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California Court: Using maps on your phone while driving is legal

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Those who are lost in California and are tempted to look at a map on their phone can now breathe easier knowing that it’s not illegal to do so. According to a court in California, the state that has some of the strictest distracted driving laws in the U.S., using your device to look at maps does not count as apart of the law preventing drivers from talking on their phones without the use of a hands-free device. It appears that the law isn’t written clear enough to count towards looking at maps.

The case that led to this ruling involved a man by the name of Steven Spriggs, who was ticketed for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stopped at a red light. He was spotted by a highway patrolman who quickly pulled Spriggs over and issued him a $165 citation. Spriggs who felt that this was unjust, fought the ticket all the way up to the 5th District Court of Appeals in Fresno.

While the “listening and talking” portion of the law doesn’t dictate what to do with people looking at their phones, it will only be a matter of time before the law is amended to include holding one’s smartphone altogether. While it’s good that Sprigg was able to fight the law and win, this case shows just how new and fresh situations like these are. As the law attempts to catch up, use of maps and mobile devices, will continue to be restricted and laws will get stricter. That being said, if you use such things while driving, you should probably get your fill now.

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California Court: Using maps on your phone while driving legal

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Those who are lost in California and are tempted to look at a map on their phone can now breathe easier knowing that it’s not illegal to do so. According to a court in California, the state that has some of the strictest distracted driving laws in the U.S., using your device to look at maps does not count as apart of the law preventing drivers from talking on their phones without the use of a hands-free device. It appears that the law isn’t written clear enough to count towards looking at maps.

The case that led to this ruling involved a man by the name of Steven Spriggs, who was ticketed for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stopped at a red light. He was spotted by a highway patrolman who quickly pulled Spriggs over and issued him a $165 citation. Spriggs who felt that this was unjust, fought the ticket all the way up to the 5th District Court of Appeals in Fresno.

While the “listening and talking” portion of the law doesn’t dictate what to do with people looking at their phones, it will only be a matter of time before the law is amended to include holding one’s smartphone altogether. While it’s good that Sprigg was able to fight the law and win, this case shows just how new and fresh situations like these are. As the law attempts to catch up, use of maps and mobile devices, will continue to be restricted and laws will get stricter. That being said, if you use such things while driving, you should probably get your fill now.

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Google brings flight, hotel and restaurant reservations to Maps for iOS

If you fancy yourself a jetsetter, fine-diner, or, er, traveling salesman and happen to use an iDevice, Google has some good news for you. The latest update to Maps on iOS brings some of Google Now’s functionality into the company’s navigation app. Search for your restaurant, departing airport or hotel, and the application will auto-populate with your plans — so long as the confirmations were sent to your linked Gmail account. Sure, it’s similar to what the outfit added to Maps’ desktop version earlier this year (pictured above), but since when was feature parity a bad thing?

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Google Maps update to bring 3D Earth Tours and other Street View upgrades

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Google is known for a lot of its services and Maps is one of them. And the folks at Mountain View have just announced a new upgrade to Maps on desktops. These features will only be available if users have chosen to receive previews of early Google Maps builds, while the rest of the world should see the feature go live in the next couple of weeks.

One of these features is Earth Tours which lets users get an aerial 3D view of tons of destinations from across the globe. This functions on WebGL so your browser needs to be compatible, which isn’t a problem as most new browsers today support WebGL. Maps will also give out incident and congestion reports now while getting driving instructions, thanks to Waze which is now owned by Google. Further, Google has also introduced a step-by-step directions guide for pedestrians, giving images of the street to give a better idea of the diversions and turns.

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Google has heavily revamped the user experience and this includes street view which makes navigation a whole lot easier now. The new Maps will also have Pegman returning as the mascot for Google Maps Street View. This icon will be placed conveniently on the bottom right of the screen and when clicked, all the areas with Street View access will be displayed in blue on the Maps app. Further zooming will allow users to get a detailed look at places and even inside restaurants (marked yellow).

