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How to find EV charging stations in Google Maps

Google Maps is making it easier for electric car owners to find nearby (and unoccupied) EV charging stations, so you're not waiting around.

You can now see charging port availability in the US and the UK on Google Maps, according to a blog post published on Tuesdayby Alex Donaldson, product manager of Google Maps. Just search "EV charging stations" in the app or on a desktop to see real-time information from networks like Chargemaster, EVgo, SemmaConnect and... Read More »

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Google Maps might soon add a way to delete your location history automatically

In Google Maps (download for iOS or Android) version 10.10, the latest beta, the app appears to allow users more control over their privacy. The navigation app is working on an option that would enable automatic deletion of your location history, 9to5 Google first reported.

The Automatically Delete Location History feature would be added to the menu that users can already visit to delete their history in Maps.

It's unclear how the feature will work specifically, but the... Read More »

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Navigation apps that reveal DUI checkpoints 'encourage reckless driving,' NYPD says

The New York Police Department (NYPD) sent Google a cease and desist letter regarding their navigation apps, Waze (download for Android and iOS) and Google Maps (download for iOS or Android) posting DUI checkpoints.

In the letter, discovered by Streetsblog, police said that by posting DUI checkpoints in the apps, Google is hampering criminal and traffic laws. Waze and Google Maps users can inform each other about speed cameras, speed traps and other police roadblocks.

The letter... Read More »

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Uber finally adds public transportation information to its app

Uber (download for iOS or Android) has expanded its rideshare app to integrate public transit. In a blog post, Uber said traveling can be cheaper and faster by taking public transportation.

The company partnered with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) so users can plan their journey with real-time information and end-to-end directions from the app.

Uber users in Denver will be the first ones to try out the new feature, but the company plans to expand to... Read More »

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Rideshare apps must pay drivers minimum wage, judge rules

Rideshare apps Lyft and Juno are fighting a new city rule that will force them to pay their New York City drivers minimum wage. The law, originally passed in August, was set to go into effect Friday, but the companies filed separate lawsuits on Wednesday.

The rideshare services claim that the minimum wage pay rate set by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), would be too expensive and give Uber an unfair advantage.

A Manhattan Supreme Court Justice refused... Read More »

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Rideshare app Grab partners with Hooq to let users stream movies and TV

Grab (download for iOS or Android), the popular rideshare app in Southeast Asia, announced that its users would soon be able to stream movies and TV from its app. Grab recently inked a partnership with video streaming start-up Hooq (download for iOS or Android).

The deal will give Grab users access to Hooq's extensive library of Hollywood blockbusters and binge-worthy TV shows, CNBC reported.

The service will be available to Singapore and Indonesia markets first... Read More »

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How to track and avoid long security lines at the airport with the new TSA app

As we head into Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, airports across the country are bracing for millions of travellers all while dealing with a reduced staff due to the partial government shutdown -- which has now reached a record 28 days.

This week, more than 6 percent of TSA workers called in sick -- dubbed the "blue flu" in reference to their uniforms -- now that 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and nearly 420,000 are... Read More »

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Apple Maps finally launches turn-by-turn navigation in India

Apple Maps users in India can now take full advantage of the app's turn-by-turn navigation. The feature offers users exact directions when driving or walking.

When users in India began seeing the feature live in Maps, they tweeted out the news. Shortly after, an Apple spokesperson confirmed the update to VentureBeat.

In addition, users can book a ride with Uber or Ola from the Maps app. Apple hasn't released information about public transportation yet.

SEE: The best Google Maps alternatives in 2019

It's... Read More »

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CES 2019: HERE Mobility debuts app that will let you replace Uber and Lyft

If you're looking for an alternative to ride-sharing giants Uber (download for iOS or Android) and Lyft (download for iOS or Android), HERE Mobility just announced the SoMo app (download for iOS or Android) at CES 2019.

SoMo lets you plan, book and coordinate your next ride, whether with public transit, subway, limo, bus or taxi, all in one app. Riders can choose transportation for one trip, like a wedding, or recurring trips,... Read More »

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CES 2019: Use Smarty Park app to find a parking spot faster

One of the worst feelings is arriving at the mall or a parking garage and having to stalk a spot because the lot is so full.

Mexico-based startup ABD Systems created the Smarty Park app (download for iOS or Android) to make finding a parking spot easier.

Using a combination of sensors and real-time monitoring, Smarty Park shows you the availability parking places in parking garages that support the app.

SEE: Special coverage: CES 2019

The app displays parking... Read More »

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