March 31, 2014 |
Google has kicked off the tech world's annual round of April Fools' Day gags with a Pokemon Challenge. The tech company's Japanese blog on Monday announced that an update for the Android and iPhone versions of Google Maps lets users go around and, you guessed it, try to catch all the Pokemon. The neat mini-game is part of Google's fictional recruiting search for the newly available position of Pokemon Master. VIDEO: HTC One (M8) smartphone better than predecessor in every way To earn the job, recruits must catch all 150 Pokemon that can be found in the game, the company jokes in a video that can be seen above.
March 13, 2014 |
How to take a white-water trip through the Grand Canyon without getting wet: Stay home and click on Google's Street View of the classic 286-mile ride on the Colorado River. It's red-rock heaven all the way, with pull-offs that scramble up side canyons too, in the latest take-you-there visuals debuting Thursday (today) on Google Maps. Google's take-you-there 360-degree Street Views (no, they aren't changing the name to "river views") have captured major landmarks like the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as five national parks in California.
February 23, 2014 |
Apple spent the weekend scrambling to respond to a security bug called "Gotofail" discovered first in its iOS devices and then in its Mac OSX. Beyond just leaving users vulnerable, the flaw ignited a debate among cybersecurity experts because the mistake in the code was considered so basic. Some wondered how Apple could have made such a simple error. "This sort of subtle bug deep in the code is a nightmare," wrote Google's security expert Adam Langley on his blog. "I believe that it's just a mistake, and I feel very bad for whomever might have slipped in an editor and created it. But others wondered whether the code was a deliberate attempt to create a backdoor for government spy agencies.
February 21, 2014 |
IPod. IPad. IStamp? Steve Jobs, the late cofounder and chief executive of Apple, is among several pop culture figures who will be featured on U.S. postage stamps over the next few years. The stamp for Jobs, who led Apple during its creation and then again during its resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will be available in 2015, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Jobs' stamp is currently being designed. VIDEO: Pebble's latest Steel smartwatch is functional and stylish Besides Jobs, others to be honored on stamps in the next few years include Beatle John Lennon, NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, gay rights activist Harvey Milk and musician Jimi Hendrix.
February 21, 2014 |
Apple said Friday that it had acquired Burstly , a small Santa Monica-based company that lets developers make their apps available for testing by outside users. The acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch and later confirmed by an Apple spokeswoman. No price was disclosed. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Although Apple has restrictions on how widely companies can beta test apps on its iOS platform, third-party companies such as Burstly have allowed developers to reach more users.
February 20, 2014 |
Nearly a year ago Google launched a new version of Google Maps that eager users could voluntarily try. That version has now begun rolling out to all users. The Mountain View tech giant this week announced that over the coming weeks the "new Google Maps" will replace its predecessor as the default version of the service. The new Google Maps features a redesigned look that envelops the entire Web page, unlike the previous version which used about two-thirds of the screen for map imagery and the other third to display information.