Recent reports suggest that Apple has already cooked up a 3D Maps app set to replace Google’s app as the default on iOS devices.
On The Surface, Microsofts Tablets Look Pretty CompellingThe biggest new product announcement this week wasn’t something cooked up in Cupertino, California but rather something unveiled by the folks that usually reside in Redmond, Washington.
At a press event in Los Angeles, California, Microsoft unveiled Surface, a new tablet they hope could someday become an iPad killer.
Sure, Windows Phone 7 (and by extension Windows RT) has long been our second choice of mobile OS, but there’s something else that feels right about the Surface family.
Whether it’s the fact that Microsoft actually avoided going the blatant iPad ripoff route with these tablets’ clean cut industrial designs (see Samsung, itis possible!) or just the promise of some real (well, not really, but you know what we mean) iPad competition for a change, we don’t know.
Maybe it’s the awesome, appropriately adapted Windows logo sitting front and center on the tablet’s dark bezel (and rear kickstand).
Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because Microsoft is finally figuring out that Apple’s approach — that is, building for and marketing a product’s look, feel, and general usability over its (often meaningless) component benchmarks — is actually worth emulating.
BB10 will also have a camera feature that is similar to Smart Group Shot in Windows Phone 8.
Strangely, this upcoming OS release wont be compatible with Windows Phone 7 devices such as the Nokia Lumia 900, laughingly advertised as the cell phone that ended the smartphone beta test.
That sound you hear is Nokias long term prospects going down the drain.
Flipboard Now In Love With Google+, YouTubeFlipboard and Google+Flipboard, the popular news delivery app for iOS, is now showing some love for Google’s struggling social networking service, Google+.
Google offers a host of other apps for iOS users, but the Maps app could prove to be the most popular among them even if it’s no longer the iOS default.
The announcement of Google+ integration with Flipboard was announced by Google’s Bradley Horowitz at LeWeb in London.
The only other partner agreements for Google+ include those with Buddy Media, Hootsuite, Context Optional, Hearsay Social, Involver, and Vitrue.
In our first Dear X column, we suggested ways Apple could make their native mail app better.
The letter starts:Dear Mail,It’s nearly 100 degrees here today, which seems appropriate, since we’m pretty steamed.
You’re 5 years old now and we’m starting to think it’s time for you to finally grow up and give us the mobile mail experience we deserve.
Last year, you finally gave us the ability to use rich formatting when composing an email.
Recommended ReadingApple and CensorshipApple Requiring Censorship Of Personals Section In All Craigslist Apps by A.
Besides, when people think of apps and app stores, they think of Apple.
Music Magazine The FADER Launches App On Spotify’s Desktop Streaming Service by Brent Dirks introduces us to The FADER, a new magazine app.
Apple Launches Its Employee Discount Program: $500 Off Macs, $250 Off iPads by Joe White explains the new benefits Apple employees are now getting.
Apple Makes Session Videos For WWDC 12 Available Online For Registered Developers also by Joe White looks at the WWDC videos now available online to developers.
Pip Digiovanna is a business journalist based in Milan, Italy. Pip has a passion for financial markets and breaking news stories and loves writing about business news, stock market, and economic opinions that matters most to its audience. Pip spends a lot of time discovering and researching latest financial markets and industry news stories in order to make sure the latest and greatest stories are brought to you first on BigBoardNews.com.