Via: The Next Web

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Google Maps update allows for multiple destinations, improved search results

Good news for Google Maps users today, as the Mountain View search giant announces a few updates for Maps. Since updating Maps after this years’ I/O conference, Google has been in a bit of beta testing for the popular service. Today’s announcement brings updates to search queries within Maps, and a better method for planning trips.

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First, users will be able to plan a route with multiple destinations. After choosing a stop, users can select “+” to add destinations. The new destination can be chosen by typing into the search box, or clicking on the map.

For those destinations with a lot going on, Google will now show you which events are coming up in Maps. Much like Google Now does for your area, Maps will show you what’s coming up for any destination you search (should they have anything public planned).

Google will also show you details on what you may have planned when you search for a restaurant, or an airport where you may be leaving from or arriving at. Just by typing the name of your destination into the search box, you will be shown all activities you have coming up at that location. Of course, you have to be signed into Google to see personal results. The update is rolling out gradually, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Nokia Here software to load offline map updates incrementally

When Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices and services business, it left the Here maps platform behind. However, that doesn’t mean it’s been abandoned. In fact, the Finnish company announced today that the mapping service will receive an update that’ll allow for incremental updates to offline maps. …

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Nokia Here software to load offline map updates incrementally

When Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices and services business, it left the Here maps platform behind. However, that doesn’t mean it’s been abandoned. In fact, the Finnish company announced today that the mapping service will receive an update that will allow for incremental updates to offline maps. This means that whenever there’s an update to only a portion of a map, users can download just that part instead of the whole map all over again. This should hopefully lead to less data consumed and a faster upgrade overall. Nokia is rolling out the update starting today for all Windows Phone 8 devices that have the latest firmware. No word yet on whether Here will be updated for Android and iOS, but seeing as the company just signed over a huge part of their business to Microsoft, we’re not surprised they’re giving first dibs to the OS from Redmond.

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Google bringing ‘relevant ads’ to Maps search on mobile

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Google recently rolled out a new look for Maps on Android, bringing it in line with other Google properties and focusing on search, with a prominent search bar at the top of the screen. Now the company says it's going to start displaying local, "relevant" ads at the bottom of the screen after users search within the Maps app for Android and iOS. The new ad system, Google claims, will be "attractive for users and more effective for advertisers."

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Navigation Icon On Galaxy S3 Disappeared [How To Fix]

Looking for the navigation (blue arrow) icon on your Samsung Galaxy S3?

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If you do, then you’re probably one of the owners who received an update for the Maps app. While the problem is not common, many were actually reporting that they couldn’t locate that blue arrow they often used for navigation.

The fact is, we have received many email messages asking us how to bring back that blue arrow. Here is one email from our reader that describes the problem well:

Hi guys,

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you can assist.

My navigation has disappeared from my phone, a Galaxy S3. A friend of mine told me hers had disappeared and I thought perhaps she’d done something wrong but it looks like its gone from mine too..

Any ideas on what’s happening?

The blue arrow is nowhere to be located on my phone and I can’t understand why.

I live in the UK and I’ve had my phone 9 months.

I really hope you can shed some light on this.

By the way your drippler app is incredible! ….

Regards

Martine

Root Of The Problem

No, the navigation icon didn’t just disappear. If you’ve recently updated the Maps app, you could expect this problem to happen. In fact, the Galaxy S3 units were not just the ones hit by this issue but all Android phones.

Navigation has always been a part of the Maps app; basically, it’s one app with two icons. Recent updates, however, removed the Navigation icon because it is now deeply integrated into the main application. So, when you applied the new update for Maps, the Navigation was also updated but its icon was removed.

Bringing Navigation Icon Back

There are two ways you can bring back the Navigation icon, in case you’re used to using it. The first would be to uninstall the Maps app.

  1. Tap the Menu key from the home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Touch More tab.
  4. Tap Application Manager.
  5. Swipe left to choose All tab.
  6. Scroll to and tap Maps.
  7. Tap the Uninstall button.

The second way to bring the blue arrow back is to uninstall the recent Maps update.

  1. Tap the Menu key from the home screen.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Touch More tab.
  4. Tap Application Manager.
  5. Swipe left to choose All tab.
  6. Scroll to and tap Maps.
  7. Tap Uninstall Updates button.

