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Apple indoor mapping patent

New Apple tech doesn’t need GPS to determine your location

April 15th, 2014

Apple was awarded a patent on Tuesday for a technology that should allow for much more accurate indoor location detection and mapping, even in the absence of GPS. The new patent, which was picked up by Apple Insider, uses a combination of Wi-Fi access points, location databases and other data to determine proximity to what the patent called …

Worst Apple Maps Mistakes

Apple’s iOS Maps pushes woman to brink of madness

February 28th, 2014

Apple Maps has become famous for leading tourists into death traps in the Australian outback and for sending confused drivers directly onto airport runways. However, none of Apple Maps’ assorted victims have suffered as much as Pennsylvania resident Judy Saltsburg, who has been dealing with skiers who keep mistakenly driving onto her property because Apple Maps …

Apple Maps Interactive

This could be how Apple plans to fix its iOS Maps disaster

December 19th, 2013

Apple has had countless issues with its Maps app over the past few years, but a patent published on Thursday could be a step in the right direction to providing a quality experience for those that have deserted Google once and for all. The USPTO filing describes an overhaul which would give users access to “[d]ifferent …

Apple PrimeSense Acquisition Analysis

The reason Apple bought PrimeSense may have nothing to do with an iTV

November 27th, 2013

Immediately after Apple officially announced that it had bought up Kinect inventor PrimeSense for $360 million, many analysts began speculating that Apple would use PrimeSense’s technology as the basis for key applications on its long-rumored “iTV.” But Jessica Lessin’s sources say that Apple had been eyeing PrimeSense not for anything TV-related but for its ability to …

Apple Maps Waze Crowd-Sourced

Apple may bring Waze-like traffic data to iOS Maps app

July 4th, 2013

A recently published patent suggests that Apple is interested in improving its Maps application for iOS with the help of its loyal iPhone users. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent application for a method of generating travel directions based on crowd-sourced traffic data that will provide users with information …

Apple Maps Street View

Apple patent suggests ‘Street View’ could be coming to iOS Maps

April 4th, 2013

An Apple (AAPL) patent application published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday suggests that the company may be looking to create a navigation system based on panoramic imagery, similar to Google’s (GOOG) “Street View” technology. The “3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation” patent describes a graphical user interface that utilizes the …

Apple Maps Job Posting

Apple looks to hire 10 new engineers to help fix iOS Maps

February 6th, 2013

Apple (AAPL) is looking for all the help it can get to fix its iOS Maps service. AppleInsider points us to some new job postings on Apple’s website that are seeking 10 software engineers to work on its Maps team. As the report notes, nine of the engineers “will handle various programming duties, while one …

Samsung Apple Maps

Samsung pounces on Apple Maps app after it strands Australian tourists

December 12th, 2012

There was simply no way that Samsung (005930) could resist pouncing on Apple’s (AAPL) latest Maps disaster that left several Australians stranded in the middle of a national park with no access to food or water. CNET Australia reports that Samsung’s always-creative marketing team has posted a new display on Sydney’s George Street featuring a mud-soaked SUV …

Apple Maps Criticism

Apple fixes potentially deadly Maps error, but countless others may remain

December 11th, 2012

It can’t be said enough times: iPhone users who rely on Apple (AAPL) Maps do so at their own peril. Jacqui Cheng at Ars Technica notes that although Apple has fixed the mistake in its Maps application that left several Australians stranded in the middle of a national park with no access to food or water, the …