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Google iOS Maps app will be ready by 2013, if Apple will have it

November 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is on track to have an Apple compatible Maps app ready by the end of the year, a source tells The Guardian's Michael Grothaus, matching reports from earlier this year. That is, if Apple will accept the app, which these sources claim is an "unlikely event." Though, it's unclear...

The iPad Mini did not break a weekend sales record

November 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Now we know what "sold out" means: Apple says it sold 3 million iPad Minis and fourth generation iPads in 3 days, which it spins as record-breaking as "double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for the third generation iPad in March." But it's...

Where you're not likely to get cell service because of Sandy

November 1, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow t's hard to tell exactly where the cell phone outages are happening without exact information from the wireless companies, but because of the way cell phone technology works, we know that the densest areas with the most power outages and the worst weather damage—i.e., downtown Manhattan—are where cell service is...

The man who messed up maps is out at Apple

October 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senior Vice President of iOS Scott Forstall, the man who many blamed for the Apple Maps debacle, is leaving the company, Apple has announced. Apple has no word on what he will do next, saying that he will act as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook until he leaves. Forstall...

All the Internet projects that help us through Sandy

October 30, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Stuck inside with only the Internet, responsible web citizens are doing what they can to inform and aid during the storm. The Internet has created a bunch of projects to help us through Sandy, by either making it easier to parse information, or by providing places for people to send...

All of Apple's new small stuff: iPad Mini and a slimmer iMac

October 23, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As promised Apple has announced a lot of things that revolve around the word little, including a littler new MacBook pro with Retina display, a very svelte iMac, an iPad Mini and an updated Mac Mini. Here we go: iPad Mini The rumorers didn't disappoint, Apple has announced the iPad...

There are 41 very unsafe Android apps out there

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Researchers have identified 41 apps from Google's Play store that could expose bank information and leak email and Facebook passwords, among other things. Though the programs had both secure sockets layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) protocols—the two main ways most Internet things are encrypted—using standard hacks, the computer...

Amazon's Elastic Cloud Compute service snaps

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earlier today a bunch of sites, including the front page of the Internet itself, weren't working because Amazon's Elastic Cloud Compute service, or EC2, which hosts many websites sites, was down. As Beta Beat's Jessica Roy notes, when Internetters went to they got the pleasant (but also horrifying) message...

Can data be green enough?

October 22, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple has broken ground on a new data center in Prineville, Oregon, which will be "green," meaning what exactly? The company hasn't said yet, for this particular facility. All we know is that the plans show two 500,000 square feet centers with what are called "data halls." Other than that...

Apple fired its resident iPhone hacker for not answering an email

October 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a little over a year of working in the belly of the Apple beast, the infamous wunderkind iPhone hacker known as Comex, a.k.a. Nicholas Allegra, is "no longer associated with Apple," he announced on his Twitter last night. The reason: "(As for why? Because I forgot to reply to...

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