That’s easy, right? But there’s a catch. The icon now looks a bit bigger with the Navigation app having totally different interface… again, that’s part of the update.

These two procedures are temporary fixes, obviously. The permanent solution is to accept that the Navigation icon doesn’t exist but it does not mean you can’t use it anymore. As I said earlier, it is now deeply integrated into the main app.

Using Navigation Inside Maps

Here’s how you could use that same old Navigation application.

  1. Launch Maps.
  2. Search for your destination.
  3. Tap the car icon.
  4. Tap the card for directions.
  5. Tap the blue arrow for voice directions.

Unless you could learn to use the new application, you would always find it difficult to get over the disappearance of the Navigation icon on Galaxy S3.

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Nokia’s Here Maps service comes to the Asha 501, beta release available now for download

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The touchscreen Asha 501 Nokia unveiled back in May will now work with Here Maps, the company announced on its blog today. The navigation service is already available on Windows Phone 8, Firefox OS, Android and iOS, and its arrival on the Asha platform will boost that operating system’s more modest selection of apps. Available now as a beta release, Here Maps for the Asha 501 offers turn-by-turn navigation and real-time traffic information. It’s designed specifically for low-end smartphones without GPS on board, and Nokia’s post notes that the current version “is a starting point and we will improve the experience over time.” Upcoming changes will likely include improved satellite images, which the company says will soon be updated to a higher quality. Asha 501 users in select countries can nab the Here Maps beta via the source link below.

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Nokia adds sight recognition to Here Maps for Windows Phone 8

Six months after promising to integrate sight recognition technology into its Here suite of apps, Nokia has finally updated Here Maps with LiveSight. The update is available today in the Windows Phone app store and requires Windows Phone 8. By tapping a button in HERE Maps, users can enter LiveSight mode, which will scan the surrounding area and pull up relevant information about nearby locations, like addresses, phone numbers and ratings. Lumia owners familiar with Nokia’s City Lens app will recognize the virtual signs attached to buildings viewed through the camera display and the Here Maps version of LiveSight appears to have similar functionality — including Here’s strongest selling point, offline access. If you want to see LiveSight in action, you can watch Nokia’s preview video after the break.

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Nokia adds sight recognition to Here Maps for Windows Phone 8

Six months after promising to integrate sight recognition technology into its Here suite of apps, Nokia has finally updated Here Maps with LiveSight. The update is available today in the Windows Phone app store and requires Windows Phone 8. By tapping a button in HERE Maps, users can enter LiveSight mode, which will scan the surrounding area and pull up relevant information about nearby locations, like addresses, phone numbers and ratings. Lumia owners familiar with Nokia’s City Lens app will recognize the virtual signs attached to buildings viewed through the camera display and the Here Maps version of LiveSight appears to have similar functionality — including Here’s strongest selling point, offline access. If you want to see LiveSight in action, you can watch Nokia’s preview video after the break.

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Nokia adds sight recognition to Here Maps for Windows Phone 8

Six months after promising to integrate sight recognition technology into its Here suite of apps, Nokia has finally updated Here Maps with LiveSight. The update is available today in the Windows Phone app store and requires Windows Phone 8. By tapping a button in HERE Maps, users can enter LiveSight mode, which will scan the surrounding area and pull up relevant information about nearby locations, like addresses, phone numbers and ratings. Lumia owners familiar with Nokia’s City Lens app will recognize the virtual signs attached to buildings viewed through the camera display and the Here Maps version of LiveSight appears to have similar functionality — including Here’s strongest selling point, offline access. If you want to see LiveSight in action, you can watch Nokia’s preview video after the break.

