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ClassicMaps: A Google Maps substitue for your iOS 6 device

Google Maps has been badly missed by iOS 6 users but a developer based in Tokyo has created an app that looks and feels like the former for Apple fans.

The app called ClassicMap is an application for iOS 6 based devices that works like Google Maps. It actually uses Google Maps to let you zoom out or in of the map and it also shows you your location.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t have all the features of the original Google Maps app.

The ClassicMap doesn’t give its users directions to locations. Unlike the Google Maps, where it gives you directions when you go for a walk, ride public transits and driving directions.

It also is not very formidable when you ask him to search for an address.

As a free app, it does well in some aspects and fairs badly to some. But since Apple pulled the plug on Google maps, then it would be Apple’s loss and Google’s gain.

So how can this be a good substitute to Google Maps you may ask? Well, it is a good app that looks like the latter and you can even prank your friends that you have hacked into installing it on your new iPhone 5.

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Foxconn employees in Zhengzhou, China strike! iPhone 5 production briefly halted

About 3,000 to 4,000 Foxconn employees in Zhengzhou China went on Strike over the weekend.

This according to China’s Labor Watch who oversees the rights of Chinese laborers working in the country.

Quality control inspectors and some other workers protested due to the demands that Apple’s latest iPhone 5 is incurring. The group said that Apple and Foxconn “raised strict quality demands on workers, including indentations standards of 0.02mm and demands related to scratches on frames and back covers” on their latest device.

When these demands weren’t met, quality control officers and workers often end up in an argument sometimes leading to physical altercation resulting to hospitalization to some individuals.

It may be remembered that a brawl occurred in a Foxconn plant in Taiyuan amongst the 2,000 workers last month. This riot ensued due to poor working conditions.

Apple has been targeted by critics for not looking at alleviating the standards at Foxconn plants.

Looking back at Zhengzhou protests, tensions were already smoldering after employees were not given time off during a national holiday last October 1.

Apple’s latest iPhone 5 has been very popular across all countries. Ever since Apple accepted online orders, figures have seem to rise. Currently, the company is working on filling in backlogs due to the astonishing amounts of orders from their customers and their consumers.

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Can the HTC One X+ unseat the Galaxy S III and iPhone 5?

Not wanting to be left behind, HTC has unveiled their latest smartphone, the HTC One X+.

The HTC One X+ boasts of LTE capabilities and a faster quad core processor. This new device is similar to that of its predecessor, the HTC One X except for a number of upgrades.

For one, the One X+ will have longer battery life as it has a 2,100mAh battery against the 1,800mAh battery of the One X. This comes in handy as this new smartphone supports LTE technology which is hard on a device’s battery.

It also comes with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS as compared to other devices from other tech companies that carry the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

But if pitted against the big boys, the iPhones 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, will this HTC device stand out? Although the HTC One X+ could surely shake up the smartphone market, we still have to see whether it can directly impact the bigger players.

HTC has already been producing smartphones for a number of years and have made their name for it. Unfortunately for them, the market is currently being dominated by Apple and Samsung.

We would soon find out if the HTC One X+ can be called a Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 slayer.

What do you think?

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Apple iPhone 5 is plagued by purple flares in photos

Apple and their newly released iPhone 5 is getting a lot of publicity. Unfortunately, it is not for the usual reasons. Apple has been unofficially labeled as the benchmark of all smartphones in the past years. That is the reason why there are so many blogs detailing how X phone fares against the Apple iPhone.

The iPhone 5 is certainly a technological marvel in its own right. It is a great achievement for the company in terms of weight and size. The display finally increased in size without compromising the quality of the images. It is highly tricked out so the phone outruns other phones in benchmark tests and gaming quality. The iPhone 5 is certainly an upgrade from an older iPhone. It just doesn’t feel much of an upgrade from other smartphones in this era.

Despite how much work and effort Apple claims they have put into the development of the new iPhone 5, it seems an awful lot of quality control was missed. The new device apparently sold more and had more demand than any of the iPhones in the past, but it also is the most problematic iPhone in Apple’s history.

