NewsReel [Sep 28th]: Apple apologizes for Maps goofup, Google & Asus to launch $ 99 Nexus tablet


NewsReel [Sep 28th]: Apple apologizes for Maps goofup, Google & Asus to launch $ 99 Nexus tablet

Here goes the daily Newsreel, our daily news roundup from around the world:

– Apple has officially apologized for the maps goofup.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app. [Tim Cook, Apple CEO]

– Google and  ASUS are reportedly planning to launch a new $99 Nexus tablet this year, read complete post here. Well, after Apple’s iPad Mini, Google’s also gearing up to offer consumers tablet at a price-point less than $ 100. Keep ’em coming!
Update: ASUS has denied this

– Google has announced that it is merging Google’s insight  into a single Google Trends product, read complete announcement here. Looks like some consolidation happening across Google’s portfolio.

– “First ever” international Android conference to be held in Bangalore in India, more here  information click here.

– has launched, an enviornment friendly online store  for buying green products, read complete post here. Finally some green business musing from giant like Amazon!

– A survey by Ace Metrix boldly declares that Samsung’s ads for the Galaxy Note, and Google’s for Nexus 7, resonate more with consumers than iPad ads, read complete post here.

– Google’s top executive in Brazil released from custody after YouTube refused to take down a video critical of a local candidate, read complete post here. Internet censorship is the flavor of the season.

– Amazon has asked a federal judge to throw out Apple’s false advertising claim in a lawsuit challenging the online retailer’s use of the “app store” name, read complete post here. After Samsung, Apple  takes on Amazon. The lawyers must be happy.

– California Governor Jerry Brown has announced that he signed two privacy laws protecting employees and students from bosses and varsities to snoop on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts, read complete story here.  Isn’t it sad that we need a law for this.

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