Google has finally expanded its new Google Music scan-and-match feature beyond Europe, allowing U.S. users to scan their personal music libraries and instantly rebuild them in the cloud free of charge. Before the service was made available in the country, music lovers had to upload their own tracks, which could take days for extensive multi-gigabyte collections.
On December 18, the ITC cleared Apple of Motorola’s infringement claims regarding its proximity sensor patent. This was actually the second time the commission ruled on the invention in question. The judge initially deemed the technology invalid, suggesting the company can’t base its patent violation claims upon that IP. However, the ITC asked him to consider a potential infringement once again after it ruled that Apple didn’t leverage Motorola’s 3G patents in its iOS devices.
While essentially adding nothing new to the familiar atmosphere and gameplay of the series, Gameloft’s new Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour boasts all the advantages of the previous releases and offers an amazing gaming experience that has made the title one of the most popular games on the App Store. As the usual story about terrorist attacks plaguing the world unfolds, the player assumes the role of several different protagonists, with some events even shown from various perspectives.
Google Maps has recently made its way back to Apple App Store, and topped the free apps list. With the rollout of iOS 6 Google Maps app had been removed and replaced with Apple’s own maps app, which is commonly considered as a fail by most users. iOS maps has become a subject of heavy criticism for being highly problematic and generally unreliable. With incomplete 3D views and poor navigation, Apple’s app has been an unpleasant surprise for many fans. This raises expectations from Google Maps, which now bet to be the best mapped app for the iPhone.
Apple is said to be negotiating with Foursquare Labs to use the company’s location data in iOS Maps as the software is floundering under the pressure of competing offerings like Google Maps. The Wall Street Journal has allegedly learned from inside sources that the talks have been lasting for several weeks, although when exactly they started remains unclear, as well as the specific focus of the meetings.
As promised, Apple has reinstated the feature allowing users to send paid apps as gifts to their friends owning iOS devices. The option already used to be part of the company’s mobile operating system up to iOS 5. For some reason, however, Apple opted to kill it off with the iOS 6 launch back in September, leaving many users unsatisfied, since app gifts were a rather convenient holiday gift option.