Google Maps’ New “Night Mode” Feature Makes It Easier To Navigate In The Dark

google-maps-TC A new update to the Google Maps iOS application promises to make it easier to navigate when it’s dark outside, potentially reducing the risk associated with using the app while behind the wheel. (Not that you should be actively using the app while driving, but…admit it, you’re probably guilty of this.) In the latest release, the app has introduced a feature called… Read More

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Google Search Now Shows You When Local Businesses Are Busiest

coffee2 Google Search got a small, but notable, update today which focuses on helping users determine when it’s the best time to visit a nearby business. After performing a search for a business on Google, then clicking the title to see details like its address, phone number and open hours, for example, Google will also now show you “popular times” for the business in question.… Read More

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Google Maps Now Lets You Scale Yosemite’s El Capitan Mountain

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 9.15.36 AM El Capitan is already something I associate almost by default with Mac OS X, but it was a real mountain before that – millions of years before Apple previewed OS X 10.11, in fact, though it only got its name in 1851. Anyways, it’s the real mountain, not the Apple operating system, that Google now lets you virtually climb in Google Maps with its first ever vertical Street View… Read More

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Google Brings Turn-By-Turn Directions To Offline Maps

google-io-20150229 Google announced that Maps will soon provide turn-by-turn navigation for routes saved for offline use (or when you completely lose your connection in the middle of nowhere). Read More

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Google Will Retool Its Maps Service To Prevent Racist Listings

google maps Google has confirmed that it is making changes to its Google Maps service to stop racist terms and other inappropriate words from displaying location search results. The issue blew up this week after searches for “n*****” or “nigga” were found to pull up the White House and other locations associated with African Americans and other ethnic minorities. Read More

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Google Works To Improve Spam Detection Systems On Google Maps After Obscene Edits

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 1.13.46 PM Google says it’s working to improve its spam-detection systems in its Google Maps platform after yet another prank allowed a user to upload an inappropriate image to Google Maps. This most recent image, which showed the Google Android mascot urinating on the Apple logo in the style of those unfortunate Calvin and Hobbes bootleg decals, was apparently uploaded by a Map Maker user… Read More

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Google Takes On Yelp Elites With Its New “Local Guides” Program

Product_LocalGuidesUpdate_v6_r4 Google is rolling out a “Local Guides” program in an update to Google Maps – a move that seemingly sees the company taking on “Yelp’s Elites” – that is, Yelp’s program where local users gain the status of tastemaker and get invited to special events and parties. Google introduced Local Guides last month by way of a Google+ post, which then… Read More

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Google Brings ‘My Maps’ Custom Map Creation To Google Drive

google-my-maps-drive Google’s My Maps tool for building custom drives, trips and routes on its Maps product is now integrated into Google Drive, which means you can build custom maps just as easily as you can new documents, slideshows and spreadsheets. Putting the My Maps tools right inside Google Drive says something about Google’s cloud-based productivity plans – this helps distance its… Read More

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