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Has GIScience Lost its Interdisciplinary Mojo?

Sep 30 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Po Ve Sham – Muki Haklay's personal blog under tags  #gisci16 citizen science conference crossdisciplinary research gis

The GIScience conference is being held every two years since 2000, and it is one of the main conferences in the field of Geographic Information Science (GIScience). It is a special honour to be invited to give a keynote talk, and so I was (naturally) very pleased to get an invitation to deliver such a talk … Continue reading Has GIScience Lost its Interdisciplinary Mojo?


Now you can see your Google Calendar events in Google Maps

Sep 30 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  calendar maps

In our latest update, Google Maps teams up with Google Calendar to make it even easier to get where you need to go. Starting today, Android users worldwide will start to see their Google Calendar events on Google Maps. So whether you're heading to a family dinner or getting subway directions to a birthday party, you can now quickly and easily access your events directly from the map.

To ensure that your events appear on Google Maps, enter the address in the “Where” box when you create an event in Google Calendar. As long as you’re signed into both Google Calendar and Google Maps, the next time you open Google Maps you’ll see your Google Calendar events right there on the map. We've also introduced a new "Upcoming" tab where you'll see a list of your upcoming events. Simply open the sidebar menu, tap “Your Places” and then tap “Upcoming.” If you don’t want to see specific events on the map, you can hide them by tapping on the event from the map and then tapping “Dismiss.” 

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Seeing your Google Calendar events on Google Maps is the newest way to save time and make the most of every day.  Here's a list of existing Google Maps features that help you personalize your experience by surfacing important information where it matters most. 

Save home and work addresses

A lot of trips start or end from home and work, so save your home and work addresses to get directions in seconds. You can also add a little flair to your map by using your favorite sticker to mark home and work on the map. Search for “Home” in Google Maps or open “Your Places” to get started.

Label frequently visited places or upcoming destinations

Want to be able to simply say “OK Google, navigate to daycare?” You can. Just open Google Maps, search for the address you want to label, press the label button, and enter a name. The next time you type the name into the search box in Google Maps, your label will be a suggested result.

Your bookings and reservations from Gmail

When you receive confirmation emails for hotel, flight or restaurant reservations in Gmail, we show that information in Google Maps for easy access when on the go. These events also appear in the new “Upcoming” tab in “Your Places.”

See your Google contacts on the map

Your Google contacts will appear on Google Maps as well. Rather than memorizing your coworker or cousin’s address, you can get directions by typing their name in the search box (as long as you have an address attached to their contact info).

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To manage all your personal content and how it appears on Google Maps, you can use the new personal content manager under the settings tab in the side menu. Simply toggle off what you don’t want to show and toggle on what’s most helpful to you.


Try these new Google Maps voice commands on your next road trip

Sep 29 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

As we approach the end of the year, many travelers will set out on holiday road trips to visit family and friends, near and far. Whether you’re driving solo, or don’t want to assign navigator duties to your passengers, it just got easier to get around while keeping your eyes on the road, with new voice commands that are simpler than ever to use.

For the ultimate hands-free and eyes-free experience, first make sure you’ve got the latest versions of the Google Maps app and Google app for Android. Then, the next time you enter navigation mode or driving mode, you can simply say “Ok Google” followed by a voice command, without needing to tap or even look at the screen. You’ll always know when voice commands can be used in Google Maps by looking for a white microphone icon in the top right corner.

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When you say “Ok Google," the microphone will activate and you’ll see a circle with bouncing dots – indicating that your voice command is being heard. For example, try saying “Ok Google, find gas stations," and see what happens. You can tap the circle to cancel an ongoing command. If for some reason you want to use a non-hands-free alternative to saying “Ok Google," tap the microphone and simply say “find gas stations."

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To make sure you have things set up correctly, from navigation mode tap the overflow menu (the button with three dots), then tap “Settings," and finally, tap “'OK Google' detection." The “While driving” setting allows you to say “Ok Google” during navigation in Google Maps. If you’d like to do this anywhere on your device, you’ll need to enable the “Always on” setting (on some devices, the setting is called “From any screen”).

