Coronavirus: Google Will Show Businesses That Are Temporarily Closed

As more restaurants, bars and businesses close in an attempt to blunt the spread of the coronavirus, Google Search and Maps will inform users.

It Looks Like Apple Street View is On the Way

It looks like Apple is getting ready to significantly boost the quality of its Maps product, possibly with its own Street-View like feature. Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land points to a page on the Apple Maps site describing its…

Google Lets People in 45 More Countries Edit Maps Again (Including the US)

Google is going to let you hooligans edit its Maps again, even though you couldn’t resist using the tool to draw pissing Androids. The company has announced the second phase of the Google Map Maker reopening. This will open the…

Donald Trump Is Certainly Winning the Google Search Battle

Google Trends has produced an interactive county-by-county map of the most-searched Republican Presidential candidates – and it’s monochromatic. That dark red represents Donald Trump, who is pretty much dominating Google searches across the country – unless you head to Wisconsin,…

Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Here’s the thing: We all know that Google knows everything about us – and of course that includes where you are and where you’ve been. But seeing all of that tracking in a neat little timeline is a tad disconcerting.…

Google Map Maker Reopens, Tries to Prevent Pissing Androids

After a series of questionable (but kind of funny) edits, Google shut down its map editing tool Map Maker in May while it “made the moderation system more robust.” Today, Google is announced that it will reopen Map Maker in…

Uber Makes a Big Mapping Play, Hires 100 Bing Engineers

Uber is continuing its quest for maps self reliance, and is set to acquire a chunk of Bing’s mapping assets. Both Microsoft and Uber confirmed the deal to TechCrunch, but wouldn’t get specific on the terms. The deal will see…

Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber has poached another Googler. According to a report from Re/code, former Google engineering VP Brian McClendon is set to join the on-demand car company and will head its new Advanced Technologies Center. McClendon worked for over a decade as…

Apple Buys Yet Another Navigation Company

It appears that Apple has made yet another acquisition in the location services area, snapping up a small GPS startup called Coherent Navigation. The purchase, first reported early Sunday, has been confirmed by Apple. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from…

Uber Looks to Build Its Own Navigation, Buys Mapping Company deCarta

Uber has bought mapping company deCarta, acquiring its tech and its people. An Uber spokesperson confirmed the acquisition, which will close later this week, to Mashable: “A lot of the functionality that makes the Uber app so reliable, affordable and…

Police Admit the Waze Hate Is Kinda Sorta About Speeding Tickets

Law enforcement organizations like the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the LAPD have spent the last week expressing concerns over Waze, a Google-owned app that allows people to crowdsource traffic data. The app just so happens…

Police Think Google’s Waze App Could Get Them Killed

Crowdsourced traffic app Waze lets users input a lot of information about the roads they travel – accidents, construction zones, icy roads, etc. It also lets users tell each other about that cop posted up at the upcoming intersection. And…

Google Maps App Gets Design Revamp

With the release of the latest version of Android, Lollipop, Google has been launching big updates for its major apps. In recent days, we’ve seen announcements about the new Google Calendar and the new Gmail. Google Maps is the latest…

Apple Reportedly Using A Lot More Data Sources For Maps

It looks like Apple has been busy quietly expanding the number of partners it uses for data for Apple Maps. Greg Sterling at Screenwerk reports that Apple has a new copyright page that lists the partners, and that the list…

Google Maps App Gets A Bunch Of New Features

Google announced some new features for its Google Maps app on Android and iOS, including lane guidance, the ability to save a map for offline use, new restaurant, bar and hotel filters, Uber integration, public transit notifications, and location saving.…

Baseball Fandom Map Based on Facebook Likes Looks Pretty Accurate

Facebook is great for a lot of things, and it’s also really bad for a lot of things. If you hate babies, stay away. If you just had your heart broken, stay away. If you don’t want people to know…

Yahoo Launches Indoor Maps In Latest Search Effort

Yahoo announced that it is now offering indoor maps for some places. The feature comes as the result of a partnership with Nokia, utilizing its Here service. Yahoo has released maps for various shopping malls, train stations and airports, not…

Checking Maps While Driving Not Part of Cellphone Ban, Rules California Court

A California appeals court has ruled that consulting Google Maps on your cellphone is not the same thing as talking or texting on said phone, and therefore does not fall under the handheld ban the state issued back in 2008.…

Google Showcases Government, Nonprofit & Business Maps With New Gallery

Google has launched a new Google Maps Gallery aimed at making mapping data from governments, nonprofits and businesses more accessible to the public. Organizations can share and publish their maps online via Google Maps Engine, and have them appear in…

‘New’ Google Maps Is Rolling Out

The new Google Maps has been around since May in preview mode. It feels so long ago that it’s hard to even think of it as a new product at this point, but the company just announced that it is…