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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

Apple Maps Debacle Top Location Story of 2012

December 11, 2012By

Looking back at 2012, and this is our last column of the year, a number of stories in the location industry spring to the front. The rise of indoor positioning as a potential lucrative market is one. Another is perhaps Samsung’s purchase of CSR to give a major consumer electronics manufacturer even more location capability. Or the continued story of... read more

Apple CEO Apologizes for Faulty Maps App

September 28, 2012By
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After the September 12 launch of the Apple iPhone 5, which comes equipped with Apple’s own Maps application, users soon found their efforts to navigate thwarted by mislabeled cities, misplaced landmarks, lack of’ transit directions, and strange satellite imagery. Today, Apple Inc. Chief Executive Tim Cook apologized to customers for the flaws in the Maps app in a letter posted... read more

iOS, Android Adoption 10 Times that of PCs

September 20, 2012By

We are making history. The rate of iOS and Android device adoption has surpassed adoption rates for any other consumer technology in recent history, reports analytics firm Flurry. Android and iOS devices are being adopted at a rate 10 times faster than the rate of PC adoption during the 1980s. Smart device adoption is growing twice as fast as Internet... read more

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Companies Uniting to Expand Indoor Positioning Market…But Where Are Google and Apple?

September 11, 2012By

Naysayers still exist when talking about the emerging indoor positioning market. They say that the market is still too nascent — and the technology is sub par and not there yet. However, there are just too many atmospherics, and big companies getting involved in indoor positioning development, to brush it off as another technology fad. The recent announcement that 22... read more