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Lumia 920 Release Date: 4 Reasons Why Apple Maps Will Draw Many More to …


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Even though many say Nokia is the underdog, it looks like Apple is taking a huge plunge because of its new and UN-improved maps app.

The new maps app is a part of Apple new iOS 6 operating system, and replaced Google Maps. Apple said it was made completely in-house with data from TomTom. It is supposed to have 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions, and also real-time traffic information, and ability to “fly” over an area and more.

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However, many customers have been complaining, which will give Nokia more room to gain more customers.

Not Right

According to FOXNews, many are saying Apple maps is frustrating, inconsistent and downright inaccurate, with missing public transit stops, roads that wave like curly pasta and key buildings flat-out absent. 

Not Google Maps

Many customers want Google back. According to PCMag, many can still access Google Maps on the browser of their iOS device, but the experience is not as rich as the old iOS Maps app.

When asked whether it will develop a Google Maps app for iOS, a Google spokesman said only that “we believe Google Maps are the most comprehensive, accurate and easy-to-use maps in the world. Our goal is to make Google Maps available to everyone who wants to use it, regardless of device, browser, or operating system.”

According to CNET, many lose Google’s database.

“Apple Maps sources its location information from Yelp, which so far is less reliable than Google’s offering. Losing Google’s database also means you lose Street View. Also, you totally lose mass transit directions, which always existed on Google Maps. Though there is a button with a tiny bus icon, it shows only a list of third-party transit apps (so why include the button at all?). If you already own such an app it will appear at the top of the list, and when pressed, kick you out to that app. Otherwise, you’ll be directed to the iTunes App Store to download a title. Granted, only people who take transit will care about this feature. But the point is that Apple has removed a useful feature that you formerly got for free. Some of the third-party options are great, and they may even be better than Google Maps, but you now have to jump through an extra hoop. And more importantly, some of those other apps will cost you.”

Problems with 3D and Satellite

According to CNET, there are screenshots showing “quirky things like a roller coaster Manhattan Bridge or a pockmarked Toronto airport.”

Also, Apple’s satellite maps aren’t up-to-date as some Google images. CNET gave an example: though some freeway ramps around CNET’s offices in San Francisco were removed more than a year ago, Apple still shows them in place. Google does not.

Solution?

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told FoxNews.com the company was “working hard” to make the experience better and valued the criticism of customers.

“We launched this new map service knowing that it is a major initiative and we are just getting started with it. We are continuously improving it, and as Maps is a cloud-based solution, the more people use it, the better it will get,” she said in a statement. “We’re also working with developers to integrate some of the amazing transit apps in the App Store into iOS Maps. We appreciate all of the customer feedback and are working hard to make the customer experience even better.”

Some tech people don’t believe Apple will make those improvements fast enough.

“They don’t hold their own against last generation’s Google Maps on iOS 5,” wrote Kyle Wagner on Gizmodo, who noted that “things probably won’t be getting better any time soon,” despite the company’s statement.

Apple might not have time to come back.

According to MSN, Mashable.com wrote, “It’s just that the problems are so numerous, Maps may never have a chance to prove itself before Google comes back strong. The search giant will soon release its version, probably after just enough time has passed for us all to try Apple’s Maps and pronounce it DOA.”

These four reasons could really hurt Apple’s attempt to dominiate the market with their new iPhone 5.

Nokia maps is a huge competitor to Apple maps, as well as Google maps. Amazon recently announced that it teamed up with Nokia as a mapping partner for their new Kindle Fire HD series.

It will leave the much more widely known Google Maps and instead partner with Finnish telecom giant Nokia Oyj’s mapping utility tools for the new mapping app.

“Bing Maps, the Microsoft Mapping service also signed a sharing of unified map design agreement contained in a broader strategic partnership with Nokia. Analysts have also placed a lot of emphasis in Amazon’s interest in the NYC based 3D start-up UpNext, raising speculation that 3D geographical renderings could also be in the offing,” NewsSimplified said.

Nokia recently took a few jabs at Apple and Google on their blog Sept. 21, according to CNET.

