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Apple Maps gets update for Japan

Apple Maps gets update for Japan

Japanese users of Apple Maps are facing challenges if they want to use the mapping service from Apple. This week Apple updated its map service and some of the changes behind the scenes fixed a handful of problems Japanese users faced. One of the big changes to the service has been with pronunciation.

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Nokia Drive+ beta opens to all Windows Phone 8 users in US, Canada, UK

Nokia Drive+ beta opens to all Windows Phone 8 users in US, Canada, UK

Windows Phone 8 users are getting a bit of good news today, as the Nokia Drive+ beta has opened up for all WP8 users in the US, Canada, and UK. Nokia Drive+ is Nokia's shot at turn-by-turn navigation, but the service offers a lot of other features that are worth paying attention to. Previously, the app was exclusive to those using a Lumia 810, 820, 822, or 920.

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Pioneer Electronics unveils new in-dash nav systems at CES 2013

Pioneer Electronics unveils new in-dash nav systems at CES 2013

Pioneer Electronics unveiled three new in-dash navigation systems at CES 2013. The new navigation systems include the AVIC-Z150BH, AVIC-X950BH and AVIC-X850BT. All three of the systems promise advanced route guidance, multimedia entertainment, and smartphone connectivity functions.

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iOnRoad augmented reality navigation app promises to make you a safer driver

iOnRoad augmented reality navigation app promises to make you a safer driver

A new app has launched for iPhone 5 users called iOnRoad that is designed to take advantage of the new processing power in the iPhone 5 and navigation integration available on iOS 6. The app is described as a black box video recorder that promises driver assistance when on the road. The app also offers turn-by-turn navigation using an augmented reality interface.

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Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze [UPDATE]

Apple rumored to be in acquisition negotiations with Waze [UPDATE]

The rumorsphere is alight with speculation that Apple is in advanced acquisition talks with Waze, with sources saying that Apple is trying to talk the company's price down to somewhere in the half-billion dollar range. Apple already uses Waze as a data partner with its monumentally flawed Maps application. Waze is unique in that it provides social traffic data gathered from drivers.

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Garmin GPS Navigation gets price cut, Foursquare, Glympse, and iCloud

Garmin GPS Navigation gets price cut, Foursquare, Glympse, and iCloud

It's time to get festively navigation-savvy with a brand new update and price deduction for the Garmin GPS apps for both Android and iOS: Garmin StreetPilot Onboard for iPhone and NAVIGON for both iOS and Android. This update brings on the Garmin updates to both the Apple App Store and the Google Play app store with discounts at 25 percent off their standard price. It's expected that this will bring in more sales to the apps that are anywhere between $33.99 and $44.95 USD after discount - just a bit more expensive than your standard navigation app, to be sure.

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TomTom updates Android navigation app

TomTom updates Android navigation app

TomTom has announced that it has issued an update for its Android navigation app. The update for the app is optimized for use with the latest and most popular Android smartphones including the S3, HTC One X, and Google Nexus 4. The updated app now supports over 200 of the newest Android devices on the market.

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Google Maps Navigation now available in Mexico

Google Maps Navigation now available in Mexico

Android Police noted on Wednesday that Mexico had appeared on the list of countries with Google Maps Navigation support. Soon after, Google announced via @GoogleMexico on Twitter that Maps Navigation is now available for Android in Mexico. Users can grab the beta app via the Google Play Store.

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TomTom updates for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (but loses Google Local Search)

TomTom updates for iPhone 5 and iOS 6 (but loses Google Local Search)

TomTom has updated its iOS app to play nicely with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, though the company has stripped ill-fated Google functionality out at the same time. The new version of the app, v1.12, works hand in hand with Apple's own Maps app, showing up as a routing option in the iOS 6 software, but removes the Google Local Search feature as Google itself has discontinued it.

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Apple’s Richard Williamson reportedly ousted in Maps switch-up

Apple’s Richard Williamson reportedly ousted in Maps switch-up

This week Bloomberg is reporting that they've got a source assuring them that Apple's own Richard Williamson was pushed out this week amid a Maps team shakeup. This change of the guard was spoken of by an anonymous source close to the dealings who said Senior Vice President Eddy Cue was responsible for the push. While we've not yet been able to confirm 100% that this move was made in Apple - or if will ever be made official if it is true, we can take this from the situation one way or the other: readers want to know what Apple is doing with their in-house Maps app.

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Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Apple had a bad situation on their hands when it became apparent over the past week that their new non-Google "Maps" app appeared to fall short of expectations, but Tim Cook took this situation today and flipped it on its head entirely. It's not that Cook apologized for the situation - the situation being that Apple Maps (without Google) isn't as perfect as they wanted it to be - it's that inside this apology, he encouraged users to use other products while they remain patient for Apple Maps to improve. Tim Cook took a situation where Apple could easily have said "just chill out" to the public and said instead, in so many words, "we're confident enough in our own product that we'll literally tell you to use other solutions while we prove to you that you'll want to return to us when the time is right" - this is rare in the tech industry.

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Garmin adds Nokia-powered Urban Guidance to iOS and Android apps

Garmin adds Nokia-powered Urban Guidance to iOS and Android apps

Maps and mobile-navigation extras are high-profile news right now, given the Apple Maps saga, and now Garmin has inked a deal with Nokia to break its esteemed pedestrian tools off of Symbian and Windows Phone. Garmin Urban Guidance will be added to its StreetPilot Onboard and Navigon apps for iOS, and to Navigon for Android, as an in-app purchase, introducing Nokia-powered mass transit and walking directions complete with points-of-interest.

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