Google Map Maker is being folded into Google Maps

google map maker shutdown maps ipad
Google has sounded the death knell for its crowdsourced map correction system, Google Map Maker, ending its long-term use at the end of March. Never fear, though, many of those features will make a comeback as part of the overall Google Maps service.

Map Maker was initially launched in 2008 and since then has given the Google Map community a chance to edit and tweak existing maps, to make them better, more accurate, and clearer for all users around the world. In total, millions of alterations have been made and Google expects many millions more to happen in the future, but not through Map Maker.

The idea behind the change, we’re told, is to make it easier for all Google Maps users to contribute to the quality of the mapping service. Instead of forcing people to go down a different route, they’ll soon be able to make all the same sorts of Map Maker changes, but within Google Maps.

Confirmed editing features that Google already has available in Google maps include adding new places, editing place information, sharing details about specific places, moderating edits, viewing edit status, and editing road segments.

That’s what Google has translated over to Maps so far, but this is just a start. We’re told that Google will continue to add new editing features to Google Maps on an ongoing basis.

As part of this announcement, Google also hopes to bring more people on board with its Local Guides program, which lets Map editors earn points and unlock rewards for helping to make its tools some of the most accurate in the world. It also gives early access to certain Google Map features.

However, this could also be Google’s attempt to segregate the availability of certain features. As Ars points out, limiting certain editing functions to the most dedicated members could help avoid the vandalism problems which have plagued Maps in the past.

The end of Map Maker is just one of the many changes Google has brought to its Maps service lately. In March, it introduced a new location feature, which makes it easier than ever to show friends and loved ones where you are.


Google is buying mysterious smartwatch tech from The Fossil Group for $40 million

Google is about to step up its smartwatch game. The company has agreed to buy an unnamed smartwatch technology from The Fossil Group for a hefty $40 million. Considering the acquisition, it's clear Google is serious about smartwatches.

How to switch TicHealth to Google Fit on the Mobvoi TicWatch C2 and TicWatch Pro

The Mobvoi TicWatch C2 and TicWatch Pro are both much-loved and feature-packed watches, and they offer excellent fitness tracking. Recently, Mobvoi has switched out Google Fit for TicHealth, but you can switch them back. Here's how.

Google Fi is getting support for the next-gen messaging standard, RCS Chat

Google has been pushing the development of the RCS Chat standard, and now it's finally bringing that new standard to its own carrier -- Google Fi. With Chat, customers will get features like read receipts, better group messaging, and more.
Emerging Tech

Earth’s magnetic field is shifting, vital map can’t be updated due to shutdown

The Earth's magnetic field is moving, effecting navigation systems of all kinds. A model of the field should have been good until its scheduled update in 2020, however, it has moved so quickly that an update is required much sooner.

Apple Maps boosts Flyover locations, indoor mall maps, and more

In a boost for Apple Maps, the tech company has recently added more than 50 new locations for Flyover, the feature that offers spectacular 3D photo views of particular cities and famous landmarks around the world.

Google has found a clever way to make your search history more useful

Google has found a clever way to make more use of your search history by showing links to pages you've visited before. Ideal for repeat searches for the same page, the links show up on cards at the top of mobile search results.
Smart Home

Booth babes, banned sex toys, and other mishaps at CES 2019

From female sex toys bans, to fake Tesla/robot collision stories, there was some weird stuff going on at CES 2019 this year. Here are some of the biggest mishaps and flubs at the world's biggest tech show.

Shutdown makes dozens of .gov websites insecure due to expired TLS certificates

The US government shutdown is causing trouble in internet security. As the shutdown enters day 22, dozens of government websites have been rendered insecure or inaccessible due to expired transport layer security (TLS) certificates.

Our favorite Chrome themes add some much-needed pizzazz to your boring browser

Sometimes you just want Chrome to show a little personality and ditch the grayscale for something a little more lively. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the Chrome Web Store to find best Chrome themes available.
Social Media

A quick swipe will soon let you keep bingeing YouTube on mobile devices

The YouTube mobile app has a new, faster way to browse: Swiping. Once the update rolls out, users can swipe to go to the next (or previous) video in the recommended list, even while viewing in full screen.

Cathay Pacific messes up first-class ticket prices — again

A couple of weeks ago, an error on Cathay Pacific's website resulted in first-class seats selling for a tenth of the price. On Sunday, January 13, the airline made the error again. The good news is that it'll honor the bookings.

Reluctant to give your email address away? Here's how to make a disposable one

Want to sign up for a service without the risk of flooding your inbox with copious amounts of spam and unwanted email? You might want to consider using disposable email addresses via one of these handy services.
Social Media

YouTube to crack down on dangerous stunts like the ‘Bird Box’ challenge

YouTube already bans content showing dangerous activities, but new rules published by the site go into greater detail regarding potentially harmful challenges and pranks, including certain blindfold- or laundry detergent-based stunts.

Pinning websites to your taskbar is as easy as following these quick steps

Would you like to know how to pin a website to the taskbar in Windows 10 in order to use browser links like apps? Whichever browser you're using, it's easier than you might think. Here's how to get it done.