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Apple: iOS 6 Maps is “just getting started” (so forgive the bad data)

Apple: iOS 6 Maps is “just getting started” (so forgive the bad data)

Apple has defended its contentious Maps app, arguing that it is "just getting started" with the iOS 6 replacement to Google Maps, and highlighting the fact that it can push out updates incredibly quickly. Excitement around iOS 6 quickly got hung up on how the new Maps app fell short, with users reporting missing locations, along with incorrectly labeled roads, points-of-interest, and even cities. "We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it" Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller told the NYTimes. "We are continuously improving it."

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Nokia takes a shot at poorly-received Apple Maps app

Nokia takes a shot at poorly-received Apple Maps app

Today, Apple's new Maps app in iOS 6 has been the subject of a lot of criticism. Some iOS 6 users aren't exactly satisfied with Apple's attempt at entering the navigation space, and Nokia has jumped on the opportunity to talk about its own suite of navigation tools offered to its users. In a post on the Nokia Conversations blog, Nokia's Pino Bonetti compared the company's Location Platform to the competition with a series of benchmarks, taking a few shots at Apple in the process.

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iOS 6 Maps polarizes Apple fans

iOS 6 Maps polarizes Apple fans

Apple's free iOS 6 update pushed out to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners yesterday, has already begun provoking strong reactions from users, with the homegrown Maps app singled out for most criticism. Replacing Google Maps on the iPhone 5, Apple's version has won praise for its eye-catching "flyover" 3D mapping and slick integration with iOS as a whole, but also come under fire for patchy and inaccurate data.

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Google Maps update for Android available now

Google Maps update for Android available now

Earlier today, we brought you the news that Google was planning to launch a Google Maps update for Android to coincide with the launch of iOS 6. In iOS 6, Apple has cut Google out of the loop, instead opting for a Maps app of its own, so it makes sense that Google would want to launch an Android update around the same time that Apple released iOS 6. The only problem was that when Google announced the update, it didn't give us a specific time for release.

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Samsung pushes Galaxy S III-specific app for drivers

Samsung pushes Galaxy S III-specific app for drivers

If you've got a Samsung Galaxy S III, you're right at the heart of the manufacturer's new push for total vertical integration - with today's step being "Drive Link", an app for driving in your automobile. This application makes use of some of the abilities your device already has - like in-car navigation - and puts it all into an easy-to-manage interface intended for use while you're driving. Of course Samsung doesn't want you to be going 70 miles per hour down the speedway while you're tapping about, but the giant buttons here are certainly going to make it a lot easier.

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Telenav extends HTML5 Navigation to Android and Windows Phone

Telenav extends HTML5 Navigation to Android and Windows Phone

With the new HTML5 wave covering the whole internet-loving universe, the news this morning of Telenav's HTML5 Nav on Android and Windows Phone devices is a sign of a fabulous new era. This push comes in the form of Scout for Apps, a service that was launched earlier this year for iOS exclusively. With Scout for Apps, developers will be able to integrate into their creations the first HTML5, browser-based, voice-guided, turn by turn, GPS navigation service for mobile phones!

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Google Maps adds NYC subway service alerts

Google Maps adds NYC subway service alerts

Google has been very busy adding new features to its Google Maps service over the last several months. The latest addition to the service has been announced this week and brings something that visitors and New York City locals will really appreciate to Google Maps directions. Google Maps now has integrated messages about subway service alerts.

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TomTom launches new hands-free car kit for smartphones

TomTom launches new hands-free car kit for smartphones

TomTom has announced the launch of its new hands-free car kit for smartphones. The new hands-free car kit comes in two versions, and they are designed to work with the iPhone or other smartphones that use a micro USB charger such as Android phones. The new car kit has advanced noise and echo cancellation systems to reduce background noise for the caller and remove ambient noise for the driver.

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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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