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Nokia unveils HERE mapping service to take on Google Maps

Nokia unveils HERE mapping service to take on Google Maps

Nokia revealed their new mapping service dubbed HERE, which is aiming to take on the likes of Google and Microsoft, both of which have respectable mapping services. Nokia's HERE is essentially just a rebrand of their current mapping solution, but it now includes more features and improved maps and 3D views.

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Google Street View maps the Grand Canyon with camera-backpacks

Google Street View maps the Grand Canyon with camera-backpacks

Google has taken to the Grand Canyon with unwieldy backpacks to gather Street View photography, continuing its expansion of Google Maps and cocking a further snook at Apple's upstart iOS rival app. The Street View team is sporting Trekker backpacks, Google writes, complete with bulbous 360-degree cameras that can gather imagery from all angles simultaneously.

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Google Maps gets 250k mile Street View update

Google Maps gets 250k mile Street View update

Google Maps has been updated with what's described as the "biggest ever" increase in Street View photography, with more than 250,000 miles of road around the world gaining street-level imagery. Street View coverage has been boosted in eleven countries, while new "special collections" of photography - giving more insight into particular landmarks - have been added to over six new locations.

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Street View for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 users is two weeks away

Street View for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 users is two weeks away

Google Maps for iOS may not be due to hit the iPhone 5 and other iOS 6 devices until the end of the year, but Apple fans will reportedly be able to use Street View on their devices far sooner. While Google's work on an iOS 6-compatible native version of the mapping app isn't expected to be ready for release until later in 2012, a browser based Street View for Apple's gadgets is roughly two weeks away, the NYT reports.

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Google Street View goes diving with underwater panoramas

Google Street View goes diving with underwater panoramas

Google Maps has extended Street View into even more unusual places, adding underwater panoramic images courtesy of a collaboration with The Catlin Seaview Survey. The new under the sea shots include not only incredible marine topology, such as the Great Barrier Reef and Apo Island, but a wealth of sealife too (none of which has been blurred out for privacy, unlike hapless humans who accidentally get caught in Google's more pedestrian Street View system).

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Garmin smartphone apps getting public transportation features soon

Garmin smartphone apps getting public transportation features soon

Garmin announced at IFA today that it's gearing up to roll out a set of updates for its smartphone apps on both iOS and Android. These updates will be adding a number of helpful tools for Garmin users, including in-depth details on public transportation routes and support for Google Street View. Get ready to hand over some extra cash if you want these features though, because some of them will only be offered as in-app purchases

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NASA Kennedy Space Center gets Street View treatment

NASA Kennedy Space Center gets Street View treatment

NASA has thrown open the doors to the Kennedy Space Center, though only to Google's Street View cameras, allowing anyone with a browser to wander through the Florida facility. The vast Vehicle Assembly Building, Atlantis shuttle and Launch Pad 39A are all navigable, offering a hitherto unseen opportunity to explore.

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Google in trouble with France over Street View data

Google in trouble with France over Street View data

Google is finding itself in a bit of hot water today, as French privacy agency CNIL has asked the company to turn over Street View data which was collected on French citizens. Google initially promised it would delete this information after a 2010 investigation, but last week it told European privacy agencies that it still had some of the data it said it would purge. As a result, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office asked that Google turn this information over, and now CNIL is asking the same thing.

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Google under fire after failing to delete Street View data

Google under fire after failing to delete Street View data

Google admitted that the company had mistakenly not deleted all of the data it collected from users throughout the UK, and as a result it breached an agreement to delete all the data by December 2010. The data may include emails and passwords that were collected through unencrypted WiFi networks from its Street View cars in cities all around the world in 2010.

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Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps adds panoramic images from Antarctica to Street View

Google Maps just added a whole bunch of 360-degree panoramic images to Street View of some great spots in Antarctica, both inside and out. Among those great spots include places like the South Pole Telescope, Shakleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royde Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole. Google Maps had partnered with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust to make it all happen.

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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 denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Google denies Street View charges as senator snipes at spy planes

Last week, the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office reopened its Street View privacy investigation following the FCC’s findings in the United States. In a letter penned to Google, the ICO believes it was misled, with Google stating at the time that it wasn’t a deliberate data collection attempt and that no engineers had knowledge of the issue. Google has now responded to questions laid out by the ICO in the latest letter.

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