Google Maps update adds Local Guides, detailed POI/venue info and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 27, 2015

The Internet giant Google on Friday issued a refresh to its native mapping application for the iPhone and iPad, adding Local Guides and a couple other nice-to-haves.

A global community of the top reviewers on Google, Local Guides now appear in Google Maps 4.3 for iOS.

You can also add transit directions to your calendar.

Search has been improved, too, with the ability to search for event information for select venues, nearby businesses based on their address and even retrieve fun facts about popular points of interest. Read More

 

Apple Maps now animates London Eye and Big Ben’s clock tower

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Apple has started to animate certain landmarks in a three-dimensional Flyover view in Apple Maps, The Daily Mail reported Thursday. Specifically, London’s Big Ben clock and the popular London Eye now feature animated segments in Flyover.

The face of Big Ben’s clock tower is being animated to show the correct local time while London Eye’s rotates slowly when browsed in Apple Maps’ Flyover view. Read More

 

Apple adds two new Maps data partners: GasBuddy and GreatSchools

By Timothy Reavis on Feb 25, 2015

Apple’s acknowledgements page for its Maps service has been recently updated with several new references, MacRumors reports. Among the companies cited are GasBuddy and GreatSchools, both of which are data aggregates that display information about nearby gasoline stations and schools, respectively.

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Apple adds 10 new Flyover locations to Maps

By Cody Lee on Feb 23, 2015

Apple today added a handful of new locations to the 3D Flyover feature in its iOS and OS X Maps applications. The new locations include Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Boise, Idaho in the United Sates, Venice, Italy, and other cities around the globe.

First introduced in Apple Maps when it launched in 2012, the Flyover feature allows users to take close-up, 3-dimensional looks at buildings, landmarks and various other areas of interest. Read More

 

How to see places where your iPhone photos were taken

By Sébastien Page on Feb 11, 2015

Before iOS 7, there was an easy way to have a visual overview of where your photos were taken on a map. This feature called Places was actually part of the Photos app. While it arguably had limited purposes, the Places tab was sometimes a nice way to browse your photos based on the location where they were taken.

But with the release of iOS 7, that feature went bye bye and was replaced by a more subtle way of looking at the different locations where your photos were shot, assuming of course you have Location Services turned on for the Camera app. If the feature is similar, the way to access it is definitely more tricky.

In this post, we’ll show you how you can visualize the location where your photos were taken directly from the Photos app. Read More

 

Google Maps turns 10!

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of Google Maps, arguably the best consumer mapping application in the world.

Maps first started as a C++ program designed by two Danish brothers Lars and Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen at the Sydney-based company Where 2 Technologies.

After pitching their idea for a web-based version to Google management, the search giant in its never-ending pursuit of new revenue sources snapped up the young startup in October 2004.

Under Google’s stewardship and the oversight of current Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who in 2005 became Vice President of Search Products and User Experience at Google, the project quickly transformed from a relatively unimpressive desktop program into a full-blown web service.

Since its inception, Google Maps has been praised by critics and haters alike for its accuracy, coverage and the rapid pace of development resulting in new feature additions on a regular basis. It’s been imitated by both Yahoo and Microsoft, and later by Apple, but none of these technology giants has come close to touching Google Maps. Read More

 

Apple’s name attached to mysterious camera-equipped vehicles in Bay Area

By Cody Lee on Feb 3, 2015

A handful of unmarked minivans have been spotted driving around California over the past several days with what appears to be roof-mounted camera equipment. No one seems to know what the vehicles are up to, but CBS’ Bay Area affiliate was able to confirm with the DMV that at least one of the vans is leased to Apple.

