13 December 2012

Google Maps Best Apple Maps

Review: Google Maps puts Apple Maps to shame - CNN.com: "As a bonus for developers -- and app users alike -- Google announced Google Maps SDK for iOS, which gives app developers the opportunity to use maps within apps for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. This will help users easily search and get the directions they want while using other apps and ultimately strengthen Google's maps reach. . . . While Apple Maps excels in some ways (3D rendering in particular) there are just too many arrows in Google Maps' quiver -- especially now that it's brought turn-by-turn navigation to its iOS app. Public transit, street view and easy searching propel Google to a clear victory . . ."

The Best Features of Google Maps for iOS
PC Magazine
Why should you download the new Google Maps app for your iPhone? That should be obvious: because Apple's Maps app doesn't cut it. But here are six great features of the Google Maps for iOS. Mark Hachman By Mark Hachman. December 13, 2012 ...

McAfee Back In U.S.: Crazy Like A Fox?
InformationWeek
Guatemala refuses asylum request and deports AV founder McAfee to Miami. Officials in Belize dismiss McAfee's claims that he's being persecuted by government, call him "bonkers." By Mathew J. Schwartz · InformationWeek. December 13, 2012 10:44 AM ...

Amazon sets up Kindle store in China
CNET
The retailer's new store offers Chinese-language e-books though Kindle tablets and e-readers aren't yet available in the country. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. December 13, 2012 8:04 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. Amazon's new Chinese Kindle ...

Surface-starved Swedes served pop-up Windows 8 'showroom'
ZDNet
Summary: Microsoft and Intel are aiming to show Swedes the range of Windows 8 machines available with a surprising strategy. But the Surface remains elusive. Liam Tung. By Liam Tung for Norse Code | December 13, 2012 -- 15:49 GMT (07:49 PST) ...

ZDNet

Drumbeat of of AT&T LTE launches goes on
Computerworld
Computerworld - AT&T is putting the pedal to the metal on its LTE deployments, saying Thursday it has added seven more markets to its list, atop of the four market launches it had announced three days earlier. The carrier now offers LTE service in 120 ...

Amazon expands Instant Video to iPhone
USA TODAY
Amazon launched its Instant Video app for the iPhone and iPod Touch on Thursday. (Photo: David McNew Getty Images). Story Highlights. Instant Video now available for iPhone, iPod Touch. 11:38AM EST December 13. 2012 - Amazon is expanding its ...

Linux 3.8 will drop support for Intel 386 chips
PCWorld
Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers business and tech in all its forms, with an emphasis on Linux and open source software. More by Katherine Noyes. Launched...

PCWorld

Vote Clears Way for Taxi Rider Apps
Wall Street Journal (blog)
By early next year, New York taxi riders could be hailing cabs with the tap of a smartphone, a sea change in the interactions between cabbies and fares that was bitterly opposed by other factions of the for-hire vehicle industry. The Taxi and Limousine ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Talks on Telecommunications Treaty Falter
New York Times
DUBAI — Once-in-a-generation talks on a global telecommunications treaty were perched on the verge of collapse Thursday, with delegates seemingly unable to break an impasse over the most sensitive issue: whether to include the Internet in the ...

Apple patent shows better way to handle incoming calls
CNET
A new Apple patent approved today points to a better way to handle incoming calls by putting them on hold or saving voice mails as text. Lance Whitney. by Lance Whitney. December 13, 2012 6:09 AM PST Follow @lancewhit. A new Apple technology could ...

Smule's new social app Strum mixes video with visual and audio filters
Macworld
Lex uses a MacBook Pro, an iPhone 5, an iPad mini, a Kindle 3, a TiVo HD, and a treadmill desk, and loves them all. His latest book, a children's book parody for adults, is called "The Kid in the Crib." Lex lives in New Jersey with his wife and three young kids.

The Secret World: Subscription Free, Time To Try?
Forbes
At launch, Funcom's The Secret World (TSW) decided to take on the subscription based MMORPG world guns blazing. Now TSW has ditched the sub fee and transitioned to a “Buy-to-play” model similar to Guild Wars 2. Is it time to give TSW a try? My first few ...

Forbes

Samsung's chief strategy officer admits to using Apple's iPhone, iPad & Mac at ...
Apple Insider
One of the top executives at Apple's chief rival, Samsung, has admitted that he uses an iPhone, iPad and Mac at home, largely due to Apple's "sticky" ecosystem. Young Sohn admitted his personal preference for Apple's tightly connected ecosystem in an ...

