This is what I’ve met today on the Dźwigowa street, the one connecting Włochy with Warsaw. Google’s Street View car was capturing the images of the streets in Włochy, so most likely in the close future the maps and Street View of our little town will be updated.

Google Street View car spotted leaving Włochy

Google Street View car spotted leaving Włochy

 

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Google Maps for iPhone is back

Google Maps for iPhone is back

Google Maps for iPhone is back – and it is just awesome. After long absence – it was removed along with the introduction of the iOS6 and replaced with widely hated Apple Maps – it is back, for now only for iPhone. iPad version is not yet available.

New, improved interface, live traffic, directions, Street View – it all there and it works like charm. Yes, it’s good to have it back. Even a turn-by-turn navigation works brilliantly, even when in background, it displays messages along with voice guidance by the notifications bar at the top of the screen. Clever!

Update:

Of course, as expected, Google Maps got a very warm welcome from iOS users all over the world. At the moment, is it the most downloaded application in App Store, got to the top of the Top Free iPhone App category in just few hours with over 1500 mostly five star positive comments. Way to go, Apple!

Google Maps for iPhone - most popular application in the App Store

Google Maps for iPhone – most popular application in the App Store

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Google on Remembrance Day in Poland

Google celebrated the Remembrance Day with another nice doodle, this time, in Poland, the Polish national flag was used. There is a good reason – in Poland, the Remembrance Day is celebrated as a bank holiday as is considered as the most important day in the year – the National Independence Day, when Poles gather in many marches to commemorate the anniversary of Poland’s assumption of independent statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partition byRussiaPrussia and Austria.
It usually goes messy and normal people are a little afraid of going downtown this day, but that is a completely different story.

Facebook censorship example - comment with link got blocked

Today I tried to post a comment on Facebook with a link I’ve found on Google – link directing to web hosted video streaming service. I have checked this service and it seems, that the standard video content is offered there (nothing adult oriented), for free, you do not need to solve any captcha nor they attack your computer with any viruses. So why Facebook has blocked this comment? Has it ever happened to you?

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Google Map Maker start screen

Google Map Maker is a nice feature, that allows you to enrich Google maps with your local knowledge. At the end of the day, who knows better than locals, where the best ice cream shop is, or where is the local shop for local people? Are you local?

Go to http://www.google.com/mapmaker and try it yourself.

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MobileMe is closed

I can’t remember any other Apple service, that changed it’s name so often. It started as free iTools, then was changed to .Mac, then there was widely hated MobileMe and now it’s time for iCloud. Apple unsuccessfully struggled to provide decent service – will it be any better, than MobileMe? Time will tell, first symptoms are not very promising – spam protection is very bad (especially when compared to excellent Gmail from Google), plenty of synchronisation services have been terminated, as well as pretty nice and useful web galleries. So – let’s see, where this goes.

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Chrome for iPad

Finally, Apple approved Chrome in their App Store, so you can download it for free. Get it, it is worth it.

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Apple iCloud useless anti-spam filter

Oh, hell, how annoying is that. Every day I get tons of simplest spam you can think of – cheap medications, fake Viagra pills and so on. For some reason, Google’s Gmail anti-spam filter is pretty close to perfection – why? Apple, for god’s sake – how hard could it be?! Do something about it!

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Google on first day of Euro 2012 in Poland

This one was created by Kacper Barczak and then won the contest.

More doodles created by Polish kids for Google:

 

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