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Apple Maps is too good... for Taiwan's military secrets

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Apple Maps is too good... for Taiwan's military secrets
Apple Maps might not be the mapping solutions users want and like, but it is there and at least until Google Maps releases a native third-party app, most users will probably stick to it. But while it won’t be nearly as good for them, it is too good for Taiwan. Turns out, while Google Maps has blurred images of Taiwanese military installations on purpose, in Apple Maps everything is crystal clear.

This follows after last week Turkish Sosyalmedya accused rang alert over a picture of maximum security prison. Now, Taiwan is asking Apple to blur a radar installation under construction that is right now visible on the company’s maps.

“Taiwan is asking Apple Inc. to blur a map image of its new $1.4 billion early warning radar station… The 10-storey high radar installation built with U.S. technology is expected to go online later this year. It’s near the Hsinchu Airbase in northern Taiwan.”


“Apple should follow its rival Google in using only low-resolution satellite pictures.” The station is situated near Hsinchu Airbase in northern Taiwan and monitors aircrafts and missiles that could come from “as far as western China.”

source: Associated Press

Apple Maps is too good... for Taiwan's military secrets

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posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:53 13

1. Astro551 (Posts: 45; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


lol apple finally get's something right.... nek minnit. Taiwanese government. Conspiracy!! poor apple :P

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:07 15

17. MeoCao (unregistered)


Steve Jobs once said about iPhone's virtual keyboard: "when you don't need it's not there, when you need it it's there".

Well with Apple's map "when you need it's not there, but when you don't it just won't go away"

LOL

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:18 4

19. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


lmao
+1 sir

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:51 4

23. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


Personally, there should be an App' to make Apple go away!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:58 2

24. Stuntman (Posts: 730; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


The problem with a virtual keyboard is that it covers up the screen that you still need.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:45 1

30. jroc74 (Posts: 4933; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is amazing. Apple cant get a break...lol. And Google Maps having a blurry image was actually a good thing.

Makes me feel extra good about Google Maps and privacy now. Wonder what all the privacy folks that hate on Google have to say...lol

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 20:51

31. phil2n (Posts: 473; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


sarcasm

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:54 5

2. doejon (Posts: 357; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


"Apple Maps is too good... for Taiwan's military secrets"

or even to worse

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:58 2

3. ibap (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


"This follows after last week Turkish Sosyalmedya accused rang alert over a picture of maximum security prison." - say what?

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 08:59 35

4. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Don worry taiwan, if china tries to bomb your radar fascility based on apple maps, it'll fall on indian ocean.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:36 10

8. wando77 (Posts: 299; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


This made me laugh out loud..... people are staring at me

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:12 1

18. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


Yep! me too.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:39 4

9. hung2900 (Posts: 802; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Your destination is wrong!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:43 1

11. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


you made my day lol. +1

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:54 1

13. The_Innovation (Posts: 562; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Hey, it's made in China anyway.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:00

15. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


yeah but designed in CA lol

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:33 2

20. The_Innovation (Posts: 562; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


That makes it better. lol

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 18:53

28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


hahaha, very nice. xD

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:02 11

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 1761; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yeah...but try to get apple maps to navigate you there. Probably end up at the white house.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:02 7

6. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


They made AL-Qaeda's job easier. wait till they release em in 3D. and APPLE will have an entirely new audience with AK47's LOL.....

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 09:07 2

7. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


No, I don't believed Apple is supperior.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:25 2

10. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


iGuess Apple tired too hard!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:55 1

14. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


yeah they itried hard & ifailed harder

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 10:44 2

12. Savage (unregistered)


Well, atleast they got SOMETHING accurate.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:03 2

16. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I don't know why they're flipping out, Nokia maps still looks even better than craple's

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:43

22. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Now your just trolling with this comment, take a look again, at both of those images and tell me that, apple's, picture is not more clear then nokias? if nokia's picture was better looking then apple's, Then the article would read "Apple and Nokia maps are too good....for Taiwan's military secrets".

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 17:29 2

27. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


doesn't change the simple fact nokia maps is better then apple maps plus as with nokia there images have better natural colours, apples are saturated if you look

posted on 10 Oct 2012, 09:31

33. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Because this is iPhone arena!! And go on, hell you can even see a better blue spot in the building in the Nokia maps.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 11:38 1

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


"Taiwan's military secrets"

not anymore

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 12:24 3

25. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hmm. HTC is based in Taiwan. China hates Taiwan. Apple hates HTC. COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 14:32 2

26. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Lol funny sniggs. This is all apple's evil plot to destroy android phone manufacturers.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 19:35

29. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Apple: No problem, we will turn your country into a doodle just in case.

posted on 09 Oct 2012, 20:56 1

32. bkb01 (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Aug 2012)


taiwan: apple blur the images of the radar station
apple: alright do you want the map to be black and white or we'll just color it Purple?

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