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Windows 10 Preview: superpowered Maps, Japanese input support

Windows 10 Preview: superpowered Maps, Japanese input support

This Friday, Microsoft is bringing its Windows game on. Rolling out Windows 10 Mobile for existing Lumia handsets and heralding the arrival of Microsoft Edge web browser extensions, Microsoft is pretty much trying to paint the picture of a company that listens well to user feedback. Perhaps nowhere is that more evident, according to the company, than in the updated Maps app, both for PCs and mobile, that adds new features and a slightly revamped interface, most of them based on users' input.

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Google Street View maps the world’s largest model railway

Google Street View maps the world’s largest model railway

Google has a come a long way since they started rolling out their Street Vew cars years ago. They started out with major highways and busy streets. Eventually they started documenting some of the paths less traveled, utilizing camels, snowmobiles, and other means of transportation to capture the most accurate views of the paths we take. But for their latest endeavor, they had to think smaller. Much smaller.

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Apple Maps beats Google Maps… on iPhones

Apple Maps beats Google Maps… on iPhones

This week it's been suggested by Apple that Apple Maps has overtaken Google Maps on iOS devices by a large margin. Apple suggests with the Associated Press that its mapping service is "now used more than three times as often as its next leading competitor on iPhone and iPads, with more than 5 billion map-related requests each week." What does an iPhone user do when they need a map? They tap the app called Maps.

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Bing Maps update adds traffic camera video feeds

Bing Maps update adds traffic camera video feeds

Microsoft has updated Bing Maps with a new traffic camera option that allows users to view video feeds from one of thousands of traffic cameras located around the globe. The idea is that seeing the actual current conditions beats out any weather and traffic report, and also gives travelers a bit of an idea of what to expect in a region. The feature allows multiple camera feeds to be monitored at once, as well.

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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 update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps update has Gas Prices near you

Google Maps is updated to include the prices of gasoline at gas stations throughout the United States. While a previous update included standard prices at some gas stations, this newest version includes prices for Diesel, Midgrade, Premium, and Regular gasoline as well. At the time this article is being published, you may not be able to see any of these gas prices live on Google Maps. You might also not be able to see them when you upgrade with the newest APK - Google will activate this feature very, very soon.

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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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Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia HERE sale tipped: Audi, Daimler and BMW to seal deal soon

Nokia has spent several years focusing on its HERE maps and the related technology, and for a small period of that time it has been working to offload the business onto someone else. Uber reportedly had a bid in for HERE at one point, as did Google. The latter of those two companies, according to sources that cropped up in May, spurred a trio of German auto makers to band together in a joint effort to block Google. Enter the latest round of sources and the info they bring: it looks like those auto makers may prove successful in their effort.

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