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Another Apple Maps Failure

English: Diagram of (FAI) in Fairbanks, Alaska...

Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runwaysApple‘s app had directed users along the taxiway but did not specifically tell them to drive onto the runway.

The airport said it had first complained to the phone-maker three weeks ago via the local attorney general’s office. “We asked them to disable the map for Fairbanks until they could correct it, thinking it would be better to have nothing show up than to take the chance that one more person would do this,” Melissa Osborn, chief of operations at the airport, told the Alaska Dispatch newspaper.

She added that barricades had since been erected to block access to the final stretch of the taxiway and that they would not be removed until Apple had updated its directions.  The BBC still experienced the issue when it tested the app early on Wednesday, asking for directions to the site from a property to the east of the airport.

 

Apple Release New iMac With No Fanfare

IMac

New iMacs are available today via Apple’s online store.  These are the fastest iMacs ever, and use Intel’s latest 4th generate quad-core processors, the fastest WiFi ever as well as high-speed PCIe flash storage.  I want one :-)

  • Processor: quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz, optional quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz
  • Display: 21.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 1,920 x 1,080 resolution or 27-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2,560 x 1,440 resolution
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Pro on base 21.5-inch model, NVIDIA GeForce GT 700 series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory
  • Memory: 8GB (two 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory, configurable up to 32 GB
  • Storage: 1TB (5,400-rpm) hard drive. Configurable to 3TB hard drive, 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive; or 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of flash storage. Flash storage is PCIe.
  • Wireless: 802.11ac WiFi wireless networking that is IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n backwards-compatible; Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

 

iOS 7’s iTunes Radio a Huge Challenge for Pandora

English: The icon used on iTunes for the app

Pandora named former Microsoft executive Brian McAndrews as their new CEO today, just as Apple is launched their competing iTunes Radio service today. And since iTunes Radio will be built into iTunes, the service will be in the hands of practically every one of those users come September 18th.

Pandora has been gathering info since 2000 on the listening habits and preferences of its users, and relies on the Music Genome Project to help custom tailor its recommendations.   Apple however has the purchase history of every iTunes user at its disposal, not to mention a few years of data now from its “Genius” playlist feature that’s been quietly monitoring playback habits.

If you do want to remove ads, however, a year of Pandora One will cost you $36. iTunes Radio seems to have a similar set up, with free ad-supported streaming and no listening cap.   However, a year of ad-less iTunes Radio will be only $24.99 (no doubt priced directly to undercut Pandora), and will include a year of iTunes Match service which backs-up a user’s iTunes library to the cloud and allows streaming access (even for songs you didn’t purchase from iTunes).

You can be sure that Pandora won’t sit idly by as iTunes Radio begins to gain popularity, and a new challenger will hopefully drive innovation among these services.   All the advantages above also won’t mean anything if the taste-matching ability of iTunes Radio isn’t up to par, although based on this early review from Fast Times, it seems Pandora has legitimate reason for concern.

 

Looking to Upgrade Your iPhone? Where to sell it, and for how much

iPhone 2g, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4

Apple‘s next iPhone is coming next week, which means it’s time to consider chucking your old phone for a shiny new one.   Here’s where you can get the most cash for your soon-to-be-outdated iPhone.

eBay: You’ve got to auction it off to the highest bidder, with a used 16GB iPhone 5 in good condition going for around $200, and a mint condition phone of the same storage capacity going for around $430.

Craigslist: With a little patience, this is probably where you’ll get the most cash back, but Craigslist also requires the most effort. 16GB iPhones listed for as much as $550, and while it’s unlikely if you wait that you’ll actually get five hundred, if you act now, you’ll probably get fair value.

There’s also the lazy man’s way.  You can get gift cards for your trade-in from Best Buy, Amazon.com and Walmart.  iCracked, Gazelle, BuyMyTronics, NextWorth and Glyde all offer between $80 to $400 for your old iPhone — but hurry.  As of next week, prices are likely to drop :-)