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IN THE NEWS: GOOGLE UPDATES MAPPING SERVICE FOR MOBILE DEVICES

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google is trying to step up its mapping game. The online search leader used to be the one of the go-to sites for finding your way around. But Apple has decided to dump Google's mapping from their new version of software for its mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad -- preferring to launch its own mapping system. Now, Google will be now offering those services to devices running its Android operating system. Among the improvements are listings for public transportation in nearly 500 cities around the world.

IN THE NEWS: DEVICE-FREE DINING

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) -- There are many restaurants that are smoke free. Some have dress codes. But now a Los Angeles restaurant is offering a deal to customers who decide to make the eatery a device-free zone. Eva Restaurant is giving a five-percent discount to customers who agree to leave their cell phones with staff when they are seated. The owner says the policy isn't aimed at diners who might be annoyed by cell phone chatter or the glow of smartphone screens. Rather he says it's an effort to create an environment where diners connect to each other instead of to technology.

ON THE WEB: NO DOUBT, CAREY TO KICK OFF NFL SEASON

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- There's no doubt that the football season is upon us. So it only makes sense that No Doubt will be among the musical acts taking place in this year's kickoff concert. The group will join Mariah Carey for a live performance in Rockefeller Center in New York before NBC airs the first game of the season. The Super Bowl champion New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys on September 5.

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Online:

NFL Kickoff site: http://www.nfl.com/kickoff

IN STORES: SAMSUNG RELEASES NEW TABLET

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Samsung is taking another shot at toppling Apple as the world's top tablet maker. The South Korean company is out with a new tablet -- the Galaxy Note 10.1. It features a digital pen and a split screen -- two come-withs that the iPad doesn't have. The Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Note is selling in the U.S. and the U.K. for $499 for the basic, Wi-fi-only model with 16 gigabytes of storage and $549 for the 32-gigabyte model, expandable with an external memory card. Analysts says the features of the Note tablet are designed to attract business and education buyers -- rather than being a head-to-head effort to challenge the iPad. The Apple tablet already has nearly 70 percent of the worldwide tablet market.

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Online:

Samsung site: http://www.samsung.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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