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Google Search and Maps Apps Gain ‘SOS Alerts’ Feature

Google launched a new feature for its Search and Maps apps today that aims to help users stay on top

Google Maps will now tell you the best time to hit the road

A new Google Maps feature shows estimated travel times depending on when you choose to leave, and has reached users in the U.S. and U.K. The information is represented as a bar graph, showing potential ETAs over the next few hours.The post Google Maps will now tell you the best time to hit the road appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps Gains Local Guides Widget and Transit Transfer Reminders

Google Maps received an update on Wednesday that makes it easier to contribute reviews to points of interest and adds

Google Maps honors indigenous lands in Canada on National Aboriginal Day

In the culmination of a seven-year collaboration between indigenous communities across Canada and Google Earth Outreach, indigenous lands have been added to both Google Maps and Google Earth.The post Google Maps honors indigenous lands in Canada on National Aboriginal Day appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google updates Local Guides with more perks and payouts for avid explorers

Through the Local Guides program, Google Maps users can accrue points and level up through contributions like reviews and photos -- and now they'll earn even better rewards, thanks to a comprehensive update.The post Google updates Local Guides with more perks and payouts for avid explorers appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps helps you find Pride Month events in 35 cities around the world

Google has updated Google Maps to now help users get to and find information about their local LGBT Pride Month events. The feature is available in 35 cities around the world, and is marked on Maps by a rainbow path.The post Google Maps helps you find Pride Month events in 35 cities around the world appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google updates Maps with subway station layouts for desktop and mobile

Using Google Maps to get around by subway is about to become a bit easier, based on findings from users on Reddit. Google has begun to add subway station layouts to its maps in certain cities, including as New York and Tokyo.The post Google updates Maps with subway station layouts for desktop and mobile appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google updates Maps with subway station layouts for desktop and mobile

Using Google Maps to get around by subway is about to become a bit easier, based on findings from users on Reddit. Google has begun to add subway station layouts to its maps in certain cities, including as New York and Tokyo.The post Google updates Maps with subway station layouts for desktop and mobile appeared first on Digital Trends.

A simple guide on how to share your current location on an iPhone – It’s so easy!

Your iPhone is full of convenient features, several of which allow you to share your location with friends and family. Here's how to make the most of them, whether your prefer Apple or Google Maps.The post A simple guide on how to share your current location on an iPhone – It’s so easy! appeared first on Digital Trends.

Your crucial travel partner this summer is none other than Google Maps

It's never too early to start planning your summer vacation, and here to lend a helping hand is Google Maps. Not only will the app tell you how to get places, it'll tell you what places you should plan on getting to.The post Your crucial travel partner this summer is none other than Google Maps appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps taps Street View for better turn-by-turn navigation

Google Maps for Android has started pulling images from Street View to offer better guidance for navigation. The images show up during directions, offering more detailed information at potentially tricky turns.The post Google Maps taps Street View for better turn-by-turn navigation appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps gaffe sees tiny Norwegian village overrun with confused tourists

Google Maps is great, but sometimes data errors lead users up the wrong path. A small village in Norway, for instance, has recently been getting lots of visits from confused tourists looking for a famous landmark.The post Google Maps gaffe sees tiny Norwegian village overrun with confused tourists appeared first on Digital Trends.

Waze will now let you record your own voice to give yourself directions

If you have difficulty trusting a robotic voice when it comes to navigating your way about town, Waze has good news for you. You can now replace that droning computerized voice with that of your own melodious cadences.The post Waze will now let you record your own voice to give yourself directions appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps has just released an updated home page for its users in India

Google Maps users in India are getting some special treatment, and it all begins this week. As per a new blog post, Google Maps is rolling out a new home screen "specifically designed for people in India" for Android.The post Google Maps has just released an updated home page for its users in India appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps Now Remembers Where You Parked Your Car

Google yesterday announced a feature to help Google Maps users remember where they're leaving their car once they've arrived at

