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Huge spike in iOS 6 adoption looks tied to Google Maps

Huge spike in iOS 6 adoption looks tied to Google Maps

The arrival of Google Maps on the App Store may have prompted a large number of users to finally make the leap to Apple’s iOS 6 software.

Mobile advertising company MoPub, which monitors ad impressions for over 12,000 apps, saw a 29 per cent leap in impressions from iOS 6 in the five days following the approval of Google Maps on Dec. 12.

The biggest spike in unique iOS 6 users came over the weekend when users may have had more time to perform the lengthy software update.

MoPub CEO Jim Payne told TechCrunch: “We observed since the launch of Google Maps for iOS 6 a 30 per cent increase in unique iOS 6 users, and we think it’s related to Google Maps.

“It verifies the hypothesis that people were actually holding back to upgrade until Google Maps was available.”

Apple Maps disaster

Apple controversially ditched the popular Google Maps application in favour of its own in-house mapping solution when iOS 6 arrived back in September.

However, the launch proved to be an unmitigated disaster for the company, angered its customers and left many refusing to leave iOS 5 until Google’s app was made available from the App Store.

Now the favoured navigation app is back in business on iOS devices, it seems those users are ready to embrace the latest version of the mobile OS.

Check out our Google Maps vs Apple Maps feature for a look at which iOS mapping service has the best shot at helping you find your way in the world

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Amazon CEO promises more devices next year, dodges smartphone talk

Amazon CEO promises more devices next year, dodges smartphone talk

Amazon unleashed a volley of new Kindle devices on Thursday and even though they haven’t shipped yet, the company’s CEO promises there’s more to come.

In an interview with AllThingsD, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos skirted rumors about the e-tailer releasing their own smartphone, but pledged more cool devices remain in the pipeline.

“We will, certainly – not any time soon, but next year we have some more things that we hope people will enjoy,” Bezos told AllThingsD on Thursday. “And it’s premature for me to talk about them.”

Back in June, TechRadar consolidated all of the Kindle smartphone rumors into one tidy place and there are still plenty of reasons why Amazon might move in that direction.

Invasion of the Kindles

Meanwhile, this week’s press conference laid the groundwork for a new generation of Kindle devices, ranging from the Kindle Paperwhite at $119 all the way up to the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with 4G, whose base model starts at $499.

The addition of 4G LTE data, Bluetooth and HDMI output to the Kindle Fire HD seems like the most compelling evidence yet that the company could make the leap to a full-fledged smartphone.

And while Amazon continues to fork Google’s Android for its Fire devices, the good news is the company is finally using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for this year’s models.

Can some form of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean be far behind?

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7 Things to Consider Before Quitting Your 9-5 Job to Become a Full Time Blogger

According to Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere report from 2011, about 18% of bloggers consider themselves to be professionals, and only part of that 18% blogs full-time for a living. Whether you’re currently blogging part-time for extra income or are just getting started in blogging, the decision to make the leap from a regular day job to being a full-time blogger is a big one. Before you

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AT&T to unlock iPhones with expired contracts on April 8

AT&T to unlock iPhones with expired contracts on April 8

If you’re an iPhone user with an AT&T contract waiting to make the leap to another carrier, your jail breaking days are over.

The wireless service provider announced that on Sunday, April 8 AT&T customers with expired contracts will be able to unlock their phones and use any other service they like — except Verizon.

Seeing that AT&T and T-Mobile operate on GSM networks while Verizon and Sprint operate on CDMA networks, iPhones sold through AT&T have different hardware than those sold through Verizon or Sprint, making it impossible to switch GSM-enabled phones to Verizon.

What’s more, there are a few caveats before you liberate yourself. According to a statement from AT&T, “… a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.”

So in plain English, your account needs to be all paid up, with no long-term contracts, and no outstanding balances.

If you qualify, call AT&T on April 8 for an unlock code. Once you receive the code you’ll have the freedom to use a SIM or micro-SIM from another carrier.

From VentureBeat, Engadget

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Acer to hold out for Windows 8 before leaping to ARM?

Acer to hold out for Windows 8 before leaping to ARM?

An Acer product strategy manager has said that Acer will not be releaseing an ARM-powered notebook until Windows 8 is ready to rock.

The anonymous but “high-ranked” product manager told ARMdevices.net that despite rumours, Acer isn’t looking to make the leap across to Windows 8-running ARM until, “the beginning of next year” when Microsoft’s new OS is launched.

The ARM-based laptops will likely be described as ‘ultrabooks‘ when launched, despite being ARM-based and not toting Intel inside (Intel owns the rights to the name ‘Ultrabook’ so you may as well call it an Acer MacBook Air, you’d be just as accurate).

Up his sleevies

Basically, it’ll be lauded as “slim and powerful” – just like every other notebook that has been launched this year.

We’re expecting the Windows 8 release date to be some time in early 2012 so it could yet be a six-month wait for an ARM-based Acer.

Still, this could all be a load of cobblers spouted by a jumped up product manager high on the excitement of IFA 2011; who knows.


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