Maps

Apple Maps in iOS 8: Explained

There were a lot of hopes and rumors leading up to WWDC 2014 about improvements and enhancements to Apple's Maps in iOS 8. So now that the keynote has come and gone and the dust has settled, how are Maps doing and, more importantly, where are they taking us?

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On iOS 8 Maps, Music, and managing culture

While the sheer quantity and quality of announcements made at WWDC 2014 was enough to stun a bevy of bloggers, there were some anticipated announcements that didn't materialize, things like updates to Maps and Music. So what's happening with these key apps in iOS 8? Unless and until we hear from Apple, all we have is rumor.

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iOS 8 reportedly doubling down on Maps, transit, experimenting with augmented reality

iOS 8, code-named Okemo is currently under active development at Apple. While it won't get anywhere nearly the visual refresh iOS 7 did it will continue to iterate and improve existing features, add new ones, and even add some old ones back.

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Maps - all maps - just aren't good enough yet

While everyone loves to beat up on Apple Maps - and not without justification - none of the existing maps apps are good enough yet. Whether it be data quality or user experience, they all still get it wrong too often to be acceptable, and that needs to change.

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5 ways to increase security and privacy of your iPhone or iPad

With iOS 7 - see our complete iOS 7 review - Apple has made the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad more convenient than ever, but also more secure. How is that possible? Well, in most cases you - the owner of the device - have to choose which one is more important to you - the owner of the device. You can set things up so that every major setting and notification is available at the glance of an eye, the swipe of a finger, or the sound of a voice. Or you can make it so that every bit on the box is locked away behind a strong password. There's no "security flaw" that can be taken advantage of, only tools that you can choose to use, or not, to provide the right balance on your device. Now, adding security does require more time and effort than going without, but nowhere nearly as much time and effort as it takes to recover after your stuff is spied, stolen, or otherwise violated. So, weigh the options and make your choice in the eternal battle between security and convenience. Here's what you need know!

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Apple acquires transit-navigation company, HopStop

Apple has reportedly bought HopStop, a New York based location company that provides real-time social transit navigation in 7 countries, for 700 transit agencies, on 20,000 lines, and 750,000 stops. According to Peter Borrows and Sarah Frier for Bloomberg:

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Apple acquires location data company Locationary

Apple has acquired location data company Locationary, which provides data on local businesses around the world. Not just an acqui-hire, Locationary's technology will also be used by Apple in an effort to improve Apple's mapping efforts. Locationary uses crowdsourced data to continually update and maintain an accurate database of information about businesses, which Apple would find incredibly useful, says All Things D

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What is your favorite iOS mapping solution? [Poll]

What's your favorite iOS mapping solution?

Maps are back in the news today with Google's launch of a major upgrade to their iOS maps app, so what better time to ask the question; what's your favorite iOS mapping solution? We're pretty spoiled for choice, and better still, we're spoiled for choice with free apps. Since the launch of iOS 6 Apple has replaced Google as the default maps app, and there's no question it's been a rough ride since the product first launched. Truth told, none of the mapping services are perfect in any way, but all of them have their fans.

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OS X Mavericks Preview: Maps help you find your way, integrates with iOS

Certainly, OS X is no stranger to map applications or web sites - almost all of us have opened up Google Maps or another similar service in our web browser, when you're trying to find a way from Point A to Point B or anywhere in between. But Maps as a standalone application from Apple has been a no-show. That's changing when OS X Mavericks hits the streets later this year.

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Former head of iOS 6 Maps, and more Apple talent, reportedly now working for Facebook

Richard Williamson, who led the team responsible for iOS 6 Maps, and was ultimately let go by Apple following it's controversial release, is now reportedly working at Facebook. According to Adam Satariano of Bloomberg, Williamson has been at Facebook for a couple of weeks at least. And what's more, he's not alone:

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