Five Alternatives to Apple’s iOS 6 Maps

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I lived near London, England for nearly two years. I now live roughly as near London, Ontario (yes, such a place exists) from my haunts in southeast Michigan. Apple Maps, Cupertino’s new substitute for Google Maps — which no longer exists on the iPhone as of iOS 6 — thinks the former is in fact the latter. Really, see for yourself.

That’s an embarrassing mixup, albeit, I’m assuming, an easily remedied one. When you confuse one of the largest cities in the world with one that’s only a few hundred thousand strong and located 3,600 miles on the other side of the pond, chances are you’re going to hear about it. A few tweaks and presto, fix-o. For all we know, it’s already done and we’re just waiting on the inevitable iOS 6 update, comin’ round the mountain any day now.

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The Inside BlackBerry Blogs: Your BlackBerry Jam Americas Headquarters

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Next week we’re off to San Jose to cover all the action from BlackBerry® Jam Americas, our headline show of the year for developers. The show starts on Tuesday September 25, so be sure to make the Inside BlackBerry Blog your home for news from the ground. Also, don’t forget to check in with our friends over at the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog and Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog to follow along with news for devs and the enterprise, respectively.

As usual, we’ll have all the action here from the keynote on Tuesday, some exclusive interviews, and maybe even a little taste of what we’ve been working on for BlackBerry® 10. Are you a developer interested in knowing more about the show? Swing by the Dev Blog for all the details, and check out this special message from Alec Saunders on why you should attend.

If you’re…

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iOS’s lead over Android in app monetization is shrinking

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Conventional wisdom has held for a while that Apple’s iOS(s AAPL) platform was by far the best way to monetize apps. Sure, Android’s(s GOOG) platform was big but the users who tended to pay for apps were most likely using an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. That’s changing thanks to the greater diversity of app monetization strategies — in-app purchases, driving traffic through social channels, and advertising — a panel of app experts said during a session at GigaOM Mobilize conference today.

For a long time it was reported that iOS monetization was five times better than what you could make on Android, said Raj Aggarwal, CEO and co-founder of Localytics. But because there are so many more ways of examining the data that tells a developer who is interested in their app, and different methods of making money from users, things are changing. “iOS’s lead, in terms of the minds…

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Introducing the solar pocket factory

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Making mini solar panels, which can power devices like cell phones, in your own backyard — that’s the aim of Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein’s new project called the Solar Pocket Factory, which recently successfully raised $77,500 on Kickstarter. The duo’s idea is to make a modular machine that people can use to make microsolar panels — the kind used for cell phone chargers — because a big chunk of the cost of making microsolar panels is in the factory assembly of them.

NPR’s Science Friday made this fun video of the guys, who look like they’re having a lot of fun geeking out over microsolar. Combine a pocket Solar Pocket Factory with a Makerbot 3D printer and you’ve got yourself a mini industry in your own backyard.

You’re probably wondering why a company or person would want one of these solar pocket factories. If you watch the videos…

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4 startups to watch from Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator’s demo day

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From e-commerce to e-mail to politics and paperwork, startups of all kinds were on display Friday at the Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator’s Demo Day in New York. The accelerator program, which just launched last year, debuted its third class of startups, bringing its total portfolio to 30 companies.

The 10 startups ran the gamut from marketplaces for custom goods, catering and yoga gear to companies looking to optimize online video, totally digitize paperwork processing and simplify group travel.  Here are a few of my favorites:

mxHero

Email may be decades old, but mxHero is trying to make sure it keeps up with the times. The Sao Paulo-based company has a bunch of cool services – from self destructing messages to the ability to hide email addresses from out-of-company recipients to enhanced email monitoring – to help enterprise clients improve email.  It also allows people to send attachments…

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At Square, we’re building technology that sells itself, says COO Keith Rabois

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Square made headlines this year after its landmark deal with Starbucks (s sbux), which will put the mobile payment darling’s product in stores across America. But Square’s chief operating officer Keith Rabois said Friday that the company isn’t running out to hire new salespeople.

