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Yahoo researchers teach GPS to take the scenic route

Often the shortest route between two places involves some grey, eight-lane expanse of Interstate that’s about as thrilling to drive as it was to pave. Resourceful road-trippers have learned to make use of the avoid highways feature, but that’s always…

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Yahoo researchers teach GPS to take the scenic route

Often the shortest route between two places involves some grey, eight-lane expanse of Interstate that’s about as thrilling to drive as it was to pave. Resourceful road-trippers have learned to make use of the avoid highways feature, but that’s always…

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MapQuest updates iOS 7 and Android apps with modern UI, route status bar

With Google, Apple and Nokia making so much fuss about navigation these days, it’s easy to forget good ‘ol MapQuest. That doesn’t mean it isn’t still going strong, though, as evidenced by the service’s plans to launch updated apps for iOS 7 and Android sometime today. The apps will get a completely …

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Cyanogen Mod Raises $7M To Find A Direct-To-Consumer Route For Android Firmware

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While it’s been obvious for the last few years that Android and iOS have created a two-horse race in the world of smartphone OSs, is it possible that a third could emerge?

Microsoft, especially with its recent deal to acquire Nokia’s mobile hardware business, has tried.

But perhaps that third horse is going to be an Android variant.

The team running Cyanogen, Inc. has been behind one of the most popular Android ROMs in the world — Cyanogen Mod. They’ve just raised $ 7 million in funding raised by Benchmark Capital to turn what has been a hobby project into a real business pioneering a direct-to-consumer route for delivering a mobile OS.

Consumers frustrated with the standard flavor of Android can flash their devices and replace their software experience with Cyanogen Mod, which boasts additional security and personalization features along with better speed. Now they have roughly 8 million users who have installed Cyanogen Mod without any expensive marketing efforts. Beyond those 8 million direct users, other Android variants like Xiaomi’s MiUI leverage Cyanogen Mod so the real reach of the project is several times larger.

“This is something that I kind of started for fun when the first generation of Android devices came out,” said co-founder Steve Kondik, who worked on Cyanogen Mod while serving as a staff software engineer at Samsung. “But it just took off and snowballed. And soon people started giving me advice about features that they wanted. We just solved a lot of painful technical problems to do this.”

But right now, the install process for Cyanogen Mod is pretty painful. It can take an hour or more. “We’re fighting against the grain a little bit,” Kondik joked.

With the funding, the startup is building an installer that’s going to make this process dead simple.

“It should be as simple as grabbing an app from the Google Play store,” he said. “You’ll be able to install Cyanogen Mod with essentially with one click.”

Kondik believes that Cyanogen Mod could be a ‘mobile OS by the users, for the users.’ The company’s build process and relationship with its users resembles how China’s Xiaomi deals with its rabid fanbase in releasing new versions every single week with features the community suggests.

Kondik said that he’d sometimes upload multiple versions of Cyanogen Mod a day to fix bugs. He’d also run into work from his fans. Users would mod his mod, and then even do mods of his mod’s mod.

“It was a lot of fun,” he wrote in a letter to users today. “We all shared the same idea—there was a product we wanted, nobody would make it, so we did it ourselves at any cost. This idea became the ethos of our community.”

To this day, Cyanogen Mod manages releases for many kinds of users. They have a “bleeding edge” release that’s updated every day for the more adventurous and experimental user and then more stable monthly builds.

With the new funding round, which was actually closed a few months ago, Kondik left his job at Samsung. Boost co-founder Kirt McMaster came on as CEO to run the company and manage the fundraising process. They now have a team of 17 working on the project.

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BlackBerry Q10 hits the FCC en route to a spring launch

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We’re fairly certain that the BlackBerry Q10 will make its hometown debut on April 30th, however Thorsten and Co. have not been very precise about when the phone will land in the US. Thanks to the FCC, nevertheless, we understand that it can’t be too far out, as the first BB10 device with a physical QWERTY keyboard has been passed suitable for human usage by the federal firm. We ‘d have guessed that professional keyboardist Alicia Keys would be first in the queue, however she probably got a giveaway ahead of time.

