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Google Maps to Gain New ‘Live View’ AR Features

Live View in Google Maps uses your iPhone's camera and GPS to provide augmented reality directions when you're walking somewhere,

Google Maps for Apple Watch Now Live With Latest Update

Google in August announced the launch of a new Google Maps app that's designed for the Apple Watch, and at

Google Maps’ tab for saved places given a useful boost

Three new features for Google Maps "saved places" tab make it much more useful

See how Google Maps is using color to add even more detail

Google Maps is rolling out some striking improvements to its service

See how Google Maps is using color to add even more detail

Google Maps is rolling out some striking improvements to its service

Google Maps Gaining More Detail With New Color-Mapping Algorithmic Technique

Google today announced a major update for Google Maps, which will see the feature gaining more detail and granularity to

Google Maps Debuts New Apple Watch App and CarPlay Features

Google today announced the launch of several features for Google Maps on Apple products, including new CarPlay functionality and a

Google Maps Gains Docked Bikeshare Directions in 10 Cities

Google is rolling out new bike sharing information as part of its cycling route coverage in Google Maps. The new

Google Maps Rolls Out COVID-19 Transit and Driving Route Alerts

Google has rolled out several new transit features to Google Maps on iOS and Android that aim to help users

Google Maps Increases Visibility of Wheelchair-Friendly Locations

Google is currently rolling out an update for Google Maps that aims to make it easier for wheelchair users to

Google Maps places delivery and takeout front and center

Helpful for those locked down, it should also benefit struggling restaurants

Google Maps adds coronavirus warning to doctor or medical facility searches

The message encourages people to follow CDC guidelines

Google Maps wants businesses to add coronavirus information

Updated information might include different hours because of the coronavirus

How Earth rates, according to Google Maps location reviews

If you're familiar with the internet's sense of humor, imagine the reviews people leave for the Labrador Sea. It gets rough.

How Google Maps put turn-by-turn navigation in your pocket

Google Maps celebrates its 15th birthday. Here's how it changed history by putting navigation in your pocket.

Google celebrates 15 years of Maps with new features and redesigned logo

Google is celebrating Maps' 15th birthday with more detailed public transportation information and a new logo.

Google Maps Gains New Navigation System, Crowd-Sourced Transit Info, and More

This week marks 15 years since Google Maps first launched, and Google is celebrating with some notable new features and

How a guy used 99 phones in a cart to create traffic jams on Google Maps

Find out what happened when this guy fired up Google Maps on 99 smartphones and carted them around Berlin.

Huawei taps TomTom to help it navigate to a Google Maps alternative

Huawei's future phones will have mapping apps and services powered by TomTom since Google Maps isn't an option.

Google reveals how many miles its Street View cars have driven to date

Google's Street View cars have been tootling along roads around the world for more than a decade, with the company recently revealing the colossal number of miles they've covered so far.

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Nokia phone buyer’s guide (Fall 2020)

