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    Let’s forget about the US election for a while (but not too long, as your voter registration deadline approaches), and focus on another fierce battle for gold through August 21. A slightly less dirty contest comprising over 300 events across 28 sports, with 10,500 athletes from 206 countries eyeing the greatest honor known to man since ancient Greece. Following all the Olympic action can feel a little overwhelming, though Google promises to play its part more robustly than ever in reducing the risk of missing out the most epic Rio 2016 moments. In addition to the easiest possible ...

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    Google Maps, being the robust product it is, can utilize several streams of data at once. Navigation is especially a monster on data plans. But now, you can put a leash on that data use with a new Wi-Fi only mode. The feature is being shuttled to users slowly, but it does what it says on the tin can. Maps will mostly take data with a Wi-Fi connection — it will use a small bit of cellular data as the app needs it. Also in this update are status updates for transit lines if your local agency reports them. You can customize alerts for the lines you use the most. Keep an eye out on your ...

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    If you happen to be sightseeing remotely on Google Maps, perhaps for a future actual vacation, turn on the satellite imaging and check it the imaging. You might need to turn off the 3D feature. Google said that it now uses images from Landsat 8, an imaging satellite launched by the US Geological Survey and NASA in 2013. Landsat 7, launched in 1999, is still running. It's just been tough work putting a global mosaic together after a hardware bug in 2003 started clawing at images. Combine newer, sharper, more colorful images with Google's Earth Engine APIs to piece together 700 million ...

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    If you're freaked out by the number of ways your activities can be tracked by our almighty digital overlords (and any despot hacker), you may have to start screaming with the addition of another method to Google Maps on Android. Actually, it's just a port-over from the web version of Maps. That feature and a few others have been picked up in an XDA code inspection of the app's version 9.26.1 APK. Keep in mind that these code strings can be changed or removed before any chance of activation. For one, you could soon be sharing when you're going to get "there" with all the people you need ...

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    Whether you're venturing out into a new neighborhood of a familiar city, or trekking to destinations halfway around the globe, smartphones can be indispensable tools for making your journey enjoyable, efficient, and memorable. From travel apps that recommend the best places to stay, to navigation services that connect us with local public transit options, to real-time translation software, there's no shortage of ways our phones can enhance that travel experience. Recently, leaks started talking about a new travel app Google was cooking up, as it recruited early testers. Today new details ...

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    If your legs are as restless as your mind is or you enjoy discovering the place you live and know it like the back of your hand, you might already be signed up as one of Google's "Local Guides." You meet fellow guides and get sweet swag along the way. One piece of swag on the way for Local Guides leveled 2 or above is an invitation to try out "Google's New App for Travelers." Those taking it up will have to fill out a survey to determine how often they use Gmail or Inbox and disclose plans to travel. Accepted testers will get links to the iOS or Android app next week. Source: Android Central

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    There’s no such thing as a perfect piece of software or hardware. Whatever the FBI might tell you, Apple’s encryption is probably not impenetrable. And iOS 9.3 may have fixed a major iMessage vulnerability, but it left many owners of old iPads with unusable bricks. Meanwhile, the world’s most popular and reliable web mapping service is being blamed for a catastrophic misunderstanding. It’s really not the first time Google Maps exhibits bugs, sending users to the wrong place, in the middle of nowhere or even wiping entire cities off the face of the earth. Therefore, you’d think ...

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    Another update to Google Maps — our favorite workbench for very cute or very useful editions — and this time around, it hits home. And work. And other places. As long as you have your home and work addresses saved onto the Android app, you can now put some fanciful icons that show off the castle you call your abode. Or a woodshed. Or an adobe settlement. A shoe? Are you an old lady from a Mother Goose poem? Maybe you work at a windmill or a schoolhouse. The art's all up to you to choose. [gallery ids="467482,467483,467484"] Google is also promoting that you can edit icons for saved ...

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    Google Maps may have really come into its own when it began offering drivers turn-by-turn navigation seven years ago, but it's come a long way since then, and its feature set has really expanded to address the needs of users who still need to get around, but don't necessarily have access to their own vehicle. From public transit info, we've seen such support expand to include ride sharing with Uber. Now Google's taking that one step further, giving its app a dedicated tab for ride-sharing and adding support for service providers in a handful of additional nations. Google Maps users in ...

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    Need a rest stop? Hoping to grab a couple of things along the way? Want to take a scenic route? Google Maps on Android is able to help you out and now it can do so on iOS. All you need to do while in navigation mode is to hit the looking glass on the top of the screen and choose from a list of categories — gas stations, restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops — or you could pick none of the above and search for something else. Or have someone else not driving search something else. Or pull over and search something else. Seriously. The listed results come with detour routes, ...

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    On a day-to-day basis, helping us navigate around the world has got to be one of the most useful tricks our smartphones can pull off, showing us not just how to get from A to B, but also analyzing the best routes available, to say nothing of tapping into public transit options. And being the safe drivers we are, not wanting to distract ourselves by constantly glancing at a screen, voice navigation has been a huge blessing. Or at least, it can be, up until the point it becomes so annoying we're tempted to throw our phone out the window. We may not yet have a fix for the rapid-fire ...

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    The world’s most popular web mapping and navigation service for everything that doesn’t run iOS reached a new functionality peak back in November, when it started receiving its highly anticipated offline voyage features, but believe it or not, there’s still room for improvement. Major improvement, even, as Google Maps v9.19 for Android adopts a handy Driving Mode which will try to guess where you’re going next. Based on your location history, travel habits, web searches and more, the update aims to make your life easier, shrinking the number of queries and commands required to get ...

