All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google Maps’

Google Street View Trekker Goes To ‘Dead City’

Google is releasing some new Street View imagery from the abandoned Hashima Island, which is known by “Dead Island” or “Dead City” from the James Bond flick Skyfall. Google announced the imagery in a Japanese blog post, and shared this video: This is just the latest imagery from the Trekker. Earlier this year, Google released some Grand Canyon imagery taken …

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Google Lends Out Its Street View Trekker

Google has launched a pilot program for third-party organizations to borrow its Street View Trekker camera backpack device, to enable them to contribute imgagery to Google Maps. One partner is the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), which has already started taking photos of sites on the Hawaiian islands, which will one day appear in Google Maps Street View. Google …

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Google Launches New ‘Cloud-Free’ Satellite Imagery For Maps, Earth

Google announced that it’s launching new satellite imagery for Google Maps and Google Earth, and says it’s “virtually cloud-free”. This, of course, means clearer and more accurate imagery. Google Earth Engine tech lead Matt Hancher writes in a blog post, “Our satellite imagery is usually created like a quilt: we stitch together imagery of different parts of the world. Using …

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Google Said To Be Under FTC Review For Waze

Google acquired Israel-based navigation company Waze earlier this month, after about a year’s worth of rumors that competitor Facebook would do so. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is making sure the move is not anti-competitive. The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Google has confirmed it’s been contacted by FTC lawyers about a review. Details beyond that are …

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Google Adds 1,000 New Street View Destinations To Google Maps

Google announced a huge update to its Street View imagery today, with the addition of over 1,000 new locations around the world, including locations in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the U.S. and Canada. “Planning on stopping by Singapore this summer? You can now explore more of the island’s diverse landscapes right from Google Maps,” writes Street View Program Manager Deanna …

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Google Gives Businesses New Dashboard

Google announced the launch of a new Google+ Dashboard, which is designed to help businesses manage their presence across Google properties, including Google+, AdWords, Google Maps, YouTube, etc. Google’s Pavni Diwanjhi made the announcement in a Google+ post in which she said, “Today millions of businesses use Google+ to connect with their customers in meaningful ways. Many of these businesses …

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Google Reportedly Wins Waze Acquisition

Numerous reports have come out indicating that Google is getting ready to buy Israel-based navigation company Waze. After hearing about Facebook getting ready to buy the company for close to a year, talks between those two companies reportedly fizzled out in recent weeks, as Google entered the conversation. Now, while still unconfirmed, this news appears to be the real deal. …

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Google Launches Google Maps Engine API

Google has announced the launch of the Google Maps Engine API, which lets developers use Maps Engine in their own apps for the first time. Last year, Google relaunched Google Earth Builder as Google Maps Engine. “Maps Engine lets organizations use Google’s fast and reliable cloud infrastructure to layer their data on top of a Google Map and share their …

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Google Street View Captures Guy With Lamp Shade On His Head

It’s always fun to see what kind of interesting imagery people can find on Google Maps Street View. Beyond the beautiful imagery Google announces (like the underwater stuff for example), we’ve seen everything from people having sex to possible dead bodies and things resembling what one might imagine the gate to hell could look like. As Google expands its interior …

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Police Are Taking Advantage Of Google Maps Coordinate

Police are using Google Maps Coordinate to keep track of deputies while they’re on duty. Google Maps Coordinate was introduced about a year ago, combining Google Maps with Google Latitude, adding a tracking tool to the ever-expanding Google Maps. While initially available for Android, Google launched an iPhone app earlier this year. Last fall, the Travis County Sheriff’s Department (Austin, …

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Did Google Street View Catch A Break Up Scene?

Ever since Google has introduced the “Street View” function to its Maps service, there have been all kinds of discoveries and finds by users all over the globe. So much so, in fact, a multitude of publications–this one included–have leveraged these finds for content. A great example of this is the StreetViewFun blog, which, as the name implies, catalogs some …

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Google Expands Google Maps Business Photos Program

Google announced that it is expanding its Google Maps Business Photos program into seven new countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland. The program is part of Google’s quest to make every inch of the public earth available for visual perusal via computer or smartphone, and certainly fits in well with the redesigned Google Maps interface. “The …

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