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post #121 of 162

Could someone please post a flyover of (say) Brussels, Belgium please

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Could someone please post a flyover of (say) Brussels, Belgium please

 

That would be too easy, as Brussels is a big city and I'd expect them to have it in flyover soon, or maybe they already have it (well, let's be frank here: I expect them to already have Brussels, Paris, London, etc... or otherwise they don't have a product at all).

 

I'd better ask for (say) Dundalk, Ireland (yes, it's on StreetView, as well as most -if not all- towns with >500 people population on all countries who didn't ban SV).

 

The (very small) group of people claiming Flyover is a real alternative for StreetView because StreetView would be a huge task for Apple, are totally missing the point: The work behind StreetView is not only the camera-cars: it's the huge, huge, huge (huge) amount of small towns it covers all over the World. Do you claim it's less work for Apple to have the same towns on flyover? Otherwise, if this small group claims they're happy if Flyover covers the -say- 20 biggest cities in the World, then, well, no comment... don't pretend such an small coverage can compete with StreetView, not only in image detail, but also in towns coverage.

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[...] Regardless, Google will still have their own maps app available in the appstore. Stop your needless whining. 

 

Really? I thought the article said there was a reasonable doubt that Google Maps with StreetView could be accepted in the AppStore. Maybe I didn't read it right. Of course I'll be happy if the AppStore has an app with StreetView.

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[...] Tell me, how often will Google remap the world? What they mapped will remain as it is for an extremely long time. 3D models can much more easily be updated. Streetview will become obsolete extremely quickly.  [...]

 

You didn't read how Flyover is generated, did you?  It doesn't suffice with satellite imagery. If it only needed sat pics, of course the whole World could be automatically updated in 3D very quickly. In addition to sat maps, they also need footage from planes flying at low altitude (otherwise they wouldn't have images for the facades, they'd only have the roofs). 

 

So, you think it's "much more easier" to send low altitude camera planes to the 47 countries (fourty-seven countries) covered by StreetView than using camera-cars? I really cannot see why the former would be easier than the later, unless you imply to only cover a dozen cities in flyover, which is what you seem to be considering.

post #125 of 162
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I'd better ask for (say) Dundalk, Ireland (yes, it's on StreetView, as well as most -if not all- towns with >500 people population on all countries who didn't ban SV).

 

 

You could have said Cavan ;-), at least give them a fighting chance. Or as Belgium is concerned Leuven. But no one has posted anything yet, so either the thread is dead or I am right.

 

But fact is that not even Bing Maps does have Steetside for Belgium (or transit). Apple may very well leverage map data from Navteq (Nokia), Tele Atlas (TomTom) and OSM, so on the 2D aspect I expect them to do great things. But -as ever- their 'superior' product that will blow us out of the sky, will be very US centric for the foreseable future.

 

I do not recall how many time GM saved the bacon during our vacation in Thailand and S/E Asia, so I would be very very disappointed seeing GM depart from the iUniverse

post #126 of 162

Don't think this has been mentioned yet, but in January 2011, C3 Technologies (who Apple later acquired) were already working on their own street view:

 

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2011/1/17/from-sweden-next-gen2c-nsa-like-3d-maps-thatll-knock-your-socks-off.aspx

 

So Apple's version of StreetView (I'm still calling it DriveThrough/WalkThrough) may come sooner than we think, depending on how much they had progressed with it.

post #127 of 162
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Don't think this has been mentioned yet, but in January 2011, C3 Technologies (who Apple later acquired) were already working on their own street view:

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2011/1/17/from-sweden-next-gen2c-nsa-like-3d-maps-thatll-knock-your-socks-off.aspx

So Apple's version of StreetView (I'm still calling it DriveThrough/WalkThrough) may come sooner than we think, depending on how much they had progressed with it.

I remember seeing those videos before Apple bought C3.

What's weird is that the places shown in these videos are not, yet, available in 3D on iOS 6 maps.

I forgot about the street view, though


Edit: Here's an example of Hoover Dam shown in 3D... not so good...


