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From mile-high Wi-Fi to mobile boarding passes, which airline has the best tech?

From Wi-Fi to streaming entertainment and mobile apps, U.S. airlines are aggressively incorporating customer-facing technology into its operations. We find out who’s doing it right, and who needs to step it up.

Cool Tech

Here Maps comes to Galaxy Android phones, thanks to exclusive Samsung deal (Updated)

Nokia-owned Here Maps has signed an exclusive deal with Samsung, seeing its navigation app come to Android for the first time. However, it'll only be compatible with certain Galaxy smartphones, and the new Gear S smartwatch.

Mobile

Create custom, shareable Google Maps with new My Maps tool

Did you plan the most awesome vacation ever with Google Maps? Share it to the Google Maps Gallery with a newly enhanced feature, My Maps. The service also lets you explore other custom maps created by others.

Photography

Google recruits users to photograph what Street View cannot by expanding Views

No time to shoot panoramas? No problem. Google wants you to dig out those dusty digital snaps and pin them to a map for the world to discover with a new function for Views.

Mobile

Check out the incredible hi-res imagery coming to Google Maps

Get ready for a whole new level of detail from satellite imagery — DigitalGlobe has been showing off high-resolution pictures from its new WorldView-3 satellite, launched this month.

Computing

Chinese Tesla Model S owners go without navigation due to Google incompatibility

The Tesla Model S is currently sold in China without a working navigation system, because Google Maps isn't supported there. Neither is the over-the-air system Tesla would normally use to deploy a China-specific version.

Cars

Walk this way: These ‘smart shoes’ vibrate to point you in the right direction

An Indian startup has created a pair of Bluetooth-enabled smart shoes and smart insoles called Lechal that can track your position, give you directions via vibrations, and track your activity levels.

Mobile

Google enhances Explore feature for Maps

Never one to rest on its laurels, Google is continuing to roll out updates for Maps in an effort to stave off competition from alternative offerings. The latest, announced Wednesday, includes an enhanced Explore feature for Android and iOS users.

Android Army

Mansion Map shows you where the other half lives — and how they got there

The Mansion Maps website lets users take a virtual tour of the world's richest neighborhoods. The site helps you find out who owns the mansions, how they got rich, and how much they've earned.

Mobile

Google Maps rolls out handy distance calculation tool

Whether you're planning a cross-country road trip, a Sunday morning bicycle ride or a leg-punishing marathon route, Google Maps now lets you easily measure the distance between points with a new feature rolled out Wednesday.

Computing

PayPal, Google Maps and Pinterest among the first Android Wear-ready apps

With the Android Wear SDK now available, app developers are busy updating their software to support the new smartwatches, and new versions of PayPal, Pinterest and Google Maps have already arrived.

Mobile

Redesigning Maps: Google details the app’s evolution

Google Maps has come a long way since its original iteration and is continuously changing. Google designers detailed the transformation of the product at Google I/O 2014.

Mobile

Needs directions: Apple Maps app is still a mess due to internal politics

Apple's Maps app is still less than perfect. Improvements to the app were widely anticipated at WWDC 2014, but Apple said nothing of Maps during the keynote. New reports hint that internal arguments may be to blame.

Mobile

Google Maps’ new Elevation feature lets bikers decide how much to punish their thighs

While some cyclists enjoy nothing more than hammering their thighs into oblivion on a two-wheeled outing, others prefer to return home without jelly-like legs. A new 'Elevation' feature for Google Maps now lets bikers decide how much to punish their thighs.

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