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Google Maps has added a new feature that will help you find where you parked your car.

The new feature is available on both iOS and Android, Google said in a blog post.

To enable the feature, Android users just need to tap on the blue do that reveals their location and then tap “save your parking”.

The location will then be saved and a label added to the map showing where the car is parked.

Users are then able to add additional info to the label and can even add an image of where the car is parked or send the location of the parking spot to friends.

For iOS users, they can follow similar steps to enable the feature on their iPhone. Start by tapping on the blue dot and select “set as parking location”.

“This is in addition to the automatic parking detection you might have already noticed in Google Maps for iOS. If you connect to your car using USB audio or bluetooth, your parking spot will be automatically added to the map when you disconnect and exit the vehicle,” Google said.

The news comes after Google has rolled a number of useful new features to its popular navigation app.

Earlier this year it began displaying real time traffic info that gives drivers information on how congested a road is.

Google also added a new feature that lets users share their location with their friends.

 

Santa tracked by Google, Microsoft

Posted by pakin On December - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

SAN FRANCISCO – Google and Microsoft had their virtual eyes on Santa Claus and his gift-laden sleigh on Thursday.

Each of the rival technology giants continued their separate Internet holiday traditions that allow children, no matter how grown up they might be, to track Santa online as he makes his way around the world on Christmas Eve.

“Google’s Santa Tracker launches today — And it’s time to follow the jolly man’s sleigh,” the California-based Internet firm said in a blog post playfully penned in rhyme.

“The elves have been working hard for this night, Santa’s village is abuzz — tonight’s the big flight.”

The santatracker.google.com website includes an animated map and a running tally of the number of gifts delivered.

Microsoft once again partnered with the North American Aerospace Defense Command on an interactive website at noradsanta.org where Santa’s reindeer-drawn sleigh can be seen making its way over countries around the world.

NORAD’s involvement began 60 years ago when a wrong telephone number printed in a newspaper advertisement resulted in children calling for Santa.

The commander on duty that day had staff provide callers with updates on Santa’s location and the tradition evolved into the NORAD Santa-tracking website.

“Throughout the year, we can be pretty cynical,” Matthew Quinlan, marketing director for Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, said in a blog post.

“But this is one moment where we can see things again through a child’s eyes, and it gives us a fresh sense of wonder.”

The NORAD Santa-tracking website includes games and allows people to ask Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual assistant software, where Santa is at any given moment.

Google Thailand to go the extra mile

Posted by pakin On April - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Pete Nuchanatanon, the new head of marketing at Google Thailand, has set a goal to help people, businesses and consumers get the most out of going online by using Google’s products and services.

Pete, 34, who assumed his position in January, is the second person to be in charge of marketing, following Pornthip Kongchun. He oversees and manages Google’s national marketing efforts across all products and brand campaigns.

He promotes all Google products and services to businesses and people so that they will use them to enhance their business’ competitiveness and their quality of life.

Pete has four main focuses: helping one-third of people to surf the Internet, helping people to benefit from Google’s innovations, increasing local contents and helping more local businesses to build a presence online.

Google offers 45 services here, but this year, he will emphasise two: Google Search and YouTube. He will also focus on Google Maps, Google Translate and Google Mobile.

“The four main tasks are correlated. Our role is to get the rest of Thais to go online and to recognise the benefit of the Internet, while getting Thai businesses to have an online presence.

“Especially, only 10 per cent of Thai small and medium enterprises are online. Our task is to help 90 per cent of them to be online and benefit from being online. How good it will be if 100 per cent of companies can reach 100 per cent of customers who are searching for their products and services,” he said.

Google Search will help people benefit more from Google AdWords, Google AdSense and Google Trends. About 20 per cent of searches are for new information for which people are looking.

Google’s services can help businesses and people learn the exact trends in information in which people are interested, what they are looking for and what they are talking about.

“Our teams are increasing. Our teams expanded 2.5 times in only three months. We have a head taking care of each of my four focuses.

“For example, Google Trends is an important tool for businesses to know exactly the online trends with in-depth information. Businesses can use this information for free to analyse data for serving their business.

“Google has dedicated teams and partners to provide assistance, help and consulting. Google’s partners have tripled,” he said.

Two trends are expected: Internet penetration is going to reach 100 per cent and advertising spending is continuing to grow from 5.5 per cent last year to nearly the same as China and the United Kingdom, where digital advertising spending is 20 per cent and 50 per cent of total advertising spending, respectively.

“We see the positive trends. Also, the government’s digital economy is accelerating this trend,” he said.

This year, Google will roll out a lot more marketing campaigns and activities to promote both focused products and services, and new services. Next month, it will hold marketing activities for YouTube to celebrate its first anniversary here.

Pete’s knowledge of Thai consumers may be the critical point in his selection as Google’s head of marketing in the Thai market. He said he went through six interviews in three months to get this job.

“They asked me what the opportunities for Google in Thailand are and what Thais need,” he said.

Pete has never been in the technology field before. His 12 years of work experience have been in the consumer business. He started his career in advertising and consulting for six years before joining P&G as the country marketing manager for all brands and categories for hair, skin, fabric and home, and grooming, for Thailand and Asean. Pete has also worked with Lowe and Brandscape and has a deep understanding of brands with over 10 years of leadership experience.

Google ‘cut Android malware half’

Posted by pakin On April - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON – Google said Thursday that malware infections on Android devices have been cut in half in the past year following security upgrades for the mobile platform.

In a security review for 2014, Google said it made significant strides for the platform long seen as weak on security.

Android security engineer Adrian Ludwig said in a blog post that the overall worldwide rate of potentially harmful applications installed dropped by nearly 50 percent between the first quarter and the fourth quarter of the year.

Ludwig noted over one billion Android devices in use worldwide have security through Google Play “which conducts 200 million security scans of devices per day” and that fewer than one percent of the devices had potentially harmful apps installed in 2014.

For those devices which only use Google Play apps, the rate of potentially malicious apps was less than 0.15 percent, Google said.

The report noted that Android got several security upgrades in 2014, including improved encryption and better detection tools for malware.

Android has long been seen as vulnerable to malware because it is an open platform and many devices run older versions of the mobile operating system

But Google’s report said its review “does not show any evidence of widespread exploitation of Android devices.”

“We want to ensure that Android is a safe place, and this report has helped us take a look at how we did in the past year, and what we can still improve on,” Ludwig said.

“In 2015, we have already announced that we are are being even more proactive in reviewing applications for all types of policy violations within Google Play. Outside of Google Play, we have also increased our efforts to enhance protections for specific higher-risk devices and regions.”

Android is used on around 80 percent of the smartphones globally, but its popularity has also made it a magnet for malware.

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