Mapping Software archive

  • Nokia Drive+ maps now available for more Windows Phone 8 customers
    Phones

    Nokia Drive+ maps now available for more Windows Phone 8 customers

    By 23 January 2013

    Microsoft and Nokia have announced that Nokia's Drive+ turn-by-turn navigation app is now available to all Windows Phone 8 customers. The beta can be downloaded from the Windows Phone store.  Available free to customers in the United States, UK, and...

  • Nokia confirms it's opening up Nokia Drive to other Windows Phone 8 manufacturers
    Phones

    Nokia confirms it's opening up Nokia Drive to other Windows Phone 8 manufacturers

    By 31 October 2012

    Nokia has again said that its mapping solution Nokia Drive will be available to all Windows Phone 8 manufacturers. The Finnish manufacturer claimed back in June that all Windows Phone 8 devices would have Nokia Drive preinstalled. But on checking Pocket-lint’s...

  • Amazon chooses Nokia Maps over Google for its new Kindle Fire range
    Tablets

    Amazon chooses Nokia Maps over Google for its new Kindle Fire range

    By 31 August 2012

    Amazon has decided to use Nokia’s mapping services in its new range of Kindle Fires, according to reports, and despite the company’s relationship with Google.  At least one Kindle Fire tablet is expected to be announced on Thursday 6 September at...

  • TomTom's car kit is more about handsfree calling than navigation
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    TomTom's car kit is more about handsfree calling than navigation

    By 31 July 2012

    Navigation specialists TomTom has taken a step away from its sat nav hardware devices to introduce a handsfree car solution that works with both iPhone and Android smartphones. Though the TomTom Hands-Free Car Kit can be used to display and play any sat...

  • Peugeot and Citroën cars to feature TomTom mapping services
    Cars

    Peugeot and Citroën cars to feature TomTom mapping services

    By 24 July 2012

    Peugeot and Citroën cars’ infotainment systems will feature TomTom maps and traffic services after PSA Peugeot Citroën agreed a deal with the navigation provider.  Drivers will have access to maps for more than 30 countries throughout Europe and...

  • TomTom and CoPilot combat London 2012 traffic congestion with map updates
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    TomTom and CoPilot combat London 2012 traffic congestion with map updates

    By 20 July 2012

    With London’s traffic likely to be thrown into chaos during the London 2012 Olympics, mapping specialists TomTom and CoPilot are updating their navigation providers to help users avoid congestion hot spots. TomTom has set aside a task force to continually...

  • Navigon iPhone app brings Google Street View into the mix
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    Navigon iPhone app brings Google Street View into the mix

    By 3 July 2012

    Navigon’s iOS app just got a little bit cooler, thanks to an update that sees Google’s Street View included in the mapping application. Navigon version 2.1 also enables users to block off sections of a map that you don’t wish to travel through,...

  • Amazon buys 3D mapping software, with next-gen Kindle Fire to benefit
    Tablets

    Amazon buys 3D mapping software, with next-gen Kindle Fire to benefit

    By 3 July 2012

    Amazon has made moves into the navigation world after purchasing a new start-up company that specialises in 3D mapping. The acquisition of UpNext could signal Amazon’s intentions to load its next Kindle Fire device with native mapping navigation apps. ...

  • All Windows Phone 8 devices will have Nokia Drive, even Samsung and HTC handsets
    Phones

    All Windows Phone 8 devices will have Nokia Drive, even Samsung and HTC handsets

    By 21 June 2012

    We’ll soon be seeing Nokia’s mapping solution, Nokia Drive, appear on the likes of Samsung, HTC and Huawei devices, after the Finnish manufacturer announced that it would come preloaded on all Windows Phone 8 devices. It means Windows Phone 8 users...

  • Google Maps Android App will soon work offline too
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    Google Maps Android App will soon work offline too

    By 6 June 2012

    Android users will soon be able to use the Google Maps app even when no network or Wi-Fi signal is available. Users will need to download the area they wish to visit in advance from Google Maps. The bigger the area, the more storage is taken up on your...

  • TomTom prepares for Euro 2012 and London Olympics
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    TomTom prepares for Euro 2012 and London Olympics

    By 29 May 2012

    With the summer set for a bucketload of sporting action, TomTom has released its Summer map update that provides specific points of interest (POI) and information for cities and specific locations. TomTom is catering for those sports fans lucky enough...

  • Somerset House venue map marked on Bing as Microsoft’s mobile search focus goes local
    Phones

    Somerset House venue map marked on Bing as Microsoft’s mobile search focus goes local

    By 16 May 2012

    You’ll be able to get a much closer look at Somerset House from today without even needing to set foot in London, thanks to Microsoft and its increasingly popular Bing Maps. Head over to the service on either desktop or mobile and you’ll find a detailed...

