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Google Maps Gets 10 Million Downloads On App Store Within 48 Hours

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When Apple first introduced iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, one of new features was Apple’s own Maps app which replaced Google Maps.  Unfortunately for Apple, the new app wasn’t well received. Users complained about things from missing roads to 3D glitches that seemed to be popping up all over the place. Thankfully, the few (seemingly long) months of being stuck with just iOS Maps is now officially over.

Google released its iOS 6 optimized Maps app a few days ago (for free) in the Apple App Store. And within just the first 48 hours of being released, the app has received over 10 million downloads and is now one of the top free apps available on iOS. The new app, unlike the old iOS version, now features turn-by-turn navigation and seems to have gotten a more polished UI compared to its Android equivalent. Download it now and tell us what you think!

Via: 9to5 Google
Source: Jeff Huber (Google+)

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How Smartphones Have Changed Fan Participation at Concerts

Seeing a live concert is always more extraordinary than listening to the MP3, no matter how loud you turn up the volume. There’s nothing quite like being there in the same room with the band. But these days, more and more people are attending concerts with smartphones in hand…and that’s changed the live music scene quite a bit.

Getting There

Image via iPhone Screen Cap.

Remember when you were so excited about a show that you grabbed a tent and a couple of friends to actually camp out by the box office? Years ago, people had to behave this way in order to get tickets to see a really big act. Now, you can spend about 30 seconds on your smartphone and get those must-have tickets.

Ticketmaster and all the big ticket brokers have apps and online websites which are easily accessible through smartphones. You can even save your credit card info or link your PayPal account to make instant ticket purchases, no waiting in line required. Once you’ve got your tickets, just use your smartphone to map out a route to the venue, maybe pre-book a hotel room in advance and even arrange to rent a car.

Being There

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Image via Flickr by Markus Unger.

Go to just about any concert, and you’re going to see people actively using their smartphones while the music is playing. More than one-fourth of the crowd will be posting updates on social media sites. According to research, 32 percent of concert-goers are sending Facebook updates or tweets during the concert. Lots of them may be adding pictures to those posts, as 53 percent of people use their smartphone as their primary camera. Almost half of the entire crowd, to the tune of 47 percent, will be texting and emailing friends during the concert.

What’s Music Got to Do with It? 

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Image via Flickr by iantmcfarland.

A lot has changed since the days of overnight ticket camping sessions. Not all concert fans and concert performers find the changes to be pleasant, however. Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, walked off stage during a New York City concert after asking the crowd to please not film the show. Since so many people who attend concerts use their mobile devices for just this purpose, White probably would have had better luck asking the wind not to blow.

There is a price to be paid for all this sharing and smartphone use during an event that used to encourage fans to live in the moment. Many people use concerts as a reason to imbibe in substances, like alcohol, that impair judgment. Couple this with a smartphone that can take pictures, record video and this share this information with the world, and you’re brewing up a whole lot of trouble.

Getting with the Program


Image via bits.blogs.nytimes.com.

Some venues and artists have embraced cell phone usage during shows. The San Francisco Symphony has reserved “tweet seats” in their concert hall to encourage this behavior. Some bands have their own apps. And when you want to show your appreciation for your favorite song, the smartphone is a handy tool to have. Instead of a lighter, you can use the lit-up screen to show the band a little love. Do it with a T-Mobile LG Optimus phone, and you can watch your video playback on a full-touch HD screen. The Optimus gets you connected to social sites quickly so you can share your concert experience, and get in on the trend.

Resources:

http://gizmodo.com/5897883/how-to-use-your-smartphone-at-a-concert-without-being-a-jerk
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/articles/conducting-business/2012/mar/28/attraction-annoyance-orchestras-invite-audiences-use-smartphones/

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LG Nexus 4 Unboxing

The next Nexus, the LG Nexus 4 by Google, is finally here. It’s packing some impressive specs, with a 4.7 inch IPS+ display, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera, and of course the latest version of Android 4.2. Take a look at what the phone looks like straight out of the box and what other goodies are included in the unboxing below:

What’s inside the box?

  • LG Nexus 4
  • USB wall adapter
  • Micro USB to USB cable
  • SIM card door key
  • Quick start guide
  • Terms and conditions

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Nokia Lumia 920 Knife And Hammer Test

We recently put the Nokia Lumia 920 through a drop test, and it fared much better than we thought it would. In fact, it did significantly better than both the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5. So, as we do with all the phones that survive our drop tests, we took it to the next level by scratching it with keys and a knife, slamming it with a mallet and using it as a hammer. See how the Lumia 920 does below:

As you can see, the Lumia 920 survived this vicious test almost without a scratch (except for the knife scratches on its side). Again, the Lumia 920 has surprised us with its outstanding durability. The tough Gorilla Glass and polycarbonate material really hold their own. But eventually the phone will crack, and we’re planning to see just how much torture it could take before it does, so stay tuned!

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How To Enable Guided Access On iOS

Out of all the new features that came with iOS 6, I think my favorite one is Guided Access. What is Guided Access, you ask? Well, its the ability to lock your iPhone or iPad into a specific app. For example, say one of your children want to use your iPhone, but you don’t want them getting into your Facebook or Twitter. With Guided Access, you won’t have to worry about that because they won’t be able to leave the app you lock the phone into without your password. Okay, so how do you enable it?

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Go to the General tab.
  3. Scroll down to Accessibility and tap on it.
  4. Scroll to Guided Access and tap on it.
  5. Flip the switch to the “On” position.
  6. Recommended but optional: set a pass code.

