Google Maps for iOS Gains Quick-Access Traffic, Transit, and Local Info Tabs

Google has updated its iOS Maps app with three new quick-access options that Android users have had access to for over a year now. The new tabs sit across the bottom of the home screen and are called Explore, Driving, and Transit.

Swiping up on the shortcuts reveals further details. For example, in Explore users can find a description of the local area, dining choices, and options to search for gas stations, ATMs, convenience stores, drug stores, and other amenities.

The driving tab provides a traffic summary for the area, including information on possible delays that might add time onto a commute. This tab will also include current ETAs for the user’s home and work addresses if they are saved in the app’s settings. Finally, the transit tab offers estimated bus and train schedules at stations in the vicinity.

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Google Maps for iOS gains quick access tabs with info on nearby locations, traffic, and transit

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Apple Maps has definitely improved in the years since its launch, but many iOS users still rely on Google Maps to help them get around. Today Google announced a new feature for those folks.

Google is now rolling out a new section in Google Maps for iOS that’ll help you get more info about what’s around you. Swipe up from the bottom of the app and you’ll see three tabs — the explore tab, the driving tab, and the transit tab — that’ll help you do things like find a meal nearby or catch a bus.

This feature rolled out on Google Maps for Android last year, and it’s good to see it coming to iOS as well. With it, you can quickly find info about what’s around you, including restaurants and traffic, without having to tap on a bunch of places or change to a different part of Google Maps.

If you use Google Maps for iOS, keep an eye out for this feature the next time you load up the app.

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Shazam for iOS Gains Revamped Interface, Real-Time Lyric Syncing Feature

Shazam, which Apple is in the process of acquiring, was today updated to version 11.7.0, introducing several major new features.

When a song is Shazamed, the result is now displayed with the song’s name and an image of the performing artist, rather than the previous cluttered interface with large links to YouTube, Apple Music, and more.


You can access additional information on a Shazamed song by tapping on the artist’s image for details or by using the small bubble buttons displayed at the top and bottom of the app’s redesigned track-result menu to get to Apple Music, lyrics, videos, and more.

On this same screen, there’s a new one-tap “Add To” button that will automatically add a song to an Apple Music or Spotify playlist.

There’s also a new Lyric Syncing feature, which is designed to display a song’s lyrics in real time as the music plays in the Shazam app, highlighting each line right as it’s sung.

Your Shazams have a new look!

Once you’ve named that tune, you’ll see a brand-new song page with the following features:

– Lyric Syncing: Belt it like you wrote it! With our new lyric-syncing, you’ll see a song’s lyrics in real time, enabling you to not just sing along to any song you Shazamed but finally master those words.

– Streamlined Results: Now when you Shazam a song, you’ll get the results and one big photo of the artist behind it–perfect for focusing on the music you were looking to discover in the first place. For more info, simply tap on the artist photo.

– Everything In Its Right Place: We’re excited to introduce an all-new track-result menu that makes it easy to view song lyrics, artist videos, updates and more in a single tap. Or swipe.

– Faster Playlisting: Connected to Apple Music or Spotify? ‘Add to’ playlist now takes one less tap. Simple!

As MacStories points out, Shazam has continued to receive regular updates since Apple’s acquisition of the service was announced, suggesting Apple plans to continue to keep Shazam around as a standalone service for the foreseeable future.

Apple’s acquisition of Shazam has not yet been finalized, however, so we could still see changes when the deal is done.

Last week, the European Commission announced that it has accepted requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Spain to assess Apple’s acquisition of Shazam.

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Madgarden’s Chill Space Shooter ‘Chillaxian’ Resurrected for iOS 11 and Gains New Features in Latest Update

You all are probably familiar with developer Paul Pridham, aka Madgarden, through his collaboration work with Rocketcat Games on titles such as Punch Quest [Free] and Death Road to Canada [$ 11.99], but did you know this one man wonder has also been making and releasing solo projects for many years now? It’s true! One such project is the extremely laid back space shooter Chillaxian [$ 1.99], which he originally launched back in July of 2013. As you might have guessed from the game’s title, this is an homage to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, but like… more chill, maannnn. Move back and forth across the bottom of the screen as you fire at waves of enemies at the top of the screen. However, in Chillaxian these groups of enemies are much more lively and expand and contract in a mesmerizing–and yes, chill–kind of way. Blast through as many levels as you can, with checkpoints every ten levels and boss fights every 5 waves. It’s simple, relaxed alien blasting that we really enjoyed in our original review from 2013.

Well, if you were a Chillaxian fan back in the day then you may have noticed it got swept up in the great 32-bit Appocalypse of 2017. Madgarden isn’t going to let that slide though, and so this past Friday he released a brand new update to the game bringing it compliant with 64-bit and iOS 11 requirements. But wait, there’s more! He also added full screen support for the iPhone X, added some new enemy types and special effects, added humans that are floating through space for some reason which can be collected for extra points, and revamped the whole power-up system. Now you can actually scavenge and collect various power-up parts which can be combined to create a variety of unique setups. Hey, I would have taken iOS 11 and iPhone X support and been perfectly happy, but WHATEVER Madgarden go ahead and add new features if you must. I’m happy seeing such a fun space shooter continuing to live on, so if you’ve missed out on this one before definitely give it a look and if you’re already an iOS 11 sporting Chillaxian owner, hey, you can play the game again!

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Apple TV app gains promised News section first shown in September

Apple today has further expanded its TV application on iOS and tvOS. Following the addition of a dedicated Sports section a few months ago, users can now use the TV app to access live streaming news content from several different sources…

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