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Google won't be bailing Apple out of its maps problem anytime soon

September 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google has spoken: The company is not working on a maps app for the iPhone. "We have not done anything yet," Google's Eric Schmidt said to a group of reporters in Tokyo, when asked about a forthcoming Google Maps alternative to the not very well-received native Apple Maps app. That ...

How much data can Facebook collect before the FTC gets involved?

September 25, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has defended its new in-store tracking partnership with Datalogix, which gives Facebook access to our offline shopping habits via our rewards cards, by explaining that it doesn't violate any Federal Trade Commission regulations. Facebook says it will anonymize the data and is only interested in showing advertisers how their ...

Everything you need to know about why Apple's maps problem isn't going away soon

September 24, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple knows it has a Maps issue, but the company is saying, "the more people use it, the better it will get." Unfortunately, as mapping technology explains, that fix won't solve its location data problem very soon. A lot of the anger surrounding the new Maps app has to do ...

The three biggest Apple iOS 6 complaints, solved

September 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As per usual, Apple's iOS 6 update hasn't gone well for all iPhone 4 and 4S owners with the complaints continuing after Wednesday's debut. Here at The Atlantic Wire, we had our own upgrading problem, in which the phone reset its password and locked us out, which Apple assures is ...

Once and for all, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is not a Google double agent

September 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Yahoo appointed former Google loyalist Marissa Mayer as CEO, some suspected that it was part of a Google plot to bring down the competition. While never a very likely scenario, it looks even less likely today. First of all, Google didn't even know about Mayer's departure until 30 minutes ...

All the latest from Apple's big iPhone event

September 12, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Finally, Apple has confirmed what we already knew, introducing us to the iOS6 equipped iPhone 5, a thinner, lighter version of its phone, with a bigger 4-inch screen. The iPhone 5 New Skinner, Lighter, Bigger Design: It is pretty much what everyone expected: "It is made entirely of glass and ...

Why pilots can use iPads and you can't

September 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just as all hope was lost for flyers in the crusade to use gadgets during take-off and landing, American Airlines pilots just got the Federal Aviation Association go-ahead to use iPads during all phases of flight. It seems unfair to passengers packing iPads, doesn't it? The people steering the ship ...

The ever increasing iPhone sales expectations

September 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the iPhone 5 about to come out, the predictors have taken their magic calculator machines out to guess how many phones Apple will sell following the release. And expectations for the next iteration in the iSeries are higher than the already high standards set by last year's new iPhone. ...

How the iPhone 5 could help re-elect Obama

September 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If the iPhone 5 boosts the GDP as much as this JP Morgan analyst says it will, Barack Obama might not have to worry about the economy crippling his chances against Mitt Romney. The new phone, which Apple will announce this week and release shortly thereafter, could add between a ...

App maker, not Apple or the FBI, was the source of user data leak

September 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Turns out the FBI isn't doing some big brother tracking using Apple UDIDs which hacker group Anti-Sec released last week. Florida publisher Blue Toad, which builds digital products for publishers, has told NBC News's Kerry Sanders and Bob Sullivan that the leaked data came from its servers. Following the hack, ...