28 September 2012

Tim Cook Apologizes for Apple's Maps

Tim Cook Apologizes for Apple's Maps
New York Times (blog)
In a letter posted on Apple's Web site, Mr. Cook said he was “extremely sorry” for the anguish caused when the company replaced Google's maps with its own, acknowledging that the company's new Maps app did not live up to its standards. He said that 100 ...

New York Times (blog)

Apple apologizes for its mapping service on iOS 6
"While we're improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app," Cook ...

Taking Google's Field Trip app for a spin: Watch out for the potholes
More by Jared Newman. With a new Android app called Field Trip, Google wants to be your tour guide for all things local. ... It's a vintage Google product--that is, it's pretty rough around the edges, but has lots of potential for greatness. On startup ...

Needed for Google's Next Nexus 7 Tablet: More Storage
Now that Amazon and Barnes & Noble have announced their latest cheap tablets, it's become clear that Google's own offering, the Nexus 7, has a storage problem. The $200 Nexus 7, which launched in July, comes with just 8 GB of storage. A 16 GB version ...


Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes to Customers Over iOS 6 Maps
All Things Digital
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday apologized for customer upset over its mapping changes and said it is working hard to improve the Apple-created service that replaced Google Maps in iOS 6. In the meantime, Cook pointed customers to rival Web-based ...

Google Obeys Brazil Court, Blocks YouTube Video Criticizing Politicians
Huffington Post
An arrest warrant was issued for Coelho earlier this week by a court in Brazil's Mato Grosso do Sul state after Google failed to obey an order demanding removal of the video attacking a mayoral candidate. Judges in Brazil have held executives ...

EU moves to charge Microsoft #thecircuit
Washington Post (blog)
The report said the regulator warned that, without a settlement, Google will face a long legal battle in Europe. Microsoft general counsel and executive vice president Brad Smith was at the Brookings Institution Thursday to talk about a different issue ...

Google AdSense Bots Gone Wild: Author In Violation For Torrenting His Own Book!
Based on response to the linked story on TechDirt, Google has resolved the case, but not before revealing a blind spot in its automation. Here's the setup of the story from the link on TechDirt: “A few years ago, Jackson, while deployed in Iraq, wrote ...


Apple's iPhone 5 has louder, harsher vibration effect than 4S
CNET (blog)
So, why might Apple have gone back to a previous design? An iFixit screenshot seems to indicate that the older vibration component is much smaller than the latest version. Considering Apple'siPhone 5 is notable thinner than the iPhone 4S, the company ...

Tim Cook Apologizes For Apple Maps, Points To Competitive ...
By Jordan Crook
Obviously, this is directed toward the recent discovery that Apple and Google may have parted ways over the fact that Google was unwilling to let iOS users enjoy turn-by-turn navigation. To partially make up for it, Cook offers suggestions for ...

Voice-Guided Directions Dispute Torpedoed Google Maps for iOS 6
By Sam Laird
People who use Google Maps on Android mobile devices have long since been able to get voice-guided driving directions. But iPhone users of Google Maps have never had that. As the rivalry between Apple and Google/Android has ramped ...

Imagery Update - Google Lat Long Blog
By Lat Long Blog
Our quest to create the most comprehensive and accurate map of the world is ongoing, but we're happy to take a pause and share some impressive progress that our Google Maps and Earth imagery teams have recently made. We've ...
Google Lat Long

Google gives users an easy out, adds YouTube to Takeout data ...
By Mark Hearn
Google recently added YouTube to its Takeout data migration service, which now gives users the ability to pull all of their uploaded videos from the company's servers in a single stroke. This groovy tool should definitely come in handy when ...

Amazon rejects Apple's false advertising claim in App Store suit ...
By Mike Schramm
Amazon.com has filed a statement in Apple's ongoing claim against the online retail giant, saying that the generic use of the term \"app store\" is not.
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Bad Piggies - Android Apps on Google Play
Get ready to see pigs fly! From the creators of Angry Birds: an all new game from the PIGS ...

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RIM Beats Earnings With Narrower Loss
RIM surprised analysts and investors by reporting a smaller loss than expected for its second fiscal quarter. What saved it? Emerging markets. By Eric Zeman InformationWeek Research In Motion delivered some relatively good news about its financials ...

