Google Maps on IOS 6? Easy!

So your home town doesn’t show up where it should on Apple’s new maps application in IOS 6? Are you not entirely satisfied with the mapping precision of the new service? Is the satellite imagery not exactly what you expected? Do you feel Apple has let you down?

Don’t despair, there is a solution! And an elegant one at that. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Safari
  2. Go to this URL: maps.google.com – nice HTML 5 interface isn’t it?
  3. Press the action button
  4. Swipe to the next page and select: add to home screen.
  5. Voilà!

You now have two mapping applications: Apple’s native IOS6 and Google Maps courtesy of the web.

PS: don’t forget to turn on localization services for Safari.

 

You Can Put Newsstand in a Folder!

Did you manage to finally get past that nasty error that kept us all away from iOS 5 all day? By 8 PM, the infamous “The iPhone “iPhone” could not be restored. An internal error has occurred.” was history and we managed to install iOS 5 on our iPhones and iPads.

Then we discovered a new type of app, one that refuses to go into a folder. That’s because Newsstand is a folder! Finally this afternoon, we heard of a hack that can move Newsstand into a folder. It’s a little tricky, you have to be quick, but this is the procedure : Take two apps and go to create a folder. The very second the apps are in the folder and it’s doing the folder creation animation, drag Newsstand into the folder. If you’re you’re quick enough Newsstand will go into the folder!

Don’t start it from here, it’ll crash the springboard. But, if like us, you don’t use it and don’t want more than one screen full of icons and folders, then away it goes!

Our Review of The iPad

We finally got our hands on a couple of WiFi iPads and have been giving them to some of the toughest users possible: our friends. We gave the iPad, without explanation to one friend of ours who had never played with an iPhone or iPod Touch. Within minutes, our friend had figured out how to setup email, surf the web, create new windows, copy/paste, download applications … Now we can’t get it back.

When the iPad is not between sofa cushions, it is our friend’s favorite tool in the media room. Who needs a laptop when you just want to lookup IMDB or Youtube? The obvious complaints are about no Flash and not being able to print. I/O issues were never really part of the conversation as the Internet and the Network provide ample exchange solutions. Blake, who also got his hands on an iPad confided in us… it’s now his favorite bathroom magazine. Ick! He can keep his.

We’re going to pick up some Velcro this weekend and we’re seriously considering a 3G version of the iPad for a wicked road trip we’re planning this summer.