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The Weather Channel app gets a sizeable update with a new look

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The Weather Channel's official Android app has been given a complete makeover in today's big update. In addition to an all new user interface and tablet optimization, they have beefed up the content quite a bit with more detailed forecasts, better and faster maps, and a better selection of videos from around the world. The full change log reads like this:

  • “Expect rain to start at 3:15p”—No more guessing! If your weather is changing within 6 hrs, we let you the exact time it will happen.
  • Faster maps with past & future radar, severe weather bulletins
  • More detailed forecasts
  • A better selection of videos
  • Optimized for Android tablets
  • Set up your favorites places to take full advantage of our weather widgets and notifications.
  • What everyone has been asking for, a Refresh button!
  • It is now easy to share your weather with your friends & family

Of course, the biggest thing users are going to see is the all new UI. My first impressions are that it's quite nice. There's plenty of information, it's well laid out, and most importantly, pleasing to the eye. But according to the Play store entry's comments, many long time users aren't very happy with the changes. They note the new ad placement as a sticking point and feel it's less intuitive. Having not used the app before today's update means I have no reference, but I like it enough to keep it around for a while. This sort of thing is subjective, so the best advice I can give is to install it and try for yourself. It's free — grab it at the Google Play link above. I've tossed a few screenshots after the break.

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Google Adds 38 Run And Lift Maps From Major Ski Resorts To Google Maps, But Please Don’t Use Them On the Mountain

2013-02-06_13h08_23A non-zero number of Android Police team members enjoy skiiing. Who wouldn’t, right? Well, people who get lost for starters. Mountains can be mazes! However, Google did what Google does best and made some sense of the madness. Now you can find guides for 38 different resorts all on your mobile phone.

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The runs are color coded by difficulty, as they normally are on the mountain. You can view them with GPS on your mobile phone, or even check them out on the desktop before you hit the snow. A few slopes even have a Street View preview (though they’re not quite as thorough as regular Street View).

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Google expands its reach on the slopes, adds ski resort routes to Maps

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If you’ve ever been skiing or snowboarding, you likely know all too well the annoyance of carrying around a huge map of the resort — especially when you’re trying to refold the darn thing as you quickly approach the top of the lift. Fortunately, Google — which has been no stranger to the slopes the last two years — has a digital answer to this minor snow-centric dilemma, adding routes from 38 of the most popular resorts (a number that will continue to grow, as it should be noted) to its Maps. This means that Android and iOS-toting winter recreation enthusiasts can save a few trees and ditch the folding whilst enjoying the grand outdoors, provided you’re willing to take your glove off to move to a different part of the map. Head to the link below for a full listing of resorts that are currently supported.

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Google ‘currently working’ on Google Maps redirect fix on Windows Phone, explains former stance

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As recently as yesterday, Google was explaining its auto-redirect of Google Maps on Windows Phone devices to Google.com as a question of incompatibility rather than one of choice. “The mobile web version of Google Maps is optimized for WebKit browsers such as Chrome and Safari. However, since Internet Explorer is not a WebKit browser, Windows Phone devices are not able to access Google Maps for the mobile web,” Google told us yesterday. Case closed, right? Apparently not.

As The Next Web reports, Google’s changing its tune today, and is working on a redirect as we speak. “We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users,” the statement reads. “In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users,” it continues. The kicker? “Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users.” So! It looks like Windows Phone users employing Internet Explorer for Google Maps will soon be back in business. As of right now, we’re still seeing the redirect in place, but feel free to let us know if you’re already seeing the fix enabled!

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Windows Phone users to get their broken Google Maps web experience back

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Yesterday it seems that every single Windows Phone user was over at WPCentral lamenting the loss of the Google Maps web app for Windows Phone. It seems that Google made a change that redirected users with a Windows Phone browser UA string to Google search page instead of the Google Maps page they were expecting.

Google later chimed in and said that Google Maps on the mobile site was designed for webkit browsers, which IE on Windows Phone is not. Questions were raised about why it used to work, why it stopped working, and why Google was the devil. Turns out that a big fuss was made over a relatively minor (minor to Google anyways) product change. Google has reverted things back the way they were, and delivered this statement to The Next Web.

We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users.

In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to Google.com where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users.

Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users.

A lot of Windows Phone fans are going to cry foul, and claim that their voices changed the world and moved the mountain that is Google, but even a few admitted Windows fans came to the very same conclusion that it was done because the experience, well, it sucked. 

