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This Is The One Thing Apple Maps Does Better Than Google Maps

Apple’s Maps application is garbage. Haha. We sure like to beat a dead horse, on the Internets, but we do it because some things stay funny even when they’re not. That is, they’re funny until someone makes a left turn off a bridge… But to be perfectly honest, the Maps application from Apple is very pretty and does at least one thing better than Google’s: it is much more data efficient. This means that you’ll use up to 7 times less data on it for the same actions on the other one. From the folks at Onavo:

Our data experts performed an identical series of activities on Google Maps and Apple Maps that included searching for several US cities, addresses and airports and zooming in and out to locate specific locations. On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB. Apple Maps came in at 271KB – that’s approximately 80% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X.

Why the difference? Mostly because the Apple Maps app uses vector graphics that can resize infinitely without having to reload any new data. But if you’re on a limited data plan and need to use this application a lot, we suppose that it’s some kind of silver lining.

[ Full Analysis ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Google Maps And Street View Get Panoramic Map Of Antartic Hotspots

By David Ponce

Of course that’s a metaphorical hotspot we’re talking about. In the glacial, barren land that caps our south pole not many people venture. But the Google Maps team ditched their famous cars and traded them for tripods and fisheye lenses, and went back to the south pole to get more pictures than they already had. This time they added a bunch of famous places, from the inside as well as the outside. Now we say they went, as if they ventured out on their own, when in fact

they teamed up with the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust, [and] 360-imagery of many important spots, inside and out, such as the South Pole Telescope, Shackleton’s hut, Scott’s hut, Cape Royds Adélie Penguin Rookery and the Ceremonial South Pole.

Hit the source below for a bunch of links pointing directly to the new places on Google Maps.

[ Google Maps Blog ]

These Directions You Best Take Seriously

By David Ponce

This is what happens when you ask Google maps for walking directions into Mordor…

VIA [ Geekologie ]

Google Announces Docs For Android And iPad Platforms

By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve got an iPad, you’ve no doubt found it to be a decent replacement for a netbook, in addition to being a tablet. One good use for a netbook is creating and editing text documents. I’ve yet to break down and buy any of the iWork apps for my iPad because to be honest, I’m cheap. Between OpenOffice and Google Documents, I haven’t paid for an office suite in a very long time. I figured if was patient enough, a good free one would come to the iPad eventually. My patience, it seems, has paid off.

Yesterday Google announced that they would be releasing both Android and iPad versions of their Google Documents suite sometime in the next few weeks. These versions will allow for full editing of documents, as well as the collaborative functions seen when using them on desktop operating systems. I’m definitely glad I held off.

[ Google ] VIA [ AppleInsider ]

Rumor – Google Tablet To Be Released Through Verizon On November 26

By Chris Scott Barr

There’s no denying that Apple’s iPad has stirred up a lot of excitement about tablet computing. That’s not to say that everyone is in love with the iPad itself, rather, they like the idea of what tablets could be. Many eyes have been looking to Google, as their Android platform has been a successful rival to the iOS. Fresh rumors are pegging a Google tablet as being released on Verizon November 26th.

The most unfortunate part of the rumor is that the tablet is going to run Chrome OS, rather than Android. This could be a deal-breaker, as many potential buyers would be more attracted to the already-established Android platform and all of the available apps for it. With the impending Android 3.0 being tablet-friendly, this does sound like an odd move.

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Google Voice Opens Its Doors To All

By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve long enjoyed my Google Voice account, as I was one of the lucky people who got in on it while it was still GrandCentral. Unfortunately it has been rather difficult to obtain an account since Google took over, and there were worries that they may simply shut down the service one day. Well we shall worry no further, as the company has officially taken Google Voice out of beta.

That’s right, you can simply head over to the Google Voice page and sign up for an account (as long as you’re in the US, that is). If you already have a Google account, then you need only pick out a number. Then you can start enjoying features like free SMS, transcribed voicemails, and having a single number ring all of your phones. Seriously, go sign up now!

[ Google Voice ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

Send Google Maps Destinations To Your Ford Vehicle

By Chris Scott Barr

Having a GPS in my car is great for those times when I’m visiting a new city. It tells me the most efficient way to get to where I need to be. When I want to find something to eat, or a specific store, I can just look it up on my phone, find the address and then type it into the GPS unit. Actually, that is something of a pain. Wouldn’t it be better if you could just press a button and send the address to your GPS, rather then manually typing it in? If you have a SYNC-equipped Ford car, you’ll soon be able to do just that.

Ford is getting ready to roll out an update called “Send to SYNC” which will allow you to send information from Google Maps directly to the car. You’ll be able to pull up a restaurant on your iPhone, laptop, or even your home computer, and then send the address to your car. Once you’re ready to take off, the car will guide you to your predetermined destination. Now if we could just get this sort of functionality out of standalone GPS units.

[ Ford ] VIA [ DailyTech ]

Gboard – Dedicated Gmail Keypad

Gboard (Image courtesy ThinkGeek)
By Andrew Liszewski

Do you consider yourself a Gmail power user? Well without this Gboard keypad that features dedicated buttons for 19 oft-used functions, you’re nothing but a Gmail chump! Ok, maybe that was a little harsh, but for just $19.99 from ThinkGeek this keypad will have you replying, archiving or trashing message faster than ever. All you need is a free USB port, a semi-modern OS and browser, and the keyboard shortcuts activated in the Gmail settings.

[ Gboard - Gmail Keypad ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Take A Virtual Ride On The Trans Siberian Railway Courtesy Of Google And The Russian Railways

Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps (Image courtesy Google.ru)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re looking to kill a few hours online, and by a few I mean enough to cover the almost 10,000km route between Moscow and Vladivostok taken by the Trans Siberian Railway, then head on over to Google.ru where they’ve teamed up with the Russian Railways to create a virtual version of the trip.

Not only do you get a small snippet of Google Maps keeping you constantly updated on your current location, but a series of YouTube videos provides an actual view out of a passenger window as well. And if you find the scenery lacking or the trip a bit boring, you can even choose to listen to a small collection of Russian literature along the way including Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which is sure to liven things up and make the trip fly by!

[ Moscow-Vladivostok: virtual journey on Google Maps ] VIA [ FAZED ]