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Trusted Contacts app from Google tracks friends with GPS

Trusted Contacts app from Google tracks friends with GPS

Google is launching a new app called Trusted Contacts today, and it's aimed toward making sure you're never truly alone - especially in dangerous situations. With the app, you can name a number trusted contacts who can see your location to ensure that your safe. The app also features some degree of offline functionality, so people will be able to see your last known location even if you're venturing into an area will poor wireless service.

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Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google Earth creates 30-year timelapses of climate change

Google has announced a new Google Earth Timeplapse feature, created in partnership with Time, that presents satellite imagery from 32 years of the Earth's surface in animations to show in detail how our planet is changing. Google Earth has added an additional four years of maps to what was available before, and now makes use of higher-resolution images that offer greater surface details, as well as animations with consistent color and quality.

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Google Search popular times feature gets a boost for holiday shopping

Google Search popular times feature gets a boost for holiday shopping

Google Search and Maps are once again adding a few new features to help you survive the holiday season. While the first round of updates centered around making holiday travel easier, today's batch want to help you spend as little time as possible shopping. Google is bolstering the functionality of the "popular times" feature in Google Search and Maps to achieve this.

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Google Maps beta reveals new features, including default satellite view

Google Maps beta reveals new features, including default satellite view

It would seem a new update that adds a few noteworthy features is on the way to Google Maps. The update to version 9.41.0 isn't officially here yet, but it has entered beta, giving us a good look at what's coming up. The folks over at Android Police got their hands on the beta and have put together a changelog that details the biggest additions this update will offer.

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Google Map Maker is shutting down next year

Google Map Maker is shutting down next year

Google is no stranger to controversial products. The Google Glass was criticized for being a privacy nightmare made real and Google's self-driving cars still continue to be a topic for lawmakers and regulators. As far as web services are concerned, however, it was perhaps Map Maker that garnered the most flak last year, leading to its suspension and very slow return. Well, no more, as Google finally decreed that Map Maker will be no more starting next year. Most functionality will, instead be transferred to Google Maps itself.

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Google Maps gains new voice commands via “OK Google”

Google Maps gains new voice commands via “OK Google”

It’s not a good thing when you are driving to take your eyes of the road for any reason. This includes taking eyes off the road to mess with your navigation device. Google Maps has gained some new voice controls that will make it easier to control Maps while you drive without having to touch the smartphone. When in navigation or driving mode, say "OK Google."

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Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Google Maps dot now uses a beam to show your direction

Maps apps, especially Google’s, has become a household name in modern day traveling, be it within cities or between countries. But sometimes, you need more than just a clear indication of where you are or where you’re heading. You also need to know what direction you’re facing to make heads or tails of the map directions in the first place. While Google Maps already had that feature before, using an inconspicuous arrow, it is refining that using a shining blue beam instead.

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Google Maps adds speed limits to Android app and Android Auto

Google Maps adds speed limits to Android app and Android Auto

We have all been cruising down the road at one time or another and wondered exactly what the speed limit was on the road. Often this thought comes to mind right after we see a police car. The problem is for a lot of the roads there are no speed limit signs or they are few and far between. Google has an update for its Google Maps app rolling out that will help us know what the speed limit is.

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Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett as ride service options

Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett as ride service options

Back in March, Google added a ride services section to Google Maps that presents various ride services with how soon you could take them and about how much they’d cost. The idea is that you probably don’t have time to toggle between a bunch of different apps to figure out which transportation method is the fastest — using this ride services tab, you can see in one glance whether it would, for example be faster to take an Uber car or a taxi; or, alternatively, whether one option would be cheaper than another. In a statement today, Google announced it has updated that ride services integration with two new companies.

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Sheep View project on Faroe Islands gets some help from Google Maps team

Sheep View project on Faroe Islands gets some help from Google Maps team

Last month, we told you about Sheep View 360, an initiative undertaken by the residents of the Faroe Islands archipelago that aimed to map the islands with solar powered 360-degree cameras mounted on the backs of sheep. It may seem like a silly idea, but when Google Maps hasn't visited and you want tourists to be able to check out the islands through Street View, you have to be creative.

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Google Maps update brings ride service options and offline features

Google Maps update brings ride service options and offline features

Google Maps has received some cool new updates that will make it easier to get around town when traveling or at home. One of the new features is designed to make it easier for you to get along with Google Maps even if you are in an area where service is spotty. The new feature adds a WiFi-only mode to Google Maps allowing it to be used entirely offline for Android devices.

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Uber planning to map the world with $500 million investment

Uber planning to map the world with $500 million investment

Since it first hit the scene, Uber has relied on Google Maps to get its drivers to folks who need a ride, but that may not be the case forever. A new report from unnamed sources speaking to The Financial Times say that Uber is planning to drop a cool $500 million on mapping the world as part of an initiative to focus on long-term growth. With mapping cars already on the road in the US and Mexico, Uber rolling out its self-made maps could be a reality sooner rather than later, too.

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