In another classic case of Steve Jobs’ infamous “you’re holding it wrong”, Apple support has once again billed a clear hardware error as something “normal”.

Discriminating users of the new iPhone 5 has identified an issue with the phone’s camera. The Camera apparently shows some purple shaded flares when taking some white lit photos. Most of the time, it happens when the photos are taken from a certain angle, where the light hits the lens diagonally from the front.

Flares are normal indeed when taking photos in brightly lit environments or simply taking photos with a bright light source in the photo even for a professional camera. In fact, light flares are used artistically by professional photographers in their line of work.

The problem is, when a bright, white light is used for a flaring effect, it is expected that the flare will be white, or something very close to white, not the Barney colored effect the new iPhone 5 camera produces. The purple haze can ruin a perfectly good shot.

Tests taken by other users with their older iPhones fail to replicate the issue, so the purple haze is definitely linked to the iPhone 5 camera. The issue has been linked to the sapphire camera lens cover on the new iPhone 5. Once the light hits it at the right angle, the purple hue of sapphire is applied to the photo taken.

Some users claim that the issue might be fixed by a software update that will allow the processor to calculate and compensate for the purple hue to normalize the resulting image. The problem here is that Apple refuses to see it as an issue. They consider the purple flare as a normal occurrence on the iPhone 5 camera.

We can expect this level of quality on a cheap phone with low quality camera, not from a phone worth $800 and heavily marketed as the most perfect thing in the world. In fact, they even glorify the camera in the keynote, claiming it to be better than any smartphone camera in producing exact colors. I guess our eyes are just light the wrong way, then. Regardless of the cause, Apple suggests we avoid taking pictures with lights.

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iPad mini leaked photos show black and white tablets

 

Are we getting closer to seeing a new Apple iPad being unleashed by Apple?

Images of a supposed new Apple iPad mini surfaced last Tuesday showing a 7-inch tablet and a few of its components.

Leaked by UkrainianiPhone, the photo was reportedly taken inside a factory in China by someone who has access inside it.

The images showed two iPad mini variants, a white tablet and a black one. The report also added that it features WiFi connectivity and supports 3G technology. It also has a nano SIM tray and a dock for Apple’s latest Lighting drive.

Some sources have also said that a Foxconn factory in South America is also producing this new iPad mini.

According to Macotakara, a factory in Brazil will be or is producing Apple’s latest tablet.

If these speculations are true, then these two production sites could be due to the overwhelming orders that Apple got for their latest iPhone. The iPhone 5 has been flying off the shelves even as pre-order deliveries have not yet started.

With another site producing the new iPad mini, this could ease the congestion that iPhone 5 orders have made.

For the time being, it is ruoured that Apple is presenting iPad mini in 2 weeks. Let’s wait and see!

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Most of the iPhones are running on iOS 6

Although the iOS 6 upgrade has faced a ton of ridicule from people who are disappointed with their Maps app to their WiFi connectivity problem, the iOS 6 update by Apple has been downloaded by at least 60% of iPhone owners already.

According to Chitika Insights, the majority of the iPhones are already running this newest version of the Apple operating system, while the iPad on the other hand has 45% of owners already downloading the latest update.

For the iPod Touch, only 39% are running on iOS 6. The first two versions of the device can’t be upgraded to iOS 6.

The iOS 6 update was rolled out by Apple a couple of weeks ago, and 24 hours after it became available 15% of the compatible devices are running on iOS 6.

Although the iOS 6 app has received its fair share of criticisms following the failure of their native Maps app, Tim Cook is trying to soothe the angry mob by making third party maps app available for download. The Apple CEO went as far as writing a letter to apologize for the failure.

Have you tried the iOS 6 on your Apple device and what was your experience?

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Apple iPhone 5 data leak plugged with a carrier update

It would seem that Apple has no shortage of problems recently. It looks like their new iOS 6 was buggier than they had initially thought. When the update came to compatible devices, there were numerous issues regarding the Wi-Fi connection. Either it was not connecting, or even though it connected, it had issues with the connection, preventing it from actually being useful.

