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March 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple will roll out a new and improved version of the Maps navigation app in the next major update for its iPhone and iPad software, a report Tuesday said. The Cupertino tech company is working on major under-the-hood changes for Apple Maps that should improve the apps accuracy, according to 9to5Mac , which cites unnamed sources. Apple is also working on implementing public transportation data -- perhaps the most important feature still absent -- into its navigation app. Apple plans to announce and release the improved version of Maps alongside the release of iOS 8, the next version of the iPhone and iPad operating system.
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TRAVEL
March 9, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If you're a farm-to-table foodie or just a fan of farms and farmers, this website and app are for you. Name: farmstarliving.com and iOS app. The app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. What it does: Offers a directory of restaurants around the United States that serve food from local farmers. You can also search state by state for farms that are open to the public and offer hayrides, mazes, petting zoos, bed-and-breakfasts, you-pick-it orchards and much more.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is bringing back F8, its conference for software developers in a bid to get them to create more and better mobile apps for the giant social network. The conference will be held April 30 in San Francisco, Ilya Sukhar, Parse chief executive and Facebook product manager, announced at SXSW on Saturday. F8 will return to its roots by focusing on technical content for mobile and Web developers, not on major announcements for Facebook users, Facebook said. The conference will feature hands-on workshops and technical sessions for about 1,500 developers to learn how to create, grow and make money from apps, the company said.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A smart phone app that allows users to post messages anonymously is coming under fire for fostering cyberbullying, leading to at least two juvenile arrests, school phone-use bans and several campus lockdowns. Scrutiny of the 4-month-old   Yik Yak app   for Android and Apple devices has spread from the Southeast to the Northeast to the Midwest and, this week, to the West Coast. The app has registered more than 10,000 downloads on Google's Play Store and, according to   AppAnnie , has cracked the top 100 most popular apps on Apple's App Store.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
In the future, every appliance you own will come with the capability to connect to the Internet. But for now, you can smarten your home with the Quirky Spotter. The Spotter is small white hockey puck-shaped device. The gadget is equipped with sensors that allow it to hear audio, sense motion and notice changes in light, temperature and humidity. The device works by connecting to users' home Wi-Fi networks and syncing with a companion app, called Wink, on their smartphone. Setting up the device takes about five minutes, counting the time needed to download the app and syncing it with the Spotter.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
When it came to officially launching her latest service, Findery , Caterina Fake decided that she wasn't going to be rushed.  "With apps, it's really important to get it right the first time," Fake said. "You don't get a second chance like you do on the Web. " VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor As one of tech's more notable entrepreneurs, Fake is someone who would know. She was co-founder of Flickr, which Yahoo bought in 2005 for $35 million.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ever lust after a product displayed in a store that's closed for the day? Or struggle to find the item you saw in a magazine or YouTube advertisement? Maybe you're curious about something on a shelf but can't find a salesperson to offer more information. A British company called Powa Technologies said it has the solution to all of those consumer conundrums in the form of an e-commerce platform it calls a retail “evolution and revolution.” Powa, started by serial entrepreneur Dan Wagner and operating on the nearly $100 million it's raised in recent months, unveiled its closely held digital shopping tool PowaTag on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"If only Bradley [Cooper]'s arm was longer," Ellen DeGeneres wrote in her record-breaking Oscars tweet that contains arguably the most epic selfie in history. But could DeGeneres and friends have taken a better picture? Although the selfie has been retweeted nearly 3 million times , caused Twitter to experience outages and contains a dozen stars, there's one company that thinks its technology could've snapped a better photo. PointGrab, an Israeli tech company, said CamMe, its free photo app, would have enabled DeGeneres to fit more celebrities into her picture (as well as the entirety of supporting actor winner Jared Leto's face)
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
After the $19-billion WhatsApp deal was announced, I wrote a little blog post about  where it ranked among other tech deals. I included the line:  "One day later, Silicon Valley is still trying to pick its collective jaw off the floor following news that Facebook is going to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. " No prize-winning prose by any stretch. But as I was reading more about the deal that day, and in the following day, the reference stuck in my head. Suddenly, I began to experience that same feeling that I got when I bought a red AMC Pacer Wagon and suddenly it seemed like they were everywhere on the road.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By James Barragán
Tia Smith clutched her new phone in one hand and a phone case in the other as she shopped at a West Hollywood Best Buy. She clicked away into her smartphone's tiny screen and searched for the case in other nearby stores. "I'm trying to buy this Otter phone case for my new phone," she said. "But I'm trying to see if Target or Wal-Mart has it for cheaper so they can honor the price match," she said, as she scrolled through Target's mobile site on her new phone. As more people turn to their smartphones and tablets when they're thinking about making a purchase, retailers and marketing companies are rushing to figure out ways to transform these mobile browsers into buyers.
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