Three Alternatives To Apple Map App: Do They Brush Away The Apple Disaster

 

 

We all are aware of the fact Apple’s map app was a total wash out. So what we want  next are few alternatives to it so that we can navigate around the world hassle free.  Off course the first and best alternative to the apple map is Google Map app. Google Map app has been relaunched with major improvements which has brought a sigh of relief to the Apple users.  Some other alternatives to Google Map app have specialised in  getting around on foot, while others focus more on the driving experience, with voice-enabled, turn-by-turn navigation.

So without much ado lets have a look at 3 best alternatives to Apple Map App:

Google Maps:

One word for Google Map App, delectable! With its extraordinary interface and detailed turn by turn direction travelling becomes a breeze. The point-of-interest is comprehensive and precise, which gives a whole new meaning to  navigation. And a little cherry on the cake is transit directions, which is one of the brightest point of this map app.

Bing:

Though quite general, Bing maps are solid. It has a extensive POI base and gives walking, transit and driving directions swiftly. It also brings out the current traffic conditions and has a vigorous Facebook integration which is a plus.

Garmin USA:

The latest version of Garmin is superior than the previous which had many noteworthy loopholes.  The app has a Garmin’s trademark interface, POI search capabilities coupled with Google Local Search. The 3D view of the buildings adds up to the whole Garmin experience.

 

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Takes over Maps Division, Richard Williamson Ousted

All of us are aware of the apple map app faux paus. The map app which got launched with much brouhaha not only failed to impress the users but was far from being perfect. Well perfection is what Apple is known for. Isn’t it?  So the company has now decided to redesign the map app under the supervision of Tim Cook and has shown doors to Maps chief Richard Williamson.

New leaders need to come in and clear out “dead wood,” says Vivek Wadhwa, vice president of academics and innovation at Singularity University, of recent management changes under Cook’s regime. “Tim Cook is bringing his own guys in. He knows where the doers are.”

Williamson came into picture  when mobile operating system chief Scott Forstall came at loggerheads with Jonathen Ive, senior vice president of industrial design and close Jobs confidant,

Cook is “doing the right thing. He’s less concerned about the public perception than getting the product right. Jobs tried to manage the media and perception more aggressively,” says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

Along with laying off  Forstall, Cook predicted the exit of retail chief John Browett. The former leader at U.K.-based Dixons Retail, who didn’t even last a year, was a misfit from start. His focus on cutting costs vs. customer service brought him criticism from analysts.

Executive expulsions alone won’t be able to fix Apple’s Maps blunder. “People below them are the critical ones,” says Wadhwa. Apple fans across social media vented their disappointment about misplaced landmarks, streets and incomplete directions.

The reason apple developed its own map app was its growing rivalry with Google.And giving that business over to Google — massive Web traffic — was just no longer an option.

The problem is that coming even close to Google Maps could take a long time. The search giant has spent years tweaking Google Maps in widespread efforts that suck in data that include staff images from Google Street View crews and Google Map Maker, crowd-sourced maps made by people, says Mike Dobson, president of TeleMapics.

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The Unfortunate Case Of iPhone 5: Green Glow Appears On the Sides Of Display

 

 

Let’s call it the unfortunate case of iPhone5. The phone already marred by various flaws now has one more to add to its list. After apple map app faux paus and the purple haze, a green glow on the sides of the display in the unlock screen has come to surface. The glow generally appears when the handset wakes up from the sleep mode.

As per a report by The Guardian, “This time a green glow described as a plasma bleed from the edges of the screen is appearing on some of the new handsets. The green light is momentary, and appears on the unlock screen just after the iPhone has been “woken” from a longish sleep.”

The report adds that this was most likely a hardware issue, not a software one, as it is described as a ‘sort of warming up’ issue. It cannot be documented in a screenshot because of the short amount of time it appears.

When the users complained about the purple haze in the corners of the iphone 5 captured images Apple issued the following statement:

Symptoms

A purplish or other coloured flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.

