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Mapping apps and how advertising subtly warps user experience

11 hours agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Artur Grabowski spent much of 2017 comparing three mapping apps (Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze) to see which one was the most accurate and resulted in the fastest route times. After 120 trips, the data showed that Google Maps got him...Show More Summary

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps vs. Waze (in the Bay Area)

Artur Grabowski (no relation, presumably, to Steve): In early 2017, a conversation with yet another Waze fanboy finally nudged me to start a navigation app experiment. I was skeptical hat the Alphabet owned company could meaningfully best its parent’s home grown Google Maps. Show More Summary

How to Create Custom Directions for Friends With Google Maps

Sometimes Google Maps just doesn’t know as much as a local and its suggested directions aren’t always the most convenient. Sometimes Google Maps may even take you down a restricted or unavailable route, which can cause all kinds of issues. Show More Summary

Zippserv releases ‘PricePoint’: India’s first-ever real estate pricing platform

PricePoint's goal is to aid consumers in Bengaluru by allowing them access to the latest registered sale transactions. These sales exist over 1600 of the most sought-after apartment projects based on a Google Maps based interface. Continue reading Zippserv releases ‘PricePoint’: India’s first-ever real estate pricing platform at Property Portal Watch.

Black Panther: Listen to the Heart-Pounding Song That Plays During the Epic Car Chase

Warning: Mild spoilers for Black Panther ahead! If you're still recovering from Black Panther, don't worry, you're not alone. I mean, I'm still trying to find my wig on Google Maps. (I blame Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, the badass,...Show More Summary

Google Maps for iOS adds easy access to traffic and transit info

Over a year ago, Google updated its Maps app for Android, making it easier for users to search for restaurants, check out nearby traffic and find public transit schedules. Today, that update is now available for iOS users. With the update, Google Maps users will see three options on the bottom of their screens -- explore, driving and transit. Via: The Verge Source: Google

Google Maps iOS update adds new bottom bar with real-time transit and driving info

A new version of Google Maps for iOS is available and it brings a refreshed bottom bar with some handy functionality. more…

Google Maps for iOS Gains One-Tap Access to Commute Info

Google today updated Google Maps for iOS devices with new real-time tools to make finding information on the go even quicker. iPhone owners can now swipe up when using Google Maps to open three tabs: explore, driving, and transit. These tabs contain information about nearby restaurants, real-time traffic conditions, and train/bus schedules. Show More Summary

?Google to Update Basemap Style for Google Maps APIs

Google yesterday announced that it will be updating the Google Maps APIs with a new basemap look and feel that is consistent with the look and feel that is now present across all Google products that incorporate Google Maps.

Meet the couple that guides together

Local Guides come from all over the world, and they form a community of people who share their knowledge on Google Maps—everything from photos and reviews of local restaurants to accessibility information. And for one long-distance couple, the Local Guides community helped bridge the miles between Malaysia and Bangladesh. Show More Summary

Here It Is, the Delightfully-Named “Auto Drive,” in the Inner Sunset – Finally a Road Just for Car Drivers – And Also in SF: “Automobile Drive,” Somewhere

TweetThusly: I first noticed this odd Google Maps notation when I was on one of my bikes, but I thought, “I can’t go through there, not on a bike.” But then I went through the thing, in sort of an auto. It’s kind of narrow: I’d love to see a street sign for this “Drive.” […]

An experiment built with 3D Google Maps imagery, inspired by kids

At Google, we’re always excited to see how technology can help inspire new ways to learn – especially to learn about the world. For years, Google Maps has been adding 3D imagery from all over the world – New York City, the Grand Canyon, Mont Blanc, and more. Show More Summary

All aboard! Now Jakarta commuters will know when their bus is actually arriving

Starting today, commuters in Jakarta will be able to get real-time bus information. We’ve teamed up with Transjakarta to add real-time information about routes and schedules for corridors 1 through to 12 on Google Maps, so it’s easier for people in Jakarta to plan their trips. Show More Summary

Google Maps sends abortion clinic searches to pro-life centers

last weekNews : NY Daily News

Women seeking an abortion provider through Google Maps could end up in the care of a pro-life staff who pressure them out of terminating.

Google search results for abortion services promote anti-abortion centers

When users seek facilities for the procedure, Google Maps often presents ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ that discourage abortions Google searches for abortion services direct users to anti-abortion centers across the US, according to a new report that has sparked concerns from reproductive rights’ groups. Show More Summary

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