How does Google Maps Know How Long Your Journey will Take?

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Google is one of the companies that in addition to giving one of the best supports to the client. and that is not surprising since we see it in every update that launches for Android versions and especially the one that launches Nexus devices, which are the first to be updated. The set of all this and the performance that gives all software made by Google, including Google Maps gives us an almost excellent user experience in all aspects, and the best thing is that they never give up trying to make the day to day easier for the user.

Google is a fairly large company that has several applications, and one of them is Google Maps, which is intended for GPS navigation. This application has been on the market for several years, and is probably one of the most useful for the average user, since not everyone can reach anywhere by car, on foot or by public transport. Its operation is simple, you are looking for a destination, a starting point and it will tell you how soon and where to go, but what is behind all this? We’ll tell you then.

How does Google Maps know the traffic there?

One of the most useful features of Google Maps and at the same time more curious is that it knows the traffic that we will find when we go by car. But how does Google know this? The answer to this is that Google is based to measure traffic in two types of information, the first is that it makes a historical record every day averaging how long it takes to get from one site to another depending on the time and day.

The second source of information is our smartphones, since our mobile is constantly sending reports about where we are, and how long it takes to get from one place to another. When turning on our smartphone, the GPS starts sending anonymous packages of our location and the speed at which we move.

And before smartphones, how did you predict traffic?

Before everyone had an Android smartphone connected by GPS, Google was still predicting traffic, in a way perhaps more effective, but much more expensive. Google measured traffic through radars, sensors that were installed by transport companies or private agencies that collected data on traffic through radars, sensors that were installed by transport companies or private agencies that collected data on traffic. Radars, thanks to their technology, captured the speed of all vehicles and passed information to a server.

Does the Google Maps application spend many megabytes?

This is a question that many people have, and it can be a strong reason for some people not to use this application. Many people do not have a lot of data in their mobile rate, and are afraid of wasting that data in just knowing how to get to a site. Now Google Maps has a function to download the map and use it offline only with GPS, but how much do you really spend on data? The answer is simple, very few. In many statistics, we can see how in trips of 300 to 500km, the Google Maps app can spend between 60 and 80 megabytes, a nonsense compared to the kilometers traveled.

The maps we see are not made by Google

Google can take the credit for many things, but to make the maps in which we navigate is not one of them. These maps are created by a private company with which Google has an agreement. This company is called Tele Atlas and they are the world leaders in location and navigation services. Thanks to this company we can see some maps with such precision, and most importantly, there are maps of even the most hidden part of the world.

How does Google earn money with Google Maps?

Surely Google has many services for which you do not receive any money. It has a large catalog of applications such as Google Keep or Google Calendar that does not generate any benefit, but, although we believe that it does not, it does receive money through Google Maps. Many establishments pay Google to add their site to the Google search algorithm, to be more visited. For example, we can see how in a busy site, if we zoom the map, the first establishments that appear on the map are those that have paid Google for it.

Another way to make money with this application is Google Maps API for work. It is the same application only that focused on business, with customized maps, a little more precise, higher resolution when viewing the map and the possibility of having support instantly.

We hope that we have solved some of the doubts that you had about the application of Google maps, or you have found interesting the curiosities that we have told you. You can never expect the big job behind an application, especially if it’s from a company as big as Google 🙂

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Lifesaving Calor App Could Help Farmworkers Beat the Heat

Lifesaving Calor App Could Help Farmworkers Beat the Heat

Calor: An app to help farmers work in the heat without endangering their life

There is no respite for the famers as they toil in the soil day and night to get the produce up for the harvesting. Hot temperatures are a great enemy for farmers and with global warming the temperatures are easily reaching to triple digits in California’s Central Valley. This rise in temperature results in second degree burns to anyone who ventures outside or simply walks barefoot on the ground. A team of students from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has come up with an app called Calor which has the potential to save lives. This Calor app is essentially designed to send out heat warning to the farmers working in the field automatically. The name choice might seem bit awkward but it means “heat” in the Spanish which is a quite sensible choice for a heat sensing app.

