What it’s like to walk with Google Maps in augmented reality

I’m walking down San Francisco’s Market Street toward a coffee shop using Google Maps when giant arrows pop up on my phone.

I’m supposed to turn right on Front Street. The directions are hard to miss in the new Google Maps augmented reality mode. The large animated arrows make it clear with a glance which direction I should head. It looks something like this:

Animations show you where to go.

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The feature came out Monday for select “local guides” who add new locations, rate businesses, take photos, and more for Google Maps. It’ll be on more guides’ phones in the coming days, although regular users shouldn’t expect it soon. For now, it’s being tested for feedback, and the look and feel of the feature is expected to change. It’s also strictly for walking directions — not for driving. Read more…

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NYPD to Google: Quit tracking drunk-driving checkpoints on Waze

The New York Police Department would like Google to stop tracking its Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) checkpoint locations.

Over the weekend, the NYPD sent a cease-and-desist letter to Google over a feature in its Waze app that marks police locations. According to the document obtained by NYC Streetsblogs, the NYPD is specifically concerned about the listing of police DWI checkpoints.

“Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws,” says the letter. “The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving.” Read more…

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Apple has blocked Google from running internal iOS apps after certificate misuse

Google Maps wants to help you avoid that speeding ticket

Drivers will soon have an extra set of eyes on the road, courtesy of Google.

Google’s navigation app, Google Maps, is starting to roll out speed limit and speed trap features, according to 

A screenshot showing the speed limits feature within Google Maps.

A screenshot showing the speed limits feature within Google Maps.

With the speed limit feature, drivers using Google Maps will be shown the post speed limit of the road they’re driving on in the lower left side of the app. Speed traps are designated with a small camera icon and shown on the visible area of the map. AndroidPolice’s source also reports that Google Maps provides an audio warning for drivers when they are approaching a speed trap. Read more…

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Lenovo’s Smart Alarm Clock asks you to wake up with Google

Google and Lenovo have once again teamed up to bring Google Assistant deeper into your life.

This time, it’s a $79 Smart Alarm Clock, a small Google Assistant-enabled clock with a touchscreen display optimized for bedside tables. It’s launching this spring. 

Though the form factor is similar to Lenovo’s larger Smart Display, Google is billing the alarm clock as the first of a new category of devices: smart clocks.  That may sound like splitting hairs — larger displays also show the time, after all — but there are some meaningful differences that make the device worth paying attention to. 

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Google Maps adds yet another feature: Google Assistant

Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps.

Yep, after adding music streaming, restaurant planning, e-scooter renting, and more to its mobile maps app, Google announced Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas that its digital assistant is joining the party. 

Google Assistant is expected to be on 1 billion devices by the end of January. Amazon’s Alexa, meanwhile, is reportedly on more than 100 million devices. 

So, why add the voice-controlled assistant to Google Maps? Well, Google envisions users asking it for directions home, or to nearby restaurants and saved locations. You can ask the assistant to search for places along your route (like gas stations) or add a stop — all things that used to require some button pushing. Read more…

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With Google Maps on Apple CarPlay, iPhone owners can finally ditch clunky mounts

Google Maps on Apple CarPlay
$0 (free on CarPlay-enabled cars)
The Good

Really easy to connect • Similar to Google Maps on iOS • CarPlay integrates well with texts • calls • and music streaming

The Bad

Google Maps not native experience • Difficult to input destination info mid-ride • Not as full-featured as iOS version of Google Maps

The Bottom Line

If you’re an iPhone owner but prefer Google Maps to Apple Maps, the CarPlay version is a smooth, albeit limited way to get the in-car experience you want.

Mashable Score4.0
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve3.0
Bang for the Buck5.0

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Frasier was Photoshopped into a bookstore on Google Maps, and it’s perfect

Frasier has left entered the building!

McNally Jackson, an independent bookstore chain in New York City noticed that photos of their Williamsburg location were being altered on Google Maps. The alteration being: Dr. Frasier Crane, the popular character from the hit sitcom Frasier, was being Photoshopped into the bookstore’s images.

“Somebody is photoshopping Dr. Frasier Crane into our Williamsburg store on Google Maps and honestly that’s fine,” McNally Jackson tweeted on Monday.

Somebody is photoshopping Dr. Frasier Crane into our Williamsburg store on Google Maps and honestly that’s

— McNally Jackson (@mcnallyjackson) December 17, 2018 Read more…

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