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Problems With Google Maps Directions

Posted by Alan at 7:18 PM on August 6, 2010

There are a lot of mapping sites out there.  Mapquest was probably the king, but I think it’s safe to assume Google has taken over the mantel.  Is that a good thing?  I thought so, since I, like many others, am living in the Google-verse these days.  And, consolidating my mapping needs into that simplifies my life a little bit more.

Now, I am not so sure, though.

It began last year when I printed out directions to Shenandoah National Park on the eve of a hiking and camping trip my son and I were taking.  In fairness there was only one error and, although it was glaring, that isn’t enough to convict them on.  Thankfully, it was also painfully obvious.  We were coming up on a double interstate exit – you know, those ones that are distinguished by “A” and “B”?  The highway exit sign said to follow “B” for Shenandoah, but the printout from Google said “A”.  Against my better judgment, and like a good Google lemming, I took “A”.

It was wrong, of course.  Thankfully, I knew right away since there was another turn listed within a quarter of a mile and it wasn’t there.  I was able to turn around and follow the road signs with no problem.

Soon after that incident Verizon was forced, by a court, to open their phone GPS to third-parties.  No longer could they require the use of VZ Navigator for $9.99 per month.  I was now able to use Google Maps!  And I installed it right away.

Now, Google Maps has a lot of to offer.  Not only directions and GPS, but all sorts of “layers” can be added that can show traffic, gas stations, restaurants, rest areas, and all sorts of stuff.

But, last week I took my wife and kids to Hershey Park and bad Google Maps memories came back to me.  We were close to Hershey – an easy two hour drive from my home, but getting to the park itself was not something I had down in my head.  No problem.  I pulled out my phone, punched in my starting location as “current location”, put in Hershey Park as my destination, and a map and directions instantly materialized on my screen.  I was in business.

And…it got us there.  We took a nice tour of the town of Hershey along the way, though!  Including, early on, passing by a street that we (much) later ended our trip on.

The good news is that Bing also has mapping software for my phone that works with it’s GPS.  I have heard good things about the Bing app as well.  We are taking another trip in a couple of weeks and I will be trying it out.  I figure it can’t do worse.

GNC-2010-05-14 #575 Machine is Fired!

Posted by geeknews at 1:16 AM on May 14, 2010

Well as many of you experienced on the last show the audio went downhill at 1:11 minutes. Tonight it happened again! Backup recorder saved the day, meanwhile the machine in question has been fired and a replacement has been ordered from Sweetwater. Having issues like this is unacceptable to me at this point. Otherwise show went off without a hitch and I have a pile of stuff to share. Their will be a meetup on 5-22 in Coldwater Michigan. Listen for details. Special version of Geek News Central Insider coming be a Insider!

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Netural Net Neutrality Bill?
Fiber in your City?
Judge Rules against Limewire Chairman.
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End of the World?
Subway has Lost It.
Hulu says no to HTML5.
Skype 5 Way Video Chat.
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Bing Navigation.
Have a 100k for Space Ticket?
PS3 Supercomputers Locked Out.
Adobe’s Hail Marry.
Philip’s LED bulb.
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North Korea attains Nuclear Fusion? ;)
Gold Dispensing ATM Machine.
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GNC-2010-02-12 #551 New Studio Layout

Posted by geeknews at 1:34 AM on February 12, 2010

Fellows, our wives always know best we are often to stubborn to realize it. The new Studio layout is pretty good needs some tweaks but I think it will make for a better video experience over the long term. Lots of tech, lots of ancillary discussions about tonights show. While I was down and out sick one day this week a lot was accomplished and I have plenty to share in the tech world.

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Windows Activation Technology on Steroids?
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Windows BSOD from Patch Tuesday!
Yahoo Slides Down and Bing heads up in Search!
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Lithium Batteries may not Kill you!
Why does Apple not do Business with Business?
President Obama Admin wants to track your phone without warrant?
Nasa Solar Probe Launched!
Will drill Cyber Attack bring out real Hackers!
Veoh RIP
$9.99 is not a good price for a Book?
Gaming Sales EXPLODE when Discounted!
Mud Volcano Man Made Craziness!
Hey Google over here for 1Gbps!
Martian Dune Formation still a mystery in my Opinion!
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Do you go down Memory Lane on the Net?
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GNC-2010-01-21 #545 Tornado Warning Excitement Today!

Posted by geeknews at 8:35 PM on January 21, 2010

Excitement in Florida today with Tornado Warnings and all. Lots of great Technology News and Information. Lots of hints on some upcoming videos that I will be releasing in coming days.