Resolution

Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.

Though the resolution to the problem can be hardly categorised as a fix, we would definitely like to know how this issue was not so visible with the iPhone 4S. This is ‘antennagate’, where Apple is telling users how to use the phone. It may be a great fact that Apple has opted for a sapphire crystal lens cover, which is thinner and more durable than standard glass. However, according to its release, Apple states that it offers crystal clear images, and this is not the case, unfortunately.

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After Apple Decides To For Google Free Map Service,It’s Time For Nokia Mapping Mania

 

Nokia is in news again and this time the Oracle miracle seems to be a part of the story. And how’s that? Well, read on. Nokia and Oracle have reportedly entered into a deal that makes the latter accessible to a slate of services in the GPS and data genre from Nokia. Awaiting a final confirmation, the deal is all set to be unveiled in public at a San Francisco conference. Now given that the Finnish phone maker was willing to expand the location services to a mass base, the deal only seems to be hitting the right notes at the right time.

In fact, the deal is coming at a time that’s ripe given that Nokia recently entered into similar deals for mapping with Amazon and Groupon. Now with Apple having decided to have a Google free mapping service on its iOS, its time Nokia stiffens its collars. Though apple’s decision of developing it’s own map app was not welcomed, let’s see how far Nokia goes to gain a stable base for its location and security services. Good luck Nokia.… Read the rest

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Let Not The Apple Map App Disappoint You, Here Are The Reasons Why You Would Love iOS 6

 

iOS 6 indeed grabbed eyes and ears of many of us since the time it was on its way and now that Apple has finally unveiled the upgraded software, the same eyes and ears are complaining about how disappointing the maps apps are and even before we know iOS 6 is being scrutinized all too strictly. Well, before you become judgmental, why not take a look into a triple treat that you can get hands on, only with the iOS 6. These are a trinity of apps that redefines coolness and wow!

DND and we mean it

No matter what phone setting you have put on late night prank calls and buddies banging your head for not meeting up at 1 am seem to follow you everywhere. No more with the iOS mode—Do not Disturb. What’s great about this mode is that it does not let you ignore calls if they recur all too frequently seems like the iOS6 mode can smell an emergency caller.. For us, DND on iOS 6 is a thinking mode that can be scheduled just as you want it to. And yes, iOS 6 understands what do not disturb means!

Bye Bye to Boring ads

Who’s bothered if some store is selling their clothes at half price when you have a super important meeting at office? But would your phone know this? The intelligent iOS 6, knows when you do not want ads popping up onscreen during an integral board presentation. The limit advertisement feature lets you control applications from streaming in advertisements that are targeted for your ID.  Does it sound too good to be true? Well, it’s worth a try at least!

Kiddy blunders no more

It happens often that your tot grabs your phone and ends up ringing your boss while intending to play a game.  iOS 6 understands the pain this causes and has launched a guided access feature that lets you lock an application. So, all you can let your kid do, is play games and only the games—no switching over to mischievous deeds with a game as an excuse.Read the rest

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Apple iPhone5 Gone On Sale In 22 More Countries,Priced Costliest in Sweden

 

Yesterday, Apple finally launched iPhone5 in 22 more countries. The most hyped phone of the year, Apple iPhone 5 has gone on sale in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

The price of the iPhone 5 in Ireland is between 679-899 euros where as in Italy the cost of the phone is little dearer, it is priced between 729-949 euros and it is the costliest in Sweden (about 800 – 1,000 euros)

On September 21st iPhone5 released in countries like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.K. People all over the world rushed to the stores to  buy the Apple’s flagship device and many went online to pre-order the phone. Apple recorded 2 million sales of iphone5 which broke the record set by the sales of iphone4

 

iPhone5 has  bigger 4-inch screen and a faster and better A6 processor. iPhone 5 comes with iOS6 which has been getting a lot  of criticism due to its Map App. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook apologized for the Apple Map App faux pas earlier this morning.

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