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Dear Lifehacker, My GPS sometimes gives me ridiculous directions: It’ll ask me to turn in a “no right turn” lane, drive me in weird little circles, or sometimes even take me on a 10-minute detour before getting to my destination. How can I get it to give me more accurate directions?
31 January 2012
Android: Turn-by-turn navigation Waze updated today to include an entirely new UI that minimises buttons and tools, so that they’re all accessible under one spring-out on-screen menu. Maps are now easier to navigate, so you can easily spin around and navigate with one hand, and there is also new location-based information from services like Yelp and FourSquare.
21 January 2012
Even if you’ve lived in a city for a few years you’re bound to get lost or disorientated now and again. A new study in Psychological Science reveals the easiest way to reorientate yourself and find your way is to face north and visualise the map.
11 November 2011
I just moved to a new city, and while Android’s navigation function has been invaluable to getting me where I need to go, I’ve realised that I still don’t know anything about how the city is laid out, nor can I take a simple drive to my friend’s house, which I’ve been to many times, without my GPS directing me. If your sense of direction is similarly lacking and you want a more intuitive understanding of your city, here are a few things you can do to rid yourself of that GPS dependency and actually learn your way around.
12 October 2011
Your phone’s GPS capabilities mean you can pinpoint yourself on a map with the tap of your finger, but should your battery die or your phone go on the fritz, would you be able to navigate compass-free? The Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley offers six clever ways to never get lost in a city again.
17 August 2011
Google Maps for Android just updated with two awesome features that make phone calls and navigation just a tap away. Here’s how to enable them.
16 August 2011
iOS: There’s no shortage of GPS apps for the iPhone, but most come with hefty price tags attached. Telstra’s Whereis app is an unusual exception: it offers turn-by-turn directions for Australians, and it’s completely free.
22 July 2011
Turn-by-turn navigation is incredible, but typing in addresses can get tedious quickly (and dangerous). Here’s how to add a one-tap navigation shortcut to your home screen.
7 July 2011
5 July 2011
Android: Many countries are unsupported by Google Maps Navigation, even if Google has the information to support them. With the Google Maps Ownhere mod, you can unlock navigation in those areas, whether you’re visiting or you live there.