Hyundai has announced a new deal with Google that will bring further integration of Google Maps with their Blue Link telematics platform. Blue Link is an in-car application that aids with mapping and allows phones to connect to it.
The new deal will see more Google Maps APIs being used to enhance the experience in their cars sold in the United States. The new APIs that will be used are:
Google has been aggressively improving their maps over the last year as increased competition has popped up. More integration with other platforms, such as cars, is good to see. This will (hopefully) make communication between your phone and car more seamless and provide even more data for Google to further improve the maps app.
One of our favorite Twitter clients for Android, Falcon, updated just in time for 2013 with a bunch of new features. The biggie is that Falcon now uses the fancy YouTube APIs for Android that Google introduced before Christmas, but there are also a few subtle tweaks that have been added, including a spam reporting button, a slider for setting refresh rates, and a logout button. Here's the full changelog for Falcon Pro 1.4.
It?s finally here, yippee! Yes, as AppleInsider writes, an as most of you have probably already found out, Apple has today released iTunes 11 to the public. The update is really much more than an update, representing a complete overhaul of iTunes. The main features include a new, edge-to-edge design, custom designs for each album, movie or TV show in your library; a new store, which Apple says is a more ?clean? look; the ability to play your purchases from within iCloud, including your music, movies and TV shows; the new ?Up Next? feature, where you can see which songs are coming next; a new MiniPlayer, which now includes album art, and is generally smaller and more elegant, according to Apple; improved search, making it easier to find what you?re after in iTunes; and playback syncing, where iCloud will remember where you are in a movie or TV show, whether you are using your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV.
Source: Apple releases redesigned iTunes 11 with iCloud integration for Mac, Windows
The uber-expensive European versions have been updated, as well as the bare-bones free version, though the South Africa, New Zealand, and Australian versions are still a bit behind. We've got a full review of t CoPilot Live here, and will have a Q&A with the devs going up sometime this week.
Anybody using CoPilot regularly? How does it fare compared to the core Google Maps experience? Is there any room for third-party GPS apps when Android provides a fairly robust one out of the box?
Apple has today unveiled the revamped iTunes at the iPhone 5 launch, which features a redesigned player, complete iCloud integration and a new look. Launching in October, Apple says it will have a much cleaner and simpler interface that keeps your favourite iTunes content to the forefront. iCloud integration means that your music, movie and TV purchases made on any iOS device or computer will all be displayed in your iTunes library on your Mac or PC.
?We created iTunes because we love music and we?re going back to our roots with an incredibly clean design that keeps your music at the forefront,? said Eddy Cue, Apple?s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. ?The new iTunes works seamlessly with iCloud, always keeping your entire library at your fingertips, and we?re adding great new features that make listening to your music more fun.?
Among other features, the MiniPlayer has also been reimagined, making it easier to control your music with a small tool bar, so that you can skip to the next song or search for new tunes, and all without having to open your library. Up Next is a new feature that enables you to see what?s up next, as well as letting you queue songs or albums that you want to hear next.
The new iTunes will be available in October.
If you're looking to give CyanogenMod 9.1 a go, you'll find something new built into the ROM's. As noted on the CyanogenMod blog, CyanogenMod 9.1 compatible devices with NFC will bring integration with Tapp powered by SimplyTapp. The joint partnership was born back at the beginning of CyanogenMod 9 and is now being introduced to allow payments from your smartphone with just a tap:
Supported devices include Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S (4G), Samsung Galaxy S2 and pretty much any other devices supported by CyanogenMod 9.1 with NFC. Stable builds of CyanogenMod 9.1 are rolling out right now, so if you're interested in learning more about SimplyTapp or testing out CyanogenMod 9.1, you'll find the links below.
Source: CM Blog, Download CM 9.1
Flipboard is now available on Android – not just in beta form like we saw before, but as an official app that most folks with an Android 2.2 or higher device can access.
Though it was originally thought that Flipboard would launch as a Galaxy S III exclusive, that was a meaningless restriction when the APK was leaked. Flipboard has chosen to open to other devices as the GS III launches in the U.S., and the app is now available in Google Play, the Amazon Appstore, and the Barnes & Noble Nook App Store.
Expanding on its pedigree as a stylish news and social feed reader, Flipboard has also added support for Google+ and YouTube. Users can now link their G+ account see content posted by their circles in magazine format, add +1 or comment, and share content to Google+ as well. Google+ Product Manager Bradley Horotwitz hinted that this would just a few days ago, and the app is now live in Google Play.
In iOS 6 Apple and Facebook have finally joined forces to bring you Facebook integration into iOS. Similar to that of Android, Facebook now syncs your Address Book with all of your Facebook friends. You can now have their most recent profile picture and information show up on your iDevice without even having to open Facebook. If you’ve used the Twitter integration in iOS 5, this is very similar. You can quickly post a status from your Notification Center or anywhere where you can share a link, photo, etc. Apple has added a Status Widget into the Notification Center where you can tap it to update your Facebook Status. Sharing photos from your Photos app works the same as it did with Twitter which is very useful. Other cool things include asking Siri to update your status for you verbally. Facebook Integration is built into iOS 6 and will debut in Fall 2012 with the final release.
In iOS 6 Apple completely redesigned the Maps/GPS application on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Apple has dropping Google Maps and has integrated TomTom GPS instead. The Maps app changes for all the devices but with the power of the iPhone 4S and The New iPad, you can view the world in 3D. This means you will be able to see buildings and structures just as you would in the real world but virtually similar to Google Earth. You now also have turn by turn navigation telling you where to go verbally instead of having to look down while driving(not recommended). Other features include Air Printing of directions as well as Yelp integration. The Maps app will be updated in the final build of iOS 6 coming this Fall.
The WWDC conference for Apple went off with a bang, and a flurry of amazing announcements were shared. Obviously, the big news of the day was iOS 6 as everyone expected. The new mobile operating system from the labs in Cupertino has a ton of new features. One of them is Facebook integration. This shows just how important the social aspects of technology have become. The new OS will brings deep Facebook integration to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Here’s a breakdown of features that will make Facebook much easier to use on your iDevice in the future:
Additionally, this new integration will be coming to Macs as well.