January 19, 2013 |
On the Map A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks Simon Garfield Gotham: 464 pp., $27.50 Here's what I like about maps: They offer a clarity, a shape, to the world. They suggest routes and boundaries, allow us to explore widely, even (or especially) if we don't leave home. They speak of possibilities, both in terms of places we may visit and those we will never visit, while supporting the comforting illusion that our surroundings are contained. I look at them nearly every day - not just to get to where I'm going but also to look back at where I've been.
January 3, 2013 |
Apple, whose own map app was a disaster, is reportedly in talks to acquire Waze, a smartphone map app startup. TechCrunch on Wednesday reported that the two companies have entered negotiations but are hung up on the price. According to the report, Waze is looking for $750 million while Apple is only offering $400 million plus $100 million in incentives. The top 10 embarrassing tech flops of 2012 The Waze mapping app is for both the iPhone and Android. It crowd-sources data from its users to keep them updated on the latest traffic information.
December 29, 2012 |
As 2012 comes to a close we take a look back at the biggest "oops" moments of the last year. Whether it was an advertising misstep (Facebook's "Chair" commercial), or a product released before it was ready (Apple Maps), or just an idea that was ill-received (homeless men as Wi-Fi hotspots), we tried to compose a list of the times when the major players lost control of the narrative. It's also a reminder that everyone makes mistakes--even exacting tech companies. 1. Apple Maps fiasco How bad was it when Apple replaced Google Maps with its own mapping system on iOS 6?
December 23, 2012 |
Some people travel according to their stomachs. Others according to museums. The Art Alert app gives you directions to nearby museums as well as an introduction to their artwork. Name: Art Alert Available for: iPhone, iPad What it does: Gives you directions, practical information and photos of representative works of art for more than 500 art museums around the globe. Art Alert is the companion app to the award-winning Art Authority app, a comprehensive and educational art app that houses nearly 60,000 works of art. Cost: $2.99 for an introductory period.
December 22, 2012 |
Google Maps recently made its long awaited return to the iPhone, and although it's received positive reviews, finding some of the apps' coolest features can be a bit difficult. That's why earlier this week, Google released a tip sheet explaining features of the new app. Here are several of those tips, along with a few others that should help you get well acclimated with Google Maps. Use Google Maps with Siri Typically when you ask Siri for directions, she'll give them to you but will use Apple Maps.
December 20, 2012 |
How helpful is Apple Maps? Not very, according to a company that found Apple Maps is three times more likely to get someone lost than Google Maps. Most generally regard Google Maps as the superior software, but the crowdsourcing company Crowdflower decided to take a look at the data and figure out how exactly the two softwares, and Bing, compare. Specifically, Crowdflower set out to answer how often each service will get you to the right location. To find out, the company took a look at directions to 1,000 businesses in the U.S. and another 100 in the U.K. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge The company used its resources to go to the website of each business and find the address listed.
December 20, 2012 |
Though Instagram has vowed to remove controversial wording from its new terms of service, some users have said they won't be coming back to the app. And joining those users could be Kim Kardashian, the most followed Instagram user of all. Kardashian, who has 5.7 million followers, voiced her concerns with Instagram after the Facebook-owned photo sharing app revealed a new terms of service on Monday that would take effect next month. In those new terms, Instagram had wording that read as though it was giving itself the right to let companies pay to use people's photos for advertisements that would run within the social network's app without any compensation for users.
December 19, 2012 |
A company that serves up advertisements for thousands of Apple mobile apps has seen a 29% jump in the number of devices running iOS 6 since the release of Google Maps for the iPhone. As you may recall, iPhone users that updated their devices to the iOS 6 operating system in September were stuck with an Apple Maps app rather than Google Maps, which came with previous versions of the iOS. Many complained that Apple's map app was inferior to Google's, leading to an apology from Apple's CEO Tim Cook.
December 17, 2012 |
Did you have trouble downloading the Google Maps for iPhone app last week? That might be because lots of people were downloading the app -- more than 10 million in 48 hours to be exact. Jeff Huber, a Google senior vice president, revealed that statistic on Google+ on Monday. But the number of downloads, though impressive, is hardly surprising. Apple users had been looking forward to the return of the Google Maps app ever since it was removed from the iPhone three months ago and replaced with Apple's own software, Apple Maps.
December 13, 2012 |
As if Apple bringing back Google Maps wasn't enough news today, now iPhone users also will have access to movies and TV shows from Amazon.com. The Seattle-based online retailer announced early Thursday the arrival of the Amazon Instant Video app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. With the app, users can gain access to any video content they have purchased or rented from Amazon.com. However, they cannot make any new purchases or rents from the app itself. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 With the app, Amazon Prime members also gain access to the company's Prime Instant Video catalog, which includes more than 30,000 pieces of content available to watch whenever they wish.