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Whereis iOS Maps App Adds Celebrity Voices

Apple Maps bites right now, so it makes sense that other iOS mapping providers are pushing out updates. I’m not sure the addition of celebrity voices (in the form of Dame Edna Everage, Jennifer Hawkins and Nick Giannopolous) is going to convince too many people to download the latest version of the Whereis app, but even if you don’t fancy a ‘Wog Boy’ moment in the car, it’s a solid (and free) turn-by-turn navigation app.

Need Directions? Ask A Pizza Place

If you haven’t got a GPS, a petrol station can seem the obvious place to ask for directions. But for more reliable information, try a pizza place.

Turn-By-Turn Navigation Might Be Missing For Aussies In iOS 6

We already know that the beta version of iOS 6 maps is missing lots of Australian data, but if Apple’s own site is any guide, Australians won’t be getting any turn-by-turn directions on the updated platform either either. There’s no mention of the feature on Apple’s Australian site, though some developers say the basic options can be seen in the beta. Hit Gizmodo for the full story. [Gizmodo]

Google Maps For Android Will Soon Be Available Offline

Android: You’ll soon be able to preload Google Maps on your Android phone and save on your data allowance, according to an announcement today by Google. Offline Google Maps means you can navigate when travelling abroad or get directions when you don’t have reception.

Ask LH: How Can I Make My GPS App Give Me Better Directions?

Dear Lifehacker, My GPS sometimes gives me ridiculous directions: It’ll ask me to turn in a “no right turn” lane, drive me in weird little circles, or sometimes even take me on a 10-minute detour before getting to my destination. How can I get it to give me more accurate directions?

Waze For Android Adds New Maps, Driver-Friendly UI, More Social Features

Android: Turn-by-turn navigation Waze updated today to include an entirely new UI that minimises buttons and tools, so that they’re all accessible under one spring-out on-screen menu. Maps are now easier to navigate, so you can easily spin around and navigate with one hand, and there is also new location-based information from services like Yelp and FourSquare.

Find Your Way When You're Lost By Facing North

Even if you’ve lived in a city for a few years you’re bound to get lost or disorientated now and again. A new study in Psychological Science reveals the easiest way to reorientate yourself and find your way is to face north and visualise the map.

How To Break Your GPS Dependency

I just moved to a new city, and while Android’s navigation function has been invaluable to getting me where I need to go, I’ve realised that I still don’t know anything about how the city is laid out, nor can I take a simple drive to my friend’s house, which I’ve been to many times, without my GPS directing me. If your sense of direction is similarly lacking and you want a more intuitive understanding of your city, here are a few things you can do to rid yourself of that GPS dependency and actually learn your way around.

Find Your Way In A City By Paying Attention To Ubiquitous Cues

Your phone’s GPS capabilities mean you can pinpoint yourself on a map with the tap of your finger, but should your battery die or your phone go on the fritz, would you be able to navigate compass-free? The Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley offers six clever ways to never get lost in a city again.

Enable Google Maps' 'Bubble Buttons' For Quicker Calling, Navigation

Google Maps for Android just updated with two awesome features that make phone calls and navigation just a tap away. Here’s how to enable them.

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