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Once you’re all set up, the possibilities are endless. In addition to tried-and-true voice commands like “What’s my next turn?” and “What’s my ETA?”, you can now do things like “Show / Hide traffic," “Mute / Unmute voice guidance," and even “Avoid tolls / highways / ferries," with just the sound of your voice. If you anticipate traffic, you can say “How’s traffic ahead?” or “Show alternate routes." And if you want to add a little fun to your drive, you can say “Play some jazz," “Send a text," or maybe even “Call mom." Here’s a cheat sheet with more of the voice commands you can use in Google Maps. Safe driving, and happy road tripping!


Try these new Google Maps voice commands on your next road trip

Sep 29 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

As we approach the end of the year, many travelers will set out on holiday road trips to visit family and friends, near and far. Whether you’re driving solo, or don’t want to assign navigator duties to your passengers, it just got easier to get around while keeping your eyes on the road, with new voice commands that are simpler than ever to use.

For the ultimate hands-free and eyes-free experience, first make sure you’ve got the latest versions of the Google Maps app and Google app for Android. Then, the next time you enter navigation mode or driving mode, you can simply say “Ok Google” followed by a voice command, without needing to tap or even look at the screen. You’ll always know when voice commands can be used in Google Maps by looking for a white microphone icon in the top right corner.

Maps_Voice Commands1.png

When you say “Ok Google," the microphone will activate and you’ll see a circle with bouncing dots – indicating that your voice command is being heard. For example, try saying “Ok Google, find gas stations," and see what happens. You can tap the circle to cancel an ongoing command. If for some reason you want to use a non-hands-free alternative to saying “Ok Google," tap the microphone and simply say “find gas stations."

Maps_Voice Commands2.png

To make sure you have things set up correctly, from navigation mode tap the overflow menu (the button with three dots), then tap “Settings," and finally, tap “'OK Google' detection." The “While driving” setting allows you to say “Ok Google” during navigation in Google Maps. If you’d like to do this anywhere on your device, you’ll need to enable the “Always on” setting (on some devices, the setting is called “From any screen”).

Maps_Voice Commands3.png

Once you’re all set up, the possibilities are endless. In addition to tried-and-true voice commands like “What’s my next turn?” and “What’s my ETA?”, you can now do things like “Show / Hide traffic," “Mute / Unmute voice guidance," and even “Avoid tolls / highways / ferries," with just the sound of your voice. If you anticipate traffic, you can say “How’s traffic ahead?” or “Show alternate routes." And if you want to add a little fun to your drive, you can say “Play some jazz," “Send a text," or maybe even “Call mom." Here’s a cheat sheet with more of the voice commands you can use in Google Maps. Safe driving, and happy road tripping!


Try these new Google Maps voice commands on your next road trip

Sep 29 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps

As we approach the end of the year, many travelers will set out on holiday road trips to visit family and friends, near and far. Whether you’re driving solo, or don’t want to assign navigator duties to your passengers, it just got easier to get around while keeping your eyes on the road, with new voice commands that are simpler than ever to use.

For the ultimate hands-free and eyes-free experience, first make sure you’ve got the latest versions of the Google Maps app and Google app for Android. Then, the next time you enter navigation mode or driving mode, you can simply say “Ok Google” followed by a voice command, without needing to tap or even look at the screen. You’ll always know when voice commands can be used in Google Maps by looking for a white microphone icon in the top right corner.

Maps_Voice Commands1.png

When you say “Ok Google," the microphone will activate and you’ll see a circle with bouncing dots – indicating that your voice command is being heard. For example, try saying “Ok Google, find gas stations," and see what happens. You can tap the circle to cancel an ongoing command. If for some reason you want to use a non-hands-free alternative to saying “Ok Google," tap the microphone and simply say “find gas stations."

Maps_Voice Commands2.png

To make sure you have things set up correctly, from navigation mode tap the overflow menu (the button with three dots), then tap “Settings," and finally, tap “'OK Google' detection." The “While driving” setting allows you to say “Ok Google” during navigation in Google Maps. If you’d like to do this anywhere on your device, you’ll need to enable the “Always on” setting (on some devices, the setting is called “From any screen”).

Maps_Voice Commands3.png

Once you’re all set up, the possibilities are endless. In addition to tried-and-true voice commands like “What’s my next turn?” and “What’s my ETA?”, you can now do things like “Show / Hide traffic," “Mute / Unmute voice guidance," and even “Avoid tolls / highways / ferries," with just the sound of your voice. If you anticipate traffic, you can say “How’s traffic ahead?” or “Show alternate routes." And if you want to add a little fun to your drive, you can say “Play some jazz," “Send a text," or maybe even “Call mom." Here’s a cheat sheet with more of the voice commands you can use in Google Maps. Safe driving, and happy road tripping!


