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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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Yahoo Maps gets indoor mapping from Nokia HERE

Yahoo Maps gets indoor mapping from Nokia HERE

Yahoo! Maps has added indoor venue mapping, raising its challenge to Google Maps by including internal navigation for more than 75,000 buildings worldwide. The new feature, provided by Nokia's HERE platform, takes mapping indoors in places like shopping centers, even across multiple levels.

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Glass Traffic app throws wearables back into driver safety discussion

Glass Traffic app throws wearables back into driver safety discussion

A new traffic app for Google Glass is likely to throw the safety aspects of wearables back into question, as new hands-free technology butts heads with more traditional dashboard displays like Apple's new CarPlay. Traffic, the handiwork of Glass developer GlassVuz, fills in one of the gaps in the Google headset's navigation system, bringing real-time traffic data to the head-up display.

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Tesla Model S named Consumer Reports’ best overall 2014 Top Pick

Tesla Model S named Consumer Reports’ best overall 2014 Top Pick

Consumer Reports has published its 2014 automotive top picks, and the top ten is riddled with well-known models spanning multiple auto makers and automotive types. Standing at the top of them all, however, is Tesla Motors' Model S, which has earned the title of "Best Overall" in the latest Top Picks listing.

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Garmin Xperia Edition app descends on Sony Xperia smartphones and SmartWatch 2

Garmin Xperia Edition app descends on Sony Xperia smartphones and SmartWatch 2

Navigation experts Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH has just announced the fruits of their partnership with Sony. The Garmin Xperia Edition collects all the navigation features you'll ever need to be come a one-stop shop, at least for owners of Sony's mobile devices.

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Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 and RT released

Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 and RT released

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.

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Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 release imminent

Nokia HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 release imminent

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.

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Google Maps update: “Faster route now available”

Google Maps update: “Faster route now available”

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.

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Telenav buys Skobbler to push OpenStreetMap attack on Google Maps

Telenav buys Skobbler to push OpenStreetMap attack on Google Maps

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.

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Motorola patent details sharing of auto-detected road obstacles with drivers

Motorola patent details sharing of auto-detected road obstacles with drivers

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.

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London’s Victoria Line suspended following cement flooding in signal room

London’s Victoria Line suspended following cement flooding in signal room

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.

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Garmin HUD+ and nuvi with wireless backup camera among new navigational offerings

Garmin HUD+ and nuvi with wireless backup camera among new navigational offerings

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.

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