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Once Incognito Mode is engaged in Maps, 'you can search and navigate without linking this activity with your Google account,' says CEO Sundar Pichai

Google first introduced Incognito Mode years ago with the release of the Chrome browser. Now, as part of a larger push to enhance consumer privacy, the search giant is adding Incognito Mode to both Google Search and Google Maps.

When Incognito Mode is engaged in Chrome, your activities aren't stored in your browser history. It also disables cookies, which are used to identify and sometimes track individuals around the web, and turns off browser extensions. It doesn't hide your online activity, as a VPN would.

Google Maps

Google first introduced Incognito Mode years ago with the release of the Chrome browser. Now, as part of a larger push to enhance consumer privacy, the search giant is adding Incognito Mode to both Google Search and Google Maps.

When Incognito Mode is engaged in Chrome, your activities aren't stored in your browser history. It also disables cookies, which are used to identify and sometimes track individuals around the web, and turns off browser extensions. It doesn't hide your online activity, as a VPN would.

Incognito mode for Google Maps will be similar, Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained in a blog post. Once Incognito Mode is engaged in Maps, "you can search and navigate without linking this activity with your Google account," he wrote.

Google Maps Incognito Mode

You may have noticed that when you search in Google, meanwhile, your old searches sometimes pop up again. Google uses your activity to tailor the results for you, but not so with Incognito Mode for Search.

Incognito for Google Maps and Search are coming later this year. Google has already rolled out an Incognito Mode for YouTube. "We strongly believe that privacy and security is for everyone, not just a few," said Pichai.

While this is an important move for Google, it's not yet clear what information will be saved when these new Incognito modes are engaged, and what the limitations will be. We have to assume that, like Incognito for Chrome, you won't be totally invisible.

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[Source: This article was Published in thesun.co.uk By Sean Keach - Uploaded by the Association Member: Anna K. Sasaki]

GOOGLE MAPS has invented a new feature that will warn you if a rogue taxi driver is taking you off-route.

It could put a stop to conmen drivers who take passengers out of their way to rack up journey charges.

 When you input a destination, you can choose new safety options

The "off-route alerts" will flag to users when you're sidetracked from a journey by more than 500 meters.

The feature was first revealed by tech site XDA Developers, who spotted it in the live version of Google Maps.

However, the feature appears to be stuck in "testing" right now, which means not everyone can use it.

But if it comes to Google Maps more generally, it could save Brits loads of cash.

 One of the options lets you receive warnings if you go off-route

 One of the options lets you receive warnings if you go off-route

 Google Maps will alert you if you've strayed more than 500 metres from the fastest route

Google Maps will alert you if you've strayed more than 500 meters from the fastest routeCredit: XDA Developers / Google Maps

First, simply select a journey you want to take when making a taxi ride.

Before you hit "Start", you'll see a new option called "Stay Safer" that you can press.

Inside you'll find another option to "get off-route alerts", which promises: "Get an alert if your taxi or ride goes off route."

When you start the journey, it will tell you if you're still on route.

And if you go off the route by more than 500 meters, you'll receive an alert on your phone.

That would prompt you to ask your driver why you're going the wrong way – and whether or not the route can be corrected.

But if the feature became popular, it could put rogue drivers off from even trying to illicitly extend your trip in the first place.

How to see Google's map tracking everywhere you've been

Here's what you need to know...

There are several ways to check your own Google Location History.

The easiest way is to follow the link to the Google Maps Timeline page:

This lets you see exactly where you've been on a given day, even tracking your methods of travel and the times you were at certain locations.

Alternatively, if you've got the Google Maps app, launch it and press the hamburger icon – three horizontal lines stacked on top of each other.

Then go to the Your Timeline tab, which will show places you've previously visited on a given day.

If you've had Google Location History turned on for a few years without realizing, this might be quite shocking.

Suddenly finding out that Google has an extremely detailed map of years of your real-world movements can seem creepy – so you might want to turn the feature off.

The good news is that it's possible to immediately turn Google Location History off at any time.