Buying a phone in 2020 is an entirely different situation than it was just a few years back. Many consumers are used to buying their phones from their wireless service provider but that’s slowly changing.Thanks to the growing presence of unlocked handsets, customers are now able to choose from a much wider selection. Instead of being stuck with what your carrier offers, consider going direct to the manufacturer.Nokia is one brand that has done pretty well in the unlocked space; it continues to grow its portfolio with models at a variety of price points and hardware features.We’ve put together this Nokia phone buyer’s guide to help you make heads or tails out of everything. This should help you get a better understanding of what’s currently available from Nokia.Nokia Phone Buyer’s GuideNokia’s phones are essentially named and classified with a number. The general rule of thumb here is the bigger the number, the more powerful the phone.As of today there are phones split across the 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 series of phones. The Nokia 7.2, for instance, is a successor to the Nokia 7.1.Android OneOne of the best parts about Nokia phones is that they come with a stock version of Android. It’s lean and clean and left the way Google intended it to be.Additionally, Nokia does a wonderful job of supporting its phones with major software updates and monthly security patches. Its devices receive two years of major platform updates and three years of security and bug fixes.Dedicated ButtonAnother common feature in Nokia phones is a dedicated hardware button for Google Assistant. This gives users a quick and easy way of accessing the popular search tool and virtual assistant.Key PhonesThese are some of the current phones and their respective features offered by Nokia.Nokia 8.3 5GThe biggest and best of the bunch, this one will be highlighted in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die. The phone runs Android 10 and offers support for all 5G bands.Users get a large 6.81-inch display as well as a quad-camera (64MP + 8MP Ultra-Wide + 2MP Macro + 2MP Depth) array with ZEISS cinematic effects​.Under the hood are a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor bolstered by 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Rounding things out are a 4,500mAh battery and a side-mounted power and fingerprint sensor button.Nokia 7.2Powered by Android 9 Pie, the device provides users with a 6.3-inch HD+ screen, a triple camera array, and 3,500mAh battery.A mid-range phone with wide support for 4G LTE bands, it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 4/6GB RAM. Storage is listed at 64GB of space but a microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 512GB external media.Nokia 6.2This one’s pretty similar to the aforementioned model but just slightly less powerful. If the 7.2 leans a bit in the direction of upper end, the 6.2 is firmly in the middle of the pack.The phone runs Android 10, has a triple-camera setup, and a 6.3-inch display. The key difference comes in the hardware which is dialed down a smidge. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip is paired with 3GB and 4GB options. Storage starts at 32GB and goes up to 128GB; microSD allows for external media.Nokia 5.3An excellent option for first-time users and those who don’t demand much of their phone, this one packs a large 6.55-inch screen and an equally large 4,000mAh battery.The handset runs Android 10 and comes with 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB memory options. A quad-camera configuration snaps ultra-wide and macro shots while the expandable 64GB storage ensures you’ve got room to store them.Nokia 3 SeriesOften sold through prepaid carriers and MVNOs, these are a shade above entry-level. Although they are a little lighter on hardware, they still come with a wonderful software experience that’s backed with years of support.Nokia 2 SeriesCurrently comprised of a couple of models, this is where you’d start if you’ve really had much experience with a smartphone. You won’t have any fancy bells or whistles but you’ll still get important features like big screens, generous battery life, and dedicated Google Assistant buttons.

Tesla Model 3 Giveaway: Donate and Win! Pick up 100 entries for just $10

Picture this: The pandemic is over, you’re in the driver’s seat of a brand new 2020 Tesla Model 3 and the windows are down. You’re cruising through town, taking in the sights and scenery. Sound too good to be true? It’s not.It is certain that there will be a time when COVID-19 will be in the rear view mirror. It’s just a matter of time. As for that whole Tesla part, well that’s entirely possible.For the first time ever, we’re giving away a 2020 Tesla Model 3 to one lucky winner. This luxury vehicle is equal parts speed and safety, reaching speeds up to 140 mph (as always, drive safely and buckle up!). And with a range of up to 250 miles, everyone is going to be calling shotgun whether you’re headed on a road trip or just out for errands.This is our most highly-anticipated giveaway ever and sure to draw a ton of interest. It’s up to you as to whether you bother to enter. And if so, how many entries will you have?Win your own Tesla Model 3!If you’d like to become the proud owner of the Tesla Model 3, we’re here to help. Indeed, we’re helping StackCommerce give away one of the coolest cars on the market.If you head to the AndroidGuys Deals Store right now, you can enter a drawing to win the hot new car from Tesla. There’s no purchase necessary and the method of signing up is dead simple. All you have to do is log in via Facebook and check a box.Once you do, you’ll have two entries. Share the contest on Facebook or Twitter and you can rack up additional entries. Moreover, you can earn extra chances by sharing a URL with friends and family.Note that although you are signing in via Facebook, your information is not being collected by the social media platform. Our friends at StackCommerce and Futurist are backing the giveaway and use the information on their end.The giveaway is open from now until 11:59 PM PDT on 12/31/2020 so there’s plenty of time for you to pick up a ton of entries.Donate to Charity and Win!While there are various ways to increase your chances of winning the Tesla 3, none of them are as easy as donating to charity. Indeed, if you donate just $10 to the Playing For Change Foundation, you will pick up 100 entries.That’s just ten cents per entry, sure, but more importantly it’s a way of creating positive change for children and communities in need around the world.$10 – 100 Entries (10¢ each)$25 – 250 Entries (10¢ each)$50 – 1,000 Entries (5¢ each)$100 – 2,500 Entries (4¢ each)

