Yesterday Apple released iOS 6 beta 4 which notably drops Google’s YouTube application and also adds some new tweaks. But the main highlight of iOS 6 is the 3D maps and lately Apple has added new cities from North America and Europe to its Maps app’s 3D feature.
Announced as a part of WWDC 2012 in June, Apple will ditch Google maps in favor of their own mapping service. Apple’s maps comes with 3D mode and shows highly detailed view of some of the selected cities like Chicago, Sacramento, Denver, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Las Vegas, and Sydney to name a few.
Now, Apple has increased the list of supported cities. The new cities include:
USA: Boston, New Orleans, Houston, Portland, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta
England: Birmingham, Manchester
After releasing the new iOS 6 to beta testers, a new line of MacBook Pro, Apple has latest to release in the public is the new version of AppStore for iPhone. The new version of AppStore is 2.2.
The new feature which is included in the AppStore is the new Express Checkout. By bypassing the basket portion of the buying process, Apple allows users to enter their Apple ID and have items billed to the credit card that is already on file for iTunes purchases. Prior to Apple AppStore, Express Checkout feature was available only in Company’s web store. Now since adding the same feature in iOS AppStore will make buying new things very easy.
The latest version of Apple Store 2.2 is live and is available for download. And the most important part is it requires iOS 5or above in order to install. Do remember the requirement before downloading.
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All the YouTube link generally opens in the native iOS apps and the similar is the case with Windows Phone. Both the OS gives the default option of opening all the YouTube links with their native app. But since the launch there hasn’t been any significant update and because of that it lacks many features compared to the mobile YouTube website that Google launched two years ago.
With a lot of talk of iOS 6 which is set to announced at Apple’s WWDC, the native YouTube app should also be the subject of change. So till now open if user wants to stop iOS from launching the native YouTube app and force to use the YouTube mobile website, user just have to disable YouTube under
Settings –> General –> Restrictions.
With the above steps users will be able to open all the YouTube links in the mobile website and will also hide the native YouTube app. And if you decide to revert your mind than you simply need to follow the above steps and enable it again and native YouTube app will be enabled.
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According the guys at Emerce, Windows Phone Tango handsets in China which was launched 2 months back has surpassed the market share of iPhone and now it already has a 7% market share, ahead of iPhone which currently has only 6%.
According to Michel van der Bel, “Our smartphone and tablet-pc are hybrid, making them suitable for the consumer, but also easy to insert within an existing company infrastructure. This will allow us to better anticipate the consumerization of IT than many competitors. “
But Android still dominates the market share with around 69%. With Windows 8 release in the pipeline, Microsoft has really a great thing to show in the smartphone and tablet market. Android is no doubt the most reached OS on the globe, iOS which is best known for its eco system but Windows Phone with its unique Metro tile UI is gaining a critical appeal among the smartphone geeks, even Steve Woznaik has praised the UI. The only thing which Windows Phone lags is the number of apps which may increase once the market share is increased.
With this it seems there is lot of pressure on Apple to release the new iPhone which is already rumored in the market with iPhone 5, considering the bigger screen, LTE feature and of course the new iOS 6. Apple really needs to come up with new design because Android already have great ecosystem in term of Screen Size and resolution, and now even Windows Phone 7 is giving the tough fight in China market. I am really curious to see who is going to lead the race but it seems Windows Phone clearly at second position in China.
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For those iOS lovers time has come to update the Google+ app to the newer version which has new revamped UI and tons of other Visual Improvements. After the initial launch of Google+ app, not many if them really liked it since it never had any new feature to attract., but with version 2 of it, Google may change the route of Google+ Social networking.
As I have mentioned before Google has changed the whole look and feel of the app and also makes great use of multi-touch retina display. With the new app interface Google is surely going in the right path for increasing the user base in Google+. But as a core Facebook user I don’t know how much time I will spent using this newer version of Google+. Also please comment your view on the newer version.
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