Google Adds AMBER Alerts to Search and Maps
Google today said that it has incorporated AMBER alerts into its Google Search and Google Maps products for both desktop and mobile devices. The service is a joint effort between Google's Public Alerts platform and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The alerts will be displayed and/or visible when people perform certain types of searches in areas where AMBER alerts are active. Google hopes that by making the AMBER alerts more visible to web users, in can increase the chances of positive outcomes. The alerts will contain information about the missing persons' last known whereabouts, their description, as well as information about the potential abductor or abductor's vehicle. The alerts will be displayed automatically and do not require Google users to take any specific action in order to see them.
Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child.
Google Maps and Google Search Debut SOS Function
Google today announced its Google Maps and Google Search apps will soon show critical information regarding natural and other disasters that may strike. The SOS Alerts, as they are called, will appear at the top of search results and within maps as people look for information concerning the disasters or impacted areas.
Google Jazzes Up Weather Search Results
Checking the weather forecast via Google Search just received a big upgrade. On Android devices, searches in the Google app for "weather" will include far more information than before in a more appealing design.
Google Makes Tracking Flight Pricing Easier
Google today improved its Google Flights tool with new ways to track not only flight times, but flight pricing. Moving forward, Google Flights will alert users about potential price increases.
Google Maps Improves Parking Spot Finder
Google has this week made good on previous promises to make it easier for people to locate their cars after parking them. Maps for Android and iOS is being updated with a dedicated "Save Your Parking" tool that lets people not only pinpoint the location of their car on a map, but add details such as floor level, section, or parking spot for large parking structures.