Google has unveiled Project Tango, which allows smart mobile phones to create realistic 3D maps of space and virtual reality as the user moves in real space. Technology has come from the department of Motorola Mobility, Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP), which has its roots in the US Department of Defense, or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Specifically, when Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, they decided to keep the department in the company.
Google has officially unveiled the new Google Maps for devices with the Android operating system. The user interface has undergone a complete redesign and now looks a lot cleare. They also removed well known sidebar, which allows you to view map over the full screen. New version of the application has improved navigation and like Waze points to incidents in traffic, and will also inform you if a better route to the destination becomes available.
Shortly after the Apple replaced Google Maps with own solution with the launch of iOS6, it was quite obvious that if Google were to release a Google maps application it would be a hit on the platform. Immediately after the launch of Google maps it has become the most popular application in the App Store and the matter is now confirmed with the official results on the number of downloads.
After a few passengers strayed into the dangerous areas full of poisonous snakes and other not so hospitable animals, Australian police issued a warning that advises people to avoid usage of the built-in navigation app in Apple devices. Looks like Apple just can’t get out of trouble with their maps and navigation. First they had an incident with Google Maps and now they have apparently led several people into very dangerous areas.
After Nokia announced a deal in which they are seeking Linux specialists, many of the "experts" interpreted this as a sure sign that the company might cross over, or at least be planning to switch to Android. However, no matter how much we want to see Lumias running Android it looks like that will not happen.
Nokia has unveiled its new market name, Here, the location platform in the "cloud." Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the company is doing a personalized card that should change the way we navigate. According to him, the quality and quantity of available data will enable the transformation of Nokia navigation service in a way that we have not even thought was possible.
So the iPhone 5 is here, the sales numbers are in and while the new phone from Apple is doing well it is actually falling short of analyst predictions and in some cases consumer expectation. One of the key areas is the new Maps App. Until recently Apple utilized Google Maps for iOS. However, with their ongoing war against all things Android Apple has started systematically dropping anything developed by the Advertising giant. So far we have YouTube and Maps that are gone from the official version of iOS and we are sure that more items will start to drop or perhaps get rejected by the content police that Apple employs.
As we race toward a day when we might not have any real privacy we are wondering where things will actually stop and where the general public’s rights come in and corporate “rights” actually stop. During all of the privacy debates over Facebook, Google and many others that seem to view personal data as a commodity to be traded for cash one thing has been repeated over and over again. This is “do users of online services have a reasonable expectation of privacy?” We have heard this one bandied about by Congress Men and Women, Facebook and Google Lawyers and even legal scholars seem to be unable to answer this.