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How to Use Find My Friends on a Mac

Apr 22, 2016 - 12 Comments
Find my Friends on a Mac

Find My Friends is available as a widget on the Mac within Notification Center, allowing users to see a list and location of their friends and family who have chosen to share their location with them. This has many practical applications, but parents, close friends, and partners will likely find it to be most useful.

How to Check Stores for Apple Pay Support from iPhone & Mac

Nov 10, 2015 - 10 Comments
Apple Pay being used with iPhone

Apple Pay is undeniably convenient, allowing you to make quick and secure purchases right from your iOS devices. So, you setup Apple Pay on your iPhone and on the Apple Watch and now you want to put it to use, right? While many popular stores are known to support Apple Pay, there is no reason … Read More

Take a 3D Tour of Major Cities with Flyover in iOS

Nov 30, 2014 - 9 Comments

Apple Maps in iOS includes a fun feature that allows you to take a 3D tour of major cities around the world, complete with rendered landmarks, buildings, and terrain. Called 3D Flyover, you can also choose to navigate around in the three dimensional view, to zoom, rotate, and tilt the viewing angle as desired.

How to Share Your Current Location from Messages on iPhone

Nov 15, 2014 - 15 Comments
Send Map of current Location

If you’ve ever tried to give directions to someone when you aren’t that good at it, or maybe aren’t entirely sure where you are let alone how to get there, you know how frustrating of an experience that can be. Fortunately you can avoid that situation entirely now though thanks to a great location sharing … Read More

Show a Scale Indicator in Maps for Mac OS X

Jul 1, 2014 - 1 Comment
Show Scale in Maps for Mac

The Maps app in Mac OS X is a useful tool to pre-plan routes, generate map files for offline usage, send directions to an iPhone, and much more, but one critical cartographic component that’s missing by default from all Maps views is any sort of scale indicator, making it difficult to get an idea of … Read More

Find an Interesting Spot? Share a Maps Location with Someone Else from Mac OS X

Apr 20, 2014 - 3 Comments
Maps location

The Maps app in Mac OS X makes it simple to share locations with others, even if the location isn’t defined and just in the middle of nowhere. This is a great trick for many reasons, whether to share a nice spot you found in the city, share with your partner where you left the … Read More

Send Maps & Directions from a Mac to an iPhone Immediately

Apr 4, 2014 - 10 Comments
Maps

The next time you’re using the Maps app in Mac OS X to plot a road trip, a walkabout, get driving directions, or just to map out a route, you may want to skip the printer and opt to send the directions directly over to your iPhone instead. In order for this handy direct feature … Read More

How to Use iPhone for Turn-By-Turn Voice Navigation Directions with Siri

Jan 19, 2014 - 29 Comments
Turn By Turn Voice Directions with Siri on iPhone

Voice turn by turn navigation and directions are incredibly convenient and easily one of the best features of Apple Maps, but rather than fumbling around with your iPhone while driving, you can rely entirely on Siri. This makes turn-by-turn almost entirely hands free; you give Siri a voice command to start the directions, and then … Read More

Adjust Volume Level of Turn-By-Turn Directions in Maps for iPhone

Dec 27, 2013 - 10 Comments
Maps icon in iOS

Having voice turn-by-turn directions right in your pocket with an iPhone is easily one of the most helpful features of the Maps app for iOS. The navigational assistant will get you just about anywhere you need to go without ever having to look at the phone screen, all you need to do is listen to … Read More

Get Walking Directions in Maps for iPhone

Dec 11, 2013 - 2 Comments
Maps icon

Many urbanites and city dwellers get about by walking, the oldest form of transportation in existence. If you’re one of us who often gets about a concrete jungle by propelling your legs in a forwardly direction, you’ll be pleased to know that the popular mapping applications in iOS have you covered. Both the default Maps … Read More

Show Traffic & Road Incidents in Maps App for OS X Mavericks

Nov 26, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Incident report in Maps app for OS X

If you’re planning a drive or some sort of vehicular journey while on your Mac, you can use the Maps app bundled with OS X Mavericks to help avoid annoying traffic, slow downs, road closures, construction work, and accidents by enabling the built-in incident reporter feature. It’s just a click away, but the icon isn’t … Read More

Export a Map of Any Location in PDF Format from Mac OS X

Nov 11, 2013 - 5 Comments
Apple Maps icon in OS X

A full featured Apple Maps app is now bundled on all Macs running modern versions of Mac OS. Most people will probably use Maps to get directions and cruise around the globe for virtual tours, but there’s an excellent little feature that allows you to export any regions map as a PDF file. This is … Read More

Find Where You Parked the Car with iPhone & Maps

Aug 20, 2013 - 3 Comments
Find where you parked car with iPhone

Visiting a new city, or maybe just a part of town you’re unfamiliar with? If you’re concerned you may forget where you parked your car (or bike, mule, horse, chariot, whatever), just pull out your iPhone at that location and use the Maps app to save the location. This simple trick means you’ll never forget … Read More

Use Google Maps Offline with Downloaded Local Maps Cache

Jul 17, 2013 - 1 Comment
Save Google Maps for offline use

An update to Google Maps for iOS has brought native support for the iPad, but perhaps the most useful feature of the new Google Maps app is the ability to cache maps for offline use on the iPhone. It’s really easy to use, so the next time you’re expecting to venture off into an area … Read More

Find the Best Directions on iPhone by Comparing Alternate Routes in Maps Apps

Apr 17, 2013 - 4 Comments

If you’re hitting the road with your iPhone, you’ll probably be relying on either Apple Maps or Google Maps to help you get to your destination. But before you settle on an uncertain route, remember to check the default routes and compare alternate routes in both mapping apps to find the best directions, and don’t … Read More

Get Siri to Provide Directions from Google Maps

Mar 5, 2013 - 3 Comments
Siri Directions from Google Maps

You’re probably aware that you can ask Siri for directions, and the personal assistant will route them for you through Apple Maps. This is an excellent feature to use while driving as it keeps you focused, and prevents you from poking around on the screen too much, which also happens to be an increasingly ticketable … Read More

How to Change the Language of Apple Maps Labels in iOS

Jan 31, 2013 - 1 Comment
Change Maps language settings

Bilinguals, polyglots, world citizens, foreign language students, and even travelers will be pleased to find that Apple Maps in iOS can be adjusted to show labels in local languages rather than always showing those locations labeled in English. This is a simple settings adjustment within Maps on any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and it … Read More

Google Maps for iPhone Now Available to Download

Dec 12, 2012 - 17 Comments
Google Maps for iPhone icon

Google Maps for iPhone has arrived and it’s available to download right now from the App Store. The easy to use app is free and includes an intuitive interface, voice guided turn-by-turn navigation, Street View, public transportation directions, and perhaps most important for many users, the routinely accurate Google Mapping data engine. Download Google Maps … Read More

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