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22. Februar 2019

Google Maps on iOS Gains ‚Follow‘ Button So You Can Keep Track of Events and Offers From Local Businesses

Google Maps this week updated its iOS app with a new „Follow“ feature, letting you keep track of events and news from your favorite local restaurants, bakeries, or bars. You can follow a location by searching for it in Google Maps on iOS, and then tapping „Follow“ under the hours of operation.

After you follow a business, all of their updates then appear in the new „For You“ tab of Google Maps. In this area, you can keep track of all the notable updates and promotions offered by the various companies you follow in the app.

This is a feature that has been on Google Maps for Android since last fall, and is now just rolling out to [...]

 
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11. Februar 2019

New Report Delves Into Poor Working Conditions at an Apple Maps ‚Black Site‘

A new report out today by Bloomberg offers a look inside one of Apple’s so-called „black sites,“ this one a satellite office near Apple Park in California where the company hires contractors to work on Apple Maps. These contract workers were hired by Apex Systems, which staffs and manages a few Apple mapping offices, and creates a „culture of fear“ according to former employees.

One former worker at the black site near Apple Park, on Hammerwood Avenue in Sunnyvale, said that „it was made pretty plain to us that we were at-will employees and they would fire us at any time.“ Most workers at the office signed up for 12-15 month work [...]

 
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6. Februar 2019

Apple Maps Launches Revamped Data Collection Website

As part of its efforts to rebuild Apple Maps „from the ground up,“ Apple has been collecting street-level data with LiDAR-equipped vehicles for over three years. Apple also deployed employees wearing LiDAR-equipped backpacks to collect pedestrian-based data starting in California late last year.

As these efforts expand around the world, Apple recently transitioned to a revamped Apple Maps image collection website with a list of locations it will be surveying both in vehicles and on foot in the upcoming months.

The page reveals a few new pieces of information, including that pedestrian-based data collection has expanded to Hawaii and Nevada through [...]

 
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6. Februar 2019

Apple Expands Transit Directions to New Areas, Introduces More Indoor Maps for Malls and Airports

Transit directions for Apple Maps have recently expanded to encompass the entirety of multiple states and countries, Apple today confirmed in an update to its Feature Availability page.

Transit directions are now available across all of Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Dakota, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Texas.

In many of these locations, transit information has been available for a few weeks, but Apple is often slow to confirm with updates to its Feature Availability page. Several of the above-listed locations also had transit directions in a few major [...]

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