Google LatLong: Six ways Google can keep you up to speed in PyeongChang. “Tomorrow thousands of athletes will come together in PyeongChang to represent their countries with the world as their audience. While the athletes are getting ready for the gold, we’re getting a few of our products ready, too. Here are six ways Google is helping you stay connected to what’s happening on the ground (and on the ice) during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games…”
The Free Press: Victoria man creates google map art on his bicycle. “When ‘Cycleangelo’ finishes a piece of art, he has to step back in order to view it. In fact, he has to step so far back, he relies on satellites to view his final product. His brush strokes, some up to 220 kilometres long, are made with his bicycle, a map, and a GPS tracking device.”
Digital Trends: Learn how to use Google Maps with these handy tips and tricks . “Google Maps boasts more than 1 billion active users today, making it the most popular navigation software in the world. It gets millions of us where we need to go every day, but are you sure you’re getting the most out of it? It’s easy to miss new features or hidden options. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide on how to use Google Maps. It’s time to take your first step on the road to mastery with our Google Maps tips and tricks.” There’s a little marketing stuff at the beginning for selling iPhone mounts and like that, but the rest of it is solid overview.
Two Belgium stories in one ResearchBuzz? I’m just going with it. From MENAFN: 19 year old girl escapes kidnappers using Google Maps. “After being allegedly kidnapped in Belgium, the girl aged 19 explained her safe return to be thanks to locating herself on her Smartphone and sharing the address with her sibling who notified authorities. The girl accused five men of abducting her outside a nightclub in Brussels and held her captive for three days in an apartment in the nearby city of Charleroi.”
Financial Express: Modi government mulls launching navigation platform on lines of Google Maps, MapmyIndia. “Narendra Modi government is planning to launch commercial mapping and navigation platform on lines of Google Maps, MapmyIndia. This comes after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had received suggestions from companies to create a national policy for all roads to be properly mapped given that some major private players have still been unable to invest in creating digitised maps of nearly 30 per cent of Indian roads.”
Justin O’Beirne: How far ahead of Apple Maps is Google Maps?. “Over the past year, we’ve been comparing Google Maps and Apple Maps in New York, San Francisco, and London—but some of the biggest differences are outside of large cities. Take my childhood neighborhood in rural Illinois.” This is crazy extensive. Well worth a read if you’re at all interested in Google Maps / Apple Maps.
Ars Technica: Google Maps finally gets step-by-step transit navigation. “Google Maps is an awesome app for getting you where you need to go, but lately the app has treated transit directions like a second-class citizen. For years, driving, walking, and biking directions have had a ‘navigation’ mode, which shows you live map and gives you turn-by-turn directions. Transit has doesn’t have a ‘navigate’ mode, though—it only ever shows a flat list of directions. Today, Google is finally adding an actionable navigation mode to transit directions.”