Google Maps business reviews now automatically speak your language

Google Maps has upped its game lately to include more options and better accuracy, and Google just added the ability to automatically translate reviews so language becomes less of a barrier.The post Google Maps business reviews now automatically speak your language appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps business reviews now automatically speak your language

Google Maps has upped its game lately to include more options and better accuracy, and Google just added the ability to automatically translate reviews so language becomes less of a barrier.The post Google Maps business reviews now automatically speak your language appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps for iOS gets ‘Timeline’ feature to help you recall everywhere you’ve been

Google Maps' Timeline feature, just released for iOS, lets users retrace their steps across any given time period. But fear not — if you find that a little creepy, you can easily turn it off.The post Google Maps for iOS gets ‘Timeline’ feature to help you recall everywhere you’ve been appeared first on Digital Trends.

Google Maps for iOS Gains New Timeline Feature

Google today announced that its popular Timeline feature for Google Maps on Android has expanded to Google Maps for iOS,

Google Maps for iOS Gains Directions Widget for Turn-By-Turn Navigation on Lock Screen

Google Maps for iOS was today updated to version 4.30.0, introducing a new Directions Widget that allows Google Maps users

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AG DEALS: Gadgets and gear on sale today

Who doesn’t like a good bargain on tech and gadgets? If you’re like us, you’re always on the hunt for something new and fun to pick up, especially if it’s on sale.We’ve gathered up a handful of best-selling products in the AG Deals Store and are sharing them below.The products span a range of different topics, but each of them has a common feature: excellent pricing. Be sure to look around the entire store, though, as there are tons of great things to grab.RokBlok: The World’s Smallest Wireless Record Player ($89.99)As seen on Shark Tank, RokBlok is the world’s smallest, wireless record player. This handy device combines classic and modern. Rock out to your favorite records with RokBlok’s built-in speaker. Simply place RokBlok on a record, and raise the control lever to start playing. You can even wirelessly send your music to any Bluetooth device for an even bigger sound. Use RokBlok to listen to your favorite records anywhere you can find a flat surface. $89.99JOT Battery Base for Google Home Mini ($16.99)JOT is a portable, battery base for your Google Home Mini designed to provide rechargeable, cord-free mobility at your fingertips. Simply nest the Google Home Mini securely into JOT to untether and enjoy cordless use anywhere in your home. $16.99MOGICS Power Bagel: Travel Power Strip ($36.95)The MOGICS Bagel is the world’s first and only travel power strip with 5 international AC sockets, dual USB ports, 3ft integrated length-adjustable power cord, and an ergonomic AC plug. The adjustable cord comes with auto-lock stoppers to keep it all neat and organized. No more messy flying cords with MOGICS Bagel! $36.95Sinji Flexible Borescope Camera ($29.95)The Sinji Borescope is a flexible inspection camera to provide a quick and easy overview of hard to reach areas. Investigate your blocked drain pipe or a defective machine part, take photos, or record a video. The waterproof camera is equipped with a 2-meter microUSB to USB cable and a ø8mm camera lens. With included hook and magnet, you can also use this borescope to retrieve lost keys and other items. ($29.95)OMNIA UVC+ Ozone Sterilizer Box with Fast Wireless Charger ($69.99)The OMNIA UVC+ Ozone Sterilizer Box kills 99.9% of bacteria on small personal items such as smartphones, watch, headphones, jewelry, credit card, makeup brushes, and more. With a simple press of a button, you can sterilize your stuff at a standard 18-minute period or superior 30-minute mode. Not only that, this device also lets you refresh and charge your item while sanitizing thanks to its aromatherapy and wireless charging function. It’s three gadgets all in one! $69.99Samsung Galaxy Buds Bluetooth True Wireless Earbuds with Wireless Charging Case (No Box) ($99.99)Pair Samsung Galaxy Buds with your phone or tablet and go. Listen and chat during the day, then wirelessly recharge for 15 minutes to get up to 1.7 more hours of play time. Tuned by AKG, Galaxy Buds deliver clear calls, your favorite podcasts and the music you love while keeping you aware of your surroundings when walking, working or working out. water proof IPX2 (Splash resistant).Battery Capacity (Earbud) 58mAh. Battery Capacity (Case) 252mAh. $99.99

