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This Man's Epic Proposal Landed on Google Maps; World Can Relax, Marriage is in June

A google maps screen grab showing the coenfield that spells out 'Will You Marry Me' in German
(Image: Google Maps Screen Grab)

A google maps screen grab showing the coenfield that spells out ‘Will You Marry Me’ in German
(Image: Google Maps Screen Grab)

A 32-year-old part-time German farmer used a machine to plant a field of corn in such a way that the gaps spelt out the words ‘Do you want to marry me?’

  • Associated Press
  • Last Updated: February 13, 2020, 1:58 PM IST
  • Edited by: Chhavianshika Singh

A German man’s marriage proposal got a bigger audience than he had planned after it showed up on an aerial picture used by Google Maps. The German news agency DPA reported that 32-year-old part-time farmer Steffen Schwarz used a machine to plant a field of corn in such a way that the gaps spelt out the words “Do you want to marry me?” Schwarz says he got his girlfriend to fly a drone over the field last May in Huettenberg, central Germany, revealing the romantic message. She said yes.

He told DPA he hadn’t intended or expected the image to appear on Google’s popular mapping service until an aunt in Canada pointed it out to him. Schwarz and his fiancee plan to marry in June.

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Google Reacts to 99 Phones 'Maps Hack': Such Creative Uses Help Us Improve Services

Whether via car or cart or camel, we love seeing creative uses of Google Maps as it helps us make maps work better over time

Google Reacts to 99 Phones 'Maps Hack': Such Creative Uses Help Us Improve Services
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We recently reported about a Berlin-based artist who duped Google Maps by dragging 99 second-hand phones on a cart through various streets and roads. While he didn’t actually create any traffic, but the result was that Google Maps’ servers interpreted this as traffic congestion thereby showing the same to people using the service. The ‘fake’ traffic made drivers avoid those roads and streets, which were actually empty.

Now, Google has given a response regarding the ‘experiment’ and agreed that a large number of devices running Maps in a single place, is proof of a traffic jam. However, Google went on to say that this experiment was something that was rare and a very specific case that took advantage of this scenario.

Here’s the complete statement a Google spokesperson gave to 9to5Google:

“Whether via car or cart or camel, we love seeing creative uses of Google Maps as it helps us make maps work better over time.

Traffic data in Google Maps is refreshed continuously thanks to information from a variety of sources, including aggregated anonymized data from people who have location services turned on and contributions from the Google Maps community. We’ve launched the ability to distinguish between cars and motorcycles in several countries including India, Indonesia and Egypt, though we haven’t quite cracked traveling by wagon. We appreciate seeing creative uses of Google Maps like this as it helps us make maps work better over time.”

The statement basically hints that the company does use a case like this to improve traffic data on Google Maps. The search giant also said that it continuously refreshes its systems by referring a variety of sources to provide the most “comprehensive and accurate maps possible.”

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Apple Has Started Rolling-Out Redesigned Maps App in the US

The revamped Apple Maps has some features similar to those in Google Maps, such as local street pictures, AI to sync flight status and reservations to the calendar.

Apple Has Started Rolling-Out Redesigned Maps App in the US
Apple on Thursday said it has finished rolling out an overhauled map app in the US in another attempt to challenge Google’s popular smartphone navigation software.

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Apple said it has finished rolling out an overhauled map app in the US in another attempt to challenge Google’s popular smartphone navigation software. Apple spent years rebuilding the application, its cars travelling millions of miles to map roads after a version launched in 2012 was so problematic it prompted a rare public apology from chief executive Tim Cook. Mapping programs on mobile devices is seen as a way to stay in tune with smartphone lifestyles and pursue opportunities to make money connecting people with nearby offerings such as restaurants, theatres, clothing shops and other businesses.

Apple said the redesigned “Maps” program is fast, accurate, and comprehensive, even weaving in transit options in some locations. Maps will begin rolling out in Europe in the coming months. “We set out to create the best and most private maps app on the planet that is reflective of how people explore the world today,” Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said in a release.

“It is an effort we are deeply invested in and required that we rebuild the map from the ground up to reimagine how Maps enhances people’s lives, from navigating to work or school or planning an important vacation, all with privacy at its core”. Apple Maps had some features similar to those in Google Maps, such as pictures of locations taken at street level and artificial intelligence to check the status of flight reservations noted in email boxes or on calendars.

As with other products, Apple stressed work done to protect user privacy, such as obscuring search terms, routing, and other data, according to the company.

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Huawei Will Get TomTom Navigation Since The U.S. Would Not Let Them Use Google Maps

The deal with TomTom gives Huawei access to navigation apps and services for its own smartphone operating system.

Huawei Will Get TomTom Navigation Since The U.S. Would Not Let Them Use Google Maps
The deal with TomTom gives Huawei access to navigation apps and services for its own smartphone operating system.

Dutch navigation and digital mapping company TomTom said it has closed a deal with China’s Huawei Technologies for the use of its maps and services in smartphone apps. Huawei was forced to develop its own operating system for smartphones, after it was effectively blacklisted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration last year out of concerns over national security. This banned Huawei from using Google’s official Android operating system, along with widely used apps such as Google Maps, in new phones. The deal with TomTom means Huawei can now use the Dutch company’s maps, traffic information and navigation software to develop apps for its smartphones.

TomTom spokesman Remco Meerstra said the deal had been closed some time ago but had not been made public by the company. Meerstra declined to provide further details of the agreement. TomTom, which is moving away from selling devices to offering software services, sold its telematics division to Japan’s Bridgestone last year to focus on its digital map-linked businesses.

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Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 Brings New Battle Pass, Multiplayer Maps, Rapid Fire and More

Season 3 of Call of Duty Mobile is rolling out with the new Battle Pass arriving on 20 January.

Call of Duty Mobile Season 3 Brings New Battle Pass, Multiplayer Maps, Rapid Fire and More
Season 3 of Call of Duty Mobile is rolling out with the new Battle Pass arriving on 20 January.

Call of Duty Mobile has started rolling out the Season 3 update for both Android and iOS platforms across all regions. The update has introduced a variety of new features, game modes, weapons, along with the new Season 3 Battle Pass. Furthermore, the game has also got a new login option with this update. The new login option is available as the Call of Duty Account and both new and existing users can switch to the new login in order to save their game progress.

Season 3 Battle Pass

The Season 3 Battle Pass is going to be released on January 20. As per the patch notes, players will be able to grab Phantom and FTL from Infinite Warfare along with other weapons such as the Type 25 – Geometry or Chicom – Irradiated Amethyst.

New Multiplayer maps

It was declared that there are going to be two new multiplayer maps in the latest update and as promised the makers have introduced two new maps namely, Scrapyard and Cage. The Scrapyard maps is a mid-sized map suitable for close to mid-combat, while the Cage map, is an entirely new map designed explicitly for Call Of Duty Mobile. The map features a vertical three-lane design with wide-open lanes for sniping.

Rapid Fire

This is a major addition to the game. It is a new multiplayer mode which is a limited-time fast-paced game mode. In this made the gamers will get faster scorestreaks, unlimited ammo, and shorter operator skill cooldown.

Warfare

This is a new battle royale mode, which offers a 20vs20 match, which is a fast-paced game in Battle Royale form. In this mode, two teams with 20 players each will be pitted against each other and the first team to reach the kill cap of 150 will be the winner.