In the new Google Maps for Android, version 5.2, you can request people to “ping” and check-into a location, as well as post ratings of different places directly on to Twitter, along with the usual bug fixes and optimizations. Also: the “bug your friend” feature only works if both users are on 5.2, so get updating. Via: Google Mobile Blog
In another instance of new iOS releases, App Store developers now have access to iOS 4.3 Gold Master edition, which ships with the iPad 2 on March 11th. Meaning that now developers can start to take advantage of the 9x better graphics and dual-core Apple A5 chip used in the iPad 2, as well as refine things for the upcoming iPhone and iPod Touch releases. New additions to iOS 4.3 include mobile hotspot creation (not just for the Verizon iPhone 4 now), third-party AirPlay access, and other fixes. Via: BGR
Several tech entrepreneurs and filmmakers have created a short 25-minute documentary called Starting-Up in America. It is a set of interviews with foreign-born entrepreneurs who have decided to bring their companies to Silicon Valley. The video chronicles their struggles with the visa application process, their interactions immigration officials, and the impact the current visa structure has on their businesses and the US economy.
The previous startup visa expired at the end of the 2010 congress. There have been calls from the tech and venture capital communities to re-introduce the bill given itsimpact on entrepreneurship and jobs. Via: “>Vimeo
Other than the simple fact the HTC Merge just visited the FCC and was (probably) approved, a Verizon version is specifically what was tested, along with a user manual that mentioned the usual Verizon services. Via: FCC
This is the Apple iPad 2. And it comes in black or white.
It has a dual-core Apple A5 processor (2x as fast as the A4), 9x faster graphics, the same gyroscope in other iDevices, uses the same amount of power as the A4, is 8.8mm thin (thinner than the iPhone 4), a front-facing camera for FaceTime and a back-facing camera with 720p HD video capture, iOS 4.3, which brings many improvements to Safari and Airplay, and has the same 10 hours of battery life. It ships March 11th, and uses the same pricing schemes as seen with the previous-gen, which starts off with the $500 WiFi model, and comes in either black or white. There are 3G versions from both Verizon and AT&T, priced exactly the same as the previous generation (mentioned that earlier, didn’t I?). Press release after the jump.
That’s right. Tonight, Google probably took the gingerbread its engineers were eating and set off to remove an app that had been copied from the existing Guitar Solo Lite, which was then injected with malicious code and renamed Super Guitar Solo, which automatically roots your phone and sends every bit of data on it to the hacker(s). Kudos to the guys at AndroidPolice for bringing up the issue, and Google immediately responding afterwards. However, 50,000 people already downloaded the app in question, and in a daring in quick move, Google remotely deleted the app from all devices.