Geminid meteor shower set to reach peak
Telegraph.co.uk
The annual display should be at its most spectacular on Thursday night and Friday morning, with dozens of meteors streaking across the sky each hour. Activity should reach a peak at about 11.30pm in Britain, but experts warned that bad weather could mean ...

Telegraph.co.uk

European Union OKs Apple e-books offer amid US talks
Politico
The acceptance by European antitrust regulators Thursday of a settlement with Apple and four publishers in an e-book price-fixing case may spur ongoing talks in a parallel case working its way through the U.S. courts, knowledgeable sources told POLITICO.

Politico

Google: So Where Should Google Fiber Go Next?
Tom's Guide
Google Fiber should branch out to a nearby city, but the company could rely on its previous tactic of allowing cities and communities to beg. Now that Google has Kansas City under its belt, the company is now trying to determine where to lay its Google Fiber ...

Nasa releases post-apocolypse video ten days early
Telegraph.co.uk
The video is narrated from December 22 2012, the day after the supposed apocolypse and Nasa appears so confident about its prediction that it released the clip ten days early. A Nasa spokesperson says: "If you're watching this, it means one thing. The world ...

Police Tase Woman for Buying Too Many iPhones
Mashable
The Apple Store in Nashua, N.H,. is apparently very strict about its two-iPhones-per-customer rule. The penalty for those who break the order? Getting Tased by police. At least that's what happened to 44-year-old Chinese national Xiaojie Li earlier this week, ...

RIM Says US Immigration & Customs to Test Drive BB10 After All
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Bloomberg: A man tries a BlackBerry 10 smartphone prototype at the BlackBerry Jam Asia developer conference in Bangkok, Thailand, in November. Research In Motion Ltd. said early Thursday that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a giant ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Eshoo: Keep broadband spectrum law 'on track'
San Mateo Daily Journal
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, urged the Federal Communications Commission yesterday to “keep on track” with its mission to implement an auction of wireless spectrum. A successful auction, planned for June 2014, will provide more spectrum for ...

Tesla Motors preparing to distribute the Model S in Europe and Canada
Torque News
Tesla Motors has opened a warehouse, assembly, and distribution center, in Tilburg, Netherlands, that will pave the way for Tesla Model S distribution in Europe later this year. n/a. 2012 Tesla Model S. On Wednesday, Tesla Motors announced a key step ...

Torque News

Tech: Google to Tackle Mobile's Fat …
Adweek
Fat fingers suck...the value out of advertisers' mobile budgets. Twenty-two percent of clicks on mobile ads are accidental, according to mobile app marketing platform TradeMob. Thus, with a good chunk of advertisers' spend on mobile ads potentially going ...

Adweek

Engineers Create a More Lifelike Robot
LiveScience.com
In the endless quest to create a robot that looks and moves like a human being, researchers have broken new ground: giving a robot a complex muscular system that accurately mimics some human movements. Kenshiro, who was developed by University of ...

With Audiogalaxy Acquisition, Dropbox Signals Its Cloud Music Ambitions
TechCrunch
Dropbox broadly hinted at its future plans yesterday, with the acquisition of Audiogalaxy, a startup allowing users to store their music files and playlists in the cloud then stream them to any device. The announcement was made via a short post on the ...

Google settles Belgian papers' copyright dispute
Reuters
By Foo Yun Chee. BRUSSELS | Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:48am EST. BRUSSELS Dec 13 (Reuters) - Google agreed on Thursday to help boost online revenues for a group of Belgian newspaper publishers and authors, settling a six-year dispute over copyright ...

Google: 'No plans' to expand apps to Microsoft's Windows Phone
Fiercemobilecontent
Google revealed it has no current plans to expand business applications like Gmail and Drive to Microsoft's fledgling Windows Phone 8, citing lack of customer interest in the platform. "We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are, ...

Drivers have a choice about red light cameras (Jonathan Baggs, Community ...
The Huntsville Times - al.com (blog)
It was only a split second in time that seemed to occur in slow motion. The one-ton flat-bed work truck's front grill got closer and closer until a "T-bone" collision with another vehicle occurred in the intersection. When the work truck ran a red light and slammed ...

