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Google has offered navigation and walking directions via its Google Maps for mobile, but now, the two are being combined into a new service called Walking Navigation (beta). Walking Navigation is available through Google Maps for mobile 4.5 on Android. With Walking Navigation, you'll be able to use GPS navigation alongside walking directions. Because the foot-based navigation instructions can utilize pedestrian pathways, they can also be more direct than driving routes. Because you'll be on your feet rather than in a car, Google has made a few changes to navigation. For example, the phone will vibrate when you need to make a turn. You can also turn off voice guidance. For help in orienting yourself,... Read more...
It's pretty obvious that innovation is in the blood at Google, and the company's latest is proof of that. It's a feature that mobile owners have longed for, and while we do wish that Firefox was also supported, this new Chrome to Phone feature may actually increase Chrome browser usage by Android owners. Yes, it's that significant. Chrome to Phone does just what it sounds like. If you download an extension into Chrome, a single click can send your current browser, maps, directions, links, etc. to your phone. If you're browsing at home, and you have to run to a meeting, just clicking one button will send everything to your Android phone provided it has version 2.2 or newer on it. It can even send... Read more...
This is the piece that we have been waiting for: true Google Maps integration with vehicles. We thought it would take quite a bit longer than this for it to finally happen, but somehow Ford has enabled it to work using their existing SYNC Traffic, Directions & Information (TDI) app. The reason this is exciting is twofold; one, factory navigation systems are usually not as fantastic as a Google Maps system, and two, it's a lot easier to pull up directions in Google Maps than to plug something in a vehicle. By allowing Google Maps to be sent to a factory navigation system, it's like installing a piece of Google right into a system you already own. Ford has been continually improving their SYNC... Read more...
Frequent viewers of "The Office" on NBC may remember one particular episode where Michael Scott followed a GPS unit into a lake. While it was hilarious on the television, similar episodes seem to be happening in real life. On more than one occasion, a motorist has followed a GPS unit into a murky spot, but most of the time the worst to stem from it is lost time, lost money or added miles. But in the case of a 20-something from Utah, a similar situation has now led to a lawsuit. According to court documents filed in a District Court in Utah, a pedestrian was attempting to follow directions from Google Maps that would take her from one side of Park City to the other. The only problem? She was struck... Read more...
More depressing news from Google. Just after hearing that the Nexus One wouldn't be coming to Verizon Wireless, Google is now informing the world that they have no current intentions of ever putting free turn-by-turn guidance on the iPhone. Earlier reports had made it seem as if Google was evaluating the option for Apple's iPhone OS, when in fact they were simply talking about other platforms aside from iPhone OS. The news makes sense: one of the biggest competitive advantages to Android is the availability of Google Maps Navigation, and if Google were to pipe this to the iPhone, there's really be no reason to select Android over the iPhone in terms of mapping software. A Google spokesperson... Read more...
Mapping and routing are two technologies that have become huge over the past few years, and they're only getting bigger. As more and more of the world becomes digitized for mobile consumption, companies are looking for more ways to interact with roads, geography, directions and reality of the live world itself. Google has already shown its innovation arm with Google Earth and Street View, and now Microsoft is hoping to steal some of that thunder with a showcase at the TED 2010 Conference in California. Blaise Aguera y Arcas is an architect at Microsoft Live Labs, and he has worked on Seadragon, Photosynth and of course, Bing Maps. At the show, he demonstrated a new look at Bing Maps, which was... Read more...
Google has been an innovator for years now. They fundamentally changed the way we searched for items on the Internet, and for many, they have changed how one perceives email. Gmail and Google (search engine) are both best-in-class tools, and the Android operating system is seriously challenging iPhone OS and webOS. Needless to say, the world pays attention when Google makes a move, and it's making a huge move this morning in the social networking space.During a press conference today at the company's Mountain View headquarters, Google Buzz was introduced. This is the first web-based tech to be introduced by Google since Google Wave took the web by storm, and Buzz is said to be "a new way to share"... Read more...