“Unlike our competitors, which are financing their location assets with advertising or licensing mapping content from third parties, we completely own, build and distribute mapping content, platform and apps,” the company wrote. “In other words, we truly understand that maps and location-based apps must be accurate, provide the best quality and be accessible basically anywhere. That’s been standard practice at Nokia for the past six years, and we also understand that ‘pretty’ isn’t enough.”

It looks like Nokia definitely has a huge edge up against Apple maps, and it was recently revealed that many would rather buy Nokia’s new flagship phone the Lumia 920 instead of the iPhone 5. The new phone is said to launch at an event Oct. 21, with a release date around the holiday season. The new Apple maps could bring more customers to Nokia.

Good job, Apple. Good job.

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Third think in Pasco dating site robbery, attack arrested

The third think in a violence of a dating website user final week has been arrested, a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.

Vanessa Marie Musson was picked adult by a Tampa Police Department on a Pasco County aver for attempted murder, fake imprisonment, aggravated battery with a lethal weapon, grand burglary engine vehicle, and grand theft.

She was located during a chateau in Tampa with a assistance of a U.S. Marshals Service. She has been requisitioned into a Hillsborough County jail.

She is indicted of assisting a mom and son sack and conflict a 44-year-old male a mom met by SinglesNet.com.

Bobbie Jo Curtis, 40, and Bryan Curtis, 16, have been charged with wrong imprisonment, aggravated battery, attempted carnage and grand burglary automobile in tie with a Sept. 14 attack, pronounced Doug Tobin, orator for a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Bobbie Jo Curtis met a plant by singlesnet.com, and a male had invited Curtis and her son to live with him during his home in a 13000 retard of Midvale Avenue in New Port Richey, Tobin said.

The mom and son had lived during a home for about a week when they tied adult a male and kick him, deputies pronounced said. With Musson’s help, Curtis and her son took equipment from a home, including guns, deputies said.

The victim’s 69-year-old neighbor pronounced he saw a suspects putting equipment into a man’s outpost and he questioned them about a contentment of his neighbor, Tobin said

When a neighbor attempted to go into a victim’s home, he was strike on a conduct with a ball bat, Tobin said.

A investigator perceived a tip that a outpost was during a Riverside Inn in New Port Richey, Tobin said. Deputies did not find a outpost or Musson, though they found Curtis and her son, who were taken into custody.

Bobbie Jo Curtis is still in control on $20,000 bail, according to jail records.

Giants’ single-minded approach pays off big vs. Panthers

CHARLOTTE – Want to know how single-minded the New York Giants were entering Thursday’s 36-7 victory at the Carolina Panthers?

Cramerton’s Perry Fewell, a former South Point football standout, said he was unable to visit with his family during his team’s 30-hour trip to Charlotte that began with Wednesday afternoon’s charter flight to the city.

“This was a business trip,” said Fewell, in his third season as New York Giants defensive coordinator. “I didn’t want to do it, but I asked my family to stay away. With the short week, we prepared until 2 o’clock, 3 o’clock last night (Wednesday). So we really needed to concentrate and I didn’t need any distractions.”

Clearly, Fewell and the Giants were successful in pursuing a winning game plan as New York scored on its first four possessions and was ahead 23-0 before the Panthers snapped the Giants’ shutout bid in the third quarter.

Since Carolina was coming off a 35-27 victory over perennial NFC South power New Orleans last Sunday with Cam Newton directed an effective and efficient rushing and passing attack, what did Fewell and his defensive unit do to disrupt the Panthers?

I just think our guys’ engines were running hot,” Fewell said. “We knew he (Newton) was a big part of their offense. We tried to do a couple of things to take some things away, but I just think our guys played really well. We played team football tonight. And we haven’t been playing good team football.”

There’s little doubt Fewell and Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin do a fantastic job of preaching “team football.”

After all, when injuries and some poor play played a role in a 7-7 start that reportedly had Coughlin’s job in jeopardy, New York won its final six games to win the NFC East title, make the playoffs and eventually end last season with a Super Bowl XLVI victory in Indianapolis.

