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iPhone 101: Always show walking directions in iOS Maps

Occasionally, I will travel to Boston, where it is much easier to get around by foot than by car. Apple's default Maps application will provide you with walking directions, but you have to switch from the default driving directions to walking directions by tapping the "walking person" icon in the...

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The Onion: Apple to re-arrange earth to match Maps app

Now this is just funny. A hilarious video from The Onion states that Apple will respond to errors in its Maps app by rearranging the earth and its physical laws so that they match. Tim Cook is "quoted" in the parody as saying, "Apple is committed to making the best user experience possible. That's...

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Here are all the places you go running and biking with your iPhone

Strava is one of the most popular exercise apps on the iPhone, so after years of users recording their own running and biking habits, the company has a whole lot of data on its hands. Using nearly 20 million recorded exercise routes from its software across iOS, Garmin GPS devices, and Android,...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 28, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Mac 101: Use this tip to easily map a contact's address in OS X Mavericks

Traveling to a friend's new house and not exactly sure how to get there? if their new address is in your Contacts, then you can quickly and easily pull up a map to see where they live. Once you have Maps open, driving directions are just few clicks away. To Map a contact's address, just open...

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The TUAW Daily Update Podcast for April 9, 2014

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get some the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the player at the top of...

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Apple reportedly testing new Maps feature to notify users of fixed problems

Apple has begun testing a new notification feature in its Maps app, according to a recent report from MacRumors. The report relays that some users who have reported erroneous mapping data to Apple are being presented with a notification option wherein they can elect to be notified when the issue has...

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How to bookmark map locations and share them across OS X and iOS

With the debut of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, Apple's Maps app is now on both platforms, allowing you to share location-based information across devices via your iCloud account. One handy feature is the bookmark list, which can save important locations and allow you to view them on both your Mac and...

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Elevation Earth for iOS is endlessly fascinating and educational

Elevation Earth is a universal iOS app (US$2.99) that displays a 3D model of our planet. You can manipulate your location with finger movements on the screen while rotating and zooming into Earth using standard iOS gestures. The app shows more than 300 annotated locations, like where the Titanic...

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How to use the iOS Compass for basic land navigation

iOS ships with a basic compass that you can use to find your basic heading when driving or hiking. It's not as robust as some third-party orienteering apps, but it will work in a pinch when these other apps are not available. When you launch the compass, you may be required to calibrate it by...

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Leave it to The New Yorker to criticize Apple's '30 years of Mac' celebration

Leave it to The New Yorker to interpret Apple's celebration of 30 years of the Mac as proof that the company has lost its way without Steve Jobs at the helm. In an article titled, "Why is Apple being so nostalgic?" Yukari Iwatani Kane (formerly of the WSJ) uses Apple's recent and unusual...

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Maps With Me Pro: Offline maps for anywhere

The most popular mapping programs, like Google Maps and Apple Maps, are great as long as you have a data connection on your iOS device. But if you are a traveler and get off the beaten path, you can be stuck with a blank screen on your iPhone or iPad. Maps with Me Pro solves that problem, giving...

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Apple targeted in absurd class-action suit over iOS Maps

In the latest installment of crazy folks suing Apple for absurd reasons, we have a class-action suit against Apple alleging that Apple's missteps with its Maps app for iOS rendered the device unworkable. Specifically, the suit alleges that Apple is guilty of unfair competition, false advertising and...

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MapQuest gets new look, features for iOS 7 users

With Google and Apple locked in an epic battle to win the maps wars, many forget that there are other decent mapping services for iOS. One such service is MapQuest, the tried-and-true mapping solution that has been around for years and years. Today the company updated its MapQuest app for iOS 7...

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Protests in Taiwan over Apple Maps

Apple's Maps app continues to aggravate some iPhone users. This time, customers in Taiwan are offended that the software describes their country as a province of China. iPhone users in the island country noticed the issue and reported it to local media. Eventually Taiwan's foreign ministry noticed...

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