Google Maps for iOS gains food delivery support, plus codes & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 25, 2016

Google Maps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch yesterday received an interesting update in the App Store. The new version brings out a few enhancements such as integration with popular food delivery services, support for plus codes—identifiers for locations that don’t have their own street address—and other perks. These new features require Google Maps 4.24 for iOS or later, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store. Read More


Apple Maps transit directions live for iOS 10.1 beta users in Japan ahead of launch

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 20, 2016

Apple is currently beta-testing the first major update to iOS 10 since its public release last month. Aside from a Portrait shooting mode for iPhone 7 Plus owners and a new toggle in Settings to allow Messages animations when Reduce Motion is enabled, the software update should bring official support for transit directions in Japan within the stock Maps application, Japanese blog Ata Distance said today. Read More


How to track your parked car even without iOS 10 or a compatible head unit

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 13, 2016

A new feature that comes baked into iOS 10 shows you where you last parked your car right in the Maps app. On the other hand, it requires you to both have the latest version of iOS installed and to have a compatible head unit in your car, either with Bluetooth or CarPlay capability.

Since not everyone has an interest in updating, nor does everyone have a compatible head unit in their car, there is an alternative way to see where you parked your car right from your iPhone. All you’re going to need is a specialized 12v iPhone charger for your car and a free App Store app. Read More


Google Maps gains redesigned iOS 10 widgets for “Nearby Transit” and “Travel Times”

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2016

Google yesterday bumped its mapping application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to version 4.23, adding a few new features including revamped widgets for “Nearby Transit” and “Travel Times” that now adhere to iOS 10’s new design style for widgets.

In Google Maps 4.23 for iOS, you can now upload photos along with your reviews of places and see descriptions of places including features, atmosphere and amenities. Read More


Apple to unify its separate cloud services teams to improve Siri, Maps, iTunes, iCloud & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 6, 2016

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting today that Apple is in the process of unifying its separate cloud services team in an effort to foster tighter collaboration between them, better compete with Google and Amazon in the cloud space and improve Siri, Maps, iTunes, iCloud and other services.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s boss of Internet Software and Services, will oversee the effort to move cloud service engineering teams to a single campus as Apple continues shifting its cloud to its own infrastructure. Read More


How to have the Maps app remember where you parked your car

By Anthony Bouchard on Oct 1, 2016

When you use Apple’s Maps app to navigate during long road trips, you may sometimes have to park in a large parking lot you’re unfamiliar with, and you may forget where you parked your car. Heck, you may go to the mall down the street and forget where you car is parked on that gigantic lot.

Starting with iOS 10, Maps can remember you where you parked your car so you don’t have to. Read More


How to avoid toll roads when getting directions from the Maps app

By Anthony Bouchard on Sep 27, 2016

Apple has been stepping up its mapping and navigation development efforts to bring users more powerful functionality. Starting with iOS 10, you can now streamline your navigation experience by avoiding toll roads or highways.

Since nothing’s worse than being stranded on a toll road without any cash, it’s now a breath of fresh air to know you don’t need to download a third-party navigation app like Google Maps to avoid them.

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Go Radar update adds better Pokémon scanner and improvements to zoom

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 29, 2016

Ever since the removal of the footsteps feature from Pokémon GO, the crowdsource-based Go Radar app from the App Store has quickly become one of the most popular ways to help with Pokémon tracking.

The latest update (version 2.0) brings Pokémon scanning functionality that users have been requesting for some time, as well as improvements to the app’s workflow that helps users get more out of it. Read More


LocationHandle lets you spoof your location on iOS 9.3.3 [jailbreak]

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 25, 2016

Your location is an important piece of information, and sometimes apps ask for it. If you’re somewhat of a privacy monger, then you might like to keep a lot of apps from acquiring your true location and logging information about you.

With a new jailbreak tweak called LocationHandle, you can actually spoof your location. This tweak works on iOS 9.3.3, unlike many other popular location-spoofing jailbreak tweaks, and we’ll show you how it works in this review. Read More


Go Radar tracks Pokémon locations in real time

By Anthony Bouchard on Aug 12, 2016

Pokémon GO is all the hype right now, and lots of people are enjoying playing it, but there is a substantially high number of people who are upset with the removal of the Footsteps feature in the game, and even more-so game developer Niantic’s decision to start shutting down real-time Pokémon trackers.