More specifically, the minivans feature custom X-shaped frames atop their luggage racks, fitted with what appears to be 12 cameras. It also has a pair of cylindrical antennas, which the news outlet speculates could be LiDAR sensors—a laser-based technology used in self-driving vehicles, as well as high-resolution mapping. Read More

 

Apple Maps gains 3D imagery for a dozen new locations across Europe, US and elsewhere

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 27, 2015

Apple Maps has an impressive feature called Flyover that taps high-resolution aerial photography turned into three-dimensional terrain, landmarks and buildings that can be rotated around in the full 360-degree freedom.

It’s pretty awesome and also quite expensive to create. Apple basically has to fly a fleet of special aircraft to do terrain mapping in the sky. That’s why, as of this writing, Flyover was available in a little more than a hundred locations around the world.

As spotted by Dutch website iCulture.nl, a dozen new cities and landmarks across Europe (and some in the U.S.) have received their Flyover treatment in Apple Maps. Read More

 

Google Maps gains better restaurant search, enhanced weather info and more

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 15, 2015

Google has bumped its Maps for iOS app to version 4.2, bringing out a few new features and improvements that enhance your experience concerning searching for restaurants, retrieving weather information and more.

You can now find restaurants by cuisine type in Google Maps 4.2 for the iPhone and iPad and (at last) access weather information for other cities around the world, not just for your current location. Read More

 

How to report a problem in Apple Maps

By Sébastien Page on Jan 8, 2015

The Apple Maps app has received a fair share of criticism since it was released along iOS 6 in September 2012, and rightfully so. When it first launched, the app was filled with gross locations errors that made for some funny and sometimes dangerous situations. To this day, Apple Maps still aren’t perfect, but we can all agree that they’ve greatly improved.

Ever since the release of Apple Maps, the company has quietly been opened to receive input from users about the data used in the app. While the option to report a problem in Apple Maps isn’t new by any means, it’s probably one that is very much overlooked, hence this post today.

I have reported a few problems to Apple myself and have had them all taken care of, usually in a couple of weeks or so. If you see wrong data in the Maps app, I encourage you to report the problem to Apple. It’s very likely that they will look at your report, and take measures to fix the problem if necessary. Read More

 

Apple Maps 3D coverage continues with new cities in France, Hungary, Netherlands and Sweden

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2014

After introducing nine new markets to its three-dimensional Flyover view in its in-house mapping service earlier this month, Apple has now brought 3D aerial imagery along with virtual city tours to three new locations across Europe.

Specifically, customers who live in the city of Strasbourg, Dijon or Millau in France, Hungary’s Budapest, Sweden’s Malmö or in the city of Rotterdam located in the Netherlands are now able to enjoy a highly-detailed 3D representation of their city or take a City Tour. Read More

 

HERE Maps coming to iPhone in early 2015

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

HERE Maps had been available in the App Store briefly before it got pulled in December 2013 because “iOS 7 ruined the experience”. Nokia later admitted the app was “a rushed product” that “went horribly wrong” because it was “never thoroughly proven.”

The Finnish firm has now officially confirmed that HERE Maps will return to the iPhone in early 2015 following today’s release of HERE for Android and a relaunch of a new web-based experience over at here.com.

“Our iOS app development team is working hard on this and we plan to officially launch HERE for iOS in early 2015,” said the team. The revamped iOS navigation app will be joining several big-name mapping products in the App Store from the likes of Google, Garmin, TomTom and many more. Read More

 

iCloud.com’s Find My iPhone replaces Google with Apple Maps for all users

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 9, 2014

Nearly two years after supplanting the stock Google Maps iOS app with its own much-maligned service that resulted in Scott Forstall’s ousting, Apple’s web-based Find My iPhone service available over at iCloud.com seems to have adopted Apple Maps backend for all users, reports 9to5Mac.

Previously, using the web-based version of Find My iPhone used to rely on Google Maps data. The move could indicate plans to roll out a web-based Apple Maps accessible to anyone through a web browser, allowing the iPhone maker to better compete with Google Maps. Read More

 

Apple adds 9 new Flyover locations to Maps

By Cody Lee on Dec 5, 2014

Apple this week added a handful of new locations to the 3D Flyover feature in its iOS and OS X Maps applications. The new locations include areas in France, landmarks in Arizona, and other popular spots in the US, New Zealand and Sweden.

