The rift between Apple and Google may be growing as news is surfacing that Apple had purchased Google Maps competitor, Placebase and its accompanying Pushpin API in July.
Placebase and Google Maps are similar in the sense that they both map out various locations with a detailed image. However, Placebase offers different kinds of aggregated data from locations it has mapped such as demographics and crime data.
According to a Tweet from Jaron Waldman and an updated LinkedIn profile indicating he’s started working under Apple’s Geo team, it seems that this has gone under the radar, until now. The final confirmation of Apple’s acquisition came from Computerworld which points out the easily passed up Tweet from Jaron. But the biggest question is what Apple intends to do with Placebase. Many speculate that the Cupertino based company would use it as an alternative should its relationship with Google sour. The change could see the Apple developed Google Maps App on the iPhone and iPod Touch aggregate data from Placebase instead and all that would be required is a simple Software Update. However, Apple could leverage Placebase’s various… more...
In a somewhat ironic move, AVG announced it would be developing an Antivirus App for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
The move to bring AVG to the iPhone was announced by the company’s CEO, JR Smith, in a recent interview:
“We can’t add a layer of protection on to the iPhone today, so that’s a lot of the conversation that we’re having with Apple.”
It would be somewhat ironic to develop an Antivirus App for the iPhone since background processes are forbidden by third party developers and that there have been no known viruses for the iPhone’s variant of OS X.
Via: iPhone Worldmore...
The iPhone is among one of the easiest to use gadgets there is but we’re always looking for a quick fix or just something to make it a little more easier.
iSmashphone has compiled a list of 15 tips and tricks to get more out of your iPhone (spoiler: only a few require jailbreaking your device) ranging from the simple addition of an extension to a contact all the way to using Skype over 3G. One particularly useful trick we’ve yet to see get any attention is multiple computer syncing:
Apple only allows you to sync your iPhone with one iTunes library at a time. When you attempt to sync your iPhone to another computer, you get the following message: “Sync_alert.” There is an easy way to “trick” iTunes. All you need to do is switch the “Library Persistent ID”. Read “How to sync your iPhone with multiple computers” for the full step-by-step process.
Phone manufacturers across the world use different charger connections and are so diluted that even the same size tip won’t charge every phone there is. That’s why the European Union is proposing a standard for all manufacturers to use: Micro-USB.
Interestingly enough, Apple was one of the top 10 Smartphone manufacturers to back the new universal standard which would obsolete almost every made for iPhone accessory that utilizes the widely adopted 30-pin USB adapter. While the EU calls for a USB based charging standard for all phones, Apple will still have to physically changes to iPhones it sells in Europe over phones sold in other countries. While Apple is no stranger to forcing users to upgrade their accessories when a newer model iPod or iPhone is made available, it is unknown just when the Cupertino based company will bring Micro-USB to the iPhone.
The chargers will be usable only for data-enabled phones, which have more capability than just standard calls and SMS texts. Data-enabled phones are expected to account for almost half of all new mobile handset purchases in 2010.
The Commission hopes that as people discard their old handsets, within three… more...
If you’ve ever ventured in to the Apple store, surely you’ve seen at least once, the frustration employees endure when ordering up a customer with their handheld scanners. However, this could soon change.
The handsets used to swipe credit cards and take orders by roaming employees manning the floor run the aging Windows CE and after endless crashes delaying a rather simple checkout process, Apple may be looking toward its own iPhone to take up the job. According to Apple Insider, Apple could work with a third party to create a credit card reader that connects to the iPhone’s Dock Connector and use existing point of sales Apps to speed up the checkout process. This would finally bring a major component of the Apple’s Store checkout system up to date and promote one of the company’s products at the same time.
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DirecTV has released an iPhone App (iTunes Link) that allows customers a plethora of extra features if they subscribe to the service.
In addition to scheduling DVR recordings, the App, which works over Wi-Fi, EDGE and 3G lets you browse television programs 2 weeks in advance as well as start your recording 2 minutes before a show starts. While the App is much more robust than its web interface counterpart, TUAW notes that only the “DIRECTV Plus® DVR (models R15, R16, R22), DIRECTV Plus® HD DVR (models HR20, HR21, HR23) or TiVo® Series 2 receivers with 6.4a software” are currently supported.
Sling has announced its SlingPlayer for the iPhone has entered a 1.0 release and has been submitted to the App Store for approval.
The mobile player for the iPhone has been long rumored since the device’s launch but now, we only have to wait until Apple approves the App. The system allows you to stream you content to any device in the world from the company’s Sling Box media player. The iPhone App would accomplish the same thing allowing you to listen to music and watch videos stored on your Sling Box and in addition, let you control your DVR to record and schedule shows when you’re away from home.
Boxee, the long time companion to many media centers, has pushed out an Application for the iPhone that allows users to control their Boxee setup from their device.
The App gives users enhanced control from their iPhone allowing them to type searches, use gestures or use on screen buttons to use basic media playback controls. A quick summarization of the features in the remote App:
1. The boxee remote app has two modes: Gesture and Buttons.
2. In the Gesture mode you need to hold down your thumb and move it around in order to navigate.
3. Clicking on the boxee logo acts as Select/Play/Pause.
4. Dragging the boxee logo to the edges of the screen will act as a continuous up/down/left/right.
5. Clicking in an input field will open up the iPhone Qwerty keyboard and will enable you to easily enter text.
6. The app works over WiFi, so make sure the WiFi on your iPhone is turned on.
Via iPhones Talkmore...
Non Apple sanctioned App stores are becoming all the rage these days. Growing from the slightly clunky Installer.app to a more full fledged version and after friendly competition from the Cydia repository, underground developers are looking for a much easier way to load Apps on to iPhones: a desktop version of Installer.
The desktop version of Installer works much the same way it does on the iPhone in the sense that it installs Apps on to your device but running it on a computer allows much easier transfers and better management. Rip Dev talked about the desktop App very briefly.
“Practically, it is a desktop variant of our own Installer.app. It will allow you to view and install packages that are present in various Installer and Cydia repositories by downloading them to your computer and then synchronizing via the USB cable with your iPhone.”
While it seems a restore is need to actually complete the install, that will be little hindrance to those looking to transfer Apps deemed unfit for the App Store or developed exclusively for jailbroken iPhones.
While computer geeks are busy salivating over the newness revealed at Macworld (no removable battery for the MacBok Pro) and CES (Consumer Electronic Show) car types are excited by the Detroit Auto Show. Even if you don’t follow cars you’re familiar with the show. Auto manufacturers show off the latest concept cars, you think “That is AWESOME” and then a few years later the car that started out as the coolest street legal Batmobile ever produced is released to the public looking really, really ugly and undesirable. Heck, even the Pontiac Aztek probably looked pretty cool when it was a concept at the Detroit Auto Show.
This year the Detroit Auto Show features a really awesome iPhone accessory. Named the Chrysler 200C EV the car not only looks slick but obeys the commands of your iPhone:
...is a rolling test bed for Chrysler’s future uconnect in-car computer and communication device. It also connects directly to an iPhone, allowing you to pre-program the temperature, lock the doors, view an in-car camera remotely and track the car’s location live via GPS – all straight from the iPhone.
No word on how much this iPhone add on would cost but the idea is… more...