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How to Turn Your Google Maps Location Icon Into a Cartoon Car How to Turn Your Google Maps Location Icon Into a Cartoon Car

iOS: Earlier this year, Google teamed up with Nintendo to turn Google Maps into Mario Kart, replacing the app’s usual location icon with a fist-bumping plumber riding a red go-kart. The crossover didn’t last very long, but Google is now bringing back some of that magic with a new update to the Maps app on iOS.

How to Make Your Own Virtual Reality Tours with Google Street View How to Make Your Own Virtual Reality Tours with Google Street View

Google’s done more than almost any other company to bring virtual reality to the masses, from making cheap Cardboard headsets to giving the public easy ways to create and share 360-degree photos. Now the company is giving VR fans another way to dive in with a new tool called Tour Creator.

Google Maps Is Giving Away Cheap Movie Tickets to Local Guides Google Maps Is Giving Away Cheap Movie Tickets to Local Guides

For the past three years, Google has been trading Maps reviews and content for small perks through its Local Guides program. Rate enough restaurants or upload enough photos from local hotspots and you can earn rewards ranging from discounted digital movie rentals to three free months of Google Play Music.

Use Google Maps to Find Waldo This Week Use Google Maps to Find Waldo This Week

Starting today, if you ask Google Assistant on your phone, Chromebook, or Google Home device “Where’s Waldo?” you’ll actually get an answer.

How to Turn Google Maps Into Mario Kart

Back in 2014, Google teamed up with Nintendo to hide Pokémon across Maps and it was surprisingly fun—paving the way for Pokémon Go. Now, the two companies are working together again to transform your turn-by-turn driving directions into a little homage to Mario Kart.

Waze Still Provides the Fastest Driving Directions Waze Still Provides the Fastest Driving Directions

If you want to get to your destination fast, then you’re better off using Google Maps or Waze over Apple Maps—Waze if you truly want the “fastest” option.

How to Avoid Tolls and Highways on Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze How to Avoid Tolls and Highways on Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze

Apps like Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze have taken almost all of the guesswork out of driving (at least until self-driving cars become mainstream). Just plug in your destination and follow the turn-by-turn directions until you arrive—simple as that.

The Google Maps Visual Update Makes Public Transportation Easier to Find The Google Maps Visual Update Makes Public Transportation Easier to Find

Google is rolling out an update to its Maps app, giving it a refreshed visual style, more easily recognizable markers, and context-aware information. If you’re prone to getting disoriented using public transit, or get frustrated searching for a gas station during a road trip, the update makes it easier to know where…

Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic by Checking Last Year's Travel Trends Avoid Thanksgiving Traffic by Checking Last Year's Travel Trends

In theory, Thanksgiving should be one of the chillest days of the year; all you do is stuff your face and watch tiny men run across a big green field on the TV. Sadly, that’s just the part of Thanksgiving we fantasize about while forgetting the reality of the bumper-to-bumper, family-tension-filled car ride to…

Google Maps Can Now Tell You the Wait Times at Popular Restaurants Google Maps Can Now Tell You the Wait Times at Popular Restaurants

My favorite casual dining restaurant in San Francisco is a Burmese place called Burma Love. I dream about this salad they make topped with fermented tea leaves, as do a lot of my neighbors, apparently. On most nights, the restaurant has at least a 45-minute wait, sometimes closer to an hour an a half. And they don’t…

Explore Space Using Google Maps   Explore Space Using Google Maps  

Google added over 500,000 images to Google Maps yesterday taken by spacecraft, many of which were taken by Cassini, which was launched in space 20 years ago.

Sweet Google Maps Trick Lets You Measure Distances 'As the Crow Flies' Sweet Google Maps Trick Lets You Measure Distances 'As the Crow Flies'

It’s easy to use Google Maps to see how far your office is from your favorite restaurant, or how long it’ll take to drive from Los Angeles to New York. Estimating the distance between two locations without relying on winding roads messing up your estimate, however, is a bit more complicated. Sure, you could try and…

Google Maps for Android Now Features Parking Support in 25 Cities Google Maps for Android Now Features Parking Support in 25 Cities

You (and everyone else) probably use Google Maps for getting around, hailing ride share services, and figuring out where to go for lunch. An update to the maps app for Android now adds the option to search for parking, making it even easier to get around certain cities.

Map Anything From the Chrome Address Bar Map Anything From the Chrome Address Bar

Looking up directions on Google Maps is a little clunky on the desktop. You have to select your starting location, your destination, and your method of transport. But if you’re on Chrome, you can build three shortcuts to get directions right from the address bar, without a single click.

Find Pride Events in Your Area With Google Maps  Find Pride Events in Your Area With Google Maps 

Pride month is in full swing, and Google Maps is making it easier to discover your local Pride events, or navigate around them.

New Google Maps Update Makes It Even Harder To Get Lost New Google Maps Update Makes It Even Harder To Get Lost

When you’re traveling through unfamiliar territory, sometimes turn-by-turn navigation just isn’t enough. A new design update on Google Maps is here to help you out.

Google Maps Adds a Directions Widget, iMessage App, and Timeline to the iPhone App Google Maps Adds a Directions Widget, iMessage App, and Timeline to the iPhone App

iPhone: Google pushed out an update to Google Maps today that adds in a few handy new features, including a new lock screen widget, an iMessage app, and the creepy Your Timeline feature that’s been available elsewhere for a while.

Thinking About Solar Panels? See How Much Sun Your Roof Gets With This Map Thinking About Solar Panels? See How Much Sun Your Roof Gets With This Map

You need a sunny roof to benefit from solar panels, but yours may be sunnier than you think. Google’s Project Sunroof gives building-by-building details, and now has data for (parts of) all 50 states.

Google Maps Can Now Share Your Location With Friends in Real-Time Google Maps Can Now Share Your Location With Friends in Real-Time

One of the best little features in Waze is the ability to share your location and ETA with a contact. This way, you can answer the “when will you get here?” question before it’s even asked. Now, you can do that in Google Maps too.

How to Get the Most Out of Google Maps How to Get the Most Out of Google Maps

Google Maps is hand-down one of the best navigation apps on Android and iPhone, but considering most of us use it while driving, it’s easy to miss some of its features. Whether you’re new to Google Maps or a veteran, let’s take a look at the best ways to get the most out of it.

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