Apple’s Mapping Battle With Google Hits The Streets

Apple's street fight with Google just became official: The iPhone maker confirmed that it's building its own mapping database, complete with Street View-style imagery, through a new page on its website. "Apple is driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps," the site reads. "Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps updates." See also: Here's What's New In iOS 9The … [Read more...]

Twitter’s Latest Tweak Aims To Cut Out The Noise In Conversations

Twitter engineers are on a never-ending quest to balance quality with quantity. Too much of the firehose, and it becomes unusable; too little, and ... well, you're just left with Facebook Lite. On Monday, they rolled out another tweak which attempts to nudge the balance back towards quality.The new change applies to conversation pages for individual tweets. Before today, viewing a single tweet or conversation page would show all the replies … [Read more...]

Yahoo Shuts Down Pipes, The First Service To Make APIs For Everyone

Yahoo Pipes, a service which enabled users to connect and mash together content from around the Web, is closing its doors on August 30. Yahoo says the move is to help "focus our efforts on core Yahoo product experiences"—the usual company line when the aging Web giant realizes that it has neglected a service for so long that it can't afford to save it.New Pipes cannot be created after that deadline; existing ones will only work until September 3 … [Read more...]

Magic Leap Launches A Developer Platform For Apps, Games And Movies

One of the brief glimpses Magic Leap has given of its work.Augmented-reality innovator Magic Leap is launching a developer platform for third-party coders to build products on top of its technology. CEO Rony Abovitz announced on stage earlier this week at MIT Technology Review's EmTech Digital Conference that a software-development kit, or SDK, will be available soon.It's another significant step forward for the company that first … [Read more...]

Get Your Windows 10 Apps Ready

At long last we have an official launch date for Windows 10. The next edition of Microsoft's desktop operating system will be available on July 29.As Microsoft made its announcement, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users were seeing Windows 10 upgrade offers appear on their machines. If users opt in, they'll get the update in much the same way they get patches to their current operating system.For the first year after its release, Windows 10 is going to … [Read more...]

Apple’s Latest Acquisition Shows It’s Serious About Augmented Reality

While Google was busy showing off its latest innovations in the field of virtual reality yesterday, Apple was quietly acquiring a augmented reality startup by the name of Metaio. TechCrunch confirmed the news. Apple, as is typical, had very little to say on the purchase, and the terms have not been disclosed.Metaio began as a project inside Volkswagen in 2003 to build a platform for augmented-reality experiences. It later spun out of the … [Read more...]

It’s Official: Microsoft’s Cortana Is Coming To iOS And Android

The rumors were true: Microsoft has confirmed that Cortana is coming to iOS and Android later this year. Most of the voice assistant's functionality will be available on Apple and Google's platforms, though users won't be able to launch apps or toggle settings as they can on Windows Phone.For anyone with more than a passing interest in Microsoft's journey under CEO Satya Nadella, the move won't be a surprise. The Redmond firm has been busy … [Read more...]

Google Is Readying Its Own OS For Running The Internet Of Things

With Google's I/O developer conference around the corner, you can expect the rumors to start coming thick and fast, and The Information has the scoop that the Mountain View company is working on a new OS for the Internet of Things.It's codenamed "Brillo" for now, though it emerge under the Android brand, reports The Information. It will be able to run on as little as 64MB or 32MB of RAM, with or without a screen.Those minimum specs explain the … [Read more...]

Google Glass Is Edging Toward A Reimagining—And A Relaunch

On January 19, Google Glass went off sale to consumers, the end of the first chapter in the story of a device that had sparked scorn and excitement in equal measure. "We're continuing to build for the future," promised Google, "and you'll start to see future versions of Glass when they’re ready."Since then there's been a low rumble of behind-the-scenes activity from the Glass unit, now under Tony Fadell's stewardship in the Nest corner of the G … [Read more...]

Apple TV And The Apple Watch Are Both About To Get Smarter

The Apple TV is reportedly in line to get its first software-development kit, or SDK, which will for the first time give developers the tools to code apps and more for the tiny black box of entertainment tricks.This news comes by way of a "proven source" speaking to 9to5Mac, who also told the site that the Apple Watch is in line for its first major software update—also via its SDK.The Joy Of SDKWhile SDKs don't usually get consumer … [Read more...]

Europe’s Mobile Carriers Are Plotting An Internet Hold-Up Of Google

The major European mobile operators are weighing up a blanket ban on mobile advertising, enforced through ad-blocking software installed at the carrier level, according to the Financial Times.Such a move would have a potentially calamitous impact on both apps and websites funded by mobile advertising—the vast majority of them, in other words. It would also strike at the heart of Google's business model, which appears to be the point. Ads embedded … [Read more...]

Music Streaming: What Your Options Look Like Now

Apple's relaunch of Beats Music—possibly to be known as Apple Music—could come as soon as its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. But Apple is relatively late to the streaming game, and as a result will be facing off against a fair bit of entrenched competition, from independents like Spotify to big names like Google and Microsoft.To give you an idea of what Apple's taking on—and the level of choice you have if you're in the market for a … [Read more...]

The Walled Gardens Of The Web Are Growing

Facebook's long-anticipated Instant Articles initiative just went live, enabling a select number of media companies to publish their content inside Facebook rather than on their own sites.Ostensibly, it's so we the users can get reading faster. "Instant Articles load as much as ten times faster than standard Web articles," enthuses the announcement post. "Once there, new features like tilt-to-pan photos, auto-play video, embedded audio captions, … [Read more...]

What Developers Have Learned Building Apps For The Apple Watch

With a brand new interface to get acquainted with and a device that most couldn't physically hold (a privileged few excepted), developers were always going to find it tricky to build the first wave of apps for the Apple Watch.That hasn't stopped them trying though, and several weeks after the wearable's launch we're seeing feedback from coders based on how their apps have fared on the new gadget.Chief among them is Marco Arment, Instapaper maker … [Read more...]