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Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Look out Google: HERE Maps for iPhone and Android incoming

Nokia's HERE mapping app is coming to iPhone and all Android devices, a native app to take on Google Maps and Apple Maps as the Finnish firm refocuses on software and services. The HERE Maps app follows a deal with Samsung to put the navigation system onto Tizen-powered smartwatches, complete with offline maps and turn-by-turn instructions for driving, walking, and public transportation, even when you don't have a data connection.

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Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung HERE for Android deal sidelines Google

Samsung has cut a deal with HERE, the Nokia navigation provider, to release HERE for Android, an alternative to Google Maps. We'd noted the HERE-powered turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Gear S yesterday, but at the time the significance of the software and services agreement wasn't quite clear: this is Samsung doing its level best to oust Google, and affects all Samsung phones not just a niche smartwatch.

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Galileo satellites launched into wrong orbit around Earth

Galileo satellites launched into wrong orbit around Earth

Woopsie - looks like you just launched a satellite into the wrong flight path. When you work for the ESA (European Space Agency) and you accidentally launch a satellite into the wrong orbit around the Earth, you report it, and you make a big deal about it. In this case, the team is "examining the implications."

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Lechal smart shoes use haptic feedback for navigation

Lechal smart shoes use haptic feedback for navigation

India is poised to be the launchpad for the proliferation of so-called smart shoes, with the company Ducere Technologies preparing to launch its new connected insoles and shoes called Lechal. With these products, wearers are provided with haptic feedback to aid in navigation.

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Adding a HUD to your car: three options

Adding a HUD to your car: three options

A head-up display (HUD) enables drivers to see all the details they need while driving without any hassle or risk of distraction (not to mention giving one's car the snazzy sci-fi feel of having data projected onto the windshield). Your car may not have included the technology, but that doesn't mean you can't easily equip it with its own HUD feature, and fortunately there are multiple ways to do this.

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The map is not the territory: Fluid borders in Google Maps

The map is not the territory: Fluid borders in Google Maps

Not for nothing has Google Maps become one of the most relied-upon navigation services around, but the ways in which Google tailors geographical information to satisfy territorial disputes could prove surprising. Unseen by most - since the details only change when viewed from a different location - the tweaks to border lines can grant vast swathes of land to different countries, something a new Google Maps project has highlighted.

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Garmin viago hopes you’ll pay for personalized navigation

Garmin viago hopes you’ll pay for personalized navigation

Google Maps and Apple Maps may be free, but that hasn't stopped third-party navigation firms from trying to sweeten the deal, with Garmin's new viago smartphone app promising personalization features the PND stalwart believes will lure users away from the freebies. Although international mapping - with data from HERE - along with vehicle and pedestrian navigation, photo-realistic junction and lane guidance, and traffic/speed data are included, there are other features that can be unlocked through in-app purchases.

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Nokia HERE grabs Medio for context-savvy navigation

Nokia HERE grabs Medio for context-savvy navigation

Nokia's HERE division won't be happy until its maps are the navigation equivalent of Skynet, with news that it's acquiring predictive analytics specialist Medio for the next generation of "cognitive mapping." Medio's technology will be baked into HERE Maps to deliver real-time personalization, so that drivers, pedestrians, and others using the apps will get relevant suggestions - whether that's somewhere nearby to eat at lunchtime, or which is the most fuel-efficient route - without having to ask for them first.

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Nokia HERE grabs Desti for smart predictive traveling

Nokia HERE grabs Desti for smart predictive traveling

Nokia's HERE division has snapped up Desti, promising to add artificial intelligence to its future maps to help travelers get exactly the type of hotels, restaurants, and other POIs they want, whether it be for family trips or business. Desti - spun-off from the same team responsible for coming up with Siri - is a search engine for travel, using natural language processing and pattern learning to give advice in a way HERE says will eventually turn its apps into personalized virtual travel agents.

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Map Democracy: Telenav bets on the crowd crushing Google

Map Democracy: Telenav bets on the crowd crushing Google

There’s more than one way to get where you’re going, and there’s more than one app to navigate it, and if Telenav and OpenStreetMap have their way it’ll be the power of the crowd not locked-up, heavily licensed data powering it all. SlashGear caught up with Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap and currently OSM lead at Telenav, to find out what’s next for the team aiming to put Google Maps and Nokia HERE on notice, and democratize mapping in the process.

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Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Telenav Scout Maps and Navigation SDK courts Google-shy devs

Google Maps is getting some competition in the location-based services space, with Telenav courting developers with its Scout Maps and Navigation SDK for app and website developers. Packaging OpenStreetMap data - just as Telenav is now using in its own Scout app - in both online and offline forms, the claim is that the data is not only more accurate than Google's, but more affordable for developers, too.

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Telenav Scout switches to OpenStreetMap crowdsourced data

Telenav Scout switches to OpenStreetMap crowdsourced data

Telenav has switched its Scout for iPhone app to OpenStreetMap, planning a similar change for the Android version imminently, and meanwhile rebranding January acquisition Skobbler. The shift - telegraphed with the addition of OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast to Telenav's team, where he heads up the OSM division - sees Telenav ditch paid mapping data in favor of a crowdsourced alternative.

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