Apple Maps has, as promised, come a long way since its disastrous beta days, but it's still not great, lacking public transit directions, bike directions, and offline maps, and still getting things wrong sometimes (or jeopardizing national security). We've been waiting for Google's replacement Google Maps app for iOS, but there might be a third competitor: Nokia.
The goofy Samsung Galaxy Camera--a point-and-shoot with a 4.8-inch touchscreen and a full version of Android--came out of nowhere and actually impressed us. The interface is fast and efficient for changing settings, the screen is great, and the camera has some pretty decent optics to book (21x optical zoom lens, 16MP CMOS sensor). And we just got an email from AT&T telling us the camera will cost $499.99, either with or without a 4G data plan. Yoooouch. That's even more than the $450 Canon S110, the reigning champ of advanced compacts. We'll have a full review soon so you can see if it's worth it.
Your camera--whether it's a DSLR, an interchangeable-lens camera, or an advanced compact--doesn't need to stay as it was when you bought it. You can make your camera suit you, to do what you want it to do and exactly how you want to do it. These hacks, gathered by our friends at Pop Photo, range from super simple, no-cost hacks (change what the buttons do!) to more advanced hardware tweaks (swap out the screen, add GPS/Wi-Fi/Bluetooth). See the whole list here.
This is how the just-released game Curiosity: What's Inside The Cube? works: Anyone with an iPhone or iPad can download the iOS app. With the app, the players connect on the Internet, furiously tapping on their screens to remove pixely chunks of a single, gigantic cube. The one player lucky enough to remove the final pixel from the cube gets to see what creator Peter Molyneux calls a "life-changing" secret. So naturally, the gamers have already worked together to chip out pixels that form swear words. But still. Pretty neat game idea. [Kotaku]
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.