when Nokia acquired NAVTEQ for $8.1 Billion in 2007, it bought the most extensive worldwide mapping data available at the time. It has also kept it updated fairly frequently. As opposed to Google that has been building its data from scratch, starting mostly with developed countries and working its way to more and more territories, HERE has a head start that Google hasn’t caught up to. At least in developing countries. Offline is HERE’s cheval de bataille. Nokia knew it had an advantage there that other services oddly seemed to dismiss and built its brand to become synonymous with offline use. Want to travel somewhere and don’t have a data connection? Use HERE. Underground or in a rural area with spotty reception? Use HERE. Want to save on your mobile plan’s data usage? Use HERE. (via Hands-On With Nokia’s HERE: A Complement To Google Maps With A Few Aces Up Its Sleeve)
One of the great wonders of life is watching the leaves change colors in the fall. When temperatures get cool, chlorophyll begins to break down revealing the underlying pigments in the plants’ sap. This depiction of the inner-workings of a maple leaf shows the process in action.