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Apple has made yet another acquisition this year and this time it has acquired two companies. 9to5mac have recently reported that Apple have acquired a mapping firm Broadmap and also a note taking app Catch. Later on AllthingsD has got confirmation that Apple has indeed bought both the companies. A company spokesperson confirmed the rumors to the site with its standard acquisition statement
Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.
BroadMap is a company that provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services, designed to analyze and manage geographical data. The company provides GIS tools along with Digital Mapping Data Products, Location Intelligence, and Web and Mobile Application Development. Catch is a popular note-taking application which shut down it’s services in August and was reportedly acquired in the same month.
According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company made a total of 15 acquisitions during the year of 2013, while eight of them have been confirmed, several others remains to be unknown.
Update:- Apple have only acquired the team and technology behind BroadMap, but not the company or its name.