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    This is a story of redemption. It's also the story of acceptance. And it's partly a story of not giving a rat's bottom about which app you go to for your maps. Apple certainly cared where its users got their location apps when it launched Apple Maps back in 2012. With geological renderings of wonder, mislabeled roads and points of interest and, for the longest time, a lack of basic transit directions, it's a wonder how Apple Maps came to be chosen over Google Maps for iOS users. That's what Apple is reporting. Specifically, its app handles 5 billion requests every week, three times as many ...

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    Android M, Google Now on Tap, updates to Google Photos and Google Cardboard: this year's Google I/O brought us news about plenty of the exciting projects the company had been working on. Among that was word that Google Maps was about to see the arrival of support for seriously enhanced offline functionality, letting you search, get info about businesses, and even use turn-by-turn navigation when lacking a reliable internet connection. We were told to wait for it to land later this year … and we've been waiting ever since. Well, today we finally get word that it's time for offline ...

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    So, if you partake in the Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions of ordering a boatload of Chinese from your local take-out, you probably won't have to worry much about this story. If you're Google Maps, though, it's a small detail to add during a busy time of year for a lot of holiday shoppers (possibly buying Google's phones). Businesses that take care of their online presence usually type in their typical operating hours for prospective customers to check on. Google has algorithms that usually pick up on those hours and that data is shown on business entries for the search engine and ...

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    Let's face it, there's always a time when you're driving asking yourself where the next gas station is. While most of you might genuinely need gas, the most common need ends up in the bathroom. Google has figured that this is such a common trend that it decided to assist you in the process with a new update to Google Maps. Google Maps just received a new update that improves the navigation feature dramatically. As of today you'll notice that instead of the microphone button at the top right, what you'll find is a search icon. This search icon now allows you to search for things along your ...

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    Yesterday we were talking about new app features that should have been obvious; at the time, that meant Google Translate picking up the ability to translate text within other Android apps on your device. Today we're looking at another update to a Google Android app, one that delivers an “of COURSE it should let you do that” moment of its own: Google's finally marrying the first-person VR view of Cardboard with the mountain of full-360-degree Photo Sphere content users have submitted to Google Maps, as Street View picks up Cardboard support. Street View users will now be able to hit a ...

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    Google has been working hard on making users love and rely on its Maps navigation services. Surely it isn’t the only service in the world, but I’m sure that many will agree that Google’s offering is one of the most complete services out there. Mountain View continues to improve these services, and today we learn of new plans. Today we hear of a new patent that Google has filed which will allow the company to use your car’s GPS Navigation system, among other sensors to detect damaged portions of the road through the vibrations that your vehicle is exposed to. This information will ...

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    Well, you asked for it. You've got it. When we compared Google Maps to Apple Maps this week, we found that while Apple has come a long way from its early follies, further improvements can't come fast enough. This time around, we have the cartography effort from Nokia doing the rounds against Google. Both apps share a few traits: they're on iOS and Android. They both have downloadable maps for offline use. They both have some pretty extensive databases on transit. But as much as those similarities count for HERE, it has some major drawbacks to it. From testing around greater Boston, there ...

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    Google Maps for iOS is one of the the go-to solutions (together with Here Maps and other third party offerings) for many iPhone owners that are not satisfied with Apple Maps. If you are a Google Maps for iOS user, you should check your iTunes app (or the link below) for an update to your application, as it brings a couple of new things to the table. Redesigned transit directions are now available in the latest version of the app (4.8.0) which also enables real-time information regarding arrival at your destination, where available. Additionally, you now have new options for sharing a place ...

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    Nearly three years ago, Apple released its Maps app. Prior to September of 2012, Google Maps was shipped on every iPhone. But with Google beginning to amp up its own mobile platform efforts at the time, it was clear time that a break had to happen between the two tech behemoths. No competition has its players hold their hands along the way. And so came Apple Maps to much fanfare and much hilarity. Sad but true that Apple couldn't seem to recognize bridges from mountains and oceans from roadways. Since then, it's had time to make back its ground and improve upon itself. It's starting to get ...

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    For those of you who didn't already know, I just got back from an epic road-trip vacation that covered more than 2,500 miles (4,000 km), and took me through four states. What's more, the route I selected took us through some very out-of-the-way locales and far from cellular data coverage. Being the tech nerd that I am, I loaded up my smartphone with Google Maps and went about pre-loading areas for offline use. When offline ability first came to Google Maps it was a pain to use. You'd select an arbitrary area, and zoom in and out until you could save the selection to your device. These ...

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    When it comes to accessibility, convenience, and arguably even fun, cars win out over trains any day of the week. But when these vehicles meet where road crosses track, trains are going to win every single time; when you've got thousands of tons of cargo moving along with such momentum, the only thing a car can hope to do is keep a safe distance. Unfortunately, all too often a car attempts to take on a train at such a crossing, often with deadly results. In order to help keep drivers everywhere a little safer, United States Department of Transportation is working with Google to bring ...

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    Maybe you're headed to that one store on the other side of town that carries the soda you crave, or planning to pop out for a late-night bite at a restaurant down the road – in either case, Google Maps is well equipped to point you in the right direction. But even if the app can get you there, there's little worse than arriving at your destination only to find out that it's closed. Luckily, the latest update to Google Maps for Android is set up to help prevent that from happening, gaining the ability to warn you when you're not likely to reach a business or attraction before it's closed ...

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    Google Maps has already offered users access to detailed public transit information, letting them plan routes that move from train, to bus, to on foot, and back again. And with multiple options to go over at a glance, it's let you choose the route that's right for you. But as anyone who's planned a multi-legged journey can attest to, plans have a nasty habit of going awry, and all too often we find ourselves having to make last-minute adjustments. Google's rolling out some changes to Maps right now to make it easier to do just that. Beyond showing you the info for the route you choose, ...

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