Straight Talk Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Nearly everyone in the US is at least casually familiar with the names of Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Not nearly as many people are as well-versed when it comes to the topic of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO). How many can you name?MVNO brands license the towers and coverage from the bigger providers but offer their own phones, rate plans, and customer service. These carriers might be a viable alternative to the provider you currently use.In this write-up, we will take a look at Straight Talk.About Straight TalkStraight Talk is an MVNO that offers both CDMA and GSM coverage; it uses all three of the major US networks. As a joint-venture with Walmart, the retailer is the only place you’ll find Straight Talk phones and service.As often is the case with MVNO’s or prepaid carriers, there are no contracts with Straight Talk. Moreover, there are no credit checks or hidden fees.What are Straight Talk rate plans like?When it comes to options, Straight Talk has three major nationwide plans with prices unlimited talk and text. Prices start as low as $35 per month and each comes with unlimited 2G data. For high-speed data, here’s what’s available today.$35 includes 5GB of high speed data$45 includes 25GB of high speed data$55 includes unlimited high speed data (may be slowed at 60GB), 10GB hotspot data$65 includes unlimited high speed data (may be slowed at 60GB), 20GB hotspot data, 100GB cloud storageCustomers who sign up for automatic payment each month can save up to $5 per month on their plan.An unlimited international plan is also available which costs $60/month and comes with 25GB of high speed data. The main draw here is unlimited mobile-to-mobile calls to Mexico, Canada, China, and India but there are a couple of other smaller details, too.Those who commit to longer terms with Straight Talk can save anywhere from $5 up to $45 on the unlimited nationwide plan. Options include 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month extended plans.Are any other plans available?Subscribers looking for two-line plans will like the $90 monthly rate which includes unlimited talk, text, and data.There are other options and add-ons available to Straight Talk customers, including global calling cards and extra data. On the low end a “Basic” plan ($30) gives customers 1,500 minutes and 100MB data.What other details should I know about Straight Talk?It’s worth noting that most of the service plans do not include hotspot or wireless tethering. What’s more, video streams at up to 480p, or what’s commonly referred to as DVD quality.Best unlocked phones under $150Best unlocked phones between $150-$250Best unlocked phones between $250-$400Straight Talk customers can earn credits for referring others to its service. Additionally, they can earn them via watching video clips, sharing on social media, and automatic bill payments. The credits can be used toward high-speed data or a free service plan.Are there any Straight Talk deals or discounts?As of today there are a number of deals available through Straight Talk. Currently things are grouped under a “Clearance Sale” with a mixed of instant discounts, last-chance buys, and promotions when mixing phones with rate plans. Customers can also purchase refurbished phones and save extra money.Can I bring my phone to Straight Talk?Customers can bring pretty much any phone they want to Straight Talk as it’s compatible with Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.Tell me about Straight Talk’s phone offeringsShould you wish to purchase a phone from Straight Talk you’ll find a range of devices from familiar brands like Samsung, Motorola, LG, and a few others. The current crop of handsets is quite a mixed bag and includes everything from new flagship phones down to models that are a few years old. It also offers reconditioned devices in the event you aren’t looking for something new.The phones are priced outright as well as monthly, with financing options for 24-month and 15-month periods. There are also certified pre-owned models and reconditioned handsets, too.

Toshl personal finance app will help get your spending under control

We live in a big, scary, uncertain world. While Americans are worried about staying safe and healthy, they’re even more concerned about their finances, too.You know the old adage about saving money for a rainy day? Unfortunately, it has rained on a lot of people in 2020. What did you do to control your spending or budget your finances? Nothing? It’s time to start.According to an annual survey from Debt.com, approximately 80 percent of US households are using a budget. And the biggest reason why? To increase wealth or savings (42%). Not far behind is tackling debt (31%).If you’re ready to get serious about your financial situation, look no further than Toshl Finance. Not only does it give you an app-based way of tracking your money, it also helps with your decisions, too. Oh, and it’s also on sale right now in the AG Deals Store.Toshl Finance’s user-friendly and intuitive interface makes it easy to get complete control over your spending. Simply enter the amount you spent, assign the purchase to a category, and save.Toshl lets you set up a budget any way you like and over whatever time frame you want, be it monthly, weekly, daily or custom periods. Track expenses from particular categories, tags, or specific financial accounts.Through the Medici Plan it can automatically keep things in order by linking directly to your bank accounts, credit cards and nearly 15,000 other financial services.Toshl represents your spending in graphs and charts that put your current financial situation into an understandable perspective. You can even get down to brass tacks with a simple “left to spend” figure that displays what’s left in a piggy bank. Toshl Finance syncs across all devices on both Android and iOS platforms.Right now, you can get 36 months of Toshl Finance Pro budget tracking for half off, just $29.99. Or, you can upgrade to the Medici Pro plan for only $39.99 and save 80 percent.