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Verizon iPhone 5 carrier update fixes WiFi and 3G issue

Verizon iPhone 5 carrier update fixes WiFi and 3G issue

The iPhone 5 has been out for a little over a week now, and we've already seen some issues arise. Of course, the Apple Maps debacle was certainly up there and caused a lot of frustration for users. However, on the carrier end, some Verizon users are reporting that 3G data has been active even when WiFi is enabled. Verizon has now issued a fix for this.

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Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 5

Facebook Messenger updated for iPhone 5

The Facebook environment on iOS for iPhone has been bumped upward once again with the Messenger app grabbing an update with a whole new user interface. If you're the type of person who loves to message back and forth with friend via Facebook and have never tried the stand-alone app for iOS, now's a better time than ever before! You'll be getting favorites integration, better performance than with any version that's come before, and the whole thing just looks a bit better - as it always does each time it's updated.

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That iPhone 5 appeal (or, confessions of a swayed Galaxy S III owner)

That iPhone 5 appeal (or, confessions of a swayed Galaxy S III owner)

I'm an Android user. I love my Samsung Galaxy S III. So why am I punching my details into the iPhone 5 reservation site every day? For the past week or so I've been using a borrowed iPhone 5, tracking how it holds up - and where it falls short - to the Android experience I've grown accustomed to. During that time I've been frustrated by Maps, impressed by the camera, and generally had my expectations of iOS shaken up some. It's always good to mix up the status-quo every so often, too, and along the way remember that there's more than one way to skin a metaphorical cellular cat.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 28, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 28, 2012

It's Friday once again folks, with most of you already enjoying the weekend. Today, the iPhone 5 launched in 22 additional regions around the world, setting Apple's plan to have it in over 100 countries by the end of the year on track. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the sad state of Apple Maps today (recommending some other Maps apps in the process), and we took a closer look at his words in a new column. Even more surprising is the fact that the iOS App Store now features a download page specifically for other Maps applications.

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Apple now makes it super easy to use alternative maps

Apple now makes it super easy to use alternative maps

Earlier today, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology to users of the company's new Maps app. A good portion of the letter addressed the different alternatives that users could take advantage of while Apple was busy improving their own maps. The company is now making it even more convenient to download and install a maps app that isn't Apple's own.

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iPhone 5 Pandora rival still possible as Sony sets snag

iPhone 5 Pandora rival still possible as Sony sets snag

A lovely bit of news mixed with a bit of a downer for the first owners of the iPhone 5 has come down today from the NYPost where they've got an inside track on deals between Apple and Sony/ATV for streaming music rights. It appears that though Apple had been working on a competitor for the most popular streaming music radio app Pandora, but ran into a last-minute snag in negotiations with Sony/ATV. The Sony/ATV group is the world's largest music publisher and is currently in the process of buying EMI Music Publishing, this eventually placing them in control of 2 million copyrights that span the globe.

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Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Tim Cook’s Maps apology a massive display of power

Apple had a bad situation on their hands when it became apparent over the past week that their new non-Google "Maps" app appeared to fall short of expectations, but Tim Cook took this situation today and flipped it on its head entirely. It's not that Cook apologized for the situation - the situation being that Apple Maps (without Google) isn't as perfect as they wanted it to be - it's that inside this apology, he encouraged users to use other products while they remain patient for Apple Maps to improve. Tim Cook took a situation where Apple could easily have said "just chill out" to the public and said instead, in so many words, "we're confident enough in our own product that we'll literally tell you to use other solutions while we prove to you that you'll want to return to us when the time is right" - this is rare in the tech industry.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizes for Apple Maps fiasco

Apple CEO Tim Cook apologizes for Apple Maps fiasco

Apple has been under some extreme fire lately with their new Maps app on iOS 6. A lot of users have been reporting that the new maps are inaccurate and extremely buggy, especially the new 3D flyover feature where melting architecture was the bane on user experience. Apple CEO Tim Cook has brought up the problems and issued a public apology on the matter.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 27, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening, everyone. This afternoon, RIM delivered its quarterly report, and even though it didn't look too good, it was still better than quarterly reports of the past. Samsung is teasing a new Galaxy Note II event for October 24, while Google turned 14 years old today and celebrated with a brand new doodle. Qualcomm introduced a pair of new processors for mobile devices today, and a series of new iPhone patents deals with things like disappearing buttons, 3D displays, and invisible speakers.

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Netflix for iOS updated with iPhone 5 widescreen support

Netflix for iOS updated with iPhone 5 widescreen support

If you upgraded to the iPhone 5 and have been using Netflix, you probably noticed that widescreen movies weren't taking full advantage of the iPhone 5's all-new widescreen display. However, Netflix just delivered an updated iOS app that fixes that issue, as well as added overall support for iOS 6.

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Google contacts gain open CardDAV for iPhone freedom

Google contacts gain open CardDAV for iPhone freedom

Today the folks in charge of the software universe at Google have let it be known that they're adding CardDAV to the list of open protocols for accessing data on mobile apps and devices. This means that your iPhone 5 is now able to sync with your Google contacts list the same way you're able to sync with Google Calendar and Gmail. Third parties galore - and not just on iOS - will be able to build their own Google contacts wielding apps in the very near future!

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Foursquare for iOS updates with more personalization options

Foursquare for iOS updates with more personalization options

If you enjoy checking in at different places while you're out, you probably use Foursquare fairly religiously. They've been been on a roll lately, introducing a ton of cool new features for their mobile apps. Yesterday, they updated their iOS app to support the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. On top of that, users now get more personalization options and a more tailored search experience.

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