And yet, while the Giants entered this season as one of the NFL’s favorites, the team’s attitude entering the current season had little to do with their status as defending champion.

“You know what, when we came into (training) camp, nobody wore their (championship) rings,” said Fewell, a 1980 South Point High graduate who was fullback-linebacker on the Red Raiders’ 1979 N.C. 3A state champion football team. “We said, ‘That was fun, but this is a new year and we have something to prove.’ And you feel good as defending Super Bowl champ, but mentally we put away our rings and said, ‘That’s done with, this is 2012.’”

After losing 24-17 to Dallas in their 2012 opener and falling behind 27-16 after three quarters against Tampa Bay last Sunday, the Giants have roared to back-to-back victories in convincing fashion. That’s even as injuries have again created havoc on the New York roster – costing the Giants the services of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, offensive tackle David Diehl and running back Ahmad Bradshaw among others on Thursday.

I think that’s a tribute to the players,” Fewell said of his team’s attitude to battle through lineup changes caused by the injuries. “It was a lot of mental preparation for these guys and the coaches. We talked about what we wanted to do, how we wanted to do and we did some mental reps. With the short week like it was, the guys just stayed really focused.”

Fewell and the Giants return to action next Sunday night in Philadelphia.

With his success with the Giants and a 15-year coaching career that includes a stint as interim head coach in Buffalo, many see Fewell as a potential head coaching candidate at season’s end.

“I’m taking it one day at a time,” said Fewell, who has coached for Jacksonville (1998-2002), St. Louis (2003-04) and Chicago (2005) in addition to Buffalo (2006-09) and with the Giants. “If it happens, I’m blessed. But if it doesn’t happen, I’m still blessed. I’m working with a great organization. I’ve got great players to work with and I’m having a lot of fun. It’s fun to do what I do, so anything like that (a head coaching job) would make me even more blessed.”

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ return date: Nov. 4

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Reality shows – like scripted shows – have lives. Some shine brightly, then get tired quickly. (See “Jersey Shore,” “The Hills”) Others, with the proper nurturing, seem to go on forever (See “Survivor”).

Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” franchise is no longer the fresh news ladies on the block yet it has been sturdier than many people expected as it enters middle age. “Orange County” is entering its seventh year. “New York” is in its fifth season. And the third and most successful of the lot – “Atlanta” – has announced its season five launch date of November 4 with two new cast members and one out  – Sheree Whitfield.

Although the general idea of all these shows remain the same, the ways to keep them fresh is to change out cast members – the reality show equivalent of Botox. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” only has two original players left and they are the two biggest names: Kim Zolciak and NeNe Leakes. Kim had a successful spinoff earlier this year and will spend much of this season pregnant, not as active in the shenanigans as in the past. (In fact, Kim season four was already semi-MIA since she was pregnant then as well.)

As for NeNe, she has carved out an acting career, something very few reality show people have been able to do. “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy saw her one liners on “Celebrity Apprentice” and gave her a shot on “Glee” in a recurring role as a tough swimming coach. She got good feedback and Murphy gave her a role as a sassy assistant on “The New Normal” on NBC. So personally, I was surprised NeNe even bothered to stick around for a fifth season, given her relative contempt of several of the existing cast members. But my guess is the money was too good to pass up.

There are two new ladies in the mix, as previously reported.

Export Kenya Moore, a model from Detroit whose ties to Atlanta are weak. It sounded like Bravo canvassed half of Atlanta and tested out  dozens of women. In the end had to go outside the city for one of the cast members. She better be good!

The other one is Porsha Williams Stewart, yet another lady married to an NFL player, the third one of the show. The other two – Sheree and Lisa Wu Hartwell – are no longer around. I do not know much about her beyond the fact she’s Hosea Williams’ granddaughter.

Bravo had to be concerned after season four. Numbers began to flag toward the end of the season. In fact, it seemed to drag on forever because Bravo aired 21 episodes, the most to date. Ratings, while strong, fell a bit from season three, averaging 2.8 million viewers.

