Google WiFi Passport Available for Android Users in Jakarta, Indonesia

Google WiFi Passport banner

Google WiFi Passport banner

Google WiFi Passport is a public WiFi connection service by Google, which is now testing in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Unlike other public WiFi networks that requires you to enter passwords or register on web portal, Google WiFi Passport is one-time login. After connecting, you’ll be online for the next 24 hours in hotspot.

Currently, there’s 90 hotspots around Jakarta – hotels, residences, malls.

The service gives you 3GB Internet data for a day, or 7GB over 7 days and 10GB over 30 days.

Google WiFi Passport is exclusively available for Android users and works for Android devices running version 2.2 (Froyo) and above.

Google WiFi Passport app
Google WiFi Passport app

Friends in Indonesia can now install WiFi Passport app and buy Google WiFi Passport voucher from these outlets to activate the service.

You can get free 10 days WiFi Passport voucher at official events, or buy 20 days voucher for 20,000 IDR (~RM5.70) and 50 days voucher for 50,000 IDR (~RM14.25).

Thoughts

I am never a fan of free WiFi at café because it is either cannot connect or too congested, I use my own mobile data plan.

Google WiFi Passport service seems interesting at cheap price rate and generous data quota. I would like to use it if I visit Jakarta. However, I hope WiFi Passport will support PC and iOS devices soon.

Have you tried Google WiFi Passport service? Please share with us in the comment below.

➤ Google WiFi Passport [via Google Operating System]

How to Disable “Google Shared Endorsements” that Show Your Name and Photo in Google Ads

google shared endorsements

Google updated its Terms of Service with new “Google Shared Endorsements”, which may display your name and photo in Google Ads. Learn how to opt out and disable it for your Google+ account.

google shared endorsements
google shared endorsements

Google Terms of service has been updated. The new terms will go live on November 11, 2013. One of the three changes is the Google Shared Endorsements, here is an excerpt about how it works:

To ensure that your recommendations reach the people you care about, Google sometimes displays your reviews, recommendations and other relevant activity throughout its products and services. This sometimes includes shopping contexts, like the Google Play music store, and ads. Your profile name and photo may appear with the recommendation.

[Tweet “Your G+ profile name and photo may appear in Google Ads. But it’s easy to opt out.”]

How to opt out Google Shared Endorsements?

The good thing is that, which Google emphasize a lot, you are free to choose whether you want your name and photo appears in Google ads or not. And, it is very easy if you found the Shared Endorsements setting page.

Google Shared endorsements setting
Google Shared endorsements setting
  1. Login your Google account.
  2. Goto Shared Endorsements setting page. You will be asked to upgrade Google+ account, if you haven’t.
  3. Uncheck “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.”
  4. Click “Save” button and you’re done.

Hope this tip helps you to hide your name and photo in Google services and products. Please ask any question in the comment below.

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Now You Can Download Google Maps for iOS in Malaysia App Store

Google Maps app for iOS navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia
Google Maps app for iOS  navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia
Google Maps app for iOS navigation preview in satellite view in Malaysia

Since Google Maps app for iOS released in December 2012, Malaysians have been waiting for the maps app in Malaysia App Store to replace the lousy Apple Maps on their iPhone and iPad.

Wait no more! Google Maps for iOS is now available for free download at Malaysia App Store!

When Google Maps for Android updated with new design and turn-by-turn navigation in Malaysia, Google Malaysia said iOS version is coming “as soon as we[Google] get App Store approval”. A week later, Google Maps for iOS appears in Malaysia App Store!

What’s new in version 2.0

Google Maps iOS navigation
Google Maps iOS navigation

The following is what’s new in Google Maps for iOS version 2.0:

  • New design for iPad
  • Enhanced navigation including live traffic updates and incident reports
  • Explore: a new way to browse and discover popular local places to eat, drink, shop, play and sleep
  • Simple 5-star ratings and reviews from friends, plus expert Zagat content
  • Great deals from your favourite brands with Google Offers
  • Indoor maps with walking directions for shopping centres, public transport stations, airports and more.

What’s missing

However, I see some missing features in Malaysia’s Google Maps 2.0. It does not have cycling direction, local reviews (Explore), and Street View. Public Transport direction has no data but showing walking time instead.

Google Maps iOS route options
Google Maps iOS route options

In short, Google Maps for iOS in Malaysia is only good for location search and getting direction. Anyway, thanks to the Google Maps data, the location search is fast and accurate. Driving direction gives you alternative routes and estimated travel time, too.

Google Maps for iOS is now No.1 free app on Malaysia App Store. The average rating is 4.5 out of 5 based on 145 ratings. That’s very positive! The top keyword in the app review is – “Finally!”

Some users comment that Google Maps app is a bit lagging on iPad. I can not test it because iPad 1 is not supported. Google Maps 2.0 requires iOS 6.0 or later. Meaning, only support iPhone 3GS or later, iPad 2 or later, and iPad mini.