The simple fact is that smart companies are going to build web apps that work well for Android and iOS because that's the vast majority of the mobile market. If that means building for webkit based browsers, then people on the fringe of the market won't be part of it. Google has decided to give Windows Phone users back the poor experience they want, but if future updates incorporate webkit-only features, you can bet Google will stop supporting IE once again. It's a decision about money, not about hate for Microsoft. 

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Oh noes! Google Maps isn’t working on Windows Phone

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Our Windows Phone-loving pals at WPCentral have found themselves in quite the pickle. First there's the whole to-do over YouTube and the fact that Google's not opening up its metadata to Windows Phone, so third-party apps can't search videos as well as we can on Android. (Or in the iOS YouTube app, for that matter.) Now they can't even use Google Maps. Not that there's been an official Windows Phone version of Google Maps — nor do we really expect one anytime soon — but for some reason pointing Internet Explorer to maps.google.com redirects back to the mobile verison of Google's home page.

Shenanigans? Or Gremlins? We're willing to bet it's just a hiccup and that Google's not shutting out Windows Phone from Google Maps, but it's an inconvenience, to say the least. And Gizmodo says this actually has been the case from the start. (Though that's apparently not true.) On the other hand, WPCentral's Daniel Rubino questions "why you would want to use Google’s less-than-awesome mapping service through a browser." With an attitude like that, pal, don't expect the boys and girls at Google to bend over backwards for you on a Friday.

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Coby Announces Its First Google-Certified Tablet

Here’s good news for fans of Coby tablets. The company has partnered with Google and has gotten certification for its newest Android tablet, the MID7065. This means that the device gets full access to Google Play. Coby’s earlier slates, it would be remembered, only offered the GetJar app store.

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The MID7065 tablet will likewise ship with other Google apps, including YouTube, Chrome, and Google Maps.

Inside, it will run on a 1.2 GHz Amlogic AM8726-MX dual core processor working with a full gigabyte of RAM. The tablet offers 8GB of internal storage, but it also comes with a microSD card slot that accepts an additional 32GB, in case users need more space.

The connectivity options are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Camera fans might be disappointed to note that the seven-incher only has one camera on the tablet’s front, and it has an image sensor of only 0.3 megapixel.

The tablet is expected to be showcased next week during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where Coby is registered as an exhibitor. When the slate finally hits the market, the device will have a price tag of $150.

Last month, rumors also circulated that the company was preparing other Android tablets with 8-inch and 10-inch displays. These are called the Kyros MID8060, and the Kyros MID1060, respectively. Unlike the MID7065, however, these tablets have not been officially announced. The names of these slates, along with the MID7065, had been spotted at the website of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). According to the listing, the tablets will have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box, HDMI ports, and USB ports. The prices of these two slates are still unknown.

The low-cost tablet is facing a lot of competition in the market today as companies like Google, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Ematic, and Polaroid, among many others, have pocket-friendly offerings.

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Seeder app claims to remove any and all lag from rooted Android devices – Does it work?

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Lag. It’s something we could all definitely live without. With all these new high-powered quad-core processors hitting the market, you may have noticed that no matter how powerful your device, there’s still a half second (or longer) of time spent waiting for an app to open. I figured this had more to do with slow memory than processing power, but apparently it could also be something else altogether. One dev from XDA went on a search to find out what caused Android lag and cure it forever.

What he found was that 90% of Android’s lag was caused by a “limited entropy pool” and cooked up a simple app to seemingly eliminate all lag found on a device when opening bigger, memory intensive applications like Facebook, Chrome, Maps, etc.. The app — which can be downloaded from either the original post on XDA or from Google Play — is compatible with all Android versions, and all Android devices.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to give the app a spin as I’m currently unrooted (gasp!), but this is as good a reason as any to find a nice toolkit. That is, if we aren’t looking at nothing more than placebo here. Let me know if you guys notice any speed increases.

Thanks, @JonathanMallett!

