Google Maps for iOS hits 10 million downloads in 48 hours

Google Maps was released last Friday and Jeff Huber, a Google senior vice president revealed on Google+, the company’s social network, that the app was then downloaded more than 10 million times in less than 48 hours!

“We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world,” Huber said. “Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.”

Apple users had been looking forward to the return of the Google Maps app ever since it was removed from iOS6 and replaced with Apple Maps. Google’s Maps app quickly jumped to the top free app on the App Store after its release. The software was a bit of a surprise, with reports of its arrival coming just hours before it went live.

More than half Apple users seem happy to have Google Maps back.

WhatsApp Messenger – Now available for Windows Phone 8

WhatsApp Messenger, the very popular smartphone messenger is now available for Windows Phone 8. WhatsApp is already available for Windows Phone 7, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, and Nokia phones, but the new version now supports Windows Phone 8.

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. It uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family.

Using WhatsApp Messenger, you can switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages. The first year is FREE! The charges after the first year are $0.99/year only.


Apple iPad Mini available for order in Malaysia

Surprise! Since the tablet launched in early November, finally you can have iPad mini before end of the this year. Please take a look on Apple online Store. The price of iPad mini start from RM999 for 16GB WiFi only version and has an estimated shipping time of 2 weeks. At the same time, 4th gen iPad also available for order and the price remain same, start from RM1,499 with short shipping time, just take 1-3 working days.

The iPad mini was met with consumer demand, Apple announced that it sold more than 3 million iPad and iPad mini tablets combined during their weened of availability. iPhone 5 expected to arrive in Malaysia Dec 14 next week. So, get ready a sleeping bag so that you can camping outside the Apple store a day before Dec 14.

Don’t know which one to buy, Nexus 7 or iPad mini? Take a look this info.

SMS or text messaging celebrate 20th birthday

We’re all thumbs today, as text messaging turns 20. Thumbs up, as texting has become a great way to reach people without calling; thumbs down to those who text message and drive.

An engineer sent the first text message on Dec. 3, 1992 from a computer using a standard called SMS (Short Message Service) to a mobile device using Vodafone’s network in the U.K. The message: “Merry Christmas.”

The first commercial texting services started in 1993, but didn’t become popular until 1994, writes writes John White of Portio Research, based in the U.K. After that, text messaging’s growth was exponential. By 1999 — a zillion years ago in mobile and Internet time — 100 billion text messages were sent worldwide. By 2005, 1 trillion text messages were sent.

In 2012, worldwide SMS traffic “passed 8.5 trillion messages in one year,” he writes.


Firefox 17 Now Includes Facebook Messaging Sidebar

Mozilla on Monday announced that Firefox 17 now includes a Facebook messaging sidebar for easier communication with a users Facebook friends list.

The opt-in feature allows users to quickly access Facebook Messenger from any page on the web. Users can also see their Facebook notifications whenever using the browser and they are given the option to hide the sidebar when not in use.

In a public statement regarding the release of Firefox 17′s new feature Mozilla states:

The HTML5-based options is a joint effort between Mozilla and Facebook and is based off the HTML5 Social API.

Mozilla is also believed to be working on Twitter and other social network connections. In a blog post Mozilla writes:

Today’s Facebook integration is just the start of making Firefox more social. We’ll soon add support for more features and multiple providers.

While specialty browsers have worked to integrate social network features into their interfaces Mozilla is the first big player in the mobile browsing game to make a similar jump.