Apple has quietly been working to rebuild its Maps application with self-gathered data, and will begin to roll out changes starting with the next beta of iOS 12, TechCrunch reports today. The process will apparently proceed slowly, starting only with data for San Francisco and the Bay Area, expanding to the rest of Northern California by fall 2018. It’s expected to continue in the United States for a full year, section-by-section. Arriving as a replacement for iOS’s integrated Google Maps app, Apple’s Maps had a famously turbulent launch six years ago, complete with conspicuously missing and inaccurate third-party POI data, limited and poor directions, and other issues. Responding to complaints, Apple continued to refine the app annually, cleaning up its database and improving the UI. But the latest round of changes will go deeper. According to today’s report, Apple’s new maps have been in the works for four years. They’re based upon data the … [Read more...] about Apple will reboot Maps using its own data, starting in iOS 12
The world of IoT (internet of things) is growing fast. “Smart” devices are popping up all over the place, from tiny chips to large manufacturing machines; almost every industry is touched by the revolution of IoT. Technology company Ericsson predicts that by 2018, there will be more IoT gadgets than mobile phones. Intel forecasts there will be 200 billion connected devices by 2020. It’s clear that the IoT world is growing at an unprecedented pace, changing the way many industries work.Accenture estimates the IoT industry could add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030. IoT’s reach will spread across various fields: Smart cities will have an annual growth rate of 54 percent over a six-year period. 60 percent of global manufacturers will analyze processes and identify optimization possibilities using analytics produced from connected devices. 75 percent of new cars will come with built-in IoT connectivity by 2020. The connected health market will reach … [Read more...] about Can data scientists tackle the IoT demand?
In order to take on Google's indoor maps, Apple has dipped into petty cash and paid $20 million for WifiSLAM. This company provides indoor location services using Wi-Fi and GPS. Ironically, the company was co-founded by former Google software engineering intern Joseph Huang along with Jessica Tsoong. With Google offering indoor mapping for airports, stadiums and shopping centers, Apple needs to compete, especially since Apple Maps started off on the wrong foot and still has a poor reputation. WifiSLAM uses Wi-Fi to help apps detect a mobile user's location inside and can detect the location within an accuracy of 2.5 meters. Apple needs to make these small acquisitions to improve its Apple Maps application. In Australia, the cops called the application life-threatening as incorrect directions between cities led some travelers to get lost for hours in the Outback. Apple continues to support its mapping application and hopes to strengthen it with acquisitions like this.An Apple … [Read more...] about Apple buys WifiSLAM for $20 million, company provides indoor positional data
posted on 23 Mar 2013, 23:56 5 1. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013) Interesting, Apple may have something up their sleeve, the purchase would of been a bargain for them! posted on 24 Mar 2013, 00:46 9 2. blackice214 (Posts: 168; Member since: 03 Jan 2013) They are going to market this as revolutionary innovation. posted on 24 Mar 2013, 01:00 13 4. lovenyc8 (Posts: 164; Member since: 13 Mar 2013) LOL thats what i call innovation from Apple posted on 24 Mar 2013, 12:09 2 14. gregoryyy3 (unregistered) comments like these are getting real old and arent funny anymore after the thousandth time.. just saying 20. MyJobSux (Posts: 106; Member since: 01 Apr 2012) Im still amused, but then again, im not an inovative barista who stands in line for days awaiting the next iCrap that is the same thing as the old iCrap but with a new commercial...just saying... 21. Ninetysix (Posts: 2781; Member since: 08 Oct 2012) Im still amused, but then … [Read more...] about Comments for : Apple buys WifiSLAM for $20 million, company provides indoor positional data
Through data visualizations of all kinds, statistics have served as a cornerstone of human knowledge for centuries, by giving us the means to analyze impossibly vast volumes of data through succinct and understandable presentations. For many — us included — data visualizations are an integral part to the reporting and reviewing process. In short, we love charts, and today, we're assuming that you do too!From projected data consumption across the world, through Samsung's flailing sales, down to rise of larger-screened devices, we've picked 8 expertly-done charts, most of which courtesy of dataviz, so you can share in on the fun, get a better sense of what's going on in the smartphone industry, and even learn something new.Here we go! 8 awesome data visualizations centered on the smartphone industry as it is 8 awesome data visualizations centered on the smartphone industry as it is 1. Average sales price 'unlocked' Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, the chart … [Read more...] about 8 awesome data visualizations centered on the smartphone industry as it is