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Finally: Google Maps To Return To iOS!

The horse is dead and been beaten into a pulp, we know: Apple’s Maps application is awful. It was just two days ago that we were reporting on one of its more “entertaining” failings. It’s been all the more frustrating due to the continued absence of the reigning king, Google Maps, from iOS 6. That’s about to change, apparently. AllThingD is reporting that Google Maps is to be released tonight. Finally!

Google’s mapping service had been prevented from being distributed on Apple’s platform due mainly to Google’s refusal to provide turn-by-turn voice directions on iOS devices. The search giant argued that it had invested massive sums gathering this data and wanted to provide this to Android, its own competing mobile platform. Apple balked, and went with its own, half-baked, replacement. Three months down the road, it is apparently capitulating, although the Cupertino company’s much maligned application will still be available and un-deletable on all its devices. That’s fine. We know of several people still living with iOS 5 because they didn’t want to live with Apple maps, and they’ll soon be able to update. As long as AllThingsD is right, of course, though they tend to know what they’re talking about.

[ AllThingsD ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Untethered iOS 6 Jailbreak On December 22nd? (Updated: It’s fake!)

A lot of people have been waiting with varying levels of patience for a Jailbreak to their iOS 6 devices. No luck so far, and the Dev Team has been reporting very little progress on that front, to everyone’s dismay. A sliver of hope is now appearing from an unusual source. An unknown hacker going by the name “Dream JB” has generated a lot of buzz with a claim that he has a working untethered Jailbreak for newer iOS devices, including the iPhone 5, and he’s going to release it on December 22. He’s not affiliated with the Dev Team, and for this reason has drawn the scorn and skepticism of many. But also the enthusiasm and interest of many more.

He does have a website setup, with an FAQ section, and he claims he’s going to post an unedited video today that proves the Jailbreak is working. As to why he’s waiting until December 22nd, Dream JB says that he’s basically waiting to finish his semester so as to not be overloaded while still in school. It is for anyone running iOS 6.0.1 on the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (gen2 and beyond), iPad Mini, iPod Touch (gen4 and beyond). And it does use a software exploit which means that Apple can easily patch it with an update, so it’s going to be important for anyone interested to remain on 6.0.1 until the Jailbreak is released… if it is in fact released.

Of course, everyone knows that the world ends on December 21st… so there’s speculation this is all a joke. We’ll find out soon enough.

Update: Aaannd… it’s a fake. Something about this being “a social experiment” and “trust the Dev Team.” Yeah, ok, you got us. The hunt for the elusive Jailbreak continues…

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Want a Cute Girl to Watch You 24/7? There’s An App For That

Watching Cute Girl App

You know that feeling you just get when someone’s staring at you? If you care to look around, then you’ll probably spot someone who actually is. I don’t like being stared at because it makes me feel self-conscious. But if you don’t mind having multiple pairs of eyes trained on you and happen to actually like being stared at, then I know the perfect app for you: Watching Cute Girl.

It’s basically an interactive app featuring a cute girl who will watch you (whenever you want her to) and make appropriate and random comments here and there. Eating alone? Watching TV all by your lonesome? Pulling all-nighter and feeling a bit lonely? This cute girl will be your constant companion and all you have to do to ‘call’ her is tap your screen and she’ll be there in an instant.

Hit the break for an ad featuring this quirky and sort-of weird app.

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Write Your Own ‘Shatoetry’ and ‘Shatisms’ with William Shatner’s New iOS App

Shatner App

How would you like to literally put words into William Shatner’s mouth? Now’s your chance with his all-new app called Shatoetry. So he won’t be saying what you want him to say out loud to your face, but with this app, you can make him say anything. Just don’t make it too obscene or racy.

Known primarily for playing Captain Kirk on Star Trek, William Shatner is well-versed in the many languages of technology. This is, however, his first time at dipping right into it with the release of his app. Re-arrange the words on-screen to form delightful phrases and sweet rhymes that Shatner will read aloud himself, since each word has been pre-recorded. Hit the break to check out a clip where Shatner unveils his app excitedly to a hopefully excited audience!

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Is A Ball-Dropping Ability Enough To Make This RC Heli-Drone Stand Out?

