Maps

  • Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

    Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

    Apple has two new patent applications out today (via AppleInsider) that show it’s been working on boosting the iPhone’s navigation abilities with augmented reality features. The patent describes a way that the iPhone could use its camera in combination with on-device software to generate virtual maps of your surroundings, which are overlaid on a real feed, and which can do things… Read More

  • Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Michael Halbherr Steps Down As CEO Of Here, Nokia’s Location And Mapping Division

    Yet more changes for Nokia, the Finnish wireless behemoth that was split apart earlier this year when Microsoft acquired its devices and services business for $7.2 billion. Michael Halbherr, an eight-year veteran of the company, is stepping down as the CEO of Here, Nokia’s mapping and location services division. Here is one of the only mobile-device assets that Nokia held on to in… Read More

  • Yandex’s New Local Search App, Yandex.City, Goes Where No Yelp Has Gone Before

    Yandex’s New Local Search App, Yandex.City, Goes Where No Yelp Has Gone Before

    Yandex, Russia’s answer to Google, continues apace with its strategy to launch more products that stretch it beyond basic search. Today, it is tackling the business of local search with Yandex.City, an iOS, Android and web app that aggregates user reviews on restaurants, bars, shops, auto mechanics and more and then plots the results on a map based on what you’re looking for… Read More

  • Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

    Transportation Department Looks To Regulate Navigation Apps

    The Transportation Department is angling for regulatory control over navigational apps as a part of the Obama administration’s proposed transportation bill, which is expected to pass later this year. This particular part of the bill would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the ability to enforce a set of rules for navigation apps on smartphones, which many drivers… Read More

  • Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple’s Maps Are Still Lost

    Apple, during WWDC last week, delivered some significant updates across various parts of its business. It released, among other things, some 4,000 new APIs (and a new programming language) to developers; a renewed, more aggressive effort in cloud services; and some changes across its mobile and desktop operating systems to make them a lot more integrated with the primary way that we… Read More

  • Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

    Apple Acquires Spotsetter, A Social Search Engine For Places

    Spotsetter, a social search engine using big data to offer personalized recommendations as to places to go, has been quietly snapped up by Apple, TechCrunch has learned. The technology, which involves layering social data on top of a maps interface could be used to beef up Apple Maps with features competitor Google lacks. The deal, we understand, was mainly about acquiring the technology and… Read More

  • Nokia Buys Desti To Add AI To HERE Maps, Will Shut App Down

    Nokia Buys Desti To Add AI To HERE Maps, Will Shut App Down

    Nokia, now lightened of its handset load thanks to Microsoft, has made an acquisition to expand its HERE mapping business, one of the assets that has remained with the Finnish company. It has bought Desti, a mapping startup and app maker that uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to help people find what they are looking for. Desti is a spin-out from SRI International… Read More

  • Google Close To Snapping Up Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $1B+, Say Sources

    Google Close To Snapping Up Satellite Startup Skybox Imaging For $1B+, Say Sources

    Google made a play for the skies in April when it swept in and acquired Titan Aerospace amid reports that the drone maker was being pursued by Facebook. But Google’s interest in hardware companies that provide primary sources of data is not ending there. Google is closing in on a deal for Skybox Imaging, a satellite company that specialises in recording very detailed… Read More

  • Google Maps Rival Mapbox Adds Smart Directions, A Navigation Service For Any App

    Google Maps Rival Mapbox Adds Smart Directions, A Navigation Service For Any App

    Mapbox, the OpenStreetMap-based mapping platform that lets app developers incorporate maps into any app, is adding another feature to better compete against the likes of Google Maps, ESRI and Nokia Maps: Smart Directions, a navigation service that developers can customise with extra details such type of terrain, specific places of interest, and current traffic conditions. Its first… Read More

  • Apple Poaches Amazon A9 Search Exec For Maps And App Store Search Improvements

    Apple Poaches Amazon A9 Search Exec For Maps And App Store Search Improvements

    Apple has hired away a former Vice President of Search Technology from Amazon, according to 9to5Mac. Benoit Dupin’s profile was removed from Amazon A9’s leadership site, and his LinkedIn now lists him as a Director at Apple. The new role is said to be involved in revamping search specifically as it relates to Apple Maps, according to 9to5Mac’s sources. The job change is… Read More