Yahoo News: Google Maps updates Ben Nevis route after complaints about ‘potentially fatal’ path

Yahoo News: Google Maps updates Ben Nevis route after complaints about ‘potentially fatal’ path. “Google has updated a Ben Nevis route in its mapping service after complaints it had suggested a ‘potentially fatal’ path for walkers. The tech giant denied its map offered dangerous directions for people on foot but did admit driving routes could be misinterpreted at the mountain in Scotland.” According to the article I linked to a few days ago, locals attempting to contact Google about this were ignored. Glad to see that news articles about the problem got them to change things before someone died.

Lifehacker: 10 Clever Google Maps Settings Everyone Should Be Using

Lifehacker: 10 Clever Google Maps Settings Everyone Should Be Using. “Every time you head out to a new location, there’s a good chance you instinctively pull up Google Maps to help guide you there — there’s no better tool out there for navigation and traffic updates. But even if you use it practically every day, there’s a good chance that you haven’t made the most of some of its better features. The service has a lot of useful (but buried) tools — and it’s time you check them out.”

New Indian Express: Delhi government tie-up with Google to reduce bus waiting time

New Indian Express: Delhi government tie-up with Google to reduce bus waiting time. “The Delhi government is integrating public transit systems in the city with Google so that people won’t have to wait long for public buses, said Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Friday. With this integration, people will be able to trace buses for live location on Google map and plan their travel from next week, officials said.”

Kotaku: Watch A Living Google Map Destroy Geoguessr

Kotaku: Watch A Living Google Map Destroy Geoguessr. “Part of what makes Havrd and others who play Geoguessr at that level of difficulty so good is that they’re able to absorb a staggering amount of contextual clues that non-players wouldn’t think to look for. There are the obvious clues like road signs and landmarks but to get world-record-holding levels of good good, runners have to think creatively. Everything from the local flora to the silhouette of the Google Maps car can tell a player where exactly they are. According to Havrd, he knows when he’s in Kenya because their Google Maps cars have ‘snorkels’ on them. He knows he’s in Nigeria from the orientation of the red and blue lights on the police cars that escort a map car.”

The New Indian Express: Miscreants use markers on Google Map to take on Nalin Kumar Kateel over Pumpwell flooding

The New Indian Express: Miscreants use markers on Google Map to take on Nalin Kumar Kateel over Pumpwell flooding. “The Pumpwell ghost has made a comeback to haunt state BJP president and Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel. Some miscreants have put misleading markers such as ‘Pumpwall – The Great Wall of Pumpwell’ and ‘Nalin Kumar Seasonal Lake’ on the Google Map and the screenshots of the map have since gone viral on social media. The markers are seen as a swipe at Nalin in the wake of the recent flooding at the Pumpwell Flyover following heavy rains.”

WRAL: Google launches new website, connecting families to nearby food pantries

WRAL: Google launches new website, connecting families to nearby food pantries. “Nearly one in seven Americans do not know where their next meal will come from. This is roughly 45 million people in 2020, including 15 million children. That’s a nearly 30 percent increase from 2019. This is why Google launched a new ‘Find Food Support’ site to help fight hunger across the country by linking people to their nearest food bank.”

The Wire Science: Is the Google Maps Island off Kochi Really an Island?

The Wire Science: Is the Google Maps Island off Kochi Really an Island?. “According to The News Minute, the tourism development organisation had also been aware of the mass’s existence for ‘four years’ and that its members hadn’t seen it ‘growing in size’. However, Raj Bhagat Palanichamy, a geo-analytics expert at WRI India, tweeted on June 18 that ‘the mystery holds no water’.”

The News Minute: Google Maps shows ‘underwater island’ in Arabian Sea near Kochi, experts to probe

The News Minute: Google Maps shows ‘underwater island’ in Arabian Sea near Kochi, experts to probe. “A bean shaped ‘island’ in the Arabian sea, a little distance away from the west coast of Kerala’s Kochi, seen on Google Maps satellite imagery, has perplexed many. The reason? Though the island-like formation seems to be about half the size of west Kochi or Pashchima Kochi, no ‘visible’ structure that is even remotely close to an island has been observed in the sea.”

Lad Bible: ‘Heist’ Caught On Google Maps Turns Out To Be Pranksters Holding A Glue Gun

Lad Bible: ‘Heist’ Caught On Google Maps Turns Out To Be Pranksters Holding A Glue Gun. “Darren Honeyman and his colleague of 15 years Dave Hutchinson were at work in Darlington, County Durham, earlier this year when they saw the the Google van coming. So, not wanting to miss the opportunity of a lifetime, the pair decided to create a scene especially for the camera. And they didn’t disappoint.”

ZDNet: New Google Maps tools make navigating Sydney’s stations easier

ZDNet: New Google Maps tools make navigating Sydney’s stations easier. “Google and Transport for New South Wales have teamed up to launch new features on Google Maps to make navigating through Sydney’s 130 train and dozen metro stations easier. One of the new features is indoor Street View imagery that will allow commuters to virtually navigate interactive, panoramic imagery inside Sydney stations.”

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app

ABC News (Australia): Google Maps loses town, outback mayor loses patience with wayward navigation app. “The western Queensland mayors and tourism officials are so ‘disappointed’ by the inaccuracy of Google Maps in parts of the region, they are urging locals and tourists alike not to trust the web-based technology. They are advising tourists to use their common sense instead.”

Mashable: How to use Google Maps to help the homeless

Mashable: How to use Google Maps to help the homeless. “Ashley Sundquist uses Google Maps as more than a way to get around. She’s turning it into an invaluable resource for people experiencing homelessness in her community. Sundquist has a rapport with a few homeless community members in Santa Monica, where she lives. Connecting with this community is a habit she’s long cultivated wherever she lives, whether in Los Angeles or the many East Coast cities she once called home. In January 2020, she was chatting with one of them, a man named Joe who often hung out in front of a local library. After Sundquist asked him how she could help out, he explained that, while he knew there were resources for homeless people in the community, he had trouble finding them. He needed a map.”