If you’re having trouble finding the Pokémon you want after the update that removed Footsteps, you might consider trying a crowdsourced Pokémon tracker app instead of one that relies on Niantic’s servers to feed information. Read More


Apple Maps launches Traffic data in Greece

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2016

Real-time updates about vehicular traffic on Apple Maps have expanded to include Greece, home to population of eleven million people, according to an update posted on Apple’s iOS Feature Availability webpage. The latest expansion comes hot on the heels of launching public transit directions on Maps in Prague earlier in the week.

Traffic data on Apple Maps is currently available in about three dozen countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Denmark and more. Read More


Google Maps for iOS refreshed with cleaner look, now highlights local areas of interest

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Google today updated its mobile mapping application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with some rather useful visual tweaks. Google Maps 4.21 for iOS now highlights local areas that might interest you, adding multiple destinations to a route is supported in the new version and the typography of street names, points of interest, transit stations and other places has been improved to make them easier to read on smaller screens, among other changes. Read More


Apple Maps Transit data expands to San Diego, British Columbia, Honolulu and Kansas City

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 25, 2016

Transit directions on Apple Maps are now available in four new markets: San Diego, Honolulu and Kansas City in the United States and British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province. Now Apple fans can incorporate localized public transportation options in those locations, including buses and commuter rails, when seeking directions through the Maps app. Read More


Trouble finding good Pokémon with Pokémon GO? Try this

By Anthony Bouchard on Jul 19, 2016

Pokémon GO took the mobile device community by storm, and already, it has launched in several countries.

The game, which allows you to capture Pokémon in what’s known as a virtual reality experience, gets players up and moving to find random spawns of Pokémon throughout their town or city.

But not everyone is having the best of luck finding the Pokémon they want, so in came a slew of apps to help out… Read More


Apple Maps expands Flyover coverage, adds Traffic/Transit data for multiple locales

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2016

Flyover, a three-dimensional birds-eye view in Apple Maps, is now available in an additional thirty cities and popular tourist destinations in the United States and around the world. In addition, Transit and Traffic data in Maps is now available in several new cities.

Flyover takes advantage of a fleet of airplanes that photograph points of interest from multiple angles. These photos are then used to derive depth information from them to recreate buildings, landmarks and other objects in 3D space. Read More


Google Maps and Earth gain high-resolution imagery from Landsat 8 satellite

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2016

Google is upgrading the quality of aerial imagery for the satellite view that’s available in Google Maps and Google Earth services. According to a blog post yesterday, both mapping services now offer crisp high-definition satellite imagery of Earth without clouds captured by Landsat 8, an Earth observation satellite launched on February 11, 2013 in a collaboration between NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Read More


Apple Maps in iOS 10 will remember where you parked

By Cody Lee on Jun 14, 2016

A handy new Maps feature has been discovered in the initial beta of iOS 10 that will help you find your car in a crowded parking lot. As you can see in the screenshot above, the new version of the app can recall exactly where your vehicle is located.

We don’t know a whole lot about the feature, as Apple hasn’t covered it in detail, but it appears in iOS 10 your iPhone will automatically flag your location once you’ve stopped moving after a long trip—unless of course you’re at your home address. Read More


Maps app gets smarter in iOS 10 with improved search, Quick Controls and more

By Cody Lee on Jun 13, 2016

Eddy Cue is on stage right now, at Apple’s WWDC keynote, talking about the new Maps app in iOS 10. The stock mapping application gets a lot smarter in the upcoming update, with improved search, en route traffic information and a new feature called Quick Controls.

“We’re making Maps do more for you in advance,” says Eddy Cue. The new Maps app can proactively deliver directions to where you most likely want to go next, based on your routine or appointments on your calendar. Once a route is planned, Maps can search along the route for gas stations, restaurants, coffee shops and more and provides an estimate of how the stop impacts the length of your trip.

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Former Embark CEO leaves Apple nearly three years after acquisition

By Sébastien Page on Jun 8, 2016

David Hodge, former Founder and CEO of a company that Apple acquired in 2013 called Embark, announced today on Twitter that he has departed the company. At the time of the acquisition, Embark had transit data on large cities such as Chicago, New York, and San Francisco and had apps considered to be some of the best in their class. This data and the technology used in Embark apps have since helped improve the transit feature of Apple’s Maps app. Read More


Google Maps gains new voice controls in navigation, Street View tweaks and more

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Google’s native mapping application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad was bumped to version 4.19 this morning, bringing out a few enhancements meant to improve your navigation and Street View experience.

For starters, a few new voice controls are now available in navigation to mute, unmute or turn on alerts only. You can also move around Street View by swiping, and more. Read More

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