Waze is partnering with Universal Pictures to roll out a celebrity voice navigation feature. The first celebrity to guide you from point A to point B is comedian and actor Kevin Hart.
Taking on Google, Apple, or Nokia in the maps space as a small startup is a little crazy. But that isn’t stopping Citymaps, a high-reaching service that has mapped every city in the U.S. and includes a full-fledged social network that lets you share maps with friends.
Apple may soon provide public transportation information in its Apple Maps app with the purchase of HopStop.
Could this help Apple’s mapping woes?
The United States Patent Office published an Apple filing for a patent on real-time user ratings and alerts on routes, traffic, and locations. Yes, it sounds pretty much like Waze — which Apple rival Google just bought for over a billion dollars.
But the patent goes far beyond traffic conditions.
While Google and Waze prepare to come together, Consumer Watchdog is urging the FTC and DOJ to stop the sale lest the two create a maps monopoly.
Google is reportedly in talks to acquire Waze — here’s why that deal makes more sense than Waze/Facebook.
The quality of map apps have improved a great deal in two years.
California’s no-texting-while-driving law also prohibits drivers from using their hands to control a map app, an appellate court has ruled.
Apple is hiring seven “ground truth managers” to oversee teams that are collecting and testing better map data, which it desperately needs.
As if Apple’s push to get all your data into the cloud weren’t enough, the company now wants to find out exactly where you are while indoors, according to its latest acquisition.
No more unauthorized lock screen access for you!
Microsoft had six pieces of news come out today, including the Surface worldwide expansion, Yammer’s new translation service, and getting slapped with regulatory fines from the EU.
Guest Post Apple Maps was the best thing ever to happen to Google Maps.
Apple is in talks with with Foursquare to bring local data into Apple’s Maps application.
Surprising no one, Google Maps for the iPhone is insanely popular.
What a shock: Google Maps is not going to be available on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. Instead, Skobbler is launching ForeverMap2 on Kindle Fire — and Nook – to take its place.
I guess it’s only appropriate that a company started by a Navy Seal and a marine is now run by an astronaut.
Apple has updated the maps that Australian police warned about yesterday, moving the town of Mildura out of Murray Sunset National Park and back where it belongs. But there are still problems right here at home.
Whatever problems you’ve had with Apple’s Maps application in iOS 6, it’s probably not nearly as bad as what some Australian motorists have experienced. Several drivers were led to the middle of a national park with scorching temperatures and no water.
In terms of sheer geekiness, Navteq’s True mapping cars blow away Google’s Street View vehicles.
Navigation technology startup Skobbler rolled out a new maps service today called ForeverMap 2 that aims to give Google Maps a run for its money.
Two major, yet controversial, features from iOS could be making its way to Apple’s OS X desktop operating system.
Google is finalizing its Maps app for iOS, though who knows if Apple will actually approve it.
Apple has played hardball with Google in the past, holding up the Google Voice app for perhaps a year as both companies wrangled with how much functionality could be included.
Google built Amber alerts — the broadcasted warning system for abducted children — into its search and maps products today, in the hopes that its huge user base could bring a lot more attention to local kidnappings.
According to reports, Apple executive Scott Forstall, who oversaw Siri and Apple Maps, lost his job after refusing to sign an apology for the Maps fiasco.
Temp work app Gigwalk is showing signs of permanence with a new $6 million in funding.
Android has Field Trip, an app that connects you to interesting sights and information, wherever you are. Now iPhone has Wanderous.
Guest Post Often forgotten in the great Google v. Apple Map war of 2012 is another challenger — a platform that is far more suited for the ever-evolving needs of developers and the services they’re building, or one day hope to build: OpenStreetMap.
Only 3 percent of consumers say Apple’s Maps are a “big problem.” I guess those 3 percent are Silicon Valley tech blog writers.
Guest Post As Apple plays catch up to Google Maps, there is one quick fix it can make: Let users make minor corrections and publish them immediately.
So there could be something to the recent Consumer Reports review that said Apple’s new Maps application doesn’t suck. While it’s met with widespread anger and certainly lacks some data, Apple Maps shows images that are too good for some.
Sometimes very small changes can make a big difference. That’s the case with the one change I’d love for Google to make to Google Calendar.
Guest Post Google’s Street View is back on iPhone, with the help of the Web, and here’s what we’re all using it for.
By now you’ve either heard about how inadequate the native iOS 6 Maps app is compared to the old Google Maps app or experienced it yourself. Well, some good news is in the pipeline for those still suffering.
Guest Post I put iOS 6′s new turn-by-turn directions to the test over the weekend, often alongside Android’s turn-by-turn directions.
Making a play for the enterprise, Nokia’s has inked a deal with Oracle, which will use its map data.
Everyone in the tech echo chamber knows that Apple Maps is the worst mapping service in the history of mapping services. Apparently, someone forgot to give Consumer Reports the memo.
Today in Apple’s iOS 6 Maps soap opera, the company has apparently toned down the hyperbole on its website describing the new maps application.