Google maps

Cell phones illegal while driving – Transport Authority wants a review

Oops, that turned out to be a bit of a backfire.

Transport authorities are re-thinking whether it’s alright to use mobile phones in cars.

A 2009 law change made it illegal to use phones behind the wheel, and police have since raked in millions of dollars in fines.

But a new transport strategy will consider whether mobile devices could actually help to make our roads safer.

The Safer Journeys Strategy is calling for a review of legislation by the end of the year to identify “unnecessary barriers” to the use of technology, including accessing road safety information safely on mobile devices in vehicles. ? Read more »

What happens if you type someone’s name into Google Maps?

People think Maps are for places. ? Not so. ?This is what happens when you ask Google Maps about me


This one is rather telling… although it’s good to see it’s not a a certain other lawyer’s home: ? Read more »

Is Google racist? You decide


WhaleTech: Run, don’t walk, to Google Maps for iOS

google maps on iOS6Got an iPhone on iOS6? ?You can finally dump that awful, terrible, unbelievably bad abortion called Apple Maps.

After an agonising wait, Google Maps for iOS6 has been released, and you should get it now.

Why? ?Many reasons. ?For one, it?s free (always a good reason). ?Two, you don?t actually like Apple Maps, do you? ??Three, Google?s mapping data is (ahem) Streets Ahead.

And the most important reason is that it will finally shut up all your Android loving friends and their lame Apple Map jokes.

With Google maps you?ll also get Streetview and a free turn-by-turn navigator that?s getting better and better rivalling the cheaper dedicated car-nav options.

Another benefit from using Google Map is that it remembers what you?ve searched for across all your devices (if you?re logged in). ?So search for a street on the PC or Mac, then hop in the car, and Google Maps knows all about it.


What: ?Google Maps 1.0 for iOS
Get it here:
How much: $0.00

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Optimized for iPhone 5.


Only in France

via Boing Boing

Only the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys could stuff up so badly.

?A French commercial court has found Google guilty of abusing the dominant position of its Google Maps application and ordered it to pay a fine and damages to a French mapping company.

In a ruling Tuesday, the Paris court upheld an unfair competition complaint lodged by Bottin Cartographes against Google France and its parent company Google Inc. for providing free web mapping services to some businesses.

The court ordered Google to pay 500,000 euros ($660,000) in damages and interest to the plaintiff and a 15,000 euro fine.

The French company provides the same services for a fee and claimed the Google strategy was aimed at undercutting competitors by temporarily swallowing the full cost until it gains control of the market.

“This is the end of a two-year battle, a decision without precedent,” said the lawyer for Bottin Cartographes, Jean-David Scemmama.

“We proved the illegality of (Google’s) strategy to remove its competitors… the court recognised the unfair and abusive character of the methods used and allocated Bottin Cartographes all it claimed. This is the first time Google has been convicted for its Google Maps application,” he said.

A Google France spokesman said the company would appeal.

Of course Google could tell the Frnech to nick off, refuse to supply services to their piss-ant failed country and watch as they get left behind.

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Not sure how long this will last

I imagine Google is working out how to shut down Google Shoot View. You can go put in almost any street view covered address and go shoot it up with an M4.


This has gotta hurt.

The wonders of technology.