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Hyundai To Integrate Google Maps In Their Vehicles

Hyundai has recently announced that they have partnered with Google to bring Google Maps application programming interfaces (API) in their Blue Link telematics platform. This will allows Google’s Send-to-car technology to send maps, points of interests and directions directly from your smartphone to your car’s navigation system.

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Blue Link is a navigation system of Hyundai that connects using a mobile device that primarily gets the latest information on traffic. The company revealed that the newly revised platform will be revealed at CES starting January 8. There’s going to be more than 30 features added that will concentrate on safety, service and infotainment applications. One example of a new feature is the ability to lock and unlock your vehicle using only your smartphone device.

“Google is a leader and innovator in search, content and technology, offering incredible tools. Blue Link makes it easy for our owners to find and navigate to their destinations. The integration of Google Maps APIs makes Blue Link even more effective.” said Barry Ratzlaff, director of Customer Connect at Hyundai Motor America.

Google through Tarun Bhatnagar, head of enterprise Geo, said that “We’re always looking for ways to make it easier for people to discover more relevant information to help them make informed choices — whether that’s where to go for a coffee, or where to take dry cleaning. It’s great to see that more drivers now have access to fresh, web-based content while on the go with the Hyundai Blue Link Google Maps integration.”

Expect to see this new feature in Hyundai’s vehicle line-up for 2013.

In other related news Kia also announced that they too will be using Google Maps application programing interfaces in their UVO eServices connected vehicle platforms. This will start with the 2014 Kia Sorrento and 2014 Forte. A feature similar to Blue Link will also be implemented however the company has not revealed any detailed information yet about this.

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Is Youtube’s Android & iOS favoritism fair to Windows?

In the mobile platform wars one of the defining weapons is the size and quality of the application arsenal. Lack of said artillery could be considered the death knoll for operating systems such as WebOS and Blackberry, but recent gains by Windows Phone (and now tablets and other Win 8 devices) have critics wondering if Microsoft will soon become a solid 3rd player.

That remains to be seen, but Google certainly isn’t itching to help them out. Microsoft’s VP & Deputy General Counsel, Dave Heiner, today made a blog post criticizing Google for not creating a Youtube app for Windows Phone. But Heiner’s comments go beyond plain criticism and into the legal realm by tossing around terms like FTC, Department of Justice, and antitrust.

You might think that Google would be on its best behavior given it’s under the bright lights of regulatory scrutiny on two continents, particularly as it seeks to assure antitrust enforcers in the U.S. and Europe that it can be trusted on the basis of non-binding assurances that it will not abuse its market position further.

However, as we enter 2013, that is not the case. Here’s just one example: We continue to be dogged by an issue we had hoped would be resolved by now: Google continues to prevent Microsoft from offering consumers a fully featured YouTube app for the Windows Phone.

Proprietary offerings have become a staple of the platform wars, with Apple long leveraging the success of services such as iTunes while Google played their own features close to the chest, for example Google Maps and Google Navigation. On the surface it seems like the obvious move: use your own products and services to your advantage so that your own platform is more powerful than that of the competitor.

Sounds like Business 101, right? One would think, but given the size and oligopolistic nature of the industry, antitrust issues may become a part of the picture. With an ever expanding set of services, Google has more recently become familiar with antitrust challenges, but Microsoft is an industry veteran: they settled an antitrust suit regarding internet browsers way back in 2001, when dial up modems were still prevalent.

From a business perspective, Google has often taken the approach of doing what’s best for the consumer, and assuming that the benefits will naturally follow. This is how they’ve treated the majority of their properties and it’s a strategy that has paid off handsomely. But have the platform wars altered that approach and could it come back to haunt Google in the years to come?

There’s no denying that Youtube users would benefit from having the service offered on as many platforms as possible. It’s available on Android, it’s available on iOS, and heck… Youtube is even available on the Nintendo Wii U. Some recent hiccups could be attributed to Nintendo’s own implementation of the Youtube API, but the Wii U does in fact have Youtube. Yet Windows Phone doesn’t…

If Google were treating Youtube as its own entity and a separately owned business, there’s no denying they would have launched a YouTube app for Windows Phone by now. They could argue that the platform doesn’t have enough users to justify the development, but I would call that a lame excuse. With an entity as big as Youtube, not to mention one that graciously accepted hundreds of millions of dollars in losses before turning a profit, you’d assume the investment in creating an app for Windows Phone would be easily justified.

