September 26, 2012

In case you had not heard, the Maps app that Apple released in iOS 6 is not meeting everyone’s expectations and there are more than a few people claiming to have intel on Google’s plans for bringing an alternative, third-party app into the mix. We have also learned a lot about why exactly Apple was unable to build an app that competes with the Google-powered experience iPhones users knew and loved from past versions of iOS. Since we (and others) posted that Google already has versions of a Google Maps iOS app ready for Apple (and Eric Schmidt said it was up to them), many have weighed in with info from their own sources:

The Verge: Last night The Verge claimed to have new info on the Maps situation saying Apple’s decision to drop Google a year before its Google Maps contract expired “sent Google scrambling to develop an iOS Google Maps app — an app which both sources say is still incomplete and currently not scheduled to ship for several months…”

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Streamweaver: Just launched, Streamweaver lets you invite friends and jointly record video. When you’re finished, the app automatically stitches the video together to give you a split-screen view with multiple angles. After you can share the video on Facebook, Twitter, email, or SMS.  You can see the end result in the highlight reel above.

Streamweaver also breaks away from today’s mobile video apps by delivering split-screen viewing experiences. After friends record and upload their videos through the app, Streamweaver combines them into a single split-screen video that plays all perspectives, uncut and synchronized, at the same time and on the same screen. While this viewing experience is common in TV, film, and advertising, Streamweaver is the first to bring it to mobile video.

CoPilot Live: One of the biggest updates today goes to the CoPilot Live apps. The update has not hit the U.S. version yet, but when it does you can expect a ton of new features including support as an iOS 6 Maps routing app for transit directions.  Other improvements included: updated NAVTEQ street maps, new current road info display, improved traffic data, and a number of other new themes and features.

Twittelator for iPad version 2.3: 

• Runs on iOS 6 natively, supports back to iOS 4.3
• Support for new Retina iPad 3
• Luscious new Apple Maps
• Bug fixes and enhancements

Opera Mini Web Browser version 7.0.4:

– Support for iPhone 5 and 5th generation iPod touch
– Stability fixes

DataMan- Real Time Data Usage Manager version 3.5:
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Rogue Amoeba, developers of several popular Mac apps (who also ran into a bit of trouble with Apple over its iOS apps), is today throwing a big sale in celebration of the company’s ten year anniversary. To celebrate, the company is offering big discounts on many of its best Mac apps with with savings up to 67% off on the apps listed below. The sale only last until the end of the month, so you’ll want to head over to the tenth anniversary sale page to take advantage of the discounts before then: expand full story

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