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US railroad crossings to be included in Google Maps soon

You would think that Google Maps already has it all, in terms of helping both drivers and commuters to navigate the ins and outs of but apparently, there's still one missing component and including it might just save some lives. The Federal Railway Administration (FRA) has officially requested Google Maps to include the various railway crossings across the US onto their navigation systems, providing guidance for drivers who are either visitors to a specific area or those driving during nighttime when light is scarce in the area.

Cool new APIs out for Google Calendar, Google Maps

Google is pushing out some new APIs for app developers to play around with, this in relatively known and very much used app platforms like Google Calendar and Google Maps. The first API is for you to be able to attach files to Google Calendar entries, which sounds uber useful. The second one is for using Google Maps to present you with the perfect bike ride profile on an Android Wear platform, like a smartwatch.

Google Maps improves real-time transit info, adds more cities, countries

It used to be that map and navigation apps cater mostly to people who have cars or are driving or being driven around unfamiliar areas. But developers have been realizing that a lot of the people who need these kinds of services are commuters or people taking public transportation. Google Maps has been giving public transit information since 2007, but now they have vastly improved the service by giving you real-time transit conditions and adding more countries and cities covered.

Google to have offline support for Chrome, Maps, YouTube

While most of us are almost always online whether at home, at the office, at a restaurant, and even while mobile, there are times when your data fails, your WiFi is erratic, or you simply just want to go off the grid (but not totally). However, a lot of the apps and features we use require that we're online always. Well that's about to change, at least for some products. Google announced during its ongoing I/O conference that they will be giving offline support for Chrome, Maps, and YouTube.

Google working on fixing N-word issue in Google Maps

First it was an Android mascot peeing on the Apple logo. Then it was some stupid, juvenile maps jokes submitted as "fact" which caused them to suspend Map Maker submissions. Now, Google Maps is facing more serious problems as users have complained that the highly offensive N-word has been showing up on the map and in search queries, and it's even in reference to the official residence of the most powerful man in the US. But Google is taking the bull by the horns and saying they are addressing and fixing the situation.

Google Maps updated in time for Memorial Day, traffic alerts added

Memorial Day in the US is happening in a few days time and I'm sure you've started planning how you're going to spend the holiday. Summer is about to start so you're probably thinking of going to the beach but first, you have to plan really well. Traffic that day is expected to go really crazy, you might as well decide to celebrate in the comforts of your own home, in your backyard, watching or joining a local parade. But if you're set to go somewhere else, check Google Maps first to find the best route so you could reach your destination on time.

Google Maps for Android Wear pops up after phone app update

If Android Wear devices are expected to be worn on the wrist most of the time, we might as well take advantage of the features, new and old ones, and those navigation features we're only discovering. Those who regularly use Google Maps and actually have a smartwatch will notice a Google Maps app on your Android Wear device, or at least, those smartwatches that run the latest Android Wear software update.
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