Tech Week Ahead: Google Maps And Apple, E3

Robert Siegel looks ahead to this week's tech news with Laura Sydell. They discuss a possible divorce between Google Maps and Apple, and the upcoming E3 video game conference.

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. And it's time now for All Tech Considered.

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SIEGEL: We kick things off with our Look Ahead to the week in tech. On Wednesday, Google will unveil an upgrade to its Google Maps. NPR's Laura Sydell says, look out. Some new 3D features are coming at you.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: So now you can get lost in 3D.

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SIEGEL: On a more serious note, Laura says, the announcement itself isn't quite as interesting as the timing of it.

SYDELL: I really think there's just no way this isn't a little bit about trying to steal Apple's thunder.

SIEGEL: The Google event comes just five days before Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. And according to word on the tech street, Apple plans to announce it is ditching Google Maps as its default mapping service in favor of its own. Also this week...

SYDELL: Ah, E3, the big, loud gaming conference in Los Angeles.

SIEGEL: It starts tomorrow, and there's a bit of sequelitis in what you might see.

SYDELL: "Halo 4," "Far Cry 3." They're all sequels.

SIEGEL: This remarkable lack of creativity comes at a critical moment for the industry. Game sales are down 27 percent compared to the same period last year.

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