Telenav Acquires Open-Source Mapmaker Skobbler
Telenav has acquired Skobbler for $23.8 million in cash and stock. Skobbler, which is based in Germany, runs a crowd-sourced OpenStreetMaps application. OpenStreetMaps uses data supplied by the public to help create the most accurate and up-to-date maps possible. Telenav expects to add Skobbler and its development team to its own mapping and navigation products, including Scout. Scout often appears as a preloaded app on Sprint smartphones.
'Crowd Surf' Feature from Snapchat Seamlessly Merges Public Snaps
Aug 15, 2017
Snapchat hopes its latest feature, found within Snapchat Stories, will make live events far more interactive. Crowd Surf uses the audio captured at events such as concerts to create a seamless experience, allowing people to jump from viewpoint to viewpoint of all those sharing the experience in Snapchat.
Apple to Rebuild Maps from Scratch Using Its Own Data
Jun 29, 2018
Apple hopes to improve its Apple Maps app and service by rebuilding them from the ground up with all new data. Apple launched Maps six years ago relying on data from third-party providers such as TomTom.
Google to Crowd-Source Accessibility Data for Maps
Jul 6, 2017
Google today added a tool to Google Maps that makes it easier for people to add details concerning accessibility. The Google Maps app for Android allows people to add this data via the "Your Contributions" section by tapping "uncover missing info." Sorting options under that heading include accessibility, where people can add details such as whether or not locations have wheelchair-accessible entrances, wheelchair-accessible elevators, wheelchair-accessible seating, and wheelchair-accessible parking.
Apple Reveals iOS 10 Features
Jun 13, 2016
Apple today showed off iOS 10, what it calls the biggest release of iOS ever for both end users and developers. To start, the platform changes up the lock screen, making it easier to access the camera, notifications, Control Center, and widgets.