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Google Maps returns to the iPhone

Apple users are quick to download the new Google Maps app, Amazon media lands on more devices, and BlackBerry gets a second chance with a federal agency.

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Apple users can have more peace of mind while traveling thanks to the new Google Maps app. The app includes turn-by-turn directions and public transit information. Within a few hours after going live, Google Maps was the top free app on the iPhone.

Apple kicked Google's map off iOS 6, but Apple's version has been plagued with errors and even caused some people in Australia to be stranded in the wilderness. Some iPhone owners have avoided upgrading to iOS 6 to avoid using Apple Maps. Having Google as an option again is changing that attitude.

Also in today's tech news roundup:

- Amazon Instant Video launched an app for iPhone and iPod Touch. Amazon also added its Cloud Player for music on Roku and Samsung Smart TVs.

- The U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement Agency said it was ditching BlackBerry for the iPhone. But Research in Motion is hoping for a second chance, and providing employees with BlackBerry 10 devices to test. The next BlackBerry phones are expected to be unveiled on January 30.

- The next version of the Samsung Galaxy Note "phablet" could be even larger, with a 6.3-inch screen.

- A Google project manager said his team has no plans to build apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone.

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