I love a lot about the new iOS. The constant iterative refinements are, to me, welcome in a world where devices are crammed with crap in an effort to stand out from the pack.

That said, the new iOS mapping app has gotten me lost every time I’ve tried to use it. There are plenty of alternatives on the market and continued usage will certainly improve the situation, but I don’t think there’s a more clear measure of the lead Google has on the mapping front then their announcement from this morning.

Apple has a long way to go before they catch up.

Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with the first underwater panoramas in Google Maps.

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I’m about to upgrade from the iPhone 4 to the new model, so I’m excited to start using Siri. I know people have mixed luck, but the following list looks really useful, and should actually, well,  work.

What can you say to Siri in iOS 6? | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

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Today, Gamefly announced their subscriber base now has access to their “Unlimited PC Play” service, currently in beta. I think this is a smart move – the USPS is considering doing away with all next day services, which will surely impact by-mail services like gamefly and Netflix.

To me, this is more evidence that physical media is on the way out as more consumers opt for the convenience of streaming services. Music, movies, television, literature, and now game catalogs are all available for a monthly fee that grants affordable, broad access to content with a relatively short shelf life.

Are any of you interested in a service like this? I know I am.

Gamefly press release:

GameFly Launches Public Beta for Digital PC Client — Access to Hundreds of Free PC Games for all GameFly Members in “Unlimited PC Play”

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – GameFly, Inc., the leading online video game rental subscription service, has launched the public beta for its new one-stop shop PC client. Available to all gamers for free, the PC client features up-to-the-minute news and vibrant games pages with HD videos and screenshots. In addition to the ability to manage one’s GameQ, all GameFly members have access to hundreds of PC games they can play anytime, anywhere. The Unlimited PC Play library will continue to grow with more core, casual, classic and independent games that gamers can download onto any of their PCs to play for no additional cost as long as they are active GameFly subscribers.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to open up the beta so anyone interested in video games can start using the client, and we are hard at work expanding our catalog of PC titles for our users to play for free in the Unlimited PC Play section,” said Sean Spector, GameFly co-founder and SVP of Business Development and Content. “Casual to hardcore gamers can enjoy titles like Assassin’s Creed, Deus Ex or Saints Row 2, to Earthworm Jim, Jewel Quest or World of Goo at no additional cost to their GameFly subscription.”

GameFly will also begin selling PC games at GameFly.com, and on their leading video game mobile App for iOS and Android. There will be over 1,500 Windows/Mac games for sale, in addition to used console games and new console and PC releases for pre-order.

Current Unlimited PC Play publishers include:

1C
2D BOY
Atari
Bohemia Interactive
Capcom
Iceberg Interactive
Interplay
iWin
Kalypso Media
Layernet
Legacy Interactive
Meridian4
MumboJumbo
Paradox Interactive
PlayFirst
Playrix
SelectSoft
SouthPeak Games
Spicy Horse
Square Enix
Strategy First
Telltale Games
THQ
Ubisoft
Viva Media

Via BGR

Facebook for iOS updated today, giving those users access to the Timeline feature originally announced earlier this year at the D8 conference.

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Timeline view is available for all users as of this week, and provides for a view that allows the user to selectively (based on security settings) display all their Facebook interactions going back to when they joined the service, in addition to adding whatever life events they choose to the timeline.

The update is touted as being faster than recent releases. The app has been getting less than rave reviews lately, so for their sake I hope the app is also more reliable than recent versions have been.