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Google published a video on Monday announcing a new job role and challenge: Pokémon master.
Dutch software developers are all about the naps, and today, Friday, is the perfect day to indulge in a little midday snooze. So without further ado, head on over to Google Naps to find a little soft spot for your sleepy head. Read more
Getting driving directions during rush hour can be a slow disaster since traffic conditions can change instantaneously, but your directions will not. Now, Google Maps has a way around that. The new update to the navigation app includes a major upgrade with notifications of faster routes options as they become available. Read more
Twitter Says Vine App Has 40 Million Users (GigaOM)
Vine, which was acquired by Twitter almost a year ago, has hit 40 million users. The company announced this milestone via a tweet earlier Tuesday.
Though it was acquired by Google in 2011, Zagat is holding its ground as a stand-alone review service with the release of a new website and mobile app for Android and iPhone.
Backpackers willing to haul 42pounds of extra weight can apply to rent the 15 camera, panoramic set from the team at Google Street View. The “Trekker Backpack” is known for its amazing documentation of remote locations, such as Mount Everest and the Grand Canyon.
The Trekker is operated by an Android device and consists of 15 lenses angled in a different direction so the images can be stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views. As the operator walks, photos are taken roughly every 2.5 seconds. Our first collection using this camera technology was taken along the rough, rocky terrain of Arizona’s Grand Canyon.
Other than Google Glass, the standout launch at Google’s I/O conference has been a major update of Maps, with much of the new functionality drawing on Google’s increasing social intelligence.
Google’s Big Push to Own Social Starts Now (CNET)
Nearly two years after the launch of Google+, Google’s social strategy looks like less of a joke and more of a calculated maneuver to make its social network the underlying fabric that weaves together relationships spread across desktop and mobile, Android and iOS. Wednesday, at its annual Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, the search company announced 41 new features for its Google+ social network, including a Pinterest-like look, auto-generated related hashtags, “Awesome” photo options, and a streamlined messaging experience.
Google’s kicks off its three-day I/O conference today, drumming up lots of chatter among techies but leaving at least some casual observers wondering what the heck I/O is. Fear not! Here’s our explainer.