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Where’s Waldo? invades Googles Maps for April Fools’ Day

Where’s Waldo? invades Googles Maps for April Fools’ Day

Today is the day that most internet users know to be wary of what they see and read: the dreaded April Fools' Day. Fortunately Google is back again this year with another of its creative, harmless gags, this time centered on Google Maps. None other than Waldo of the classic Where's Waldo puzzle books has come to the mapping service, inviting users to play a mini game right in the mobile app or desktop browser.

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Google Play, Maps make it easier to find videos, places

Google Play, Maps make it easier to find videos, places

The problem with having a wealth of information at your fingertips is that, when it comes time to find a single piece of information, you have a needle in a haystack problem. Even more problematic when what you’re looking for isn’t even in English. In those cases, having a good search and retrieval system is just as important. Google, the king of search, is taking things one step further to save you time by suggesting when and where you can find things. In 39 languages even.

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Watch Ghostbusters World gameplay via Google Maps at GDC

Watch Ghostbusters World gameplay via Google Maps at GDC

Ghostbusters World is one of several games launched in collaboration with Google Maps API. Much like Pokemon GO, gamers use their phone to navigate the real world, watching their in-game character traverse an alternate reality according to their real-world GPS location. Today we've got some real-deal gameplay in pre-alpha mode courtesy of the folks behind the game Ghostbusters World.

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Google Maps adds wheelchair accessible transit routes in big cities

Google Maps adds wheelchair accessible transit routes in big cities

Google has updated Google Maps to include wheelchair accessible routes in transit, helping individuals with mobility problems get around. The routes are available for certain big cities and they're based around public transit, which is typically easier to use for individuals with wheelchairs and other mobility devices. These routes are available for cities around the world.

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Google Maps APIs just changed gaming forever

Google Maps APIs just changed gaming forever

Google Maps APIs Gaming was just announced for game developers around the world. With these keys to Google Maps, developers have access to the most vital component of the most successful mobile game in history: Pokemon GO. Before now, the only games that really, truly took hold of an entire planet of GPS-mapped coordinates were Niantic's own. Now, Google's opened their doors to the future of mobile gaming.

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Mario Kart invades Google Maps today

Mario Kart invades Google Maps today

Mario is unquestionably the most recognizable video game character in the world. Because of this, we often see Mario make the jump to mainstream promotions that exist outside the world of gaming. Today we're learning about where we'll see the plumber next, thanks to a new team up between Nintendo and Google Maps in celebration of Mario day.

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Disney Parks Hit Google Maps Street View

Disney Parks Hit Google Maps Street View

If you ever wanted to go to a Disney theme park without having to stand in long lines to see the park, Google has your answer. Google has announced that Disney Parks have come to Google Maps Street View giving you a walking level view of the parks and attractions. Google has 11 Disney Parks in its catalog.

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Google Maps bans business reviews left by former employees

Google Maps bans business reviews left by former employees

Disgruntled former employees, those feeling wronged in one way or another, have a tendency to take out their frustration online. One may seek a sense of justice or revenge by lambasting their former place of employment online, and chief among those online review destinations is Google. The Internet giant has updated its Google Maps policy to ban that specific kind of review: the kind left for a business by a former worker.

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Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

Google Maps now has public transit directions and notifications

A small but useful update has been released for Google Maps, one that will be especially useful for those who rely on the app for directions via public transportation. The app now has a step-by-step navigation option when traveling on the train, subway, and bus, as well as notifications when the desired stop is approaching. The new features are now live on both the Android and iOS apps.

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Google Maps Go is now a go for Android Go

Google Maps Go is now a go for Android Go

Google has just recently launched Android Go, the “half-version” of Android meant for phones with even more constrained hardware. But a “lite” Android is just half the equation and you’ll need lite apps to go with it. That was true for Search Go (formerly Search Lite) and Files Go, but there are still a lot of Google apps that need to go on a diet. The newest to join that group is Maps Go, now available on Play Store but not available for anyone. That is, unless you know its secret.

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Google Maps will soon make sure you don’t miss your stop

Google Maps will soon make sure you don’t miss your stop

Google Maps and Waze, both owned by Google, have changed the way many of us travel. Their usefulness, however, has so far been best experienced by those walking or driving themselves. Commuters, sadly, aren’t as lucky. That will change soon, according to TechCrunch,with an update that will make Maps a bit more commuter-friendly, with bus stop notifications and even notifications on your lock screens.

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Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

Google Maps adds two-wheel mode for motorbike routes

For most Google Maps users, getting directions to a destination comes with three or four options: cars, public transportation, walking, and possibly cycling. For users in India, though, soon to be followed by other countries, there is a fifth option: two-wheeler mode. This new option is represented by an icon resembling a motorcycle, and it is designed for motorbikes which may be capable of taking routes not accessible to cars.

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