Facebook Inc added a feature to its Messenger app on Monday to allow users to share their locations continuously for up to an hour, ramping up competition with tools offered by Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google Maps. The company has found that one of the most used phrases on Messenger as people talk to friends and family is "How far away are you?" or some variation, Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for Messenger, said in an interview. "It happens to be what people are saying, what they're interested in the most," he said. Sharing location information is optional, but it can also be live, so that once a user shares the information with a friend, the friend can watch the user's movement for up to 60 minutes. Messenger was once part of the core Facebook smartphone app, but the company broke it out as a separate app in 2014 and has since invested in frequent changes to build a service distinct from the massive social network. Google Maps said last week that it was adding a similar live … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Messenger app adds live location-sharing
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It appears that Vietnamese Pokémon GO addicts are the only ones willing to ruin the national map in order to avoid a few extra steps to reach a PokéStop. It appears that Vietnamese Pokémon GO addicts are the only ones willing to ruin the national map in order to avoid a few extra steps to reach a PokéStop. The Google Map of Vietnam has begun to transform since the launch of Pokémon GO in the country, with people using the Google Map Maker tool to create a number of fake ‘virtual’ public areas to facilitate their hunt. In Pokémon GO, the mobile game taking the world by storm, public places such as parks, historical markers, and monuments are likely to automatically be recognized as PokéStops – locations where players can collect eggs and Poké Balls. In an attempt to cheat the system, a number of Vietnamese players have been creating fake public places near their houses to dupe Pokémon GO into marking … [Read more...] about Are Vietnamese Pokemon GO players world’s only Google Maps abusers?
Protesters rally outside the Chinese Consulate in Manila on July 7, 2015, denouncing China's claim to most of the South China Sea including areas claimed by the Philippines Google has quietly removed the Chinese name for a South China Sea shoal bitterly disputed by Beijing and Manila from its maps service, following an outcry from Filipinos. The Google Maps website on Tuesday referred to the rich fishing ground -- a subject of a case lodged by the Philippines at an international arbitration tribunal -- by its international name, Scarborough Shoal. The service had earlier labelled the shoal as part of China's Zhongsha island chain, prompting an online campaign demanding that the Internet giant stop identifying the outcrop as part of Chinese territory. "We've updated Google Maps to fix the issue. We understand that geographic names can raise deep emotions which is why we worked quickly once this was brought to our attention," Google's office in Manila said in a … [Read more...] about Google removes Chinese name on map after Philippine furore
The obsolete, deteriorated phone booths across Ho Chi Minh City will be replaced with modern smart information stations to help local residents and tourists, with the first four of their kind unveiled in the city’s downtown on Wednesday. The multifunctional stations, equipped with a 47-inch touch screen and powered by Google’s Android platform, provide tourists and locals with a number of features to facilitate their travel around the city, according to VNPT Ho Chi Minh City. VNPT Ho Chi Minh City, a subsidiary of the state-run Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group, has joined hands with the Le Digital Co. to install four such stations in front of the city’s Municipal Theater, Saigon Central Post Office and Youth Culture House, and at 125 Le Loi Street. The two companies aim to place 200 stations around the city by 2016. The built-in Google Maps app at the information stations, connected with an underground fiber optic Internet cable system, can help … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City pilots smart information stations to help tourists
Alfred Russell Wallace was beaten to the punch in describing evolution by Charles Darwin, but Wallace's contributions to biology have been just as long-lived. "Our study is a long overdue update of one of the most fundamental maps in natural sciences. For the first time since Wallace's attempt we are finally able to provide a broad description of the natural world based on incredibly detailed information for thousands of vertebrate species," said co-lead-author, Ben Holt of the University of Copenhagen, in a press release. The global map data can be used to make regional maps on a smaller scale, not just the planetary scale shown above.The data can even be fed into Google Earth or a Geographic Information System program, the authors noted in the study published in Science Express. The planetary map was divided into 11 realms, such as Neotropical and Sino-Japanese, and subdivided into 20 "zoogeograghic" regions. The unusual creatures of Madagascar got their own realm. Overall, the … [Read more...] about New Map of Earth’s Animals