According to the Sun, Apple has purchased Quebec-based Poly9, a mapping API provider for Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo!, MSNBC, and NORAD.
Poly9's website has been shuttered, their employees moved to Cupertino.
Last year, Apple bought PlaceBase, a company that specialized in API for layering data sets over maps.
Since there's only a few companies that actually own the maps themselves, Apple still isn't going into the map business -- but they certainly look to be doing a lot to make their implementation of maps better and more powerful.
Osfoora is a Twitter client that’s been gaining a lot of traction on the iPhone platform. Me, being me, decided to finally give it a go. As we already know, I’m extremely shallow and finicky when it comes to picking an everyday Twitter client. But as we all know, there’s tons to choose from and what may suit one person, doesn’t suit another. For me, I’ll use whatever serves as the best all around client for me until something better pops up. In my opinion, Osfoora is the best all around client right now.
One of the huge advantages of iOS 4's virtual keyboard is that, for people who write in multiple languages, changing from English to Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, or other non-Roman options involves a simple Settings change. This is helpful for language students and business travelers alike. It can also be fun, especially when it comes to things like Japanese Emoji (think emoticons gone wild).
Kyle sent this our way:
When turning on the japanese romaji keyboard, if you return to the
keyboards menu you will be given a new option "edit user dictionary"
where you can add a new word/Yama (if I remember that right) to the auto-correct dictionary and I assume the spell-check as well.
After tinkering for a bit, I saw the Chinese Pinyin keyboards work as well for the dictionary. Now, while meandering through the Japanese keyboard, I saw this "^_^" key under the '123' tab. Tap it and you'll be given a gigantic list of 'emoticons' if you will and some of which include symbols like those
of a character map.
I HIGHLY recommend you see these as some are a bit
funny looking and it really makes you think why Apple would put these
on here, and why so many?
We're guessing it's because iPhone is popular in Japan, Emoji are popular in Japan, and Apple's using the latter to increase the former. If any Japanese readers have a better theory, let us know!
Otterbox Commuter Case for iPhone 3GS strikes the perfect balance between convenience and protection. If you're rocking Apple's other big smartphone release this year, the $99 iPhone 3GS (or the unlocked iPhone 3GS, depending on where you live), or still lucky enough to have a 16GB or 32GB iPhone 3GS from last year, this case should be on your radar. (It also fits the iPhone 3G.)
Confession: I thought I'd hate it when it first arrived. I don't know why exactly, maybe it was fear of layers bulk, uncertainty about dual color schemes, dunno, but I was not looking forward to testing out the Otterbox Commuter. Then I put it on.
AD&D analogy time -- If skins are the chainmail of the case world and the Otterbox Defender is the full plate armor (yes, even the pink one), the Commuter is the in-between, plate-mail option. It's strong but still a but flexible, solid and secure but still snug and light.
Like plate-mail it comes in two layers, the silicone that you slip on first, and that has covers for the 3.5mm headset jack and 30-pin dock connector, and the plastic shell that goes over it. Together they provide protection against scrapes and scuffs and minor impacts.
The Otterbox Commuter also comes in a ton of colors -- yellow, white, blue, green, brown, burgundy, and black. (Yes, I'll spare you the strained surcoat analogy).
Again, not as big as the Defender, not as thin as a skin, I found myself leaving it on even after my typical week-long review period was over. Since I've been carrying an iPhone 4 around as well, maybe I was a little more concerned about my iPhone 3GS getting damaged, maybe I started to like the look, or maybe I wanted my fellow SPE editors to think I had an imaginary, super-secret iPhone 5 prototype hidden in a fancy camo case (I'll never tell!)
Phil from Android Central -- whom I adore down to his robotic little socks -- just loves to torture me by sending over links to stuff like Android-based iPad knock-offs that get a hands-on courtesy of one of his readers.
So what we've got here is a Chinese Android MID. It has four buttons -- the home button on the front (like the iPad's), menu and the volume rocker, and a power button.
It has a pair of speakers, one microphone, one microSD card slot, and one USB port.
The tablet has 1GB of internal storage. Not sure about RAM or ROM. It's built on Android 1.6. the kernel version is 2.6.29-00236-g4f8dbbb-dirty, and the Build number is 1.7.2. It has no market, but it has an "Apps Store."
Check out the link below for a photo gallery. Go on, I dare you.
(Hopefully when real Android tablets hit the market they'll be a little more differentiated than this...)
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