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Airbnb, bounce rate, business climate, citizen journalism, crowdsourcing, digital map, Google Glasses, Jeff Bezos, Lean Startup, Menlo Park, Network effects, new economy, pull request, revision control, ride hailing / ride sharing, search engine result page, sharing economy, Skype, TaskRabbit, turn-by-turn navigation
Not surprisingly, Goodreads is considered one of the “go to” self-promotion venues for the rising class of self-published authors that are rapidly turning the book world on it sear. As a voracious reader himself, Otis Chandler came into the development of Goodreads with an intuitive understanding of market fit bolstered by his tech acumen as a software engineer. The combination proved highly effective and made Goodreads a prime prospective partner for Amazon’s continuously evolving book/reader ecosystem. Waze The free turn-by-turn navigation app Waze debuted in Israel in 2008 and in six years became a worldwide phenomenon that has redefined how people cope with one of the greatest headaches of the modern world — traffic. The app provides layers of information on top of digital maps that help drivers avoid traffic snarls. These include the location of road work, car accidents, and law enforcement speed traps as well as extras like the location of the cheapest gas available on a driver’s given route.
Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet by Charles Arthur
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Feature phones there have all the capabilities of the smartphones used in the West – except downloadable apps. Japan turns out to be a smartphone desert. Dediu calls the date when half of users in a market own smartphones ‘the tipping point’, and suggests that ‘that’s the point where we’ll stop using the word “smartphone”’. Get lost In December 2009, version 1.6 of Android introduced ‘turn-by-turn’ navigation with Google Maps: choose a destination, and the screen would show you the directions, augmented by voice direction. It was functionality of a dedicated satellite navigation system which would easily cost £100 or more made free. Google had commoditised another web service, using its investment in mapping and routing – which it had offered through the desktop browser since February 2005 (having acquired the company making it in October 2004).
He outlined what Apple had wanted to bring – ‘turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, [3D views] and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.’ In other words, Cook was making it explicit that Google wouldn’t play ball. One senior Apple executive later said to me – through gritted teeth – ‘they [Google] went back on their word’ to provide turn-by-turn navigation. Separately, I asked a senior Google executive who had dropped whom. ‘Not us!’ he shot back. Even more surprising than the fact of Cook’s apology was its following paragraph, suggesting that people use alternative apps – Microsoft’s Bing, Mapquest, Israeli startup Waze – or Google’s or Nokia’s services, via the web. (The latter two quickly developed apps; Google’s rapidly became the most downloaded on the App Store.)
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Here are instructions on how to download a Google Map: www.worktravel.co/offlinemaps2. There are a few disadvantages to using offline Google Maps though – namely that you can't search for points of interest or get directions to a specific place. If an offline Google Map isn't available for your destination country (or if you want your map to have a bit more functionality), use OsmAnd (www.worktravel.co/osmand) – a phone app for offline mapping, which also offers turn-by-turn navigation and an offline point-of-interest database. There are lots of other offline maps out there (and some people say they like Here Maps – www.worktravel.co/here), but I always come back to OsmAnd. Figure out how to get from the airport to your apartment in advance. If it's a train, what's the exact route – and how do you buy tickets? If it's a cab, do you need exact change? Should you steer clear of certain cab companies?
The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr
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,” Psychological Science 23, no. 2 (2012): 120–125. 7.Julia Frankenstein, “Is GPS All in Our Heads?,” New York Times, February 2, 2012. 8.Gary E. Burnett and Kate Lee, “The Effect of Vehicle Navigation Systems on the Formation of Cognitive Maps,” in Geoffrey Underwood, ed., Traffic and Transport Psychology: Theory and Application (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2005), 407–418. 9.Elliot P. Fenech et al., “The Effects of Acoustic Turn-by-Turn Navigation on Wayfinding,” Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 54, no. 23 (2010): 1926–1930. 10.Toru Ishikawa et al., “Wayfinding with a GPS-Based Mobile Navigation System: A Comparison with Maps and Direct Experience,” Journal of Environmental Psychology 28, no. 1 (2008): 74–82; and Stefan Münzer et al., “Computer-Assisted Navigation and the Acquisition of Route and Survey Knowledge,” Journal of Environmental Psychology 26, no. 4 (2006): 300–308. 11.Sara Hendren, “The White Cane as Technology,” Atlantic, November 6, 2013, theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/11/the-white-cane-as-technology/281167/. 12.Tim Ingold, Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description (London: Routledge, 2011), 149–152.
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By combining the two trips into one, we will be traveling about thirty-two miles in total and saving time, miles, CO2, and Zipcar rental time. Roy pulls out his smartphone and enters the Concord address using Waze. Starting with the excess capacity found in smartphones, apps, and Google Maps, Waze goes even further. Think for a moment of all the years and the millions of trips that people have been driving with the assistance of turn-by-turn navigation. Meanwhile, two extremely valuable pieces of information were being generated every single time a navigational system was used: your route choice (fifteenth example) and your actual speed at each location at a specific time on a specific day of the week (sixteenth example). It was a gold mine of data that was overlooked and thrown away for years. It took Waze, pairing navigation with the smartphone, to realize the incredible value potential of that data.
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Ironically, the first iPhone came under fire for lacking a GPS chip; Apple tried to recoup by incorporating a technology that used the signals from local Wi-Fi Internet routers to pin down the phone’s location. It amounted to a shamefaced concession that location and navigation services had become essential features in a state-of-the-art device. All future iPhones were GPS capable, as were other rival handsets such as Research in Motion’s BlackBerry phones. Google insisted on GPS in all phones that would run its Android operating system, launched in 2008. A year later Google built turn-by-turn navigation into Android as a free feature, eliminating the need to download a third-party app and pay a monthly fee. In 2012 Apple finally climbed onto the bandwagon by adding free navigation to its updated iPhone software. According to market research firm ABI Research, Americans bought 228 million cell phones in 2011; of these 211 million were GPS capable—more than 90 percent. Worldwide, 1.6 billion phones were sold, with GPS built into 619 million of them, or almost 40 percent.
In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy
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The Droid took advantage of new Android features that Google had developed, most impressively the ability to convert dictation into text in various applications. The accuracy of the transcription resulted from the data Google had gathered from billions of callers to its 1-800-GOOG-411 directory assistance service. Some critics wondered whether Android was actually superior in some ways to the iPhone. The Droid was also the first Android phone that used another feature Google recently introduced, a high-quality implementation of the “turn-by-turn” navigation that various companies offered in stand-alone GPS devices and other phones. While those competitors charged a monthly fee of $10 or $15 for the service, Google’s version was free. As with other cases when Google had decimated an entire subindustry by offering a product for free, the company was anything but apologetic. “We don’t monetize the thing we create,” Andy Rubin says. “We monetize the people that use it.