You can turn off Location History here:

However, to truly stop Google from tracking you, you'll also need to turn off Web & Activity Tracking.

You can see your tracked location markers here:

Unfortunately, these location markers are intermingled with a host of other information, so it's tricky to locate (and delete them).

To turn it off, simply click the above link then head to Activity Controls.

From there, you'll be able to turn off Web & Activity Tracking across all Google sites, apps and services.

Of course, some taxi drivers know shortcuts that can shave time off a Google Maps route, so don't immediately panic if you find yourself in a cab going the wrong way.

And it'll probably get on the nerves of seasoned cabbies who will hate being second-guessed by phone-wielding Brits.

It's not clear when Google will roll the off-route alerts feature to all phones.

We've asked Google for comment and will update this story with any response.

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[Source: This article was Published in msn.com By JR Raphael - Uploaded by the Association Member: Edna Thomas]

Google Maps is great for helping you find your way — or even helping you find your car— but the app can also help other people find you.

Maps have an easily overlooked feature for sharing your real-time whereabouts with someone so they can see exactly where you are, even if you’re moving, and then navigate to your location. You can use the same feature to let a trusted person keep tabs on your travel progress to a particular place and know precisely when you’re set to arrive.

The best part? It’s all incredibly simple to do. The trick is knowing where to look.

Share your real-time location

When you want someone to be able to track your location:

  • Open the Maps app on your iOS or Android device
  • Tap the blue dot, which represents your current location, then select “Share location” from the menu that appears. (If it’s your first time using Maps for such a purpose, your phone may prompt you to authorize the app to access your contacts before continuing.)
  • If you want to share your location for a specific amount of time, select the “1-hour” option, and then use the blue plus and minus buttons to increase or decrease the time as needed
  • If you want to share your location indefinitely — until you manually turn it off — select the “Until you turn this off” option
  • On Android, select the person with whom you want to share your location from the list of suggested contacts or select an app (like Gmail or Messages) to send a private link. You can also opt to copy the link to your system clipboard and then paste it wherever you like.
  • On an iPhone, tap “Select People” to choose a person from your contacts, select “Message” to send a private link to someone in your messaging app, or select “More” to send a private link via another communication service. Your phone may prompt you to give Maps ongoing access to your location before it moves forward.
  • If you share your location within Maps itself — by selecting a contact as opposed to sending a link via an external app — the person with whom you are sharing your location will get a notification on their phone. In addition, when you select “Location sharing” in Maps’ side menu, you will see an icon on top for both you and the person you’re sharing with. Select the person’s icon, and a bar at the bottom of the screen will let you stop sharing, share your location again, or request that the person share their location with you.

To manually stop Maps from sharing your location:

  • Open the Maps app, and look for the “Sharing your location” bar at the bottom of the screen
  • Tap the “x” next to the line that says how and for how long your location is being shared

Share your trip’s progress

When you want someone to be able to see your location and estimated arrival time while you’re en route to a particular destination:

  • Open the Maps app, and start navigating to your destination
  • Swipe up on the bar at the bottom of the screen (where your remaining travel time is shown), then select “Share trip progress” from the menu that appears
  • Select the name of the person with whom you want to share your progress or select an app you want to use for sharing

If you want to stop sharing your progress before your trip is complete:

  • Swipe up again on the bar at the bottom of the screen
  • Select “Stop sharing” from the menu that appears

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Source: This article was published searchenginejournal.com By Matt Southern - Contributed by Member: Anna K. Sasaki

Google is now rolling out new features, announced last month, which make it easier for users to find local restaurants and bars that match their tastes.

The majority of these new features exist in the redesigned “Explore” tab.

New “Explore” Tab

When viewing a location in Google Maps, users can tap on the “Explore” tab to get recommendations for restaurants, bars, and cafes within the area.

Top Hot Spots

A new section, called “The Foodie List,” will rank the top spots in a city based on trending lists from local experts as well as Google’s own algorithms.

“Your Match” Scores

When viewing the listing for a restaurant or bar, a new feature called “Your Match” will provide a numeric rating that tells a user how likely they are to enjoy a place based on their own preferences. This is determined based on previous reviews and browsing history.

