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August 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When Google bought Waze, it wasn't just buying a startup -- it was also buying a highly engaged community of users willing to provide real-time traffic information. And that community is key to Google's effort to stave off rival mapping apps, namely Apple Maps. Google on Tuesday announced that iPhone and Android users of Google Maps would now begin seeing live traffic reports posted by Waze users. That means that when Waze users indicate construction, heavy traffic, or a car accident on the road, the report will show up on both the Waze and Google Maps apps.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
How to take a white-water trip through the Grand Canyon without getting wet: Stay home and click on Google's Street View of the classic 286-mile ride on the Colorado River. It's red-rock heaven all the way, with pull-offs that scramble up side canyons too, in the latest take-you-there visuals debuting Thursday (today) on Google Maps. Google's take-you-there 360-degree Street Views (no, they aren't changing the name to "river views") have captured major landmarks like the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as five national parks in California.
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July 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps is making it easier to use the app to bypass traffic jams on the fly and to find highly rated places. An update Wednesday for the Android version of Google Maps app adds a new discovery feature and the ability to reroute navigation directions whenever the app finds a quicker route. Google said users can now tap the app's search box to see a feature called "Explore," which they can then tap to expand. The feature will then show recommended places to shop, eat and visit.
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February 23, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple spent the weekend scrambling to respond to a security bug called "Gotofail" discovered first in its iOS devices and then in its Mac OSX. Beyond just leaving users vulnerable, the flaw ignited a debate among cybersecurity experts because the mistake in the code was considered so basic. Some wondered how Apple could have made such a simple error. "This sort of subtle bug deep in the code is a nightmare," wrote Google's security expert Adam Langley on his blog. "I believe that it's just a mistake, and I feel very bad for whomever might have slipped in an editor and created it. But others wondered whether the code was a deliberate attempt to create a backdoor for government spy agencies.
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December 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps recently made its long awaited return to the iPhone, and although it's received positive reviews, finding some of the apps' coolest features can be a bit difficult. That's why earlier this week, Google released a tip sheet explaining features of the new app. Here are several of those tips, along with a few others that should help you get well acclimated with Google Maps. Use Google Maps with Siri Typically when you ask Siri for directions, she'll give them to you but will use Apple Maps.
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August 16, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google updated its Android Google Maps app this week with new features, but the most noticeable change is a new icon for the app. The new icon, which you can see in the picture above, shows the Google "g" subtly added on top of a map that also includes the iconic Google Maps pin. Previously the icon only showed a blue dot on top of a bland map (you can see the old icon here ). The icon is not only cleaner and more attractive, it pushes the Google brand more. Besides the new look, the app also has some cool new features.
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November 30, 2011 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
Google is bringing its mapping technology to the great indoors. With the launch of Google Maps 6.0 on Tuesday, users of mobile devices running Android OS 2.1 and up will have the ability to use Google Maps not just to get directions to an Ikea, Macy's or one of several airports but also to figure out how to find housewares, ATMs and their airline boarding gates. Google's inside mapping will work like its outside mapping. A little blue dot will move along with users to show where they are, and the technology is even able to know what floor they are on — what Steve Lee, director of product management for Google, called "the third dimension of mapping.
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March 13, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
How to take a white-water trip through the Grand Canyon without getting wet: Stay home and click on Google's Street View of the classic 286-mile ride on the Colorado River. It's red-rock heaven all the way, with pull-offs that scramble up side canyons too, in the latest take-you-there visuals debuting Thursday (today) on Google Maps. Google's take-you-there 360-degree Street Views (no, they aren't changing the name to "river views") have captured major landmarks like the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris as well as five national parks in California.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2010 | By Don Reisinger
After a long wait and more than 50,000 signatures on an online petition, cyclists will be happy to know that Google Inc. has finally added bicycle routes to Google Maps. In Google Maps, users can now find "Bicycling" in the tool's "Get Directions" drop-down box. After choosing the option, bikers can input two addresses and find the bike route that will get them to their destination. The mapping tool provides turn-by-turn directions and an estimated travel time. The new Google Maps bicycling feature is available in 150 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
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August 13, 2007 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
A knife sharpening truck parked outside of O.J. Simpson's old Brentwood address tops the list of curiosities captured in Google Inc.'s street-level photographs of Southern California. Others include unflattering snapshots of passers-by, a woman gazing out her window in Encinitas and a sea gull above La Jolla caught mid-flight dropping a surprise below.