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post #128 of 162

@Dick Applebaum

 

Names rotate.  That's pretty.  But that's not what I was talking about.  Google Maps has a phenomenal database.  It's the new 411 really.  If I want a type of business nearby I type that business category into Google Maps first.  And then look around.  Even mom and pop stores are in GMaps.  Yelp integration won't come close to compensating for that loss of data.  No transit info (and it's going to be years before appropriate 3rd party apps come in).  And this doesn't just mean NYC (where you'll likely get a 3rd party app quickly).  Let's see how fast 3rd party apps for all these places:

 

http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/#mdy

 

I'm sure we'll have transit information for Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Lansing, Michigan in no time.  And the interface will be absolutely uniform between all the third-party apps so transit navigation is just the same for me in Mumbai or Toronto.  Meanwhile, Google is moving on to this:

 

http://maps.google.com/help/maps/transit/partners/live-updates.html

 

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Some will say that Google is evil.  Here' what I respect about Google.  They'll do something just for the heck of it.  Even when there's no clear profit motive.  They worry about commercialization later.  Apple would never (in a million years at least) do something like this:

 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/08/22/north-google-street-view.html

 

I'm pretty sure, I'll have to be grateful if Apple covers Ottawa (where I live) before the end of the decade with Flyover.  Corner Brook, Newfoundland?  There will be teleporters by then.

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I wonder if Apple is just being cheap here.  If TomTom is providing them the database why didn't they buy access to the Streetview data.  TomTom is creating a rival version:

 

http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/29/tomtom-working-on-its-own-street-view-like-service/

 

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I can appreciate that Apple is trying to compete.  But let's not pretend, this is some kind of great leap forward.  It's really a wash.  You get prettier maps.  But a significantly degraded database.  And real loss of functionality (like walk/bike/transit directions/navigation and Streetview).  Usually when Apple does something, it's exceptionally well executed.  For example, compare Passbook to Google Wallet.  But Maps?  It's got Beta written all over it.

 

Here's my prediction.  Most users are scarcely going to notice Flyover.  But they will notice less data and lack of anything other than driving directions.  Hopefully, driving navigation makes up for the loss of everything else.

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That would be too easy, as Brussels is a big city and I'd expect them to have it in flyover soon, or maybe they already have it (well, let's be frank here: I expect them to already have Brussels, Paris, London, etc... or otherwise they don't have a product at all).

 

I'd better ask for (say) Dundalk, Ireland (yes, it's on StreetView, as well as most -if not all- towns with >500 people population on all countries who didn't ban SV).

 

The (very small) group of people claiming Flyover is a real alternative for StreetView because StreetView would be a huge task for Apple, are totally missing the point: The work behind StreetView is not only the camera-cars: it's the huge, huge, huge (huge) amount of small towns it covers all over the World. Do you claim it's less work for Apple to have the same towns on flyover? Otherwise, if this small group claims they're happy if Flyover covers the -say- 20 biggest cities in the World, then, well, no comment... don't pretend such an small coverage can compete with StreetView, not only in image detail, but also in towns coverage.

 

I will post a 3D Flyover of Dundalk, Ireland as soon as you post a video demonstrating the use of voice activated, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation to Jade Garden in Dundalk using Google Maps in iOS 5.  This is why Google Maps in iOS 5 isn't a product at all.  Not only does Google Maps in iOS 5 not have voice activated, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, Google Maps in iOS 5 does even show a listing for Jade Garden in Dundalk, Ireland.  I will concede that Jade Garden may, in fact, be listed but Google's Maps is such a horrible mess than I was unable to see the location.

 

Apple was entirely correct to move from an inferior, crippled product to their own mapping and navigation architecture and infrastructure including their own database of points of interest which has far more business listings than Google. (1)

 

1.  Mark Milian.  Published 12 June 2012.  Apple Maps Already Has More Business Listings Than Google. Bloomberg. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

 
 
post #130 of 162
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@Dick Applebaum

 

Names rotate.  That's pretty.  But that's not what I was talking about.  Google Maps has a phenomenal database.  It's the new 411 really.  If I want a type of business nearby I type that business category into Google Maps first.  And then look around.  Even mom and pop stores are in GMaps.  Yelp integration won't come close to compensating for that loss of data.  No transit info (and it's going to be years before appropriate 3rd party apps come in).  And this doesn't just mean NYC (where you'll likely get a 3rd party app quickly).  Let's see how fast 3rd party apps for all these places:

 

...

