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Google Maps update works with Uber, has lane detection for driving

Google Maps is releasing an update, which is rolling out incrementally to users. This update provides us with a lot more utility than we’ve come to know with Maps, improving everything from navigation to offline maps. There are a lot of working parts to the update, but it should give all of us more reason than we already had for using it.

Google Now shows where to buy stuff you search for

Google is working hard to drive business to local retailers. A new feature in Now, their Search skin, should help to that end, as the service will now show you which local retailers have items you’ve recently searched for. It’s a bit of gamesmanship from Google, but also gets items to up quickly should we want to go pick them up.

More Google “Stars” details leak, show web interface

Google Stars, the leaked project aimed at cataloging your favorite Internet things, has another leak showing us a bit more about its utility. Simple in aim, Stars could be one of the more widespread Google utilities in use upon launch. We now see the extent of what Google is working on with Stars, and a bit more about how social it could be.

Which carrier has the fastest network? Help us find out!

Who’s got the fastest mobile network? All kinds of studies are out there, but are typically a small sampling of carriers’ network strength. Android Community is partnering with PC Mag to help crowdsource some information on which network has the best speeds.

Sources: T-Mobile/Sprint merger is “dead”

Worried about Sprint and T-Mobile merging? Sources tell the New York Post you shouldn’t be. According to them, the deal is “dead”. The FCC, who are outspoken about wanting four major US carriers, are said to be dead set against the merger.

Nokia’s went with Windows Phone to survive, avoid Samsung

In an “ask me anything” session today, former Nokia chief and current Microsoft head of devices and services Stephen Elop answered questions on a variety of topics. One of those was Nokia’s decision to make devices for the Windows Phone platform instead of Android. When prompted if he thought it was the right decision, his answer was as reasonable as it was surprising.