Police Down Under rescue Apple map usersAustralian police warn against using Apple Maps, Instagram pulls photos off Twitter, and Valve works on a new video game console.
I sure hope Santa doesn't Apple maps. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET update. If you use Apple's maps in Australia, you might wind up stranded and in need of rescue. In the past few weeks, police in the State of Victoria have had to rescue 6 people who were stuck in the wilderness after following driving directions from Apple maps. Some were stranded the whole day without food and water. They were trying to get to a city called Mildura and Apple's maps took people 70 kilometers off course to the middle of a National Park. The police said anyone traveling in the area should use other maps until Apple can fix the problem. Apple CEO Tim Cook has previously apologized for the bad Twitter-Instagram drama continues this week. Instagram photos are no longer displaying inside of a tweet. Users have to click that Instagram link to see photos and that's because Instagram wants to drive clicks to its own pages. Both sites are becoming photo sharing rivals. Twitter has been working on its own tool for adding filters to a photo and the latest report claims that these new filters will be available before the end of the year. Some find it not worthy that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has been tweeting a bunch of black and white photos lately. He could be testing a new feature. The White House is joining Pinterest. The president already has a Pinterest to count in his own name that was supporting his reelection campaign, but this is different to White House account, which will launch December 17th. We'll be posting images and information relating to life inside the White House. Valve, the company that created the hit video game Portal and the online game downloading Shop Steam has confirmed it's working on its own gaming hardware set-top box that will compete with PlayStation, Xbox, even Apple TV. This Steam Box would be a living room friendly computer that could pull in games from the Steam online store. Apple and Google have put aside their differences to team up to buy a thousand of Kodak's imaging patents. Kodak put the patents for sale after it filed for bankruptcy and Bloomberg reports that companies will spend $500 million on the patents. You've seen small business owners use the square credit card reader and you may have heard about the square wallet app that lets you pay for a meal without ever taken out your wallet or your phone. Now, the square wallet app added a gift card service. You can send someone a virtual gift card to one of the hundreds of thousands of businesses that use square. You just need to know the e-mail address of the recipient. If the person you've given it too doesn't have the square wallet app, they'll have to print out a QR code to bring into the store to be scanned. That's your tech news update. You can find links to all of these stories on the blogcnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.