Arlo adds two cameras to Essential line

Arlo on Tuesday added two new cameras to its portfolio of wireless cameras. Both devices, the Arlo Essential and Arlo Essential Spotlight XL, are set to arrive in the coming months.As part of the Essential line of cameras, these are more affordable than the Pro line, and give consumers a wallet-friendly way of outfitting their home. The two more or less bookend the already-available Essential Spotlight camera.The cameras are designed to work indoors or outdoors and can even handle heat, cold, rain, and sun. Moreover, they’re compatible with your favorite digital assistant and can be tied to IFTTT for automation.The Arlo Essential will be offered later this holiday season for $99.99 and features 1080p HD video, two-way audio, and a 130-degree viewing angle.Arlo Essential FeaturesFull High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080p2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio qualityBuilt-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the appNight Vision: Black and white night vision turns on automatically once its dark so you can see even without a lightWeather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoorsMotion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detectedRechargeable Battery: Convenient and long-lasting battery with six-months of battery life on one charge130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-viewPlatform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and controlThe Arlo Essential XL Spotlight is basically the Arlo Essential Spotlight (read our review) with an extended battery. According to Arlo it will last up to one year on a full charge. Customers can pre-order the camera for $149.99 today; the launch date is not clear.Arlo Essential XL Spotlight FeaturesExtended Battery Life: One year of battery life on one charge, perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach so you can charge less frequently1Integrated Spotlight: Let’s you see what’s lurking in the dark with a bright spotlight to illuminate the area of activity; spotlight can be motion activated or manually turned on2-Way Audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio qualityBuilt-in Siren: Siren can be triggered automatically or manually from the appColor Night Vision: See color even at night thanks to an integrated spotlightFull High Definition Camera: Capture clear details in full high definition with the ability to record video in 1080pWeather-Resistant: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun and can be used indoors or outdoorsMotion Detection and Alerts: Alerts sent directly to your phone when motion is detected130° Viewing Angle: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider field-of-viewPlatform Compatibility: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT for easy interaction, automation and control

