Tag Archive: Alerts


AMBER Alerts and Android: What you need to know

Emergency alerts on your Android smartphone are a good thing — even if they are a bit annoying sometimes!

Every so often — or frequently, depending on your tolerance level — you get an emergency alert on your phone. That horrible blaring of the emergency tone, the buzzing the vibration motor, and then the grim news. Someone’s missing. Or there’s a severe weather alert headed your way. Suddenly and without warning, your phone’s scaring the hell out  [Read More…]

Google’s new SOS Alerts in Search and Maps deliver info in times of crisis

Google wants you to always be safe, so this week it has rolled out a new tool called SOS Alerts in Maps and Search, which display emergency info in case of disasters. In Search, an SOS Alert will appear at the top of results if a user performs a search on a location that has […]

Waze on Android Auto: Invaluable feedback and alerts with sub-par maps and routing

Would it kill anyone to give us real-time reporting in Google Maps instead?

One of the best ways to take advantage of Android Auto is with navigation. No more messing with your phone to figure out where you’re going and how long it’ll take to get there. Just tell it where you want to go, maybe tap once or twice, and that’s it.

And Google Maps has been brilliant for this. Missing, however, has been Waze. Until now.

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Viewing traffic and alerts on Google Maps [How-to]

We have reviewed how to add your home and work addresses to Google Maps, as well as how to download an area for offline use. Now let’s see how Google Maps can help our commute by viewing and customizing traffic alerts. Traffic options Google Maps has improved dramatically, not only showing estimated time in traffic

AMBER Alerts and Android: What you need to know

Emergency alerts on your Android smartphone are a good thing — even if they are a bit annoying sometimes!

Every so often — or frequently, depending on your tolerance level — you get an emergency alert on your phone. That horrible blaring of the emergency tone, the buzzing the vibration motor, and then the grim news. Someone’s missing. Or there’s a severe weather alert headed your way. Suddenly and without warning, your phone’s scaring the hell  [Read More…]

Google’s state-sponsored hacking alerts have been vastly improved

There are parties out there who simply wish to access your account in any way possible, governments included. Now Google will clearly alert you as to when the company detects that accounts may be in danger from state-funded hackers.

The search giant first kicked off the alert system back in 2012, but the message to notify consumers was a simple bar just under the top navigation menu. This will be replaced by a new alert.

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Google now offers flood alerts in India

Following the devastating floods in Chennai in December, Google has announced that it is adding flood alerts to Google Public Alerts in India. The search giant is collaborating with India’s Central Water Commission (CWC), which actively monitors river levels from 175 flood forecasting stations located all over the country.

Flood alerts will be available on Google Now, desktop and mobile web searches, Google Maps, and from the Public Alerts website. Clicking on an alert will give  [Read More…]

Facebook rumored to launch Notify app next week for fast news alerts

Facebook may be close to launching yet another stand-alone app. A new report says that the app, called Notify, will be released sometime next week. It is supposed to send alerts to users for news stories, and Facebook has reportedly entered into partnerships for Notify with many major news and media outlets.

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Google to update Maps with better traffic alerts for upcoming Memorial Day

An update for Google Maps is planned for the upcoming weekend, which will be made available just before Memorial Day on Monday. The update will implement better traffic alerts and alternate route suggestions.