Users unconvinced that their telco is being truthful about network coverage might be tempted to try out crowd-sourced coverage maps, but are they any more accurate?
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Google today released a dedicated Google Maps for iPhone and iPod Touch, three months after Apple opted to go native and remove Google's software from its platform.
Google has revealed further details of its augmented reality glasses, which pull in information about the wearer's world and sync with Google services.The Project Glass technology will be designed to let wearers see calendar, maps, search and most features of the Google+ social network while carrying out day-to-day activities, Google has confirmed.
Google has upgraded its Maps service to include live information about disruptions to the London Underground network in order to try and help the 31 million expected visitors to the city avoid trouble spots and delays in the capital during the Olympics this summer.
The iOS app for the Google+ social network has been updated to support the iPod Touch and the iPad.Google unveiled its social network at the end of June, and the iOS app arrived less than a month later.
Vodafone has this week released a coverage checker tool on its website that shows the quality of signal that customers can expect in their area, and it's a good start.
The Guardly app is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, providing one touch connection to a personal safety network and authorities during times of stress and disaster.
At a press conference in Perth today, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Communications Minister Stephen Conroy released maps detailing the fibre, wireless and satellite footprint of the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Telstra and Optus say a proposal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to publish infrastructure location information could be a risk to security.
Optus is considering pursuing legal action over a set of 3G coverage maps which Telstra has produced in an effort to show the dominance of its Next G network over the SingTel subsidiary's own mobile offering.
Telstra has taken a swipe at Optus by publishing a set of maps showing the national mobile coverage of both carriers, accompanied by statements putting down its competitor's network.
Ninety-one percent of iPhone users would recommend Apple's flagship mobile device to a friend or colleague and 88 percent would recommend the iPod touch, according to data from mobile ad network AdMob.
This is music to my ears: AT&T is opening up to Sling Media and allowing streaming of their SlingPlayer app for the iPhone (and iPod Touch) over the 3G network. I might be breaking down and paying the $30 for that upgrade app now.
I have been using Google Maps Navigation beta on my Google Nexus One and it has performed very well, especially for a free voice guided navigation client. One aspect of this solution is that you have to be connected to your wireless carrier network to use Google Maps Navigation. Nokia has a very good Ovi Maps client that works offline and online with advanced premium features such as traffic, weather, pedestrian walking mode, and voice-guided navigation. Prior to today's announcement these premium services were subscription services on most devices (some devices had lifetime licenses). Today, Nokia announced that ALL of the Ovi Maps premium services will now be FREE on Nokia smartphones. This announcement helps Nokia towards their goal of making GPS navigation as standard on smartphones as the quality cameras they have been providing on devices for years. This adds significant value to Nokia smartphones and fires another major torpedo into the sinking PND ship.
VoIP company Vonage is finally bringing its service to Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry devices.The free app for the iPhone and iPod touch has been approved for making international calls using AT&T's cellular network in addition to Wi-Fi.
For the last couple of weeks I've been playing with Never Alone Anymore's HiMyTribe iPhone/iPod touch app, which lets users network (for business or pleasure) using the device's built-in GPS functionality.A social networking tool, HiMyTribe fuses aspects of Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace with the intention of enabling individuals to network with business colleagues and potential associates in real time, on the go.
The first voice guided navigation GPS system in North America for the iPhone was AT&T Navigator (see my review) that was launched back in June. I was very impressed with the software and service and used it quite a bit last weekend on an out of town trip where I brought no physical maps along. There are pros and cons to a connected, subscription-based solution and the major complaint is that a data connection is required for navigation. I just read a press release over on Gear Diary where Navigon announced the first navigation solution for the iPhone and iPod touch in North America (Navigon previously launched in Europe) where the maps live on the device so no active data connection is needed.
Fibre player Pipe Networks has taken telecommunications analyst house Market Clarity to court in a copyright case, which appears to revolve around the publication of network infrastructure maps.
Now, I think that Apple's Time Capsule and the new MacBook Air products are likely to be very popular with Mac fans, but something that might not go down so well - the $20 upgrade fee to add Mail, Stocks, Notes, Weather, and Maps to the iPod touch.
All of us iPhone owners know that the AT&T EDGE network is a bit poky, especially for web browsing. JiWire just announced free Wi-Fi access across the United States for all iPhone and iPod Touch users. This is an ad-supported program so you will have to view JiWire-supplied ads on your device. However, this seems to be a small price to pay for free Wi-Fi access at more than 100,000 hotspots.
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