Posts tagged with: maps
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    Didn't we just see Google release a new version of its Maps app for Android? Sure, and we mentioned that update alongside a slew of other Google apps with new versions on the way as part of an update-Wednesday post a couple weeks back. And even after that, there were those new features for European users. But this is a new week, and a new Maps update is upon us. While there are no huge UI overhauls or anything so severe, you will find a number of new features and settings buried within, some of them looking quite useful. Don't like how navigation defaults to that car-GPS-style first-person ...

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    We're no stranger to Google updating its software on Wednesdays, and each week we look forward to news of a few apps picking up a tweak, bugfix, or new feature here and there. While normally that means a handful of apps being tapped for updates, this week's lineup is a bit larger than most, with at least a dozen Android apps seeing updates headed their way today. This isn't necessarily an exhaustive list, but new updates are available today for Blogger, Chrome (as well as Chrome Beta), Gmail, Google+, Maps, Messenger, News & Weather, Play Games, Play Music, Search, and Text-to-Speech. ...

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    Remembering where you've parked can be one of the most daunting societal tasks, and there's been no inbuilt solution on iOS to solve this. New imagery found lurking in the Maps app (in the iOS 8 beta 1) shows that Apple is likely working on implementing a feature remembering where you parked your car. While the feature isn't yet official, the new icons look to lend immense credence to the possibility that it is on its way. As noted by sources of 9to5Mac, the full rollout of this feature may see only devices equipped with Apple's M7 motion coprocessor supported -- currently only the iPhone ...

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    Surely there's no such thing as a perfect company, and definitely not a company with perfect products. Apple has had an astonishing road full of success stories in the last couple of years, but that doesn't mean that it's immune to failure. We've seen cases like Ping, MobileMe and other services fail to deliver on their promise to consumers, but one of the worse has been Apple Maps. Rumors have Cupertino investing a lot in making it better for iOS 8, and we get new details on Apple's recent move to improve it. Apple has reportedly hired Wifarer cofounder and CEO Philip Stanger. Wifarer is ...

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    Apple has been doing a lot of hiring lately, and that mainly has to do with some recent departures in key areas that have failed to impress, like Maps for example. The company's credibility has been seriously question because of issues like these, and it's clear that Tim Cook needs to revamp as much of the department as possible. Today we hear that Apple has snatched yet another Amazon A9 executive, and this time to fix things that are actually broken. Benoit Dupin, former Vice President of Amazon A9′s Search Technology group, has left the company for Apple. Amazon has removed his ...

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    Apple has just launched iOS 7.1 to the public yesterday, and even though this was just a major bug fix to the problems that many complained about with iOS 7, it's clear that any future changes that come to iOS will be focused on polishing what already exists. We know that the previous version of Apple's mobile operating system lasted for nearly seven years and also focused on improvements throughout that time, so now that we're already hearing rumors of iOS 8 and even iOS 9, you can bet things will remain on that same mentality. The new reports claim that Apple will heavily focus iOS 8 on ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about AT&T's launch of the Moto X, the HTC One mini and even the LG Optimus G Pro. We later talk about the Moto X specifically, when to expect it on other carriers, and how much it'll cost you to get the wooden back. Then we talk about Apple's acquisition of Embark, and what this means to maps on iOS. Windows Phone is next as we discover that GDR3 will most likely bring Notifications, and we also discover Nokia's Bittersweet Shimmer, which is not funny. We end today's show talking about Steve Ballmer's confirmation that he'll retire from ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's YouTube and Maps application updates for Android and iOS. We later go through the HTC Zara leaks, and what this means for the company. The iPhone 5C is next as some leaked photographs of the device in black make it seem fake. We later go through some flexible-display technology, and the two tech giants interested in starting the revolution. We end today's show talking about the Moto X, and if it's a good idea to engrave it. All this and more after the break. Stories: - YouTube for Android updated with new UI, in-app multitasking - ...

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    I was driving from Canada to Boston several months back, about halfway back from the BlackBerry 10 unveiling in Toronto, when an unfriendly darkness crept up over the horizon ahead. Talking to my father on the phone, I mentioned that I was somewhere in eastern New York State, and he asked if I was driving into any weather; apparently he'd seen mention on TV of a storm in the region. My eyes flashed to my other phone, the BlackBerry Z10 review unit I'd just picked up, which was propped up on the dashboard with its GPS navigation app directing me back home. The display showed nothing ...

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    Stuff comes up, folks. Sometimes you've got a pressing appointment in Romania, or a meeting scheduled in Media, PA. Sometimes you're at the day job, other times you're off the grid somewhere in the country. Other times you're buying a car. These things happen. Fortunately for us, these things don't usually happen all at once, which means the Pocketnow Weekly podcast usually features more than two people on the air. But today, listeners, Lady Luck was not with us. Today, Sam the Scheduler was out sick, because every member of the Pocketnow team was otherwise engaged when it came time to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent patents that reveal a Street-View like service coming to maps on iOS. Then we talk about the Nokia Catwalk, and the good and bad things revealed on its specs. Then it's pre-order day starting with T-Mobile USA bringing their iPhone 5, then Samsung Bringing their Galaxy Note 8.0 to the UK. Then we've got BlackBerry Q10 pre-orders in the UK followed by some R-Series rumors that underwhelm. We end today's show talking about HTC, first because of their pre-orders on AT&T and Sprint, and second because their Developer Edition is now ...

