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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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TomTom updates Android navigation app

TomTom updates Android navigation app

TomTom has announced that it has issued an update for its Android navigation app. The update for the app is optimized for use with the latest and most popular Android smartphones including the S3, HTC One X, and Google Nexus 4. The updated app now supports over 200 of the newest Android devices on the market.

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Google Maps Navigation now available in Mexico

Google Maps Navigation now available in Mexico

Android Police noted on Wednesday that Mexico had appeared on the list of countries with Google Maps Navigation support. Soon after, Google announced via @GoogleMexico on Twitter that Maps Navigation is now available for Android in Mexico. Users can grab the beta app via the Google Play Store.

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TomTom updates for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (but loses Google Local Search)

TomTom updates for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (but loses Google Local Search)

TomTom has updated its iOS app to play nicely with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, though the company has stripped ill-fated Google functionality out at the same time. The new version of the app, v1.12, works hand in hand with Apple's own Maps app, showing up as a routing option in the iOS 6 software, but removes the Google Local Search feature as Google itself has discontinued it.

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Apple’s Richard Williamson reportedly ousted in Maps switch-up

Apple’s Richard Williamson reportedly ousted in Maps switch-up

This week Bloomberg is reporting that they've got a source assuring them that Apple's own Richard Williamson was pushed out this week amid a Maps team shakeup. This change of the guard was spoken of by an anonymous source close to the dealings who said Senior Vice President Eddy Cue was responsible for the push. While we've not yet been able to confirm 100% that this move was made in Apple - or if will ever be made official if it is true, we can take this from the situation one way or the other: readers want to know what Apple is doing with their in-house Maps app.

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