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Maps

iOS 6 to dump Google Maps; new Map app from Apple to have 3-D

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Google Maps has been the built-in maps application on iOS since it was first introduced in 2007. But now there's pretty solid evidence that iOS 6, which is expected to be previewed to developers in June, will replace that with Apple's own Maps application. 9To5Mac broke the news and offered a mockup of a new 3-D feature that is generating excitement.



This is how you can make use of your Bluetooth gear (keyboard, mouse, GPS, game controllers etc.)

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Unfortunately, Apple's official support for Bluetooth devices is pretty weak. Keyboard support is limited (not all otherwise, with third-party "hacks", usable models are supported) and there's no true game controller / mouse / external GPS support at all.

Fortunately, there are a lot of utilities in Cydia (accessible from any jailbroken iDevice) that provide help in using these devices.


Find addresses

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WhitePages.jpg Say you live in Chicago and you have a friend in Fairfield, Iowa. You want to send her a birthday card, but you forgot her address. You know she lives somewhere on Main Street, across from a park close to the railroad tracks. The easiest thing would be to call her, but you want the card to be a surprise. If you have another friend in the same city, you can call them and ask them to look up her name in a local phone book, which usually lists the address (but not the Zip code). If that's not possible, try using your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.

Tips for iOS

Hidden features that make the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad more powerful

High dynamic range (HDR) photos on iPhone 4

Hdr photos on iPhone 4One of the big pluses of the iPhone 4 is its high dynamic range (HDR) camera, which can capture amazing images. However, the file size of these images tends to be quite large and e-mailing them as attachments can take a bite out of your data plan. Our advice: turn it on if you want high resolution; turn it off if you're going to e-mail a photo to a friend.


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Touch And Go…

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In case you were not aware, TomTom and Magellan have previously released versions of their GPS car kit that turns your iPod Touch into a navigation device, as well as making their GPS software compatible with it. One of the downsides is the cost, as it can be argued that you can buy a standalone GPS unit for much less. Cost may not be an issue for those wanting to add more functionality to their device but one of the drawbacks I see is that their car kits are for in car use only via the car power adaptor. In my opinion, this limits some of the payback use / value, especially if you only need GPS navigation occasionally.



Zoom in and out on a map

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In the Google Maps app, you can zoom in on a map by double tapping anywhere on the map with one finger. To zoom out, double tap anywhere on the map with two fingers.


Star Walk Contest Winners!

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 I want to thank everyone for participating in the contest (and especially to ViTO for sponsoring). Our winners appear after the break with instructions for claiming your free copy. If you missed it or didn’t win, go check out the winning Star Walk celestial viewing application (it’s only 5 bucks)--now with digital compass capability. If you did win a copy, we ask that you post a short review in iTunes and on our comment section here. Read on for my mini-review, contest rules and instructions, etc.

Winners:

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Steve

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Display traffic conditions in Maps

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 Maps gives you turn-by-turn directions to your destination and displays a map of the route that you can zoom in on for greater detail. You can also have the map display driving conditions in certain areas. To turn on this feature, set up your trip and go to the map view. Tap on the page-turn icon in the lower right corner and tap on the button labeled “Show Traffic.” (If traffic condition info is not available, the button is grayed out and labeled “Traffic Unavailable In This Area.”) The map is now displayed with the roads highlighted in green, yellow, or red to indicate the driving conditions.

Saving trip directions

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You can’t save a specific trip in the Maps application, but you can bookmark starting and ending points, and select them to recreate the trip. Tap on the Maps search button and enter the starting or ending address. A push pin will appear on the map, with a label indicating the address you entered. Tap on the arrow to the right of the label and select “Add to Bookmarks” at the bottom of the page. (You should immediately bookmark your home and work addresses, since most trips will originate or end at one of these two locations.)

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