It looks like over the last couple of years the technology for self-stabilizing RC helicopters has reached a point of maturity. Or at the very least, a cost that makes it so that it starts appearing everywhere. The latest entrant in this field is hoping to stand out from the others by including the ability to drop a payload on your enemies. The iOS-controlled coaxial-rotor helicopter iStrike Shuttle features a compartment in its base that is able to lift a ping-pong ball and drop it at the touch of a button. Included gyro stabilizers mean that you should be able to bring it over a co-worker’s head fairly easily and “attack” them when the most suspect it (they’d have to be deaf not to hear the thing coming, after all…). Flight time is around 8 minutes on one charge and a little bit more if you remove the landing stabilizer and ping pong ball. Of course if you do that, you’re left with yet another RC heli drone.

At $85, is it worth it? We’re not sure, though it could make an interesting Holiday present. It’s on Kickstarter now, so it’s not even sure to take off, but if it does, delivery would be in December of this year.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

AppQuiz Turns Your iPad Into a Portable Game Show


The iPad’s size is perfect for multi-player gaming. In fact, there are a lot of games out there that should be played by more than one player, like the quiz game that you can play with the AppQuiz iPad accessory.

It looks like half an octopus (minus the head), but it’s actually four buzzers that players are supposed to whack or press to take their turn. It comes with a free, game show-type app that features thousands of questions and a virtual host named Chuck Boldhart to keep things fun and entertaining. The AppQuiz dock itself is also compatible with the iPhone, but that would mean that all four players would have to squeeze a bit tighter together so they can see what’s being displayed on the screen.

Hit the jump to check out a video of the AppQuiz in action, along with links on where you can get it.

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Instacube Offers a Living Canvas for Your Instagram Photos


If you’ve been clamoring to see your Instagram photos on somewhere other than your computer or smartphone screen, then you’re in luck because the Instacube is here. And it’s going to be here to stay, if you help its developers out.

The Instacube is a digital Instagram photo frame that runs on Android. It displays your favorite shots from your Instagram feed at three times the normal size so you can get up close and personal, and appreciate the photos just as they were meant to. It also makes sharing your photos a snap, too, especially to your friends and family who don’t have Instagram, provided that they’re physically close to you (and the Instacube!) that is.

The Instacube comes with a 600×600 pixel touchscreen display and can be set up in three easy steps. Just plug it in, connect it to your WiFi network, log on to your Instagram account, and you’re good to go. The device itself features a simple-to-navigate menu so you can browse through your stream just as you would on your phone.

Hit the jump to check out a video introducing the Instacube as well as links on where you can get it.

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Golf Sensor Lets You Perfect That Swing

By David Ponce

Golfing, it turns out, is hard. We thought it’d be fun to go to a driving range with buckets of balls; we came back with blister covered hands and our dignity in tatters. We, uh, won’t be quitting our day jobs for this. But those looking to actually get better at the game might want to look into the GolfSense. It’s a featherweight sensor (it weighs 0.6 oz (17 grams)) fitted with 4 highly accurate MEMS sensors. Stick it to the back of your glove and the sensors will accurately calculate club speed, club position, swing tempo, and swing path. This data is then relayed to your iDevice for analysis. And because there’s more to a golf swing than club data, you can also put your iPhone in your pocket to add in hip movement analysis.

With so much data available, we feel that the $129 asking price is fair. Especially when you factor in the price of older systems that used lasers and fancy cameras to accomplish much the same thing.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ CoolMaterial ]

Jailbroken iPads Can Now Multitask Windows-Style

By David Ponce

A lot of good things can be said about the iPad and the post-PC revolution it seems to be ushering. But for those of us who spent their youths on Windows, the linearity of iOS’s multitasking is really frustrating. While it’s possible to look at several windows at once on a machine running Redmond’s code, the fact that you have to double-tab the home button on an iPad and then explicitly pick the next app you want to look at it stupid; the iPad does multitask processing, but not user-interacting. However if you’ve jailbroken your device, you can bring back a bit of logic with an application called Quasar, by Pedro Franceschi. As you can imagine, it gives you windows, which you can resize and drag around like you’re used to on a PC, without giving up any of the perks of iOS. This is particularly useful for those iPhone-only apps which would take up the entire screen when they’d really be much more useful tucked in a corner somewhere instead.

Watch the video below; the app seems to run quite well. It’s not free however: $10 on the Cydia app store. Just search for it.

VIA [ The Verge ]