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November 23, 2012

Technology News Briefs — Nov. 23, 2012

iPhone 5 Supply Catching Up With Demand

The supply of iPhone 5s at Apple’s U.S. stores “has almost completely caught up with demand,” heading in to the holiday shopping season, according to Apple Insider.

Piper Jaffray, an assessment management firm, say the supply of AT&T and Verizon models has “significantly improved.” Sprint models are also readily available.

“As we get closer to the holiday, we believe consumers will likely have the ability to walk into an Apple Store and walk out with an iPhone 5 within the next two weeks,” the firm’s Gene Munster told Apple Insider.

Apple’s online store is now advertising two-week shipping times for the iPhone 5, a sure signal of the company’s ability to keep up with demand.

Google Maps Takes it Inside

Google Maps’ internal floor plans are no longer just a mobile app, they are now available on your computer too.

There are now more than 10,000 floor plans, available in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, the U.K., and the U.S.

The full listing is available here.

Internal floor plans allow users to view and navigate floor plans of commercial locations such as airports, department stores, malls and museums.

FCC to Look At Sharing Information and Services

The FCC may soon require carriers to provide information on how their networks perform in a disaster, such as Hurricane Sandy.

The obligation, which would be strictly for major natural disasters, would provide customers with information on how their carrier performed compared to others.

The FCC will discuss the issue during several hearings set for next year.

T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner all fell victim to Hurricane Sandy, suffering outages.

The FCC said several companies shared their resources, including cellular sites, during the storm. The agency wants to better facilitate such sharing in the future.

Another key topic at the hearings will be backup power, which is essential to keep systems up and running.

Oprah Tweets About Love for Surface, But Uses iPad to Do It

Oprah loves Microsoft’s Surface tablet and isn’t afraid to say so. The problem is, she used her iPad to do it.

“Gotta say love that SURFACE! Have bought 12 already for Christmas gifts. #FavoriteThings,” Oprah tweeted to more than 14 million followers earlier this week via her iPad.

Her message was retweeted 400 times and received hundreds of “favorites.”

She also used her iPad to tweet the things she loves about the Surface to a fan.

“@bmartin2011 they’re different. Picture seems #sharper on Surface. #FavoriteThings” and “@bmartin2011 also keyboard easier for me on Surface. #FavoriteThings.”