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Apple rolls out a new mapping program for the iPhone with some major glitches, including moving the Washington Monument to a new address and placing the Baltimore Aquarium in the Inner Harbor. Big-box stores ditch Amazon's Kindle e-Reader. The Computer Guys and Gal are back to explore the latest triumphs and fail's in the tech world.

Computer Guys And Gal Picks

Suggestions for enjoying the fall season, mapping alternatives, ways to mark the 30th annual "Banned Books Week" and more.

Bill

A spooky tale for Halloween

  1. A fascinating account of survival in the wastelands of Day Z for ArmA 2, a "realistic" first-person shooter
     
  2. The spookiness continues! PlaceRaider malware is designed to steal your life

Maps and map alternatives

  1. Yes, yes, Maps in iOS 6 is regressive, but there are valid reasons for the transition

  2. Don't just complain, do something! Reporting errors in iOS 6 Maps

  3. Navigon MobileNavigator

  4. Waze: offers decent turn-by-turn navigation and excellent crowd-sourced traffic info

In the news

  1. Sure, the iPhone is the most popular camera, but when you're ready to graduate, check out the developments at Photokina

  2. How a fake competitor's demo pushed Blizzard to develop Starcraft into a landmark strategy game

Allison

Banned books week

  1. The 30th annual Banned Books Week runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6, 2012. Follow it on Twitter by using hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

  2. The American Library Association is reminding us this week to celebrate First Amendment rights to free speech, which includes the right to read and write books that are considered unorthodox or controversial. Some of the most famous books that were once banned include J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" and Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

  3. A virtual read-out: Banned Books Week YouTube Channel

  4. Mapping censorship

  5. Fighting censorship today!

In honor of Halloween, scary tech stories

  1. Apple falls from grace: Mapping program horrors!

  2. Who's clicking on your website? BOTS!

  3. Virtual pumpkin carving

  4. Scary Games: Jack-o-lantern

Enjoying fall

  1. Catch the fall movie trailers (thanks to Google Search)

  2. Nike Fuel Band for walking and running

  3. Go camping and take that tech backpack

John

  1. “We are extremely sorry” Tim Cook

  2. Best summary of the new iPhone: “iPhone 5 can go the distance, but gets lost”

  3. How can I clean my keyboard?

  4. iPad users would skip brushing teeth before giving up the iPad ... Mints, anyone?

  5. Is it a smart phone or a tracker?

  6. Like a magician, listeners are dazzled by the new smart phones and tablets. Meanwhile, the real story is in payments.

  7. Xbox, not Windows, is the future of Microsoft, says Steve Ballmer

  8. John beats Digital Miss Manners to the punch when it comes to unusual gifts: Social shower curtain!

  9. 44 percent of iPhone owners in Britain want an iPhone 5

  10. Bring out your dead desktops this Saturday

NPR

For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
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Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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