Google is known for its collection of wildly popular products, from Search to Maps to Android. But not everything the company touches turns to gold. Google Glass was supposed to change the world, but it quickly became a punch line. And remember Google Buzz? Now, Google is killing off one more product: Google+, the social network that was supposed to take on Facebook and LinkedIn. Google decided to shutter the service after a software glitch caused Google to expose the personal profile data of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users (though the company says nothing bad happened). Of course, the best innovations are the ones that everybody thinks are doomed to fail, so it makes sense that Google has had its fair share of misses over the years. Still, we counted at least 18 products that have ended up in the Google graveyard (but there are probably more – let us know if we’re missing anything). Here’s a look at some of Google’s biggest misses. … [Read more...] about Google just shut down Google+ for good. Here are 17 other Google products that bombed, died, or disappeared.
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Google Thailand has made a commitment to help Thailand transform digitally through initiatives that merge efforts, technology and resources. The move will focus on empowering individuals, students and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from Google’s products and services. Ben King, country director for Google Thailand, said the role of the tech giant would be to make information universally accessible and useful. Thailand is viewed as a mature market with 45 million people connected to the Internet, and engaging with technology in an increasingly varied way. Thailand has seen huge growth in digital economy transactions, including ride sharing which exploded from nothing to a US$600 million (Bt19.67 billion) in gross merchant values (GMVs) last year alone. E-commerce has also seen growth of around 40 per cent and is driving toward even greater retail market penetration, with sales now reaching GMV of over $2 billion. Thailand’s digital economy … [Read more...] about Google maps out a digital Thailand
By Jack Nicas The New York Times Sun., Aug. 5, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO—For decades, the district south of downtown and alongside San Francisco Bay was known as either Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market. This spring, it was suddenly rebranded on Google Maps to a name few had heard: the East Cut. The peculiar moniker immediately spread digitally, from hotel sites to dating apps to Uber, which all use Google’s map data. The name soon spilled over into the physical world, too. Real estate listings beckoned prospective tenants to the East Cut. And news organizations referred to the vicinity by that term. “It’s degrading to the reputation of our area,” said Tad Bogdan, who has lived in the neighbourhood for 14 years. In a survey of 271 neighbours that he organized recently, he said, 90 per cent disliked the name. Read more: Toronto’s Local Guides work to improve Google Maps and the city in the process Article Continued Below … [Read more...] about As Google Maps renames neighbourhoods, residents fume
source Google Google is adding its visual search tool, Lens, to every Android smartphone. Lens initially launched on all Google Pixel 2 phones last October. The tool acts like a smart magnifying glass that can identify brands, restaurants, or objects you see in real life, as well as scan things like business cards or flyers for phone numbers and addresses. Google says Lens is now rolling out to Android devices with Google Photos and will be coming soon to iOS. One of the most futuristic features of the Pixel 2 is making its way to everyone with an Android phone – and soon, it’ll be available on iOS. Called Google Lens, the feature was a new addition to Google’s latest smartphone, which came out last October. Lens is designed to be a visual search engine, using your smartphone’s camera to identify what you see in the real world. Up until now, Lens was available … [Read more...] about Google just added one of its most futuristic features to every Android phone — and it’s coming soon to iPhones
Google Maps is adding a helpful new feature for commuters who tend to lose track of time during bus or train ride. It will now send a push notification when the user is approaching their destination."It's much easier for mass transit travellers to doze off or get distracted and miss their intended stop. Now, you'll get a notification that'll make staying on the train or bus too long less likely," The Verge reported late on Friday.Google Maps provide turn-by-turn notifications for driving directions and now, the addition will make the app send a push notification when the user is approaching their stop.This feature will especially help Android users when they use public transit.Log into Google Maps on Android smartphone, enter destination, select directions for transit and tap on the route you want to take to use the new feature.The concept, however, is not completely new.Transit -- a public transit app and mapping service based in Canada has a "Go" feature that takes the user through … [Read more...] about Google Maps to alert you when to get off the bus