All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google Maps’
Google announced today that Google Map Maker is now available in 27 languages with more to come. They can’t translate the interface itself into every language, so they have opened up Map Maker in "Google in Your Language" so users can translate it into their preferred language.
The current available languages include:
Let’s face it: public transportation isn’t a sexy topic, and it’s not really one of the fields in which Google specializes. But the subject does seem rather recession-appropriate, and the search giant has made a nice gesture by updating its Google Transit feature on Google Maps.
Google’s recently announced Latitude service has sparked a bit of concern among privacy advocates and the generally paranoid. I spoke with a Google Spokesperson about this.
Google Latitude is a feature in Google Maps for mobile and iGoogle that allows you to share your location with your family and friends in real time.
Google has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to collecting imagery for Google Maps Street View. It is not surprising that some hiccups would occur along the way. If you don’t know, Google has drivers with cameras on top of their vehicles going around to capture the images it uses to compile the Street View feature some people find exceptionally cool, while others find it invasive and creepy.
Small brick and mortar businesses that advertise with Google may be about to get a boost. The search giant is making some adjustments to the ads that appear on Google Maps, and a separate upgrade should allow stores to track how much of a gain the things give them.
Google has introduced the Transit Layer on Google Maps for over 50 cities around the world. The goal is to make finding public transportation info easier for citizens and tourists. When viewing applicable cities in Google Maps, if you want to access the Transit Layer, simply click the More button and select the Transit tab.
You’ve probably read stories about the police using YouTube to catch criminals. One guy even accidentally ratted himself out for mentioning his own YouTube videos.
Now, Google is sharing a story in which the cops used Google Maps Street View to help find a kidnapped child from Massachusetts all the way in Virginia.
It looks like search engines have officially trumped the Yellow Pages when it comes to customers looking for local businesses. Data from comScore and TMP Directional Marketing shows that this year more people are turning to search engines after last year’s showed that Yellow Pages were on top.
What the Data Shows
Our friends across the pond may have a reputation for being polite, but that doesn’t mean they should be subjected to unnecessary nuisances. So starting this week, Google and the Highways Agency are teaming up to provide predictions and real-time traffic info in England.
Want to buy property in Bangalore, India? Or stay in a Dublin hotel? Google hopes so, because the search giant’s latest effort in terms of monetization is tied to Google Maps, and when you search for certain cities, you’ll see ads for things like these placed at the bottom of the page.
Google is giving those interested in the new Google Phone (the G1 from T-Mobile) a closer look at the different aspects of it on the Google Mobile Blog. Today Android Product Manager David Conway talks about the Google Maps capabilities on the device:
You may recall about a month and a half ago, it was announced that GeoEye would be launching a satellite with the highest resolution available on the market and would be lending its technology to Google Maps. Today, the first image was released from the GeoEye-1.
"We are pleased to release the first GeoEye-1 image, bringing us even closer to the start of the satellite’s commercial operations and sales to our customers," says GeoEye CEO Matthew O’Connell.
In the 2005 movie "Domino," a character curses MapQuest for making him late and the words "never again" are used. Now, as a new study crowns Google Maps a sort of leader in this field, a lot of folks seem to have taken similar oaths regarding Live Search Maps and Yahoo Maps.
Google has posted some official guidelines for listing your business in Google Maps. As more and more people refer to the Internet rather than the phonebook for looking up local businesses, business owners will want to pay close attention to the rules, so they are easily found on Google Maps.
The new guidelines read as follows:
You can hardly talk about Google Maps Street View without the issue of privacy coming up. There is no doubt the feature is fun to play around with. It’s even useful for checking out trip destinations and landmark spotting, but it still tends to creep people out, particularly when they find their own house at such a close angle.
The Summer Games often seem like a geography lesson. People will ask each other "where’s that?" during the opening ceremony, or maybe say "I forgot about them" following an upset. So now’s as good a time as any for Google AdSense to introduce a Western Union payment option in some smallish countries.
Starting one week from now, all eyes will be on Beijing. Yet if you can’t wait for coverage to become inescapable – or want a different view than the ones most reporters can provide – Google Maps and Google Earth have been updated with fresh pictures of China.
Walking directions first became visible to some Google Maps users about two weeks ago, and whatever tests the company conducted apparently went well. Walking directions are now available to everyone, with Google answering several of the questions that came up.
The addition of transit info to Google Maps might have seemed handy when, in the comfort of your home or office, you were trying to establish plans. It’s now handy in a more literal sense, too, since transit data has become available through the new version of Google Maps for mobile.
Realtors have had a hard time these past six or so months; as the housing market crashed, the competition for buyers grew fierce. Now Google’s making things even more interesting by introducing a real estate search option on the main page of Google Maps.
Today while doing research for a client, I happened to notice something very interesting in Google’s results.
The given search was for “hampton inn” and further research on other geographically relevant, broad terms returned similar results like “restaurant” and “mcdonalds.”