It appears that Vietnamese Pokémon GO addicts are the only ones willing to ruin the national map in order to avoid a few extra steps to reach a PokéStop. It appears that Vietnamese Pokémon GO addicts are the only ones willing to ruin the national map in order to avoid a few extra steps to reach a PokéStop. The Google Map of Vietnam has begun to transform since the launch of Pokémon GO in the country, with people using the Google Map Maker tool to create a number of fake ‘virtual’ public areas to facilitate their hunt. In Pokémon GO, the mobile game taking the world by storm, public places such as parks, historical markers, and monuments are likely to automatically be recognized as PokéStops – locations where players can collect eggs and Poké Balls. In an attempt to cheat the system, a number of Vietnamese players have been creating fake public places near their houses to dupe Pokémon GO into marking … [Read more...] about Are Vietnamese Pokemon GO players world’s only Google Maps abusers?
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Protesters rally outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila on July 7, 2015, denouncing China's claim to most of the South China Sea including areas claimed by the Philippines Google has quietly removed the Chinese name for a South China Sea shoal bitterly disputed by Beijing and Manila from its maps service, following an outcry from Filipinos. The Google Maps website on Tuesday referred to the rich fishing ground -- a subject of a case lodged by the Philippines at an international arbitration tribunal -- by its international name, Scarborough Shoal. The service had earlier labelled the shoal as part of China's Zhongsha island chain, prompting an online campaign demanding that the Internet giant stop identifying the outcrop as part of Chinese territory. "We've updated Google Maps to fix the issue. We understand that geographic names can raise deep emotions which is why we worked quickly once this was brought to our attention," Google's office in Manila said in a … [Read more...] about Google removes Chinese name on map after Philippine furore
Apple is taking some flak for ditching Google's Map data in its latest iOS 6 update, with its own-brand replacement quickly becoming a hilarious Internet meme. For testing, I used an iPhone 4S running iOS 6 and an iPhone 4S running iOS 5, plus a rooted Samsung Galaxy S3 to test the Android app. If you don't see Android visually compared in one of these categories, that's because it was very similar to the results achieved with iOS 5 (as you'd expect, seeing as they both use Google data), but rest assured Android's efforts were tested in every section. … [Read more...] about iOS 6 Maps vs iOS 5 Maps vs Android Maps
After a year-long gestation, iOS 6 is upon us. The latest version of Apple's operating system for iPad, iPhone and the iPod touch is smarter than ever, with slicker graphics, better iCloud integration and easier sharing. Here's CNET UK's pick of the 50 best tips, changes and must-have features for iDevice users everywhere. … [Read more...] about 50 iOS 6 tips: Panorama, Apple Maps, reading list and more
Apple Inc took the wraps off its own mobile mapping service and improved the search capabilities of its Siri voice assistant, taking the fight into Google Inc's domain. CEO Tim Cook, who took over from late co-founder Steve Jobs last August, spearheaded the unveiling of new services -- such as in-house mapping, beefed-up Siri software, address-bar search on its Safari browser -- to help keep at bay Google and its fast-growing Android mobile platform. Apple tweaked several features in its mobile operating system to try to enhance its ability to entice users to stay within its ecosystem. The upgrades marked a bolstering of Apple's arsenal as it tries to keep its top-down applications and hardware environment ahead of competition from Android device makers such as Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility. But the highlight was the debut of Apple's in-house mapping service after years of development, a direct challenge to the same Google service that is one of the most popular … [Read more...] about Apple takes on Google with own maps, better Siri