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In The News 06-15-2012

In The News 06-15-2012
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology

 WWDC 2012

News From The World Of Apple

Apple hosted its annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) earlier this week and released some mostly expected news.  Some may argue that the announcement of various updates to their MacBooks and Mac OS, however the news that will affect most people is the announcement of revealed details of Apple’s newest mobile operating system, iOS 6.

The operating system, which is found on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touches, is said to boast more than 200 new features and upgrades.  Some of the biggest updates include Facebook integration, improvements to the voice-controlled Siri, and replacing Google Maps with Apple Maps.  The Facebook integration allows iOS users, if they choose, to easily share their photos, details, and locations more easily through Safari and the Photos app.

Probably the most notable update is Apple replacing Google Maps with their own map app.  The new app is currently in beta but boasts 3D models and turn-by-turn directions.  These features were not available in Google Maps to iOS users.  Some claim that Apple Maps does fall short of Google, however.  Currently there is no “Street View”-like feature and Google’s maps seem to contain a lot more information.  Of course, Apple’s maps are relatively new and they haven’t had the time that Google has had to gather large amounts of information for the maps.  More is expected of Apple Maps when the final version of iOS 6 is released to the public sometime this fall.


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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is going to make your Internet a whole lot bigger (from our perspective, at least).  ICANN, which is the non-profit organization that manages the Internet’s web domains, is prepping for the biggest domain name expansion in almost a decade.  The expansion will include creating brand new top-level domains — the part of a web address that is “.com” or “.org”.

Following the initial news of ICANN’s expansion has been a huge number of new proposed domain names — 1,930 to be exact.  These proposals came from companies such as Chrysler, JPMorgan Chase, Apple, Google, and many others.  Amazon filed for 76 new top-level domains, such as .read, .fire, and .pay while Google applied for a whopping 101 new domains, .google being an obvious inclusion.

Adding new top-level domains is nothing new, in fact we’ve added domains such as .biz and .info in recent years, but this new expansion will break all the records.  It will also cause some bad blood, as many companies are vying for the same domains.  If disputes aren’t settled between competing companies then the new domains will be auctioned off.  We can expect to see the companies that win either .money, .pizza, and .web to fork out a hefty sum of cash to land their coveted domain.