Tag - Apple Maps
Everybody -- no, really, everybody -- agrees that Google Maps is better than Apple Maps. Yet some of us stick with Apple's one because we cannot bear how confusing Google's one is. Tell us it's more accurate than Apple (and we'll believe you), but then we can't find things in it, and we hit similar misdirections and route mistakes in both, so we're gone. We're now over on Apple Maps, which seems to work a lot better now that its aged a bit, and was always easier to use. Only, we didn't half miss Street View -- but now, Streets 3.0 has brought it back. Nearly.
Hand on heart, I wanted a new iPad, but I didn't lust after the iPad Pro the way I may possibly have been drawn to previous Apple products. I tried it in Apple Stores in the UK and France, wherever I passed one, and there's no question but that 3D tour of Paris in Apple Maps is beautiful on the iPad Pro. Even there, I hesitated though; and instead, bought an Apple Smart Cover for my original iPad Air before moving on. The iPad Pro is just a bigger iPad, and everyone who argues that it is or isn't a replacement for their Macs is just daft. Or so I thought, until I had an iPad Pro, and I went travelling.
An outage earlier today has since been corrected, but affected users around the world with a roughly two-hour disruption of the various App Stores, some iCloud services, and related features such as Apple Maps. As of 11AM ET, the problem has been fixed and all services are reporting operational again, but no explanation of the nature of the outage or the percentage of users affected has been reported by Apple. The downtime struck for about two hours from around 10AM Eastern Time until noon.
Apple recently added eight new areas from Mexico, Europe, and the US to its ever-increasing list of Flyover-supported areas. The technology, which uses computer enhancement to augment aerial photography into a panoramic 3D model of a given city or area, has now added Detroit, Michigan; Monument Valley in Arizona; Pensacola, Florida; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to its list of US cities. European locations include Münster, Germany; Pamplona, Spain; and Utrect, the Netherlands.
Apple Maps is being used three times as much as its next leading competitor on iPhones and iPads, Apple claims. The app deals with more than 5 billion map-related quests each week, which Apple suggests makes it more popular than Google Maps and other similar services on its own range of devices, indicating Apple Maps has been accepted as the main navigational tool among iPhone users.
The second-largest clothing chain in the US, Kohl's -- a company that has long supported Apple Pay in its stores for use with registered and supported credit and debit cards -- has now become the first business in the US to support Apple Pay for use with its own store credit card. Owners of the card can now add them to Wallet on some iPad and iPhone models, as well as the Apple Watch, running iOS 9. JC Penny's and BJ's warehouse club are expected to soon follow suit.
Apple has added three new channels to its Apple TV lineup as of Tuesday, with NBC, CBS All Access and speciality channel Made to Measure (M2M) joining the list. NBC's channel is a debut for the veteran network apart from its previous sports-only channel. Only some content will be available on the channel without a cable subscription authentication, as with CBS All Access -- the latter of which offers access to some 7,500 episodes on demand as well as new episodes. M2M is a fashion-oriented channel, and is exclusive to Apple TV.
Full transit functionality the Boston area, as well as wider Northeastern US train data for Amtrak's passenger services, went live on Monday after an announcement earlier this month that the region would be added to the list of US cities getting full transit information. Currently, Apple Maps offers transit data for 30 cities in China, seven cities in the US (Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC), and one Canadian city (Toronto).
You know that Google Maps is better than Apple Maps: there's probably no one outside Apple itself who would deny that Google's service has far more and richer data, and in some countries is better at finding routes. So the fact that the new Google Maps 4.11.0 release adds Apple Watch support is, in all ways, brilliant. Strike that: it's in all but one ways brilliant. As is so very often the case with Google, you have to switch on settings that you struggle to find -- in part because Google itself tells you the wrong place to look. There's an irony there in a map app by a search giant telling you the wrong place.
Apple is expanding the reach of its Flyover function in Apple Maps to cover even more locations, in its first major update after the rollout of iOS 9. The feature, which allows users to view 3D representations of major cities and popular locations, now covers an extra 20 destinations, with the vast majority of the new additions based in Europe, with some also from Japan, Australia, Mexico, and the United States.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R