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Apple Maps inches closer to catching up with Google Maps and Waze

Apple Maps inches closer to catching up with Google Maps and Waze

It was once the butt of jokes but Apple has rebuilt its Maps app and service to mean serious business. In addition to offering a more integrated experience for its iOS and macOS users, Apple Maps bills itself as a more privacy-respecting service compared to Google Maps and Google-owned Waze. That, however, only makes sense if Apple Maps is able to offer nearly all the same features as the others. While it may still have a long way to go, this latest update takes it a few steps closer to that goal, at least for those in the US.

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Google Maps incognito mode may finally be rolling out really soon now

Google Maps incognito mode may finally be rolling out really soon now

Google revealed many things at I/O 2019 last May but, as typical, not all of them have materialized just yet. Of course, those may still happen in due time, and it seems that Google is indeed taking its sweet time for others. It was still back in May when Google announced a privacy feature for Maps but it seems that it will still be quite a while before Google Maps' incognito mode rolls out to all.

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Google Maps adds ridesharing and bikes to transit directions

Google Maps adds ridesharing and bikes to transit directions

Google Maps and, later, Waze have changed the way we navigate through roads and streets but another revolution also changed the way we travel. While it's not unusual for many to take multiple modes of transportation on a single trip, nowadays some people prefer to cover that last mile with less conventional means, like two-wheeled bicycles and the even more recent ridesharing system. Fortunately, Google Maps is now adapting to the latest trends and will inform users of such options when trying to find their way to their destination.

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Google Maps magical Live View opens to iOS this week

Google Maps magical Live View opens to iOS this week

This week the folks at Google responsible for the newest magical features in Google Maps expand availability of Live View. This is an augmented reality feature that, until now, was only available for testing by Google insiders, Local Guides, and the Pixel community. Now they're pushing the feature to Android and iOS devices that support ARCore and ARKit.

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Google Maps will soon show natural disasters like it does traffic

Google Maps will soon show natural disasters like it does traffic

Google is doing some good for the world with a system called "SOS alerts" - in Google Maps and Google Search, primarily. With this system, they're making an effort to warn drivers about potential hazards on the road and nearby - in real time. This system will be live in Google Maps quite soon - and redirection will be here later this summer.

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Google Maps AR: What we want to see

Google Maps AR: What we want to see

Google just reinvented how we navigate our way around unfamiliar places. It’s called Google Maps AR and it’s solves all sorts of problems we currently experience when travelling with a GPS.

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Seeing Climate Change: This map shows your city’s hot future

Seeing Climate Change: This map shows your city’s hot future

A new interactive map aims to push an understanding of the near-future in climate change here in the United States. What once was difficult to comprehend for the average person can now be visualized with great ease. Not that you wouldn't be able to understand climate change otherwise - it's just a whole lot more visceral once you can visualize what it'll be like to live in your city in the near future with climate change in play.

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Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Today we're having a peek at the newly revealed and newly-public "most accurate" high resolution terrain map of Antarctica. This is REMA, or the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. Straight from the folks at Ohio State University, this map is made by what its creators say is "applying fully automated, stereo auto-correlation techniques to overlapping pairs of high-resolution optical satellite images."

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Google Maps now shares battery level, shows Earth isn’t flat

Google Maps now shares battery level, shows Earth isn’t flat

Google Maps is one of those conveniences of modern life that many can't imagine life without. But more than just helping us not get lost, Maps also has one other somewhat controversial feature: location sharing. Now more than just knowing where your friends and family are, you will also be able to see how much battery they have left. You know, in case you need to swoop in to their rescue with a power bank.

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Google Maps quick access buttons appear for some users

Google Maps quick access buttons appear for some users

Google Maps is the navigation app of choice for many people, but it's not always the easiest to navigate. Given that Maps is used for driving, you need to be able to access your primary destinations quickly, and that's where quick access buttons come in. These buttons are overlaid directly onto the home screen and pull up directions with a single tap.

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OneMap Alliance targets single HD map for driverless cars by 2020

OneMap Alliance targets single HD map for driverless cars by 2020

A new collaboration between digital map-makers, the OneMap Alliance, has set itself the challenge of developing a global HD map for autonomous cars by 2020. The project - which is also inviting other companies to get involved - hopes to offer automakers and other companies developing driverless vehicles a single, consistent HD map across different regions.

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Google just gave free movie tickets to Local Guides

Google just gave free movie tickets to Local Guides

Free movie tickets, just in time for Avengers: Infinity War, just what the doctor ordered. That's what Google made real this week via Google Maps Local Guides. "Just in time for some of the season's biggest movies," said Google, "we've teamed up with Atom to get you a free movie ticket. Use the app to redeem your perk by June 3, 2018."

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