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Today's Tech: Google Maps for iOS 6 storms App Store charts and Panasonic Eluga dL1 discounted to £155

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by Rawiya Kameir
, 14 Dec 2012News
Today's Tech: Google Maps for iOS 6 storms App Store charts and  Panasonic Eluga dL1 discounted to £155

Before next year's Game On competition, Mozilla is hosting the Game On Game Jam hackathon. This weekend's event, which kicks off in London at 18.30 tonight, is set to promote the Internet as a valid gaming platform. Both the Game On competition and the hackathon will encourage regular individuals to learn about and execute open source technologies, like HTML and JavaScript, in order to develop new and exciting games that push the limits of open Web technology. The competition is split into three categories: Hackable, Multi-Device and Web-Only and hopefuls will have to submit their entries by 24 January 2013. The Grand Prize includes a free trip to the next Game Developer Conference in San Francisco and the chance to get your game listed in the Mozilla marketplace.

Apple has finally launched the current iteration of its trademark smartphone in a key demographic today, as the iPhone 5 was released in China. The launch was a downbeat affair as the Chinese capital was plagued by snow. However, strong pre-orders ensured that the iPhone 5’s first day at retail would see a modicum of success. Read on for more details.

The long-awaited Google Maps app, which launched on iOS 6 yesterday, has gone straight to number one on iTunes free app chart. Apple replaced Google Maps, formerly the default mapping app on iOS, with its own navigation software back in September when it released its latest mobile platform, iOS 6. The new Google Maps became the most-downloaded free app just hours after its release, indicating the unpopularity of Apple's own mapping software which has been widely criticised as inaccurate. As for reviews, The New York Times described the app as "free, fast and fantastic," saying that "Google Maps for iPhone is an astonishingly powerful, accurate, beautiful tool".

ITProPortal stalwart Désiré Athow is always on the hunt for the best tech offers on the market, and with Christmas fast-approaching his deals radar has gone into overdrive. One of his latest spots was flagged up on the site today, with the Panasonic Eluga dL1 smartphone now being sold for as little as £155. On most occasions this wouldn’t necessarily have muscled in on the Today’s Tech roundup, but seeing as another (unnamed) ITProPortal writer owns the phone, and adores everything it represents, here it is. But even with our own affiliations aside, £155 is genuinely an excellent price for a phone with a beautiful 4.3 display, 8-megapixel camera and a 1GHz TI OMAP4430 processor, not to mention the fact it weighs just 103g, is as slim as 7.88mm, and now runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out the ‘Deals’ section above for more great offers on tech gadgets heading into Christmas.

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