Apple CEO 'Extremely Sorry' for IPhone Maps Frustration
By Adam Satariano on September 28, 2012 Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook apologized for the iPhone mapping software released last week that has been widely criticized for flaws such as steering people in the wrong direction.

Facebook Gifts: Send presents to friends over your social network
Washington Post
Facebook is rolling out a feature that will let users give presents from their network profiles, marking the company's first big step into offering physical goods. The new service goes way beyond the network's old gift feature, which let you send ...

Rocky evidence conjures images of water flowing freely on Mars
Los Angeles Times
A rocky outcrop on Mars has sent a shot of excitement through the scientific community with the evidence it provides of an ancient riverbed -- Martian "water transport" -- according to NASA. NASA's Curiosity rover has sent back pictures of a section of ...

404 error pages being used to find missing children
Los Angeles Times
"Page not found, and neither is this person." That is the message the people behind NotFound.org want you to see whenever you type in a URL for a Web page that has been deleted from the Internet or was never there in the first place.

Sharp says iPhone 5 displays being made for Apple in 'adequate volumes'
Apple Insider
By Sam Oliver An executive with LCD maker Sharp has indicated that his company is not having problems supplying displays to Apple for the iPhone 5. The unnamed Sharp official made the comments at a press briefing in Osaka, Japan, and spoke on condition ...

Apple Insider

Nokia cuts smartphone prices before new models arrive
| HELSINKI (Reuters) - Struggling phone maker Nokia has knocked 10-15 percent off the prices of two of its top of the range smartphones, hoping to boost sales before newer models arrive in markets in November. Nokia has cut the price of the Lumia 800 ...

T-Mobile Sells Rights to Towers for $2.4 Billion
New York Times
By EVELYN M. RUSLI Crown Castle, a major wireless tower operator, has agreed to pay T-Mobile $2.4 billion in cash for rights to 7200 cell phone towers. Under the transaction, Crown Castle will lease the towers for 28 years, after which time it will ...

Half of Windows 8 users still prefer 7
TG Daily
Even the most ardent, up-to-date Windows aficionados are having a tough time with the newest version of Windows. Microsoft's latest operating system is proving to be a problem for more than half of the people who have already made the transition, ...

TG Daily

Canada won't say if China involved in hacking incident
| OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada said it was aware hackers had breached security at a domestic manufacturer of software used by big energy companies, but declined to comment on a report that a Chinese group could be responsible. Calgary-based Telvent, which ...

Apple's iPhone 5 draws crowds as it launches in 22 more countries
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff The iPhone 5 went on sale in 22 more countries on Friday, making it now available in a total of 31 nations around the world, in Apple's most aggressive launch schedule ever. The list of countries where the iPhone 5 launched on ...

Fast and furious: Life with LTE on an iPhone 5
Houston Chronicle (blog)
Comments(1) | E-mail | Print One of the main reasons I wanted a new smartphone was to step up to LTE, the faster data connection offered by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. I've been testing LTE on various review units since Verizon first launched the service ...

Facebook, Twitter Growth in China Has Lots of Caveats
By Bruce Einhorn on September 28, 2012 A new report shows just how porous China's infamous Great Firewall might be for local Internet users determined to access banned websites. The country's censors have deemed Facebook (FB) and Twitter unfit for ...

Harvest full moon rises this weekend
CBS News
The full moon that rises this weekend is a special one, carrying the title of "Harvest Moon" for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. The moon officially turns full when it reaches that spot in the sky exactly opposite the sun, ...

Police feared more killings
Sydney Morning Herald
At first it was just a missing person's case. A person who had a little too much to drink had not made it home - an event that happens every night across Australia By Saturday afternoon Homicide Crew Four, the suspicious missing persons unit under ...

How To Find Porn On The Internet
Huffington Post
Now Lawley is taking the next step, introducing a dedicated search engine--Search.xxx--that he says will function like Google.com (GOOG) and other familiar search engines, except that it will bring users exclusively to the 23 million pages of porn ...

Madefire's Digital Comics Come to the iPhone
By Harry McCracken | @harrymccracken | September 28, 2012 | + Among many other things, the iPad is one of the best ways ever devised to read comics. And one of the more interesting ways to read them on an iPad is with Madefire, an app which lets you...


