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The Complete Android Guide: 3Ones by Kevin Purdy

car-free, card file, crowdsourcing, Firefox, Google Chrome, Google Earth, Googley, John Gruber, QR code, Skype, speech recognition, telemarketer, turn-by-turn navigation

Direct dial and Direct message skip the middle steps and deliver you directly to phone dialing or SMS writing. Directions & Navigation: If there's a place you often want your phone to help you walk or drive to, select this shortcut, then enter the address. You can choose whether to have it bring up a map with listed directions, or turn on your phone's GPS-powered, turn-by-turn navigation system. Gmail label: Quickly pull up emails you've labeled a certain way in Gmail, or that you've set up a filter to label. Music playlist: It, well, brings up a music playlist you've created. Settings: Provides quick access to a fairly wide and deep selection of settings screens in your phone.

Long Press an Event to See Details Everything you've entered in about the event, or that was automatically pulled from a server, is right here. The standard time, date, and place are there, too, but notice the location listing that looks like a link. It is a link, actually—click it, and if you've entered in a proper address, it will pull up in Maps, where you can then easily get directions or turn-by-turn Navigation to that spot. You can change your attendance status here, see who you've invited is confirmed as attending, contact those people by pressing their user icon, and, most helpfully, change, add, and remove reminders. The reminders you add and change are right on your phone. They will pop up in your Notifications Bar, at a minimum, but can also activate a ringtone, vibrate, and blink your notification light, if you'd like.

The upper-right has the Street View thumbnail, but also an empty "Star" icon, which you can click to "Starred Items," where you'd keep a list of frequently visited spots or points of interest. The buttons below provide quick access to, from left, seeing the spot on the map again, getting directions or turn-by-turn Navigation to this spot, a direct calling link if it's a listed business, and a full-fledged Street View exploration. "What's Nearby" Option Underneath the buttons are list items that are more like additional buttons. "What's nearby?" pops up a list of the five closest spots that Google can find, which you can click to bring up that new place in this same black detail screen.


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Androids: The Team That Built the Android Operating System by Chet Haase

Apple II, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, augmented reality, barriers to entry, Bill Atkinson, commoditize, continuous integration, crowdsourcing, en.wikipedia.org, fault tolerance, Firefox, Google Chrome, Menlo Park, Parkinson's law, pull request, QWERTY keyboard, side project, Silicon Valley, skunkworks, speech recognition, stealth mode startup, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, turn-by-turn navigation, web application

That is, it requires more effort and time to draw a map’s geometry, vector by vector, than it does to display an image. But it was a thousand times less data. Andy knew that it would be important for the upcoming Verizon device. “Turn-by-turn navigation, on Droid, became one of the marquee features.” Keith continued working with Charles on both productizing vector maps and on the turn-by-turn navigation feature. There were still hurdles to cross in launching the feature on the Droid. For one thing, Verizon already had an existing application, VZ Navigator, that they charged money for and wanted to continue offering.

Within a year or two, we managed to get just the cell one to under 300 meters and the Wi-Fi from about 300 to 75 meters. So just the data collection291 from Android driving that really helped get the blue dot much much tighter.” Navigation “At the same time I joined the Maps team,” said Charles, “I started working on turn-by-turn navigation. Back then, you would buy Garmin and you would pay money. Or even on an iPhone you would pay $30/month for that. We felt like we could do this amazing experience.” But another problem had to be solved first: the data format that the Maps app was using. The maps that were displayed in the app at that time were basically just static pictures, which were problematic both in terms of usability and size.

The maps that were displayed in the app at that time were basically just static pictures, which were problematic both in terms of usability and size. “We were using raster maps, which were PNGs.292 If you rotated the map, the text was upside down. If you wanted to tilt the map, you couldn’t.” Also, the images used for the maps were large and required large bandwidth to download. Keith Ito, then in the Seattle office, was working on turn-by-turn navigation. To address the data problem, he worked on a new way of displaying maps, using vectors.293 Vectors are a way of describing the graphics of an image (like a map) with geometry instead of a picture. Rather than sending down map images (with text embedded in that picture), the server sent down a geometric description that would be drawn by the device at the appropriate resolution and rotation.


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Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination by Adam Lashinsky

"side hustle", Airbnb, always be closing, Amazon Web Services, autonomous vehicles, Ayatollah Khomeini, business process, Chuck Templeton: OpenTable:, cognitive dissonance, corporate governance, DARPA: Urban Challenge, Donald Trump, Elon Musk, gig economy, Golden Gate Park, Google X / Alphabet X, hustle culture, independent contractor, information retrieval, Jeff Bezos, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, megacity, Menlo Park, new economy, pattern recognition, price mechanism, ride hailing / ride sharing, San Francisco homelessness, Sand Hill Road, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, Skype, Snapchat, South of Market, San Francisco, sovereign wealth fund, statistical model, Steve Jobs, super pumped, TaskRabbit, Tony Hsieh, transportation-network company, Travis Kalanick, turn-by-turn navigation, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, uber lyft, ubercab, young professional

“I remember getting picked up in an UberX, and I would tell the person where I’m going and they’d pull over and they’d type into this little TomTom device or whatever, and I’m like, ‘Oh, this is so bad.’” He mandated new “no-brainer” features that changed the Uber experience: destination, inputted by the rider; and turn-by-turn navigation on the Uber driver app. Uber went live with both features in August 2014 and in one fell swoop drastically lowered the turnaround time for rides. It also foreshadowed a future battle. Before Uber, the difference between a good cab driver and a bad one was their knowledge of their city’s streets.