By now you are probably aware of wildfires that have ravaged the southern state of Victoria in Australia. 108 people are dead at the time of this writing, over 700 homes destroyed, with 850 square miles (2,200 square kilometers) burned.Google engineers have pulled together a Flash map that shows the extent of the tragic wildfires happening.The map is updated in real-time from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) website via an RSS feed. The number in each marker shows the number of fires at the location. A green marker means the area is called "safe" by the CFA. Yellow means "controlled". Orange means "contained". Red means "ongoing".  Unfortunately, it won't embed succesfully in our site, so... Read more...
Holiday travelers can now rely on the most trusted name in mapmaking for their driving directions. Today, Rand McNally announced More Roads-Better Directions™ on its enhanced website, RandMcNally.com, featuring 1 million more home addresses and over 22,000 more miles of roads—enough to cross the country seven times—not found on any other online maps and directions service.With enhanced driving directions, online maps and a trip planner, RandMcNally.com builds on the company’s 152-year tradition of producing the most trusted print maps on the market, now offering the most trusted online maps and directions as well.“Our core business is mapmaking, and we’ve used our extensive experience,... Read more...
Doyle Drive is the antiquated and dangerous southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge. It's actually a steel-truss bridge and has been rated as the most dangerous span in California. Most in the SF Bay Area are aware of this. And although geared toward rural drivers, SafeRoadMaps.org, a project of the Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) aims to help educate drivers as to the safety of their roads. CERS is itself a joint program between the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs State and Local Policy Program and the Center for Transportation Studies, and is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). The site integrates statistics from the... Read more...
Google is calling it a beta, but we're calling it a breath of fresh air (depending on where you live, of course, your air might a bit more fresh than the air we breathe here in New York City). Today, Google has added walking directions to its popular Google Maps page. Whenever you use Google Maps for directions, if the destination is within 10km (about 6.2 miles) of the originating point, walking directions will be offered as an option in addition to the traditional driving directions. Google Software Engineer, Andy Schwerin announced the feature on the Google Lat Long Blog this morning. He warns, however, while the feature is now available, it comes with some caveats:"Walking directions are... Read more...
What won't Google do with their maps?If you go to Google Maps, you’ll notice there is now a “”More” button right next to “Street View”" and “Traffic.” If you click on it after getting a map, you will be given the options to tick “Photos” or “Wikipedia.” Ticking the first option populates teh map with geo-tagged photos provided by Panoramio. Ticking the second gives you geo-coded Wikipedia articles. For instance, I found entries on a New York City map for the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Station, the New York Yacht Club, and other landmarks.Suggestion for more items Google can add to "More?"  Readers?... Read more...
From the wild rumor and speculation department comes a tale of two future AMD platforms aimed at corporate customers.  Like any great love triangle, there's a(n alleged) problem: lack of resources to properly develop both at once.In this case, we're talking about AMD's upcoming Bulldozer architecture, which will follow likely follow the trend of being a server chip first, then a desktop chip second, and the laptop Fusion platform dubbed Swift.  Both parts of the enterprise market are extremely lucrative and very valuable to AMD, and thus it appears that there was a lot of heated debate about which platform to focus on:“As long ago as last summer, word was floating that AMD was getting... Read more...
Interesting week for the mapping folks at Google. First they release Terrain View for Google Maps, and now they have released a location service for cell phone users, and you don't even need GPS on your phone.The new tracking feature introduced Wednesday is being touted as an added convenience because it will enable people on the go to skip the task of typing a starting address on a mobile handset's small keys when they turn to Google's maps for guidance.Using the technology, dubbed "My Location," simply requires pressing zero on a mobile handset equipped with the new software. The sender's location shows up as a blue dot on Google's mobile maps.The tracking system isn't set up to collect a user's... Read more...
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