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Microsoft has made available a software developers kit that will allow application writers to add Bing Maps to their iPhone applications. Developers can use the tools in the SDK to access Bing's road, aerial, and hybrid aerial maps. It also offers the ability to add pushpins to maps and use the iPhone's GPS radio to locate the phone on the map. Using Bing Maps within applications would allow developers to circumvent the map program that is built into iOS. The SDK is free for registered developers to download and use.
Two consumers from Tampa, Fla., have filed a lawsuit against Apple for allegedly committing privacy invasion and computer fraud. The complaint comes after the recent revelation that the Apple iPhone tracks user location data and stores in on the host computer. The complaint was filed in a federal court, though the complainant's demands weren't disclosed. Devices running Google's Android platform perform similar actions and send the data back to Google. No one has yet to sue Google.
Dropbox today unveiled version 1.4 for iOS devices, including the iPhone. The new version of Dropbox, which is a cloud storage service, now has a dedicated uploads tab, the ability to bulk upload photos and video files, as well as import files from email for uploading to Dropbox. Files stored in Dropbox can be accessed from other mobile devices or desktop computers. Dropbox 1.4 also fixes bugs, adds support for more languages, and simplifies the tabbed user interface. Dropbox lets users store up to 2GB of data for free.
Google recently rolled out a minor update to its iPhone Latitude application that lets Latitude users check into their location from their handset. Users must opt-in to use Latitude, and can manage privacy settings to control who sees what. Latitude can be set to automatically update the user's location as well, and will automatically check users in and out of places as they move around. Places for iPhone was also update, and it now includes support for 30 more languages.
Opera Software today announced new versions of its two mobile browsers. Opera Mini 6 will soon become available to handsets running the Android, BlackBerry, Symbian/Series 60 and J2ME platforms. Opera Mobile 11 will become available to the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 and MeeGo platforms. Opera also said that it is planning to refresh Opera Mini for the iPhone, though it didn't say when it might become available. Opera didn't share too many details about what new features are found in Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11, but it did note that the browsers have a completely refreshed user interface.