Apple buys Locationary to boost mapsApple Maps aims to improve location data, MacBooks go on sale for school, and the Satechi Portable Humidifier finds a cool use for hot summer days.
It's time to cool down with new gadgets. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Remember how Apple Maps launched with a number of problems? Well, Apple is still working to improve its Maps and has bought the location data company, Locationary. This start-up pulls in data from multiple sources to make sure that local business listings are up to date. And it collects info like store hours and details on products and services so it looks like it won't be long before Apple's Maps get a little smarter. And speaking of Apple, if you need to buy a MacBook, Best Buy just cut $200 off the price of the older Pro models as a back-to-school promotion. And if you are a student, you get an extra $100 off on top of that discounts. So that's pretty helpful. The promotions ends July 27th, but students can get discounts on other types of Macs directly from Apple. These days, every smartphone maker uses one brand name for their top phones Samsung has the Galaxys, Motorola has the Droid Razrs, HTC Ones, Nokia Lumias and LG-- well, LG used to give its top phones the name Optimus. But it's dropping that name for the letter "G", the latest flagship phone from LG will be the LG G2. But what's funny is that LG already used that name. The LG G2 was a brand for its Google televisions. But it seems they really forgot those lousy TVs, so the name is being recycled for Android phones. This has been a scorching summer for many Americans living in the mid-west and the east coast with the National Weather Service issuing heat advisories. In New York, it can't be spelled through in some old buildings without central air. So I tried to see if a little gadget like this could offer any relief from the heat. This is the Satechi USB portable humidifier. Although, humidifiers are much useful in dry environments, this can also be used as a cold water mister. Here's what makes it neat. You just stick it on top of the water bottle. You'll want to use an Evian water bottle. It screws in perfectly with the Evian opening so you get a tight seal. Other bottles like the Sunny are too small, so it'll be loose and it could spill if you tilt it. You have to plug it in to a USB port for power and there you go, instant mist at home or in your car. Now you could get creative and connect it to a portable battery and mist yourself while walking around the street. But that's a bit a ridiculous. Maybe a feature version will come with a built-in battery. For now, you'll probably get more used at this when dry winter comes or on the sick days. Just put it on your bed-side table for a better nice sleep and it automatically turns off after 8 hours, not bad for 30 bucks. That's your tech news update. You can find more details at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.