Category Archives: Apple
Of the plethora of iOS navigation apps, probably none is more unique than Waze. The free app uses group-sourced information about points of interest and traffic to make navigating fun. If you’ve ever tried the app, you know that you can actually turn driving into a game as you motor around town, getting points for driving over virtual markers or contributing information on traffic accidents, speed traps, and construction. Now our sister site TechCrunch is reporting that Apple might be looking at acquiring Waze as a way to provide information for the much-maligned Apple Maps app.
Last month there was speculation that Apple might buy Foursquare. But Foursquare is primarily focused on point of interest data, not routes or traffic, and it isn’t widely used outside of the U.S. On the other hand, Waze has a huge international following, particularly in countries where Apple Maps has big issues.
Mobile ad network Chitika has released a report that says the iPad is still far, far ahead in terms of web usage over any other tablets out there. All you need to really know here is that the iPad isn’t even on the chart above — the chart above shows average impressions on tablets per 100 impressions on the iPad, which means that the highest figure up there, from the Amazon Kindle Fire, has only 4.88 impressions per every hundred impressions on the iPad.
That’s pretty crazy — the iPad isn’t just winning in terms of tablet usage, it’s very much dominating. These competing tablets are growing in terms of usage (the Kindle Fire rose by about 20% since earlier this month, and Samsung’s Galaxy line rose by about .3%). But those growth rates, in terms of numbers, are tiny compared to the huge audience that’s browsing the web on the iPad.
Crime in New York City is trending slightly upwards this year, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has picked a strange culprit to blame the rise on: Apple’s iOS devices. In his weekly radio show, the mayor pointed out that New York City was home to 108,432 “major crimes” this year, which was 3,484 more than 2011′s total. And thefts of Apple products rose by 3,890 in that time, which Bloomberg says put the city over the top.
“If you just took away the jump in Apple, we’d be down for the year,” according to the mayor’s press secretary. Hizzoner himself said that while there are lots of new smartphones and cellphones in New Yorkers’ pockets, this is specifically an Apple phenomenon — he didn’t include thefts in this total of other devices, including the Samsung Galaxy. New York City thieves have discriminating tastes in the smartphones they steal, apparently.
Foxconn has been under the microscope due to excessive overtime and poor working conditions at its Chinese production facilities. A report in the New York Times suggests the company is making changes that’ll improve the workplace for its 1.4 million employees in China. These improvements include less overtime, pay increases and improved working conditions.
The report chronicles Pu Xiaolan, a migrant worker from Sichuan province who has benefitted from Foxconn’s worker-friendlier policies. She previously had a chair to helps her with her work inspecting iPad cases, but it didn’t have back support. She would end her shift so sore that she had difficulty sleeping. Pu says she now has a wooden chair with a high, sturdy back that eases the strain on her back. She has even heard of some employees getting chairs with cushions.