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Verizon Shutting down P2P Users!
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Facebook Builds Data Center!
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Gravity Shaking Asteroids!
Ares 1 Passes Safety Panel.
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GNC-2009-11-26 #531 Thanksgiving Special!

Posted by geeknews at 11:56 PM on November 26, 2009

I hope your belly is full of food, lets see if we can fill your brain with Tech I also introduce Skypesaurus. I cover in detail why I walked away from the Twitter Advertising deals. Plenty of tech to cover tonight. Plus we are going to extend to the Tuesday show the GotoMyPC challenge. I want to hear about your Thanksgiving tech support horror stories as well.

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Cheap Geek Deals!
Virgin Media to Monitor Users P2P usage.
UK Hacker Extradition to Proceed.
iPhone Worm Developer now building iPhone Apps.
Silverlight for iPhone versus Flash?
Windows 7 Passes OS X
Free WordPress Templates
Emblaze Mobile.
Don’t upset your web developer.
Is Coke in Trouble?
Microsoft going after Copyright Violators.
MPAA thinks we the public is Liars.
Kindle 2 gets PDF Support.
Mininova shuts down illegals Torrents.
Best and Worse Gadgets.
Climategate?
More Black Friday Ads.
Godfather of Spam goes to Jail.
Verizon thinks their King of 3G?
Microsoft and Apple users play games.
Some people question everything?
Weird is all I am gonna say.
Apple wants Psystar shut down now.
Black Friday Camera Deals.
Joost is in Trouble.
Run Chrome OS on a USB Stick.
Shuttle finishes up at ISS.
iPhone App Rejected see the List.
No more Space Tourist for now.
Google Wave and Why.
US Zip code Map scribbled.
Cuban on the Economy.
Deal Roundups.
Electric car you are going to want.
Robo Suit in Action.
Bad Black Friday.
Windows 8 Time Line Questioned.
Bing Does Video.
Mac Sales Price.
Ustream comes to Android.
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GNC-2009-11-24 #530 Lots of Action on this Show!

Posted by geeknews at 1:58 AM on November 24, 2009

I had lot’s of fun on this show.. Pile of things to cover. I am headed to Texas next week so will be taking the show on the road. I will be doing a Thanksgiving evening show so if your full of Turkey and still awake, I will try and knock out a show earlier in the evening Hawaii time. Drive safe and have a great holiday! Your trials of our sponsors products and feedback is greatly appreciated.

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We are still here no big bang!
How GotoMyPC saved me last week!
Photoshop App now on Android!
Serious iPhone worm for Jailbroken handsets!
Apple Exec makes excuses for iPhone App Store Process.
Is Apple Evil or Not?
Spotify no works on Symbian Phones.
Firefox and Mozilla Foundation appear to be doing good.
Roku adds Limited content from Select Partners?
Apple deals now and on Friday!
Windows 8 Roadmap.
Telcos mad at Harvard Berkman Center?
1000 Mph Speed Attempt!
Is Adobe doing enough about Security?
The Evil Empire Strikes back at Verizon :)
Man Not in Coma just Paralyzed for 23 years!
Prepare for Cyber Monday.
New PogoPlug!
AOL had some kids in for new Logo Design.
Windows 7 Security!
Intel I9 Six Cores
Drobo Goes Enterprise.
Apple makes Single Use Monitor?
ISS work goes Great!
Bing to buy Fox Traffic?
This is what I want for Christmas (Not).
AT&T Data Connect Day Pass!
Radiation repairs eyes in Blind!
Target Black Friday Ad.
Newegg Black Friday Ad.
Walmart Black Friday Ad.
Sewell Display Link Adapter good Reviews.
Altona Wireless VGA.
New Sony Pro XDCAM
Full or Partial feeds you be the Judge.
Browser Compatibility Web testers.
Chrome Extensions Coming Soon!
New Facebook Worm!
Wikipedia Loosing Free Help.
What are you doing with Ssesmic?
Smoking Voids Apple Warranty!
Gmail Creator says email not going anywhere soon.
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GNC-2009-10-22 #521 Bye Bye Sunshine State

Posted by geeknews at 7:10 PM on October 22, 2009

On my way home, I have had a very productive week here in the Sunshine State, sadly tragedy in the National News in the area I have been staying the past couple of days. Next stop Sand Hill Road.. Will be in Silicon Valley next week look forward to bringing you the show from California. One more week on the road and then home for a spell. Take our National Listener Survey.

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GNC-2009-09-14 #511 In the City of Angels

Posted by geeknews at 9:58 PM on September 14, 2009

I really do hate traveling as I am so spoiled when I am back in the studio in Hawaii. This show I talk a bit about Twitter and trust, do you trust the people you follow? Look forward to the meetup tomorrow night with show fans. Early show again on Thursday evening so join me for the live recording.

