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Pokemon GO could be the best game in the metaverse

Pokemon GO could be the best game in the metaverse

I've played Pokemon GO since before public launch. Since Google's original Google Maps April Fool's Joke that eventually turned into Pokemon GO, I've felt the draw of an augmented reality in which Pokemon exist. Now, courtesy of a couple of long-time Pokemon GO gamers on The Silph Road on Reddit, I've come to realize that the Pokemon aren't the most important part of the equation. The most important bit here is the potential Niantic has in taking this franchise into the metaverse.

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Video shows original NES modified to run retro-style Google Maps

Video shows original NES modified to run retro-style Google Maps

Nearly a decade ago, Google published a video for April Fool's Day that showed an 8-bit version of Google Maps made for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). That, of course, was a joke, but it inspired some actual DIYers to try and make a real-life version of the amusing concept.

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Spin integrates its electric scooters with Google Maps

Spin integrates its electric scooters with Google Maps

Spin is an electric scooter and bicycle company that is owned by Ford. The idea behind the company is to provide emissions-free mobility in crowded city centers and other locations allowing users to get around without relying on a car. Ford and Spin have announced that the micromobility company is working with Google Maps.

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Time to trash your old Android phones

Time to trash your old Android phones

Google sent out a note this week about some of the oldest Android devices, saying they'll cut off service soon. If you have an Android device that's a certain age or older - or more specifically, running a very old version of Android - it may finally be time to accept that it's no longer worth keeping in your dresser drawer. Unless, of course, you're just using the device like a virtual photo album. That'll still work.

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Google Maps location sharing in iMessage live: How to do it

Google Maps location sharing in iMessage live: How to do it

If you're using Google Maps on iOS, you can now share your live location in iMessage easier than before. It was already possible to share you live location with Google Maps on both iOS and Android - and we'll get to that in this article as well - but first, the newness. In iMessage - the latest version of the app, of course - you'll have a new Google Maps widget for extreme ease in sharing.

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If COVID crowding on public transit scares you, Google Maps could have the fix

If COVID crowding on public transit scares you, Google Maps could have the fix

While it might feel like we're coming out of the pandemic here in the US, where vaccines are easily obtainable, COVID-19 is still out there. With a significant unvaccinated population potentially giving rise to more resilient variants, it's hard to blame those who want to take more precautions when venturing out into the world. Google Maps is going to help out on that front, as it's rolling out some new features to help users around the world "navigate new normals."

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Google Bookmarks shutdown won’t affect Google Maps Starred places

Google Bookmarks shutdown won’t affect Google Maps Starred places

Google has dozens of apps, services, and products that it's nearly impossible to keep track of all of them, especially the old and obscure ones. These products come and go, usually after a few months or even a few years, but rarely do these products survive for over a decade, with very few people knowing about them. Such is the case of Google Bookmarks, not to be confused with Chrome's bookmarks, which have been around for almost 16 years. It's time, however, has come to an end, but, fortunately, its departure will hardly be felt, even by Google Maps users.

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Google Maps and your business: Time to check it, now, today

Google Maps and your business: Time to check it, now, today

It's time to take a peek at how you and your business appear on Google Maps - and the rest of the internet. This isn't just about having your own web page, and it's not about updating your "under construction" Facebook group. It's about seeing your business through the eyes of the everyday potential customer - and seeing how messy the internet can be here in 2021.

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Jaguar teams with Google to use the I-Pace EV for measuring air quality in Dublin

Jaguar teams with Google to use the I-Pace EV for measuring air quality in Dublin

Jaguar and Google have announced that they are working together to measure air quality in Dublin, Ireland, using the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace SUV. The tie-up also sees the I-Pace become the first fully electric Google Street view vehicle. Jaguar engineers integrated Google Street View and air quality technology into the electric vehicle.

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Google details how it’s making Maps better with new AI features

Google details how it’s making Maps better with new AI features

At Google I/O, the search giant outlined two new features for Google Maps that help map roads more than ten times faster than possible five years ago. The new feature aims to bring maps packed with useful information to consumers, and Google is giving details on how AI makes two of the new features possible. One way is using AI to teach maps to identify and forecast when people are hitting their brakes.

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Google Maps can show eco-friendly locations and businesses

Google Maps can show eco-friendly locations and businesses

Living an eco-friendly life shouldn't be hard but the reality is that it's difficult to sustain a green lifestyle the moment you leave your abode. It might be easy to aware of how your choices can affect the environment but it's not always that easy to find places that share that mindset. Fortunately, Google Maps just got a bit greener and can now show you the nearest recycling drop-off point or which businesses use recycled materials so that you can show your support to establishments that take sustainability seriously.

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A small but useful feature is returning to Google Maps on Android

A small but useful feature is returning to Google Maps on Android

Google Maps on Android is seeing a classic feature return with its latest update. Two years after it was removed in an effort to clean up the app's interface, Google has confirmed that it's bringing back the compass. Yes indeed, it seems that Android users are finally getting back the tool that has been the cornerstone of navigation for centuries.

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