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Google Maps boosts transit for UK, Chicago and Vancouver

Google Maps boosts transit for UK, Chicago and Vancouver

Google has boosted its Google Transit coverage in Google Maps, adding every UK transit line to the system, as well as improving bus coverage in Chicago and Vancouver. The update leaves Google Maps with transit information for 15,000 cites and towns, Google said today, spread across 64 countries.

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TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60 launch with lifetime maps

TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60 launch with lifetime maps

TomTom has launched three new devices, the TomTom GO 40, 50, and 60. With the navigational devices come TomTom Traffic, as well as Lifetime Maps, meaning the maps will always be updated for the device's lifetime. In addition, TomTom Traffic is now available across the entire TomTom GO series.

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Uber Family ride-sharing trial tipped for New York

Uber Family ride-sharing trial tipped for New York

Uber, the rapidly-growing car service that has caused quite the gnashing of teeth among taxi drivers, is geared up to launch a family-centric ride-sharing service called "Uber Family," it has been revealed. In addition, a recent job listing suggests the service is expanding the number of cities it operates in.

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Apple indoor navigation hire tips iOS 8 Maps

Apple indoor navigation hire tips iOS 8 Maps

When Apple makes a hire, it generally means they’re up to something big. Hiring an indoor navigation specialist like former Wifarer CEO Philip Stanger for their crew, Apple would appear to be preparing for a big change in the way they go about handling their Maps.

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Hammerhead LED bike navigator up for pre-order

Hammerhead LED bike navigator up for pre-order

The Hammerhead LED-based navigator for bicyclists, which was funded through a crowdfunding campaign late last year, is available for pre-order from the company's website. With the device comes the ability to navigate by bike without the hassle (and safety issue) of pulling out a smartphone or GPS unit.

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For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

For autonomous cars, driving dumb is key

Self-driving cars may need to show some self-restraint when it comes to their “better than human” reflexes and abilities, the Nokia HERE team working on autonomous vehicle technologies suggests, if their flesh and blood passengers are to accept an AI taking the wheel. HERE calls it Humanized Driving, giving computer-controlled cars similar characteristics to the people they’re replacing so as to preserve a feeling of normality, even potentially becoming a virtual twin with the same style as the car’s owner.

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Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer supports live tracking and advanced segment capability

Garmin Edge 1000 cycling computer supports live tracking and advanced segment capability

Garmin has announced its latest cycling computer for the bicyclists out there looking for top performance and navigation features. The cycling computer is called the Edge 1000 and it has advanced segment capabilities among other features. The segment capabilities allow the user to view start and finish point alerts, race themselves or segment leaders, and plan rides using segments.

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Garmin Zumo 590LM rugged motorcycle nav device has weather and traffic reports

Garmin Zumo 590LM rugged motorcycle nav device has weather and traffic reports

Garmin has announced a new ruggedized navigation device that is specifically made for the motorcycle riders out there. The nav device is called the Zumo 590LM and it has a 5-inch touchscreen display that can be used while wearing gloves. To keep it working well and usable for years to come, Garmin made the GPS device fuel resistant in case of a spill and sunlight readable.

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Google Maps “search nearby” feature re-added

Google Maps “search nearby” feature re-added

Google has returned the much-missed "Search nearby" feature to Google Maps, restoring the ability to search for nearby points-of-interest and businesses around a location on the map. Quietly added back and announced earlier today - though overshadowed by Google's Pokemon hunt on Google Maps for April Fools' Day - the feature is again available from the drop-down search result menu.

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Magellan SmartGPS 5390 finds the closest gas and eateries

Magellan SmartGPS 5390 finds the closest gas and eateries

Magellan has announced that it has a new cloud-connected GPS device that has now launched for drivers. The GPS device is called the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 cloud connected navigation device. It will help you get from point A to point B like any other GPS device out there. It has a few other tricks up its sleeves though.

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Waze attack fools app into reporting fake traffic jams

Waze attack fools app into reporting fake traffic jams

Waze is a smartphone navigation app that uses crowd sourced information to report traffic jams and suggest routes. Last year the app announced that it was adding celebrity voices so you can get navigation prompts from your favorite stars. A group of students from Technion have created an attack against the app that users won’t appreciate.

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iOS 8 Apple Maps revamp tipped

iOS 8 Apple Maps revamp tipped

Apple will significantly refresh Apple Maps in iOS 8, insiders claim, adding features like public transit navigation and even augmented reality for nearby points-of-interest. The significant update, which could arrive as soon as this year potentially alongside the much-anticipated iPhone 6, would address some of the lingering weaknesses in Apple's home-grown mapping app compared to rivals like Google Maps and Nokia's HERE platform.

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