 

Here's my prediction.  Most users are scarcely going to notice Flyover.  But they will notice less data and lack of anything other than driving directions.  Hopefully, driving navigation makes up for the loss of everything else.

 

I can go to maps.google.com on my iPad... What's your point?

 

As for finding businesses on iOS 5 maps (released) and iOS 6 maps (unreleased) I found I usually get a few more hits with iOS 5 maps (as expected).  However, each found some that the other missed...  not so good if you're the Mom and Pop business that isn't listed, eh?

 

As an aside. do businesses pay to get listed by Google or Yelp?

 

AIR, Apple mentioned that they would incorporate crowd sourcing, and that the map database Apple uses is open source -- so that anyone can contribute data.   I suspect that many of the millions of satisfied iDevice owners will be glad to help flesh out the database.

 

Finally, as I posted before,  Apple could license access to Google features that the iOS 6 maps app currently lacks... just like they did with iOS 5 maps.

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post #131 of 162
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I can go to maps.google.com on my iPad... What's your point?

 

As for finding businesses on iOS 5 maps (released) and iOS 6 maps (unreleased) I found I usually get a few more hits with iOS 5 maps (as expected).  However, each found some that the other missed...  not so good if you're the Mom and Pop business that isn't listed, eh?

 

As an aside. do businesses pay to get listed by Google or Yelp?

 

AIR, Apple mentioned that they would incorporate crowd sourcing, and that the map database Apple uses is open source -- so that anyone can contribute data.   I suspect that many of the millions of satisfied iDevice owners will be glad to help flesh out the database.

 

Finally, as I posted before,  Apple could license access to Google features that the iOS 6 maps app currently lacks... just like they did with iOS 5 maps.

 

As you can see in my post, his statement that Google has more business listings was erroneous at best and a falsehood at worst.

 

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I will post a 3D Flyover of Dundalk, Ireland as soon as you post a video demonstrating the use of voice activated, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation to Jade Garden in Dundalk using Google Maps in iOS 5.  This is why Google Maps in iOS 5 isn't a product at all.  Not only does Google Maps in iOS 5 not have voice activated, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, Google Maps in iOS 5 does even show a listing for Jade Garden in Dundalk, Ireland.  I will concede that Jade Garden may, in fact, be listed but Google's Maps is such a horrible mess than I was unable to see the location.

 

Apple was entirely correct to move from an inferior, crippled product to their own mapping and navigation architecture and infrastructure including their own database of points of interest which has far more business listings than Google. (1)

 

1.  Mark Milian.  Published 12 June 2012.  Apple Maps Already Has More Business Listings Than Google. Bloomberg. Retrieved 31 August 2012.

 
 

 

I find it interesting that we can list a multitude of ways that Apple Maps in iOS 6 Beta 4 is superior to Google Maps in iOS 5 while Google Maps proponents continue to focus on their sole argument of superiority, a feature which 50% of a tech savvy subset of users (Twitter followers of a tech blogger) were unaware existed on the iPhone.
 
 

Edited by MacBook Pro - 8/31/12 at 9:25am
post #132 of 162
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As you can see in my post, his statement that Google has more business listings was erroneous at best and a falsehood at worst.

 

 

I find it interesting that we can list a multitude of ways that Apple Maps in iOS 6 Beta 4 is superior to Google Maps in iOS 5 while Google Maps proponents continue to focus on their sole argument of superiority, a feature which 50% of a tech savvy subset (Twitter followers of a tech blogger) of users were unaware existed on the iPhone.
 

A lot of the comments can probably be chalked up to iOS users of Google Maps not realizing that Google does already offer most (all?) of the features shipping with iOS6 Apple maps and more, but just not for Apple devices. The reverse is probably true for Android-owning commenters who don't know that Apple's version of Google Maps is handicapped and believe the article is being more dishonest than biased. Whether that's due to Apple rules or Google is open for debate, but the fact users of iDevices don't have access to the same features and  quality of navigation and mapping as Android users of Google Maps isn't.  

