Ride along in Nokia's mapping car
As an experiment, I've spent the last few days living full-time with a phone running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform instead of my trusty iPhone 4. There's a lot to like about Windows Phone, but one of my favorite parts is the mapping application -- especially given the well-publicized troubles with Apple Maps.
The raw data for that app is provided by Nokia, which has long provided mapping services for its own phones. Now it's extending that service to other smartphone users with its Nokia Here application -- including a version of iOS.
Nokia collects data for these services with a fleet of specially equipped cars. The cars are loaded with sensors that collect data about the road, like its curvature and slope, and a set of cameras that captures information about buildings. Nokia has about 45 of these cars on the road today, and expects to have more than 200 next year. Watch here as IDG News reporter Martyn Williams takes a ride in one.
Customers have taken control of the buying process, and gone are the days of the carefully crafted marketing message. That means you have to deliver relevant, quality content in the proper context of the customer's situation and device they are using -- and that's a huge challenge for most companies.
Four months after Quip launched on iOS, the company delivers on its promise of an Android app for its eponymous word processor. Today's release comes on the heels of a major update to its Web and iOS apps that finally lets you import Microsoft Word files, a feature the Android version lacks for now. Still, with these two updates, Quip edges closer to its ideal of being a collaborative cross-platform word processor.