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How to ask Siri for walking and directions using Google Maps, or another transit app

Siri can help you do all kinds of things, including help you get transit directions, even if Apple Maps doesn't support them. If you've got Google Maps or another transit direction app installed, Siri is smart enough to integrate with it in most instances. Here's how:

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Google Maps for iOS will now show you your flight, hotel and restaurant reservations

Google has bumped Google Maps for iOS up to version 2.5.0 and with it brought some neat new additions for folks in selected locations. Maps will now pull information from your Gmail account and show you your flight, hotel and restaurant reservation information. When you search for your related airport, hotel or restaurant, Maps will auto-populate the location information with your own details.

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Maps - all maps - just aren't good enough yet

While everyone loves to beat up on Apple Maps - and not without justification - none of the existing maps apps are good enough yet. Whether it be data quality or user experience, they all still get it wrong too often to be acceptable, and that needs to change.

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Google Maps for iOS updates with faster navigation, more languages

Google Maps for iOS has been updated, with faster navigation and support for more languages. In addition to faster navigation, a route and traffic overview around your destination is available right from the initial search, without the need to enter any additional information.

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Google Maps for iOS gets Waze incident reports

People using Google Maps for iOS should notice a new traffic feature starting today, with real-time incident reports arriving via Waze. When Waze users report road closures, accidents, construction, and other traffic events, they will appear in the Google Maps app like any other incident report.

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Google adding local advertisements into mobile Maps apps

Google has outlined a new advertising strategy for their mobile Maps app for Android and iOS, that sees local, "relevant" ads displayed at the bottom of the search window. Following the recently launched overhaul to Google Maps which included an iPad version for the first time, Google is now looking at how they're going to continue to monetize it. But, as Alex Dobie at Android Central points out, this isn't anything new.

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How to cache maps for offline use in Google Maps 2.0 for iOS

If you use Google Maps for directions on your iPhone or iPad, you've undoubtedly ran into a spotty service area and had issues retrieving directions. Caching maps for offline use before hand can prevent something like this from happening.

While Google doesn't make caching maps for offline use a very obvious option, it is there and we can show you how to use it.

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Google Maps 2.0 for iOS review: Now with Explore, traffic, and iPad support

It's finally here; Google Maps has been updated with proper iPad support. OK, so it goes beyond just iPad support, it includes all the cool stuff Google talked about back at Google I/O in May. But, since we've all seen Google Maps on the iPhone before, this time out we're going to take a look at both the new stuff, and how it looks on the iPad.

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Google Maps SDK for iOS updated, gives developers street view and indoor maps for their app

Alongside the much anticipated update to the Google Maps application for iOS, the Maps team at Mountain View has gone ahead and pushed out a new version of the Maps SDK for iOS. This is the tool that iOS app developers need to put to work in order to incorporate Google Maps into their creations, and the latest version adds a couple of headline new features; street view and indoor maps.

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Google Maps 2.0 hits the App Store, brings new iPad design, live traffic, and new Explore mode

Google Maps 2.0 is now live in the App Store, and it brings with it a gaggle of new features, including an all new iPad interface, better navigations with live traffic, and a new, popular location finder called Explore, among other things.

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