Hashima Island, or more well-known as "Dead Island" or "Dead City" from the most recent James Bond film Skyfall. In the movie, the island serves as the cyberterrorists headquarters, but it's actually a real place and now we get to experience it for ourselves.

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Nokia HERE Maps calls out Google on Venue Maps

Nokia HERE Maps calls out Google on Venue Maps

Nokia is calling out Google Maps over indoor mapping, claiming that its HERE Venue Maps cover more areas and with more accuracy than any rival can muster. The software - which is available on Nokia Windows Phones and in Bing - integrates floor plans for inside stadiums, theme parks, golf clubs, and shopping malls with regular mapping data, so that the directions needn't stop when you get inside. However, it also physically visits the venues, something Nokia says differentiates it from Google Maps.

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Google Street View data collection gets UK deletion order

Google Street View data collection gets UK deletion order

It's been a year since UK officials re-opened the privacy case involving Google and its Street View mapping feature, and the Information Commissioner's Office is letting Google off the hook as long as they delete any remaining data within the next 35 days. However, failing to do so could result in legal action.

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Google Street View updates with over 1,000 new locations

Google Street View updates with over 1,000 new locations

Google announced a huge update for its Street View feature in Google Maps. Over a thousand new locations around the world are getting Street View imagery for the first time, including parts of Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and the US. Singapore, specifically was given a fairly large addition, allowing users to explore more of the city and its various hot spots.

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Foursquare Time Machine visualizes check-ins in 3D, recommends other hot spots

Foursquare Time Machine visualizes check-ins in 3D, recommends other hot spots

Foursquare enjoys giving its users new ways to visualize all of their check-ins over the years, and they've introduced a new feature that makes that happen once again. It's called Time Machine, and while it may just seem like another feature for Foursquare to use in order to recommend other hot spots to go to, Time Machine visualizes all of your check-ins in the coolest way yet.

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Bing Maps gets 270TB of Bird’s Eye imagery, largest update ever

Bing Maps gets 270TB of Bird’s Eye imagery, largest update ever

In an effort to keep competing with Google Maps, Microsoft has updated Bing Maps with nearly 270TB of new Bird's Eye imagery, which is Bing Maps' largest Bird's Eye update ever. Microsoft also expanded its Venue Maps to over 4,700 locations in 59 countries. Venue Maps allow users to see indoor maps of certain buildings.

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Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

Google Waze acquisition official: team to stay in Israel

As it was tipped just days ago by Israeli news sources with the inside line, so too does Google make their acquisition of the Waze team official. This acquisition has Google bringing in a team of creators that've made the Waze app a highly-used collection of real-time travel and traffic information bits, lighting the fire under rumors quite recently that it was more than just Google after their ownership. Google has made clear their intent to keep the Waze community - the users currently making the Waze app work - a part of the system as well as the developers behind the scenes.

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Twitter splays out heat maps with geotagged Tweets

Twitter splays out heat maps with geotagged Tweets

We've seen heat maps from Foursquare before, but we haven't seen anything from Twitter in a while. However, the micro-blogging service showed off a handful of heat maps today that map out all geotagged Tweets that make the maps look like a blue-and-white blotch of paint that spilled onto a canvas.

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