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Apple Maps gets punked as phony street names appear on the application

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Apple Maps gets punked as phony street names appear on the application
Users of Apple Maps trying to find their way around Kabul in Afghanistan, might have done a double take at seeing such street names as "Bad Monkey" and "Hillbilly Hameed" using Apple Maps in the capital city of the country. Yaroslav Trofimov, The Wall Street Journal's Kabul bureau chief spotted the phony names and tweeted the information with the hashtag #TooGoodToBeTrue.

Looking for Bad Monkey Boulevard?

Looking for Bad Monkey Boulevard?

Those made-up street names came from OpenStreetMap data and were added a few years ago by Afghan students either as a prank or as a way to temporarily name a road in dispute. OpenStreetMap is a mapping service that can be edited by users and has been heavily relied upon by Apple to fill out its beleaguered Apple Maps application. It is another black eye for a mapping service that police in Australia called "life-threatening" for its potential to take users into a dangerous section of the Outback with little hope of survival.

OpenStreetMap Team director Kate Chapman said that the problem could have come from Apple using "an old snapshot of the OpenStreetMap data and [not updating] it since, so things like 'personal' street names are in there, even if they have been fixed since." Chapman finds it interesting that while Apple used OpenStreetMap for Kabul, it do not do so for an area like Kupang, Indonesia which is just a dot on Apple Maps, but has a detailed map on OSM.

source: @yarotrof, UNDispatch via AppleInsider

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posted on 19 Jan 2013, 19:41 34

1. maxis3G (unregistered)


what a bad maps............

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:24 18

6. MeoCao (unregistered)


Apple uses crowd sourcing, but does it in stupid way.

Google is the master of crowd sourcing, They make game Ingress and allow players to discover all kinds of routes to all kinds of destinations. And PhotoSphere allows people to make StreetView photos and share with people through Apple Maps.

This is clear to see, 1 company is creative, the other is not.

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 02:04 10

34. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Apple has been punking people since the last two years at least so I guess this is in some small way...poetic justice!

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 05:57 5

36. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4003; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


There's no end to it, is there?

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 08:19 1

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 22064; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude where the hell u been man?

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 08:47

45. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


Listen Google maps might not be flawed as much but they're pretty bad too at times. I live in Pa and it says the university of Kansas State is a mile from here and businesses that don't exist here are up the street -_-'

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 16:54 1

60. darkkjedii (Posts: 22064; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's true yesterday here n Vegas google maps told me to go west on paradise rd, which goes north and south. Luckily I kinda had an idea of where I was headed. No google maps is not perfect, but it is the best mobile maps app at the moment.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 19:47 25

2. blackice214 (Posts: 164; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Haha hill billy hameed, apple should just give up.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:25 2

7. MeoCao (unregistered)


What if Taliban can edit Apple Maps?

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 23:08 11

23. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I don't know why, but the "apple should just give up" bit was f**king hilarious. It evokes the image of a kid who keeps tackling a task that's just beyond his capabilities, and fails, and just sighs, turns around, and goes home.

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 10:19 2

49. lolioslol (banned) (Posts: 182; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


I am more reminded of a line by the great Rip Torn in Dodgeball:

"It's like watching a bunch of retards try and hump a doorknob!"

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 23:52 5

27. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Apple is trying to be Rudy, but lacks the perseverance and fortitude to make it

posted on 21 Jan 2013, 12:43

71. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Apple Maps has been like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football.. Although I consider this a win for everyone including Apple cause freaking hilarious.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 19:52 19

3. Droiddoes (unregistered)


LMFAO OH gawd apple please, just stop LOL this is just TOO FUNNY and it just keeps on getting funnier!

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 19:56 16

4. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Epic Failâ„¢

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:45 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 22064; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No more of that RC stuff huh

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:02 21

5. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA*breath*HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA*br​eath* AND THEY WILL CALL THAT MAGICAL INNOVATION HAHAHAHAHA

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 22:46 11

20. FireDragon (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


It is Magical, you see, where else in the world you can find Bad Monkey street? ;)

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 23:51 5

26. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


LOOOL.....good one...i guess the only other way to reach bad monkey street would be to eat some mushrooms...

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 01:41 5

32. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


Well apple should thank google for released their map app for ios if there no google map app for ios apple would be more screwed

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 10:56 4

52. FireDragon (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


I know I will sound crazy and mean but there shouldn't be any Map app for them until Apple beg Google to make it available for them, since Apple was one pulled it away and made big talks.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:29 13

8. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


Lol apple sucks. Worst company and products ever.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:30 2

9. ChafedBanana (Posts: 386; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Does anyone really even care reading this? It's Afghanistan. Wtf?

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 22:53 18

21. fanboysrdumb (Posts: 44; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


american is not the only place on the globe you illeterate high school dropout moron.

its a country too good or bad, maybe your the result of a birth gone wrong from the monkey's anus.

idiot

posted on 20 Jan 2013, 01:53 7

33. lovefist (unregistered)


the world doesn't revolve around the US. only stupid americans think that way.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:39 6

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 22064; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


WTF Apple? I use my note 2 for maps, but apple needs to get this maps fiasco together or dump it, and re add el goog.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:43 6

11. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lmfaoo oh apple.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:43 6

12. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lmfaoo oh apple.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 20:43 4

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 22064; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Its weird, cuz turn bu turn works great on my iphone 5 but the rest of the mapping system including flyover is really really bad.

posted on 19 Jan 2013, 21:02 11

15. tedkord (Posts: 12272; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Turn by turn can only work great if it has the correct destination. It may work all the way, but what good is that if it takes you to the wrong place?

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