Apple has been attempting to distance itself from Google for some time now, and the latest service destined to be cut appears to be the maps for the iCloud version of Find My iPhone. Google has always provided the maps for the service until now, but iPhoneBlog.de noticed earlier today that Apple has started using its own navigation service for the beta version of the browser-based utility.
It's been a week since Apple unloaded many of its plans for iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, but very little was actually said about one of Cupertino's more controversial software efforts — and there may be a good reason for that.
If you thought Apple was done with acquisitions for a while after putting down $3 billion for Beats, think again. A new report from TechCrunch claims that the Cupertino company has acquired Spotsetter, a social search engine offering personalized recommendations on places you should visit.
Google is showing a bit more attention on the iOS side of things lately. Last week, it split off Docs and Sheets apps (with Slides incoming) from Google Drive for increased visibility, and now today, the company updated its Google Maps app to a 3.0.0 version with several new and upgraded features. Chief among them is an official offline maps option, which lets you save them for network-free browsing — ideal for international travel or when exploring areas with minimal reception.
Sooo, just the biggest internet security problem in EVER this week, but no biggie. Lucky for Apple users, many of their services were safe, though it's not like you can't have been affected. Plus, iWatch rumors heating up this week, so we're moving into higher gear on the rumor front. And if you love LEGO, we've got a treat for you.
Have you ever bothered to report an incorrect location found on Apple Maps? Soon, Cupertino may actually notify users when those fixes have been implemented using push notifications right to your device.
We're still not completely sold on this whole Google Hangouts thing, but the search giant continues to make improvements, including a big update this week that brings the app in line with the rest of iOS 7.
Apple Maps has had a rough time in the publicity department, starting with a less-than-stellar debut least year and culminating in recent stories about passengers following erroneous directions onto Alaskan runways. But according to data from comScore and The Guardian (via 9to5 Mac), Apple Maps is doing just fine for itself. It's doing so well, in fact, that 35 million iPhone owners in the U.S. use it as of last September, compared to the six million iPhone owners who use Google Maps.
Sure, there were new iPads in big and little configuration on display this week, but what really seems to have caught our fancy is Mavericks. That’ll all change of course once we get our hot little hands on these new models, but until we give that a spin for you, here’s what happened on your Mac this week.
OS X Mavericks is finally here, so MacLife proudly presents a series of informative how-tos to keep you updated on what has changed and how to use it. Check back often to learn more about the newest Mac operating system from Apple.
One of the most touted features of Mavericks is the ability to use the Maps application throughout the OS to do things like add maps to Calendars, get directions, and even search for local points of interest. But some of the things Apple didn't go into detail on were the ability to view your maps with flyover data, view localized weather information in the calendar, print directions, and also send maps and directions to your iOS devices for viewing (or navigating) later. Continue reading, and we’ll show you how to do these things and much more.