ThreadWatch [finekost.com] by interactive developer Alex Milde visualizes the usage of software programs on the Mac platform over the timeframe of one day.
A switch away from Google’s mapping data in favor of Apple’s own in-house solution is imminent, according to a report by 9to5Mac. Citing “trusted sources,” the site says the Maps application for iOS will be done “completely in-house,” mapping data and all, thanks to Apple’s acquisition of Placebase, Poly9, and C3 Technologies over the last couple of years. Apple’s deal to use Google’s Mapping data is also said to be expiring soon, opening the door for Apple to begin experimenting with its own technologies.
Thank you Steve.
The New York Times has a look at some of the 313 Apple patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors.
Mike Bostock visualizes mobile patent lawsuits, improving on a graphic from Thomson Reuters that wasn’t so good. Dashed lines are resolved suits and green ones are licenses to the company.
Biblion: World’s Fair is a free iPad app from the New York Public Library that showcases the library’s vast archive of materials from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Perusers can read original essays about the fair, explore photo galleries and listen to radio broadcasts (see a video of Biblion’s slick user interface.) Future editions of Biblion will cover other collections, programs, and services at the New York Public Library.
We’ve got services to help us navigate anywhere in the world with everything from traffic information to flight delays at our fingertips. Parking in Motion is confident that they have the one missing piece to our navigation puzzle, where to park once we get there.
Back in February, we heard that a private jet company had gotten FAA approval to use an iPad-based charting system instead of paper charts, which are the standard throughout the industry. They used an app called Mobile TC, but GlobalNavSource has come up with another app, EFB (“electronic flight bag”), and it’s being offered for free until they release it commercially on June first.
Bloomberg reports that new rules have gone into effect which prohibit electronics makers from buying minerals that help fund wars in Central Africa. The Conflict-Free Smelter program specifically bars electronics makers like Apple and Intel from buying tungsten, tin ore, gold and coltan from Congo and neighboring countries unless mineral processors can prove purchases don’t contribute to conflict in eastern Congo.
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They say a picture is worth a thousand words — but in this case, a picture is worth tens of billions of dollars in market share. Nielsen has broken down its US smartphone market share stats between November and January in two dimensions — by market share and by platform — and stuffed all that data into a single block of mesmerizing color. It’s interesting to see the Apple and RIM juggernauts flanked by two imposing, red slivers of HTC, isn’t it?