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Submission + - How to make IOS's Find My Friends to use Google Maps rather than Apple Maps?

xmas2003 writes: Find My Friends is a very useful app on the iPhone but has a major weakness when one is snow skiing ... all you see is relative locations on National Forest Land. This is because Apple Maps does NOT show the location of the ski lifts ... whereas Google Maps has had this for ~4 years ... which allows you to easily see where you are relative to your friends.

While ideally Apple Maps would add ski lift mapping information (hint, hint to any Apple'ers reading this), does anyone know of a workaround to get IOS's Find My Friends on the iPhone to use Google Maps instead of Apple Maps?

Comment Re:A Perfect Illustrationk (Score 1) 295

I tried to get my mother (in her 80s but, for all that, pretty tech-friendly) Netflix for her birthday, which with her 8-year-old not-Smart flatscreen would have meant a Roku box. After I explained it (for the 5th time in my life, I think), she finally announced "I don't want that stuff on my TV. It's too much." Calling it "just a computer" would not have helped. In this case, I think if it didn't require a change of HDMI input when using it she might have gone for it.

Also, even with the Chromecast, you have to control it from your mobile device or computer, and now for some people that's an entire different category of complexity from using a cable remote.

Exactly the point I was trying to make, @houstonbofh! Any change from their normal routine of using a TV totally strips their gears.... :(

Awesome post BTW @porges!

Comment Re:A Perfect Illustrationk (Score 1) 295

All I want is a dumb display!

Amen to that. Is hooking up a cheap media box via HDMI so difficult to do these days?

To a lot of people, unfortunately yes. You go to your elder relative or cousin and rattle off that sentence above, they throw up their hands and exclaim "Hey! Whoa! I ain't one of those computer geniuses!!"

It is literally rocket surgery to them... :(

And you answer, "It is just a computer like on your desk, but smaller so you can stick it behind the TV." Then watch the lightbulb come on.

Nope......it doesn't happen that way. Once you mention 'computer', they will avoid touching that device like it was the Elephant's Foot at Chernobyl and ask you to install it.....then spend the rest of the evening explaining to them how to use it.... (sigh)

Comment Re:A Perfect Illustrationk (Score 1) 295

All I want is a dumb display!

Amen to that. Is hooking up a cheap media box via HDMI so difficult to do these days?

To a lot of people, unfortunately yes. You go to your elder relative or cousin and rattle off that sentence above, they throw up their hands and exclaim "Hey! Whoa! I ain't one of those computer geniuses!!"

It is literally rocket surgery to them... :(

Comment Re:Not a social safety net, please... (Score 1) 635

People need a purpose in life. If we are going to be displaced from our jobs, then we need a different purpose. Being freed from repetitive, menial labor should allow us to do something more meaningful. Just putting ever more listless people into a lifelong holding pattern is not the right answer.

Most of the time, doing something 'meaningful' like being able to take art classes or traveling the world requires MONEY. Kinda hard to do those things when you are broke and cannot afford to buy them (the trip or the class)...

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