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Google Maps adds UK rail info

Google has incorporated rail information into its UK mapping tools, following a partnership with TheTrainLine. The new partnership brings 2,500 mainland train stations to the Google Maps desktop and mobile apps, alongside 8,000 bus stops and over 250 tube stations. Users can plan journeys that combine walking directions, bus timetable information and train routes, as well as picking and choosing the transport options that suit them best.

25/01/2012  |  Full story...

Foursqaure debuts personalised search engine ‘Explore’

Foursquare is rolling out its own search engine, called Explore, as the location-based social network looks to expand its audience. The firm descibed Explore as a product to add “an ‘interesting’ layer to the whole world, tailored just for you.”

18/01/2012  |  Full story...

Mobile shopping trends: US shoppers ‘prefer to purchase in-store when within a 5-mile radius’

Shoppers would rather visit a store if it was within five miles rather than buy online via their smartphone, according to new research. The findings, from location-based mobile media firm JiWire, also found that 30% of people asked ‘do not care’ about checking-in, while a further 35% do not like or understand it.

07/12/2011  |  Full story...

Facebook location services: Boost with Gowalla acquisition

Facebook location services have been given a boost this week, as the social network has reportedly snapped up Foursquare-rival Gowalla, an online location-sharing service, for an undisclosed sum. The report, from CNNMoney attributed the development to “a source close to Gowalla” and mentioned that most of Gowalla’s employees will move to Facebook’s offices in Palo Alto. The team will work on Facebook’s Timeline feature. The deal will see the Texas-based firm relocate the majority of its staff to social network's Silicon Valley HQ.

06/12/2011  |  Full story...

Mapping projects ‘becoming a vital part of marketing strategy’

Mapping technology has become an increasingly important part of marketing,with nine in ten marketers stating that they are using, or have plans to use, mapping and geospatial technology as part of their marketing strategy. The survey of marketing professionals carried out by Vanson Bourne for Google has revealed the growing importance of mapping technology in marketing, with 90% stating that they are using, or have plans to use, mapping and geospatial technology as part of their marketing strategy.


10/11/2011  |  Full story...

Brits ‘use Facebook Places 5 times more than Foursquare’

The top UK attractions, such as the O2, Wembley Stadium and Hyde Park, attracted five times more online ‘check-ins’ from Facebook Places that Foursquare, according to a new study. The findings come from VisitBritain's Love UK's Top50 Places Facebook campaign, which was developed by Betapond. While nearly 1 million (955,437) check-ins originated from Facebook Places just 176,724 came from Foursquare.


05/09/2011  |  Full story...

Facebook drops ‘Places’ for universal location tagging

Facebook is phasing out its 'Places' feature in its iPhone and Android apps, as the social network expands it location tool to photos, wall posts and more. The move will see Facebook Places removed as a standalone feature in the company's iPhone and Android apps. When it launched last year, the feature was presented as a potential Foursquare-killer, bringing the idea of mobile check-ins to Facebook's several hundred million users.


25/08/2011  |  Full story...

Zoopla debuts house price ‘heatmaps’ for UK

Property search and information website has launched heatmaps which show the average current value of homes across the UK in a visual format. The new heatmaps can be found on all maps across the Zoopla website and may be viewed at varying zoom levels include down to individual postcodes. In addition to the new heatmaps, Zoopla has also added a variety of other local property information that provides an essential research tool for potential house hunters.


08/08/2011  |  Full story...

Yellow Pages book to be phased out in online shake-up

Yell is to switch its core business online, phasing out its iconic ‘Yellow Pages’ directory within four years. The move will see Yell revamp as an online hub for local businesses, as consumers increasingly look to the web for information. Yell, which employs 2,900 staff in the UK, sees 75% of its business being online within four years, compared with 25% at the moment.

Yell will also start selling services to firms registered on its site, such as loyalty schemes, marketing initiatives and computer software to help with their accounting and payment schemes to save them money on financial transactions.


15/07/2011  |  Full story...

Google debuts 'What Do You Love' search tool

Google has launched a tool that searches the internet for blogs, pictures, videos, and more based on the answer to the question "What do you love?" The new site, at, features a query box for answers to that question and a blue button icon with a white heart. Searches return a collage of options including finding what you love nearby, exploring it in 3D graphics, calling someone about it, and seeing related patents, trends or news. The tool was built to showcase Google creations for uncovering what the internet has to offer about topics.


14/07/2011  |  Full story...

Microsoft and Yell offer online ad service to small businesses

Microsoft and Yell have partnered to offer a set of online advertising and business tool to assist small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) reach and engage consumers. Following the Yahoo! and Microsoft search alliance, Yell will join forces to offer search, mobile and local advertising solutions to small and medium businesses and to make the most of emerging business models delivered through the cloud.

Under the plans, Yell will also offer the full suite of Microsoft's SMB productivity and business software and cloud services, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and emerging SMB-focused communications solutions.


13/07/2011  |  Full story...

Most smartphone users ‘actively seeking local info’

Over four in five (81%) of UK smartphone users have looked for local information on their mobile devices, with the numbers even higher in the US, France, Germany and Japan, according to a new global study. The Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) has published a new whitepaper entitled “Getting Started — A Brand Marketer’s Guide to the Mobile Web and Mobile Apps: Not an Either/or Proposition.”


29/06/2011  |  Full story...

Top 20 UK apps: Google maps tops list

Google owns three out of the five top ranked apps, with mapping, the weather and Facebook proving the most popular mobile tools for Brits on the go, according to new research from comScore and GSMA. The study also showed that Apple’s iOS accounted for 65% of apps being used, more than double its closest rival Android with application usage at 31 percent.

23/06/2011  |  Full story...