 

So yes Apple's maps application shipping with iOS6 will be a big step up for iOS users. By the same token if Apple were to offer their maps application as a standalone product for Android owners I don't see any obvious advantages over Google Maps for Android, but lots of areas where Apple's product wouldn't yet be competitive.


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post #133 of 162
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By melding building model outlines with photos taken from satellites or low flying aircraft, C3 figured out how to create virtual models without necessarily sending cameras down the street.

 

C3 doesn’t “meld model outlines” with satellite/aerial photos. That’s not how it works. The whole point of C3 technology is that they don’t use any “model outlines” in the first place.

 

C3 uses specialized software to reconstruct 3D models from multiple aerial photos captured with a multi-camera setup (much like human stereo vision works). Everything is reconstructed automatically—buildings, bridges, trees—any arbitrary 3D structure of arbitrary complexity. That’s the beauty of it. Since the process is completely automatic, it is also very cheap. Before C3, it was envisioned that 3D models of cities would be crowd-sourced—that’s why Google acquired and promoted SketchUp. However, C3’s automatic 3D reconstruction completely disrupted the manual approach, and Google sold SketchUp in April 2012, focusing on their own C3-like technology.

 

Short-term, Apple is probably going to add as many cities as they can and improve the resolution of on-board cameras to approach the detail level of Google Street View. Long-term, they might attempt to scan the whole planet surface.


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post #134 of 162

Regarding Google's privacy concerns, do you not think the government has more advanced technology that has been watching you for years?  Any technology that has been released to the public is obsolete by government standards.  They just don't advertise it for obvious reasons, and in reality there is nothing you can do about it.  I'm not talking about the technology (Windows, MS Office etc.) that low-level federal office workers use, but the advanced covert surveillance tech (satellites, cameras etc.).  One cannot be linked into the world without someone monitoring the traffic.  That the government chooses to ignore the average Joe does not mean the information is not gathered, cataloged and stored.  At least with Google, you have the option of not using their services (with the exception of the Safari issue of course, but that has been dealt with albeit softly).  /end conspiracy theory rant.  

 

If Apples tech is better, then more people will use it.  If Google's tech is better then the reverse will happen.  I would never count Apple out though.  When they choose to enter a particular technology arena, they usually don't do it half-arsed.  Of course, every company has their "Ping" moment, but for the most part Apple usually delivers.

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Regarding Google's privacy concerns, do you not think the government has more advanced technology that has been watching you for years?  Any technology that has been released to the public is obsolete by government standards.  They just don't advertise it for obvious reasons, and in reality there is nothing you can do about it.  I'm not talking about the technology (Windows, MS Office etc.) that low-level federal office workers use, but the advanced covert surveillance tech (satellites, cameras etc.).  One cannot be linked into the world without someone monitoring the traffic.  That the government chooses to ignore the average Joe does not mean the information is not gathered, cataloged and stored.  At least with Google, you have the option of not using their services (with the exception of the Safari issue of course, but that has been dealt with albeit softly).  /end conspiracy theory rant.  

 

If Apples tech is better, then more people will use it.  If Google's tech is better then the reverse will happen.  I would never count Apple out though.  When they choose to enter a particular technology arena, they usually don't do it half-arsed.  Of course, every company has their "Ping" moment, but for the most part Apple usually delivers.

 

While I agree with your comments about the data that the governments of developed nations are able to capture, there are additional concerns about Google.  

 

 

While such information is gathered by competing products and services, Google's vast range of "products and services" uniquely positions Google to collect more information about consumers than any other company.  The problem with Google's vast network of information gathering is that Google has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of concern for consumers through their policies and practices.  Furthermore, Google has consistently used very expedient methods to comply with or meet demands whether those of stockholders or governments.  The vast amount of information collected by Google has arguably made Google the greatest threat to privacy ever known, a vast unsecured treasure trove of information that attracts hackers and online thieves, and; most worrisome; governments.

 

1.  Google has shown lack of regard for for consumers when censoring information or providing information such as censoring information in order to placate the Chinese government to allow their services in China or removing links to an anti-Scientology site after the Church of Scientology claimed copyright infringement or providing the records of some users of its social-networking service, Orkut, to the Brazilian government, which was investigating alleged racist, homophobic, and pornographic content.