Then there was the Apple iOS 6 Maps fiasco that Tim Cook had to publicly apologize for. It was simply one of the worst product launches they made, pitching an incomplete and buggy app as a “main feature” of the new OS. It was so bad; they had to actually point their users to download 3rd party mapping solutions.

Apple also had problems with user complaints with the new iPhone 5 black edition, which was found to be very easy to scratch despite its durable aluminum frame. The complaint was met with a rather lackluster reply from Apple, indicating it as a normal phenomenon for aluminum devices.

Now, the company faces another issue, which could impact people’s wallet more than the rest: excessive cellular data.

It would seem that the new iOS 6 had a data leak problem, where even if an iPhone was connected to a Wi-Fi network, the iPhone would still use the cellular data to connect to the internet. The issue seems to be localized to Verizon wireless iPhone 5, but some users of the iPhone 4 and 4S seem to be having data issues as well.

The issue has been linked to the beta feature called “Wi-Fi + Cellular” which was present during the beta stages of iOS 6. This feature never made it to the final product, but its ghosts seem to haunt Verizon iPhone owners.

In theory, it would seem that the feature was not completely removed from the operating system and was left on by default. The way the feature works is, if the Wi-Fi connection is deemed to be weak or unusable, the device would instead use the cellular network for internet related services. Since the update apparently messed up the Wi-Fi driver of the iPhone, the feature detects the Wi-Fi connection, as unfit to for the task, and silently feeds on cellular data instead.

It would seem as if the feature was kept on by default, but since it was removed from the interface, there is no way to manually turn it off. If left alone, this could cause unexpected high data charges in customer’s bills at the end of the billing period. While Verizon’s version of the iPhone is the only confirmed carrier to have this issue, a minor amount of AT&T users claim to have the same issue on iOS 6.

Apple has elected to resolve the issue for Verizon by launching a “Carrier Settings” update. The update is expected to turn off whatever protocol is urging the phone to use cellular data even though the device is connected to a known working Wi-Fi network. This still does not address the current Wi-Fi instability that users are complaining about, but it is a quick fix to avoid huge bills for customers.

Even though the update is pushed over the air, you are not likely to get the update, unless you know how to activate it. To get the update, you need to go to your settings app, then to the general settings, then go to the “about” page. Wait a while and the update should pop up. Choose OK to install it. Once installed, the user needs to restart the phone to apply the effect.

To restart, simply push and hold the “sleep” button and swipe the option that says “turn off”. Just turn it back on to see if the update is applied. To check the update, simply go back to the “about” page and look for the carrier version. It should read “Verizon 13.1”.

It looks like releasing the phone “unlocked” has inadvertently unlocked the plug for cellular data usage. Thankfully, this update puts a cork to that gaping hole. Users of other versions of the iPhone are encouraged to monitor their data consumption and report immediately if any irregularities are found.

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Pack your iPhone with more power with the iExpander

Ever wished your iPhone 4S or new iPhone 5 could have more features like more memory and battery life? If you’re an avid movie buff and love to save movies on your iPhone, chances are that your iPhone’s built in memory would not suit your preference, although the 32GB is enough for some, but it still is not for others.

Well, the iExpander might be the gadget that is right for you.

The iExpander is a gadget that will add more power to your iPhone. It adds extra battery life to your iPhone so you don’t need to worry about those long days and at the same time, it has a microSD card slot that is compatible up to 64GB.

It also improves your iPhone’s built in camera. The iExpander has a LED flash that can make your videos and photos look more bright perfect for those low light situations.

Unfortunately, the iExpander will make your phone bigger. But that may not be an issue, since it will boost your battery life and your phones features per se.

That’s the only catch here. That it makes your phone much bigger.

The iExpander is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and the new iPhone 5. Are you considering buying it?

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Apple iPhone 5 – nightmare of maps and easy to scratch Aluminum

When people rant online that Apple is dead because its visionary leader, Steve Jobs, is gone, I am more inclined to agree, the more I see the iPhone 5. It looks like the iPhone 5 is a severely flawed product, which proves superior in benchmarks, but inferior in build quality.