Google plans online mapping for China?

Google has reportedly applied for a licence to operate an online mapping service in China, as the search giant once again looks to capitalize on the world’s biggest internet market. Dow Jones Newswires cites ‘an official’, saying the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping was reviewing the application from Beijing Guxiang Information Technology Co., which operates Google's mapping service in China.


15/06/2011  |  Full story...

How influential are you? The Sunday Times 'Social List' ranks social media stars

The Sunday Times has launched the ‘Social List’, using data from 4 key social networks - Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook – to measure a person’s influence online. Free to join, participants will need to link up whichever social networks they use and want to be included. Every morning The Sunday Times Social List will make its calculations. People's results will change daily as new people join and scores are updated.


23/05/2011  |  Full story...

Streetview and data protection: France fines Google for privacy breach

France is the latest market where the consumer data protection issues surrounding Streetview have caused controversy. This week the French data protection agency fined the Google €100k for the unauthorised collection of consumer data through wi-fi networks. Find out why data protection fines are getting larger…


24/03/2011  |  Full story...

Connection now beats location? Rightmove lists broadband speed of all homes

UK property site Rightmove is set include broadband speeds as a searchable criteria on all of its properties, as internet connectivity becomes an increasingly vital part of modern life. Rightmove has struck a deal with BT to list the internet speeds of the one million homes listed on its website. The property site is planning to list broadband speed alongside standard information, such as the number of bedrooms and whether the property has a garage or garden.


08/03/2011  |  Full story...

Sony tests Foursquare scheme across Europe

Sony has teamed up with location based service to provide customers exclusive offers based on their mobile locations. Foursquare users can now ‘check-in’ to selected locations across Europe to receive special promotions on Sony 3D products in store. The FourSquare partnership will invite users to visit and ‘check-in’ to stores where Sony’s 3D BRAVIA TVs, Blu-ray players and PlayStation 3 can be experienced and demonstrated by Sony promoters.


14/02/2011  |  Full story...

Google takes on Facebook Places and Foursquare with Latitude check-in tool

Google has updated its location service Latitude, letting mobile users check into spots on the go. The move sees the Internet giant encroach on the likes of Facebook’s Places service, alongside Foursquare and Gowalla. The check-in feature was added to a Latitude service that lets people with GPS-enabled Android smartphones share their whereabouts with selected friends.


04/02/2011  |  Full story...

Google offers virtual art gallery tours with Street View

Google has launched a new site that offers virtual tours using Street View technology, the ability to build private collections and ultra-high resolution images. The site, simply called 'Art Project', currently includes 17 museums, offering 360 degree images of selected rooms. So far 385 rooms are navigable, with more to be added soon. Each Museum involved also chose one artwork to be photographed using "gigapixel" photo capturing technology, resulting in an image on the computer containing seven billion pixels and providing detail not visible to the naked eye.


02/02/2011  |  Full story...

Gap gives away 10,000 free jeans on Facebook Places in US

Gap is giving away 10,000 pairs of jeans today (November 5) in the US, via Facebook Places, the social network's recently launched location tool. Starting at the time of store opening at 10 am EST, Gap is offering one free pair of its basic five-pocket jeans to the first people who visit a men's or women's Gap store in the US and "check in" via Facebook Places while they're there.


05/11/2010  |  Full story...

Facebook Mobile offers ‘deals’ based on user location

Facebook has launched a new ‘deals’ service on its mobile application, which send users special offers to users based on their location. The move offers advertisers another way to target Facebook users geographically, and the social network looks to boost its ad revenue. The service will initially launch in the US, and Facebook has not disclosed when ‘Deals’ will roll-out internationally.

The service lets Facebook Mobile users look for a list of "nearby places," with deals being denoted by a yellow price tag or sticky to the right of them. There are four kinds of deals: individual deals, loyalty deals, friend deals, and charity deals. The service also offers a ‘virtual punchcard’ for loyalty deals, with discounts for those users who bring new friends and customers.


05/11/2010  |  Full story...

Google finally launches Street View in Germany… with added privacy features

Google has launched the first pedestrian-eye view of Germany’s streets as part of Street View service, following months of wrangling over privacy. The first town to be mapped on the service is Oberstaufen, in Bavaria.

Germany is the first country to have negotiated with Google to allow citizens to opt out before the service goes live. Almost 250,000 Germans have requested that their properties be pixellated in the final imagery. But in a recent blog on the German roll-out the search giant warned that it would not be able to respond to all requests immediately.


04/11/2010  |  Full story...

Google admits to copying email and Wi-Fi passwords from Steet View cars

Google has admitted to copying household computer passwords and emails while gathering images using its Street View cameras, adding that it is determined to learn lessons from the mistake.

Google collected information from wireless networks while its vehicles drove around residential streets taking photographs for its Street View mapping product, which launched in 2008. Computer passwords, emails and web addresses were copied from private households which did not have encrypted wi-fi access. Google said the personal information was collected inadvertently.


25/10/2010  |  Full story...

Google’s ‘driverless’ cars complete US roadtrip- with a little help from humans

Google has developed cars that can drive themselves, testing seven such automobiles on 140,000 miles across the roads of America, in a move that could one day revolutionise the transport industry. Google said that the seven Google cars have driven 1,000 miles without any human intervention, apparently the 140,000 mile number includes occasional human control. These cars are a modified version of the Toyota Prius, and there is one Audi TT as well.

Google says it has gathered the best engineers from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Challenges, which have promoted autonomous-vehicle development. And the company is also quick to point out that safety has been the first priority in this project. The driver's seat is never unmanned, and a trained software operator sits the passenger seat to monitor the software.


12/10/2010  |  Full story...

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