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German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

If this latest bit is true, Nokia might soon finally be able to unburden itself of yet another business tangential to its new found focus in networking technology. As earlier reported, a consortium of German automobile makers, namely Daimler, BMW, and Audi, are looking into purchasing Nokia's HERE maps business. Now it seems that the ball has started rolling, as the companies are said to have agreed to dole out 2.9 billion EUR, roughly $3.2 billion, to buy out what is probably the third, or even second, most popular map and navigation product in the market.

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Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

Google’s Waze testing ‘RideWith’ paid carpooling app

If carpooling fits best into your lifestyle but traditional ridesharing services aren't operating in your city, you might one day have an alternative option through Google's Waze, a navigation app that provides standard road navigation functionality with assorted social features. The company will soon be testing a new carpooling app in Israel, according to sources, that will allow users to pay another commuter a fee in exchange for carpooling with them to and from work.

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New Garmin eTrex adds a Touch of tech to outdoor handhelds

New Garmin eTrex adds a Touch of tech to outdoor handhelds

Garmin has had navigation devices even before GPS became cool, but the onslaught of smartphones and tablets threaten its dominance. In order to keep up with the times, it has upgraded its product lines with new features to match those mobile devices. Its outdoor handhelds, for example, now have a touchscreen. Appropriately called the eTrex Touch, the new 25, 35, and 35t models offer a variety of new features to make the active life easier and enjoyable, like activity profiles and even some notifications from your smartphone.

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Google Maps will soon highlight US railroad crossings during navigation

Google Maps will soon highlight US railroad crossings during navigation

While it's hard to image there could be any remaining road data left that could be added to Google Maps for improvement, it turns out there is, and it could making using the service for navigation purposes a bit safer for drivers. In order to reduce the recent spike in the number of accidents at US railroad crossings, the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has asked Google Maps to include the location of every public and private highway rail crossing.

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HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

HERE boosts offline maps and public transit

Offline navigation may be coming to Google Maps but Nokia's HERE app has long supported it, and is today revamping its offline maps with even more data. One of the biggest improvements is to HERE's mapping of Africa, with navigation and offline support added to seven countries including Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, not to mention far more road detail. Meanwhile, public transit line accuracy has also been tweaked to making it more illustrative of how you'll actually travel.

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Ford details SYNC 3’s ambitious roll-out

Ford details SYNC 3’s ambitious roll-out

Ford has confirmed the first cars to get its new SYNC 3 infotainment system, with the 2016 Escape and Fiesta top of the list for a dashboard refresh this summer. The two new models will open the door to a veritable gush of upgrades, with Ford promising that its entire North American line-up will be revamped with SYNC 3 before 2016 is out. Among the improvements are smarter voice recognition which Ford says should help keep hands on the wheel more often.

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Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling. And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well. Just in time for the holiday, however, Google is coming to the rescue of drivers across the country. The search giant has updated Google Maps to include more vital information when navigating roads, including alerts for unusual traffic conditions, road congestions, and even suggestions for alternate paths to take.

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Apple continues with TomTom maps after contract renewal

Apple continues with TomTom maps after contract renewal

Dutch mapping and navigation firm TomTom has announced its continued partnership with Apple, as the two companies have agreed to renew their contract. TomTom has become very valuable to Apple and their iOS devices since 2012, when the Cupertino company launched its own maps application, ending a reliance on Google and their data. Most of Apple's map data for North America and Europe comes from TomTom, and this has allowed Apple to develop its own street-level navigation features.

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Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple could be looking to bolster its mapping services; which have a bit of a spotted history, polarizing iPhone users. Apple just purchased the company Coherent Navigation which specializes in High Integrity GPS. This specialized GPS system differences from consumer-end GPS systems in that it uses data from multiple Iridium satellite networks to give incredibly precise locations--accurate within centimeters. Apple is keeping mum on the deal, confirming the deal with a standard, boilerplate response, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

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Waze will now tweet about Unusual Traffic situations

Waze will now tweet about Unusual Traffic situations

While Google Maps may be the go to for getting directions and locations, when it comes to getting updates on traffic situations, Waze is still the household name. But sometimes, even the best crowdsourced bulletin can miss a thing or two that could make or break your day. It's the unusual incidents like accidents and closures that turn what could have been a perfect day for a drive into a nightmare. To help you prepare for that situation, Waze is introducing Unusual Traffic reports, now on Twitter.

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TomTom’s new GO devices come with lifetime maps, speed camera

TomTom’s new GO devices come with lifetime maps, speed camera

It's been a while since TomTom unveiled a new line of GO navigation devices, but now that they have, they're pouring in a lot into it. The new generation of devices, which include the GO 510, GO 610, GO 5100, and GO 6100 not only come bearing touchscreens for easier and more direct interaction, they also come with a ton features that drivers in any country will appreciate, including lifetime access global maps as well as lifetime access to locations of all kinds of speed cameras.

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Report: Nokia considering sale of HERE maps business

Report: Nokia considering sale of HERE maps business

Former phone manufacturer Nokia is said to be looking at its options to sell its maps business, known as HERE, as a way to fight its financial debt troubles. This information comes in a new report from Bloomberg, who add that HERE is valued at approximately $2.1 billion, based on Nokia's finance reports. No final decisions have been made at this point, and Bloomberg's sources for this news are "people familiar with the matter," but apparently Nokia is getting assistance from a financial advisor to find a potential deal.

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