In addition, users can tell Google Maps about their food and drink preferences so the app can surface better recommendations. This can be done from the “Settings” tab, where users can select the types of cuisines and restaurants they like.

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Personalized Recommendation Hub

A brand new “For You” tab will keep users informed about everything happening in areas they care about. This could include areas near their home, work, or a city they visit frequently.

Users can also follow a particular neighborhood to instantly see if there’s a hot new restaurant in the area, a new cafe that’s a perfect match, or if a favorite dining spot is in the news.

Android Exclusive Features

A feature exclusive to Android will let users automatically keep track of how many of the top-ranked spots they’ve visited.

Also exclusive to Android is a feature that will surface the top events and activities happening within a particular area. Users can see photos, descriptions, and filter by categories like “good for kids,” “cheap” or “indoor or outdoor.”

To start using these new features, just update the Google Maps app from the App Store or Play Store.

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Google Maps can help you avoid those embarrassing lost car moments

It happens to the best of us. You head to your local shopping mall, a crowded concert, or even just down the street to get your groceries. Everything is going according to plan until you head outside to leave and realize you have absolutely no idea where you left your car.

What if I told you that you could consistently escape all that using something you already have: your phone.

Google Maps has a built-in feature that allows you to save where you parked your car directly in the app. It’s something a number of different apps can do these days, but something Google has perfected in a way with the addition of one small feature: the ability to leave notes.

Why is a note important: If you’ve parked in a 14-story parking structure then being able to pinpoint the GPS location of your car isn’t going to do you a ton of good. Yes, you know your car is in this structure but is it on floor five or floor twelve? Chances are good you don’t remember. Also, given its size, you may or may not be able to see your car from the elevator door, meaning you’ll probably have to wander around on a few floors before you’ll actually find the one you want. Not exactly ideal.

Here’s how to make it work:

Save Your Spot

Once you’ve found that perfect parking space and turned your car off, tap the blue location dot on Google Maps (that dot that’s highlighting where you are) to save your location. A small menu will appear at the bottom of the page with “See places near you,” an opportunity to calibrate your blue dot compass, and an option for “Save your parking.” Tap on the parking saver. Now, when you look at Google Maps, there will be a huge letter P on your map where you parked your vehicle that you can navigate to just like any other destination within Maps. It doesn't get easier than that.

Add More Info

If you’re parking somewhere a little more complicated, say a multi-level parking garage or the like, you’re also given the option with “Save your parking” to add some details.  Later when you get back to the deck, those details can be invaluable. For instance, you might right “4th floor” or “ground level by the stairs.” If you’re parking on the street rather than a deck, you can also use this feature to keep track of how long you have left in a spot through a special built-in meter counter. When time starts to run out, your phone can let you know so you don’t end up with a costly ticket.

Even if you don't think you'll need the details later, it's always a good idea to save a few noteworthy things just in case, especially those parking meter details.

One of Many

Google Maps isn't the only way to save where you parked. With iOS 10, Apple built a similar feature into the iPhone, and other apps like Waze and Google Now on Android can help get the job done. Of the options; however, Google Map's solution is perhaps the most robust and the one that's going to help you find your car no matter where you managed to leave it.
Source: This article was published lifewire.com By Emily Price
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Google’s camera-equipped Street View cars have mapped and remapped millions of miles of road around the world, allowing anyone with an internet connection to enjoy a virtual drive through a plethora of countries.

While we might sometimes wish we could be there in person, some of those places are probably best viewed from the comfort of an armchair considering current pollution levels, especially in urban areas.

With constant exposure to foul air endangering the health of those who live with it, Google decided a couple of years ago to make more use of those Street View cars as they tour U.S. roads, fitting them with devices that gather pollution data.

This week the Silicon Valley, California-based company shared the first results of this ongoing project, which it’s conducting with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) using measuring equipment built by Aclima.

The new maps show data for the Californian city of Oakland, revealing levels of harmful pollutants such as nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and black carbon released from cars, trucks, and other sources. High exposure to such pollutants is linked to heart attacks, strokes, and some cancers, Google wrote in a blog post.