Google might say the platform doesn’t have enough users to justify creating a Youtube app, but I think at least half their absence is due to the potential of Google-owned services like Youtube, GMail, Maps, Navigation, and others helping to make Windows Phone a better product that leads to the critical mass on Windows Phone which Google themselves are using as an excuse to not develop for the platform.

Personally, these are my two takeaways from this latest technology tiff.

Hey Microsoft: Nobody likes a crybaby
Personally, I think Dave Heiner’s public blog post on the matter seems like little more than whining. Nobody is going to feel bad for Microsoft, themselves one of the largest tech companies in the world. Microsoft dropped the ball in the mobile world years ago, now that they’re playing catchup, why should their competitors have to give them a helping hand? If there’s some gigantic void in your offering because your competitors aren’t playing nicely… do what Google and Apple have done numerous times: take your billions of dollars and build your own competing service.

Hey Google: Don’t forget where you came from
While withholding Youtube from Windows Phone is in the best interest of Android, it’s not in the best interest of Youtube, which shows how quickly Google’s priorities have changed. Doing what’s best for the consumer on a product by product basis has gotten pushed aside for doing what’s best for an entirely different company property. But with mobile shaping the future of technology, can you blame them? Not really, but I think it would be smart of Google to acknowledge this cultural shift and not stray too far from what made them successful before Android was born.

Hey Reader: What do you think?
What do you think about Google’s refusal to built a Youtube app for Windows Phone? Is it just smart business or unfair?

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Google Teaming Up With Kia and Other Car Makers to Bring Google Maps to Vehicles

As an Android fan, I know I’ve looked at some car navigation systems before and thought “Google Maps does this so much better.” Today’s news sounds like a few car manufacturers felt the same way. Hyundai and Kia have partnered with Google so that their UVO voice system now works with Google Search, Maps and [...]

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Kia to integrate Google Maps and Places with smartphone connectivity

Kia Motors has announced a new partnership with Google. One that will bring some upgraded UVO services to upcoming Kia automobiles. These upgraded services will begin with the 2014 Kia Sorento and mean Google Maps and Google Places integration.

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The 2014 Kia Sorento will first be available for sale during the first quarter of 2013 and otherwise, this integration will also be introduced into other cars in the Kia lineup including the 2014 Forte sedan. When the Google integration will be available aside, lets get into the features that users will be able to enjoy. Right off the bat, this means directions using Maps and points-of-interest using Places. And nicely done, this is not where the integration will stop. In fact, Kia drivers will be able to be able to look up directions or POIs on a smartphone and have those sent to the car using the Send2Car feature.

This will be done by using the Smartphone1 UVO app. The one catch here, the Android app is not expected to launch until Q2 2013. We have also yet to learn about the specifics of the app, such as whether it will be smartphone, tablet or both. And perhaps key for some, which versions of Android will be supported.

Some of the other in-car features will include hands-free support. This means Kia will allow the user to get directions, control the music and more with only voice commands. Finally, the UVO services also include other goodies such as Parking Minder which will help the driver locate their vehicle (from the phone) and keep track of diagnostics using a phone. The diagnostics will include the ability to set month diagnostic checks and even have this details forwarded directly to the Car Care Web.

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Shadowgun: Deadzone Update (v1.1) Brings New Maps, Weapon Upgrades, Hats, Bug Fixes, And More

shadowgundeadzonetinyWonderful news for the roughly everyone on the planet who plays Shadowgun: Deadzone: a whole bunch of new stuff is rolling out today! Notably, there’s the Gangs feature which allows you to create groups of friends to play with. There are also a couple new maps that you can explore. And by “explore” I mean “kill things in.”

