location services

Google Keep notifications and Now integration added

Google Keep notifications and Now integration added

Google Keep, the note-taking service launched to rival Evernote back in March, has been updated with notifications and Google Now integration, aiming to pull out relevant notes rather than wait for users to dig through them. The reminders system works both on time, as per a regular alarm, but also on location, meaning that the app can now flag up a notification with, say, your shopping list when you go into a grocery store.

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Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

Nokia HERE Research: We talk Smart Cities, ethical tracking & self-driving cars

If you're carrying a smartphone or driving a modern car, you're a potential probe, and Nokia would love to unlock your location for its HERE Maps services. The company already has its own gathering programs in place yet, for all its gigabytes of daily data, Nokia's HERE 3D mapping car is only one part of a navigation data analysis program that combines 80,000 sources from across the globe. We sat down with Jane MacFarlane, head of HERE Research at Nokia, and along with her team responsible for making sense of the masses of data, to find out why being a probe might one day help you avoid traffic jams, travel more safely, and even discover the hottest new restaurants, all thanks to the "wisdom of crowds".

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Google Maps local advertising added to Android and iOS apps

Google Maps local advertising added to Android and iOS apps

Google may give away software like Google Maps for iOS and Android free, but it has to make its money somewhere, and so the company announced today that the location apps will now support AdWords advertising. The updated app for iPhone, iPad, and Android now injects localized adverts at the bottom of the screen, based on what the user is searching for and where; so, if you're hunting down a cake shop, you might see a promotion for a nearby bakery.

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Google City Experts takes on Yelp with crowdsourced local reviews

Google City Experts takes on Yelp with crowdsourced local reviews

Google has launched Google City Experts, a new program aiming to take on Yelp and other local review sites by promising perks and praise for those regularly writing up their experiences at restaurants, theaters, and other locations around select cities. The scheme, which ties together Google Maps and Google+, promises "Local Insiders" access to an exclusive community, Google-branded swag, and special event invitations in return for committing to producing "quality reviews" each month.

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Android Device Manager locates your lost smartphone remotely [UPDATE]

Android Device Manager locates your lost smartphone remotely [UPDATE]

Google's answer to competing smart mobile brands' device location services has arisen in the form of "Android Device Manager." This system will allow you to remotely locate you device - directly ping-able with Google Maps. It also lets you set the device's Ringer off so you can find the machine easily or wipe the device if it's in a place where you've no hope of getting it back.

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Google Now “hyper-local” cards in testing

Google Now “hyper-local” cards in testing

Google is experimenting with a "hyper-local news card" for Google Now that flags up location-specific information, such as nearby store promotions, social activities, or breaking news. The new card, currently in internal testing as Google works on the overall "Explore" experience, was confirmed by VP of search and assist at the company, Johanna Wright. Speaking to Quartz, Wright described the new info pane as "very, very targeted to you and your interests."

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Zagat rebooted as Google drops fees and revamps apps

Zagat rebooted as Google drops fees and revamps apps

Google has revealed new Android and iPhone apps for Zagat, along with a redesigned website, hoping to address critics' complaints that it has left the restaurant review service to stagnate since acquiring it in late 2011. The new apps now have restaurant news and videos integrated, and Google has dropped the registration and fees, making the ratings accessible to all.

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Google Alfred killed in latest location-services cull

Google Alfred killed in latest location-services cull

Google's Alfred local recommendations app is to be shut down within days, the company has quietly confirmed to users, with users only having until the end of play today to extract their data. The notification of the July 19 shut-down was flagged up in the Alfred app itself, TechCrunch reports, and comes around 18 months after Google acquired the app as part of its Clever Sense buy in December 2011.

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Google kills Latitude and buries Google Maps offline

Google kills Latitude and buries Google Maps offline

Google may have a new version of Google Maps to be excited about, but it's also goodbye to some old features along the way, with the search giant announcing plans to retire Latitude and hopefully shift users to Google+ instead. Latitude has a month left to live and is in fact completely absent from the new version of Google Maps, but users won't be able to avoid the shutdown by bypassing the upgrade since Google is axing server-side support - and Latitude friends lists - too. Meanwhile, offline mapping for Google Maps has been buried away as a bizarre "Easter egg" in the newest version.

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