Report: iOS 6 Maps is data-efficient compared to predecessor

04 Oct

In the face of negative press about iOS 6's new Maps app, a bit of detective work by mobile app producer Onavo has unearthed a positive tidbit of news. The company says that iOS 6's Maps app uses considerably less data than its Google-powered predecessor—in fact, Onavo claims the much-maligned Apple Maps is "up to five times more efficient" than the previous incarnation.The increase in efficiency appears to come primarily from Apple's reliance on vector graphics in "S.....

Why I use Windows 8

04 Oct

Yes, I have switched to Windows 8 full-time, and it’s not because of the new Metro interface or charms. It’s not because of the ribbon or Internet Explorer 10. It’s really not because of anything you may expect.It’s much more simple than that. Here’s my top reasons I’m sticking with Windows 8 on my laptop.The fastest OS yetI’ve just picked up a HP Folio 13 for work and home. It’s not the most powerful machine, but i.....

Microsoft does indeed have their own Windows Phone in the works

03 Oct

we pointed out that Microsoft is a large company with a ton of resources. If they wanted to do a phone, they most certainly could pull it off and the Surface Tablets only reinforce the notion that they can do this in secret. So what has changed? Information has come forward to Windows Phone Central that demonstrates Microsoft does have their own Windows Phone hardware in the works; in fact, we’ve heard it already exists and is in testing. The source(s) are known to us and not an.....

Facebook Takes Issue With Part Of Child Privacy Law

03 Oct

Websites that are collecting information from children under the age of thirteen are required to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Facebook is concerned with COPPA, in how it relates to plug-ins, like the company’s ever-popular “Like” button. The company sent a 20-page letter to the FTC last week (hat tip: Business Insider), seeking changes to the law that would protect its plug-ins, which it views as free speech. Here&rs.....

Google EMD Update: Good Or Bad For Search?

03 Oct

On Friday, Google’s Matt Cutts revealed that Google was rolling out a new algorithm update geared at reducing “low-quality” exact match domains in search results. He indicated that “the EMD algo” affects 0.6% of English-US queries “to a noticeable degree”. As a webmaster or site owner, have you noticed an impact from this update? Have you noticed a dramatic change in search results as a user? .....