Losing your cell phone today is a way bigger deal than it was 10 years ago. Today people use their phones for banking or have their credit cards tied to apps.
Google's Find My Device app helps you find your lost Android device and lock it until you recover it. You can leave a custom message or a contact number on the screen for anyone who might find it.
The app added a new feature that maps a building... Read More »
You're driving your car as Waze guides you on your trip with the usual turn-by-turn directions. And now you feel like riding along hearing a song (side by side). In the past, you'd have to fire up a dedicated audio app to listen to your favorite tunes. Now, Waze is offering a simpler, safer, and more integrated approach.
Waze has added its own audio player through which you can... Read More »
You're looking up a restaurant, store, or retailer via Google Maps and have a question about the business. With the latest update to Google Maps, you can ask your question directly and see the response without having to exit the app.
Users are more sensitive to who has access to their data and for what reasons these days than in the past. And as much good as Google does, the company still tracks you.
You can't really use Google Maps (iOS, Android) without location services turned on, but you can delete out your location history and better customize your settings for added privacy.
You can see the log Google keeps of your movements in Google Maps Timeline. When you... Read More »
You're in your car trying to get driving directions at the same time you're fiddling with an audio app to rev up your favorite music or audiobook. Not easy, right? Well, the folks at Waze have a solution that should help.
Google Maps is taking a cue from Facebook and enabling users to "follow" businesses they frequent.
For now, Android users can follow a business in the Google Maps app by searching for the business and tapping "follow." The option to follow is just under the business' description and above "Overview."
After you follow a place, you'll start getting updates like events, discount offers, and other updates. The alerts will show up the For You tab.
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The older you get, the harder it becomes to make (and keep) plans with friends. Someone usually bails out at the last minute, no one can agree where to go, and it might feel easier to stay at home. Google Maps (iOS, Android) is rolling out its new group planning feature to ease the burden of hanging out.
Sharing locations within Google Maps has become a popular way to locate a friend in a new place or guide someone to a hard-to-find destination.
But the feature was not without flaws. Some users complained that if their phone died after sharing a location, the marker representing them either twirled or did nothing, confusing those looking for them after arriving. It was often difficult to know whether someone's smartphone had died -- or if something worse had happened.
Now, when you... Read More »
On the heels of Google releasing an augmented reality ruler last week, the company has decided that it's not done with measuring things just yet. In fact, it's sizing up to the entire planet. Today, Google announced that it's adding as-the-crow-flies distance measuring to its Google Earth app, so now you can see exactly how many miles it is from Chicago to Los Angeles -- or how long the Golden Gate Bridge is, if you're about to brave... Read More »