Dec 25 2013, 9:22am CST | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
BroadMap is known for providing a wide range of geospatial technologies, mainly focusing on GIS and digital mapping to government and corporate and clients. San Francisco-based start-up Catch was a developer of mobile application mostly known for its cloud-based application for taking notes.
Apple’s standard reply to the questions about the acquisitions was "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
BroadMap had a number of big clients before being taken over by Apple, including Apple, Nokia, the FCC, MapQuest and a number of state governments.
Catch's cross-platform had good reviews. This service enabled users to capture images and notes from the web and from mobile devices.
Interestingly, about the time Apple acquired Catch, the company closed its doors on August 30 and informed its clients that the Catch’s founders are taking the company "in a different direction."
Apple confirmed the acquisition of 15 companies this year, and three are still unknown. Known purchases are, besides Catch and BroadMap, Embark, HopStop, Locationary, Passif, PrimeSense, Matcha, Topsy, AlgoTrip and Cue.
Source: Apple Insider
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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