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Google did not just turn into Alphabet

Google did not just turn into Alphabet

In the past half-day since Google announced Alphabet, there's been just as much confusion as there has been understanding. What Google didn't do was turn themselves into a different company. What Google DID do was to create an umbrella company that's able to better handle all the strange or otherwise non-Googley projects they've found themselves creating over the past few years. Google isn't done, and you're not going to be "Alphabetting" anything when you need to search the internet.

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Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet: everything you need to know

Alphabet is a company created by the founders of Google. At its inception, Alphabet will have Larry Page as CEO and Sergey Brin as President. As Alphabet is created, Google will be slimmed down, and Sundar Pichai will become CEO. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., and several companies that were previously subsidiaries of Google will instead come under the Alphabet umbrella. Alphabet is "mostly a collection of companies." The largest of these companies is Google.

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Night mode finally descends on Google Maps for iOS

Night mode finally descends on Google Maps for iOS

Ever since the whole Apple Maps fiasco almost three years ago, Google has had the opportunity to snatch that part of the mobile Apple experience. So far, it's been working and iPhone users are more or less satisfied. Except for one thing that mostly drivers have been clamoring for: night mode. The day, or night, has finally arrived when you will no longer be blinded by your iPhone's bright screen while driving down the highway. Night mode is finally here, perhaps giving users less reason to switch map apps.

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Google Maps’ new ‘Your Timeline’ explores your past travels

Google Maps’ new ‘Your Timeline’ explores your past travels

Today Google introduced a new feature for Google Maps called 'Your Timeline', and it brings about a way for users to explore the places they have travelled (with Maps, at least). If you’re a frequent Google Maps user and you don’t stick to the same locations all the time, Your Timeline provides a nice way for you to take a trip down memory lane…by viewing your actual real-life trips. The feature works in conjunction with Google Photos to add in some visuals, if applicable.

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You can now send directions directly from desktop to Android

You can now send directions directly from desktop to Android

Google has two independent yet related worlds, one of Android and one of the browser, and connecting the two deeply hasn't always been on the top of Google's list until recently. Things are changing of course, even if rather slowly, and the tech giant is trying to bridge the two worlds without actually merging them, from apps that can somewhat run on one or the other, to being able to seamless send data from one platform to another, like being able to send directions from desktop to Android's Google Maps.

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Google Maps will soon highlight US railroad crossings during navigation

Google Maps will soon highlight US railroad crossings during navigation

While it's hard to image there could be any remaining road data left that could be added to Google Maps for improvement, it turns out there is, and it could making using the service for navigation purposes a bit safer for drivers. In order to reduce the recent spike in the number of accidents at US railroad crossings, the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has asked Google Maps to include the location of every public and private highway rail crossing.

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Google’s epic response to El Capitan

Google’s epic response to El Capitan

Apple releases an OS update called El Capitan, Google responds by scaling said mountain, documenting the experience. This is the difference between Google and Apple. While Apple may be able to sell millions of phones and release operating systems that the public loses their minds over, they don't have people climbing mountains, recording the experience for distribution for free online. It's just not the same sort of experience. It's just not the same sort of environment - not up a sheer rock face, anyway.

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Explore the ocean depths with Google Street View’s deep-sea imagery

Explore the ocean depths with Google Street View’s deep-sea imagery

Google Street View used to be just about getting a first-person look at roads and intersections, then it started to let us go inside buildings, and even took us to some of the world's highest mountain tops. Now we are going to explore oceans around the globe with the service's latest update. While the feature is available today, its debut is to celebrate World Oceans Day (which is actually on June 8th). Google says it new interactive footage is the result of a four-year partnership with several ocean conservation and protection organizations.

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iris360 is a 360-degree camera that connects with Google Street View

iris360 is a 360-degree camera that connects with Google Street View

Imaging company NCTech has just announced the iris360, a HD camera capable of taking 360-degree panoramic images that can easily and quickly be published on Google's Street View and Maps. Right out of the box, the iris360 can be controlled by smartphone or tablet via app over WiFi, and can capturing images with 8K resolution. Users need only position the camera in the spot they want, and 360-degree panoramic footage is captured without the need of software to stitch images together.

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Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube offline support extended in a big way

Google Maps, Chrome, YouTube offline support extended in a big way

Google goes offline in multiple respects with apps like Google Maps, Chrome, and YouTube. Android will soon have a version of Chrome that'll allow you to save a webpage for offline viewing. That's the simplest update here of the three. While YouTube offline support launched with YouTube Music, there's also going to be a feature here for all users that'll allow you to keep a YouTube video saved offline - to your phone - for 48 hours. How great will that be for long car rides? Super great.

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Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Google Maps rolls out traffic alerts and alternate routes

Memorial Day is just around the corner and for some, nay many, that means a lot of traveling. And when traveling is involved, especially by land, then headaches and tempers caused by traffic are as well. Just in time for the holiday, however, Google is coming to the rescue of drivers across the country. The search giant has updated Google Maps to include more vital information when navigating roads, including alerts for unusual traffic conditions, road congestions, and even suggestions for alternate paths to take.

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Brick Street View turns Google Maps into LEGOs

Brick Street View turns Google Maps into LEGOs

Regular Google Maps a little too boring for your tastes? There’s a new skin of sorts for the mapping service that overlays it with LEGO bricks, transforming your neighborhood — or anywhere else you want to search — into a LEGO universe. It’s called Brick Street View, and it includes minifigs and other LEGO devices, as well, allowing you to zoom into Street View and see everything from plastic trees to little LEGO characters driving around blocky LEGO cars. The map was created by Einar Oberg of Stockholm.

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