Calor, Saving the Body From the Heat

Our human body isn’t built to last long in the higher temperatures as it has to maintain the optimum level of 98.6 degrees for better inner functioning. But farmers are known to spend almost 10 to 12 hours any given day in the outdoor conditions under the scorching sun.

The death of the farmers each year is 20 times more than the non-military employees within Unite States which is a serious cause of concern.

The team of students has taken upon themselves to make the farmers life better thorough Calor which can help in them working under the sun without endangering their life to the excessive heat.

Teaching Kids to Code Ends Up in Creating Calor App

The team of students was able to develop Calor under the guidance and tutorship of Barry Borhm who is a computer scientist along with holding a TRW professorship in Engineering.

His teaching helped in developing real software with real life applications and in order to get this Calor app developed Barry came up with a noble solution.

He split the students into teams of six with each team given a chance to choose an idea and start coding on it with a year at their disposal before it can be launched.

During the course of the development this team found that extreme temperature has really bad impact on the overall health of the farmers.

It was found that almost every other famer is suffering from the heat sickness due to the unsafe field conditions but no one talks about it and it goes undocumented.

Secondly it was found that the farmers usually face the lack of the good data services at farms which makes it difficult to get exact location data and weather information.

This team of students was advised by Supannika Koolmanojwong Mabasser who happens to be a researcher at the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering.

He stated that the students were extremely eager to bring a change in the hardship filled life of the farmers working in as many as 90,000 farms present in California. This team wanted to bring a balance between the “work and health” with Calor.

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Improving App Security On Google Play

Improving App Security On Google Play

Google will force to optimize App Security from the Play Store to the latest version of Android

Google wants to end the fragmentation of Android, also within its applications. From the company have established a new series of rules that will force developers to update and optimize their applications for the latest version of the operating system for its Security.

“Improving the App security and performance of Google Play”
Those are the two objectives of Google when implementing these new measures for the App Security, according to the headline in its official note. Specifically, three changes in the regulations aimed at strengthening these two areas will be applied. The first is that by the second half of 2018, Play Store will require new apps and their updates to use a recent Android API for App Security.

In the case of the first will be from August 2018, and in the case of the second as of November 2018. This means that the apps should be optimized for the latest version of Android for its App Security, which is currently Oreo. In this way, apps that avoided updating their API to avoid having to adjust to new performance parameters will be forced to do so for the better App Security. It will begin by targeting Android 8.1 Oreo, but every year that passes will force you to upgrade to the next version.
The second measure is that as of August 2019, Play will force apps to have native 64-bit libraries next to those of 32. This will require better performance and optimization on 64-bit devices. The third and final measure is that Play Store will begin to add App Security metadata to the apk to verify its App Security from the beginning of 2018. This measure seeks to avoid fake apps that pass themselves off as others and avoid App Security failures. It will be done from the side of Google and developers should not do anything.

Breaking Android’s fragmentation. The fragmentation of Android does not only exist at the level of system versions. Measures such as Project Treble help to end it, but it is also necessary for application developers to act. Google’s measures for the Play Store go in that direction. Thanks to them, applications such as Facebook or Snapchat should start applying energy saving and optimization solutions that they had avoided implementing by targeting APIs from lower versions of Android.

Especially noteworthy is the measure to achieve greater App Security in the Play Store. Beyond the implementation of Play Protect, it is another wall to avoid counterfeiting and App Security holes in the official store, something that will be very good for the average user who does not pay as much attention to what installs.


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Google Announcing “Best of 2017” Google Play

Google Announcing “Best of 2017” Google Play
Google presents the Best of 2017 on Google Play.To close another great year for Google Play, we are pleased to share the most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books in 2017. We have summarized the must have gaming apps for each genre for you. The games are available for free download, but almost all of them have in-app purchases.

Named this edition 2017 as we have all Android games apps recorded by this year. The list will be continually updated with new game apps when they appear on the Google Play Store in 2017 for Android. For the year 2013 we had the Games Apps of the Year. Since a few years have passed since then, we have now worked up this list.The reason for creating these top 100 Android games apps was that many beads are not so easy to find in the Google Play store. Instead, they have fallen far lower in the rankings, as always new games are up.

