After Apple booted Google Maps from iOS last year, Daniel Graf led the development of a beautiful, refreshed mapping experience that shot to number one in the iTunes store and kicked Apple’s ass on its own turf. Here’s how Graf made it happen—in his own words:
“We have a very successful Android version of Google Maps, so the easiest thing to do was to say, this is super-successful, users love it, so why don’t we just port it over to iOS? But I wanted to challenge the team. While the Android version is a great product, you can also tell it’s been around for a while. You have to access everything via menus—it’s not really best-use-case driven anymore. I said, let’s take a step back—what if we could start from scratch and forget anything we’ve ever done? We have the foundation—the Google data, the mapping data, the local business data, the imagery, the navigation algorithms—it’s a dream to start with.”
Cities across the country are making plans to cater to bikers and pedestrians (along with cars) as they design and manage their transportation infrastructure. These are 10 that are doing it really well:
Everplaces is a new app that essentially functions as a Pinterest for the real world. It lets you capture and store places in the physical world that you want to keep track of, whether that’s a swank bistro in your hometown or a boutique in Buenas Aires that always has the best cutting-edge fashions.
John DiScala, AKA Johnny Jet, flies more than 150,000 miles a year. Not bad for someone who was once afraid to fly. The travel expert says he never suffers from jet lag (note: adjust to local time immediately upon arrival!). During our chat Johnny shares the best way to get deep discounts on travel, including cheap hotel stays at posh resorts, and his favorite ways to stay organized on the road.
Thomas Wolfe famously said that you can’t go home again. Each winter, millions of Americans prove the writer wrong (okay, yes, he meant it metaphorically). In this map, where they go—and how they get there—shows a lot about how Americans live and get from one place to another.