There is a feature in the Uber app that allows vets like Lewandoske to identify themselves as veterans, but riders aren’t seeing his badge. He has sent multiple e-mails to Uber customer service. “They respond that the issue is resolved,” he says. “It’s not resolved until I say it’s resolved.” He keeps driving, though. And he confesses that Uber reminds him of the military in one way. “It’s the turn-by-turn navigator that’s the drill sergeant now,” he says. CHAPTER 10 The Autonomous Future One of the most important jobs of any business leader is to stay abreast of factors that could disrupt their comfortable status quo. This might be new competitors. It could be new segments of the market their company doesn’t currently serve.


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Growth Hacking Techniques, Disruptive Technology - How 40 Companies Made It BIG – Online Growth Hacker Marketing Strategy by Robert Peters

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, ubercab

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.


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Digital Wars: Apple, Google, Microsoft and the Battle for the Internet by Charles Arthur

activist fund / activist shareholder / activist investor, AltaVista, Build a better mousetrap, Burning Man, cloud computing, commoditize, credit crunch, crowdsourcing, disintermediation, don't be evil, en.wikipedia.org, Firefox, gravity well, Jeff Bezos, John Gruber, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, Network effects, PageRank, pre–internet, Robert X Cringely, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley startup, skunkworks, Skype, slashdot, Snapchat, software patent, speech recognition, stealth mode startup, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, the new new thing, the scientific method, Tim Cook: Apple, turn-by-turn navigation, upwardly mobile

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.


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Travel While You Work: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Business From Anywhere by Mish Slade

Airbnb, Atul Gawande, business process, Checklist Manifesto, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, Firefox, Google Chrome, Google Hangouts, Inbox Zero, independent contractor, job automation, Kickstarter, low cost airline, Lyft, remote work: asynchronous communication, remote working, side project, Skype, speech recognition, turn-by-turn navigation, uber lyft, WeWork

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?


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The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr

Airbnb, Airbus A320, Andy Kessler, Atul Gawande, autonomous vehicles, Bernard Ziegler, business process, call centre, Captain Sullenberger Hudson, Charles Lindbergh, Checklist Manifesto, cloud computing, computerized trading, David Brooks, deliberate practice, deskilling, digital map, Douglas Engelbart, drone strike, Elon Musk, Erik Brynjolfsson, Flash crash, Frank Gehry, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane: The New Division of Labor, Frederick Winslow Taylor, future of work, global supply chain, Google Glasses, Google Hangouts, High speed trading, indoor plumbing, industrial robot, Internet of things, Jacquard loom, James Watt: steam engine, job automation, John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren, John Maynard Keynes: technological unemployment, Kevin Kelly, knowledge worker, Lyft, Marc Andreessen, Mark Zuckerberg, means of production, natural language processing, new economy, Nicholas Carr, Norbert Wiener, Oculus Rift, pattern recognition, Peter Thiel, place-making, Plutocrats, plutocrats, profit motive, Ralph Waldo Emerson, RAND corporation, randomized controlled trial, Ray Kurzweil, recommendation engine, robot derives from the Czech word robota Czech, meaning slave, Second Machine Age, self-driving car, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley ideology, software is eating the world, Stephen Hawking, Steve Jobs, TaskRabbit, technoutopianism, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, turn-by-turn navigation, US Airways Flight 1549, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, William Langewiesche

,” 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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You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves by Hiawatha Bray

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, Albert Einstein, Big bang: deregulation of the City of London, bitcoin, British Empire, call centre, Charles Lindbergh, crowdsourcing, Dava Sobel, digital map, don't be evil, Edmond Halley, Edward Snowden, Firefox, game design, Google Earth, Hedy Lamarr / George Antheil, Isaac Newton, job automation, John Harrison: Longitude, John Snow's cholera map, license plate recognition, lone genius, openstreetmap, polynesian navigation, popular electronics, RAND corporation, RFID, Ronald Reagan, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Thales of Miletus, trade route, turn-by-turn navigation, uranium enrichment, urban planning, Zipcar

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.


