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Topic: Maps

Apple reportedly acquires public transit and navigation firm HopStop [update: confirmed]

07/19/2013, 05:07 pm

Apple on Friday has reportedly purchased transit navigation service HopStop, which also has an iPhone app of the same name, in a possible bid to bolster its own in-house mapping solution.

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Apple buys crowdsourced mapping data startup Locationary

07/19/2013, 07:07 am

As part of its effort to improve its Maps service for iOS and the upcoming OS X Mavericks, Apple has reportedly acquired crowdsourced location data company Locationary.

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iOS 7 Maps go full screen, navigation gets night mode, new Siri options

07/12/2013, 12:07 pm

Google would like Apple's iOS Maps to go away, but the latest builds of iOS 7 show that Cupertino is working to deliver significant new improvements to its mapping app while also adding deep integration of Maps throughout iOS and with Macs running OS X Mavericks.

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Skyhook accuses Google of disparaging its technology to Apple

07/03/2013, 11:07 am

In its ongoing patent infringement complaint against Google, location services company Skyhook Wireless asserts that Google co-founder Sergey Brin disparaged Skyhook's technology in discussions with Apple.

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Apple Data Detectors add cool Maps integration in OS X Mavericks

06/28/2013, 05:06 pm

While providing an overview of the new Maps app for Macs in OS X Mavericks and showing Calendar integration with location services to calculate and schedule travel time for meetings, Apple didn't specifically highlight new Apple Data Detector features.

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Mystery of maps.apple.com revealed: it's for sharing between OS X Mavericks, iOS

06/26/2013, 01:06 pm

The purpose of Apple's maps.apple.com domain is explained in OS X Mavericks as being a way to share maps with other users, whether they have access to Apple Maps or not, rather than pointing to a standalone web service.

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Apple's new Maps app in OS X Mavericks extends tools for reporting, fixing errors

06/26/2013, 06:06 am

Apple has brought its iOS Maps to OS X Mavericks, adding enhanced error reporting tools to leverage crowdsourcing in order to improve its mapping service, search results, location information and directions.

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Google announces acquisition of mapping & traffic service Waze

06/11/2013, 12:06 pm

Waze — a popular cross-platform, crowd-sourced traffic and navigation service — has been acquired by Google, and will be integrated with its Maps service, the company announced on Tuesday.

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Maps, iBooks, iCloud Keychain coming to OS X Mavericks

06/10/2013, 01:06 pm

With Mavericks, Apple's next major version of OS X, users will be able to access the company's Maps and iBooks platforms, as well as new cloud-synced passwords and logins.

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Google reportedly mulling $1B Waze bid, could spark bidding war with Facebook

05/23/2013, 08:05 pm

According to Bloomberg sources, Google is looking to throw in a $1 billion bid for Waze, possibly portending a bidding war between the search giant and Facebook, which is also rumored to be eyeing an acquisition of the social mapping service.

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Apple expands iOS Maps' 3D Flyover coverage of California

05/23/2013, 07:05 pm

In a recent update to its iOS Maps app, Apple added Flyover support a large swath of California, including popular tourist attractions like Disneyland in Anaheim.

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Google's new 3D Maps destroy Manhattan in the wake of Apple's Flyover

05/22/2013, 06:05 pm

Nearly a year after Apple introduced its own Maps service in iOS 6 with Flyover 3D satellite views, Google is expanding its own online Maps to support similar 3D satellite imagery, with the same sorts of buckled roads and visual distortions Apple was castigated for last summer.

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Reworked Google Maps for iOS, Android gains better search, tablet compatibility

05/15/2013, 03:05 pm

In the midst of its Google I/O developer conference, the search giant showed off a redesigned version of its popular mapping app, one that will heighten the competition for Maps supremacy on Apple's iOS mobile platform.

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Facebook reportedly in talks to buy social mapping service Waze

05/10/2013, 08:05 am

Waze, the social mapping and traffic service that Apple once recommended as a potential alternative to its own iOS Maps solution, is reportedly in talks with Facebook about a possible acquisition by the networking giant.

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Apple Maps 3D Flyover support comes to Paris

05/09/2013, 11:05 am

Apple continues to gradually expand the number of cities that support its 3D Flyover feature in iOS Maps, with Paris being the latest addition.

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Google's Schmidt: We'd like Apple have Google Maps as default on iOS

04/16/2013, 03:04 pm

Eric Schmidt doesn't hold a grudge against Apple for developing its own rival mapping program for iOS, but the Google chair does seem to think the iPhone maker would be better served with his company's app as the default for its devices.

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Apple's $20M purchase of WiFiSLAM snubs Google's Android for indoor map tech

03/25/2013, 11:03 am

Apple's latest acquisition, WiFiSLAM, was an Android-centric indoor location positioning tool for developers that has now been taken off the market.

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Developers prefer Apple's iOS Maps SDK over Google Maps

03/18/2013, 07:03 pm

An in depth comparison of the development frameworks behind Apple's Maps and Google's finds pros and cons in both, but highlights Apple's as more mature, less limited and recommended for most third party app developers.

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Google restructuring splits up Maps and commerce teams

03/14/2013, 12:03 pm

Google's mapping and commerce unit was split up this week as part of a series of organizational changes undertaken at the search company.

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Apple adds iOS Maps Flyover support, 3D buildings, turn-by-turn navigation in multiple cities

03/12/2013, 08:03 pm

Apple has been quietly updating its much maligned iOS Maps app over the past weeks, adding Flyover support for 15 new cities, while updating 3D building rendering, turn-by-turn navigation, points of interest and other tweaks for many others.

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