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Apple Maps navigation and search is down [Update: it’s back]

Apple Maps navigation and search is down [Update: it’s back]

Apple Maps is down in several core ways, with search, routing, and navigation all offline this morning. Apple confirmed that there was an ongoing issue with the mapping service this morning, and says it's investigating the issue.

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Google Maps just gave iPhone users a fun UI treat

Google Maps just gave iPhone users a fun UI treat

Google Maps is adding a cute new interface tweak, though right now only those using the iOS version for iPhone and iPad will be able to play with it. The new Google Maps for iOS is getting a customizable navigation icon, for those bored of the traditional blue arrow that shows where you currently are on the map.

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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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Waze’s dedicated carpool app gets a big redesign

Waze’s dedicated carpool app gets a big redesign

Waze's main hook is its crowdsourced navigation offerings, but lately, we've also been seeing it build out a carpooling service. Over the past year, Waze Carpool has slowly spread across California and Texas, and today, the dedicated app that handles its carpool pairings is getting a pretty significant update. In fact, this update is so large that we could almost call this a relaunch.

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New Jersey city closes roads to navigation app traffic as problems grow

New Jersey city closes roads to navigation app traffic as problems grow

Navigation apps like Google Maps help cut down commute times and congestion by offering alternative routes when traffic is high. These alternative routes often take drivers down smaller roads that otherwise don't get much traffic, and while it can help alleviate congestion on highways and major roads, it may cause problems for the neighborhoods getting that additional traffic. One city in New Jersey has decided to take drastic steps to fix this problem.

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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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LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

LA fire forces police warning: Don’t trust map apps

As Los Angeles continues to burn, the LA Police Department has been forced to warn drivers not to trust their navigation apps, which may mistake roads where fires are raging for conveniently open routes. It's proved to be another example of how the Internet of Things may be heavily interconnected, but it isn't quite as smart as it really needs to be in order to be truly reliable.

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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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Huge Waze update brings support for motorcycles and voice commands

Huge Waze update brings support for motorcycles and voice commands

Waze is an app that tends to get new features on the regular, but the update landing today is definitely worth paying a little more attention to. The team behind the crowd-sourced navigation app says that this is one of the "biggest Waze app updates ever," and for good reason. There are three oft-requested features rolling out with this update, and they all center around making Waze a more personalized experience.

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Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

Garmin Speak brings Amazon Alexa and GPS navigation to any vehicle

Garmin has announced a new smart device that'll bring the best of Alexa into buyers' cars. The device, simply called Garmin Speak with Amazon Alexa, is said to be the first in-car gadget that gives drivers access to Alexa, as well as navigation via Garmin's own tech. Alexa can handle more than just tapping Garmin's navigational database, though.

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Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

Waze and Spotify integration now rolling out to iOS

There are some things that seem to be fated to go together, like cookies and cream, peanut butter and jelly, and driving and music. Driving and fiddling with your smartphone to play your favorite traveling tunes, however, isn’t one of those and, in some places, might even be illegal. That is why Waze and Spotify have teamed up earlier this year to give you both experiences in one app. Now that tag team is arriving on iOS so you can keep your eyes on the road and your ears on the music.

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Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Waze Android Auto hands-on: The reason for Android-in-the-car

Ask any Android Auto user what app they've been most eagerly awaiting, and the answer will probably be Waze. Sure, Google Maps is one of the best navigation apps around, but for the true road warrior there's no replacing its speeding ticket-saving cousin. The good news is that Waze for Android Auto is here, and I've been testing it out to see if it was worth the wait.

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