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Maps

RIM updates Locate Service, GPS-free location queries now possible

July 19th, 2010

Today, RIM announced an update to its BlackBerry Locate Service that will allow developers to use GPS-free cellular triangulation to acquire location information in their apps. As RIM states: Users can be indoors with no GPS coverage, but your app will still be able to guide them to restaurants or points of interest (POI) around …

Apple acquires web-based mapping company Poly9

July 14th, 2010

A report in the Wednesday edition of the French Canadian news site cyberpresse.ca suggests that Apple has acquired Poly9, a Canadian company that develops a web-based mapping program. According to the report, Poly9 has shuttered its Canadian office and pulled down its website. All of Poly9’s employees have been relocated to Apple’s Cupertino campus and …

Google admits to collecting private data during Street View sweeps

May 15th, 2010

Google came clean on its blog yesterday and admitted to accidentally collecting personal data while canvassing positioning data during Street View sweeps. The potentially damaging revelation came after the data protection authority (DPA) in Hamburg, Germany requested Google’s Street view data due to privacy concerns. An internal review of the collected data revealed that the software …

Google to iPhone users: No free navigation for you!

April 23rd, 2010

Much to the chagrin of iPhone users across the globe, Google has stated for the record that it will not be bringing Google Maps Navigation to the iPhone. Yesterday it was reported that Google’s Mobile Maps product manager promised iPhone users that the free turn-by-turn will be available in the App Store in the future. Definitely bad …

Google navigation coming to the iPhone and other mobile platforms

April 23rd, 2010

Google has been slowly extending its Maps Navigation feature throughout its Android platform starting with Android 2.0 devices, then Android 1.6 devices, and most recently to Android-powered handsets in the UK. As part of its UK announcement in London, Google re-confirmed its intention to bring this free navigation to other platforms including the Apple iPhone. …

Google Maps gets updated to version 3.3 for Windows Mobile and Symbian

December 5th, 2009

Windows Mobile and Symbian users don’t ever have to worry about getting lost or having to remember their favorite places again. Google recently announced that Google Maps has been upgraded to version 3.3 for Windows Mobile and Symbian. The upgrade now allows you mark your favorite items with a star and keep those synced between …

Google Maps Navigation officially hits Android 1.6 and higher

November 23rd, 2009

If you’re currently using every other Android device besides the Motorola DROID, you might have thought that Google was holding out on that navigation love. Luckily, and just in time for your holiday travels, Google Maps Navigation has just been made available for Android 1.6. Now your myTouch 3G, Motorola CLIQ  and T-Mobile G1 can …

Google Street View goes live for iPhones in Canada, stalkers rejoice

October 8th, 2009

After being ousted from the Great North by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada in 2007, Google has been given a reprieve in some Canadian cities. Greater Toronto, Montréal, Metro Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and other large communities now have Google Street view data available both in the browser and on the iPhone in the Maps application. …

Google Maps now supports GPS on Verizon BlackBerry Storm

February 18th, 2009

The pain you must have all felt; Google Maps not being able to take advantage of the built-in GPS chip in your Verizon BlackBerry Storm. What was worse, if you unlocked your Verizon Storm, Google Maps worked fine on any other carrier — something totally weird. Well, good news. Google has just released an updated …