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Track your Santa online with Google’s revamped Santa Tracker

It’s the time of the year again when Santa starts its magical journey from the North Pole to fill your Christmas stockings with lots of goodies and presents. So gear yourself to track your favorite Santa and his reindeers as they travel all across the world, distributing gifts and presents to millions of children, using Google’s revamped Santa Tracker.

For years, Google has teamed up with Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to track Santa on every Christmas Eve. But this year, after losing its traditional partnership with NORAD to Bing, Google is out with its own Santa Tracker, a site that is loaded with lots of goodies to keep you busy till the jolly old elf makes his way to your doorsteps.

At the center, the site shows up a countdown clock that ticks off seconds and help you track Santa’s scheduled departure from the North Pole. The left corner of the page shows a pull-down menu that offers various links to track down Santa on your smartphones, computers, as well as tablets – Google+, an Android app, Chrome browser extension, and Google Earth app.

Google has revamped its Santa Tracker in a very interactive fashion. The left and the right arrows on the page give you a chance to explore Santa’s village, with plenty of hidden goodies to dig up. Google has also placed lots of ‘Easter Eggs’ throughout the village, each loaded with a hidden surprise once you click on them.

Powered by a custom algorithm, Google’s all-new Santa Tracker with Google Maps and Google Earth allows you to chart Santa’s journey from one city to the other, helping you to spot Santa’s exact location, his next stop, seconds left until departure, and the number of presents that have been dropped till that time.

So, let your kids track their Santa and learn some geography lessons on the way.

Quick access to home and work locations on Google™ Maps

Google Inc. has made it easier for the users of Google Maps to save and re-visit the places that matter to them. Once the user signs in to his Google account, he can access the places that are frequently visited by him virtually. This has been made possible after the release of a recent Google Maps update for the web version. The update enables the user to define specific home and work locations that will stay attached to his Google account, no matter how much PC-hopping is done by him.

Saving home and work locations on Google Maps

To set home and work locations, the user needs to sign in with his Google Account. Once logged in, he has to click the ‘My Places’ tab in Google Maps and save the home and work locations. From the ‘My Places’ panel, the user can also edit or delete his saved locations by clicking the drop-down to the right of the home or work icons.

News source: Google Lat Long Blog

Apple® to cut Google™ Maps from its platform

Apple is all set to replace the Google Maps with its own navigation app from the next versions of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod devices that run on iOS platform. According to several media reports, the iPhone-maker is going to completely remove Google Maps from its platform and will instead use its own mapping data.

Google has provided the back-end data to Google Maps on the iPhone since it was introduced in 2007. Apple has acquired a handful of mapping companies, including Poly9, C3 Technologies, and Placebase during the last several years. Among all these mapping companies, C3 Technologies is noteworthy because of its 3-D mapping technology.

Look and feel of the new navigation app

It is being rumored that the new navigation app for iOS will be a complete re-write of the code, though the overall look and feel of the app will remain same. Apple will even revise the app logo by changing the colors to represent that fact that it has been re-written.

The new Apple-made navigation application is likely be unveiled at the upcoming WorldWide Developers Conference that Apple is holding in June. The conference has been the launch platform for several new versions of iOS.

Google™ Maps game Cube released

Cube, which is a game about Google Maps, has been finally released by Google Inc. The game was in news since January this year, when a teaser trailer of the game was released. The game was scheduled to be officially launched in February, but after some tests and trails the game has finally be released now. The game can be found at www.playmapscube.com.

Game Objective

The game takes the player through New York, Tokyo, London and other cities while making the player aware about all the features of Google map. The main objective of the game is to navigate a marble with the cursor through each map and level, in the fastest time possible. There are eight levels to the map-based game.

The eight levels include maps in Manhattan, San Francisco, Paris, London, Tokyo, Las Vegas, the Mall of America, and a random map with various parts of all the different cities combined. Players can use this opportunity to explore and discover new or popular places in random metropolises. When the level is completed, a detailed summary along with the time taken by the player to complete the level as well as a random Google Maps fact pop up to explain how Google Maps can assist in making travel plans.

If you wish try your hands, visit www.playmapscube.com to play and experience yourself.

Avoid Traffic with Google™ Maps Real-Time Updates

If you want to go to an unknown destination in your city then how would you proceed? Most of the time, you will call up your friend or relative and ask for the shortest route to the destination, as well as the estimated time of the journey. So, why not ask Google? To make your way to your desired destination a little easier and faster, Google has now incorporated real-time traffic data in Google Maps. The map service will now give you more realistic estimated travel times.

Although this functionality exists in many platforms, but the inclusion of real-time traffic data is something that makes Google Maps a little more useful. Google Maps will make use of data about current traffic conditions and give you an estimated time of your journey to a particular destination. This will help you to choose the smartest route and avoid those long traffic queues on the roads.

It will gather this real-time traffic data from the My Location feature available on Google Maps, as well as third-party resources. So, it’s time to move faster and smarter.

Wi-Fi® users can now opt out of Google™ Database

Now you do not have to register your Wi-Fi router names and location in Google database. For the past two years Google has been using user’s information from the company’s database while working on its Street View mapping service (Street View mapping service allows users to view the address they are searching for in Google maps). According to Google, users now will have the option to opt out from registering their Wi-Fi router name and location in Google’s database.

So how do you remove your information from Google database?

It’s very simple; you just have to add ‘_nomap’ to your wireless network name. For example, if your service set identifier (SSID) is named as ‘my router’, you need to add ‘my router _nomap’ and instantly all your records will be cleared from Google database. So, this means that whenever people search for your address on Google maps, they will not get any result.

If you find any problem changing your SSID name, you can visit this page. This is Google help page, which gives detail information on how to change your SSID name.

According to sources, Google has been charged for using information of more than 3.6 million router users in Netherland. An agreement between Google and Dutch Data Protection Authority has been made, where users now has the option to opt out of Google database.

Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of Dutch data protection authority said, “We all hope that with enforcement actions like this, the bigger firms will use privacy by design from the start so we don’t need to go into enforcement again.”

If everyone opts out of Google database, the search engine’s ability to provide information through its Google maps will be of no use. So, now Google Street View mapping service totally depends on users. Are you opting out? You can leave your comments below and see how many people are in favor of this new change.

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