Jun 1st 2011 5:10AM Aside from adding the support for the compass hardware in the 3GS almost 2 years ago, the google maps app on iOS has seen zero updates.
I really hope they give it some love and get it ahead of the competition. A great place to start is adding free turn by turn same as android, and a nice tiny improvement would be to make it so that it doesn't deactivate the compass driven rotation when you try to scroll or zoom the map. That's dumb.
Otherwise I say screw the GOOG app and ask Microsoft to develop a Bing Maps app to replace it. After using their Bing apps and Photosynth, I am confident they could deliver a better product.
May 31st 2011 9:05PM Lodsys deserve to be called names because they have never created anything of real value and yet they harass and threaten developers. As though the developers would have had any way of knowing that one of the hundreds of APIs they use might infringe on some bogus patent.
I can't wait for their crappy patent to be invalidated. And to think that they already got Apple to pay them just to make them go away, and they came back to bite the hand that feeds.
Just like SCO once upon a time, they will be out of business someday. I can only hope.
Software patents....patent trolls... both need to DIE IN A FIRE IMMEDIATELY.
May 25th 2011 4:51PM LOL. Michael Scott.
May 25th 2011 12:33PM Note to AT&T and other carriers who love to say how "competitive" our market is. This sounds a lot more like competition than the price-fixing oligopoly (soon to be duopoly) we are stuck with here. When was the last time you saw one of our carriers besides Sprint CUT prices on service?
May 18th 2011 8:01PM Yeah, having a file on your hard drive doesn't mean anything. Since you're not dumb enough to extract the zip file and execute its contents you're fine, even in the vanishingly unlikely event that it contained a Mac executable. A virus .exe file on your hard drive as harmful to you as a faulty screen door on a submarine.
PC antivirus vendors with their culture of fear have led PC users to freak the f**k out that they "have a virus" because they don't know the difference between "having a file" and running a file.
May 17th 2011 10:53PM Sangeeta is actually my favorite! And no, I'm not Indian myself.
I do agree with the commenter above who said that a non-familiar accent helps mask imperfect pronunciation and timing.
May 17th 2011 10:35PM Protip: "Lodsys" autocorrects to Losers on iOS.
I hope Lodsys and the "inventor" of these asinine patents all die--very slowly--in a fire. Go read his patents--utter bulls***. How were these even granted?
These jerks contribute nothing to society and yet expect to be paid for their harassment. What a waste of food and oxygen for them to even be alive.
The point of patents is to protect REAL inventions from being copied. If app developers have never even heard of Lodsys or their patent, and simply used a dirt-simple idea called "paying to upgrade" which has been around forever (like McDonald's super size upgrade that has been around for 20 years) then clearly they are NOT copying this scumbag.
May 13th 2011 3:12AM What a crock, from the company that makes Word and Windows.
If the term has no value and is obvious, I wonder why Microsoft wasn't using it first. Oh that's right, because nobody was interested in using the term until the App Store became such a hit. That and MS never had apps with mainstream appeal available for their mobile platform until recently. LOL.
May 12th 2011 5:19AM Darren--I had just the opposite experience with Parallels. I switched to VirtualBox a couple years ago when Parallels couldn't get their app to be stable on Snow Leopard (it would consume all your host CPU and RAM especially during VM boot).
Tried Virtual Box and it was like night and day. No slowdown and it's nice and stable. I don't know if Parallels ever fixed their crappy program--they lost my business forever, I won't ever waste time on them again.
I'm neutral on vmware--never used it.
My opinion is, anyone would be a fool to spend the big bucks Parallels charges for all their editions before at least trying out the free Virtual Box.
May 11th 2011 5:24PM Rdnymllnsktr, while 3 days is indeed not enough time, your sarcastic followup wasn't correct either. I've noticed a trend that all the folks who bitch about it "taking forever" to get their readers haven't added and confirmed their bank accounts. I did so immediately when I created my account, and my reader arrived 2 weeks later. This was about 3 months ago.
They only mail you a reader if you've completely set up and confirmed your account. Follow the directions.