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    It doesn't matter how hard you try, iOS Maps is useless. It doesn't matter if you're going through 3D Aerial view, ever since Google was able to launch maps for iOS, most people can't recall the last time they ever used Apple's counterpart. Obviously Apple is not sitting in its laurels, and we do know they've made significant enhancements to the platform ever since its launch. New patents suggest that Apple wants to go a little further with the service and provide "Street View" functionality just like Google does on their Maps service. The patent is called "3D Position Tracking for ...

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    On the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, three men gather to talk strategy, survival ... and smartphones. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, we discuss what device we'd like at our side for the end of the world, before going for a quick dip in the nostalgia pool with a chat about running new Android software on old devices. After that, we knock around some Samsung Galaxy-family speculation, then dive headlong into a rundown of the merits and drawbacks of the new Samsung ATIV S, before touching on the tablet-smartphone interaction issue. Finally, we wrap it all up with some tablet speculation ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nexus 4, our review, and just how tough ordering it again was today. Then we go through Android 4.2.1 and what to expect, which isn't much. Then Amazon takes the spotlight due to their cheap sales on the Samsung Galaxy Note II after Black Friday. We then talk about Apple and their apparent dismissal of their iOS 6 Maps person-in-charge. We end today's show by talking about the new rumors of an Amazon and a Microsoft phone. Links: - Nexus 4 Review - Nexus 4 Sales Returning To Google Play Store Today - Google Pushes Out Android 4.2.1 Jelly ...

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    As regular readers will recall, I decided a few months back to buy a Nokia Lumia 920 and use it as my new daily driver. When launch day rolled around a little over a week ago, I dutifully reported to my local AT&T retailer and did the deed, being sure to pick up a companion JBL Power Up speaker dock as well, because what's a smartphone without a $300 accessory? Since that fateful day, a steady hail of new devices to unbox and evaluate has kept me from getting to know my new polycarbonate friend. Now that the holiday rush of reviews and comparisons is nearly over, though, I've finally ...

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    The Nexus 4 launches, and a man in Pennsylvania does his best to keep Google's latest and greatest -and slipperiest- from sliding off tabletops. The Lumia 920 lands, and a man in Boston moves back into an old apartment called Windows Phone - but the place isn't the same as he left it. The Droid DNA launches, and all America is atwitter with talk of 1080p, nonremovable storage, and HTC making Sense out of Jelly Bean. And over in Romania, one man watches, waits, and wonders what all the fuss is about. That's about the shape of this week's installment of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, on the ...

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    "Shorten your topic list," they said. "The show won't run as long," they said. An hour and a half later, another lengthy episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is ready for your listening enjoyment. And make no mistake: we could have talked for another 40 minutes at least. That's not because it's been a huge news week, but because our discussion topics are dense and detailed. Topics like phone reviews, new platforms, and 1080p screens. Subjects like GPS navigation, wide-angle smartphone cameras, and whether Google should become a wireless carrier. The merits and shortcomings of the Lumia ...

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    It's the biggest deal in phablets, and one of the hottest things in smartphones as a whole. We've been covering it in editorial and video pieces for a solid week, and now we get to talk about it on the air.  On this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, we're talking Galaxy Note II. Of course, that's not all we're chatting about on this episode of the podcast. Join us for discussion about last week's AT&T event in NYC, Samsung's new Galaxy S III Mini and weird little Galaxy Music, HTC's future prospects and the Windows Phone 8X versus the Nokia Lumia 920, and the iPhone's continuing Maps ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the recent rumors of an LG Nexus device in the works. Then we go through our coverage of the AT&T event yesterday where we had some hands-on time with the HTC One X+, One VX, Samsung Galaxy Camera and even some additional time with the Nokia Lumia 920. Then we talk about some improvements to iOS 6, though things are still not perfect. We later talk about the rumors of a probable Microsoft Surface phone and Redmond's look for a manufacturer. We end today's show remembering Steve Jobs, his legacy and importance to our computer and mobile ...

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    Apple recently abandoned Google Maps in favor of their own home-grown solution. Or did they? Before we dive too deep it's important to underscore the fact that iOS never had a "Google Maps" app, rather, it had a Maps app that used the Google Maps API. Perhaps that's nit-picking, but understanding the difference will help us understand the reasons for the decision to abandon Google's maps (API) and go with their own. What's an API? API stands for "application programming interface", it's a specification through which software components can communicate with each other. In this case, the ...

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    You won't find many people that will argue with the statement that Nokia makes some really great hardware. What some may not know is that Nokia can also develop some pretty nice software, too! Meego was proof of that, before the project was killed off. Today Nokia and Microsoft are buddies. An advantage Nokia phones had over other Windows Phones was the inclusion of their own location-based apps, most notably Drive. Nokia Drive is an intelligent GPS-based navigation app with some logic built in to help monitor traffic and dynamically re-route based on conditions. Sounds familiar, right? ...

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