Readers, when polled in April, conveyed a sense of fatigue. A quarter of them graded the season a C (subpar and going down fast), 22 percent dubbed it an F, claiming to be done forever and another quarter graded it a B, aging but still watchable. Only 22 percent gave it an A and said it was still a guilty pleasure.  (The other 7 percent answered that they didn’t watch but wanted to tell the world that in the poll.)

What’s worse for the show is over the summer, VH1 stole the “Real Housewives” thunder with “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta,” which actually drew a larger audience than any “Housewives” seasons and was more pleasurable to watch in many ways, probably because it felt new.

So how much juice does this franchise have? Kind of like “Idol,” it has to lose a LOT of steam to be kicked off the air. We’ll see if the producers can rekindle the magic and wring something interesting out of the revised crew.

Bravo’s publicity department wrote up this little promo of the upcoming season. I couldn’t help but have to fix a few grammatical issues, like run-on sentences. I also cringed that the publicist used the term “Hotlanta” but that’s just my bugaboo.

New ventures, sizzling romance, a whole lotta donkey booty, and two new Housewives arrive to turn up the heat in Hotlanta. Season 5 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta follows NeNe as she embarks on a new adventure as a rising star in Hollywood. In the love department, NeNe flirts with the idea of rekindling a romance with her ex, Gregg; meanwhile, new love is in the air for Kandi who has recently found herself a man. Focused on their expanding businesses, Cynthia dabbles into the world of pageants and Phaedra decides to create a fitness video all about achieving that signature “donkey booty.” Our recently married Housewife Kim is also busy expanding her family, but manages to make it out for the ladies’ events — even ones where NeNe is the guest of honor. Will these two ever make up or will she further distance herself from the group in favor of her family and man? New Housewives Kenya and Porsha also join the mix and waste very little time stirring things up among this group of southern ladies.

The series delves into the lives of six sassy women from Atlanta’s social elite. Juggling families, careers, and jam-packed social calendars, the Real Housewives live their triumphs and frustrations out loud. Atlanta continues to be a character in itself as one of the hottest entertainment hubs in America. These driven and ambitious women prove that they’re not just “housewives,” but entrepreneurs, doting mothers, and feisty southern women.

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One Direction unveils new single, comic book

Fans of One Direction might’ve wondered if Christmas had come early Thursday morning when an unauthorized version of the U.K. boy band’s new single leaked online.

A characteristically peppy piece of high-gloss party pop, “Live While We’re Young” serves as the lead track from One Direction’s upcoming sophomore album, “Take Me Home”; Columbia Records rush-released a music video for the song following the leak (available below).

But hold onto your moptops, kids, because there’s more: Today Bluewater Productions announced the arrival of “Fame: One Direction,” a comic-book account of the group’s ascent from the English “X Factor” (where Simon Cowell conjoined the five elaborately coiffed members) to the Olympics’ closing ceremony (where it performed “What Makes You Beautiful” aboard a moving big rig). The book is the latest edition in the publisher’s continuing “Fame” series, which has also featured Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Big Time Rush.

“Comic books and e-books are increasingly being utilized by schools and libraries as tools to encourage youth to read,” Bluewater President Darren G. Davis said in a statement. “Kids that are resistant to reading, as I once was, may be more likely to read a comic book featuring their favorite band.”

“Fame: One Direction” is available digitally for the Nook, the Kindle and the iPad and in physical form from Comic Flea Market. As for “Take Me Home,” it’s scheduled for release in the United States on Nov. 13, a mere nine months after One Direction’s hit debut, “Up All Night.”

Maybe we’ll get some fan fiction while we wait?

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Oscars’ field of contenders changes with release dates

With the fall film festivals over, the studios are juggling release dates, making last-minute changes that could affect Oscar outcomes in February.

Most significant is Fox Searchlight’s decision to release its previously undated drama “Hitchcock” starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren on Nov. 23. The indie arm of 20th Century Fox is often a contender in the annual awards race, pulling out the best picture victory in 2009 for “Slumdog Millionaire.”

