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Apple car play finally gets Google maps

It has been a horrid wait. Honestly Apple's own maps has never launched in India yet. Even in other countries Apple maps never used to show things properly and they had made a fool of themselves royally. The company even fired two of its iOS executives Scott Forstall and John Browett when they refused to acknowledge the poor performance of Apple maps.

Well since those learnings Apple has been steadily trying to improve its maps division specifically for India. We do already know they are adding more and more data points day by day. They also said they are looking at about 5000 employees for their Hyderabad division since 2016.

During all this time, users of Apple iPhones readily and steadily switched back to Google Maps, and have been conveniently using it since sometime now. Of late there are lots of cars that sport either as inbuilt or custom build ICE or in car entertainment units which support Google Play and Apple Car Play like the Sony XAV which I have reviewed earlier on this…

Focal Spark wireless bluetooth earphone unboxing and review

Introduction
In my quest for a good pair of earphones, you will have already noticed that I experienced with many of them here and here. During this journey I chanced across a suggestion from a friend on the Focal brand and the fact they were selling their earphones at a discount on Amazon.

Since the offer was too good to resist, I purchased these online.
Unboxing video
Here is a little unboxing I created for you to understand what the packaging of the earphone looks like.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/257Ei2DYDRf54sRn6


Strong points
The Focal Spark has these pros going for it

Very easy to wear for long hours
short cable means lesser tangling unlike the Samsung UFlex
Good sound quality - bit of muddy bass, but largely good distributions of highs mids and lows
Very good battery standby time - you charge it once and when you don't use it the earphones does not lose battery power too soon - this is in stark contrast to the Uflex earphones from samsung which used to annoy me during the middle of tha…