Google Maps For Android Passes 50 Million Downloads

Google Maps for Android has set a new record and become the first Android application to pass 50 Million downloads.
The Google Maps application first appeared on Android devices back in 2008 as part of the Android 1.6 release.

Over the years the application has received numerous updates and now provides 3D views with multi-touch zoom and panning. Together with other navigation features that include voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, with added support for Google’s Latitude and Places and now is available on all versions of Android.

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Motorola Testing A Rugged Android Tablet?

It seems that Motorola may have a new Android tablet in the works, according to a recent report by Engadget, and this new Android tablet is designed for the enterprise market, which will be a more rugged tablet than the current Motorola Xoom.

The photo below shows a range of specifications on this yet to be announced rugged Android tablet from Motorola, which include a 7 inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and a dual core 1GHz processor, plus 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage.

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Microsoft Previews Kinect SDK For Windows (Video)

Microsoft’s Kinect has become extremely popular amongst gamers, it has also become popular amongst DIYers and hackers who have created some really cool Microsoft Kinect hacks.

Microsoft announced a while back that they would be released an SDK for Windows for the Kinect, and now they have previewed the Kinect SDK, with a beta version available some time this spring.

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UberMedia Creating Twitter Competitor?

UberMedia the creators and developers of a number of Twitter apps for both mobile and desktop devices maybe starting its own Twitter competitor according to a report by CNN. With UberMedia creating its own microblogging platform to attract users who would prefer an alternative to Twitter.

Twitter and Ubermedia have not been seeing eye-to-eye at the moment and have had a number of high-profile run-ins of late. In February, conflicts over Twitter’s terms of service led to several UberMedia applications being temporarily blacklisted and locked out from access to the Twitter feed service.

The proposed competing microblogging platform might just be a backup plan for UberMedia, just in case anything should drastically go wrong with their relationship with Twitter, only time will tell.

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Nokia W7 And W8 To Be First Nokia Windows Phone 7 Devices

We are expecting Nokia to launch their first Windows Phone 7 smartphones early next year, and now according to Eldar Murtazin, the first Windows Phone 7 devices will be the Nokia W7 and the Nokia W7.

According to a recent tweet from Murtzain, the Nokia W7 will be similar to the HTC Mozart and the Nokia W8 will be a variant of the N8 camera phone.

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Safari Browser Receiving Do-Not-Track Tool

Apple has announced it will be following in the footsteps of other major browsers by adding a do-not-track privacy tool to its Safari web browser in the up an coming Mac OS X 10.7 Lion release. Google is now the only major browser not to incorporate a do-not-track privacy tool for users.

According to the Apple announcement the new do-not-track feature, which sends messages to websites and advertising networks requesting that the user not be tracked. Does require cooperation from marketers and website owners to function properly, and currently online advertisers are still yet to agree on how to handle the the system of requests.

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Spotify Cuts Its Free Music Allowance By Half

Spotify has announced on their blog that they are reducing their free music allowance by 50 percent, which will reduce the amount of free music from 20 hours to 10, the news comes as Spotify gets ready to launch its music streaming service in the US.

From the first of May 2011, Spotify will reduce the amount of free music available to it six million users in Europe and the UK, and non subscribers to the service will only be allowed to listen to the same track up to five times.

New users to Spotify will be able to use their free service for up to six months, and any existing users who signed up to Spotify before the 1st of November 2010 will be subject to the new rules.

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Darkspore Reaches Open Beta, Download Now Available (video)

Maxis’ Darkspore the new sci-fi action role-playing game where players can upgrade their heroes with various body parts and gear, is now available as an open beta client. Giving you the opportunity to play through the first few levels of the new highly anticipated action-RPG followup to Spore.

The download is 5.5 GB in size and an EA account and internet access are required to participate. Together with the minimum PC specs listed on the site.

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World Of Goo Lands On The iPhone

World of Goo is one of the coolest games available on the Apple iPad, and the developers have now released an iPhone version, but if you already own the iPad version there is good news, as it will now also work on the iPhone without you having to buy another version.

World of Goo has been extremely popular on the iPad, selling over 125,000 copies in its first month, and it is one of the most popular physics based games on the app store.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Gets Reviewed

We have been waiting for quite some time to see exactly what RIM’s first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook would be like, and the first reviews are staring to come in.

The PlayBook features a 7 inch LCD display with a resolution of 1024 x 600, and it comes with the latest version of the BlackBerry OS, processing is provided by a dual core 1GHz processor and there is also 1GB of RAM.

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Acer Announces Two New 3D LCD Monitors

Acer has added two new 3D monitors to its range with the launch of the Acer HN274H and the Acer HS244HQ, the HN274H features a 27 inch 3D display whilst the HS244HQ features a 23.6 inch LCD display.

The Acer HN274H features support for HDMI 3D and NVIDIA 3D Vision and it comes with NVIDIA 3D glasses with 3D active shutter technology and it also features a built in IR emitter.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Gets Detailed (Video)

Microsoft has released details of the new update for Windows Phone 7 smartphones, the update will be called Mango and will bring a wide range of new features to Windows Phone 7 devices.

The Windows Phone 7 Mango update will introduce features like multitasking, a hardware accelerated version of Internet Explorer 9, Twitter, more support for Office documents in SkyDrive.

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