Google Maps Back on iPhones

    An Apple iPhone 5 map application, utilising the new iO6 software, shows two sets of the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and claimed by Beijing under the name Diaoyu, in Hong Kong on September 22, 2012.  Apple's new iPhone 5 may have been criticised for its glitch-ridden new maps program, but it may have inadvertently provided a diplomatic solution to China and Japan's ongoing row over disputed islands. When a user searches for the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, claimed by Beijing under the name Diaoyu, two sets of the islands appear alongside each other.            AFP PHOTO / Dale de la Rey        (Photo credit should read DALE de la REY/AFP/GettyImages)

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    At least one crisis solved by the New Year. Google Maps returned to iPhones on Wednesday with the release of an app for the program—ending the three-month experiment with Apple Maps that led to a rare public apology by Apple CEO Tim Cook. Google Inc. praised the new app, which allows the tool for turn-by-turn direction—a feature that Google had previously only made available on their own Android phones. Meanwhile, the much-derided Apple Maps was labeled “life-threatening” by Australian police after the system steered people looking for the city of Mildura to hot, remote desert some 44 miles away.

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