It's always exciting to take a peek into what Apple's working on lately, and a surefire way to do so is to take a look at some of Apple's latest filed patents. Recently, Apple filed two very intriguing patents for new iOS technologies. One reveals the company's plans to integrate projectors into iOS devices for use with the Mac, and the other is for "schematic maps", which is what AppleInsider calls dynamic maps on the iPhone that lets you zoom in on roads and landmarks to make navigation easier to follow.
You may recall Garmin’s first move into the App Store back in January with StreetPilot, a navigation app that tried a different approach from the others -- leaving the maps out, requiring users to have data access through their iPhone. Now the company is back to rectify that move, complete with maps.
Apple received registered trademark status for the number 280 last week. Uh, sure. Of course they did. But what does this mean? We sometimes use those numbers; do we have to download them now from the App Store?
Apple has long been rumored to be working on their own mapping data for their iOS devices, and that day may be coming sooner than we think, according to new legal disclaimers discovered under “Map Data” in the beta build of iOS 5.
Going bar hopping tonight? Or perhaps you're scaling that awesome hill a few miles away from home? Let your friends know what you're up to with the location services in Google Maps. You can share your location with anyone via text message or email, and you can push the location straight through to your car's GPS. iPod touch and iPad users can do the same. Read on to find out how.
One of the unfortunate aspects of a Wi-Fi only iPad is the lack of a GPS chip, which is only included in the 3G models that cost $129 more. However, it appears that tethering your iPad to your iPhone allows the tablet to also receive accurate GPS data as well.
Getting a bunch of people coordinated is seriously one of the toughest things to do. Sure, you could use Google Docs, a massive email thread or some kind of travel website to keep track of what's going on, but does that every really work? No.
However, what you can rely on is that everyone's probably got a cell phone on hand, and GroupMe works on a variety of mobile platforms to help unify you and your crew and keep you all on the same page. GroupMe enables you to create a group, keep track of these folks, communicate with them via social networking and SMS, and even share photos. In addition, you can also have a group call to keep in touch with one another the old-fashioned way--via an actual group chat. Follow along to find out how to use this application to better organize your life--and your posse.
If you’re looking for friends, Google Latitude can help. It helps people find each other in the real world to network the old-fashioned way: face to face. When you and your friends sign in, Latitude’s zoomable map displays icons showing everyone’s location. You can quickly cycle from friend to friend with a tap, and tapping a friend’s icon reveals contact info, directions, and more.
Looking for something to do, buy, or browse? With Google Places, you can search for services based on your location to find nearby matches on a map. The convenience flat-out rules—if Places can’t locate you precisely, it suggests nearby alternatives, and an editable list of common businesses (gas, restaurants, and more) lets you find everyday destinations quickly.
Google Earth successfully squashes the desktop app you know and love to pocket size. Sure, processor-intensive features like 3D buildings and weather are missing, but you can view optional 3D terrain and tappable links to attractions, Panoramio photos, and even Wikipedia articles relevant to the location you’re virtually visiting. Text searches show address book contacts first, followed by results from your search history (you won’t have to type “Yucatan Peninsula” every time you want to find it).