Signposts on Apple's road to map app mishap
week in review Developers say they warned Apple how bad its in-house app was, while lawmakers tee off on two Chinese communications companies. Also: Windows 8 and iPad Mini on the horizon.
While it initially appeared that Apple was caught off guard by the furor over how bad its in-house map application is, the company apparently had plenty of warning.
Developers have beensince shortly after they were given the first pre-release version in early June, CNET has learned. They say they filed bug requests, sent e-mails to specific Apple employees, and vented on message boards only other developers and Apple could see.
Threads on Apple's developer forums described some of the problems that appeared well ahead of the final version of the software, and they still existed when Apple shipped it, these people said. That includes mixed up locations, clouds in satellite imagery, and maps that were less detailed than the ones offered by rival Google, which provided the mapping technology until iOS 6.
In a 52-page report, the House Intelligence committee raises concerns about the two Chinese telecommunications gear makers' ability to aid Chinese espionage.
The worldwide computer market tumbled more than expected in the third quarter, but Lenovo edged past HP to take the top spot, according to Gartner.
As Windows 8's launch date nears, Microsoft begins to tailor its core apps like Mail and Calendar to clear the high bar set by Apple and Google while also updating the OS itself.
Component makers in Asia say they have received orders for the unannounced tablet that eclipse Amazon's orders for the Kindle Fire.
The Japanese mobile carrier's bid is a play to extend its presence into the U.S., as Sprint tries to shore up its position against potent rivals.
Suing others over patents is big business, and a new analysis done by Hastings College of the Law shows that it nearly doubled among patent holders without products in five years.
Google says immediate compliance with Chevron's request is "simply unreasonable." Oil company says e-mail data will show plaintiff's attorneys in environmental case were "falsifying evidence."
Confidential information of nearly 300,000 students, faculty, and employees is accessed in hack, education officials warn.
The online auction site is testing a new feature called Lifestyle Deals offering everything from meals to massages.
After a flawless final rendezvous, a commercial SpaceX cargo ship is captured by the International Space Station's robot arm and attached to a docking port for unloading.
CNET has learned a Twitter outage that left millions of users fuming when they couldn't click on links came from an unlikely source: a "phishing complaint" sent to an Australian firm.
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