This year the studio’s awards-season load was lighter than usual and “Hitchcock,” from director Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil: The Story of Anvil”), allows the company another entry into the race. The film is a love story about filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) and his wife (Mirren) during the making of his iconic movie “Psycho.”

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Searchlight’s other likely contenders include the Sundance hit “The Sessions” starring John Hawkes as a man in an iron lung who hopes to lose his virginity with the help of a sex surrogate played by Helen Hunt; the summer release “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; and the feel-good “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” which has earned $46 million since it opened in May.

Other date shifting occurred earlier this year with Warner Bros. pulling Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D epic “The Great Gatsby” out of this year’s Oscar race so the director could spend more time on the film’s special effects and its soundtrack. On Thursday the studio officially pushed the release date back to May 10, 2013, the beginning of the summer moviegoing season.

“Audiences have been looking forward to Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of one of the most beloved books of all time, and we felt this would be a perfect way for us to kick off our summer slate,” said Warner Bros.’ president of distribution Dan Fellman in a statement.

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The move created an opening on Christmas Day, one that Universal Pictures filled earlier this week with its adaptation of the Broadway musical “Les Misérables.” With a star-studded cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, the Tom Hooper-directed movie will now bow opposite Quentin Tarantino’s bloody slave tale “Django Unchained.” Hooper is a proven Oscar commodity, directing the best picture winner “The King’s Speech.” The Weinstein Co. also has hopes that Tarantino’s take on history could connect with voters.

The date changes haven’t been limited to films. Earlier this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it was going to move up the Oscar nominations by five days, from Jan. 15 to Jan. 10. With a number of films already in play for Oscar consideration, the task of getting all the movies seen by voters will be an even bigger challenge.

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Hosmer’s 9th-inning single dooms White Sox – Chicago Sun

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eric Hosmer hit an 0-2 pitch from Matt Thornton inside the third-base line to score pinch runner Jarrod Dyson from second in the ninth inning, and Kansas City Royals defeated the White Sox 4-3 on Thursday night.

The Sox had a chance to take a three-game lead on the Detroit Tigers, who lost to Oakland Thursday afternoon. The Sox led 3-0 but managed three hits in the final six innings. The Sox leave for Anaheim, Calif., after the game for a weekend series against the Angels.

Thornton entered the game to face Hosmer with two outs.

A night after they hit 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and popped out eight times against soft-tossing lefty Bruce Chen in a 3-0 loss with ace Chris Sale on the mound, the Sox cut the scoring tension on A.J. Pierzynski’s a two-out RBI single in the first inning. It was the Sox’ first earned run against Jeremy Guthrie in 24 innings this season.

In the second, the Sox cobbled together two unearned runs for a 3-0 lead on a walk to Johnson, an infield single by Alexei Ramirez, a throwing error by Guthrie on Gordon Beckham’s sacrifice bunt and a 60-foot, RBI roller down the first base line by Dewayne Wise.

But the Sox offense went kaput after that, thanks in part to possibly giving away two runs on the bases. Cleanup man Alex Rios – who led off the third with a double — was out easily at home trying to score from third on a pitch that squirted away from catcher Salvador Perez. An inning later. Perez picked off Alexei Ramirez (leadoff single) at third. In both cases, it was the second out of the inning, and had added significance when the Sox could manage three singles in the fourth through ninth innings.

Perez is nobody to mess with. He has five pickoffs this year and eight in his career, breaking Darrell Porter’s club record in 1977-80.

What the Sox gave away on the bases they took back with their defense. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano caught Eric Hosmer’s bat-shattering grounder between his legs while facing second base, Wise made a running catch and crashed to the wall in left center on Gordon’s drive and Beckham sprinted about 90 feet to make a sliding catch of Perez’s foul near the tarp.

After Liriano sailed through the first four innings, he gave up a two-run, two-out triple to No. 9 hitter Johnny Giavotella in the fifth. When Gordon singled with one out in the sixth on Liriano’s 84th pitch, Ventura brought in Nate Jones to face Billy Butler, who scored Gordon with a double off the center-field wall to tie it 3-3.

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