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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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Navigon iPhone update adds Street View

Navigon iPhone update adds Street View

If you need better navigation from your iPhone than Maps can provide (until iOS 6, anyway), then Navigon’s software might be a good fit. The company has updated its iPhone app today to add new features, and will be reducing the cost of the app and in-app purchases for a limited time. New features include Google’s Street View, Cockpit, manual route blocking, and performance enhancements.

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Google Maps adds UK waterways as routes

Google Maps adds UK waterways as routes

Google is constantly updating the routes and maps that uses for Google Maps used by millions of people around the world to where they want to go each day. Google has teamed up with Canal and River Trust, which is the charity that will be in charge of all the UK water network starting next month. Part of the deal between Google Maps and the charity will include adding 2000 miles of canals and river paths to the Maps database.

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