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Nokia gets connected with automotive futures

Nokia gets connected with automotive futures

This week the folks at Nokia are bringing on the next generation of their hardware and software integration talks with none other than their own Floris Van-De-Klashorst speaking about the future of automotive. The Connected Car, as they call it, is one which is a futuristic concept - this meaning that though we've got cars at the moment that are relatively connected, we've not yet scratched the surface. According to Nokia, it's Points of Interest (POI) search capabilities that are at the center of the future for vehicles that use what they call "Intelligent Technology."

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Navigon iPhone update adds Street View

Navigon iPhone update adds Street View

If you need better navigation from your iPhone than Maps can provide (until iOS 6, anyway), then Navigon’s software might be a good fit. The company has updated its iPhone app today to add new features, and will be reducing the cost of the app and in-app purchases for a limited time. New features include Google’s Street View, Cockpit, manual route blocking, and performance enhancements.

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Google Maps adds UK waterways as routes

Google Maps adds UK waterways as routes

Google is constantly updating the routes and maps that uses for Google Maps used by millions of people around the world to where they want to go each day. Google has teamed up with Canal and River Trust, which is the charity that will be in charge of all the UK water network starting next month. Part of the deal between Google Maps and the charity will include adding 2000 miles of canals and river paths to the Maps database.

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Apple using Waze data in new iOS 6 Maps

Apple using Waze data in new iOS 6 Maps

TomTom spilled the beans in a press release yesterday, saying that Apple had licensed part of its mapping solutions and information for use in the new Maps app in iOS 6. Details about exactly what is being used has been intentionally left vague. How about the crowd sourced data that Apple was keen to promote at the keynote? Turns out it could be coming from Waze, a navigation app that provides crowd sourced traffic data from via user interaction.

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TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

TomTom takes shot at OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap has seen some press lately thanks to the inclusion of its maps in iPhoto for iOS. Google has also pioneered free turn-by-turn navigation software on smartphones, a functional that was once dominated by expensive TomTom and Garmin units. Now TomTom has taken to its website to highlight the dangers of open source maps, and the community behind OpenStreetMap is crying foul.

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Google Maps for Android gets indoor walking directions

Google Maps for Android gets indoor walking directions

Google has a new version of Google Maps for Android users, with v6.7 delivering indoor walking directions for stores, entertainment venues and other locations that have shared floorplan information. The updated app also includes new Google Offers integration, making it easier to discover nearby deals and either redeem them immediately or save them for later use. Finally, if you're undecided whether to hit up a store or restaurant, there's new panoramic photo support for inside.

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SuperTooth Crystal Bluetooth speakerphone hands-on

SuperTooth Crystal Bluetooth speakerphone hands-on

Announced back at CES earlier this year, today the popular Bluetooth and audio company SuperTooth have just released their brand new Bluetooth in-car speakerphone. This zero installation and easy to use speaker is finally available starting today and we have a few hands-on pictures and video live here at CTIA 2012 in New Orleans.

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Clarion Next Gate iPhone dashboard controller hands-on

Clarion Next Gate iPhone dashboard controller hands-on

Clarion aims to take on your in-car entertainment needs with their new Next Gate iPhone controller. Announced earlier today, We got a quick hands-on with the new system here at CTIA 2012 and have all the details and a few pictures below of the 7" touch and voice-enabled iPhone companion.

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Indoor Positioning Systems could solve GPS woes

Indoor Positioning Systems could solve GPS woes

All the technology crammed into our small phones is truly remarkable, but sometimes it can all go completely wrong. GPS is one such example, working perfectly when you have a clear view of the sky, and slowly dropping off once you delve further into the modern concrete jungles. Trying to get a signal indoors is especially bad, so how do we get around the problem? The advent of the Indoor Positioning System may just be what’s needed.

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TomTom releases fix for leap year GPS bug

TomTom releases fix for leap year GPS bug

TomTom has released a software update for its sat-nav units, fixing a leap year GPS bug that users began experiencing over the weekend. The glitch caused many TomTom sat-nav units, including the Go Live, to fail in determining a GPS location, displaying a grey screen or a poor signal message instead.

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Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps gets real-time traffic

Google Maps has now been updated to give you more accurate estimates of travel duration by using real-time traffic datas. Now when you use Google Maps to get directions, it will provide you with two estimated durations, one without traffic and one based on the current traffic conditions.

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Ban moving maps to protect idiots says NHTSA

Ban moving maps to protect idiots says NHTSA

You really can't fix stupid. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has announced new voluntary distracted driving guidelines for automakers and others. The new recommendations call for the elimination of moving maps inside a vehicle. Apparently, some idiots behind the wheel are simply too stupid to have a moving map and drive at the same time without staring at the map instead of the road.

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