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Apple Maps may be heading in better direction

CNET Update rounds up the rumors:

In this episode of Update:

- Hold on to hope that Apple Maps will improve in iOS 8.

- Get a warning about the password-free period for in-app purchases on iOS 7.1. (Google is hit with a lawsuit over the same issue.)

- Find new incentives to join Amazon Prime with reports of Amazon's upcoming music-streaming service and a video-streaming box.

- Watch for Google to create a game system after its acquisition of Green Throttle.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every … Read more

New HTC One sees double with two rear cameras

CNET Update is double the fun:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn the purpose of the two backside cameras on the new HTC One, according to a flier published by GSM Arena.

- Keep up with the streaming radio race to see which services are more popular in the U.S.

- Pair a Jawbone Up24 fitness bracelet with an Android phone for the first time.

- Update the original Kindle Paperwhite to get the software perks of the second-generation model.

- Broadcast your Titanfall battle (or any other game) with the Twitch app for Xbox One.

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Microsoft delivers new batch of Surface firmware updates

It's Patch Tuesday, yet again. And as it often does, Microsoft is rolling out a number of Surface firmware updates as part of it.

There are no firmware updates for the ARM-based Surface RT this month, according to Microsoft's update history page. But the other three Surface devices are all getting numerous updates that users will see listed as "System Firmware Update - 3/11/2014" in their update histories on their devices.

All three are getting keyboard/cover updates, including a driver that supports the new Surface Power Covers that Microsoft will begin making available as of March 19. … Read more

Amazon updates first-generation Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon released a software update Tuesday for the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite.

The the e-reader now supports many of the popular features of Amazon's second-gen Paperwhite, including Goodreads integration, FreeTime parental controls, and Page Flip. The update also brings a Smart Lookup feature and Cloud Collections, which lets users organize content in to custom categories.

The Paperwhite update is available as a free automatic download, but Amazon also has a link on its site for those who want to manually download the upgrade.

(Via Pocket-lint)

Google paves the way for more wearable apps

CNET Update finds these drones stunning:

In this episode of Update:

- Get ready for more Android apps that work on smartwatches. Google is launching a software development kit for Android on wearable gadgets.

- Update to iOS 7.1, now that Apple added new features and bug fixes to its mobile operating system.

- Spoil the official reveal of HTC's new flagship phone with new leaked photos popping up online.

- Listen to what Edward Snowden said at SXSW. It was his first time speaking to a public audience since he left the country for exposing classified documents … Read more

Samsung serves Milk Music, does a Galaxy good

CNET Update is Grade-A tech news:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Samsung's Milk Music, a free streaming radio service only available for some Galaxy smartphones.

- Keep it classy on Vine, now that the video-sharing network prohibits porn.

- See what carbonated competition is bubbling up for Sodastream and Keurig.

- Cool a room quietly with Dyson's latest fancy fan, the Air Multiplier.

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. … Read more

Microsoft leaks Windows 8.1 update early

Update: Microsoft appears to have disabled the ability to install the update.

The rumored Windows 8.1 update is here -- sort of.

The official update isn't expected until April 8, but numerous reports on Thursday are claiming that by jumping through a few hoops, it can be installed.

But it's not recommended. One method that reportedly works involves making changes to the Windows registry, a dicey undertaking if you don't know what you're doing.

"We wouldn't be surprise if Microsoft blocks this workaround very quickly," Neowin surmised.

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Better late than never for Facebook's updated newsfeed

A newsfeed update more than 365 days in the making:

In this episode of Update:

-- Facebook finally rolls out newsfeed redesign

-- "Shaq-Fu" sequel that no one ever asked for

-- Drop a pretty penny on a new Samsung Tabpro

-- Jawbone Up24 apps

-- Wello case is your new doctor

-- Evernote opens up to handwriting

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This Android SmartWatch doesn't run Android

CNET Update examines a different breed of Android:

The Android watch has been around since before Google ever existed. Android Watches USA has made traditional timepieces under the Android brand name since 1991. And it's only now that the Florida-based company is getting into wearable tech with the Android SmartWatch. But ironically, it doesn't run Google's Android operating system. It runs the timekeeper's own software.

The CEO of Android Watches USA, Wing Liang, (an iPhone owner) said that as the smartwatch craze heats up, his company is frequently fighting to protect the Android watch trademark from … Read more

Dish-Disney deal changes future of online TV

CNET Update is hacking coffee machines:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why Dish made a deal with Disney so its DVR won't auto-skip commercials on ABC shows for three days after airing. In the compromise, Disney scored the rights to stream Disney-owned networks online, including ESPN, and that could be a game changer in accessing TV on the Internet.

- You may need to hack the Keurig 2.0 machine if you want to use bargain-priced unlicensed single-serve coffee cups. Keurig is fighting copycat K-cups with high-tech machines.

- Watch thousands of music videos on Xbox Music, … Read more