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Switch from Google to Apple Maps Likely Coming to 'Find My iPhone' on iCloud.com

Apple has been attempting to distance itself from Google for some time now, and the latest service destined to be cut appears to be the maps for the iCloud version of Find My iPhone. Google has always provided the maps for the service until now, but iPhoneBlog.de noticed earlier today that Apple has started using its own navigation service for the beta version of the browser-based utility.

The move shows that Apple is gaining more confidence in the service, which suffered a rocky start when it first debuted on iOS 6 back in 2012. Apple converted the iOS versions of Find My iPhone and Find My Friends to the service almost immediately at the time, but the iCloud version has remained tied to the folks in Mountain View.

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That'll likely change soon, judging from the switch on the iCloud beta site. Apple has been hard at work improving the reliability of the service in the wake of early criticisms, most notably by acquiring several startups associated with mapping services, even to the point of notifying users when certain issues had been resolved.

It's currently not known when the official switch will take place, but it could happen as early as tomorrow or even after the official launch of iOS 8 in a couple of months. You can check out the new version for yourself at beta.icloud.com.

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Oklahoma Farmer Loses iPhone in Grain, Gets It Back From Japan

As hard as may be to believe in these days of rampant iPhone thefts, sometimes lost iPhones make their way back to their owners through sheer human goodness alone. Take the case of Kevin Whitney, a farmer in Chickasha, Oklahoma. As Gizmodo reports, Whitney lost his phone in a grain pit last October and he got it back after it made its way to the other side of the world.

Whitney accidentally dropped his phone in the grain pit, and gave it up for lost after it shot up into a container with 280,000 pounds of grain soon after. Nine months later, he got a call from a grain worker in Japan asking if he'd lost a phone inside 2 million bushels of grain sorghum.

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Source: KFOR via Gizmodo

"It’s crazy — I can’t believe it," Whitney said in an interview with KFOR, a news channel in Oklahoma City. "What really shocked me about it all was what a small world it is. There a lot of a lot of meaningful pictures on it so we are real glad to get the phone back."

The phone's total trip included a drive from his farm to a facility in Inola, Oklahoma, where it then traveled by barge down the Arkansas River and down the Mississippi. The grain was then loaded on a ship in Covent, Louisiana, after which it traveled through the Panama Canal and made its way to Kashima, Japan.

And it still worked, too, which is just as much a testament to the quality of the conditions grain is shipped in as the quality of the phone itself. There wasn't a scratch on it, Whitney said, and all of his beloved photos were still accessible.

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