First of all | What's missing from my block's Street View pic? Me
Kansas City Star
I'm not sure if any reporter in Kansas City is permitted to write or say “Google” without that F-word behind it (yes, I mean Google Fiber), but indulge me while I address another Google product. I'm talking Street View, the Google Maps feature that ...

Kansas City Star

Smart Forstars concept EV brings drive-in theater to a wall near you (video)
By Steve Dent posted Sep 28th 2012 8:46AM Auto show concept cars are all whizzy styling and impractical interiors, and Smart's latest offering, the Forstars EV at the Paris Auto Show, has all that in spades. But the stubby car has another show-stopping ...

One Last Endeavour
Armed with Science
An F-35 Lightning II flies over Space Shuttle Endeavour Sept. 20, 2012. The space shuttle landed at Edwards after completing the fourth leg of its ferry flight to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. (Courtesy photo by Matthew Short/Lockheed ...

Borderlands 2 Review
COS The Campus
Lock and load! The Vault Hunters are back and this time they're delivering one of the best cooperative experiences, with hours upon hours of life wasting gameplay and an impressive amount of loot. From a game play standpoint Borderlands 2 plays almost ...

COS The Campus

Trend of decreasing traffic deaths might be coming to an end
(Phys.org)—Traffic deaths have fallen dramatically since 2005, but estimates for 2012 suggest that the trend may be ending, says a University of Michigan researcher in a new report. According to Michael Sivak, research professor at the UM ...

UFO or Lens Flare in Google Street View? You Decide
ABC News (blog)
Google Maps helps many people do various things, but tracking UFOs might be a new one. Andrea Dove contacted ABC News affiliate KLTV in East Texas with an interesting tip. Dove was using Google Maps to get directions to visit her aunt in Jacksonville, ...

ABC News (blog)

Will Paris End the Party for Luxury Car Makers?
Wall Street Journal
By VANESSA FUHRMANS And CHRISTOPH RAUWALD BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes unveiled new models at the Paris Auto Show into the increasingly competitive luxury car segment despite signs that demand might be leveling off. WSJ's Vanessa Fuhrmans reports.

Spectrum de-crunch: FCC to consider WCS proposal from AT&T and Sirius
By Neal Gompa on September 28, 2012 at 9:27 am The FCC has announced that it will consider approving an order that amends the rules for the Wireless Communications Service (WCS) band to make it useful for terrestrial wireless communications systems.


iPad Mini release date, price: (AAPL) Apple iPad Mini could have to compete ...
The iPad Mini looks very similar to the current 9.7 inch (AAPL) Apple iPad, but appears to be about two-to-three inches smaller in diameter. Forget the iPhone 5. Even though 10 million people will buy one in the next few weeks, that's not exactly at ...


Dish Said to Be in Talks With Viacom About Internet TV
Dish Network Corp. (DISH) is talking to networks such as Viacom (VIAB) Inc.'s MTV about offering their channels over the Internet, a service that could shift the economics of the pay-TV industry, five people familiar with the plan said.

Perimeter E-Security Launches Cloud-Based MDM Solution
Perimeter E-Security, a managed security service provider (MSSP) and MSPmentor 100 company, recently announced a new cloud MDM solution to protect company data on both employee-owned and company-issued mobile devices. The solution features a bring your ...

Silencing of nature will hamper the mind
Sydney Morning Herald
No chittering, no fluting, no chissicking. The bleak silence of a spring without its birds is the central image of Rachel Carson's most famous work, Silent Spring. Since its publication 50 years ago, humanity has continued silencing the languages of ...

Is spy software installed on your computer?
by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News HOUSTON – If you bought a pre-owned computer or rent one from a store, you never know what kind of hidden software might be spying on you. The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on programs that allow spies, ...

Motor Mouth: Stunning F-Type will save Jaguar
National Post
PARIS — Behold the star of the recent Paris Motor Show, the sexiest V6-powered roadster on the planet and the car that will save Jaguar. Not that the iconic British brand should need saving — its current model lineup is plenty strong — but since Ford's ...

National Post

Mozilla Releases Persona To The Public
By Zach Walton · 32 mins ago · Leave a Comment Do you remember Mozilla's ambitious plan to replace passwords? It's called Persona, and it promised to be a single sign-in solution across the entire Internet. It's been in the works for a while now, ...