“We’re in the software business, so we produce technology that substitutes for human beings,” Rabois said at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference in San Francisco, noting that the physical Square reader sells itself through physical stores that use the product. “When I go to the coffee shop, I see it, when I get in the taxi, I see it,” he said.

Rabois commented on the partnership with Starbucks, noting that one of the biggest benefits for Starbucks stores and customers is that the national chain will be able to better recognize local customers and treat them the way a local coffee shop might.

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Letters to the President #1341: ‘Promises, promises’

Anderson Cooper 360

Reporter’s Note: President Obama appears to be doing very well with Hispanic voters. Which is not to say that they are all happy with him…as I note in today’s letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

So I saw some of the comments you made to that gathering of Latino voters and one of them really caught my eye. I can’t quote it, but it went something along the lines of…you’ll admit that you didn’t succeed at comprehensive immigration reform, but it wasn’t for want of trying. You explained how the economy was a wreck, and other matters became very pressing, and on and on…

All of that is valid, I suppose, but I was still a bit surprised to hear it. The truth is, like politicians everywhere all the time, you had to choose some priorities and immigration reform was not one of them; or at least…

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Rafter CEO: The innovation curve hasn’t hit education yet

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Educational apps and interactive textbooks may look flashy, but we still have a long way to go before we can truly leverage tech in the classroom: That was one of the key takeaways from a mobile education panel at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference, where Rafter CEO Mehdi Maghsoodnia complained that most educational applications still feel like mobile apps before the iPhone, adding: “The innovation curve hasn’t hit educational content yet.”

Maghsoodnia was joined onstage by Vineet Madan, SVP of New Ventures and Strategic Services for McGraw-Hill Education, who agreed that there is still lots of room for innovation. “The answer isn’t putting a piece of paper on a screen,” he said. McGraw-Hill Education has partnered with Inkling for some interactive publications, and Madan said that the feedback has been very positive. “It’s certainly gotten a lot of buzz,” he said, adding that these kinds of interactive experiences offer much richer…

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You shouldn’t need a computer science degree to write a mobile app

Gigaom

Just like a drunk boyfriend, the web is unreliable and not always available to apps. That means that mobile app developers need to think differently about building for the mobile experience as compared to the desktop experience. And figuring out how to do that is hard for all the people out there who may want to build a mobile app without knowing how to set up Facebook authentication or manage a collection of virtual machines on Amazon Web Services.

“There’s no reason developing an app has to be something esoteric that requires a lot of knowledge,” said Kevin Lacker, the CEO of Parse, speaking at GigaOM Mobilize in San Francisco. “Someone else should be doing that boring work for you.”

Parse is that someone, and because he sees a lot of applications, Lacker also offered up a few tips for aspiring programmers to use in their apps to help with…

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Former Navy SEALs died after coming to the aid of others in Libya

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Two former Navy SEALs who were among four Americans killed last week in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, died after rushing to the aid of their colleagues, according to sources familiar with the incident.

Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were in Benghazi as part of a security contractor force.

On September 11, they were ensconced in the safety of an annex location in another part of the city when they got word that the main consulate building was under fire and the diplomats there — with an armed force of only nine people — were overwhelmed by the deteriorating situation.

Doherty and Woods, along with other security personnel, left the secure annex and made their way to the chaotic scene, rounding up the consulate staff who were under attack and guiding them back to the second safe building.

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ASU Men’s X-Country Takes 3rd @ Pac-12 Meet

Senior Darius Terry paced the team with a third-place finish in his return to the team.

By ASU Athletics
Press Release 

Published Sept. 21, 2012 @ 9:50 P.M.

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TEMPE, ARIZ. – The Arizona State University men’s cross country team ran their “A” squad for the first time on the season and the results were impressive as the team took third at the Pac-12 Preview in Santa Clarita, Calif., on Friday.

Senior Darius Terry picked up where he left off last year before being sidelined with injury, clocking a third-place finish in 24:35 over the 8,000-meter course at the Robinson Ranch Golf Course – the site of this year’s Pac-12 Championship. Continue reading