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Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

Google Maps redesign promises to make finding places faster

It’s almost hard to imagine these days how we’ve managed to survive the past decades without Google Maps and related services like Waze. But despite their convenience, finding the right spot when and where you need still isn’t as easy or as fast as we may want it. Pending direct Internet-to-brain interface, Google is initiating some changes in Google Maps to cut down on the time your eyes spend scanning the screen for relevant markers. And it does so by lowering the information density as well as color coding markers.

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Google Maps is fixing Street View

Google Maps is fixing Street View

The newest version of Google Maps Street View will have a much more complete view of this planet. Or at least the parts the company's driven to or hiked to or swam through so far. Street View panoramas, specifically, are all about to look a whole lot better for everyone - and that's not even the best part. The best part is - nobody has to go back out and take all of those photos again. Google's fixing everything with computer algorithms!

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The Millennium Falcon was hidden badly : Here’s more Star Wars on Google Maps

The Millennium Falcon was hidden badly : Here’s more Star Wars on Google Maps

Users of Google Maps and lovers of space-spotting Star Wars set pieces will enjoy the appearance of the Millennium Falcon this week in Surrey. The first of two images of the same Star Wars spaceship can be found simply by searching for Longcross Studios Surrey on Google Earth and scrolling to the right. The second Falcon isn't quite so easy to spot.

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Google Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at restaurants

Google Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at restaurants

Google Maps and Search have received some handy new features throughout the year, but this newest addition might be the best one yet. Google revealed today that Maps and Search will soon tell you wait times at sit-down restaurants around the world. This will be rolling out as part of the popular times feature, which has been available in Maps and Search for quite some time.

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Google Maps drops its experimental cupcake calorie feature

Google Maps drops its experimental cupcake calorie feature

Google has decided to get rid of the calorie tracking feature it had added to the Google Maps iOS app. The feature crudely estimated the number of calories that would be burned by walking to a location versus driving or taking the bus. Though nifty for those who cared, the feature was heavily criticized for its lack of accuracy and in-your-face nature.

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Google Maps now lets you navigate through our solar system

Google Maps now lets you navigate through our solar system

While we’re probably still dozens of years away from actually getting lost in our travels between planets in our neighborhood, that doesn’t mean we can’t start pretending already. Google Maps was originally created as a way to navigate our own terra firm but has long expanded to ocean depths, volcanoes, and, now, outer space. Google has just added not a few round objects from our solar system, both planets, moons, and one former planet, so you can live out your space-faring fantasies while companies scamper to make that a thing.

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Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position

Today Google made a point to feature 6 new use-cases for ARCore. ARCore is Google's augmented reality toolkit for developers, and their examples this week are quite impressive. The most powerful show of AR power comes with virtual positioning of a smartphone within Google Maps Street View, updating a system that's already awesome.

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Tech companies rise to help Florida weather Irma

Tech companies rise to help Florida weather Irma

You know those jokes about how people first go online and on social media in times of emergencies before they actually do something about said emergency? Well it’s time to turn that new habit on its head and actually make it useful. Florida governor Rick Scott urged residents to take advantage of apps like Gas Buddy, Google Maps, and Expedia to get the latest information on gas availability and road closures in preparing for hurricane Irma’s landfall. Of course, only before and after the storm, not during and especially not inside it.

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Google calls on Local Guides to add wheelchair info to Maps

Google calls on Local Guides to add wheelchair info to Maps

Getting around on wheels might sound classy, but there is one wheel-based mode of transportation that isn’t always fun. Laws requiring establishments to have wheelchair accessible features are inconsistent and inconsistently followed anyway, giving users double the difficulty and the uncertainty. In its mission to index the world’s data, including accessibility information, Google is rallying its Local Guides everywhere to take just a few seconds to note whether a location is wheelchair-friendly or not, a simple act that could make a world of difference for someone.

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Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Google SOS Alerts roll out to Search and Maps for crisis information

Google is rolling out new tools today to help searchers and Maps users get critical information during a crisis. This new feature is called SOS Alerts, and it expands on previous emergency response features Google has launched. It's even live today, offering important information about the wildfires in British Columbia, Canada.

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Street View in Space: Google Maps on the International Space Station

Street View in Space: Google Maps on the International Space Station

Google Street View has escaped Earth and made it to the International Space Station, with the first-person Google Maps add-on venturing out into zero gravity. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet spent half a year on the ISS, returning to Earth last month. While on the orbiting research platform he captured numerous Street View images which Google has now released publicly.

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Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave

Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave

It's one thing to know that your next commute might take an hour. But it's another thing to know when it might take 30 minutes. Travel times aren't always fixed and they ebb and flow with the rise and setting of the sun, a.k.a. rush hour. To better help give travels an idea of what they're facing, Google has very sneakily rolled out an update to Maps that shows users a graph that visually shows just how much, or how less, traffic you will face, depending on what time you hit the road.

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