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You can now apply stickers and labels to locations in Google Maps


To everyone else in the world the places you visit daily- your home, work, favorite store -may just be blips on the map, but to you these are landmarks of your life. Google Maps has realized this and you will now be able to make your maps a little more personal. Starting today you will be able to label any location with your own personal name, and for your work and home addresses, you will be able to apply some cool custom stickers to the map.

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Uber and other ride services integrated into Google Maps


Google Maps is becoming increasingly useful for anyone traveling to places near and far throughout the world. Today, Google added integration from ride services so that users have more options in addition to driving, taking public transportation, and walking. And all it takes to gain access is swiping over to the dedicated ride services tab when choosing your mode of transportation to get from one place to another.

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Saving offline areas in Google Maps


Because not all of us experienced the Lewis & Clark Expedition, mobile devices are a huge help in navigating the world. Phones and tablets have made it extremely easy for us to get from Point A to Point B without actually being familiar with our surroundings. A service like Google Maps, which has hundreds of millions of users, is able to provide so many details based on your needs. Google Maps can explain the estimated travel time, show turn-by-turn directions, and offer local places to drop by and try. Despite all of its beauty, a missing internet connection or even a poor one can ruin the entire experience. That won’t be a problem, though, if you’re downloading an area in Google Maps for offline use. Google understood there may be times when you just can’t get a connection for maintaining navigation, so the company built offline functionality into Google Maps.

Allow me to show you how to save areas for offline use in Google Maps.

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You can now take a tour around New York’s Guggenheim Museum using Google Maps


Have you been yearning to take a look around the Guggenheim Museum in New York, but haven’t yet had the opportunity or wherewithal to do so? If that’s the case, you’re in luck as Google’s Street View team have partnered up with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to create a virtual experience of the museum’s distinctive galleries, which can be explored from the comfort of your living room using either a smartphone, tablet, computer or VR headset, should you happen to own one.

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You can now take a tour of some Jordan’s ancient landmarks using Street View

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If you’re a passionate historian, we have some great news for you. Starting today, you can head on over to Google Maps to explore more than 30 historical sites throughout Jordan in the Middle East using Street View to have a look around the Roman-built ancient city of Jerash, the archaeological site of Petra and much, much more.

Hit the break below to see just how the Google team photographed the region, and to view a collection of videos from the best and most intriguing sites they visited on their travels.

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Google Maps ready to help Thanksgiving week


Google has been busy making some improvements and adding new features to Google Maps recently, like the ability to check out special store hours during the holiday season or find cheap gas or a detour. Combining Google Maps with data mined by the search giant’s computers from the last three years, Google is offering up some tips and insights for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Read more