I don’t update often here, but I feel like spending whatever small amount of Google juice is left on directing anyone searching for “Veronica GIF so lifelike” to Veronica Belmont’s excellent XOXO Festival talk where she explains how dehumanizing it has been to have a few seconds from her TV show turned into a creepy meme that has followed her around for over a decade.
It’s a great talk that really drives the point home that sometimes the Internet can be a crappy place, but on the bright side, the Internet does let people hear the rest of a story, like this one.
The Google Maps mobile app on iOS/Android has really improved in the last year or two, especially since Google acquired Waze, the crowd-sourced accident/traffic data company. Several times I’ve been using Google Maps to navigate to a spot an hour away only to have my route changed due to traffic and in at least one instance, I saw a small detour for a recent car accident save me easily 30 minutes of traffic time.
The level of detail in ever-improving maps plus the networked information about real-time accidents and traffic is something no car-based GPS navigation can come close to. If you’re car shopping, skip the navigation options entirely since the phone you already have in your pocket is more capable than anything being sold in a car today.