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Ways Google Maps Can Make Your Next Weekend Trip Better



The fact that Google maps guides you through the shortest route to your destination is known to almost everybody. And this is very helpful if you are on the way to your new company for an interview or headed for some urgent necessity.

But, what if you are on a weekend trip? You sure would love to explore the routes a little more for that extra adventure. Google maps are able to do a lot more than you know to make your trip memorable. Given below are some of the ways it makes your trip better.


Scenic Route
Apart from showing the shortest roads with the least traffic, Google maps can also help you get to the less taken roads. First do a normal location search in the maps by pressing the blue navigation button after filling the ‘from’ and ‘to’ fields correctly. Now, select the option to avoid highways, tolls and ferries or any of these three options so that you get longer and more scenic routes. When you do this, ensure that the roads are not too narrow or dirty by taking a closer look on the roads.

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Download Area Maps
It is fun taking the longer routes and enjoy the beauty of the countryside. But, these places need not be sophisticated enough to have network connection for your phone to work. Remember that when you move to places that have no network coverage, the Google maps become useless. So, download the local map data to your phone which can be used offline. When this is done, you can search the areas even when there is no network connectivity. But, the things you can do offline will be limited.

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Tour of Your Hotel
Google Maps have an option to tap the hotel name or bed and breakfast to have a look at the Street View tours available. The people at the hotel or a visitor might have made a tour of the hotel and the nearby streets. This helps you take a virtual tour of the place to see what surrounds the hotel and what areas interest you. If this is not available, you can still take a tour in the neighborhood by tapping and holding any spot on the street nearby.


Local Eateries
If you are a person who loves having the local food of the place you are visiting, Google Maps can help you. It shows you cafes and restaurants that serve the best local food. Open the maps and zoom in on the area. Using the main menu button, tap Explore to find out the nearby eateries. You can even specify a meal like breakfast or lunch and then choose the option ‘Where the locals eat’. If you like a restaurant, you can view its pictures and menu too.

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Keep a Diary
Google maps provide ways to store your memories of a place you visited. This needs you to first enable a privacy setting. There is a setting called Location History to save the locations you have been to. This helps in local recommendations which will be visible only to you. There is another feature called Your Timeline which displays a timeline and the map of the places you visited on a particular day.

As discussed, the advantages of Google maps are numerous. When you save your memory using Google, you can revisit it by entering a date and timeline. This shows you where all you went and how you reached there. With all these exciting features, Google Maps is an amazing companion on road trips.

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Experience the ChatGPT ‘Make It More’ Trend: Generate Weird AI Images



AI art generators occupy a peculiar space, capable of rendering diverse scenarios, from a cosmic skateboarding dog to a coffee cup adrift in the ocean. Setting aside ethical considerations, some creations may not initially meet expectations, necessitating user prompts to refine the AI-generated output.

Yet, what if the aim isn’t to craft a polished piece of AI art? Enter the “make it more” trend, where ChatGPT users task DALL-E to generate an image and subsequently request the bot to amplify certain aspects. For instance, Justine Moore prompted DALL-E to create a bowl of ramen, then instructed it to make it spicier. The iterative process led to increasingly absurd results, culminating in a bowl of noodles shooting fire beams into outer space.

While the Make It More trend gains traction on ChatGPT and DALL-E, allowing users to experiment with various image transformations, it also raises concerns about resource utilization. The AI processing involved consumes power and energy, prompting considerations about the trend’s efficiency and environmental impact. Nevertheless, these prompts contribute to OpenAI’s ongoing efforts to enhance AI capabilities across platforms like ChatGPT and DALL-E.

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Samsung Internet is Now Available for Download on Windows PCs



Samsung’s default browser, Samsung Internet, has expanded its reach to desktop computers and laptops, now available for download on the Microsoft Store. One notable feature is the ability for users to sync their browsing data between their Galaxy devices and computers.

Upon launching the browser, users can import their browsing history, bookmarks, and search engines from other applications like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge by signing into their Samsung Cloud account. The browser also supports add-ons and extensions from Chrome and Edge, accessible through the Chrome Web Store.

Samsung Internet for Windows offers familiar features such as incognito mode, light and dark modes, and ad-blocker support. The design elements show similarities to both Chrome and Edge, providing a sense of familiarity for users of those browsers. A useful security feature allows users to delete bookmarks, browsing history, passwords, and other data upon signing out, catering to those who share computers.

Despite its promising features, the browser’s PC debut is marred by a lack of complete sync support. Currently, only browsing history, bookmarks, and search engines can be imported, with no support for transferring saved passwords from Galaxy devices to computers. This omission may be addressed in future updates.

In May, Samsung Internet received an optimisation update for Galaxy tablet users. Toggleable features were introduced, allowing users to control the placement of the browser’s address, bookmark, and tab bars. The update also included a warning for users with a high number of open tabs, informing them that opening another tab would result in the deletion of the oldest tab.

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Google Clarifies the Cause of Missing Google Drive Files



Many Google Drive users recently experienced the unsettling disappearance of their files, prompting concerns. Google has now identified the root cause, attributing the issue specifically to the Google Drive for Desktop app. While assuring that only a limited subset of users is affected, the tech giant is actively investigating the matter and promises timely updates.

To prevent inadvertent file deletion, Google provides the following recommendations:

  1. Avoid clicking “Disconnect account” within Drive for desktop.
  2. Refrain from deleting or moving the app data folder, located at:
    • Windows: %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Google\DriveFS
    • macOS: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/DriveFS
  3. Optionally, create a copy of the app data folder if there is sufficient space on your hard drive.

Before Google officially addressed the issue, distressed users took to the company’s support forum to report deleted files. One user from South Korea highlighted a particularly severe case where their account reverted to May 2023, resulting in the loss of anything uploaded or created after that date. Additionally, the user emphasised that they had not synced or shared their files or drive with anyone else.

As Google delves deeper into resolving this matter, affected users are advised to heed the provided precautions. The company’s commitment to ongoing updates reflects its dedication to swiftly addressing and rectifying the situation. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive measures to safeguard digital data, especially as users navigate cloud-based platforms such as Google Drive.

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