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Foursquare added as Apple Maps source for business listings

Foursquare added as Apple Maps source for business listings

Turns Apple has recently added a new partner for supplying data to Apple Maps: Foursquare. Similar to the service Yelp, Foursquare is used to discover restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions in cities around the globe, as well present user reviews on such places. As the site Apple Maps Marketing has discovered, Apple Maps is using Foursquare data to bolster its business listings, which likely not only includes locations, but information on hours of operation and contact info.

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Google rewarding Maps reviewers with 1 TB of Drive storage

Google rewarding Maps reviewers with 1 TB of Drive storage

It may not be that well-known, but Google Maps actually has its own Yelp rival built right in, allowing users to leave reviews, photos, and information about restaurants, attractions, and other locations. It's called Local Guides, and now Google is upping its incentives for users who continually make contributions. Among the rewards are the chance to win a new Nexus smartphone and access to beta features before others, but one of best may be 1TB of free storage for Google Drive.

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Uber partners with TomTom for navigation, maps data

Uber partners with TomTom for navigation, maps data

Uber announced a new partnership with mapping and navigation company TomTom today, allowing the ride-sharing service to strengthen the traffic and map data within its own apps. The deal is seen as follow-up move after Uber failed in its attempt to purchase the HERE mapping service from Nokia earlier this year. Uber has long been reliant on third-party maps, including Google Maps, but the multi-year deal with TomTom simply adds another source for them to draw from.

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Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

Google Maps now offers offline navigation and search

As one of the most popular and most used navigation and mapping apps on smartphones today, it's hard to imagine Google Maps getting much better than it already is. Until, of course, you find yourself in a situation with poor or no network connection and in desperate need of the app. Starting today, however, Google is launching a major revamp of its offline Maps feature, adding support not only for search, but for turn-by-turn driving directions as well.

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HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

HERE’s how you prove smart cities are the future

Turned off, HERE's 3D cityscape is the sleeping San Francisco that never really exists. The white, stylized version of the California tech hub - complete with a miniature chunk of the Bay Bridge - is tranquil in a way the real thing could never be. Turn on the projector overhead, though, and the city is flooded with data and light.

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Apple Indoor Survey app discovered, hints at indoor positioning

Apple Indoor Survey app discovered, hints at indoor positioning

A new app from Apple that snuck its way into the App Store recently has been discovered. Called Indoor Survey, the app is used for indoor positioning, or mapping out the inside of a building or venue using just an iPhone. The app doesn't appear in search results, however, and in order to download it, users must be registered for Apple's Maps Connect program.

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Uber starts its street mapping project

Uber starts its street mapping project

Despite being set back in some countries thanks to state laws and a bit of politics, Uber is forging ahead with what some might see as yet another thing to take issue with the controversial transportation company. Although it isn't exactly a surprise considering it bough the technology from Microsoft way back in June, Uber has apparently given the green light for deploying its Uber "mapping cars" to take shots of roads and highways ala Google Street View, in the hopes of perfecting the art of offering the best driving route.

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Apple Maps adds 19 cities to 3D Flyover view

Apple Maps adds 19 cities to 3D Flyover view

While Apple Maps didn't get much attention among all the new features that debuted with iOS 9, and it may still lag behind Google Maps when it comes to popularity, Apple continues to expand and improve its own service. In this case, Apple Maps' unique flagship feature, 3D Flyovers, was updated this week to include almost 20 new cities and locations around the world, including several in the countries of Germany, Spain, and Japan.

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Apple just bought Apple Maps its crystal ball

Apple just bought Apple Maps its crystal ball

Apple has quietly snapped up a mapping analytics company, as it strengthens the challenge Apple Maps presents to arch rival Google Maps. The latest acquisition is Mapsense, sources tell Re/code, a San Francisco startup which promises cloud-based visualizations and analytics of geo-data.

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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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German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

German car consortium ready to pay for Nokia’s HERE maps [UPDATE]

If this latest bit is true, Nokia might soon finally be able to unburden itself of yet another business tangential to its new found focus in networking technology. As earlier reported, a consortium of German automobile makers, namely Daimler, BMW, and Audi, are looking into purchasing Nokia's HERE maps business. Now it seems that the ball has started rolling, as the companies are said to have agreed to dole out 2.9 billion EUR, roughly $3.2 billion, to buy out what is probably the third, or even second, most popular map and navigation product in the market.

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Google partners with Aclima to map air quality with Street View cars

Google partners with Aclima to map air quality with Street View cars

Google's Street View cars are great at providing detailed maps and imagery of roads and intersections, but what if they could collect more data to add to their maps, like the quality of air in an area? That's just what Aclima hopes to achieve, as they've just announced a partnership with Google that will put their environmental sensors on a handful of Street View cars in a new pilot program aimed at improving pollution awareness.

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