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Google Maps updated for Android with sponsored hotel details, better navigation

Now that Google has finished updating its Map app's UI, the company can focus on the finer details: navigation, documentation and monetization. The Android app's latest update tweaks hotel search results by adding sponsored rate and booking links, which places a tiny "ad" icon next to services that …

ASUS' RAIDR Express PCI-e SSD is compatible with both legacy and UEFI BIOS

These days, it's fairly easy to find a PCI Express-based SSD to transform one's desktop -- Angelbird, Fusion-io, Micron and ASUS will sell you one, just to name a few. That said, the last of those three has just revealed a new entrant that will certainly catch the eye of many, as the RAIDR Express …

Phone recycling: Getting the gold from your mobile

What is the fate of your old, surplus mobile phone when you decide to turn it in for recycling? BBC News visited a recycling plant in south London to find out - and the answers might surprise you.<p>There are more mobile phones than people in the UK. We bought more than 28 million mobile phones in …

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Charge phones less to protect battery

As mobile phone owners battle to ensure their phones last as possible, experts have finally come up with advice of how best to prolong battery life.<p>Rather than ensuring phones are constantly charged or running down the battery completely, the best thing to do is keep batteries running at about 50 …

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Facebook staff 'accessed user passwords'

Mark Zuckerberg's former speechwriter Katherine Losse has reportedly warned that Facebook employees had access to data including user passwords.<p>In an interview with the Guardian, Losse said that when she joined Facebook in 2005, customer support staff were each handed a “master password,” which …

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Google Maps 2.0 update for iOS features road accident reports

Google released an update for Google Maps operating on iOS last night, allowing the app to support the iPad's native resolution for the first time<p>The new version of the app offers live road traffic and accident reports for the first time, as well as indoor directions for navigating large spaces …

Lasers to carry communications in space

Two forthcoming space missions will make use of lasers rather than radio waves for transmitting data<p>Two spacecraft due for launch in the coming weeks are set to bring a revolution in communications, allowing data to be transferred over massive distances using lasers.<p>NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust …