Google Maps On iOS And Android Get Better: Offline, Lane Guidance, And Uber Integration

ios-android-maps-update-may5thWell, if you need help with your Uber, Google Maps has you covered with its latest iOS and Android update with a “get and Uber” option, if you have the company’s app already installed. If you prefer your own car, then newly added lane guidance in the US as well as parts of Canada and Japan, has also been added and regardless, if you’re traveling to a place with poor reception, you can now download refined offline versions of the maps.

Via: Google

Norwegian Battle Tanks Could Use Oculus Rift For Better Visuals In Combat

1200027238It was going to happen eventually, but it’s still a surprise: the Oculus Rift is fully capable of being part of a $2,000 solution to allow a tank’s operators to see a view akin to that of Battlefield 4’s third-person armored vehicle view. To accomplish this feat, Norwegian Army is testing an Oculus Rift headset, connected to a system of cameras — look in a specific direction and the cameras will give you the desired view.

Still, the system needs improvements, far beyond the fact that they’re using the low-res Oculus version that is prone towards making the user sick.

However, the system will be implemented in five years, if the military can afford it.

ViaTU Jobs

Google Expands Its Same-Day Delivery Service To LA And NYC

png_base643167aee51d81fe97Oh yes, it’s happening: same-day delivery service competition between Google and Amazon. In the latest iteration of this ongoing journey towards the best same-day delivery, Google has expanded its Google Shopping Express service to Culver City, Inglewood, Marina del Ray, Santa Monica, Venice, West Los Angeles, Westwood, and the entire island of Manhattan. In the coming months, Google also plans to extend that coverage into Brooklyn and Queens, as well as other areas of LA.

By the way, a refresher as to what Google Shopping Express is: it delivers groceries and non-edibles on the same platform, so purchases can be made with Costco, Target, Walgreens, L’Occitane, Toys ‘R Us, and others, which then are delivered the very same day.

Via: Google Commerce

Vanhawks Valour Connected Bike

vanhawks-valour-2This is a smart bike. Yes, you read that correctly; a city bicycle made with a carbon fiber construction, with the ability to connect to an iPhone, Android, or Pebble app using Bluetooth. But what for? So that the Valour can plot your routes, giving you turn-by-turn directions, and offers blind-spot detection, theft alerts, fitness data, and even integrated turn signals. Perhaps the coolest feature about the Valour is that all of its instruments are powered by pedaling. 

Oh, and it communicates with other Vanhawks Valour bikes, in case there are nearby traffic jams, potholes, and other such “hazardous inconveniences”. Price? +$1,000 USD.

Via: Kickstarter

Enter: Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare Makes It Trailer Debut

cod-adAnd it not only states that the Modern Warfare series is not modern nough, but also features House of Cards star, Kevin Spacey, as a sort of anti-hero, because anything less is inadequate (who knew?). There are tons of extremely futuristic vehicles, gear, and weapons, all showing that today’s rifles and drones are just child’s play.

Being built by Activision and Sledgehammer Games (the studio responsible for Modern Warfare 3), the version shown in the trailer — seen after the break — is played on an Xbox One, but surely will arrive on PS4 and PC, per usual requirements of next-gen games. The launch date si November 4th of this year.

You ready for a new Call of Duty? We’ll see about that.

LG’s G Watch And G3 Flagship Phone Might Be Unveiled On May 27th

great-inviteLG has been planning a new flagship phone for some time now, one that will surpass the traditional 1080p screen spec that we’ve comet ob e accustomed to. Besides that, the G Watch, a wearable using the new Android Wear technology software might also debut alongside it. As such, LG has sent out invites to the press to converge on May 27th, in six different cities: San Francisco, New York, London, Seoul, Singapore, and Istanbul — all of which will be covered in two days.

This should be interesting.

Hands On With The HTC One M8 harman/kardon Edition

DSC01712Being no different than the original HTC One M8, except the fact that a black finish on the black, coupled with gold accents on the front and back around the camera ring, with enhanced audio capability and restoration of audio quality through the built-in settings of the phone, the harmon/kardon edition of the HTC One M8 is obviously the most unique-looking model of all the other One M8 color variants and carrier versions.

Also, I can’t help but feel the black aluminium is slightly mattified, which isn’t at all a bad thing; it actually feels better to touch than the original HTC One M8.

Check out some additional shots, past the break.