Google Maps or Waze?

Waze was an alternative to Google Maps navigation when the latter is not available in local App Store. Now that Waze and Google Maps are both available, which one would you use for your navigation?

Personally, I would use Google Maps to search for venue locations and checking the nearby public transports because the map data is more complete.

Waze is good for live traffic report while you are driving. Waze uses crowdsourcing map data, it really depends on the number of Waze users in an area. Some areas have complete map, but some are incompletely mapped.

How do you use Google Maps for mobile? Share with us in the comment below.

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At Last, Google Maps Turn-by-turn Navigation Available for Android in Malaysia. Coming soon for iOS?

Google Maps app for Android tablet (left) and smartphone showing new interface and turn-by-turn navigation in Malaysia
Google Maps app for Android tablet (left) and smartphone showing new interface and turn-by-turn navigation in Malaysia
Google Maps app for Android tablet (left) and smartphone showing new interface and turn-by-turn navigation in Malaysia (Image credit: LowYat.net )

At last, Malaysia Android users receives turn-by-turn navigation feature in the new Google Maps app. While Google Maps app is yet available in Malaysia App Store, Google Malaysia hints that it is “coming soon”.

Google Maps app for Android has been redesigned and updated with several new features, such as explore new places, discover local favorites and improved navigation. New Google Map app is gradually rolling out globally in Google Play and will soon available in Apple App Store.

For Malaysians, the most exciting feature is local map turn-by-turn navigation in Google Maps app. My friend, Hanson Toh (ex-Googler) first revealed the new feature in a facebook post, and Google Malaysia confirmed in a tweet:

Yes, Google Map Navigation is not a new feature, it is available since 2010. But Malaysians have been waiting for too long that we are all now using famous Waze (now acquired by Google) for navigation.

LowYat.net reported that Google Maps navigation for Malaysia includes traffic information, dynamic rerouting, as well as public transport integration with route and fee prediction.

That’s cool!

Now, where is Google Maps for iOS in Malaysia?

Malaysia iOS users have been waiting for Google Maps app in App Store ever since Apple decided to abandon Google Maps in iOS and use in-house developed Apple Maps.

Apple Maps in Malaysia is so lousy that you are lucky if the app found a place you search for. The default search result is “No Results Found”. (so lousy that even Apple apologized).

Currently, Google Maps is only available for Malaysian iOS users in web version. It is difficult to navigate and it keeps asking you to download the mobile app version from App Store, ignoring the fact that it is not available in Malaysia App Store!

Google Maps for iOS is coming soon to Malaysia App Store?

After Google Malaysia’s tweet, my friend, Jason Lioh, immediately tweet Google Malaysia.

Google Malaysia replied “as soon as we get App Store approval”. That sounds like a good news! But when did Google submit the app for approval in Malaysia App Store?

We know that App Store approval period takes from few days to few weeks.

Could we expect Google Maps app for iOS available in Malaysia in next few weeks? Would Apple disapprove it in Malaysia, despite that the map app has been approved in over 40 countries?

[box type=”info”]Update: Now Google Maps for iOS is available for Malaysians![/box]

How To Export Google Reader Subscriptions to OPML File

Google Reader OPML file
Google Reader OPML file
Google Reader OPML file

In case you haven’t known it yet, Google Reader (most popular feed reader) will be shutting down after July 1, 2013.

It is very important for Google Reader users to export and backup their feed data. You should get all your Google Reader subscriptions in an OPML (XML) file format. So that you can migrate and import into other alternative feed readers, either free or paid.

Luckily, it is easy to export all Google data using Google Takeout service, where you can download an archive of your data from Google services.

In this tutorial, we only focus on exporting Google Reader feeds. Follow the instruction below to download a .ZIP file containing your RSS feeds – subscriptions.xml (OPML format).

  1. Login your Google account (the same account you used to get access to Google Reader).
  2. Visit Google Takeout for Reader. You will get an overview of the data’s total files and download size.

    Export Google Reader to OPML file using Google Takeout
    Export Google Reader to OPML file using Google Takeout
  3. Click CREATE ARCHIVE button to ask Google generates a compressed file of your data.
  4. In the next page, you will see the data generation progress. Click Download button to download your Reader data.

    Export Google Reader to OPML file using Google Takeout
    Export Google Reader to OPML file using Google Takeout
  5. The Google Takeout filename format is “[your-google-email]-takeout.zip”, example: yourname@gmail.com-takeout.zip. Unzip the file and you will have a few .json files and a subscriptions.xml file. The XML file is what we want – a list of all your subscribed feed URLs in OPML format. (refer to top image)
  6. Now you can take that subscriptions.xml file and import into any feed readers that support feed import.

Have you exported your Google Reader RSS feeds? Which is your choice of Google Reader alternative? Please share it with us in the comment.