Create a mobile app for your business to maximize growth

The popularity of mobile apps is indisputable. The number of downloadable apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store is only increasing. Everyone who has a smartphone has at least one app on it. But what does this mean for businesses?Mobile apps have given companies a completely new way to connect with their customers, and they offer a lot of opportunities for small businesses to grow and expand. If you want to learn how to create an app and make money, you’ve come to the right place.Benefits of creating a mobile appCredit: Pexel (Pixabay)If you’re not completely sure how a simple mobile app can be beneficial for your business, you’ll probably be surprised by all of the reasons why you need to create an app. Not only does it help you keep up with trends, but it also allows you to expand your market and increase revenue.There are multiple ways mobile apps help you do this.Reach customers from all over the worldNot that long ago, businesses could only cater to local buyers, especially if they were small and didn’t have a large marketing budget. However, thanks to the mobile app revolution, you can now offer your products and services to people from different cities, regions, and even countries.While you will cater to local buyers at first, once you start growing, you can use geo-location technologies to expand your customer base easily. Furthermore, customers will have access to your store at their fingertips, no matter where they’re located.Easy to create brand awarenessBranding is very important if you want to grow your business. When you think of some of the most successful companies, you can probably see their logo in your mind’s eye as well. Branding plays a significant role in staying at the top of your customer’s mind and increasing visibility.When you have a mobile app, creating brand awareness becomes significantly easier. This is because when a customer installs your app on their phone, your company’s logo will be on full display whenever they look at their mobile screen.You can create better customer experienceUnlike mobile websites that depend on organic traffic to be even remotely successful, mobile apps only require the user to download it. Once a customer finds your app and installs it consciously, it is easy to turn them into a loyal customer if they find your app useful and helpful.Mobile apps can use optimized device features to create a more enjoyable experience for all users. Mobile payment technologies make transactions quicker and easier, while geo-location technologies can leverage more business opportunities by providing contextual and location-based advertising.Collecting user data is easierNowadays, it’s common practice to always have your smartphone with you wherever you go, and businesses with mobile apps can use this to their advantage. Since mobile devices have an array of device-specific sensors built into them, it’s easy to collect accurate user data.You will be able to find out a plethora of valuable user-specific data such as location, demographics, buying habits, and preferences. This allows you to create better targeted marketing strategies.Advice for mobile app creationWilliam Iven (Pixabay )Before you create an app marketing strategy and start attracting users, you need to make sure your app follows some basic principles. After all, you need to be careful about every aspect of your app if you want to prioritize business growth.Don’t put too much information in your appKeep in mind that when someone installs your app, they do it because they’re already familiar with your business and products. There’s no need to over-educate them and provide them with the information they already know.Many business apps have long texts on their opening screens, which does nothing except annoy users. Replace these with tooltips that will tell your users more about the app and a tutorial that will explain how to use the app and what it’s meant for.Remove all sources of frictionThe smallest things can cause friction in your app, so you need to remove all potential risks.Make actions clear. Every screen on your app needs to have one clear action that makes it easy for users to move through the app without making any wrong choices.The CTAs need to be consistent. Every CTA you include needs to have the same superficial traits. This includes placement, color, wording, and font.Avoid cognitive load. Examine how much text you have on every screen and decide if all of it is necessary. If not, remove everything that doesn’t explain how to reach the next screen.Include positive reinforcementIt’s important to encourage users to go through your app, and the best way to do so is by rewarding them for every action no matter how small it is. This can be done by including checkmarks when they fill out form fields and including transition animations that will thank users after performing an action such as completing a purchase.Prioritize effective referral channelsA referral program needs to be an essential part of your app, as 92% of consumers trust referrals from people they know. In the early stages, offer multiple referral channels, but after some time, analyze their success rates to find the channels that yield the highest number of referrals. Once you do that, only keep those channels and focus on maximizing send volume from them.Make referral programs appealing to both sidesReferral programs can be a powerful tool that influences your business’ growth, but only if it appeals to both the people who invite their contacts and the ones who are invited. The best way to make your referral programs appealing to both sides is to offer double-sided incentives.For instance, you can offer a discount, a free sample, free shipping, or any incentive that would appeal to customers who love your brand. Just don’t forget that once new customers come to your app, you need to provide them with great user experience so they stay there long-term.Final thoughtsThe widespread use of mobile apps has made it easy for companies to utilize their power, attract more customers, and make their business grow. Now that you know all the benefits of mobile business apps and how to design a good one, there’s nothing stopping you from growing your business. All that’s left to do is create an app and start making money with it.Featured Image: Mohamed Hassan (Pixabay)EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Samsung Galaxy adds another star with S20 Fan Edition

Samsung on Wednesday added another member to its Galaxy S20 family with the introduction of the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE).With pricing that starts at $699, the S20 FE retains many of the popular and most-wanted features from the standard model.The Galaxy S20 Fan Edition packs a large (6.5-inch) AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, triple cameras, and a generous 4500mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities.The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor with 6GB RAM and houses 128GB internal storage. A microSD expansion card slot allows for up to 1TB external media.The triple rear camera setup is comprised of a 12-megapixel main, 12-megapixel wide, and 8-megapixel telephoto lens. The front packs a 32-megapixel selfie camera.Samsung Phone Buyer’s Guide (Fall 2020)Rounding out the specs, the Galaxy S20 FE includes an in-display optical fingerprint reader, sub-6GHz 5G support, IP68 rating against dust and water, and NFC.The phone will be offered in six colors: Cloud Mint, Cloud Navy, Cloud Lavender, Cloud Red, Cloud Orange, and Cloud White. Galaxy S20 Fan Edition 1 of 12 AvailabilityPre-orders start immediately for the $699 Galaxy S20 Fan Edition with general availability on October 2. It can be purchased through a variety of wireless service providers as well as unlocked through Samsung.Verizon will offer a version of the phone which also supports its mmWave 5G network. That model will be named the Galaxy S20 FE 5G UW.