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Apps: Navigation

Google Maps arrives: voice turn-by-turn directions, transit directions, vector graphics

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What a nice Christmas present. As my fellow blogger James Rhodes noted, Google Maps (free) arrived late yesterday and has the best of everything. It includes crucial features missing in Apple's original app based on Google's technology, and it includes features missing in Apple's new Maps app that arrived with iOS 6. Unlike the earlier version, it now has voice-guided turn-by-turn directions and vector graphics. The latter means that the maps are created on-the-fly mathematically instead of using images.



iPhone Life's Holiday Gift Guide for the Road Less Travelled

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Welcome to this comprehensive gift guide to the best of the best in rugged gear, accessories and apps for iOS. Featuring over 20 different companies that make high-quality, ruggedly contructed and durable gear, or apps suited to outdoor and survival skills. Read on after the break for more details (and over 30 useful links) about some of the most exceptional adventure-ready products on the market...



Car Camera DVR for iPhone and iPod touch. Your reliable witness

Car Camera DVR for iPhone and iPod touch. Your reliable witness

Car Camera DVR instantly turns you iPhone or iPod touch into a full featured Car DVR recorder at a fraction of the cost of the standalone device.

 Record HD definition videos while driving with embedded data about time, location and speed. Instantly playback videos with data within the app or export recorded videos into your device gallery. 

Car camera is the only app in App Store that is capable of recording high quality HD driving videos with data overlay.


Speed Tracker is 70% OFF before The Thanksgiving Day

Speed Tracker is 70% OFF before The Thanksgiving Day

Do you drive a lot? Want to visit your parents and to taste the delicious turkey? You will definitely appreciate this app.


Report: Google Maps app nearly ready to submit to Apple

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Apple's own Maps app, which in iOS 6 replaced Google's Maps app, has received a lot of complaints. Even though it offers turn-by-turn directions, which Google's offering lacked, it has been criticized as being flawed and not as accurate as Google's offering, as well as lacking the popular Street View feature. Soon after Google's Maps app was booted off iOS devices by Apple, rumors began that Google was developing a Maps app for iOS devices and would submit it to Apple for approval. Then came rumors that Apple, due to its battles with Google, wouldn't approve the app.



Free maps app coming from Nokia

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Navigation has become a crucial component of today's smartphones and tablets, and companies are vying to offer the best solution. Nokia has reportedly spent billions on a mapping solution, called HERE, and yesterday they announced they have a FREE app coming for iOS devices in the next few weeks. You can read their full press release on MacDailyNews. It sounds great: offline maps, voice-guided walking navigation, and public transit directions.



iPhone Maps App Update

It's all good in my world. Since Apple kicked Google Maps to the curb, they have been dodging arrows from critics because it's not perfect. I am not about to apologize or justify for Apple, only check in about my real life testing here in rural Vermont.



Wherever you go, you can trust CoPilot to be your personal and reliable navigator.

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CoPilot’s raises the bar for iOS turn-by-turn directional apps as ALK Technologies brings a stellar line up of GPS navigation software to iOS.

 

 

The CoPilot suite of GPS navigational driving apps has a whole lot to offer anyone looking for an excellent and feature-rich GPS navigation alternative for your iDevice.



Why the new Maps app is better than the old one

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The Maps app in iOS 6 has taken a lot of heat, and the narrative has become that it's a huge blunder that would never have happened had Steve Jobs been around. Yet some of the latest, in-depth reviews are pointing to specific ways in which the new Maps app is superior to the iOS 5 version. Also, MacRumors is reporting that users are already seeing improvements in the app, such as a fixed Flyover image of the Statue of Liberty.



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