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‘Kentucky Route Zero’ is a bluegrass adventure with robots and cats

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Kentucky Path No isn’t really your normal computer game. It’s set in Kentucky, for one thing, where members discover and explore a secret motorway hidden in underground caves. The main character is a furnishings distribution man and the game features bluegrass songs and locations motivated by the world of movie theater. However it’s these unique attributes that make the game so fascinating. Built by the two-man team at Cardboard Pc, the point-and-click adventure game is set to make its debut in December, when the first of 5 planned episodes is released.

The game was in fact initially slated to introduce last year. On January 7th, 2011, the team launched a Kickstarter campaign– which surpassed the relatively modest funding goal of $ 6,500– with the …

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Nokia patents haptic system to simulate linear motion, assist with navigational route guidance

Nokia patents haptic system to simulate linear motion and assist with navigational route guidance

The crew in Espoo have simply incorporated a new patent to the arsenal that guarantees to incorporate a refined level of haptic evaluations to the user experience. Fundamental to Nokia’s plan is a matrix of independent haptic tools that continue to be fixed, but combine to mimic the sensation of linear and circular movement. Not only could the improved evaluations bring a new level of communication to the software application user interface, but Nokia additionally hypothesizes that the system will certainly be useful for providing navigational course support– state, without the requirement for visual or auditory feedback. Provided the company’s other research in the field of haptic systems, it seems Nokia’s future may be full of really good vibrations, undoubtedly.

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Nokia patents haptic system to simulate linear motion, assist with navigational route guidance

Nokia patents haptic system to simulate linear motion and assist with navigational route guidance

The crew in Espoo have just added a new patent to the arsenal that promises to add a refined level of haptic feedback to the user experience. Fundamental to Nokia’s plan is a matrix of independent haptic devices that remain stationary, but combine to simulate the sensation of linear and circular movement. Not only could the enhanced feedback bring a new level of interaction to the software interface, but Nokia also hypothesizes that the system will be useful for providing navigational route guidance — say, without the need for visual or auditory feedback. Given the company’s other research in the field of haptic systems, it seems Nokia’s future may be full of good vibrations, indeed.

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Nokia patents haptic system to simulate linear motion, assist with navigational route guidance originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Honeywell next up to get a patent license from Microsoft, goes the Android handheld route

Honeywell next up to get a patent license from Microsoft, goes the Android route

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a company that wants to start using (or keep using) a Google OS strikes a patent licensing deal with Microsoft to avoid the legal barrage that will invariably follow if it says no. It’s Honeywell singing the tune this time, and the company has reached an agreement that will let it use Android or Chrome OS on devices like a new edition of the Dolphin 7800 rugged handheld (shown here) without perpetually looking over its shoulder. Neither side is going into the specifics, although Microsoft has steered Honeywell into using its boilerplate copy about royalties trading hands. The truce won’t help the prices of Honeywell devices; even so, it’s good news for developers and customers who’ve been part of the company’s official Android feedback program. We’re still yearning for the day when we can get root access on a Honeywell thermostat.

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Nokia Maps for Windows Phone adds Groupon deals in the US, advanced route planning

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As rumored, Nokia has released version 2.5 of its Maps application for Windows Phone. The headline feature is a daily “Groupon Now!” deal integrated into the app. Groupon deals will be shown along with other local search results — they’ll be identified with a green “G” and clicking one will direct you to Groupon’s mobile site. The Groupon feature will only be available in the US, however. It’s the fruits of an exclusive partnership the two companies formed in May.

Nokia has also added a more utilitarian feature: advanced route planning. Along with the standard route creation (via car, walking, or public transit), users will be able to pin saved route to the start screen. Nokia says that the saved routes can also be shared.

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