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The new Apple CarPlay apps coming in iOS 12

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) brought the surprise announcement that Apple is opening up CarPlay to more third-party developers, and the company even teased Google Maps (iOS, Android) and Waze (iOS, Android).

Here's everything we know about the new apps coming to CarPlay.

SEE: How to get Google Maps in Apple CarPlay

Google Maps goes up against a refreshed Apple Maps

Apple Maps has long been a pain point for CarPlay users. It doesn't catalog as many roads as... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iOS , music , Google Maps

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps

Google Maps (Android, iOS) has been widely regarded as the go-to mapping software. But after a rocky start three years ago, Apple has worked steadily to bring Apple Maps up to speed. Earlier this year at its developer conference, Apple announced that Apple Maps usage on iOS is "3.5 times higher than the next leading mapping app," and iOS 9 has brought an improved version. It seemed like a good time to... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: Apple , Google Maps

Star Apps: Barenaked Ladies

Over a 25-year career, multi-platinum rock band Barenaked Ladies built a dedicated fanbase on the strength of such memorable singles as the Billboard No. 1 smash "One Week," "Pinch Me, "Brian Wilson," "If I Had $1,000,000," and "History of Everything" -- the theme song for the hit CBS series "The Big Bang Theory."

The Canadian rockers are currently celebrating their silver anniversary with the release of their 12th album, "Grinning Streak" (which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Top... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: Star Apps , Windows software , Google Maps

Maps is navigating toward Google Now

On Tuesday night, Google released an update to Google Maps on Android, featuring a redesigned interface that more closely incorporates a cleaner, card-based look, and a reduction in onscreen menu items and buttons.

Both design changes for Android phones and tablets resemble each other for the most part. Navigation received a noticeable upgrade; so now, when you search for directions, Google Maps will suggest alternate routes during heavy traffic periods and potentially even during inconvenient delays... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Android , Google Maps , maps

Gmail updates for iOS

If the next Gmail message you receive on your iPhone launches YouTube or Google Maps, don't be alarmed. The Internet giant enhanced its official Gmail app for iPhone and iPad today, adding two small but appreciated features for heavy users of the Web-based mail service.

First, the default behavior for opening YouTube, Google Maps, or Web links has changed. Now, when you click on any of those kinds of links, Gmail will spawn the respective native YouTube,... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , Google , iPad , YouTube , Gmail , Google Chrome , email , Google Maps

Find your way around museums (and one zoo) with Google Maps

Google Maps is adding some fine art to its database, as it today gives Android users indoor maps for more than 20 U.S. museums. Joining the more than 10,000 indoor maps already available on the service are floor plans for the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, 17 Smithsonian museums, and the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Related stories Google Maps 6.0 goes indoors Read More »

Topics: Android Software

Tags: Android , apps , Google Maps , maps

The next dimension of Google Maps and Google Earth (First Take)

At an invite-only press event in its San Francisco office, Google today made a few big announcements regarding its ubiquitous mapping and navigation programs, Google Maps and Google Earth. While not everything they showed off is quite ready for the public yet, we do have some initial thoughts on the announced updates.

Offline Google Maps for Mobile Even though I haven't played with this feature yet, I can already say Offline Maps is going to be hugely useful. Travelers especially... Read More »

Tags: Android , apps , Google , Google Maps , maps

Google Maps 6.7 for Android adds Offers, more

Google Maps version 6.7 for Android has just dropped, and the big news is that it comes loaded with Google Offers. Now, while you're viewing a map, you can pull up a list of offers nearby or see them plotted directly on your map. What's nice is that the integration includes both instant-use offers (digital coupons, basically) and advanced purchase offers (similar to Groupons). If you like, you can even save offers for later and pull them up from... Read More »

Tags: Google , Google Maps

Google Maps Navigation for Android gets real-time traffic smarts

Once again, Google delivers a new feature for its Android Maps Navigation app that gives the mobile mogul an edge over other navigation solutions.

Today Google Maps Navigation for Android acquires some real-time traffic smarts in its navigation feature, a boon to any rush-hour driver who would too often second-guess Google's route as the most efficient for current conditions (I speak from experience here.)

Now, Google claims, it's finally taking road congestion into account, using both real-time and historical traffic... Read More »

Tags: Android , Windows software , Google Maps

Google Mobile App now searches Gmail, Docs on BlackBerry

We love nothing better than using universal search to scour the content of a smartphone to find our sought-after keyword. Unless, of course, it's using the latest update to Google Mobile App for BlackBerry to pick through your Gmail items and contacts and Google Docs at the same time.

The new feature integrates seamlessly with the app so you won't need to make any changes to how you search.

After logging into your account the first time, a voice or... Read More »

Tags: BlackBerry , Windows software , Google Maps