We're saving the big overnight news for standalone posts, but that doesn't mean there weren't a number of smaller and equally interesting stories kicking around on Wednesday. For streaming video fans we've got details on Redbox Instant by Verizon, the arrival of Amazon Instant Video on the iPhone and news of the iTunes Store's continued international expansion, and we've sprinkled a few other tales into this cauldron of news as well, so keep reading...
Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page rarely gives interviews, but he recently sat down with Fortune for an exclusive covering a wide range of topics, including patents, self-driving cars and yes, Apple.
Google has just announced the launch of its redesigned iOS mail app, Gmail 2.0. Featuring a fresh user-interface and brand new functions, the app is looking a whole lot better than its predecessor. But perhaps most importantly, the Gmail app finally offers support for multiple accounts.
HERE Maps is powered by NAVTEQ mapping data, which Nokia trumpets as a “world-class” product used in 90 percent of in-car navigation systems worldwide. While that may be true, we found it little more accurate or helpful than iOS 6 Maps, despite HERE covering more than 200 countries, many enhanced with user-published community maps. And beauty may not be everything, but Apple runs circles around HERE Maps in the looks department.
It's a slow week for news, as most people took off halfway through the week to prepare themselves for an epic feast of gluttony and deliciousness. But the news marches on and Apple stories are no different. So what did happen? What did we talk about? What are the rumors out there? Let's take a peek.
Earlier this week, Google called for sweeping changes of the US Patent system to fend off the biggest threat to the system: patent trolls. Suggesting that Apple has been a recent victim of patent abuse, the Android manufacturer is calling for just three changes that could completely overhaul the way patents are issued and handled. Is it enough?
Well, this is the last weekend you have to relax and enjoy yourself before the ridiculous onslaught of holiday shopping and events consumes your every waking minute with errands and shopping and parties and decorating and trying to figure out how to wrap gifts and what to get and oh my we're getting a little excited (and a little exhausted) just thinking about it. Well, here's the week that was. Get at it. (Note, not Santa to our right.)
A lot of people really don't like Apple's Maps app. Missing locations, shoddy directions--the whole thing may have left you yearning for a time when we used actual paper maps to find places. But a new report says Google's own mapping service is nearly ready to step up to the iOS plate.