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Google Maps ditched data to figure out pandemic driving – but the best is yet to come

Google Maps ditched data to figure out pandemic driving – but the best is yet to come

Google Maps may have had 13 years practice at getting traffic patterns right, but 2020 threw a wrench in the works with pandemic driving apparently a very different matter. Google has revealed that it was forced to shake-up its precious algorithms in order to deal with COVID-19 related traffic uncertainty, including ditching the older data that would traditionally be essential for better predicting how the roads might be flowing.

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Google Maps and Passport lets you pay for parking in Austin

Google Maps and Passport lets you pay for parking in Austin

The fewer things you touch with your hands these days, the lower the chances you have of contracting something. That's especially true in public places where you have very little control over who last touched what. Just yesterday, Amazon rolled out a way to pay for your Exxon or Mobil gas just by telling Alexa. Although less hands-free, this new collaboration between Google and Passport will at least let you pay for your parking spot with just a few taps.

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Google Search and Maps now show wildfire info, boundaries

Google Search and Maps now show wildfire info, boundaries

As if it weren't bad enough with the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens on the US West Coast, especially in California, now also have to brave the wildfires blazing across many states. Dealing with this calamity is just as unpredictable as the virus and people's best bet is getting the right information at the right time. As the company that practically has all the information available on the Internet, Google is moving fast to equip both Google Search and Google Maps with emergency information related to these wildfires that will alert users to the danger and the extent that the fires cover.

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Google Maps’ new UI is colorful genius

Google Maps’ new UI is colorful genius

Google Maps is getting a graphics upgrade, making it easier to see where lakes, beaches, forests and more are at a glance. The new update brings more color to the regular Google Maps view, distilling some of the details from Google's satellite imagery, but not letting it overload the default interface.

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Google My Business now offers faster ways to update profiles

Google My Business now offers faster ways to update profiles

We've become more dependent these days on the Internet to search for information, especially about places or businesses whose hours and policies may have changed in the past months. Unfortunately, those very same businesses may be experiencing difficulties in keeping up-to-date from lack of manpower or for being unable to even go to the office. The need for quick access to information begets the need to quickly update that information and, thankfully, Google is rolling out easier tools to help Business Profile owners keep on top of things.

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Google Maps returns to Apple Watch and gets important CarPlay feature

Google Maps returns to Apple Watch and gets important CarPlay feature

Google has announced its latest update for Google Maps on iOS, bringing two important features: support for CarPlay's latest and greatest feature, as well as the return of an Apple Watch app for the navigation platform. The two additions are a welcomed change for users who are firmly within the Apple ecosystem, but who prefer to use Google's mapping app instead of Apple's.

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Shiny Pokemon GO Unown, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Lunatone, Staryu

Shiny Pokemon GO Unown, Clefairy, Jigglypuff, Lunatone, Staryu

Starting on Friday, August 7, 2020, at 1PM (local time), Pokemon GO will enter Enigma Week. This is a special week of bonuses and odd spawns activated by a successful "Ultra Unlock" during Pokemon GO Fest 2020. In this week, users will be able to attain some very, very rare Pokemon - not necessarily HELPFUL or POWERFUL Pokemon, but rare all the same.

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Shadow Pokemon GO and the best Pokemon potential

Shadow Pokemon GO and the best Pokemon potential

Today we're going to have a look at why you should avoid the obvious in Pokemon GO for Team GO Rocket Pokemon. If you're attempting to complete research, attain a goal, or some other third oddity in the game, by all means, Purify all your Pokemon. But if you're seeking the most rare Pokemon in Pokemon GO, or you like Pokemon that WIN in Raids, keep your Shadows!

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Google Maps just switched on smarter bikeshare navigation

Google Maps just switched on smarter bikeshare navigation

Google Maps is getting a cycling upgrade, with new features intended to make bike journeys more efficient and safer - as well as warning riders if they're likely to get sweaty on the way. Although biking directions in Google Maps have been available for a decade now, the updates promise to take advantage of new cycle lanes and temporary road closures, as well as embracing bike-share schemes.

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Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

If you're using an Android device that was released in the last few years and you use Google Maps, you're in luck. Today, Google started releasing an update that adds traffic lights to maps. This isn't going to be live in all places around the world right out the gate - this is just the start - but it's a major step toward the hyper-accurate future of a fully mapped globe.

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Google Maps and Search expand ways people can message businesses

Google Maps and Search expand ways people can message businesses

Google pretty much wants Search to be pretty much the one place you get all your Internet-related and sometimes even app-related needs. Want to search for a restaurant? Search. Want to reserve a car? Search. Want to ask what's in stock at Walmart? In the past, you'd have to call the store or at the very least strike up a conversation in Google Maps. Well, now you can do that right from Google Search, too, at least on Android, that is.

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Incognito mode added to Google App for iOS: Maps, YouTube soon

Incognito mode added to Google App for iOS: Maps, YouTube soon

Google's spreading the Incognito Mode experience across more apps than just Chrome in the near future. Today's expansion is for the Google App (aka the Google Search app) for iOS devices. The Google App for your iPhone or iPad now has an Incognito mode via your profile picture. Just press that picture and hold it down for a little bit - it'll give you a fancy set of glasses and mysterious hat, just like a real incognito individual!

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