In case you don't already know, iOS 6 makes a big change in your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch's mapping features. It removes the Google Maps app that you've long used and replaces it with Apple's home-baked mapping service. At first, you may not notice the change since the app's icon, and much of the interface looks almost the same. Once you try to use … Read more
Voice assistants like Siri, S Voice, Google Actions, and Microsoft's TellMe aren't new, but they are evolving into more mainstream features that can expedite results. S Voice, which launched this summer on the Samsung Galaxy S3, is Samsung's answer to Siri. That also makes … Read more
Hey, everyone! Apple wants to thank you for laughing at its Maps app flap.
Yes, that's the new iOS 6 feature that Apple rolled itself (with the assistance of GPS wizards at TomTom) in order to divorce Google Maps. It's the very same feature that has trended on Twitter (and CNET) for most of the day, thanks to maps that elide details, panoramic views that wrinkle airport runways and collapse bridges into canyons, cityscapes that yaw and stretch "Inception"-style, and navigation directions that point the wrong way. The same app whose 3D maps Gizmodo dubbed … Read more
If you see someone walking around today with an extra spring in their step, it might well be an Android user.
On a day when the world was hurling insult after accusation after put-down at Apple for its iOS 6 Maps fiasco, a lot of people getting from point A to point B using Google Maps on Android devices are probably feeling pretty good about themselves and their technology. And maybe even a little superior.
Maps weren't the only thing to get a tweak with iOS 6. Apple appears to have changed how it determines the rankings on its App Store as well.
In a new post today (registration required), BTIG Research notes what it calls "dramatic" differences in the list of Top 25 free apps on Apple's App Store between yesterday and today, a period of time that also brought the release of iOS 6.
iOS 6 comes with complete redesigns of all Apple's digital stores, from iTunes to the iBookstore to the App Store. But there might have … Read more
Facebook has released a new iOS app just in the nick of time.
Facebook boasts faster scrolling for the news feed, a new banner you can tap to see more stories, and the ability to open and close photos with a downward swipe.
The update also coincides with updates to two of Facebook's Android apps -- the main Facebook app and Facebook Messenger.
This trio of updates is an … Read more
Just a day after the release of Apple's iOS 6 mobile operating system, 15 percent of iOS users have upgraded to the new version, a new report says.
Advertising and analytics company Chitika today says that 15 percent of iOS devices are now running iOS 6, which was released for download in the early morning Wednesday.
That number comes from what Chitika says is "a sample of millions of mobile ad impressions" from its advertising network between yesterday and today.
"This level of adoption is a significant development and a testament to the vertical product structure … Read more
The new look of Apple's clock app on the iPad that came alongside iOS 6 yesterday is ruffling some feathers abroad.
The 1944 design by then-SBB employee Hans Hilfiker (which you can see here) is used in station clocks throughout the railway system, which is well-known for its timeliness. It's also licensed to Mondaine, a Swiss watch manufacturer.
An SBB spokesman … Read more
Groupon Payments, the daily-deals provider's answer to Square, is going nationwide.
The company announced on its blog yesterday that its merchants across the U.S. will now be able to sign up for Groupon Payments. Upon doing so, they'll be able to accept major credit cards by simply popping the Groupon card swipe accessory into an iPhone or iPod Touch and installing the associated iOS app. According to Groupon, payments processed through its service are deposited directly into merchant accounts overnight.
Groupon Payments users might find cheaper rates than they would with Square. The latter takes a flat … Read more
Your face is once again the subject of a patent Apple has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The technology described in the patent, which was discovered by Patently Apple and AppleInsider, isn't all that different from one that surfaced from the iPhone maker in December, which described a method for users to lock and unlock their handsets with their face. However, the latest technology uses the front-facing camera on a mobile device to determine whether to lock or unlock the product.
According to Patently Apple, the front-facing camera takes rapid snapshots that then translate into … Read more