The Huntsville Times - al.com (blog)

Senate still grappling with FISA - SJC to mark up Franken location bill - WCIT ...
Politico (blog)
With help from Tony Romm, Michelle Quinn, Brooks Boliek and Eliza Krigman. CLOCK TICKING, SENATE STILL GRAPPLING WITH FISA — Tony Romm reports: "While the chamber is preoccupied with the fast-approaching fiscal cliff, the clock is also running ...

Santa Cruz County beaches flooded with dead squid
Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of Humboldt squid stranded themselves on Santa Cruz County beaches in recent days in what the San Francisco Chronicle called a "mysterious frenzy of suicide." Researchers are unsure what caused the massive die-off, which took place far north ...

Juniper Wins New Deal - Analyst Blog
NASDAQ
More deals are flowing for the networking company Juniper Networks ( JNPR ). Recently, Availity has opted for Juniper's data center switching, WAN routing and security solutions to improve its national health information network across numerous data ...

Facebook Confirms Instagram Ad Plans
Investorplace.com
Facebook's (NASDAQ:FB) vice president of global market solutions, Carolyn Everson, says that the company will monetize Instagram, according to a report in BusinessInsider. She provided no timeline, though, but instead simply said it would happen ...

Investorplace.com

IHS: Tablets have made e-readers an 'endangered species'
ZDNet
Summary: E-book readers are all but extinct thanks to tablets, according to industry analysts. But should we count them out altogether yet? Rachel King. By Rachel King for Between the Lines | December 12, 2012 -- 17:48 GMT (09:48 PST). Follow @ ...

FreedomPop launches free home broadband
CNET
The startup, which uses Clearwire's WiMax network, will give users of its new FreedomPop Home Burst home modem 1GB of monthly data for free, double the typical amount given to users of its service. Shara Tibken. by Shara Tibken. December 12, 2012 ...

Apple Worth $400 A Share?
The motley Fool (blog)
Chad is a member of The Motley Fool Blog Network -- entries represent the personal opinions of our bloggers and are not formally edited. In a recent Barron's article, Mr. Lindberg from ABGSC Sundal Collier was cited as adding to his bearish stance on Apple ...

Electric car startup CODA cutting 15 pct of staff
Reuters
LOS ANGELES | Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:17pm EST. LOS ANGELES Dec 12 (Reuters) - U.S. electric car startup CODA Automotive has cut 50 jobs, or 15 percent of its staff, it said on Wednesday. The move will "right-size the company" and "better position our ...

Credit-card sized cooler from GE is slim and silent
CNET
General Electric has developed an ultra-slim cooling solution that could be used in laptops and tablets in the near future. The cooler uses what GE calls dual-piezoelectric cooling jets (DCJ for short). Unlike fan-based versions which utilize spinning blades, the...

CNET

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy music game now on iOS
TechnologyTell (blog)
The final month of 2012 has featured a lot of Final Fantasy for iOS. Square-Enix recently announced a Final Fantasy app sale that ends Friday, Final Fantasy IV is coming soon, and now the Nintendo 3DS rhythm game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy been ported ...

TechnologyTell (blog)

Will Gambling Save Zynga?
Motley Fool
Over the past year, Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA ) has been methodically losing at its own game. Shareholders as of Dec. 16, 2011, have watched 73% of their investment go down the virtual tubes. One of the few bull arguments remaining for the gaming company ...

Dell brings open source to big data
ITBusiness.ca
Open source is coming to the cloud. Technology vendor Dell, which has been working hard to transition from a cheap PC vendor to an infrastructure services player, has announced a partnership with hardware manufacturer Inktank for an open source-based ...

Big asteroid flying by Earth
Toronto Sun
Toutatis The asteroid Toutatis is captured by NASA's Goldstone radar as it passes by Earth on December 11, 2012. (REUTERS/NASA/JPL/Caltech/Handout). Tweet. Change text size for the story; Print this story. Report an error ...

Pope Benedict XVI Joins Twitter
People Magazine
Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first Tweet on Wednesday using the handle @Pontifex (loosely translated from Latin to mean "bridge builder"). "Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter," he wrote. "Thank you for your generous ...

Cern Zombie Film Shot By British Physicists
Sky News
The low-budget movie was shot by British physicists in a tunnel at the world's largest particle physics laboratory. 5:58pm UK, Wednesday 12 December 2012. clip from Decay, hadron collider zombie film. Video: Decay Trailer: warning graphic content: Full film ...

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