Apple C.E.O says “Sorry” for the faulty Maps

Apple's letter about it's maps

At last ,Tim Cook ,C.E.O of Apple , said “Sorry”  for their half baked  Apple Maps today via their web site. Normally, Apple don’t acknowledge it’s faults openly  ,something like this never have taken place in the recent history of the company . Tim Cook went on saying “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better. ….“ . It is interesting to note ,that he also suggested some Apple Map alternatives “While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites” He didn’t forget to mention the rival’s product “Google Maps” too.  Here you can read the full statement of Apple C.E.O issued on Apple Maps .

To our customers,
At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

Read at Apple’s Site

Apple iOS 6 got a Wi-Fi connectivity Problem–Some more iBugs !

apple iphone 5 and ios6 bugs - wi fi connectivity issue
[Image courtesy : Apple.com]

We have heard about some bugs on Apple iOS6  and iPhone 5 already .Apple users keep on complaining many things since the release of iOS6,the most recent one is Wi-Fi connectivity ,that is lost forever in iOS6. Mostly people using iPhone 5 ,reported that their devices don’t have proper Wi-Fi connectivity in the forums . Anyhow people using iPhone4s,iPads and other idevices  are also believed to have the same problem after obtaining iOS6 .

Cnet reports that there are more than 91 pages of complains launched at Apple’s Discussion forum since September 19 to date. People have tried resetting the iPhones and reinstalling the iOS6 and other alternative methods ,but the result was same ,no connectivity at all. Several people have reported that the Wi-Fi option grayed out  in their iPhones.

But the problem persists with some units only ,means not each and every iPhone 5 and iOS6 device . If you are lucky enough your iPhone won’t have this problem !

You can Pre order Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 now–If you are in Europe

Nokia Lumia 920 pure view cam

Nokia Europe has opened there online shop and started to take pre orders of the two new devices .If you have the urge of using a Windows phone and ready to push out some extra bugs from your pocket then you can pre order the Nokia Windows phone now. Wait a bit ,the online pre order is now available for European customers only .

Germany ,Italy and Russian customers are allowed to do a pre order at the moment ,sooner more countries will be added hopefully .


Price tags of Nokia Lumia seems to be expensive .

Nokia Lumia 920 costs about $ 838 in Germany(Euro 649) and Lumia 820 costs about $ 645(Euro 499) there. But price of Lumia 920 is little better in Italy as it goes for Euro 599 but the Lumia 820 is given the same price tag as Germany.

Are you ready for a pre order ?

Purplish shots from iPhone 5 camera !- bug on it’s camera ?

iPhone 5 Vs. iPhone 4 Vs Professional camera shots compared for purple effect on iphone 5

[Image courtesy – Mashable]

Apple iPhone 5 is on the hot seat these days . There are many unknown secrets are being uncovered everyday as the user experience also is growing every day. Last few weeks we have seen some issues related Apple’s Map ,and this should be the week of Apple’s Camera .

iPhone 5  is seeing things purplish ?

iPhone 5 purple colour cam shot sample

[Image courtesy : Gizmodo.com]

Users of iPhone5 have been complaining about the purple colour appears in some photos of iPhone 5. Mashable.com has  released some interesting evidences of iPhone5’s photo capability.  Here you are seeing the purple colour near the sun on one of this photos ,it is understood that the very bright objects cause the camera to translate some purple colour from the light.

The error is so far complained by a small number of users ,but it is not sure whether all phones have the same problem or only few batches got this issue. Chief editor of http://gizmodo.com have taken a photo to show that his iPhone5 also sucks in the same way (the last photo above)

“While the reason for this is unknown, the users claim that they have been told by Apple support that the issue is widespread and that they are looking into it. One theory that has been forwarded to explain the phenomenon pins the blame on the sapphire crystal lens cover which has been used in iPhone 5′s camera.

The cover is meant to protect the camera lens from scratches. However, a purple sapphire lens may refract the light so as to leave a purple halo on a photo taken in front of a light source. Of course that’s just a theory for now and we are waiting for Apple to give the official word on it”. A tech blog Suggests

We are not sure whether the problem has been created by the hardware or software of the Apple iPhone 5 . If it is software, sooner you will get a patch over the air .

if you own the very new iPhone 5 and have you experienced something similar ,why don’t you share it here  ?