 

2.  Google has demonstrated many times that security is not an concern they deem important which is manifest upon reviewing the Android platform.

 

3.  Google has more aggregated personal information about users than governments or other businesses have about consumers as a result of data mining, including: bypassing privacy settings to capture cookies; emails; calendars; capturing Wi-Fi network traffic; contacts; map searches; navigation; photographing a large number of street addresses; purchase history at brick-and-mortar stores; purchases of apps, books, movies, music; social media; web search; etc.

 
post #136 of 162
The Atlantic just ran a story about how Street View is used to update Google Maps. In short, Google uses computer vision to identify street signs, speed limits, businesses, etc, and updates their maps. They use the GPS data from their cars to update road alignments. Their human editors use the data to verify updates. So even if you don't use Street View, you're probably using its side-effects.
post #137 of 162
Wow Ai, that title is not ridiculously biased or childish at all...

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post #138 of 162
They remind me of the new Sim City game that's coming out... NOT BAD.
post #139 of 162
What sort of half wit would call Street View "creepy"?
I use this all the time to identify places I need to go and it is outstanding.
So far with the iPhone 5 we get an odd shaped phone where we get to see less of the page than before, we loose the best map service on a smart phone ever, we loose you tube's app.
And it's ugly.
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I really feel bad for all you people who have to rely on a mapping program to find your way and better yet, you need pictures to know if you on the right street or in front of the right store or restaurant. Are you completely lost if your battery dies? Yeah most guys hate asking for direction, but it is not that hard to find a location, you all know streets have names and building have numbers.

 

I will tell you and I have seen this with Google maps a number of time, it takes you to the wrong physical locations, it will say a place in one locate and the stupid street view is correct for where you are standing but, the actual place it down the road a piece with the correct address and all. So you can be standing there looking at the map with the pin and a street view picture showing you are in the right place but you did not find what you were really looking for. However, if you were just looking for house or building numbers you would have known you were not there yet.

 

The best part of this, I personal seen these Google maps mistake in Mountain View CA the home of Google, you think they would gave their own neighborhood perfect.

I assume that you live in a city with a building structure such as NYC, or a town with one main street and a single traffic light.

 

When I travel into NYC there is no substitute for StreetView.  Whether I'm on the train or driving.  You can waste so much time finding your destination by wandering around, looking for a number on a building which may not exist, where construction blocks entrances, and various other things.  

Westchester County (north of NYC) has so many hidden driveways, unmarked entrances to buildings that you can't even see because of trees, parking nightmares you want to avoid (such as in Yonkers).....the list goes on and on.  

 

I imagine your pity is lost on the vast majority that find StreetView useful.

post #141 of 162
Street View isn't creepy at all. It's a very helpful technology and unfortunately, despite their work in iOS6, Apple is WAY behind.

This article explains all the work that goes into Google's map tiles. The work they do is fascinating.

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/09/how-google-builds-its-maps-and-what-it-means-for-the-future-of-everything/261913/
post #142 of 162

The other day I was reminded just how bad Google maps can be, when I had to go to a Motor Registry, I ended up finding it without any help from Google.

 

To give you some idea of the scale, this map is over 100 miles wide and almost 200 miles high, all screenshots and the photo were taken at the same blue dot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"loose the best map service"

 

 

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With streetview vans, groaning for burial.

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post #144 of 162
I am much more comfortable with a "street view" that consists of highly detailed 3D models, almost indistinguishable from reality, than with actual photos, which yes are a bit creepy, not to mention technically not as good as a proper model.
post #145 of 162
I use street view all the time. But, there are many views where the glass is dirty, or the view was in winter, some even at night. They could employ hundreds just to retake all of them.
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Originally Posted by res08hao View Post
I use street view all the time. But, there are many views where the glass is dirty, or the view was in winter, some even at night. They could employ hundreds just to retake all of them.

 

And multiple thousands more to actually finish the job they set out to do… driving every road on the planet.

