This could be the Google Home Mini
 There have been rumors for weeks about Google nearing the release of a smaller version of the Google Home. DroidLife just posted what it claims is the upcoming Google Home Mini. If true, the design speaks the same language of the Google Home. The little puck uses the same cloth covering found on larger version. Gone are the multi-colored lights, replaced by four soft-white lights on top of… Read More ...
Google’s best use of ARCore so far: Google Maps virtual position
Today Google made a point to feature 6 new use-cases for ARCore. ARCore is Google’s augmented reality toolkit for developers, and their examples this week are quite impressive. The most powerful show of AR power comes with virtual positioning of a smartphone within Google Maps Street View, updating a system that’s already awesome. Below you’ll see an example of an … Continue reading...
Tech companies rise to help Florida weather Irma
You know those jokes about how people first go online and on social media in times of emergencies before they actually do something about said emergency? Well it’s time to turn that new habit on its head and actually make it useful. Florida governor Rick Scott urged residents to take advantage of apps like Gas Buddy, Google Maps, and Expedia … Continue reading...
Google calls on Local Guides to add wheelchair info to Maps
Getting around on wheels might sound classy, but there is one wheel-based mode of transportation that isn’t always fun. Laws requiring establishments to have wheelchair accessible features are inconsistent and inconsistently followed anyway, giving users double the difficulty and the uncertainty. In its mission to index the world’s data, including accessibility information, Google is rallying its Local Guides everywhere to … Continue reading...
Google Maps can help you find a parking spot in 25 cities outside the U.S.
In Google Maps, you are able to leave yourself a parking reminder and search for an easy parking destination. In its latest update, the company added 25 additional cities outside the U.S. for people to use parking difficulty icons. The post Google Maps can help you find a parking spot in 25 cities outside the U.S. appeared first on Digital Trends....
Google brings Q&As to Google Maps
 Google is launching a new feature for Google Maps for Android and mobile search today: question and answers. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise when I tell you that this feature allows you to ask questions about a place and answer other users’ inquiries and indeed, it’s that straightforward. Starting now, when you find a place in Google Maps, for example, you can… Read More ...
Google Maps now shows you the best time to leave
It’s one thing to know that your next commute might take an hour. But it’s another thing to know when it might take 30 minutes. Travel times aren’t always fixed and they ebb and flow with the rise and setting of the sun, a.k.a. rush hour. To better help give travels an idea of what they’re facing, Google has very … Continue reading...
Google adds salon and spa bookings through Maps and Search
 Look out StyleSeat and other salon booking apps, starting today Google will let people book hair and spa appointments. “So that fresh haircut or palm tree-green mani is only a couple taps away,” a post on Google’s blog tells us. The addition is an expansion through Reserve with Google, which rolled out a feature last year to book wellness and fitness classes right from a… Read More ...
Google Maps now lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations
 Back in December, Google finally added accessibility details to Maps. It was a long awaited addition, but an extremely welcome one for the more than three million people in the U.S. who require wheelchair accessibility. As we noted at the time, however, the available information still left a lot to be desired. Maps has currently collected accessibility data for almost seven million places,… Read More ...
Google Maps makes accessibility everyone’s responsibility
Although sometimes required by law in certain jurisdictions, not all establishments have facilities that cater to or at least assist people with disabilities. And that’s not even counting areas that may not be cut out for some disabilities, like long-winding stairs or uneven terrain. Nothing can be more frustrating, not to mention disheartening, than arriving at a place only to … Continue reading...
Apple reportedly turning to freelancers to help improve Maps results
Apple wants to make Maps better -- but it needs your help. The company could soon unveil a program where freelance workers can be compensated for verifying and correcting Apple Maps results. The post Apple reportedly turning to freelancers to help improve Maps results appeared first on Digital Trends.
This is how a self-driving car ‘sees’ the road
 Ever wonder what an autonomous vehicle ‘sees’ via its sensors, on-board computing and sensor fusion system? This video from Civil Maps, the high-definition maps technology company backed by Ford, reveals some of what’s going on when it comes to combining detailed 3D maps with sensor data culled from LiDAR, optical cameras, radar and other on-board vehicle hardware used to… Read More ...
Your crucial travel partner this summer is none other than Google Maps
It's never too early to start planning your summer vacation, and here to lend a helping hand is Google Maps. Not only will the app tell you how to get places, it'll tell you what places you should plan on getting to. The post Your crucial travel partner this summer is none other than Google Maps appeared first on Digital Trends....
Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online
 People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. Read More ...
Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online
 People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. Read More ...
Google Maps taps Street View for better turn-by-turn navigation
Google Maps for Android has started pulling images from Street View to offer better guidance for navigation. The images show up during directions, offering more detailed information at potentially tricky turns. The post Google Maps taps Street View for better turn-by-turn navigation appeared first on Digital Trends.
Google Maps for Android now uses Street View for directions
Android users with the Google Maps app installed have received a handy new feature in the last week: when viewing navigation and driving directions, the app will now display Street View imagery, making it even clearer when and where to turn. This has been available for some time now on the web version of Google Maps, but bringing the feature … Continue reading...
Google Maps gaffe sees tiny Norwegian village overrun with confused tourists
Google Maps is great, but sometimes data errors lead users up the wrong path. A small village in Norway, for instance, has recently been getting lots of visits from confused tourists looking for a famous landmark. The post Google Maps gaffe sees tiny Norwegian village overrun with confused tourists appeared first on Digital Trends.
Apple Maps street imagery vans expand to more US areas
For a few years now we’ve heard about Apple deploying vans outfitted with camera equipment around the country to collect street-level imagery. While we’ll have to continue to wait to see if this data will play a part in the company’s autonomous car platform efforts, in the meantime it’s surely going to use by improving Apple’s own Maps service. The … Continue reading...
Best Google Easter eggs
Google is known for playing pranks every year in April, but the fun doesn't stop there. The company has also hidden Easter eggs throughout the web and if you know where to look, you can find them. The post Best Google Easter eggs appeared first on Digital Trends.