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Apple Maps goes full 3D in 4 cities: Take a peek

Apple Maps goes full 3D in 4 cities: Take a peek

With the release of iOS 15, Apple delivered what they called Apple Maps' "biggest update ever." This update makes four cities into fully 3D experiences, with Apple-generated graphics and design to further enhance the experience one has while exploring a new area - or re-visiting an area in a brand new way. Apple Maps update this week adds an expanded 3D view to London, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Snapchat Snap Map gets “My Places” to track you better

Snapchat Snap Map gets “My Places” to track you better

Supposing you wanted Snapchat to do a better job of telling you where you've been and tracking where you're going, you're in luck! There's a feature coming to iOS first (and probably Android second) called Places. You'll find it appearing in Snapchat with the name "My Places", ready to roll with the map system already appearing inside the app: Snap Map.

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Google Maps and your business: Time to check it, now, today

Google Maps and your business: Time to check it, now, today

It's time to take a peek at how you and your business appear on Google Maps - and the rest of the internet. This isn't just about having your own web page, and it's not about updating your "under construction" Facebook group. It's about seeing your business through the eyes of the everyday potential customer - and seeing how messy the internet can be here in 2021.

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Apple Maps update makes navigation easier with Sim City aesthetic

Apple Maps update makes navigation easier with Sim City aesthetic

Apple Maps has a fancy 3D-like mode that allows you to explore the world in Apple's chosen aesthetic. There's a new navigation view able to render overlapping, complex interchanges for drivers. This latest update also adds an augmented reality system where the user can scan a building and attain walking directions based on where Apple Maps believes you are.

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Google Maps can show eco-friendly locations and businesses

Google Maps can show eco-friendly locations and businesses

Living an eco-friendly life shouldn't be hard but the reality is that it's difficult to sustain a green lifestyle the moment you leave your abode. It might be easy to aware of how your choices can affect the environment but it's not always that easy to find places that share that mindset. Fortunately, Google Maps just got a bit greener and can now show you the nearest recycling drop-off point or which businesses use recycled materials so that you can show your support to establishments that take sustainability seriously.

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This power outage map shows the scale of America’s storm nightmare

This power outage map shows the scale of America’s storm nightmare

Millions of people across the United States are currently without power -- and that's a big problem as temperatures drop to dangerous levels. Though Texas has primarily been hit -- in terms of power outages -- multiple states are currently experiencing problems, and this map makes it easy to keep track of what's happening.

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eBOSS 3D map of known universe fills 11 billion years of history

eBOSS 3D map of known universe fills 11 billion years of history

Astrophysicists revealed a new 3D map of our known universe this week, filling a gap of 11 billion years of history. The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) released this map on July 20, 2020, as a comprehensive analysis of what's now the largest 3D map of the Universe ever constructed. This map was created over the last half-decade by the SDSS team, itself the combined effort of more than 20 years of mapping our Universe with the Sloan Foundation telescope.

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Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

Google Maps traffic lights update released to Android

If you're using an Android device that was released in the last few years and you use Google Maps, you're in luck. Today, Google started releasing an update that adds traffic lights to maps. This isn't going to be live in all places around the world right out the gate - this is just the start - but it's a major step toward the hyper-accurate future of a fully mapped globe.

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Incognito mode added to Google App for iOS: Maps, YouTube soon

Incognito mode added to Google App for iOS: Maps, YouTube soon

Google's spreading the Incognito Mode experience across more apps than just Chrome in the near future. Today's expansion is for the Google App (aka the Google Search app) for iOS devices. The Google App for your iPhone or iPad now has an Incognito mode via your profile picture. Just press that picture and hold it down for a little bit - it'll give you a fancy set of glasses and mysterious hat, just like a real incognito individual!

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Google will now auto-delete your data – but don’t get complacent

Google will now auto-delete your data – but don’t get complacent

Google's enacted an auto-delete system in their Web & App Activity section of all user accounts. Google Account settings will include an "auto-delete" option by default. It'll be up to you to decide when Google deletes your user info - or if you'd like them to keep your info forever. But don't let that make you think you're good to go forever, automatically! It's not quite that simple.

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iOS 14 adds cycling and EV navigation plus new CarPlay and iPhone-as-key

iOS 14 adds cycling and EV navigation plus new CarPlay and iPhone-as-key

iOS 14 is updating the Apple Maps and CarPlay experience, with Apple bringing the ability to use your iPhone as your car key, as well as to get new routing specific for EVs and cyclists. Announced at WWDC 2020 today, the new iOS 14 comes as Apple revamps its iPhone software to make it quicker and easier to navigate.

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Google Maps Accessible Places will show wheelchair-friendly locations

Google Maps Accessible Places will show wheelchair-friendly locations

It may be hard for most people to get around these days but it has always been a gamble for less able people to go out. Although mandated by many laws across the world, accessibility for those with physical handicaps hasn't always been implemented properly and uniformly in places that should. Wheelchair access, for example, is still a hit or miss, which is why Google Maps is now rolling out its latest accessibility feature so that you can check if a location has wheelchair access even before you leave home.

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