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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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Windows Phone 8.1 brings HD Lumia photos to auto-upload

Windows Phone 8.1 brings HD Lumia photos to auto-upload

It would appear that the newest Windows Phone 8.1 update brings on a rather key element in the high-resolution photos department to the platform. Though we’ve not been able to push the update correctly yet (it would seem), sources like WPCentral have found an added setting in the newest build of Windows Phone 8.1 that adds automatic uploads of Best Quality photos to OneDrive.

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Nokia Lumia 630 launches this week

Nokia Lumia 630 launches this week

Nokia has announced the launch of its budget handset, the Lumia 630. The phone is set to hit shelves in Asia this week, and will be followed up with launches in both the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, no specific dates have been provided.

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Google’s self-driving cars still need work cutting out the meat

Google’s self-driving cars still need work cutting out the meat

Google is still actively pursuing self-driving car commercialization, though Sergey Brin's 2017 prediction may not come true as the company continues to develop their safety features and the high-definition mapping they need for successful navigation. Last year, Brin said he envisaged autonomous car tech being on the market within five years, though a new batch of hands-off test-drives suggest that not only is there still some ways to go before that's practical, but that Google is taking a markedly different approach to other self-driving projects.

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Nokia Store finds, takes apps for the Nokia X

Nokia Store finds, takes apps for the Nokia X

On launch, one of the more interesting features of the Nokia X was the claim that most Android apps would already work with the new device. A severely bootstrapped and “unofficial” version of Android (ala Amazon), the Nokia X made a brilliant move to widely accept current Android apps without much work from a Developer. One of those Developers Nokia covets is now reporting the platform is using his app without consent, but it may be a bit more complex than that.

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Nokia Treasure Tag Mini slims tracker dongle

Nokia Treasure Tag Mini slims tracker dongle

Nokia's Treasure Tag wireless location dongle has finally hit shelves, and already the company has a smaller version ready. The Nokia Treasure Tag Mini is only half the thickness of the first version, at 5.85mm, but still pairs up with a Lumia Windows Phone - or indeed an iOS or Android device - and warns you if you step out of Bluetooth range.

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Apple grabs Nokia’s PureView expert

Apple grabs Nokia’s PureView expert

Apple has hired Nokia's "camera expert" and one of the key members of the PureView team, Ari Partinen, presumably to help boost the photography skills of future iPhones. Partinen, who has worked on Nokia's camera technology since the Symbian days of the Nokia N8 will begin at Apple in June.

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Nokia Connected Car fund pumps cash into high-tech automotive

Nokia Connected Car fund pumps cash into high-tech automotive

Nokia will pump $100m into Connected Car technologies, chasing everything from high-tech dashboards that can communicate with smartphones and the cloud, through to self-driving car systems that leverage its HERE brand. The move, managed by Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), will aim to "identify and invest in companies whose innovations will be important for a world of connected and intelligent vehicles," Nokia says, as it tries to reinvent itself after selling off its phone business to Microsoft.

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Nokia blocks bullet: legendary ruggedness remains

Nokia blocks bullet: legendary ruggedness remains

The Nokia Lumia 520 can add another badge to its collection of accolades: it’s just blocked a bullet. This smartphone was resting in the back pocket of a off-duty Police Officer’s pants this week when he was fired upon by two robbers. Two shots, one bullet on-target for this man’s rear end.

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Nokia phone brand dead: Elop clarifies

Nokia phone brand dead: Elop clarifies

In a sort of post-mortem before the date of death occurred, former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop - now working with Microsoft - confirmed the death of the brand. Nokia will no longer be used as a smartphone brand, he made clear, suggesting that Microsoft had not yet chosen a new brand to represent the phones being made at this time.

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Stephen Elop says Nokia X/Android here to stay for Microsoft

Stephen Elop says Nokia X/Android here to stay for Microsoft

With Nokia heading out of the mobile device landscape, many wondered if the Nokia X (and the interesting take on Android it has) we saw at MWC this year was a "farewell" device. Android fans had long wanted a Nokia handset, but the smartphone OEM was concentrating efforts behind the Windows Phone platform. Stephen Elop, former Nokia boss and current Microsoft Devices and Services unit chief, now says their forked Android platform is here to stay.

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Nokia re-imagines itself as something different than competitors on its first ad under Microsoft

Nokia re-imagines itself as something different than competitors on its first ad under Microsoft

Nokia and Microsoft worked for a long time to get all the approvals needed for Nokia's hardware arm to become part of Microsoft. That work paid off late last week when Nokia and Microsoft finally closed the deal. Nokia has now published its very first commercial to hit the web since it was purchased by Microsoft. The commercial is called "Not like Everybody Else" and it leans on color and underdog status to set itself apart.

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