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There are also new weapon upgrades, some additional hats (because every game has to have hats now, right TF2?) and bug fixes and tweaks all over the place. Here’s the full changelog:

What’s in this version:

☣New Features:
* Two New Maps
* New Weapons Upgrades
* Chat in Main Menu
* Gangs (Play with Friends)
* New Hats
* Rewards for finishing Zone Control or DeathMatch
* Player Rank increased up to 50 now
☣ GamePlay Tweaks:
* Redesigned Weapons Stats
* Weapons&Gadgets Are Limited by Ranks
☣ Bug Fixing:
* Improved Hit Detection
* Fixed VoiceChat
* Fixed Network Code
* Renderer Optimization
* Fixed Wall Exploits in Several Levels

As a side note: I love the radioactivity symbol for bullet points, Shadowgun developers.

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Maps update for Windows Phone 8 available, small improvements in tow

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A new update for Maps on Windows Phone 8 has been spotted in the wild, and it supposedly improves the quality of, well, maps — including those downloaded for offline use. There’s no push mechanism for getting this refresh, though, so those with a WP8 device will want to check for it via the Settings menu. What’s changed, exactly? According to WMPoweruser, maps have improved detail and traffic info. If you’ve downloaded the update, tell us about it in the comments below.

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eWeather HD Updates Maps and Alerts System for Severe Weather

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Developer: Elecont LLC  
Price: $1.99   Download

eWeather for iOS 2.8 introduces a new, exciting look and feel with its latest update. However, the goal wasn’t simply to make eWeather HD “prettier” said the developers.

“Whether you’re reading a detailed forecast, watching the amazing weather clocks or interactive maps we wanted to give you more contrast on the screen to concentrate on the data,” explained Elecont Software in a press release today.

The most apparent visual change on the and iPad is the new visual theme. The high contrast of complementary colors creates a vibrant look and feel especially when used at sunny day or in a dark environment.

The new weather maps combines multiple layers of advanced weather information: vector-based maps with severe weather areas, city temperatures, high-resolution weather radar (U.S.) and earthquakes. Vector-based maps allow to get accurate areas affected by weather-related extreme events (or forecasts of these extreme events). Severe weather maps and bulletins now available for the entire U.S. and 13 European countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

eWeather HD delivers data to your device with a clear and accurate picture of the storm along with official warnings. It truly provides weather data when you need it, where you need it.

The top features in the updated eWeather HD 2.8 include: new multilayered weather map; severe weather alerts for Europe; a severe alerts map for the U.S. and Europe; and an improved look and feel with two visual themes.

Finish reading “eWeather HD Updates Maps and Alerts System for Severe Weather” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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LG shows off Nexus 4 in its own commercial spot

LG has just put a new commercial up on its official Youtube page showing off the design and features of the Nexus 4. In two minutes of gloriously edited and produced footage, LG shows the device being handed off between multiple people, each accomplishing something new. Photo Sphere, Google Maps Navigation, Google Now and Wifi display mirroring are all shown off here, along with several nice shots of the rear panel's crystal reflective process. The commercial spot definitely has some of LG's style in it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

What do you think about the commercial? Does it do the Nexus 4 justice? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Another One Bites The Dust: Apple’s Pinch-To-Zoom Patent Deemed Invalid By USPTO

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It seems Apple isn’t making many friends over at the patent examiner’s office lately – yet another high-profile patent used by the company in litigation has been deemed wholly invalid on a preliminary basis.

The patent in question is often called the “pinch-to-zoom” patent, because that’s basically what it patents – a pinch gesture to zoom in on content on a display. This patent had been used successfully by Apple during the first Samsung lawsuit, with numerous (all but two) Samsung devices found to infringe it. The claim (#8) involved in the suit, below (heavily redacted, reformatted):

determining whether the event object invokes a scroll or gesture operation by distinguishing between a single input point applied to the touch-sensitive display that is interpreted as the scroll operation and two or more input points applied to the touch-sensitive display that are interpreted as the gesture operation;

issuing at least one scroll or gesture call based on invoking the scroll or gesture operation;

responding to at least one scroll call, if issued, by scrolling a window having a view associated with the event object;

and responding to at least one gesture call, if issued, by scaling the view associated with the event object based on receiving the two or more input points in the form of the user input.

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