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Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

If you're carrying a smartphone or driving a modern car, you're a potential probe, and Nokia would love to unlock your location for its HERE Maps services. The company already has its own gathering programs in place yet, for all its gigabytes of daily data, Nokia's HERE 3D mapping car is only one part of a navigation data analysis program that combines 80,000 sources from across the globe. We sat down with Jane MacFarlane, head of HERE Research at Nokia, and along with her team responsible for making sense of the masses of data, to find out why being a probe might one day help you avoid traffic jams, travel more safely, and even discover the hottest new restaurants, all thanks to the "wisdom of crowds".

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New Google Maps official: Dedicated tablet UI, traffic details, more

New Google Maps official: Dedicated tablet UI, traffic details, more

Google has officially released a new version of Google Maps for Android and, soon, iPhone and iPad, complete with a new design and the retirement of Latitude among other changes. The new app, which already began rolling out as v.7 to Android users a few hours ago, includes dedicated tablet designs for Android and iPad for the first time, but users may end up confused by the missing "offline maps" feature which is now no longer accessed in the same way.

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IRNSS navigation satellite launched to provide GPS-like services in India

IRNSS navigation satellite launched to provide GPS-like services in India

Last night, India successfully sent the satellite IRNSS-1A into space on one of its own rockets, making it the first of seven that will provide the country with a GPS-like navigation system. The rocket - called the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C22 - was sent into space from the Satish Dhawan Space Center a little before midnight, marking "a new era of space applications [in India]," according to the Indian Space Research Organization.

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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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Audi bringing parking information to Connect-equipped vehicles

Audi bringing parking information to Connect-equipped vehicles

Finding parking is one of the most annoying facets about driving a car, especially when you're in a big city where a parking spot is hard to come by. However, Audi wants to at least make the experience somewhat bearable to those looking for a parking space. The company is sending out an OTA update today that will add parking information to their Connect infotainment system.

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Google reportedly considering bid against Facebook to buy Waze

Google reportedly considering bid against Facebook to buy Waze

Waze is a navigational app that offers crowdsourced information on things such as traffic conditions, with the information and map updates coming from users themselves. The app has long been the source of acquisition rumors, with word having surfaced back in January that Apple was looking into buying the company, something that was later denied by sources. This was followed up earlier this month by a new rumor, this time that Facebook is looking into buying the company for $1 billion, and now new sources are saying Google is considering tossing a bid into the mix.

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Apple Maps gets update for Japan

Apple Maps gets update for Japan

Japanese users of Apple Maps are facing challenges if they want to use the mapping service from Apple. This week Apple updated its map service and some of the changes behind the scenes fixed a handful of problems Japanese users faced. One of the big changes to the service has been with pronunciation.

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Nokia Drive+ beta opens to all Windows Phone 8 users in US, Canada, UK

Nokia Drive+ beta opens to all Windows Phone 8 users in US, Canada, UK

Windows Phone 8 users are getting a bit of good news today, as the Nokia Drive+ beta has opened up for all WP8 users in the US, Canada, and UK. Nokia Drive+ is Nokia's shot at turn-by-turn navigation, but the service offers a lot of other features that are worth paying attention to. Previously, the app was exclusive to those using a Lumia 810, 820, 822, or 920.

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Pioneer Electronics unveils new in-dash nav systems at CES 2013

Pioneer Electronics unveils new in-dash nav systems at CES 2013

Pioneer Electronics unveiled three new in-dash navigation systems at CES 2013. The new navigation systems include the AVIC-Z150BH, AVIC-X950BH and AVIC-X850BT. All three of the systems promise advanced route guidance, multimedia entertainment, and smartphone connectivity functions.

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iOnRoad augmented reality navigation app promises to make you a safer driver

iOnRoad augmented reality navigation app promises to make you a safer driver

A new app has launched for iPhone 5 users called iOnRoad that is designed to take advantage of the new processing power in the iPhone 5 and navigation integration available on iOS 6. The app is described as a black box video recorder that promises driver assistance when on the road. The app also offers turn-by-turn navigation using an augmented reality interface.

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Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze [UPDATE]

Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze [UPDATE]

The rumorsphere is alight with speculation that Apple is in advanced acquisition talks with Waze, with sources saying that Apple is trying to talk the company's price down to somewhere in the half-billion dollar range. Apple already uses Waze as a data partner with its monumentally flawed Maps application. Waze is unique in that it provides social traffic data gathered from drivers.

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Garmin GPS Navigation gets price cut, Foursquare, Glympse, and iCloud

Garmin GPS Navigation gets price cut, Foursquare, Glympse, and iCloud

It's time to get festively navigation-savvy with a brand new update and price deduction for the Garmin GPS apps for both Android and iOS: Garmin StreetPilot Onboard for iPhone and NAVIGON for both iOS and Android. This update brings on the Garmin updates to both the Apple App Store and the Google Play app store with discounts at 25 percent off their standard price. It's expected that this will bring in more sales to the apps that are anywhere between $33.99 and $44.95 USD after discount - just a bit more expensive than your standard navigation app, to be sure.

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