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Google Maps Navigation for Android now plans routes around traffic

Google Maps has included traffic data for some time, but now Google Maps for Android takes that traffic information into account when it's giving you directions. The latest Beta version of Google Maps Navigation uses the alternative routes Google Maps has always suggested, and automatically picks the fastest one, based on real-time and historical traffic information. There's an awful lot of...

New Google navigation bar is not +1: it's for managing your online identity

Google's new cross-site navigation bar, which began rolling out last week, is actually a new measure to improve your surfing privacy, and not the 'Google +1' social layer that we've been anticipating. Basically, the bar elucidates the three 'states' in which you can use Google's services. First this is 'Unidentified,' which is where Google only knows your IP address, tracks you with a...

New Google navigation bar rolling out, social features on the way?

Google has begun rolling out a new version of its cross-site navigation bar. Google's search tools still get top billing, with Gmail sliding in just before the more menu -- which is where you'll have to go to find your Reader link. Elements have a bit more padding now as well, which will make them more finger-friendly on your Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet (or other touchscreen device). Another...

MapQuest Android app with turn-by-turn directions now available

[Full disclosure: AOL is the parent company of both MapQuest and Download Squad] MapQuest for iPhone has been highly successful, and now Android users can take the app for a test drive, too. MapQuest had reported more than 1.4 million Android users visiting its mobile website every month, and those users will definitely enjoy the native MapQuest app for Android. Fire it up, and MapQuest...

Hulu adds playlists and streamlines navigation

If you're a fan of streaming TV and movie site Hulu, you just got a little holiday present: a playlist feature and a new navigation bar. The plus symbol near each video brings up the option to add that video to your queue or add it to a playlist, and the playlist option will prompt you to create a new list or pick an existing one. At long last, watching episodes or movies back-to-back on Hulu is...

Bing shopping mall maps help you find the food court

Bing has just announced mall maps, taking maps to the hyper-local department store level. Not only are mall maps "US-only," but nearly all of the current offerings are located in Microsoft's home state of Washington. There are actually a couple of New York malls in the list -- as well as a single one from Boston, Massachusetts. Bing gives you a fully browsable "you are here" mall directory that...

Google Maps Navigation finally activated in non-English speaking countries... and Canada

Google's turn-by-turn GPS navigation software for smartphones has today been enabled in western, continental Europe... and Canada! If you've not used it before, Google Maps Navigation, despite carrying Google's omnipresent 'Beta' tag,' is as good as GPS navigation gets. It might not be quite as refined as commercial, big-bucks navigation systems, but the sheer number of awesome features easily...

Google Maps + Earth view further blurs line between real-life and sci-fi

Google Maps now has a Google Earth view right within the site. This new addition further blurs the distinction between Earth and Maps. It's basically just like Earth, only in your browser. When I tested the feature, navigation, tilting and panning seemed just as smooth as in Earth. The 3D-buildings layer is enabled, and as far as I was able to tell, there's no way to disable it or enable other...

Google denies rumors of turn-by-turn navigation for iPhone

When Google launched turn-by-turn navigation for Android phones, everyone read it as a slap in the face to Apple. Sure, Google may power the iPhone's Maps app, but Android was going to have the exclusive ability to replace that expensive TomTom (or other name-brand navigation system) in your car. Earlier this week, Google started rumors that all that might change, and its free nav software would...

Screenshot tour: GMapCatcher lets you use Google Maps offline

My girlfriend recently took me on a long road trip through rural Canada. We had a blast, but one of the trickiest parts was navigating. Canada is vast, and we had to keep flipping back and forth between differently-scaled maps. If only we had known about GMapCatcher before the trip, things could have been much simpler. In a nutshell, GMapCatcher lets you select an area of land and a range of...

Locationbar² adds breadcrumbs, domain emphasis to your Firefox address bar

Firefox's Awesome Bar is definitely a more powerful tool than it used to be. It's still got room for improvement and tweaking, though - and fortunately there are plenty of nifty add-ons available to do just that. One worth checking out is Locationbar². You can see one of the add-on's features in my screenshot. Hold down your control, shift, or alt key and directories in the URL become...

Google Street View gets improved navigation controls

Google Street View is an amazing tool, and it's fun to use it to take virtual walks around the world's cities, but it's not exactly known for its navigation interface. Fortunately, Google has introduced an entirely revised "pancake" navigation system that relies more on dragging and less on dozens of frustrating clicks just to walk down a street. Now, if you can see where you want to go, you can...

Love Obama's slideshow? Here's how to copy it yourself.

Barack Obama's design team has garnered a lot of praise for their work on his campaign materials, including the official website. Heck, there have been entire articles devoted to praising their choice of typefaces. One of the cooler elements the Obama team has cooked up for their website is a slideshow-like animated list for front page navigation. If you're a fan of this slideshow, and you...

Hands-on: GPS with Maemo Mapper on the N800

Last time we took a look at the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet, we showed how to do some fun, if easy, stuff with it--like setting up custom RSS news sources, placing VoIP calls, and even playing a little Quake 2. Now, we've assembled a new video demonstrating one of the most quirky hacks you can pull off with Nokia's little handheld computer: assembling a functional GPS tracking system using a...

Backpack add-ons for Firefox

We're big fans of Backpack, the online PIM organizer with a pioneering KISS philosophy from the wildly successful 37signals. At times, however, Backpack can appear too simple, making it seem like the only way to interact with the service is through its pleasantly minimal web interface. Fortunately, this is entirely not so, and we just stumbled across two handy Firefox add-ons that bring quick...