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MapQuest gets iOS 7 redesign, more traffic data, other improvements

11/14, 10:59am

Home and work bookmarks speed up navigation

AOL has issued a major update of the MapQuest iOS app, v4.0. The app handles both general map searches and turn-by-turn navigation. Version 4.0 has been redesigned to fit the flat and clean look of iOS 7; accompanying this is a new look for the maps themselves, which should be easier to read. Search, meanwhile, has been improved to make finding destinations faster, and users can specify home and work bookmarks for quicker navigation.

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Google, Microsoft sued over street view map patent

07/05, 1:55pm

Small Louisiana firm claims to have patents

Lake Charles, Louisiana-based Transcenic filed a complaint Friday in the Federal Delaware District Court claiming that Google, Microsoft and AOL (via MapQuest) have infringed on its patents. At issue are street perspective views that the companies use on their mapping websites. Transcenic is looking for unspecified, but tripled damages.

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Ford Sync gets pushed Google Maps directions

06/08, 11:45am

Google Send to Sync sends maps to Ford cars

Ford on Tuesday unveiled a tie-in between its Sync service and Google Maps to speed up GPS navigation. A new option on Google Maps, Send to Sync, will push driving directions from Google Maps on the desktop directly to a car with Sync's navigation turned on. A Bluetooth phone works to send the data to the car using the voice link rather than 3G or a special app.

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MapQuest intros iPhone GPS app, matching service

10/09, 10:35am

Company adopts unusual pricing scheme

MapQuest has introduced a new iPhone application, which goes beyond the company's web service to provide narrated, turn-by-turn car navigation. Unlike most such apps, the MapQuest software itself is priced at only $1. The rest of the cost is in monthly and annual subscription fees, which cover updated maps and points of interest, as well route optimization based on traffic, accident and construction updates.

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MapQuest aims towards iPhone

10/21, 4:00pm

MapQuest iPhone app

MapQuest, the creator of its namesake mapping website, has debuted a version of the site designed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch. Whereas Apple handheld users were previously directed towards the desktop pages, the site now presents pages formatted for the size of the iPhone, with special controls and larger buttons and fonts. All features of the regular site are recreated, including traffic, driving directions, local searches and gas price rundowns.

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