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Google maps makes a return

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Ashley No Comments


Recently reported in the technical news pages of the internet is the return of Google Maps to all IOS devices. After the controversy of apple replacing the Google Maps App on all iOS devices in the recent IOS 6 update.

Along with the return of the Google maps app to IOS devices comes the addition of functions that until now were only seen on Android devices. Features that are included are as follows:

  • Voice guided turn-by-turn directions, with estimated travel times.
  • Indoor panoramic images of buildings that have signed up to its Street View Business Photos service
  • 3D representations of the outlines of buildings that can be viewed from different angles
  • Vector-based graphics based on mathematical lines and points rather than pre-created bitmap graphics, making it quicker to zoom in and out of an area.

Nokia are still a threat to Google maps with their mapping and GPS app. The Nokia camp recently developed an app for iPhone devices to try and break into the ever grown market of iOS devices. By breaking in to the iOS device market allows them the chance to gather feedback and data from apps to allow them to make changes to improve services.

We at Tetrabyte Managed IT feel that the return of Google maps is great and a way to get apple to move faster with the upgrades they have to do.

So if you find yourself lost in the world of I.T call Tetrabyte Managed IT to help you find your way out of the wilderness

Samsung Admits Software Upgrade Mistake

Posted on: July 26th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Samsung has admitted that the recent update to it’s Galaxy S3 was accidental – it was designed to remove the ability to search multiple places (web, apps, contacts etc) via a single interface. It was supposed to remove the feature only in the US, but it has done so on phones in the UK too.

This is in response to a court case initiated by Apple; they claim that the ‘all-in-one’ interface infringes a patent from Apple’s iOS system.

Samsung have stated that they will fix their mistake within the next few days.

Apple Forced to Run Adverts – Samsung Did Not Copy iPad

Posted on: July 19th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


A UK court has ordered Apple to run adverts stating that Samsung did not copy the iPad.

The technology giant must keep a notice on their website for at least six months, and that they must place adverts in newspapers and magazines.

The adverts must “make reference to the court case” and repair the apparent damage to Samsung’s tablet.

This is an embarrassing turnaround for Apple, especially after publicly announcing that Samsung copied their flagship tablet.

O2 Major Network Outage

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


O2 has suffered a major network outage affecting millions of customers. Some customers were left without any mobile access for over 24-hours, whilst some people were able to access 2G services (phone calls, texting etc) by yesterday morning.

Whilst everyone knows problems occur it isn’t really good enough that one of the largest mobile operators in the UK can go down like this; businesses and consumers were both affected resulting in loss of business and communication for a vast number of people.

O2 haven’t yet released much information regarding the incident, however it is known that it wasn’t a specific area or range of mobile numbers affected.

We expect more information within the next few days.

Chinese Retailer Offering iPhone 5 Preorders

Posted on: July 11th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


A Chinese retailer has started to allow preorders for the Apple iPhone 5, despite it not yet being officially announced by Apple.

The next generation of iPhone is suspected to have a larger screen than it’s predecessors and a revolutionary casing made from liquid metal.

Whilst Apple haven’t officially announced the iPhone 5, it is speculated to be available for retail purchase in September / October 2012.

Meanwhile, iOS 6, the next Operating System for Apple devices is being beta tested by third party developers – this has recently caused a problem whereby these developers have been selling access to the beta version of iOS 6 for as little as $10, undermining Apple’s attempts of secrecy.

iGoogle Closing Doors – November 1 2013

Posted on: July 4th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Google have announced that they’re closing down their flagship product – iGoogle.

iGoogle is a central homepage which many people use at their gateway to the Internet. It can synchronise iOS apps to it’s own products, such as E-Mail, Calendar, Notes, bookmarks etc, which can also be integrated with Mozilla FireFox.

Google have said that the service will be closed fully on 1st November, 2013, and the mobile version will be closed on 31st July, 2012.

There has been a lot of criticism regarding this move, with one user saying “How can they do this? I’ve had iGoogle as my homepage for years! Not happy!!!”

Google Android 4.1; Jelly Bean Announced

Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Google has announced their latest Operating System upgrade for their Android phones.

Dubbed ‘Jelly Bean’, the latest OS features new functionality such as voice control – seen to be a direct competitor to Apple’s Siri personal assistant.

With security enhancements, new functionality and minor quirks in other areas, Jelly Bean seems to be the perfect Operating System for a smartphone, although unfortunately most people aren’t likely to see this any time soon.

The majority of users are still running Android Gingerbread, with only a few on the latest ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’; the blame is being put on manufacturers for not pushing these updates out to their users.

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