  • TomTom Via 130 is a voice controlled sat nav
    Cars

    TomTom Via 130 is a voice controlled sat nav

    By 4 May 2012

    TomTom has unveiled a new mapping device complete with Speak & Go function that enables more than 1,000 different voice commands. The TomTom Via 130 is a dedicated sat nav kit and with hands-free calling via Bluetooth, drivers can ensure a safer journey,...

  • VIDEO: Microsoft Street Slide - breaking out of the bubble
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    VIDEO: Microsoft Street Slide - breaking out of the bubble

    By 28 July 2010

    The boffins over at Microsoft Research have taken the street-view idea within Google (and Bing, we suppose) Maps and developed a new perspective to street-level data. Rather than being trapped within a bubble perspective, where you can only view clearly...

  • Yell.com planning iPad 3D map app to take on Google
    Online

    Yell.com planning iPad 3D map app to take on Google

    By 21 July 2010

    Yell.com is working on a new way for consumers to find businesses, above and beyond just looking at a boring directory of listings. The company is hoping that the searchers of tomorrow will want to float above cities, swooping in on restaurants or shops...

  • New York gets 8-bit mapping project
    Gaming

    New York gets 8-bit mapping project

    By 10 March 2010

    A coder called Bret Camper has built an 8-bit map of New York City and put it online for people to explore in a Google Maps-esque style. He says that it's an attempt to "make the city feel foreign yet familiar". It's been created using a custom rendering...

  • Google Earth gets WWII imagery
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    Google Earth gets WWII imagery

    By 5 February 2010

    Google has announced that it's now offering historical imagery of European cities taken during World War II onto Google Earth, and that users can compare the pictures directly to images of those cities today. A number of towns are covered, including Stuttgart,...

  • Five free navigation apps for any mobile phone
    Phones

    Five free navigation apps for any mobile phone

    By 21 January 2010

    Nokia may have made a splash with free navigation application for a small handful of Symbian phones but this stuff's been around for ages. If you don't happen to own an N97 Mini, then here are five other free navigation apps for your mobile phone, at...

  • Ordnance Survey maps to be issued free
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    Ordnance Survey maps to be issued free

    By 18 November 2009

    The government has said that it will "explore ways" of making the Ordnance Survey's maps of the UK freely available on the web from April 2010. Gordon Brown announced the change at an event also attended by web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee who is now the...

  • iTunes still most popular music service by far
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    iTunes still most popular music service by far

    By 16 November 2009

    A survey of 2000 internet users in the UK from GfK NOP has found that iTunes still remains by far the most popular music service, but that new entrant Spotify is shooting rapidly up the charts, despite having only just celebrated its 1st birthday. The...

  • OpenStreetMap - Crowd sourced cartography set to re-map the world
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    OpenStreetMap - Crowd sourced cartography set to re-map the world

    By 26 August 2009

    The Ordnance Survey is paid for by the tax payer - serveral times over as it goes. So, why is it that we foot a further fee to Great Britain's national mapping agency every time we buy a satnav or even an A-Z? If you purchase a TomTom, approximately 20-30%...

  • CoPilot launches HD satnav for top-end smartphones
    Phones

    CoPilot launches HD satnav for top-end smartphones

    By 11 May 2009

    GPS software company CoPilot, which makes satnav applications for a whole range of handsets, has announced a "high definition" version of its latest mobile phone software - CoPilot Live 7. CoPilot Live 7 HD Edition is designed to work with touchscreen...

  • Microsoft adds Photosynth to Virtual Earth with Silverlight
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    Microsoft adds Photosynth to Virtual Earth with Silverlight

    By 7 May 2009

    Microsoft has announced updates to its 3D Photosynth technology that will let businesses and Virtual Earth customers create detailed 3D views of "anything from places to products and from hotels to homes". Apparently the first commercial use for Photosynth,...

  • Highways Agency offers mobile service
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    Highways Agency offers mobile service

    By 9 April 2009

    The Highways Agency website has been improved in time for the Easter holiday getaway as a mobile service is debuted. Handy for those stuck in traffic (although obviously not to be used by those behind the wheel), the new service has been launched that...

  • TomTom ONE and XL get IQ Routes
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    TomTom ONE and XL get IQ Routes

    By 2 April 2009

    As we'd reported would be the case last month, TomTom has announced two new versions of the TomTom ONE and TomTom XL that will launch in the UK mid-April. The TomTom ONE IQ Routes and TomTom XL IQ Routes bring technologies, previously only available on...