Some say that Apple has their days numbered. They may be right. The lack of innovation and the starved attack by litigation seems to show how Apple is running out of ideas. The new iPhone 5 is like an iPhone 4 but stretched upward, thereby making it thinner and taller.

I don’t wish to bash Apple and their brain child. They really revolutionized the smartphone world. Only a fool won’t admit that. The only problem is, they seem to have stopped there, but still claim to be the best in the world. They’re pretty arrogant about it, too.

Apple seems to take pride in patting themselves too much in the back and lying through their teeth. Granted, their new Apple Maps are certainly the most beautiful I have seen for certain cities that support the Flyover effect. It certainly is a lot of eye candy. The problem is Apple once again prioritized form over function in their iOS maps.

After all, you view the world from the ground up, not from the air, unless you live the life of a pilot, which I am sure does not account for more than 1% of the iPhone loving population. I would take street view any day over useless eye candy. The new iOS maps have already been proven by the internet as a huge failure at launch. It misplaces, misspells, and distorts a lot of locations in the world.

Sure, the new iOS maps have turn by turn navigation, which they didn’t allow Google to port on the previous iOS maps. Still, the new navigation software is likely to ask you to jump off a bridge like what their new app icon suggests. The new icon is another flaw in design, which would never have happened if the perfectionist Steve Jobs was still around.

When it comes to the new features of iOS, the slogan “it just works” no longer applies. Apple has shown that they are all bark when it comes to their “most attractive features” such as the initial release of Siri and the now, the initial release of the new iOS Maps. There are certainly a lot of features in iOS that still work, like their panoramic mode and Air Play, but their leading features sure need some work.

Apple has taken pride in their goal to “marry” hardware and software. It looks like there is a lot of work to be done with software these days, but their hardware has also take a turn for the worse.

Previously, your main worry about the iPhone 4 was that it was built with glass on both the front and the back. Shattering is fairly common and easy to happen. It was so bad, that the iPhone 4 almost always had to have a bumper or case just so that it could maintain a sense of security from faulty handling or mishaps.

With the move to an Aluminum backing and minimum glass, which just covers the upper and lower portion of the phone’s back, you have two things to worry about. One is that the glass can still shatter. The other is that Aluminum is a fairly soft and easy to scratch material. It certainly looks like Apple’s new iPhone will be both a smash and scratch magnet.

It is so easy to damage that the new iPhone 5 came out of the box with scratches and damage already present. Several users even saw how easy it was to peel off the color from the black iPhone 5 with just normal use.

As of this writing, 36.18% of users in a poll being conducted by Macrumors indicate that their shiny new iPhone came with a bit of scuffing, while 9.73% said their device was easily scuffed early after unboxing the unit.

The definition of “premium” may vary from person to person, but for such an expensive device, and this easy to wear down, coupled with lack of vision and quality of the software, it makes you think that Apple is no longer the premium smartphone provider they market themselves to be.

What’s your take on the matter?

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Are all Verizon’s iPhone 5 unlocked?

Want to own an unlocked version of the iPhone 5? Look no further, as Jeff Benjamin of iDownloadBlog found out that his new iPhone 5 which comes under contract with Verizon is unlocked.

He tried this by removing his Verizon SIM and replaced it with a cut down version of this AT&T Micro SIM. He was surprised to find out that his new iPhone 5, which he thought was Verizon locked, worked well with his AT&T SIM card.

Usually, smartphones that come with a contract from a telecommunication network are locked with that network. So, a Verizon locked smartphone wouldn’t work with an AT&T SIM and vice versa.

Last April, a Verizon representative called the iPhone 5 as a “Global Device”.

Taking a hint, this might not be a mistake for the company. Having an iPhone 5 that is contracted with their company that is unlocked might be their new way to entice businessmen who visit international countries frequently to use a Verizon iPhone 5, since they can easily swap in their SIM card of choice when they are in other countries.

iPhone 5’s predecessor, the iPhone 4S was released to have dual antennas so that it can be used in both American and European networks.

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