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Tim Cook introducing the iPhone 5 (Photo credit: AP)

It’s difficult for a company to accept blame for a crappy product or service. But it’s also a good PR move to do so, which can help everyone — the company itself, customers, and the media — move on and find a resolution to the issue. In this case, the problem is Maps on iOS 6. Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledges that the company has fallen short on quality, and suggested alternatives while they fix their mapping service.

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Torture test time! We abused the new iPhone 5, to see how it would fare in real life. We drenched it in hot coffee. We put in our homemade pocket simulator to see how it withstands the assault of keys, coins, and other scuff-inducing items. Finally, we submerged it in water for 15 seconds. Check it out.

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Apple says the use of “app store” was confusing, and that consumers are misled to think the Amazon Appstore sold iOS apps. Apple would have wanted Amazon to use “Amazon Appstore for Android” instead. Amazon has recently requested a federal judge to through out this “false advertising” claim, citing that even Apple’s CEO refers to application marketplaces as “app stores” in General.

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Google is still actively maintaining the mobile web version of Google Maps. Yes, that’s HTML5, and this means it’s cross-platform (assuming you have a compatible browser). If you’re using an iOS device or any other mobile devices with a capable browser, just fire up mobile Safari and head on to maps.google.com. Is this an acceptable alternative to the native app — on Android, iOS and other platforms?

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A week ago, Samsung launched its new TV ads that promote the Galaxy S3 at the expense of the iPhone 5. The commercial, which we knew it was in production for a while now, adhered to the same scenario: Samsung poking fun at Apple’s customers that line up in front of stores to get the latest iPhone while reminding everyone that “the next big thing is already here.”

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The Nokia Lumia 920 is on its way soon, offering the new Windows Phone 8 operating system and one feature that truly sets it apart from the competition: its built-in inductive charging system. The idea of wireless charging is nothing new to Android devices through the use of special accessories, but we’ve yet to see a built-in system. Android devices often led the pack when it comes to adopting new features and technology, and likely built-in inductive systems like found in the Nokia 920 are already in works. Perhaps even in devices like the rumored Samsung Galaxy S4? Is inductive charging the only possible path for the future of wireless charging, though? Apple doesn’t think so.