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London Underground joins the “Mock Apple Maps” bandwagon, offers iOS 6 users free maps

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Apple Maps are taking hits left, right and center lately. Just about everyone had something to say about the product Apple selected to replace Google Maps in iOS, but this last attack comes from the most unexpected of places.

What you see above is a message from the staff at Hackney Wick underground station in London. The guys working there obviously saw the opportunity to make a great joke at the expense of the troubled app and didn’t hesitate to take it. Read more »

Google is reportedly ready with the native Google Maps app for iOS

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Despite its great look, the Apple Maps app -which replaced Google Maps in iOS 6 – has been subject to some heavy criticism over the past few days. The incomplete coverage and numerous inaccuracies made most users miss the iOS 5 days, when they could actually go places.

However, salvation might be on the horizon, as we got a report saying that Google is already done with the development of an iOS-6 compatible Google Maps app. Read more »

Latest Qualcomm ad targets Intel’s new Atom processor

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Following Intel’s recent foray into mobile processing with the Motorola RAZR i, Qualcomm has released a video comparing it to their Snapdragon CPU.

What’s more, Qualcomm are comparing the Atom processor to the Snapdragon S2 architecture, which was first announced back in 2010. Read more »

$100,000 worth of iPhone 5 units stolen in Japan just before launch

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Wait in line for the iPhone 5, exposed to the elements? Wait 3-4 weeks for your pre-order to go through? Nah, someone is Japan decided to go Gone in 60 seconds. Three stores that were going to sell Apple’s latest smartphone in the same night were hit and all but two of their handsets went missing.

The total damage is estimated at 7.45 million yen, nearly $100,000. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only 191 iPhone 5 units that are gone. Here’s what happened. Read more »

The iPhone 5 gets a teardown, reveals goblin-made screws and unicorn blood battery (not really)

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Looks like someone managed to get their hands on an iPhone 5 ahead of the launch date and as any normal person would do with a brand new super expensive device, chose to open it up and expose its insides to the Internet.

Now this is not the usual iFixit teardowns that we are used to seeing, with their surgical precision and quirky humor. Instead we get a completely silent teardown from iPhone-Garage with just pictures to tell us what’s going on. (Update: iFixit teardown is now online. Link inside.) Read more »

Nokia takes a jab at the competition, claims to have the best location services in the business

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Hot on the heels of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 launch, Nokia has also taken the fight to the competition in the location based services field. The Finnish company has released a table, comparing its own Maps application to the likes of Google Maps and Apple’s own brand new Maps service.

Nokia’s graphic sees the Maps experience compared on the likes of the Lumia 920, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the Apple iPhone 5. Read more »

We take the Sony Xperia T 13MP camera for a spin, give you some samples to feast your eyes on

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Recently, we decided to take advantage of the last few vestiges of summer weather, and test out the camera on the new Sony flagship, the Xperia T.

Sony promised great things from the 13 MP Exmor R sensor – let’s see if the Xperia T delivers. Read more »

WP8 concept smartphone looks super cool, does a funny thing to the Windows button

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Design is the one of the areas where we feel WP smartphones do pretty well. The Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 were considered by many (us included) as two of the best-looking handsets the industry has seen and virtually all of the recently announced WP8 handsets look equally as impressive.

Yet when we saw the latest concept design posted on Yanko Design, we just fell in love with it. Inspired by the Windows Phone UI, the colorful handset is not only a great looker, but also really different from anything we have seen so far. Read more »

T-Mobile gives Samsung Galaxy S III users The Avengers movie for free

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T-Mobile might not have an LTE network for the Galaxy S III to enjoy, but the carrier continues to throw free bonuses at those who purchased the Samsung flagship on its network.

The latest gift is a free copy of The Avengers, which will be made available through the Samsung Media Hub starting September 25. The copy will naturally be DRM-protected, but you will still be able to stream it through DLNA or MHL. Read more »

Google Maps for Android update adds Maps search history sharing, smooth one-finger zoom

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Google Maps for Android just received a new update with two key improvements. The first extends the amount of info shared between your desktop computer and your Android device – the web history option enables it to access your desktop Google Maps searches. The other update is a cool one-hand zoom method.

After the update, Google Maps for Android can access your search and direction history. So, if you looked up some place on the computer, you can easily find its info again on your phone as it will auto-suggest it as you start typing. Read more »

Apple’s new Maps won’t be as good, according to Waze CEO

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Apple has just released its iOS 6 to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and probably the most talked about feature is the new Maps app.

It sheds Google’s mapping technology and moves to a TomTom partnership with a pinch of Siri navigation – but some think that this was the unfavorable move. Read on to get the scoop. Read more »

Is this the real iPad mini?

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A Chinese website says it had an encounter with an actual iPad mini. Looking on these shots below, I will surely give these guys the benefit of the doubt.

The iPhone 5 leaked long before it was announced, so maybe Apple’s R&D center isn’t as leak-proof as it was. Read more »

New Samsung Galaxy S III video ad brings back the anti-Apple theme

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Samsung strikes again. The Korean manufacturer has launched yet another ad aiming to promote its Galaxy S III flagship, while poking fun at hardcore Apple fans.

Like in previous ads from Samsung, the action takes place in front of an Apple Store where a huge line-up of people waits for the doors to open so that they can grab the latest iPhone. Read more »

Microsoft’s Ben Rudolf goes hands-on with the new HTC 8X and 8S

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Microsoft evangelist Ben Rudolf took to the Windows Phone Blog to talk about the new HTC 8X and 8S that were announced yesterday.

Ben talks about the slim shape and the curved glass body of the two devices and how they manage to fit perfectly in your hands. He also makes a note of the ridiculously vibrant colors that the two phones come in. Going through the spec sheet, he mentions the new wide angle cameras on the front and you’ll find a sample image in his post that shows just how much area these new cameras capture. Read more »

Microsoft points at Google’s blunder, urges you to switch to Bing

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Microsoft has decided to make hay of the Google – Safari fiasco that took place a few months ago, for which Google got fined a cool $22.5 million by the FTC.

This message, seen when you open the Bing privacy protection page, is primarily targeted at Safari users who were wronged by Google. It tells you step by step what Google did, how they got fined and finally urges you to stop using Google and switch to Bing. Read more »