Official iPhone 5 user guide references Apple-made dock
Apple Insider
By AppleInsider Staff Though Apple has not released a first-party dock for the iPhone 5 and its new Lightning connector, the official iPhone 5 user guide refers to an official "iPhone Dock" accessory sold separately. References to the dock, ...

Apple Insider

Nokia Lumia 920 pricing revealed: £125 cheaper than iPhone 5
Summary: Pricing for the upcoming Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 handsets is beginning to trickle out from European markets, indicating that the range-topping device could come in more than £100 cheaper than the equivalent Apple device.


Texas Instruments Exits The Mobile Market: What It Means For Competitors
Seeking Alpha
On Tuesday, Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN) announced that it would "reduce R&D expenditures" on the OMAP SoC used in many smartphones and tablets, including the latest Amazon Kindle. Decoded, Texas Instruments just told the industry it was exiting the ...

Arrest of Google Brazil head stirs debate over Web
The Associated Press
By BRADLEY BROOKS, AP – 2 minutes ago RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The arrest of a top Google executive is reviving a debate about Brazilian laws that hold services such as YouTube responsible for the videos posted on them, making the country a hotbed of...

The Associated Press

Samsung teases Galaxy Note 2 launch party on Oct 24
We already know that five carriers will get the 5.5-inch phone/tablet hybrid, but Samsung looks lik it will hold a grand opening anyway. by Jessica Dolcourt Time to take "the next big thing" literally. Just one look at the stylus in Samsung's Save the ...

Halo will be pivotal for Xbox beyond the 360, says exec
TechRadar UK
By Patrick Goss September 28th 2012 The franchise development director of Halo believes that the iconic game series can continue to be defining game for Xbox beyond the current console. The Halo series is intrinsically linked with the rise and rise of ...

Discovered a new comet approaching the Sun
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
(AGI) Washington - Russian scientists have discovered a new comet. News of the discovery was given at the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge. The comet might be one of the sky's brightest objects over the next year, ...

Sleek new PlayStation 3 model makes US debut
By Glenn Chapman (AFP) – 53 minutes ago SAN FRANCISCO — Sleek new PlayStation 3 consoles took their places in US homes as Sony tapped into its video game prowess to put itself at the heart of Internet Age entertainment. The PS3 model that made its US ...


NFL Network and Time Warner Cable Reach Multiyear Agreement
TV Guide
by Sadie Gennis The NFL Network has reached multiyear agreements with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to start carrying NFL Network and NFL RedZone, the NFL announced. "We are excited to work with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks ...

The 10 Best-Selling Hybrid Cars
24/7 Wall St.
This week, electric car maker Tesla Motors cut its revenue forecast and announced it would be selling 5 million shares of stock to raise capital. Some are beginning to question the long-term viability of the automaker and its line of hybrid cars.

Americans Prefer TVs To PCs For Viewing Online Video
More Americans prefer to view online video content on their televisions than on their computers, according to the recently released “Digital Video Outlook” report from market research firm NPD Group. According to the report, the number of Americans ...


Thanks To 'Scuffgate' I'll Never Purchase A Black iPhone 5 Again
When I received my black iPhone 5 last week, I was shocked by its beauty. Apple did a great job on the design, and in my opinion, the “Black & Slate” version looks the best. I was so excited to have my hands on it after a week of anticipation, ...

IBM's MSP Strategy Takes Cloud Ecosystem to Mid-Market
CIO Today
By Jennifer LeClaire Beyond empowering Managed Service Providers to build solutions and services on technologies like SmartCloud, PureSystems, and analytics, IBM will also provide MSPs access to IBM experts with deep technical skills at four new global...

CIO Today

Intel touts Windows 8 tablets made with its chips
Bizjournals.com (blog)
Intel on Thursday touted tablets made by its hardware partners that use its new Atom 2760 chip. Intel on Thursday used a media event in San Francisco to show off the new Windows 8 tablets that its chips are being used in.

Video: Rare Albino Whale Thrills Australians
by Michael dEstries September 27, 2012 Australians are heralding the return of a rare albino whale off the eastern coast of the country – the only all-white humpback adult ever documented. Nicknamed “Migaloo,” he is the only white whale that has ...

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