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Feeling Heat, Google Maps Makes Panoramic Business Interior Views More Prevalent

Google Maps knows that they are in for a fight. Even with the early reviews of Apple’s new Maps app being somewhat disappointing. Here is what All Things Digital’s Walt Mossberg had to say about the Apple Maps functionality in an otherwise glowing review of the new iPhone 5

The biggest drawback I found is the new Maps app…….the app is in other ways a step backward from the familiar Google app. For instance, while Apple’s maps feature a 3-D “Flyover” view of some central cities, they lack Google’s very useful ground-level photographic street views. And they also lack public-transit routing. Apple will instead link you to third-party transit apps.

Living in a Multi-Screen World

How many families do you know who all sit around together and watch TV on a single, small screen? There are probably a few of them out there, but the photo you see here no longer represents the viewing habits of the average American family.

Now we have TV’s in every room, bigger screens, cable, DVR’s and media players. More than 8 million people bought an HDTV in 2011 and 39% of homes have new gaming consoles that do more than just play games.

Take a look at how our viewing habits are changing. It’s subtle, but it’s definitely shifting.

Majority of Blackberry Owners Say They’ll Give it Up for iPhone 5

Apple has made a business out of creating technology that is obsolete within a year of its release. Let me rephrase, Apple has made a business out of convincing consumers that their technology is obsolete with a year of release.

Are you walking around with an iPhone 4? You might as well have a stone tablet and chisel! It’s time to get a new iPhone!

The recently announced iPhone 5 is thinner, but taller, and faster and smarter than its older siblings, but the only drastic change is the type of connector you use ($$$ Ka-ching!). It’s cool, but not cool enough to spend the big bucks needed to upgrade from my iPhone 4.

Apparently, I’m part of a very small minority. According to a survey by Toluna QuickSurveys, the new iPhone is being welcomed with open arms and wallets.

Following the Trend, iTunes Reduces Text and Highlights Images

I worry a lot about the demise of the English language. First it was text speak (brb, cu l8tr), then it was limited character updates, now it’s images as a replacement for text. It’s truly frightening.

Take a look at the new iTunes home page which is coming in October.

As much as I hate to admit it, I think this is a nice change from rows and rows of song titles. It certainly is more interesting to look at and I’d probably find my favorite song faster. . . (remember, it’s all about faster and thinner!) but it does take up a lot more room on the page.

You Can Never Be Too Thin or Too Fast: iPhone 5

You can never be too thin or too fast. If that’s not Apple’s motto, it should be.

Earlier this morning, Apple held a press conference with all the fanfare we used to dedicate to rocket launches. It was all about iPhone 5 and iOS 6 with a few new iPod and iTunes upgrades thrown in for the average man. I watched via Engadget’s live blog and though the bloggers did their best to keep it entertaining (good job, fellas!) there really wasn’t much to get excited about this time around.

The New iPhone is Here (Almost) But So Are 500 Million Android Devices

FYI, this post is being written prior to today’s big announcement that Apple fanbois are convinced might stop the earth from rotating on its axis.

Remember the good ol’ days of the Windows v. Apple battles? That battle seemed so innocent and almost cute compared to the mobile Armageddon that is shaping up between Apple and Google. Later today, Apple will roll out the new iPhone. Will it be the iPhone5 or will it go the way of the iPad and just be called the iPhone? Such suspense!

No matter what the semantics, today is a very big deal in the evolution of the mobile space. Apple will be officially further separating itself from any Google partnering with the YouTube and Maps changes. In essence, Apple is pushing away from the dock and putting together its own world that many think will ultimately be connected to your iTunes account in an attempt to get a piece of everything you ever buy again.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Evolution of Mobile Phones As Marketing Tools

From the early brick phones to the tricked out touch screen cell phones of today, mobile communication has evolved into a marketing tool unlike any other. Texting, QR codes, and email are all items we looked at when putting together this image based timeline of the evolution of mobile marketing.

Check out the full infographic now!