New Google Maps is Here

g2Google has started rolling out an updated version of Google Maps on iOS, after the new Google Maps for Android tablets and smartphones landed earlier this month.

The highlight of the new Google Maps on iOS is added support for larger touch-screens like  the iPad and iPad Mini, whose introduction is welcomed with open arms.
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The new iOS version has enhanced navigation with live traffic updates, incident reports and dynamic rerouting.

There is also an Explore function for users to browse and find restaurants, hotels, bars and other places through the application. The update also integrates with Zagat ratings and google offers.

The latest version also includes indoor mapping for shopping malls, transit stations and airports. As well as biking routes- perfect for us city folk.

 

Whoa! After 289k votes, 66% are in favor of iOS 7′s new icons

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 2.45.31 PMThe simple poll taking service Polar set up a series of questions around  Apple’s new iOS 7 icon designs. Given the generally distaste for the changes and upgrades- a surprising 66% of people actually Favored the new icons to the old ones. Perhaps people just like to b*tch too often.

Despite the fact that the version is not even yet available- there was a lot of criticism of just the icons- but when it comes to a poll–the majority favor the new look. 

Click over to the site to take the poll yourself. Perhaps we’re just so comfortable complaining about things, but when it comes down to it, we’re all ready for a little change. The icons have-for the most part-remained the same since iOS’s inception. Which is odd considering brands update and change their apps and icons on the regular.

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‘Bout Time: Microsoft Office for iOS is Here

 

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Feel’s like every other app under the sun has been created, so why’d it take Microsoft so long. Microsoft has ever so quietly launched its 

version of Office for iOS. Currently, it’s not available for iPad, and hou need a subscription…so it ain’t all great.

Use of the app requires an Office 365 subscription to view and edit Powerpoint, Excel, and Word files which are stored on the cloud or attached to emails. You can also edit recently used files offline, and create Word and Excel documents on your device.

The app is available for iPhone and iPod Touch, and requires iOS 6.1 or later. It’s pretty odd that its not available for iPad yet; given that the iPad would be the most natural choice for such word processing.

Although the release of Microsoft Office on iOS is exciting, its limitations and subscription fees are pretty disappointing.

Upside? Your iPhone won’t count as one of your five total installations for Office.

You can go check it out on the App Store.

Facebook’s Push Notification Test Feature

Facebook users are always quick to hate on it as soon as it announces any sort of change…but they are also the first ones to hate on its existing features. An odd combination.

Facebook has a reputation for testing far-reaching ideas and proposals for new ways to make itself better, prior to launching them on the site. Many of them never make it Live on Facebook, for which we are certainly grateful. This most recent proposal includes a mobile push notification that reminds you, or rather, prods you, to updates your status.

This proposal, or test feature, seems like more of an annoyance than anything else, and it won’t do anything for us or our relationships with our Facebook friends/peers. People don’t need to see more images, updates, play-by play’s of our waking moments. It would simply be more of a reason to unfriend people, block them and spend LESS time on Facebook.

Vote….Nay!

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Free Radio

Through a recent iOS app upgrade, Spotify has released Radio, a customizable music streaming service in the U.S. on iPhone and iPad.

The Pandora-style service is free, supported by 3 min of ads per hour, and lets you create stations based on artist, song or genre for unlimited listening.

Though not truly on-demand, you can’t pick the individual songs, you can skip tracks you don’t like.

 

(SOURCE: iTunes)

The Facebook Camera – By Facebook, for Facebook.

From Facebook’s photo team (not Instagram) today comes a standalone iOS photo app, Facebook Camera. With it, you can shoot, filter, and share photos. It includes 14 filters, let’s you tag friends and locations, add descriptions, batch upload, and more.

From iTunes:

Share your photos in a snap with Facebook Camera. Post a bunch of photos to Facebook at once, and see what friends are up to with a feed of nothing but their photos.

– Post multiple photos from your camera roll at a time
– Crop and apply filters to give your photos a new look
– Scroll down a single feed of all your friends’ photos
– Tag your friends, add photo captions and say where you are
– See photos from the different apps your friends use