Google Maps users can now get help avoiding traffic jams and mishaps courtesy of Waze.
Waze, which Google bought in June specifically to improve its mapping service, taps into crowdsourcing to compile traffic updates reported by its users.
"This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures, and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK, and the US," Google … Read more
Doctor Who's Tardis has been making cameo appearances on Google Street View for quite some time. Not content to just sit there and gaze at the exterior, Google Street View now goes inside the time and space machine.
You start at the police telephone box Street View location at Earl's Court in London. Click on those subtle double arrows in the middle of the screen and hold on as you're swept inside to the Tardis control room. Good thing the Doctor left the door unlocked.… Read more
The Norwegian government has denied a request from Apple to do a 3D mapping of the capital city of Oslo because of security concerns, according to news reports Monday.
Apple applied for a license from the government to fly over Oslo and take images, but Norway's National Security Authority rejected the application because the mapping would include military buildings, local newspaper Aftenposten reported (translated by Google Translate).
The publication said the U.S. embassy has actually stepped in to aid Apple, and Oslo's mayor also asked the NSA to reconsider. The government has tightened its security measures since … Read more
Google recently overhauled its Maps apps for iPhones and Androids, and on Wednesday the company introduced a new way of showing "relevant" ads. They show up at the bottom of the app, where your directions appear.
Google wrote in its blog post announcing the ads that the new display makes them "more attractive for users and more effective for advertisers," although it's not hard to imagine user problems emerging from placing ads in the same location in the app as non-advertised location and navigation information. The Maps overhaul has been controversial, to the point where … Read more
Earlier this week Google posted six tips for the new Google Maps. We covered it here, and if you go down to the comments, you'll find that a lot of users aren't happy with the changes made to Maps.
There's even a Facebook page dedicated to hating on Google Maps 7. Hate on, haters.
When using an Android device, with system apps such as Google Maps, you're able to uninstall app updates and revert back to the factory version of the app. But before you uninstall any updates, you're going to need to disable automatic … Read more
After Google launched a completely redesigned Google Maps experience for iOS and Android users, our own Nicole Cozma covered five tips for Android (which applied to iOS as well) users to get started with Google Maps.
On Monday Google posted six tips of its own for Google Maps. Some of the tips covered overlap with our previous post, but there are some additional gems from Google.
One of them is the ability to zoom in and out on the map by double tapping the screen with a single finger, then sliding up or down to zoom in and out. This … Read more
You don't need to book a flight to check out the neon-lit bar, fancy snacks, or leg room aboard the world's largest passenger airliner -- just use Google Maps.
Google Maps has taken its virtual Street View mapping inside the Emirates Airbus A380, a massive and luxurious airplane that docks at Dubai International Airport. The plane has a wingspan that's 261.8 feet long and can carry 517 people, according to Google. It is the most fuel-efficient jet in its class and can cover more than 9,320 miles in a single flight. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Old enough to remember Paperboy? Now you can relive it in VR with the Oculus Rift.
- Extreme homeless man makeover: What do homeless people really need?
- Adult Swim is making a Mike Tyson cartoon where he solves mysteries with the help of a smart-talking pigeon.