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Yahoo is Done Searching. Microsoft Gets Their Way (Sort of)

Posted by J Powers at 12:36 AM on July 29, 2009

bing yahoo

Well, it was a deal that was a year and a half in the making. Actually, it’s been longer than that – nonetheless, Microsoft has finally gotten what they want. While it still needs to have a final stamp of approval, it looks like Yahoo search will become Yahoo Search powered by Bing.

The real history is this: Back in 2005, Microsoft talked ‘Partnership’ with Yahoo to thwart the ever growing Google. That was during the Instant Messaging days – When it was announced that MSN Messenger and Yahoo IM would be able to talk to each other.

By May of 2007, Microsoft and Yahoo were in talks of an apparent $50 Billion dollar merger. While that didn’t happen, we started seeing the beginnings of the Mass Exodus of Yahoo. Employees such as Farzad Nazem – who was Yahoo’s CTO at the time – took retirement. That was followed by other key players in Yahoo’s stable.

However, the battle didn’t really start until Feb 3rd, 2008, when Steve Ballmer offered $41 Billion to take over the company. It was a long – drawn out battle that gave people like Carl Icahn a seat on Yahoo’s board and Jerry Yang the heave – ho as CEO. Since then, Yahoo has plummeted in stock price.

Carol Bartz took over as CEO in January 2009 with a renewed hope. However, the Yahoo name has been pretty stagnant until just a couple weeks ago when they revamped email. Closing services like Yahoo Music and Geocities helped Yahoo score a profit in Q2, but the search side had remained at a plateau.

Then along came Bing.

“I think actually Bing is a good product. ” Carl Bartz announces in a transcript. “It actually extends sort of the experimentation around search and how people use it instead of just thinking like a standard blue link.” She goes on with “…Microsoft should be given kudos for Bing.”

What is supposedly proposed is that Microsoft will take over the search engine side of things. Yahoo will continue with ad placement on the site. Yahoo is expected to get 110% of search ad deals until 2011, in which it will drop to 90%, according to Allthingsd.com.

The drama is expected to unfold in the next 24 hours as it is said to be a ‘done deal – with the formalities happening later today’. Right now, neither side is ready to comment.

Bing

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 11:10 AM on June 2, 2009

Microsoft has recently come out with its latest attempt at a search engine to counter Google. The result in called Bing. Microsoft insist that it is not a search engine, but a decision engine. It is unclear what the difference is and the name itself leaves a lot to be desire. That being said, Bing is worth a look at and I have add it to my search engine list.  If you are on Firefox there is an add on which will adds Bing to your search engine list. 

Yesterday I did a news search for the Air France airbus crash and when I searched by time and Bing searches were in order with the most recent one first. Google search by time was slightly out of order. Also on some searches Bing seems to be picking them up faster. On the same API story, Bing had it about 10 minutes ahead of Google. For most people this probably is not that in important. However the closer it gets to real time, the better it is. 

    Bing image search appears to use Light box or something like it, when you mouse over an image it pops out and gives you the url for the picture.  If you click on the image it takes you to the original url and shows related images on the side. You can limit your search by size, black or white or color, whether its a photo or illustration and finally by shape.     If you are searching for a person in image search you can easily limit the search to face only or by face and shoulder or everything.  

The video search engine is also intriquing. The video are playable simply by mousing over the video.  You can also limit the video by length, screen size and resolution.  If you only want to search a certain source you can do that to also as long as the source is listed on left hand side.  Hopefully, as time goes on they will add more video sources such as Vimeo and Quik, but it is not a bad start.  You can also browse for top videos including clips from TV shows, news and music videos . The only thing I have not figured out is how to stop the video once its starts playing. It is a little weak when it comes to maps. The map and the directions themselves are fine. The one thing that Goolge has that makes it better is that it integrates images along with the map. Bing does not do this. The shopping search seems to emphasis the sites which participate in a Cash Back Program, which is not something I am necessarily interested in.

Bing is not a bad search engine. However, other then the video and image special capabilities that I like a lot, there is nothing that will make the average person use it over Google.   I also found a couple of glitches while doing some searches.  I did a search for Lancaster Central Market.  The general search and images all hit the mark.   However when I did the same search under video  I got videos  for a house credit story and several others which had absolutely nothing to do with the Lancaster Central market.   Another glitch that was pointed out by the Leo Laporte on Macbreak Weekly  is if you do a search for the Palm Pre  under related search you get Palm tree items.  These are  glitches that need to be fixed, but they are to be expected in a beta release.