Google Maps adds support for 39 more languages

With a single update, Google Maps has added support for as many as 1.25 billion people. How? By offering the service in 39 more languages. Google says that prior to the update, about 1 billion people relied on Google Maps to navigate their way around this little rock we call Earth. Its hard to believe that Google Maps debuted in 2004 and was originally offered in English only. The app was pre-installed on iOS until Apple replaced it with Apple Maps on iOS 6.

The update adds the new language support to both the mobile and desktop version of Google Maps on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. If …


WSJ: Qualcomm to get European approval to purchase NXP for $39 billion

Qualcomm, the company that designs the Snapdragon mobile chipsets used on the majority of smartphones, is expected to be given approval today from European Anti-trust regulators to proceed with its $39 billion purchase of semiconductor manufacturer NXP. In order to obtain this approval, Qualcomm had to agree to certain conditions. For example, the San Diego based company cannot buy NXP’s standard essential patents, and Qualcomm had to promise that rival products will still work with NXP’s.

The deal was originally proposed by Qualcomm back in October 2016, and this past November Qualcomm …

iPhone maker Foxconn posts 39% drop in profits, iPhone X production problems to blame?

Taiwanese company Foxconn, the main assembler of Apple products, reported a 39% slump in quarterly net profits. According to The Wall Street Journal, such a drop in margins was expected, but the results are notably worse than what analysts predicted. Foxconn hasn’t experienced such a quarter-over-quarter decline since the global recession of 2008.
The most probable cause for this downturn is a series of production bottlenecks surrounding the iPhone X. As you might know, the $1,000 flagship is the first Apple smartphone to feature an edge-to-edge …