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TechBits: Google Maps improvements

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Google Maps is used by millions of people- and those users will soon see some big improvements.

Google has redesigned the site to offer more map, and less menu.  That means you may have to do less scrolling and zooming.

Finding things is just as easy as it was before- but now a 'reverse find' can help you get directions easily.  Just click on a spot on the map, and that location is put into the search bar.  Then, click on the directions button, and a second spot on the map.  That gives you the distance, and the time it takes to drive.  It also works for walking directions and mass transit routing.

You can also type an asterisk into the search bar to see all points of interest within your map area.  Plus, in satellite view, you can get a scroll of images of POIs at the bottom of the screen.  Hover your mouse over one, and you will be directed to where it is on the map.

Google is also rolling out new features for the mobile version of Maps.

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