So if you have a new Android smartphone or tablet then this article is for you, because here you will find the 100 best Android games apps that you should definitely play once. As mentioned above, we usually only included those that were available for free download.

At the beginning, we have 10 games from all genres that you really should know – our Best Of from the Google Play Store, so to speak. Here are Must Have games apps for Android, everyone should know. From Endless Runner, through adventure and simulation to RPGs and quizzes. Best of all, all these games can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. In-app purchases are always optional. These are as of 2017 the best Android games from our point of view.

Nobody knows better how far it is possible to get than “Moana”, since it was the most popular movie of the year on Google Play. Strong female characters dominated the table of films this year with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Wonder Woman” within the top three positions. “Game of Thrones” kept “Rick and Morty” and “The Walking Dead” at bay to claim the Iron Throne for the second consecutive year as the most popular television show on Google Play. In the music category, the song “HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar beat Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” as the most played song on Google Play in 2017. The song “DNA.” Kendrick also took third place on this list.

“Super Mario Run” by Nintendo was the most downloaded new game of the year, but not all bubbles were broken as “Bubble Witch 3 Saga” remained close at number two. “Photo Editor – Beauty Camera & Photo Filters” was the new application most downloaded by fans who retouch their favorite photos for social networks. We have also created lists this year with selections from our editors to help you find the ‘Best Apps’ and the ‘Best Games’ of 2017, such as “Socratic – Help with Mathematics and Tasks” and “CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars”, respectively.

Discover the most popular lists in your country and all the selections of our editors in the Best of 2017 section in the Play Store.

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Meet the New Google Calendar for Web

Meet the New Google Calendar for Web

Finally Google shakes up everything with its Google Calendar app

Millions of users make use of Google Calendar to keep a track of their day-to-day activities on the go. Sometimes innovation takes a back seat for the staple apps in any popular operating system. Same has been true for the Google Calendar which simply has the very same design and core set of features for quite a long time. Finally Google has got in touch with its core apps and they had revamped the Calendar app with a fresh look and boost in the features. Now this app is set to help users in managing their time in a more efficient fashion by allowing them to get more things done.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Google Calendar is simply the most loved utility apps from the Google core app gallery. This time around Google brings the popular modern colour palette and the sleek design seeks on mobile app to the desktop version or web version. Now this app is responsive which means it can change its layout and adjust itself as per the user device screen size. The perk for this app is that it comes loaded with a number of tweaks aimed the enterprise users.

Get more details about meeting rooms in Google Calendar

In the new Google Calendar apps users will get detailed information about conference rooms or waiting prior to the meeting. This information will reveal how big the room is, which audio/video equipment are available, whether it is accessible by wheelchair and most importantly where it is located. Employees can check the details about the room by simply hovering over the room and a hovercard will be displayed on the screen with all the necessary information.

Make your Google Calendar invites stand out

Google Calendar now allows users to add hyperlinks and rich formation to enhance the look and feel of their Calendar Invite. Now users can link Calendar Invite with spreadsheets, presentations or documentations and these links can be opened right in the ‘Event Detail’ view with ease and simplicity. This feature is aimed at allowing users to create highly detailed agendas and at the same time ensure that all the materials related to it are kept at a single place prior to the commencement of meetings.

Google Calendar: Now look through days in a new view 

New Calendar app now enables users to view as well as manage calendars in separate columns like never before. With this feature it has extremely easy for the users to manage multiple calendars placed side by side in the ‘day’ effortlessly. Apart from the ‘Day’ view users also get the taste of the ‘Week’ and ‘Month’ views with boosted compatibility for almost any kind of screen size.

Google has spent a quality time in understanding very niche needs and requirements of the users based on their activities. Simply hovering over the meeting participant will showcase the contact details and other information as well. All these improvement are designed to make Google Calendar better fit for the users to manage different tasks and schedule meetings in a more productive fashion.


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