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Google Goes After Yelp And Foursquare In Maps Update

Google has updated its popular Maps app for Android with added features, such as incorporating Zagat reviews, which puts the app in competition with Yelp and Foursquare. CNET’s Kara Tsuboi and Seth Rosenblatt have the Inside Scoop on the improved Google Maps app.

Why Facebook Would Need To Buy Waze App

Bloomberg Contributing Editor Paul Kedrosky discusses the report that Facebook is in talks to buy Waze. He speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Gadget Lab Show: Apple’s iPhone 5 Wins, Maps App Fails | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Gadget Lab Show: Apple’s iPhone 5 Wins, Maps App Fails | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.

Apple’s iPhone 5 is just a few days old and, so far, it’s the best-selling iPhone ever. It’s also one of thefastest, most powerful handsets ever. It’s mighty stylish, too.

Our resident Apple reporter, Christina Bonnington, gets her hands on a new blacked-out iPhone 5 and, along with iPhone 4S owner Roberto Baldwin, compares the new and the old in this episode of the Gadget Lab Show. There’s a lot of newsy newness here — bigger display, thinner chassis, an aluminum panel replacing the back glass, the wonder of iOS 6 and, of course, the complete and utter fail that is Apple’s Maps app.

Christina and Roberto break down the good and the bad on the hardware and software. Take a look and stay tuned for Christina’s full, in-depth written review of both the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.

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Source: Wired News

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Nokia And Apple’s Map Flop – Infographic

Nokia took advantage of the torrent of negative feedback over Apple‘s new Maps app, plugging its own mobile-mapping software in its Lumia phones.

In a blog post, Nokia talks about the challenge of creating a full-featured mapping and navigation application for mobile devices. One passage in particular seems aimed at Apple Maps, which have been praised for its beautiful 3D renderings but assailed for its inaccuracy and lack of features:

“…we also understand that ‘pretty’ isn’t enough. You expect excellence in your smartphone mapping experience.”

Citing its many years building and enhancing Nokia Maps (formerly Ovi Maps), Nokia claims its maps experience on mobile is superior due to its approach of owning, building and distributing the content and apps. Ironically, that sort of end-to-end approach is often what Apple holds over other companies, but in this case it’s Apple who acquired its technology (from acquired companies C3, Poly9 and Placebase) and data (from OpenStreetMap and others) for the Maps app in iOS 6.

With Windows Phone 8, Nokia Maps will be the default maps app for Microsoft’s mobile platform. The upcoming Lumia 920 will add augmented-reality functionality into the app, called City Lens, showing users data about businesses in view of the phone’s camera when you hold up the phone.

Apple, however, has defended its new Maps app as a work in progress. And despite its flaws, the app does include turn-by-turn navigation — something that hasn’t existed (at least not for free) on the iPhone until now. Users are also praising the app’s gorgeous 3D renderings, which Apple calls Flyover, though those are only available in some cities for now.

Nonetheless, Nokia’s point that the only comparison that matters is what “you can actually do with your smartphone” resonates. Comparing its maps with those of Apple and Google, it cites public-transit data, the ability to use maps offline (also part of its upcoming package with Windows Phone 8), and availability of turn-by-turn navigation in more countries as its main advantages over the other two platforms.

What do you think of Nokia’s criticism of Apple Maps?

Source: Mashable.com, Nokia

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