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Apple acquires GPS firm Coherent Navigations

Tech giant Apple has acquired Global Position System (GPS) firm Coherent Navigation to improve its mapping capabilities.

Coherent Navigation’s technology will be used by Apple to significantly enhance its Apple Maps product which is struggling to provide accurate location information.

Coherent Navigations is a company focused on hyper-accurate GPS and its navigation system provides accurate location information to within a few centimeters. The company also specializes in high-precision GPS technogy, which combines standard GPS data with data from the Iridium satellite communications constellation for pin point accuracy.

It should be noted that in 2012 Apple Maps was phased out by Google Maps which had attracted a wide range of audience to their service.

The acquisition is also part of a series of map-related technology deals made by Apple in recent years. Earlier, Apple acquired mapping start-ups Embark, and BroadMap. All of these mapping start-ups were acquired by Apple in order to create its own alternative to Google Maps for the mapping feature on its devices.

Telangana Government inks MoU with Google to build biggest campus outside US in Hyderabad

Telangana Government has inked a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) with tech giant Google Inc to build biggest campus outside US in Hyderabad.

The MoU was signed between Telangana Secretary of IT Jayesh Ranjan and his counterpart David Redcliffe, Google’s global head of facilities and workplace in Google headquarters at Mountain View in USA.

On completion, Google’s Hyderabad campus will be second-biggest in the world and the first in Asia. It will be set up at Rs 1,000 crore and expected to be ready within four years i.e. by 2020.

It will have two million square feet working space and employ around 13,000 technologists that will be recruited over a period of four years for this project.

For this campus, Telangana Government will allocate seven acres of land in Gachibowli, a major IT suburb of Hyderabad. The work for this campus will formally start in 2016.

Apart from this, another decision to include Hyderabad in its Street View project of Google was also taken. This move comes after Union Government gave its approval to include Hyderabad in Street View project.

Google’s street View is a tool in Google Map that enable users to have a 360 degrees panoramic view of streets, roads and monuments.