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February 21, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple said Friday that it had acquired Burstly , a small Santa Monica-based company that lets developers make their apps available for testing by outside users. The acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch and later confirmed by an Apple spokeswoman. No price was disclosed.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy Although Apple has restrictions on how widely companies can beta test apps on its iOS platform, third-party companies such as Burstly have allowed developers to reach more users.
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February 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
IPod. IPad. IStamp? Steve Jobs, the late cofounder and chief executive of Apple, is among several pop culture figures who will be featured on U.S. postage stamps over the next few years. The stamp for Jobs, who led Apple during its creation and then again during its resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will be available in 2015, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Jobs' stamp is currently being designed. VIDEO: Pebble's latest Steel smartwatch is functional and stylish Besides Jobs, others to be honored on stamps in the next few years include Beatle John Lennon, NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, gay rights activist Harvey Milk and musician Jimi Hendrix.
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February 20, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nearly a year ago Google launched a new version of Google Maps that eager users could voluntarily try. That version has now begun rolling out to all users. The Mountain View tech giant this week announced that over the coming weeks the "new Google Maps" will replace its predecessor as the default version of the service. The new Google Maps features a redesigned look that envelops the entire Web page, unlike the previous version which used about two-thirds of the screen for map imagery and the other third to display information.
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February 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps for the iPhone is getting smarter thanks to a new feature that will recommend quicker routes to users as they drive. "Outsmart traffic and save time on the road -- #GoogleMaps will notify you if there's a faster route," the Silicon Valley company said Tuesday morning after updating the Apple iOS version of its app with the new feature.  As iPhone users drive, Google Maps will account for traffic and road conditions. If the app finds a quicker way to users' destinations, it will let users know how much time the new route could save them.
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January 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Building a Lego creation is now as easy as opening your Web browser. Google and the Danish toy company have teamed up to create Build With Chrome , a website users can visit using the Chrome Web browser to build Lego models. The site can be accessed through a computer, tablet or smartphone. "We think the creative freedom of Lego bricks shouldn't be limited to plastic bins," Google said in a blog post announcing the website. PHOTOS: Google unveils new Glass frames The website is easy to use, but creating a model takes as much time as it does in real life.
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December 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google is now letting users create their own Street View-like virtual tours with a new feature that has been added to the company's Views website. Now, when users post 360-degree panaromas -- otherwise known as photo spheres -- onto the Views photo-sharing website , they'll be able to stitch them together to create their "own Street View experiences. " Google has been letting users share their photo spheres publicly since late last year, and it launched the Views website this summer.
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February 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Maps for the iPhone is getting smarter thanks to a new feature that will recommend quicker routes to users as they drive. "Outsmart traffic and save time on the road -- #GoogleMaps will notify you if there's a faster route," the Silicon Valley company said Tuesday morning after updating the Apple iOS version of its app with the new feature.  As iPhone users drive, Google Maps will account for traffic and road conditions. If the app finds a quicker way to users' destinations, it will let users know how much time the new route could save them.
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December 19, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A company that serves up advertisements for thousands of Apple mobile apps has seen a 29% jump in the number of devices running iOS 6 since the release of Google Maps for the iPhone. As you may recall, iPhone users that updated their devices to the iOS 6 operating system in September were stuck with an Apple Maps app rather than Google Maps, which came with previous versions of the iOS. Many complained that Apple's map app was inferior to Google's, leading to an apology from Apple's CEO Tim Cook.
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December 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Christmas is more than two weeks away, but thanks to several apps and websites, people can interact with Santa Claus whenever they want. Here are four ways to use your laptop or smartphone to connect with St. Nick this holiday season. Hello Santa If you've ever wanted to video chat with Santa Claus, you can now do so using Hello Santa, a website and iPhone app . Users must schedule a chat time with Mr. Claus (he's a busy man), but once the call begins, they can talk as long as they want.
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November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Google Inc. has agreed to remove an image that appears to show a dead teenager after the boy's father complained to the Internet search giant. Google, usually resistant to requests to remove images, said it would make an exception in the case of 14-year-old Kevin Barrera, who was beaten and shot to death in August 2009. The slaying is unsolved. The satellite image appears on Google's Maps feature, and according to Barrera's father, shows the teen lying on the ground near the Richmond, Calif., railroad tracks where he was killed.
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