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post #147 of 162
Why is Street View Creepy? I could understand a UK tabloid journalist making such statements, but expected more from Appleinsider....
post #148 of 162
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Apple was entirely correct to move from an inferior, crippled product to their own mapping and navigation architecture and infrastructure including their own database of points of interest which has far more business listings than Google. (1)

 

 

And I will feel entirely justified in using it as little as possible, because one of the most useful features of Google Maps - Street View - is quite simply impossible for Apple to replicate in any reasonable timeframe, even if they wanted to.

 

The only loser here is the consumer.

post #149 of 162
I use Street View all the time on my iPhone. I think it's a mistake to eliminate it from the iOS maps app. Flyovers do not provide the same level of detail, and that's the problem, no matter how much DED wants to spin it. Apple is going to put iOS users at a disadvantage to Android users, and this seems like an attempt to gloss over that and make it seem like a genius decision. C'mon people, not everything Apple does is perfect.

As for Street View being creepy, no. I was actually photographed by a Street View car outside my house several years ago. For a long time you could make out my face enough to know it was me, BUT, that was only if you knew to look there. And then it would only let the user know I was there at the given time that the imagery was taken. I honestly don't get the hangup people have regarding the technology. It's only imagery that anyone could photograph legally by driving down the street. And, you really can't see into houses; the images aren't that good.
post #150 of 162
Interesting article - especially Aspen Movie Map which, according to Wiki, was designed to quickly familiarising soldiers with a new territory.
post #151 of 162
Apple is behaving like a mobile carrier. Blocking access to useful content in order to make people use its own. I think it's a bit cowardly.

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Apple is behaving like a mobile carrier. Blocking access to useful content in order to make people use its own. I think it's a bit cowardly.

What content are they blocking?

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What content are they blocking?

 

Street View is Flash-based on the web version of Google Maps, so apparently they're blocking Street View.

 

They're also blocking porn apps, Flash itself, and any other malware or apps that don't meet their requirements. Apparently Apple "acting like a mobile carrier" hasn't mattered until right now with Street View…

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post #154 of 162
The Steve Jobs reality distortion field found its new home at AppleInsider.
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Originally Posted by dacloo View Post
The Steve Jobs reality distortion field found its new home at AppleInsider.

 

And so have you and three dozen of your ilk. What's your frigging point?

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post #156 of 162

which is a bigger invasion of privacy -

photos of your house taken from a car driving down your street

or flyover photos of your backyard and the back of your house

not that i really care either way...

 

it's been said a ton already - street view is FAR more useful.

post #157 of 162
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE "CREEPY"* STREET VIEW!!!!

* Bad put-down of a great service.
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post #158 of 162
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Street View is Flash-based on the web version of Google Maps, so apparently they're blocking Street View.

 

They're also blocking porn apps, Flash itself, and any other malware or apps that don't meet their requirements. Apparently Apple "acting like a mobile carrier" hasn't mattered until right now with Street View…

I haven't read about this, but if what you say is true I won't be updating my software to iOS 6 and will likely shift from the iPhone to Android, which would be the first time. I'm sure Apple's 3D will be good, but it definitely can't replace StreetView. 

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post #159 of 162

This is just becoming a fanatics charter. Where I live and work, the UK and Ireland, Google maps has every single street, every single back road, every single country road in either country. Anything the could drive down. I can find roads close to where I was born, where I never drove, so off the beaten path were they. And its useful.

 

As of the last iOS 6 beta I download - 3, flyover  view didn't have London, or Dublin, or anything smaller or in-between. Useless. The world is not the US, and even there you should be from Chicago or Cupertino.

 

 

 

@hill60 -" NSW Motor Registry" finding anything, without a street address, is pretty awesome. There is obviously more than one Registry in Sydney, or New South Wales. You do realise you can click on the pins and zoom in?  Someone should try the same search in iOS 6

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While 3D Flyovers are impressive, I have to remark a feature of StreetView that I would miss: the ability to literally walk into some street shops. For example, see http://goo.gl/maps/2YJCh. Click on the double '>>' on the floor and you get to walk in and see what the shop looks like. 

I had never seen this before. My own cynicism tells me it's purely a marketing gimmick. Yes, it's cool, but how useful is it really? Clearly this business allowed the inside of their store to be photographed and displayed via maps... I just wonder if they paid for the privilege? 

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