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Apple Maps gets serious with more transit directions, indoor maps

Apple Maps gets serious with more transit directions, indoor maps

Once the butt of jokes, Apple Maps has grown up to become a serious rival to Google Maps, especially for those deep into Apple’s ecosystem who have very little trust in the search giant’s ethos. Although it still does miss out on some features, Apple is fortunately not one to slack off. No major announcement has been made but Apple Maps’ coverage is growing bigger and stronger, especially with the addition of new indoor maps and transit directions both in the US and the rest of the world.

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Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Today we're having a peek at the newly revealed and newly-public "most accurate" high resolution terrain map of Antarctica. This is REMA, or the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. Straight from the folks at Ohio State University, this map is made by what its creators say is "applying fully automated, stereo auto-correlation techniques to overlapping pairs of high-resolution optical satellite images."

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OneMap Alliance targets single HD map for driverless cars by 2020

OneMap Alliance targets single HD map for driverless cars by 2020

A new collaboration between digital map-makers, the OneMap Alliance, has set itself the challenge of developing a global HD map for autonomous cars by 2020. The project - which is also inviting other companies to get involved - hopes to offer automakers and other companies developing driverless vehicles a single, consistent HD map across different regions.

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Google Map Maker is shutting down next year

Google Map Maker is shutting down next year

Google is no stranger to controversial products. The Google Glass was criticized for being a privacy nightmare made real and Google's self-driving cars still continue to be a topic for lawmakers and regulators. As far as web services are concerned, however, it was perhaps Map Maker that garnered the most flak last year, leading to its suspension and very slow return. Well, no more, as Google finally decreed that Map Maker will be no more starting next year. Most functionality will, instead be transferred to Google Maps itself.

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USGS releases first ever global topographical map of Mercury

USGS releases first ever global topographical map of Mercury

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released the first-ever global topographical map of Mercury, something that was made in conjunction with Arizona State University, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, NASA, and the Applied Physics Laboratory. The topographical map, as one would expect, includes details on things like tectonic landforms, craters, and volcanoes, and is high-res enough for those future road trips across the galaxy.

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Google Map Maker reopens in 45 locations including the US

Google Map Maker reopens in 45 locations including the US

Google Map Maker has re-opened after the tool was shut down back in May of this year after Google found that nefarious edits were being approved to maps. One of the edits that led to the service being shuttered was the approval of an edit that looked like an Android peeing on an Apple logo. We mentioned back in July that Map Maker was opening back up in August.

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Apple 3D flyovers take a trip to Europe, Japan, and Mexico

Apple 3D flyovers take a trip to Europe, Japan, and Mexico

Trying to make a bigger claim on the maps and navigation market, Apple has extended its admittedly captivating 3D flyover feature to 21 new areas spread across Europe, Mexico, and one in Japan. Now both local and tourists can enjoy an almost breathtaking digital 3D view of these places. But more than just a pretty sight, the 3D visualization of these maps could help give users a more solid grasp (pun totally intended) of the topography as well as the landmarks of a given area.

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Spotify’s new map shows musical tastes of a thousand cities

Spotify’s new map shows musical tastes of a thousand cities

Have you ever wondered what other people in your city are listening to? If so, Spotify's newly created Musical Map will be of particular interest. The map uses Spotify's glut of data to create playlists based on the listening habits of users across 1,000 cities around the globe. The map presently includes cities in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia. Clicking on a city will pull up a link to a playlist on Spotify that was created to show what kind of music is popular in the region.

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HERE thinks 3D ghost trains could reassure city folk

HERE thinks 3D ghost trains could reassure city folk

HERE may be busy fettling its smartphone software as well as courting potential buyers, but it still has time to cook up concepts for future transit apps. Nokia's mapping and navigation team already pipes public transportation for almost 1,000 cities into its current iPhone and Android apps, but is looking at new 3D visualization interfaces that could replace static maps and make it easier to understand where the next bus or train is.

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Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple quietly acquires Coherent Navigation for precision GPS mapping

Apple could be looking to bolster its mapping services; which have a bit of a spotted history, polarizing iPhone users. Apple just purchased the company Coherent Navigation which specializes in High Integrity GPS. This specialized GPS system differences from consumer-end GPS systems in that it uses data from multiple Iridium satellite networks to give incredibly precise locations--accurate within centimeters. Apple is keeping mum on the deal, confirming the deal with a standard, boilerplate response, "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

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Google suspends ‘Map Maker’ feature because of pranks

Google suspends ‘Map Maker’ feature because of pranks

Remember the news of a Google Map edit that showed an Android mascot relieving itself on an Apple logo? Well, that — among other low-brow or similarly bad taste edits — have caused Google to suspend edits via Map Maker. The feature, which allows us to make our own edits to maps based on local knowledge, has been sidelined for a limited time, at least to some respect. It seems Google now wants to manually review submissions. This is why we can’t have nice things.

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Nokia tipped to be wooing Alibaba, Amazon with HERE Maps

Nokia tipped to be wooing Alibaba, Amazon with HERE Maps

Nokia seems to be back in the news, but not entirely in a good way. Just last week revealed that it had indeed agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucent to just focus on the mobile network industry. The move does call into question what the company's real focus and long-term goals are. It also indirectly reaffirms rumors Nokia trying to sell its HERE mapping business to other companies in an attempt shed off excess baggage and probably get some money for that as well. And according to anonymous sources, those companies include giant online retailers Alibaba and Amazon.

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