3 Easy steps to watch YouTube videos smoother in your Android Tablets

I am a good fan of You Tube videos . I have been facing issues with the slow loading time and the length of video played every time after buffering with my Motorola Xoom ,Finally I have figured out the cause. The average broadband connections don’t allow you to stream  HD videos uninterrupted( until other wise you are blessed with a lightning fast connection in your country ). Just stop the HD option on your YouTube application and play the video ,it buffers faster and play uninterrupted  Continue reading 3 Easy steps to watch YouTube videos smoother in your Android Tablets

Google showing you the beauty of underwater now !-Updated Maps

Google has updated the maps with some interesting underwater view ,as usual the search giant has the best offering here too. The number of area covered in Google’s underwater view is very limited but it is giving a feast to our eyes.My 6 years old son and I had a great time with this turtle found in Google maps ,so hope you too.

google underwater maps

How to see the Google’s underwater maps ?

Here are ,some links for underwater sights ,given by Google on it’s blog post today , Just click on ,to  explore the covered world under water .

Watch this official video of Google underwater maps, which shows you some interesting moments of creation .

google underwater maps

Source-Google .

New Phone with new Operating System from Ex Nokia Staff–Coming soon

Jolla Mobile's Meego Phone- Will it look like this Nokia N9 ?

There were speculations about some other competitive mobile operating systems on work at many places ,including Intel Company . Android ,iOS and Windows Phone are the major mobile operating systems today. Meego was another attempt by Nokia ,earlier they have released only one phone-N9 with Meego ,then they have shifted to Windows platform . Nokia N9 believed to be a solid phone ,so far they have made .

In 2010 A group of Nokia employees worked under Meego division and some other important divisions ,had been spelled out by then ,new C.E.O Stephen Elop as Meego platform had been abandoned . The team had started a new company called Jolla Mobile . C.E.O of Jolla Mobile Mr.Jussi Hurmola had confirmed that they are going to launch smartphone with Meego by the end of this year . As per Zdnet ,Mr.Hurmola said  that they have about 50 employees at present(August/2012) and looking forward to employ 100 people by the end of this year .

New Mobile from Jolla Mobile would  bring some unique features :

  • It will run on Meego Operating system ,but not the same UI  Nokia N9 has – You get some fresh air to breath
  • New Maps and navigation system – Hope no more nose cuts like Apple does in their Maps
  • New Meego Application store and apps
  • A new Meego eco system developed with users ,careers and developers
  • Some unique hardware features – But the press release from the company indicates they are more concern about the software

New Meego handset is expected to be released by the end of this year (Before Christmas ? ).

More new devices in the market will bring more quality offerings as the result of competition .Hope we would have some more  better devices soon .

iPhone 5 Owners – Why your lightning cable is more valuable ?

Apple's lightning cable -pc mac connector

Want a Duplicate Lightning Cable ? No chance !

Apple has introduced a new type of cable to connect the iPhone 5 and the Desktop computers ,called lightning cable. As usual Apple has developed this cable with the maximum protection from being copied . So that, you won’t get any third party cheaper lightning cable for your Apple devices . One good guy able to  open up the lightning cable connector and found a protecting chip inside ,that controls the connection between devices ,so that it is hard to others to produce the chip with the same coding in order to create a duplicate cable.

protection chip inside the apple's lightning cable
[This is the chip inside the lightning cable]

So dudes ! keep your lightning cable unbroken

Apple’s original (no way ! )lightning cable costs about $19 ,and at  the moment ,there are no stocks available at Apple. Keeping your current lightning cable is the better idea ,other than looking for a replacement cable  that consumes some money and extra time.

New Glass storage ,that holds data for millions of years

new storage made in glass

New storage device made by glass has been invented and is  being tested by Hitachi ,Japan.

A  glass of 2  CM square which is only  two millimeters thick ,and have 4 layers inside is able to store up to 40 MB per square inch now . Researchers from Hitachi say that they will be able to store more by adding more layers inside.

All of us have experiences of losing data stored on CDs,DVDs and even hard drives ,nothing found to be more reliable for our data,but of course this Quartz made glass storage would be . Hitachi claims that the data storage is durable for millions of years ,that really sounds great !

Hitachi researcher Kazuyoshi Torii said,

The prototype storage device is two centimeters (0.8 inches) square and just two millimeters (0.08 inches) thick and made from quartz glass, a highly stable and resilient material, used to make beakers and other instruments for laboratory use.

The chip, which is resistant to many chemicals and unaffected by radio waves, can be exposed directly to high temperature flames and heated to 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 Fahrenheit) for at least two hours without being damaged.

It is also waterproof, meaning it could survive natural calamities, such as fires and tsunami.

"We believe data will survive unless this hard glass is broken," said senior researcher Takao Watanabe.

