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Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Google Map’s parking reminder feature is now rolling out

Although often used as source for comic relief, forgetting where one parked one's car is enough of a problem that Google designed a feature for it. Yet not big enough to warrant its own "Dude, where's my car?" app, of course. Sighted just last month, Google has finally formally announced the availability of parking notes and reminders on Google Maps, both for Android and iOS.

Google already implemented something akin to a parking reminder but that one was heavily automated and, more often than not, unreliable. It also relied solely on sensors, specifically GPS, which may not be accurate nor sufficient to remind you of your parking spot.

The new Google Maps feature pouts you in the driver's seat. After you've parked, simply tap on your blue circle and select "Save your parking" from the menu. On iOS, it'll be "Set as parking location". This will add a label to the spot which you can go back to later. In case you forgot where you parked.

The Android version has a bit more bells and whistles. While the iOS feature does let you share your location or view photos of the parking area, the Android counterpart lets you actually add information to the parking card. You can put notes, take a photo, and even set a timer for your parking meter.

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Ms. Pac-Man pays a visit to Google Maps today

Ms. Pac-Man pays a visit to Google Maps today

If you find yourself out and about this afternoon and decide you're in the mood for some classic video game action, Google Maps has you covered. In anticipation of April Fools Day, Google has dropped its very own version of Ms. Pac-Man into Google Maps, allowing you to play the famous arcade title using real-world maps as the playing field.

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Google Maps can now remember where you parked your car

Google Maps can now remember where you parked your car

Although often used in comical situations, getting lost in a crowded parking lot or, worse, forgetting exactly where you parked your ride is no joking matter. It is both grave and yet common enough that smartphones and even smartwatches have features and apps that address that problem. If you have an Android device, however, you might not need to install a different app, provided you have Google Maps already installed. That’s because Google has finally and silently rolled out a new feature that will help you remember where you left your car and even for how long.

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Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Google Maps now lets you create and share lists of places

Most of us have a wishlist of places we'd like to visit, but with a world as wide as ours, keeping them all straight can be a little tough sometimes. Google Maps is coming to the rescue with a brand new feature being rolled out today: shareable lists. Beginning today, you can use the Google Maps app to create lists of your favorite places and share them with family and friends.

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Google Maps update puts real-time commute info a tap away

Google Maps update puts real-time commute info a tap away

Google Maps is a pretty handy app, but if you already know the way to your destination, its usefulness is diminished. Google is looking to change that by rolling out a new update today. There are a few things this update does, but one of the most noteworthy additions is real-time commute information that helps even when you already know the route by heart.

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Google Maps now warns you about parking nightmares

Google Maps now warns you about parking nightmares

Google Maps is about to get a whole lot more useful, with an update to the navigation app not only showing where there's parking at your destination, but how busy it's likely to be. The update, which will initially only be offered in Google Maps for Android and operate in select locations, adds a "Parking Limited" warning to route guidance. When you see that, you know that it's probably worth leaving early to give yourself extra time.

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Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber just got much more convenient, assuming you’re a Google Maps user, thanks to a new integration with Google’s navigation app. Rather than opening the Uber app and copying an address into the destination field, Google users can now find their location using Google Maps, then choose the small ride-hailing icon as the transportation method, enabling travelers to order an Uber car directly within the app.

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Can my phone be tracked?

Can my phone be tracked?

Absolutely yes, your smartphone can be tracked - the question we should be asking is: what can we do about it? Today we're going to run down several easy ways in which we can see our phone being tracked, first of all. Then we're going to shut down this tracking in a few easy steps. It's really not too big of a hassle, just a trade-off - location tracking lets us map where we're going, but in exchange, our phone has to know where we are.

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Google Maps now shows wheelchair accessibility info for locations

Google Maps now shows wheelchair accessibility info for locations

Google Maps is already a lifesaver for many of us, with the app spitting out locations with just a few taps and keeping us from getting lost with detailed directions. But now it can be even more vital for the millions of people in wheelchairs in the US. Now Google Maps will display wheelchair accessibility information for locations, right alongside details like store hours or dining options, under the "amenities" section.

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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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