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Google Maps' Explore Feature Gets More Useful With Curated Results In San Francisco, New York City, And London

So here's the scenario: you're in San Francisco for the first time. You're starving, but have no idea where to go, what's good, or where to even start. What do you do?

Now, you can open Google Maps, hit the Explore link, and get all the recommendations you could ever hope for. But not just "hey, here's some stuff near you" - starting now, Google is offering curated results in San Francisco, New York City, and London. Basically, this will make it easier to find exactly what you're looking for around your location. That's pretty awesome.

If you're not in any of those areas, though, you can still get the "hey, here's some stuff near you" recommendations, and it looks better than ever thanks to the new interface (in the US and UK only, though).

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Sprint's Direct 2 You Service Offers House Calls For Phone Sales And Service In New York, LA, San Francisco, And Denver

Sprint would really like you to buy a phone. Really. So much so that they're willing to throw a salesperson and a bunch of phones in a branded car and drive to your door to sell it to you, preferably along with a service contract and a $30 case. The new Direct 2 You service will also offer assistance to existing Sprint customers; the example given in the press release is moving data from one phone to the other.


The service launches today in metro areas in and around New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver. Wait, what? Denver?

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Google Advertises Its 'OK Google' Voice Search With Clever Physical Ads At Iconic New York City Locations

Pay $29 for a ticket to the top of 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, and you can expect to see a few things: excellent views of downtown and Central Park, a few tidbits of NBC broadcasting history, some kid trying to surreptitiously drop pennies off the roof. But one thing you might not expect to see is a contextual ad for Google's latest search campaign unobtrusively hanging out on one of the coin-op binoculars.


Adweek published an article highlighting some of Google's unconventional advertising in the Big Apple, all of which uses physical items to highlight searches one might make wherever they happen to be.

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Square Order Updated To Version 2.0 With Order Predictions, Suggestions, Favorites, And A New UI

Before we start: Square's Order service is still only for eateries in San Francisco and New York City, because those are the only two places where people use smartphones. If you fall paradoxically outside of the service area (like all but one of Android Police's staff), you can stop reading now. For everyone else, check out the sizeable upgrade to Square Order, now rolling out in the Play Store. The app, which allows you to order and pay for food at restaurant tables, gets a fresh new look and some other goodies.

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The biggest addition to the updated app is arrival predictions.

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HTC Teases 'Something Remarkable' For Its NYC Event On October 8th, 'RE Camera' Looks Like A Possible Name [Update: Photos]

Update: A curious Reddit poster tore through the promotional website and found what looks like two photos of the "ReCamera" and a mounting accessory. They seem pretty barebones, but they might be our first solid look at the device. Of course, at this point nothing is confirmed. Thanks to Jeremy (@jersteck) for the tip.




Bloomberg is convinced that HTC's New York City event next month will be host to a new GoPro-style action camera. The first video tease for the event seems to corroborate that. HTC's video shows off a pair of young women recording underwater footage, "action" footage of some soccer moves and a bike ride, and a bit of impromptu street performing.

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HTC Sends Invites For A Selfie-Themed New York City Event On October 8th

Oh selfies, how I loathe thee. You democratized and bastardized descendants of the self-portrait, you brothers of the awkward meal photo, you poorly-angled posers, you absolute scourge of social media. But alas, I appear to be in the minority, at least if the increasing focus on this hated term is anything to go by. You can't blame the manufacturers for making "selfie cams" - they're just giving the people what they want. And HTC is poised to do just that in New York City next month.


A press invitation for an October 8th event reads, "Double Exposure," and shows a stylized photo of two women using an HTC One M8 to snap a selfie.

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HTC Announces London And New York Media Event For March 25th

And so it begins. While HTC hasn't announced anything specific for the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, it looks like the company is planning its own shindig roughly one month later. Earlier this morning press invitations were issued for a March 25th media event scheduled for both London and New York City.

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Since the event comes a year after the release of the HTC One and we're just about drowning in photo and spec leaks for its successor, there's little doubt that the upcoming event is for the "M8." In addition to a spec and software bump, the new model is expected to use dual rear cameras and virtual navigation buttons.

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[New App] VeriFone Launches Way2Ride, A Cab Hailing Service To Compete In New York's Increasingly Crowded Market

Getting around New York City can be a bit of a chore, but there are a growing number of options out there. Today VeriFone has launched Way2Ride, a mobile app that makes it easier for New Yorkers to hail a cab and pay the fare using just their phone. Yes, it's jumping into an area that Uber has honed over the years and others are seeking to dominate, but there's a chance there are lower rates to be found here.

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Way2Ride allows users to hail a cab using their phone, but those who snag one the old fashioned way can still turn to the app as a means of payment, rather than having to fumble for the credit card in their wallet.

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Mark Your Calendars: Samsung Confirms Galaxy S IV Event In New York City, March 14th At 7PM EST [Updated]

Well folks, it's time for speculation and rumor on the Galaxy S IV to die... at least when it comes to the device's glamorous debut. Samsung Mobile division chief JK Shin confirmed to Edaily News (Korean) that the company's new flagship device will be revealed in New York City on Thursday, March 14th. The date was previously suspected after a well-known tipster leaked it earlier this week. Samsung has chosen to move its more typical European or Asian venue to the United States after it was "inundated" with requests from U.S. carriers to launch the device here. Let's hope that means that it will come to American shores quickly (or maybe even simultaneously) after a worldwide release.

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San Francisco Gets Lit Up With AT&T's 4G LTE Network, NYC Still Seeing Spotty Coverage

If you're a citizen of San Francisco and own an LTE capable phone on AT&T's network, you're in luck. It appears that the carrier's new 4G LTE network is now live in SF. While it hasn't been officially announced, it seems to be going strong. If you're in the area, fire up your device and prepare to have your hair blown back.

Interestingly enough, New York City started seeing some high-speed love at the end of last week, but it has only been live in certain parts of the city. It looks like SF is seeing city-wide coverage right off the bat, though, and that ought to cause some rivalry among each area's techies.

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