FIDA &CO. Studios presenting GIS Cloud at the Intelligent Cities Exhibition & Conference

Sep 28 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Cloud under tags  blog egypt events fida&co; studios gis cloud

GIS Cloud’s partners, FIDA & CO. Studios (F&CS) are exhibiting and promoting GIS Cloud solutions at the leading smart and sustainable cities event in Egypt – Intelligent Cities Exhibition and Conference (ICEC 2016). The event is taking place at Fairmont Heliopolis Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, 28 – 29 of September, 2016. The two day exhibition...


Walk the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine like the pros with Street View

Sep 28 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps sports

Earlier this year, Turner Sports approached us with an idea: Help us change the way golf fans experience the sport’s biggest event of the year, the Ryder Cup. Always up for helping users go where they’ve never gone before, we loaned Turner a Street View Trekker. They hit the links to collect hole-by-hole imagery at Minnesota’s Hazeltine National Golf Club, site of this year's tournament starting today through October 2.

Over two days, the team covered the 160-acres course.

Explore the images on Google Maps, or walk the course like the pros using theHazeltine Explorer, an interactive tour developed by Turner and Ubilabs. Along with 360-degree views, the site, built with Google Maps APIs, features custom elevation graphs for every hole, integrated video highlights and course-specific historical moments.

Fans attending the event can also make use of the Ryder Cup app’s Wayfinding feature, available on Android and iOS. Built using Google Maps APIs, the feature includes a detailed view of the course with routing instructions that account for walking paths and crosswalks. The map also displays information about on-course amenities and facilities. 




Walk the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine like the pros with Street View

Sep 28 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps sports

Earlier this year, Turner Sports approached us with an idea: Help us change the way golf fans experience the sport’s biggest event of the year, the Ryder Cup. Always up for helping users go where they’ve never gone before, we loaned Turner a Street View Trekker. They hit the links to collect hole-by-hole imagery at Minnesota’s Hazeltine National Golf Club, site of this year's tournament starting today through October 2.

Over two days, the team covered the 160-acres course.

Explore the images on Google Maps, or walk the course like the pros using theHazeltine Explorer, an interactive tour developed by Turner and Ubilabs. Along with 360-degree views, the site, built with Google Maps APIs, features custom elevation graphs for every hole, integrated video highlights and course-specific historical moments.

Fans attending the event can also make use of the Ryder Cup app’s Wayfinding feature, available on Android and iOS. Built using Google Maps APIs, the feature includes a detailed view of the course with routing instructions that account for walking paths and crosswalks. The map also displays information about on-course amenities and facilities. 




ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.1 and 3.18

Sep 27 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at odoenet under tags  arcgis esri javascript

This week saw not one, but two new releases of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript. The 4.1 documentation is here. The 3.18 documentation is here. The 4.1 release includes some great new features in the MapImageLayer, 3D scenes and custom Popup capabilities. There’s even some foundation being laid with the ability to save WebScenes for...

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Walk the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine like the pros with Street View

Sep 27 2016 [Archived Version] □ Published at Maps under tags  maps sports

Earlier this year, Turner Sports approached us with an idea: Help us change the way golf fans experience the sport’s biggest event of the year, the Ryder Cup. Always up for helping users go where they’ve never gone before, we loaned Turner a Street View Trekker. They hit the links to collect hole-by-hole imagery at Minnesota’s Hazeltine National Golf Club, site of this year's tournament starting today through October 2.

Over two days, the team covered the 160-acres course.

Explore the images on Google Maps, or walk the course like the pros using theHazeltine Explorer, an interactive tour developed by Turner and Ubilabs. Along with 360-degree views, the site, built with Google Maps APIs, features custom elevation graphs for every hole, integrated video highlights and course-specific historical moments.

Fans attending the event can also make use of the Ryder Cup app’s Wayfinding feature, available on Android and iOS. Built using Google Maps APIs, the feature includes a detailed view of the course with routing instructions that account for walking paths and crosswalks. The map also displays information about on-course amenities and facilities.