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All posts tagged "Google Maps"

  • More of South Africa’s national parks, tourist hotspots available on Google Street View

    You can now explore even more of South Africa's famous landmarks, national parks and tourist attractions courtesy of Google's Street View and Drive South Africa. The two companies have captured "over 232 points of interest" across all 19 national parks and 17 nature reserves. Some reserves Google labelled as previously "untrekked". According to the company, over 200 volunteers trekked more than 900km across the country's wilderness areas with Street View cameras, officially named "Trekkers", fastened to their backs. "The Trekker camera is a 22kg custom-made backpack fitted with 15 cameras pointing in all directions," explained Andre Van Kets, one of Google South...

  • Google Maps sees Florida’s road traffic spike as Irma draws closer

    Google Maps' traffic overlay is reporting abnormally high traffic movements in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for a Thursday as residents prepare for Hurricane Irma's imminent landfall. Current forecasts suggest that the storm will strike Miami, and skirt along Florida's spine into Georgia. This has also prompted Florida authorities to issue evacuation orders for certain areas. Georgian authorities have today announced mandatory evacuation in effect from Saturday morning. MUST READ: Memeburn's extensive coverage of Hurricane Irma Traffic movements are heaviest on the interstates' right-hand side suggesting an exodus. Movements around Atlanta, Charleston and Jacksonville are markedly heavier than normal. ows Interstate-75 (upper left),...

  • Google Maps gives you the best time to leave for your destination

    Google Maps now helps you pick the best time to leave your your destination, thanks to a nifty new feature. Previously Google Maps would direct, and estimate the time of travel based on route and traffic along said route. But now the app (at least on Android) provides users with a graph on estimated travel times throughout the day. Google will also highlight the best time to leave -- which is ironically well before the time most companies let their employees go. Go figure. The feature is currently available on Android, but not yet available on the web or the iOS version of...

  • Google Maps remembers where you parked even if you don’t

    There are two problems with parking in any city (especially Cape Town). One, finding a parking, and two, remembering where it is you parked. Google Map's latest feature update ensures the latter comes a bit more easily. "Now, Google Maps for Android and iOS will not only help you get where you’re going, but it’ll help you remember where you parked once you’ve arrived," Google Map's project manager Jeff Albertson announces in a blog. For users who engage with Maps regularly, simply tapping the blue location dot with bring up a menu with "save your parking" an a new option. "You’ll see a...

  • Google Maps for Android has just become a lot more useful

    Google Maps' latest Android update is introducing a little context and information tab at the bottom of the app's screen. The app, which still displays what its name suggests, now also serves users context-rich information. Thanks to the update, Google Maps will now display a number of places you can possibly visit, from restaurants to petrol stations. Frequent tasks and locations are now just a tap away. Your destination? As close to a tap away as we can get you. https://t.co/pHtEJGXq3b pic.twitter.com/2lUxATZwAo — Google Maps (@googlemaps) February 6, 2017 Google will also prompt users with the traffic conditions and calculated travel time to...

  • Google Maps now features ‘Areas Of Interest’ with cleaner aesthetic

    Google Maps' latest update now allows users to get a more up to date sense of what's happening in their surrounding areas. It also brings a few UI improvements. To achieve a cleaner look, the company has gone for a more subtle and balanced colour scheme and removed unwanted elements like road outlines. The new look, according to the company, allows users to see helpful and actionable information like traffic and transit a lot clearer. "We’ve improved the typography of street names, points of interest, transit stations, and more to make them more distinguishable from other things on the map, helping...

  • Google uses 700 trillion pixels to update Maps, Earth

    We often take Google Maps and Google Earth for granted, but the Mountain View company has updated its cloud-free mosaic with some wonderfully sharp images this week. Yep, the company has taken advantage of new processing techniques and the Landsat 8 satellite to deliver an updated global mosaic - and the results are rather impressive. Google said it sifted through over a petabyte of data to deliver this new mosaic, coming three years after its original Earth mosaic. It added that the petabyte of information was made up of 700 trillion individual pixels. "To put that in perspective, 700 trillion pixels is 7000 times more pixels than the...

  • Google brings more specific traffic alerts to SA

    Checking your smartphone for commute times has become the norm for millions of people around the world. Google pioneered this function with Google Now, but Apple and Microsoft were quick to copy the feature for their respective platforms. The Mountain View company stepped its game up in November last year, moving beyond generic "25 minutes to work" alerts. Instead, the company delivered specific traffic notifications in Google Maps, offering spoken alerts and notifications about traffic conditions. Now, South Africans, Nigerians and Kenyans can get in on the action too, the company announced. "Just in time for you to hit the road, we're updating Google Maps with new traffic alerts to...

  • 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...