Now that you have enabled Guided Access from the settings, go to the app you want your iPhone or iPad to “lock” on, and do the following:

  1. Press the Home Button three times quickly. This should show you the Guided Access screen.
  2. Press Start in the upper right hand corner to begin.
  3. To exit Guided Access, triple click the Home Button again, enter your password if applicable, and press End in the upper left hand corner.

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Nokia Lumia 920 Unboxing

The Nokia Lumia 920 has been selling out almost everywhere lately, so we were fortunate to be able to get our hands on one for a good old fashioned unboxing. The Lumia 920 is packing a beautiful 4.5 inch PureMotion+ IPS display, a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM. Check out the unboxing of this years flagship Windows Phone 8 below:

What comes in the box?

  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • Micro SIM door key
  • USB wall adapter
  • USB to micro USB cable
  • NFC demo tag
  • Product and safety information

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How To Enable Voice Controls On Samsung Galaxy S3

When we did the 50 Reasons Why The Galaxy S3 Is Better Than The iPhone 5 video, a lot of you asked about the voice controls for apps on the Galaxy S3 and how to enable them. Well, instead of responding to each individual comment we decided to write this quick article showing you exactly how to do it. You can watch the video or just skip to the written instructions below:

  1. Go to the Settings option (press menu>settings from the home screen).
  2. Go to Language & Input.
  3. Find “Voice CMD for Apps” and flip the switch to on.

If you press on the Voice CMD for Apps option itself, it will take you to a menu where you can enable or disable certain voice commands. For example, in the video David turned off the phone voice commands so that way he never accidentally answers a phone call that he didn’t intend on answering.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Benchmarks

We already know that the Galaxy Note 2 is packing some serious power under the hood with its quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor and 2 GB of RAM. Just take a look at the comparison we did between the Note 2 and the iPhone 5. But in this article, we’re going to give you benchmark fanatics what you want and fully benchmark the Note 2 using AnTuTu, CF-Bench, Quadrant, Vellamo, and NenaMark2.

Benchmark Results:

  • AnTuTu: 13640
  • CF-Bench: 26015, 7516, 14915
  • Quadrant: 6564
  • Vellamo: 1791, 629
  • NenaMark2: 57.7 FPS

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5 Speed Test

While your purchasing decision will most likely not come down to speed when comparing the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy Note 2, it’s still a factor to be considered. In the speed test we conducted, we took a look at how long each phone took to boot up it’s respective OS, how quickly each phone opened the same app (by the same developer), and finally how long each smartphone took to load a couple of web pages. What were the results? Watch the video below to find out!

While in the video I called this speed test a tie, after further review I’ve decided to give the win to the iPhone 5. Why? Because while the two phones were neck and neck for most of the test, the iPhone 5 took less time to boot up and loaded more (but not all) web pages faster. Like I said earlier, if you’re considering these two phones you want them for completely opposite reasons, but you can rest assured that speed won’t be an issue with either of them.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Top 10 Features

Instead of doing a traditional review on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, I decided I wanted to do something a little different with the half-smartphone half-tablet. So in this article, I’m going to go over what we think are the top 10 features (out of the potentially hundreds) on the phablet:

As you saw in the video, there are a lot of things that make the Galaxy Note 2 a very unique device. Here is the written list just in case you forget a top feature or two:

  1. Screen: The Note 2 has a large 5.5 in SAMOLED display at 1280×720 resolution.
  2. S Pen: With a dedicated button, hovering abilities, and over 250 points of pressure sensitivity, the S Pen isn’t another stylus. It’s a whole different method of input.
  3. S Note: With different pen settings, stroke sizes, colors, and options like formula match and idea sketch, S Note is one of the most feature packed notepads on any mobile device.
  4. Performance: With its quad-core 1.6 GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, 2 GB of RAM, and Android Jelly Bean running the show, the Galaxy Note 2 is the best performing Android smartphone we’ve ever used.
  5. Multitasking: Android multitasking is awesome to begin with, but when you add multi-window mode, pop up browser and picture in picture, the Galaxy Note 2 just takes it to a whole different level.
  6. One Handed Use: Sure, the Note 2 isn’t as easy to use with one hand compared to your ordinary smartphones. But Samsung made a whole bunch of optimizations that make it a lot better than you’d think.
  7. Samsung’s TouchWiz: While I’m normally not a fan of manufacturer UI’s, Samsung’s user interface just adds the kind of value to the user experience that you can’t get elsewhere.
  8. Camera: I wasn’t expecting anything special from the camera when I first got the Note 2. But, with the superb image and video quality coupled with Samsung’s extra camera modes and filters, I have to say I’m impressed.
  9. Battery: With a big phone, comes a big battery that lasts all day long. And Samsung’s optimizations only help you get more use out of a single charge.
  10. Smartphone/Tablet Hybrid: With the GalaxyNote 2, you’re not just getting a big smartphone or a small tablet. You’re getting the best of both worlds. If you own a Note 2, you might just ditch the tablet all together.

Overall, the Galaxy Note 2 gets a big thumbs up from me. I have been using it as my daily driver for a while now and have been really happy with it. Admittedly, at first it may feel too big. But trust me, you do actually end up getting used to it. Now my 4.5-4.8 inch smartphones feel small. Imagine that. But even if you don’t get used to the size, I think for power users (especially if you’re using the phone for business) the size drawback is more than made up for with the top features listed above.

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