First introduced in Apple Maps when it launched alongside iOS 6 in 2012, the Flyover feature allows users to take close-up, 3-dimensional looks at buildings, landmarks and other areas. With today’s additions, there are over 100 Flyover locations. Read More

 

Apple Maps team working to improve community crowdsourcing

By Cody Lee on Dec 4, 2014

A new job listing hints the Apple Maps team is working on improving community crowdsourcing, as well as better Siri and Passbook integration. First spotted by 9to5Mac, the listing calls for a ‘Maps Community Client Software Engineer’ to join the Cupertino firm’s growing Maps group.

According to the position’s description, the engineer will focus on “high level UI development of the ‘Report a Problem’ feature.” They’ll also be working on the frameworks and plugins that enable Maps to “integrate deeply and seamlessly with other applications” such as Siri and Passbook. Read More

 

Apple adds new data providers to enhance Maps business listings

By Cody Lee on Nov 19, 2014

Apple has added 10 new companies to the list of data providers for its Maps app, according to Apple Maps Marketing. In a post, first spotted by 9to5Mac, the site says it was given the information by the Cupertino company itself in response to an inquiry.

The inquiry was in regards to submitting one of its clients with a few hundred locations to Apple Maps Connect. Apple replied, saying it’s currently only accepting submissions from businesses with 1,000+ locations, but it could reach out to several firms. Read More

 

Google Maps with OpenTable reservations, Uber integration and Material Design now rolling out

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 6, 2014

Announced yesterday, a much-improved Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad featuring Material Design appearance, OpenTable reservations, Uber integration and more is now rolling out in App Stores worldwide.

Featuring engaging animations, shadows and depth — courtesy of Google’s newly-found design language for desktop, mobile and the web — Google Maps 4.0 promises to be the funnest version of the app to date.

The search giant says the layers and buttons “come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery.”

Download the app now, give it a whirl and tell us how you liked it in comments.

Google Maps 4.0 is free in the App Store. Read More

 

Google Maps for iOS revamped with Android’s Material Design UI

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2014

Keen on deploying Android Lollipop’s Material Design across its mobile apps on all platforms, Google on Wednesday announced a new version of Google Maps for the iPhone and iPad featuring engaging animations, shadows and depth.

The fresh new design is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world, the search firm said.

With Google Maps’ new material feel, layers and buttons “come to life so you know just where to touch to get directions, recommendations and imagery”. The update will be rolling out over the next few days.

Google Maps is available free in the App Store. Read More

 

Apple launches Maps Connect, a way for businesses to manage their Apple Maps listings

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Apple has launched a new self-service portal for US businesses to add or edit listings within Apple Maps. Dubbed Apple Maps Connect, the portal aims to allow small business owners to ensure that their listings are up-to-date and accurate.

According to Search Engine Land, who has used the service, Maps Connect is free, and listings appear in Apple Maps on both desktop and mobile versions. You simply login with your Apple ID, and either create or claim your business listing. Read More

 

Video walkthroughs offer detailed look at CarPlay on Pioneer’s $700 AVH-4000NEX receiver

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 9, 2014

Though we’ve seen our fair share of CarPlay demos in months past, we still can’t get enough of learning about the intricacies of Apple’s in-car iPhone entertainment system. You may have head that Pioneer recently released a firmware update bringing CarPlay functionality to five of its 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, so people don’t have to buy a brand new car just to enjoy CarPlay.

As noted by TUAW, Josh Carr of technology repair firm Fix Denver put Pioneer’s new software through its paces and created several videos showing off different aspects of CarPlay, including Phone functionality, Apple Maps and various other built-in apps including Spotify, which recently updated its iPhone and iPad app with CarPlay support .

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