The availability of the storage made by glass is expected in 2015 ,sources say.

Source – (AFP)

Should you upgrade your Galaxy S2 to Galaxy S3 ?

What are the Key differences between Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 ?

Samsung Galaxy S2 Vs. S3 specs ,differences explained
Many of you have asked this question recently ,here is the answer for the question ,lets decide about the upgrade or  new purchase after the story .

Samsung Galaxy SII Vs. SIII Hardware Comparison

(Only the Key differences are compared ,means other features are pretty much same )

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S2 Samsung Galaxy S3
Display Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches
Data Network Max 3 G LTE(4G)
Display Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass *** Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Memory microSD, up to 32 GB microSD, up to 64 GB ***
Camera 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Extra – Simultaneous HD video and image recording
O/S Android ICS(Will get the jelly bean soon) Android Jelly Bean(Update had been rolled out recently )
Processor

Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9
Battery Life

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh

Stand-by
Up to 710 h (2G) / Up to 610 h (3G)

Talk time
Up to 18 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 40 min (3G)

Standard battery, Li-Ion 2100 mAh

Stand-by
Up to 590 h (2G) / Up to 790 h (3G)

Talk time
Up to 21 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 11 h 40 min (3G)

As per Samsung S3 has more battery life .

     

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. S2 Software advancements

There are some interesting features made in Galaxy S3 in order to give you some excitement and worth trying it .

 Here(Follow this link) you can find the tweaks made on the Samsung S3 Software environment (Top 7 features of SIII)

Summary

For S2 user  seeking upgrade – Samsung Galaxy S2 is still a nice device ,S3 has some more healthy hardware features but it cannot simply take over the predecessor S2 in each corners . I am a Samsung Galaxy S2 user and don’t have any plan to go for S3 any soon for better experience ,other than for technical writing purposes .

For a person with any other device – Of course ,Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best device at the time for ta new  buy

iPhone 5 back case– easily gets scratched –users complain !

iphone_5_back_cover_scratch

Following the release of iOS 6 ,people had some displeasure over the   Apple Maps  ,but this time it is the hardware of Apple iPhone 5. Users from different places of world complain that the Back Cover of new iPhone5 gets scratches and marks of wear and tear easily . I had a very bad personal experience on testing the Gorilla glass of my Samsung Galaxy S2 by scratching my car keys on it for a demo and got some scratches at last. But this seems to be a different case ,users are not doing any risk taking tests on the Apple iPhone5 and it simply gets the scratch marks at the back on day to day use .

Keep the  back case of iPhone 5 scratch free

It is wise to buy an iPhone5 case and keep the glamorous device safe ,hope Apple would correct it in the upcoming batch of products .

Apple Maps of iOS6 on fire -users found a lot of errors

image of apple maps on apple ios6

iOS 6 is the latest update of the Apple’s OS ,it has been rolled out yesterday from Apple’s servers for the iPhones and iDevices  . Everything went fine about the iOS6 except Maps , reports coming from all around the corners are not much positive about the Apple’s home grown Maps Application . Apple discontinued Google Maps from it’s iOS 6 and implemented its’ own mapping system .There are inaccuracies of the locations ,missing cities ,and wrong imagery of 3D  landscapes. A twitter user called @fake_iOS6maps has initially made this complaints and now his account has been suspended there. BBC managed to organize the information from the tweets about Apple Maps .

Museum in river

Among the user complaints regarding Apple’s maps sent to the BBC were:

Users have complained about the quality of satellite images in the new software (bottom)

  • Some towns appear to be missing, such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Solihull.
  • Others, like Uckfield in East Sussex, are in the wrong location.
  • Satellite images of various locations, particularly in Scotland, are obscured by cloud.
  • A search for Manchester United Football Club directs users to Sale United Football Club, a community team for ages five and above.
  • Users also reported missing local places, such as schools, or strange locations. Another screenshot showed a furniture museum that was apparently located in a river.

Google map and apple map compared with missing vision

Here the qualities of the Google Map and Apple Map are compared .

Google Maps Vs. Apple Maps compared at Teckdiary.com

People are disappointed over Apple’s half baked Maps application in iOS . Apple has obtained the Map Data from famous Mapping services like Tom Tom . But the the design and the implementation of the Map date is done my Apple itself . Google maps not available for download at Apple Store . But still people can access the Google Map via the phone’s browser . It is reported that there were lot of  negative feedbacks about the Apple Maps  by the beta testers ,and Apple would have made up better by the final release time . Apple still keep mum on this matter .

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