Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 has arrived for download in the Windows Store, bringing the mapping and navigation app to any Windows tablet, notebook, or PC running Microsoft's latest OS version. The software, the broad arrival of which had been heralded late last week, includes 3D city guidance, offline maps support, and public transportation details.
Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 will soon be available for all Windows 8.1 devices, the Finnish firm has confirmed, having previously been an exclusive for Nokia's own Lumia 2520 tablet. The app - which will be supported across desktop, notebook, and tablet form-factors - will be a free download, and support 3D mapping, turn-by-turn navigation, and downloads of maps for offline use.
This week Google fully recognizes the power of Waze in their maps apps. With Google Maps' update here and now, the 2013 acquisition of Waze has not only been integrated in a real physical way with "Faster route now available" appearances both on Android and in iOS, but Google literally makes the mark in their Google+ release. Here they say "Outsmart traffic and save time on the road", effectively usurping the classic "Outsmart Traffic" tagline for their own.
Navigation app developer Telenav has acquired Skobbler, as it pushes its preference for OpenStreetMap data and ramps up its challenge to Google Maps and Apple Maps. The acquisition, which closed earlier this week and saw Telenav splash out around $19.2m in cash and $4.6m-worth of stock, will see OSM data and services refined in Skobbler's iOS and Android apps integrated into the Telenav Scout app.
Camera systems on cars offer increased visibility to obstacles and items around the driver, but may not give enough of a head's up when it comes to unexpected items and otherwise attention-necessary elements wherever you happen to be driving. According to a Motorola patent that has surfaced, this could be mitigated via a system that talks amongst cars.
In what is both an unfortunate and odd incident, London's Victoria Line has been shut down following a flooding of what is being called a fast-setting concrete in the signal room. As a result of the concrete wash, signals in the line's southern section have stopped working, and the line will remain suspended between Warren Street and Brixton for, at the least, the remainder of today.
As with the vast number of products we've seen today and over the weekend, among them being a host of devices from Lenovo and LaCie, Garmin has introduce a batch of navigation-related devices. The HUD+ has been debuted, along with a new smartphone app, as well as the first nuvi navigators with 6-inch displays and the first nuvi that comes with a wireless backup camera.
The first time we talked about the iBeacon technology was in November when it was announced that Macy's would be using the tech to guide shoppers around its stores. iBeacon technology uses Bluetooth Low Energy to connect the stores to shoppers depending on where they are in the retail store via an app on a smartphone.