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Google Maps gains a shortcut to the Traffic screen and readies a real-time ‘busyness’ view

The newest version of the Google Maps beta for Android has gained a shortcut to the app's traffic screen and a real-time busyness view. It'll roll out gradually in the coming weeks.

Photo-sharing site Panoramio falls off the map, discontinued in favor of Google Maps

The photo sharing platform based on geo-tagging will be closing it's doors in favor of new Google Maps photo sharing features. The 11-year-old Panoramio closes Nov. 4, with users encouraged to try the Local Guides Google Maps photo sharing…

OK Google: How about finally adding some hands-free voice support to Maps?

Using Google Maps while driving is about to get a whole lot safer -- Google has updated the app with support for hands-free voice controls, meaning you'll be able to ask Google for things without taking your hands off the wheel.

Google Street View hits an ace with 360 view of the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup tees off on Friday, with the U.S. team determined to snatch the trophy from Europe for the first time in eight years. Golf fans can even explore the course hole by hole thanks to a new interactive site launched by Google's…

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.

15 useful Google Maps tips and tricks you need to know about

How good are your navigation skills? We've got a delectable menu of Google Maps tips and tricks for you right here, to take the pain out of your trips. Go from newbie to mapping master with this guide.

The new Google Maps shows you how to calibrate your phone's compass

An update rolling out to Google Maps on mobile adds a visual indicator of compass accuracy. If your smartphone's compass needs calibration, the app will provide step-by-step instructions.

The future of the smart assistant is in Maps, according to Google

Google is working hard on its next-gen assistant, and it turns out that assistant could prove better than the rest. Why? Because of Google's Maps expertise, which will be a big part of the assistant.

Google may bring a fancy new bottom menu bar to its Maps interface

It looks like Maps may be getting a face lift in the near future. Google is testing a new menu bar for the app that will give users quick access to information like transit times, driving distance, and more.
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This tracker could save the lives of lost hikers, missing children

Tapping into cellular data to provide real-time positioning on mapping software, the Remora tracker is a new tracking device that will alert friends and family if you get lost or possibly injured.

Google Maps has now memorialized one employee’s bad day at work

There's nothing quite like memorializing a bad day on the internet, and it only gets better when that place on the internet is Google Maps. You know, the app used by more than a billion people.

The latest Google Maps beta finally adds Lists to organize your favorite places

Google has added a new feature to Maps -- lists. The new feature means you can finally create lists of the places you visit, something that should help make things a little more organized, especially for heavy Maps users.