Ubergizmo: Google Maps Now Supports Video Reviews

Ubergizmo: Google Maps Now Supports Video Reviews. “According to reports, Local Guides will be able to upload short 10-second video clips that can act as quick reviews or a quick overview about a particular location. This feature was quietly launched about a couple of weeks ago, but it is expected that it will roll out publicly in the near future.”

Stuff New Zealand: Google Maps wants public’s help to master Māori place names

Stuff New Zealand: Google Maps wants public’s help to master Māori place names. “Google Maps promises it will start pronouncing Māori place names correctly by the end of the year. And the tech giant wants the public’s help to determine which names are being mispronounced by the app’s automated voice. An online platform, developed by Google and Vodafone, invites the public to drop pins on an interactive map of New Zealand to point out the cities, towns and streets that need linguistic attention.”

Google Blog: A better world for wheels on Google Maps

Google Blog: A better world for wheels on Google Maps. “Google Maps now offers answers that allow me—and millions of others on wheels—to find accessible places. Because anyone can identify and label wheelchair-friendly locations directly on the map, it’s easy to share this knowledge around the world. But not everyone knows this tool exists, so we want to do more. Starting today, we’re calling on Local Guides, a community of people who contribute their expertise about places on Google Maps, to add more wheelchair accessibility attributes to the map. “

Balkan Insight: Tito’s Name Still Adorns Streets Across Ex-Yugoslavia

Balkan Insight: Tito’s Name Still Adorns Streets Across Ex-Yugoslavia. “A new Google map…developed by Italian researcher Giorgio Comai shows that there are still 276 squares, streets and waterfronts named after former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. The map, created using data from Google from August 2017, shows that more than half of them are located in Serbia – 176 squares, streets and waterfronts named after Tito.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Introduces Video to Google Maps Listings

Search Engine Journal: Google Introduces Video to Google Maps Listings . “Searchers will soon start seeing videos on Google Maps listings, as the company is giving Local Guides the ability to upload video with an Android device. Videos on Google Maps can be viewed by users on iOS, Android, or desktop – but for the time being they can only be uploaded on Android.”

Google Blog: Put it in park with new features in Google Maps

Google Blog: Put it in park with new features in Google Maps. “Finding a parking spot is always top of mind, so we’re rolling out an update to the parking difficulty icons feature we launched earlier this year, and introducing a brand new one. Starting today, people in 25 additional cities outside of the United States can use parking difficulty icons on Google Maps for Android and iOS.”

The Guardian: Pictou residents upset with Google Maps leading ferry traffic to their front door

The Guardian (this one’s in Canada): Pictou residents upset with Google Maps leading ferry traffic to their front door. “Spring Point Lane is not home to the Northumberland Ferries terminal, known to many as the Caribou-Wood Islands ferry. The half dozen residents who live on the rural lane know this, as do most people in Pictou County, but anyone using the Google Map app on their phone or computer could be easily led astray…. A Northumberland Ferries employee directing traffic at the Caribou terminal on Tuesday said she hasn’t heard any complaints about people ending up on Spring Point Lane, but she’s heard that some people who type in P.E.I. expecting to end up on the Confederation Bridge, instead land at the ferry terminal.”