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If Microsoft’s assault on OneDrive storage tiers has you down, Google has a way for you to start earning some extra cloud storage space — and it won’t cost you a dime in the process. Google is looking to take on the likes of TripAdvisor and Yelp with user-driven reviews via Local Guides for Google Maps, and it is giving away up to 1TB of Google Drive space for your efforts. Once you sign up for Local Guides for Google Maps, Google simply asks the you help flesh out the service by adding reviews, pictures and other notes of interest on restaurants, tourist destinations, or help fix incorrect information... Read more...
It's tough to get lost these days. That's because we're increasingly becoming connected creatures with mobile devices always at the ready, devices that can tell us where we are at any given moment and how to get to where we need to be. Well, until the connection is lost, at which point you might find yourself wandering aimlessly in unfamiliar territory. Google's solution to that is to let you download sections of the world to your phone via Google Maps.This isn't entirely new -- it was already possible to view an area of a map offline in Google Maps -- but what's changed is that you can download... Read more...
If you use Google Maps on your iPhone device, head to the App Store and download the latest update, version 4.12.0 (if you don't have it already). The latest release brings parity with the Android version by introducing spoken traffic alerts, a small but sometimes extremely helpful feature for motorists.When you're in navigation mode, the spoken traffic alerts feature will give you a heads up to things like traffic congestion, incidents on your route that might prompt you to find a different path towards your destination, and various traffic descriptions. It will do all this before you start driving... Read more...
If you were bummed that Google shut down its Maps editing tool in May, you'll be happy to know that Map Maker is reopening in early August. At the same time, there will be some changes and additional safeguards to avoid another embarrassing scenario like the one that prompted Google to temporarily shutter the service in the first place. In case you missed it, someone posted an image of Android relieving itself on Apple's logo just south of Islamabad, Pakistan. it's an image you've probably seen before in some fashion, usually with Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes whizzing on a Ford or Chevy logo,... Read more...
There's a vast world out in the ocean. As Google points out, the ocean covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface, much of it unchartered with ecosystems that have yet to be discovered. What we have been able to see, however, is pretty magnificent, and if you're not in a position to don a scuba suit and swim with the fishes, you can stay dry by exploring new Street View imagery of more than 40 locations in and around the vast ocean. Google added the locations in time for World Oceans Day on June 8, an annual celebration of the world's oceans and marine life. There's a lot of nice imagery... Read more...
Sometimes, it’s the little things that can give rise to a simple little chuckle. Such was the case a few weeks ago when the image of an Android peeing all over the Apple logo (in true Calvin and Hobbes fashion) appeared in Google Maps. The image appeared within Google’s popular mapping application just south Islamabad, Pakistan — perhaps the perpetrators thought that no one would ever look there. While it was a humorous prank that many of us brushed aside as just good old fashioned fun, Google obviously saw things differently and issued an apology after taking down the image. "We’re sorry for this... Read more...
Apparently Uber has big plans that extend beyond simply being an alternative taxi service for smartphone users. The startup wants to grow into something more: enter the logistics game and deliver both people and goods in short time frames. In order to do that, the company is willing spend several billion dollars acquiring Nokia's mapping service. According to a report in The New York Times, Uber is one of several companies caught up in a bidding war for Here, the primary competitor to Google Maps. Citing multiple people speaking on the condition of anonymity, NYT says Uber's offered as much as... Read more...
Google sure is on a roll when it comes to making our lives easier just by using its immensely popular search engine. Just over a week ago, the search giant rolled out a feature that allows you to type a simple query, “find my phone”, into the Google omnibox to locate your lost or stolen smartphone. Today, Google is expanding its omnibox’s capabilities to include the ability to send directions from your desktop to your Android smartphone. It’s not exactly like this was a tough feat to accomplish previously, but it’s now so easy a caveman could do it. All you have to is type “send directions” and... Read more...
Leave it to Google to turn something as mundane as maps into something that’s actually interesting. For a limited time, the search giant is turning some real-world locations into a prime playing grounds for a round of the 1980s game Pac-Man. You can call up Google Maps either in your computer’s web browser or by using the corresponding apps on iOS or Android to start playing Pac-Man. Although you can play the game using any address that you input into Google Maps, Google has provided a few “hints” for other locations that you can try out around the globe, such as: How well can you navigate the... Read more...
Climbing Mount Everest isn't easy for a number of reasons. There's the logistics of traveling to the Khumbu region of Nepal, home to Mount Everest, the world's tallest peak. But assuming you have the time, money, and experience to make the trek, it's a dangerous climb, one that has claimed over 200 lives. You can now avoid all that thanks to Google Maps. Hey, we're not trying to rain on any mountain climber's parade -- if you have the chance to climb Mount Everest and are okay with the risks, the visual rewards and experience will follow you for the rest of your life. But for those who can't... Read more...
Don't be surprised if Google Maps looks totally different the next time you open it up on your Android or iPhone device. Google Maps is getting a facelift with bold colors and textures for a slick new look. Google says the redesign is all about creating surfaces and shadows that echo the real world, along with a material feel that will have layers and buttons more prominently displayed. Google's essentially revamping the entire Google Maps experience. For example, when you tap on a place's info sheet at the bottom of your screen, an info layer glides up to the top with photos, reviews, and other... Read more...
It may not beat being there in person, but viewing 3D cities in Google Maps is a worthwhile experience. Google Maps and Google Earth update with 3D cities on a regular basis and the list is now in the hundreds, but what caught people’s attention today is that London has finally made the list. Thanks to aerial mapping, you can “fly” over the city with same perspective as you’d have in a plane. The London Eye in Google Maps 3D. Using the 3D feature is a piece of cake. Visit Google Maps, type London into the search bar, and click the Earth button to switch from the traditional... Read more...
If you've never been to Colorado and you have an opportunity to visit, you should do so -- it's a gorgeous state. Unfortunately, little things like time, money, and work have a tendency to interfere with travel plans, but thanks to Google, you can still explore places you might not otherwise be able to using just your Internet browser. The latest locale waiting for you to jump into Street View mode is the Colorado River, which flows through parts of Colorado and half a dozen other states in the U.S. "For 6 million years, the Colorado River has flowed through the heart of the desert southwest, its... Read more...
Depending on where you live, you may not get too see much wildlife on your way to work, especially if you live in or around a big city. What's an animal lover stuck in the urban jungle to do? Well, you can turn to Google Maps and use Street View, which now includes tons of imagery of our furry (and sometimes not so furry) friends from some of the most famous zoos and animal parks from around the world. "Lions and tigers may be standard attractions, but starting today, you can also use Street View to see the panda bears noshing on bamboo and tumbling around the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda... Read more...
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