Google celebrates 800,000 sites and applications that use Maps API launching

Google has announced that more than 800,000 websites and applications are actively using the Google Maps API. At this time, the search giant is launching a great showcase its mapping service

This site is composed of many demonstrations of Google Maps, has also the stories of six developers using the API mapping service and recalls some useful links for businesses, developers and users.

One way to show that the service is not a simple card, but instead has a variety of functions: customizing the style of maps, views and satellite at 45 degrees, panoramic views street view ( even in the ocean! ) the management of places, routes (including public transport) and so on.

Course developers can use these functions in their websites and applications. The integration of a map on its website is quite simple but requires minimal knowledge of HTML and JavaScript: just ask for a key to the Google Maps API documentation and follow.

The mapping service Google seems to be unanimity among users and developers. Apple must be patient to provide a service as successful.

BlackBerry PlayBook OS version 2.1 Goes

Version 2.0 of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS had made ​​many highly anticipated new features. But with version 2.1, Research In Motion improves the even more and adds new.

PlayBook owners can already download and perform the update with the BlackBerry Desktop Manager available on Windows and Mac OS X.

Introduced with version 2.0 of the BlackBerry Tablet OS , BlackBerry Bridge allows BlackBerry smartphone owners to use in conjunction with their PlayBook using a Bluetooth connection between the two terminals. It is possible to check e-mails, contacts and calendars directly from various tablet. With version 2.1, users can also view and send SMS from the PlayBook.

The Dalvik virtual machine that allows you to run Android applications on the PlayBook was introduced with version 2.0 of the OS. To differentiate from other Android apps, they now have a dedicated window.

App Print To Go , which allows you to transfer a document from a PC to the PlayBook can now be used without the two devices are connected to the internet via the same local network.

Calendar native apps, messaging and e-mail contact management now benefit from portrait with a display optimized.

Finally, we note that Canadian society has thought to professionals by simplifying the management of a fleet of PlayBook tablets by a single director.

iOS 6: Integrated Street View in Google Maps Web app Tomorrow

According to Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, "  Google plans to announce Thursday that it will add its popular Street View feature, which lacks the apple Plans apple to the web version of Google Maps accessible from an iPhone or one iPad .  "

To access Google Maps on iOS device running on iOS 6, just go to Google Maps from the web browser and create an icon on the desktop. It is very simple and the application works perfectly.

Mossberg said it had already tested the Street View feature on his iPhone through "links samples" provided by Google. Street View provides access to the 360 degree views and interior shots (museums, malls ...) from their iPhone or iPad.

Google has two obvious interest to add the Street View feature to its Google Maps Web app. On the one hand, it allows him to capitalize on the disappointment of the users of the application plans Apple Introduces iOS 6. Recall that Apple has decided to integrate natively own mapping service in iOS 6 and abandon that Google Maps. On the other hand, the Mountain View company plainchant on a iOS version of Google Maps that could land soon on the App Store. Google has indeed interest to remain present on iOS in one way or another until its iOS version. Plans for the application Apple will improve with time and enhance functionality. In addition, users may also turn to other services such as Microsoft or Nokia.

Samsung Galaxy S3 to 495 euros for 24 hours

Samsung Galaxy S3 has reduced quite interesting site Price minister  From Wednesday, October 3 and 24 hours, the smartphone is priced at 495 euros. Delivery is also free. This offer allows the buyer a saving of 24% since the terminal is sold 649 euros on average in the various traders.

For this price, this is the 16GB version blue which is offered on the site. In terms of features, you can enjoy:

  • 1 GB of memory
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • 133 grams
  • 1.4 GHz processor
  • APN 8 Megapixels
  • 4.8 inch OLED Screen
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery life up to 790 hours standby

For 24 hours on 3 October, you will receive a discount of 24%, the Galaxy S3 is sold 495 euros on the site in partnership with Price minister.

Android represents 52.6% of smartphones and Samsung is the first manufacturer in the United States

Research firm comScore has just released the latest figures on the smartphone market in the United States, which accounts for the quarter ending in August, just before the launch of the new iPhone , and during the trial vs Apple. Samsung .

After reading this study, the first thing you notice is that the market shares of mobile phone manufacturers do not move much. While Samsung is a strong leader but stagnated at 25.7%, LG regresses to 18.2% (-0.9% on a quarter) and Apple increased to 17.1% (+2.1%). Finally, Motorola has continued to decline to 11.2% (-0.8%) and HTC rose slightly to 6.3% (+0.2%).

More than 116 million people in the U.S. have a smartphone and this figure is increasing by 6% from the previous quarter. Regarding the most common platforms, Google is still way ahead with 52.6% (+1.7%) and Apple follows with 34.3% (+2.4%). RIM continues to fall with 8.3% (-3.1%!), Microsoft and Symbian regress slightly (-0.4%).

What about those numbers? I think Apple can clearly pass LG in the ranking of manufacturers with the launch of the iPhone 5, and that RIM and Microsoft still risk losing market share as their mobile BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 are not out.

When Microsoft is tackle by industry giants

Certainly it is not easy every day to be Microsoft. Now that the Redmond company has purchased a pipe in recent years and has been replaced by big bad Apple, Facebook , Google or even for some, it is the other side come the beatings, Besides its historical customers.

Background: Microsoft announced that there are several months that the next version of its web browser, Internet Explorer 10, is with the default function Do Not Track , which ensures that users can not be tracked by advertisers when surfing the internet, thus preserving a degree of anonymity and avoiding being bombarded with advertisements targeted and contextual.

After a short period of uncertainty, we now know that the feature Do Not Track is enabled by default but can be disabled by those who wish. However, even this is not imposed, we wonder who will tamper with the settings in the browser to say "go ahead send targeted advertising, I love being traced and receive contextual offers when I Youporn drags".

Hence the anger advertisers. In a lengthy open letter published on October 1 at the site of the ANA, the National Association of Advertisers (USA), thirty marketing managers of larger firms, including names such as Ford, Verizon, Coca Cola, Unilever, General Electric, American Express, or, expressed more strongly and unequivocally its opposition to Microsoft's decision to implement Do Not Track, and ordered him to return it.

The arguments are many, but some show a fairly obvious bad faith, as one who claims to defend the consumer stating that the choice of the latter will be reduced and it is not appropriate to impose how it intends to surf the web.

I must say that the stakes are high: the marks in question are investing an annual budget of $ 2.8 billion in advertising via Microsoft.

Remains whether Steve Ballmer and his board directly arraigned in this letter, will yield to pressure from advertisers, or if they remain sided with the users.

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