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Peers Inc: How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism by Robin Chase

Airbnb, Amazon Web Services, Andy Kessler, banking crisis, barriers to entry, basic income, Benevolent Dictator For Life (BDFL), bitcoin, blockchain, Burning Man, business climate, call centre, car-free, cloud computing, collaborative consumption, collaborative economy, collective bargaining, commoditize, congestion charging, creative destruction, crowdsourcing, cryptocurrency, decarbonisation, different worldview, do-ocracy, don't be evil, Elon Musk, en.wikipedia.org, Ethereum, ethereum blockchain, Ferguson, Missouri, Firefox, frictionless, Gini coefficient, hive mind, income inequality, independent contractor, index fund, informal economy, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Internet of things, Jane Jacobs, Jeff Bezos, jimmy wales, job satisfaction, Kickstarter, Lean Startup, Lyft, means of production, megacity, Minecraft, minimum viable product, Network effects, new economy, Oculus Rift, openstreetmap, optical character recognition, pattern recognition, peer-to-peer, peer-to-peer lending, peer-to-peer model, Post-Keynesian economics, Richard Stallman, ride hailing / ride sharing, Ronald Coase, Ronald Reagan, Satoshi Nakamoto, Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, self-driving car, shareholder value, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, six sigma, Skype, smart cities, smart grid, Snapchat, sovereign wealth fund, Steve Crocker, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, TaskRabbit, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, The Future of Employment, The Nature of the Firm, Tragedy of the Commons, transaction costs, Turing test, turn-by-turn navigation, Uber and Lyft, uber lyft, Zipcar

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.


Virtual Competition by Ariel Ezrachi, Maurice E. Stucke

Airbnb, Albert Einstein, algorithmic trading, barriers to entry, cloud computing, collaborative economy, commoditize, corporate governance, crony capitalism, crowdsourcing, Daniel Kahneman / Amos Tversky, David Graeber, demand response, disintermediation, disruptive innovation, double helix, Downton Abbey, Erik Brynjolfsson, experimental economics, Firefox, framing effect, Google Chrome, independent contractor, index arbitrage, information asymmetry, interest rate derivative, Internet of things, invisible hand, Jean Tirole, John Markoff, Joseph Schumpeter, Kenneth Arrow, light touch regulation, linked data, loss aversion, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, market clearing, market friction, Milgram experiment, multi-sided market, natural language processing, Network effects, new economy, offshore financial centre, pattern recognition, prediction markets, price discrimination, price stability, profit maximization, profit motive, race to the bottom, rent-seeking, Richard Thaler, ride hailing / ride sharing, road to serfdom, Robert Bork, Ronald Reagan, self-driving car, sharing economy, Silicon Valley, Skype, smart cities, smart meter, Snapchat, social graph, Steve Jobs, sunk-cost fallacy, supply-chain management, telemarketer, The Chicago School, The Myth of the Rational Market, The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, too big to fail, transaction costs, Travis Kalanick, turn-by-turn navigation, two-sided market, Uber and Lyft, Uber for X, uber lyft, Watson beat the top human players on Jeopardy!, women in the workforce, yield management

As with all economies of scale and network effects, the technology and data can go much further and add more value when at the disposal of a super-platform. For instance, Google’s driverless car fleet would collect realtime data on street traffic, construction, and so on. Th is data, along with that collected on its Waze and Google Maps apps, could give Google a competitive advantage in turn-by-turn navigation systems. If commuters want to know the latest traffic conditions, they would likely turn to Google’s Waze and Maps apps. As more traffic data is quickly pumped through Google’s super-platform, its driverless cars could better avoid traffic jams—thereby reducing electricity/fuel costs and travel time, which in turn increases its competitive advantage over Uber.


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In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy

23andMe, AltaVista, Anne Wojcicki, Apple's 1984 Super Bowl advert, autonomous vehicles, Bill Atkinson, book scanning, Brewster Kahle, Burning Man, business process, clean water, cloud computing, crowdsourcing, Dean Kamen, discounted cash flows, don't be evil, Donald Knuth, Douglas Engelbart, Douglas Engelbart, El Camino Real, fault tolerance, Firefox, Gerard Salton, Gerard Salton, Google bus, Google Chrome, Google Earth, Googley, HyperCard, hypertext link, IBM and the Holocaust, informal economy, information retrieval, Internet Archive, Jeff Bezos, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly, Kickstarter, Mark Zuckerberg, Menlo Park, one-China policy, optical character recognition, PageRank, Paul Buchheit, Potemkin village, prediction markets, recommendation engine, risk tolerance, Rubik’s Cube, Sand Hill Road, Saturday Night Live, search inside the book, second-price auction, selection bias, Silicon Valley, skunkworks, Skype, slashdot, social graph, social software, social web, spectrum auction, speech recognition, statistical model, Steve Ballmer, Steve Jobs, Steven Levy, Ted Nelson, telemarketer, The future is already here, trade route, traveling salesman, turn-by-turn navigation, undersea cable, Vannevar Bush, web application, WikiLeaks, Y Combinator

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.