Back when Apple released its iPhoto app with the arrival of the new iPad some people noted that the company was using map data that doesn’t look Googlish in origin.
Some digging in the matter revealed that Apple (who back then claimed they were using Gmaps) is using Open Street Maps with a custom overlay on top. Now we see an acknowledgement to OSM in the latest iPhoto version. Read more »
If you preorder the upcoming Kia K9 in Korea, crosstown manufacturer Samsung will throw in a tablet for free.
And not just any Galaxy Tab 10.1, but one that integrates into the car as well, doubling as a SatNav unit and an entertainment center. Read more »
The Play Store has had the ability to charge your app downloads to your phone bill in certain markets and on certain carriers.
Now Google has expanded that to include movies, music and ebooks, basically everything that can be bought off the Play Store, as well. Read more »
For all you owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note who want some sweet custom ROM action, CyanogenMod now has a release based on its latest Android ICS build, Cyanogenmod 9, available for download.
If you’re willing to risk voiding your warranty, and you can get along with the few known issues, the CyanogenMod ROM is a great way to get some added functionality out of your device. Read more »
Great news for all you MediaPad early adopters – Huawei has released the official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM.
The new ROM should make your MediaPad faster thanks to the ICS optimizations, and will also bring a few new features. Read more »
Microsoft are striving to keep their Windows Phone Marketplace neat and tidy, and have spoken out to developers about how to make sure their apps are as accurately described as possible.
Doing so, Microsoft hopes the Marketplace will become a better place for finding what you need without getting bombarded by spammy apps. Read more »
Owning a BlackBerry Playbook just got a lot cooler, people. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light – the latest installment of the video game adventure, has made its way to the BlackBerry App World.
The game is bound to offer hours of typical Tomb Raider gameplay – that is action, adventure and puzzle solving, taking place in exotic environments. Read more »
The Sony Tablet S is currently receiving its due serving of ICS.
The Android 4.0 update is available over the air and includes an enhanced lockscreen, direct SD card access, folder support, web browser improvements, screenshot capture and more. Read more »
The Google Maps Android App has been updated with several new features, including a scale bar ala the desktop version, as well as plus/minus buttons, which you can be visible on-screen.
There’s also a nifty new Labs tool, which allows you to see the elevation difference between two points. Read more »
The unofficial Whatsapp client for the Nokia N9/N950 that was developed by the strong Maemo community is now nearing its public debut.
Come May 1, an app called Wazzap will be made available for the Maemo-running N9 and N950, giving you the chance to get the Whatsapp experience on the abandoned platform. Read more »
Samsung’s first ever released tablet – the P1000 Galaxy Tab fell in the list of devices that won’t get Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades. Just like the Galaxy S though, the Galaxy Tab has a Value Pack upgrade on the way as compensation to the loyal users.
Well, the Korean galaxy Tab just got the Value Pack download. Read more »
In the time it took you to install Firefox 11, Mozilla has released Firefox 12 for Windows, OS X and Linux. As usual, it doesn’t bring a host of new features but there is one that makes the process of upgrading that much more painless, which is good considering how often Mozilla has started releasing new updates.
Firefox 12 brings the ability to silently upgrade in the background. What this means is that when a new update is available, the browser will automatically download it (configurable, of course) and then install the update without you ever knowing about it. You won’t even get the Windows UAC warning message asking for your permission to install it. This is exactly how Chrome has been updating itself all this time and it’s good to see this functionality carried over to Firefox as well. Read more »
After being rumored for the better part of the last year, Google officially just announced its own cloud storage solution – Drive.
Google Drive gives you 5GB of storage the second you sign in to use the service. No questions asked. The interface is based on Google Docs and you can collaborate with other people on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The sharing and collaboration system is enhanced by comments, which you get notified for if they are new. Read more »
Just two days ago the Skype version for Windows Phone went gold, but early information had it that it won’t run on the lower-end WP devices, which only feature 256MB of RAM.
It turns out they were untrue though, and today Nokia officially confirmed Skype runs just fine on the Nokia 610. Read more »
Good news for all Meizu users – the M9, MX and MX quad-core smartphones will be updated with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-based Flyme OS 1.0 this June.
If you are familiar with the Meizu smartphones you should probably know the Flyme OS is the heavily skinned Android ticking inside the phones. So the Flyme OS 1.0 is just a heavily skinned Android ICS. You can check out our Meizu MX review for more information. Read more »