Google has a long history of offering maps-based emergency data, the most recent example being a live replica of the RFS bushfire maps for NSW. The next step in that process: from today, Google will offer NSW live bushfire warnings as you search Google Maps, warning you of potential issues as you plan your travel.
Google has launched Maps Engine Pro, a new mapping tool designed to represent business data in map form. That’s potentially useful if you want to visualise large volumes of data, but you’ll pay for the feature.
Google Australia has set up a mirror to the NSW Rural Fire Services’ fire alert map, meaning that this link will get you to all the latest emergency warnings for the fires now burning out of control around the state.
Google Maps is constantly getting updated with new features, but the use of those features isn’t always obvious. If you find yourself using Google Maps just to get from address to address, you’re missing out on a lot of the ways Google makes it easier to get around. Here’s how to really use those personalisation options to your advantage.
Itinerary planning seems to be one of those things you can’t efficiently outsource to a computer just yet. It generally requires a couple of things: knowing where you’re staying, where you’d like to go, and where exactly all these places are in a city that you have absolutely no idea about. Now, wouldn’t it be so much easier if everything was collated onto a specific map? Enter the holy grail of usefulness: Google Maps.
Android: Tasker can handle a lot of complicated automation. If you’re looking for something a little more targeted, Location Reminder can send customised notifications based on your location using some of the fancy new geofencing techniques recently added to Google Play Services.