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Google ‘currently working’ on Google Maps redirect fix on Windows Phone, explains former stance

Google Maps no longer redirecting to Google Search on Window Phone, Google explains

As lately as yesterday, Google was explaining its auto-redirect of Google Maps on Windows Phone devices to as a question of incompatibility as opposed to among option. “The mobile internet version of Google Maps is enhanced for WebKit internet browsers such as Chrome and Safari. Nonetheless, because Internet Explorer is not a WebKit internet browser, Windows Phone devices are unable to access Google Maps for the mobile web,” Google told us the other day. Case closed, right? Apparently not.

As The Following Web reports, Google’s altering its tune today, and is dealing with a redirect as we speak. “We occasionally examination Google Maps compatibility with mobile web browsers to ensure we deliver the very best experience for those users,” the statement checks out. “In our last examination, IE mobile still did not offer a great maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and execute basic map functionality. As a result, we selected to continue to reroute IE mobile users to where they could at least make neighborhood searches. The Firefox mobile internet browser did provide a rather much better individual experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users,” it continues. The kicker? “Recent enhancements to IE mobile and Google Maps now provide a better experience and we are presently working to get rid of the redirect. We will continue to check Google Maps compatibility with other mobile internet browsers to guarantee the finest feasible experience for users.” So! It looks like Windows Phone individuals using Web Explorer for Google Maps will quickly be back in business. As of right now, we’re still seeing the redirect in spot, but don’t hesitate to let us know if you’re already seeing the fix enabled!

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RIM Officializes Stance Against Jailbreaking


Jailbreaking, a term that has come to encompass several practices but generally refers to a user obtaining root access on their device, is controversial in a strange way. Companies like Apple and Nintendo hate it, and most users don’t care about it. Yet it’s constantly in the news because it is, in fact, a philosophical conflict.

RIM has posted an official response to the habit of jailbreaking BlackBerry devices, particularly PlayBooks, though the post doesn’t mention the product by name. Probably because it would be hard to argue against users creating functionality for the device that should have existed there in the first place.

It’s really not a bad or hostile post; penned by BlackBerry Security Incident Response Team Director Adrian Stone (his business cards are extra-large), it’s really more of an assurance that RIM is aware of and responding to the fact that root access is being sought and acquired.

As much as users would like to say that a company should be embracing jailbreakers (Microsoft is probably the closest big company to this ideal right now with WP7 and Kinect), it does make sense for a company like RIM, which prides itself on its ostensibly impregnable communications infrastructure, to assure its customers that it’s not going to let a few code monkeys destabilize the whole platform.

Yet considering the painfully incomplete state in which the PlayBook shipped, RIM might do well to consider the early adopters and hackers as their most loyal and dedicated customers. Apple doesn’t have that dubious luxury, so it can take an adversarial stance, but RIM should be patting these guys on the back — if for no other reason than that many of them paid full price for a device that they have since had to offload at bargain-bin prices.

It’s a prickly position they’re in, but embracing hackers could be perceived as the security-savvy thing to do. As it is, they’re essentially acknowledging that they will constantly be playing catch-up, when they could be saying they’re proactively addressing the security concerns, the way Google does with Chrome’s exploit bounty.

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Verizon lets loose its stance on locked bootloaders in letter to the FCC

All sorts of Android manufacturers have had to answer for the locked bootloaders in their devices, and now we’ve gotten a bit of insight into Verizon’s view of the subject. It seems Big Red has responded to a formal complaint one customer filed with the FCC for the carrier’s policy of allowing handsets with locked bootloaders on its network. Apparently, open bootloaders would allow users to make changes to their phones and use software that “could negatively impact how the phone connects with the network” and “the wireless experience for other customers.” So, there you have it folks, Verizon encourages OEMs to lock down handsets to provide you with a better experience and top-notch customer service. Head on down to the source link to get a gander at the letter, and feel free to sound off on Verizon’s consumer-friendly stance in the comments below.

Verizon lets loose its stance on locked bootloaders in letter to the FCC originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia establishes stance on conflict minerals in formal policy

Recent weeks have seen a swell of interest in corporate responsibility, particularly with regard to technology manufacturing and supply chains. Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook affirmed his company’s commitment to ethically and environmentally sound practices, evoking sentiments that were echoed today in a similar announcement from Nokia. Seizing the opportunity to establish some goodwill among socially conscious consumers, the Finnish manufacturer has just released a policy outlining its philosophy on conflict minerals — metals like gold, tungsten and tin that have played a direct role in fueling civil violence and unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the document (linked below), Nokia acknowledged that it doesn’t play a direct role in obtaining these materials, but emphasized its strict traceability requirements. All suppliers, Nokia says, must provide detailed information on the sourcing of its metals, going back to the smelter phase, at a minimum, and even to the mine itself, if necessary. The company also highlighted its adherence to guidelines established by the EICC-GeSI Extractives Work Group, which both Apple and Intel have already joined. Granted, it’s impossible for a single company to wipe out civil strife and human rights abuses in one fell swoop, but with this codified approach, Nokia hopes to at least “increase transparency, ensure responsible procurement by our suppliers and sub-suppliers, and drive positive change.”

Nokia establishes stance on conflict minerals in formal policy originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 04 Feb 2012 03:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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