As you’d expect with a Google map, you can zoom in to each street for more accurate data, and see how pollution levels change within very short distances, often block by block. Added notes (below) also explain why some parts of a city are worse than others when it comes to pollution.

Google says the data can be used locally by environmental groups and regulators to improve air quality, as well as by other cities that are currently trying to get a handle on their own pollution levels as they search for ways to clean up the environment. The overriding goal is to “understand how to live healthier lives, build smarter and more sustainable cities, and reduce climate-changing greenhouse gases in both urban and rural areas.” Scientists can already request access to the validated data.

The Street View cars have helped to gather one of the largest air quality datasets ever published, Google said, helping to make the invisible visible and offering an excellent opportunity for city planners to enact changes to improve environmental conditions for one and all.

Source: This article was published ca.news.yahoo.com By Trevor Mogg

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Ever have a mini panic attack because you couldn't remember where you parked your car? You may never have to live through that frustrating situation again, thanks to Google.

The company on Tuesday introduced a new Google Maps feature for iOS and Android that will help you remember where you parked.

On Android (pictured above), tap the blue dot and press "Save your parking" to add your spot to the map. From there, you'll see a label on the map identifying where you left your car. You can tap that label to add additional details like the exact spot number, an image of your parking spot, and the amount of time before the meter expires. The app will even give you a reminder 15 minutes before your meter expires, if you enter this information. You can also send your parking location to friends.

The experience is similar on iOS: just tap the blue dot and select "Set as parking location." From there, you can tap on the parking label to share it with friends or view photos of your parking area.

Google Maps for iOS also offers an automatic parking detection feature that should make things even easier, should you choose to set it up. Connect the app to your car using USB audio or Bluetooth and your parking spot will be automatically added to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle, Google Maps Product Manager Jeff Albertson explained in a blog post.

The update comes after Google in January introduced a new beta Maps feature that gives you a heads up about the parking situation near your destination, so you can be mentally prepared if parking is limited. The Google-owned traffic and navigation app Waze, meanwhile, has a "where to park" feature that can help you locate a spot, as well as a "where I parked" option.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com

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Thanks to Google Maps, hundreds of tourists got to visit a tiny, idyllic town in Norway. The problem? They were all 19 miles away from where they needed to be.

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Google Earth’s new update will take you anywhere in the world

Can’t afford that trip abroad this summer?

Don’t fret: Google’s huge update will get you as up close as possible.

“Voyager” will give you dozens of curated journeys around the world.

Each voyage has a theme, like “World’s Most Dramatic Mountains” or “Birds of Paradise.”

Some voyages have 360-degree video to give you the best view of that location.

So even if you don’t have the funds to cross the globe now, once you do, Google Earth will be a great tool for planning that trip.

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-earth-biggest-update-new-features-2017-4

Categorized in Science & Tech

Those 'someone's nicked my car' days are over.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of returning to a car park only to realise you have no idea where you left your car.

Are you looking on the wrong level? Has someone really nicked your knackered Renault Clio? Have you been the victim of a stealth paint job prank? No, you've just forgotten where you parked.

Don't worry – we've all been there.

Thankfully, Google Maps is here to ensure you never need to suffer like that again, as its brand new parking location feature has now been officially rolled out on both Android and iOS devices. Hallelujah.

To activate the feature, simply tap the blue dot that denotes your location on the map. For Android, press "Save your parking" and on iOS, "Set as parking location". It really is that simple.

And that's not the only neat feature Google has been rolling out on its services – the newly-renovated Google Earth just introduced one of its coolest features yet.

Not content with offering users virtual tours of some of the world's natural wonders (which is cool enough, let's face it), there's now the option to go on a tour voiced by Sir David Attenborough.

The tours feature content from some of Sir David's pioneering docuseries, including Life Story, Africa and Planet Earth II, so not only will you have fun, but you'll learn stuff, too.

This article was  published on digitalspy.com by RIANNE HOUGHTON

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