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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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Google Maps makes accessibility everyone’s responsibility

Google Maps makes accessibility everyone’s responsibility

Although sometimes required by law in certain jurisdictions, not all establishments have facilities that cater to or at least assist people with disabilities. And that's not even counting areas that may not be cut out for some disabilities, like long-winding stairs or uneven terrain. Nothing can be more frustrating, not to mention disheartening, than arriving at a place only to discover how inaccessible it s. It is nearly impossible for one organization or company, even for Google, to keep track of all that information, which is why the search giant is now tapping all Google Maps users to at least help people prepare better.

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Android is now running on 2 billion devices around the world

Android is now running on 2 billion devices around the world

Google CEO Sundar Pichai just took the stage at Google I/O 2017, and he's starting the presentation off with a bang. After touching on the scale of this year's event, he shifted to focus to the services and products that Google offers. As it turns out, many of Google's services have hit important milestones, especially Android, which just hit 2 billion active devices around the world in the past week.

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Google Maps for Android now uses Street View for directions

Google Maps for Android now uses Street View for directions

Android users with the Google Maps app installed have received a handy new feature in the last week: when viewing navigation and driving directions, the app will now display Street View imagery, making it even clearer when and where to turn. This has been available for some time now on the web version of Google Maps, but bringing the feature to the mobile app will make those times when it's difficult to read or identify street names less of a hassle.

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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.

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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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