Google Maps has certainly evolved a lot since its inception in the mid 2000's. But while the Maps web and mobile applications are important in themselves, a big driving force of growth and innovation for Google Maps are the third-party applications and services that use mapping data from Google. As such, updates to its API are usually something worth watching from the point of view of both users and developers. The latest API update for Android enables app developers to utilize more data with less effort, hence resulting in more engaging location-based apps.
Fuhu’s Nabi Jr. is a $99 5-inch ICS tablet with dual-core Tegra CPU
The kids are alright – at least they will be if they have a toy tablet to call their own. There have been many tabs released that cater to such market, but the Fuhu Nabi Jr. just might take the cake for its outrageously fun design and extremely attractive price point.
Another chance: the Nexus 4 to go on sale in UK and Germany at 5pm local time
If you live in Germany or the UK and tried to get the Nexus 4 from the Play Store to no avail, you now have another chance. Users in the two countries that signed up for updates related to the Nexus 4 have received an email from Google informing them that the coveted device will go on sale again, today December 4, at 5pm local time.
Broadcom announces new single, dual, and quad core 40 nm chips with 3G
Broadcom, one of the chip makers you don't hear about all too often these days, has just announced three new products. Starting with the slowest one, the BCM21654G, it has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9, it can support 800 x 480 pixel displays, and it has built-in 7.2 megabit per second 3G. Next up is the dual core BCM21664T. It bumps up the clocks to 1.2 GHZ, and the 3G gets kicked up to 21 megabits per second. Finally there's the quad core model, the BCM28145/155, which is a bit strange.
Which test pits all the important tablets in battery life face-off, it’s not looking good for Android
What are the first few things you look for when you want to buy a tablet? The answer definitely depends on each one’s preferences, tastes and needs, but a few factors will certainly play a major role in all of your decisions – screen quality, performance and battery life.
Samsung’s S Pebble rebranded as Muse, to sell in the US soon for $50
Though we still don’t know what took Samsung so long to put the S Pebble MP3 Player up for grabs, we’re happy to be finally seeing it get a (somewhat) wide release. After hitting South Korea back in October, the music player is ready to start selling in the US too.
ZTE just received a $20 billion loan from the Chinese government, says Reuters
ZTE, the fifth largest handset vendor in the world, has just received a $20 billion loan from the China Development Bank. Said bank is owned by the Chinese government, and it's mainly used to fund large projects that benefit the country.
Ericsson seeks U.S. ban on Galaxy S3 and other devices in case against Samsung
One – Ericsson -- is the market leader in telecom equipment, while the other – Samsung – is the world’s biggest phone maker. When the two giants collide and can’t see eye to eye on licensing agreement, as is customary now in the increasingly litigious world of mobile technology, the way to the inevitable settlement is to first take the banning request route.
Android 4.2-based CM 10.1 for Galaxy S3 and Xperia T teased, to reach nightly status soon
We’ve known for a while that CyanogenMod 10.1, based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, is a work in progress. However, seeing as the first ports for Nexus devices have only been made available this past week, we would have never suspected other builds are very close to reaching nightly status.
Buy an 18 month subscription to The Times, get a 32 GB Nexus 7 for just £50
People normally buy smartphones and tablets in one of two ways. They either buy the device outright from a retail store for full price, or they sign a contract with an operator that then provides cellular connectivity. Looking to shake things up a bit, The Times will sell you a 32 GB Nexus 7 for just £50 if you buy an 18 month subscription.