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Hybrid Indoor Location to Dominate Billion Unit Smartphone Market

August 15, 2013By

​Apple’s acquisition of WiFiSLAM has brought smartphone indoor location technologies to the fore. With more than 1 billion new smartphones forecast to use indoor location technologies in 2018, there are still significant opportunities for companies with the right technologies and strategies, according to a report by ABI Research. In ABI Research’s latest Location Technology report, “Smartphone Indoor Location Technologies,” it... read more

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Apple Maps Another Foray, Still Needs Google

July 29, 2013By

By Kevin Dennehy Trying to shake off last year’s mapping debacle, Apple recently bought two companies, HopStop and Locationary.  The purchases, whose financial details were not disclosed, get Apple rooted once more in the location business; how firmly those roots prove to be, and how well they serve the company against arch-rival Google, time will tell. Apple has been stockpiling... read more

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Expert Advice: Cooperative Updates with Maps 2.0

July 1, 2013By

By Oliver Kühn, Skobbler Not so long ago, paper maps were a necessity in many walks of life. Today, they are increasingly a nostalgic novelty, to coin a term. It’s not difficult to understand why digital maps replaced their paper brethren. Digital maps are more accurate, more adaptable, and most importantly, in an increasingly real-time environment, much faster at making... read more

Google’s $1.1 Billion Purchase of Waze Under FTC Scrutiny

June 26, 2013By
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In a year of ho-hum location deals, or the lack of any, the recent Google purchase of Waze for more than $1 billion is a big one. In fact, readers of GPS World magazine’s LBS Insider would have to go back to the summer of 2007, when TomTom purchased Tele Atlas and Nokia bought Navteq, to find an industry acquisition... read more

The Race to Own Mapping

June 13, 2013By
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Mapping turned up the heat in June, becoming a hot topic across the board. Apple ended negotiations to buy Waze, a provider of crowd sourced mapping and traffic, reportedly because the company did not want to relocate from Israel. Google quickly took Apple’s place as Waze’s buyer. With almost 50 million drivers using Waze, many via Apple Maps, Google would... read more

Google and Facebook Eye Waze as Potential Purchase

May 28, 2013By

Since the recent CTIA conference wasn’t the buffet of location news, one potential deal could really set the industry on fire going into the summer months. Google and Facebook both are rumored to be in talks to purchase Waze. Some say this would mean Facebook would transform into a mobile advertising company, with local ads, if it were the winning... read more

Futuristic Heads-up Glasses with GPS Go to App Developers

March 7, 2013By
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Vuzix Corporation today announced that it has begun shipping M100 Smart Glasses to the first of its Gold developer partners — enabling them to start creating and testing their apps on the real hardware. The M100 Smart Glasses are a smart hands-free display and communications device for mobile data access, once paired to a smartphone and connected to the Internet.... read more

Will Fragmentation Hurt Location Business?

December 12, 2012By

Get out of the way, GPS. Wi-Fi is elbowing in on the location game. Wi-Fi operators are tracking people and offering retailers and marketers access to customers’ behavior and location. Traffic patterns emitted by smartphone Wi-Fi signals let network operators keep tabs on what shoppers are doing. Heat maps are being created with data from Wi-Fi points to map out... read more