With iOS version 6, Apple ditched Google Maps and went DIY, with disastrous results. According to geospatial specialist Dr Michael Dobson, this was entirely predictable.
The Full Tilt
Stilgherrian delivers an undiluted dose of criticism and analysis of the ways digital technology is changing our world and the spin that goes with it.
Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.
The new Windows 8 user interface discards the desktop metaphor we've used for three decades, and replaces it with a panorama of coloured rectangles. Why? And how does it change the development process?
IBM's Michael Montecillo talks through good-guy hackers, click fraud, and his views on the profile of hacktivism, following the arrest of key Anonymous and LulzSec members.
Is a working social network worth paying for?
What's the best way to deal with climate change?
The porn industry's drive for technology innovation may have seen it cut off its own foot.
What should business look like in the hyperconnected future? Just like a children's toy, according to futurist Mark Pesce.
Why do governments keep wanting to make special new laws for the internet? Surely a crime is a crime, no matter where it's committed?
What are the implications of making ISPs store customer data for up to two years?
We take a look at some of the malware that's appeared this year. Are we seeing new attacks, or just evolutions of the old ones?
Commonwealth Bank of Australia explains why it's treading the Facebook banking path.
Has Twitter signed its own death warrant?
Was Telstra's decision to share the URLs its customers visited with an offshore organisation an illegal communications intercept?
Microsoft's new Surface tablet-cum-laptop is clearly intended to challenge Apple's market domination. But is it too little, too late?
The new version 6 of Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads features strong Facebook integration, local search and mapping. That could wipe out many internet start-ups, and even threaten major players.