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All posts tagged "Google Maps"

  • How to unlock 3 awesome hidden tricks in Google Maps [Video]

    Welcome to the second episode of our new YouTube show MemeTV -- a weekly show where we'll share social media, online marketing and tech tips, how-to's and anything that we think will bring value to you, our readers. Google has a knack for hidden tricks, and in this video we'll show you three really cool ones that you'll find buried in Google Maps. If you're bored at home (or work) try out these out to brighten your day. MemeTV is a show for you, so if you've got any requests -- such as how to set up your social media profiles...

  • 10 pieces of consumer tech that have transformed PR over the past decade

    While we may not yet have the hover boards, flying cars and self-lacing shoes promised in 80s cult movie Back To The Future, the past 10 years have seen the introduction of an unprecedented number of cool, useful tech products and services that have made the life of the modern PR so much easier. Some among us may remember a time before mobile phones, when we had no way of keeping in touch with important calls after hours. Or even worse, who remembers a time when press releases were printed and hand-delivered (in a personalised manila envelope no less)? Since our...

  • MTN’s $50 Steppa smartphone changes (almost) everything

    It’s been astonishing to see how quickly mobile operator MTN’s Steppa smartphone has been written off, when the devices have hardly made it to retail stores. This is a sub-$50 smartphone. A phone that retails for R499. By comparison, the BlackBerry Curve, a phone that South Africa was (and still is) addicted to, sells for closer to four times as much. The newer 9320 (which has 3G) sells for a little more, while the original 8520 – the most popular phone in South Africa at one stage – sold for a little bit less. By comparison, Nokia’s entry-level Asha 210 device retails...

  • Apple’s map woes continue… and can possibly kill you

    According to a report on ABC News, Australian police in the state of Victoria have rescued six people in the last two months after they were misdirected by Apple's map app into potentially dangerous and life threatening situations. As the information given by the app is incorrect, directions for the small town of Mildura take you about 70km away to the Murray-Sunset National Park Inspector Simon Clemence of the Victoria police said: "It's...

  • Google Maps: Now with real-time traffic overlay

    We recently reported on the massive changes Google was making to its Maps offering. Today a few more of those updates roll out to the general public. As of today Google Maps traffic overlay is fully functional in seven new countries, including South Africa with cities like Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town covered. Now when plotting a route from one point to another, Google maps will give you a few options with live traffic info and real-life time estimations for your trip. This is really amazing and the best part is, it's available for mobile devices as well. Recently I...

  • 13 more of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    Ok, I’ll admit it. I made a mistake. I tried to pack all the awesome hidden Google easter eggs into one article... and, really, there are way more than 17 ‘tricks’ built into Google products or entertaining sites to be found by clicking “I’m feeling lucky”. So, if you’re finished evading the ghosts in Google’s version of Pacman and you’re looking for some more awesomeness, read on. 1. Askew: If you run a Google search for the word “askew”, you may think you’ve somehow broken your monitor or telepathically adjusted your display settings. But really, Google has just shifted a few...

  • April Fools’ roundup: Google’s got big dreams

    The jokes are over for another year. April Fool’s Day has passed and you can go back to enjoying your favourite news sources in peace (that is, unless they get taken in by another hoax). Some big names took part in this year's April Fools' party and even though we didn't (or maybe we did and you didn't notice because it was that good), we found quite a few of the hoaxes quite fun. So here is our round-up of our favourite April Fools' hoaxes. Leading the pack is Google who seems to have crafted a prank for every one...

  • 17 of the coolest hidden Google tricks

    Google is awesome. Yes, there have been questions raised about its new privacy policy and creepy Safari tracking and frankly, it just knows way too much about everyone who has ever created a Google account. But let’s put that aside for a moment and focus on all its cool quirks, shall we? They’re built into practically every Google product -- if you look hard enough, you’ll find that entering the right search term or typing a code can make Google collapse, spin or create fictional characters. Here are 15 easter eggs (hidden, entertaining things developers build into a website or...

  • The quest for inner space — Google’s Floor Plan

    Google launched its controversial product, Floor Plan, this week on the Android mobile platform to much cheering from those who are easily lost in big, labyrinth type places. A few sceptics of the product have already jumped on the “Streetview is an end to our privacy” bandwagon but most of the PR around the launch of the product has centred around convenience with Search Engine Land going on to ask “How did I live without this?" A few of the big names in the US retail game like Ikea, Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Home Depot have put their faith in the...

  • Google launches new flight search service

    Internet giant Google has launched a flight search tool in a potential challenge to online travel services. Flight Search is the first travel product from Google since its US$700 million acquisition of ITA Software earlier this year. "Since then, our engineering teams have been working closely together to build new travel tools that provide faster, more flexible, and more useful results to online travel searches," Google said in a blog post. A "Flights" link will...

  • Google Maps embroiled in Central America border dispute

    Costa Rica on Saturday stepped up pressure on international mediators to engage in its territory dispute with Nicaragua, after Google Maps was cited in an incident that saw the neighboring countries dispatch forces to their joint border. The Internet search giant joined the fray after a Nicaraguan commander cited Google's version of the border map in an interview with Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion to justify a raid on a disputed border area. The...

  • Going Android? Start with these eight apps

    Everyone at my office got iPhones last year, but I didn’t really think the screen would last in my pocket next to my keys so I resisted getting one. But my old Nokia was starting to embarrass me, especially when I was trying to give the impression I was working in the tech industry. So when the new HTC Android phones came out recently, I was first in line for a new lease on life. When it comes to an Android phones, it helps to be Google-centric to start with. I am a big fan of Google apps and I...

  • Google Street View makes house-hunting ‘easier’ in SA

    Following Tuesday’s launch of Google Street View in South Africa, RE/MAX of Southern Africa announced that it has become the first real estate franchise in the country to integrate the new technology into their website. Google Street View is a service linked to Google Maps and Google Earth that provides users with panoramic, photographic detail at street level, and users visiting www.remax.co.za can now see the ‘Street View’ of specific properties listed on the site. RE/MAX says that buyers are afforded an improved perspective on the properties in question, and sellers are better able to recoup the intrinsic value of appealing...