All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Google Maps’

It Looks Like Apple Street View is On the Way

It Looks Like Apple Street View is On the Way

It looks like Apple is getting ready to significantly boost the quality of its Maps product, possibly with its own Street-View like feature. Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land points to a page on the Apple Maps site describing its vehicles and discussing locations they will be covering. Here’s what it says: Apple is driving vehicles around the world to …

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Apple Maps Is More Important To Your Business Than Ever

Apple Maps Is More Important To Your Business Than Ever

If you run a small business and aren’t taking Apple Maps seriously as a place where people will find your business, you may want to rethink that. Do you pay attention to your business listing in Apple Maps? Have you seen any indication that it’s an important tool for people to find your business? Let us know in the comments. …

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Google Pilots Local Business Markup for Knowledge Panels

Google Pilots Local Business Markup for Knowledge Panels

Last week, Google launched the Google My Business API to let big businesses and third parties integrate with the Google My Business platform and publish updates to customers on Google Search and Google Maps. Businesses can use the API to set special holiday hours, for example, and update them across all locations. The special hours feature was added to Google …

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Google Maps Gets Offline Maps On iOS

Google Maps Gets Offline Maps On iOS

Google Maps is getting some improvements on iOS including a major one that launched on Android last month: offline maps. This is a feature that would have been nice to have for years, but better late than never. When you’re on the road, you never know what your connection is going to be like so it’s nice to be able …

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Google Expands Google Maps Maps Local Guides

Google Expands Google Maps Maps Local Guides

Google announced that it is expanding its Local Guides program for Google Maps. The program lets people sign up and then contribute to Google Maps wherever they go to earn early access to new products, exclusive contests and events, bonus Drive storage and other prizes. Participants can earn points by writing reviews, uploading photos, adding new places, fixing outdated info, …

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Google Maps Lets You Download Areas of the World for Offline Viewing

Google Maps Lets You Download Areas of the World for Offline Viewing

Google Maps can be quite an incredible tool for people trying to figure out where they’re going. For many, it has replaced the traditional GPS navigation system in their vehicles as it offers similar functionality. Unfortunately, there are times when you just can’t get a good connection, and that can really get you into trouble if you have no idea …

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Google Lets People in 45 More Countries Edit Maps Again (Including the US)

Google is going to let you hooligans edit its Maps again, even though you couldn’t resist using the tool to draw pissing Androids. The company has announced the second phase of the Google Map Maker reopening. This will open the map-editing tool to another 45 countries, including the US. This means that map maker is now back online in over …

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Google’s Project Sunroof Will Tell You If Solar Is Right for You

Google’s Project Sunroof Will Tell You If Solar Is Right for You

Google (not Alphabet) has just unveiled what it’s calling a “treasure map of solar energy.” If you’ve ever thought about installing solar panels on your house, the first thing comes to mind is probably that would be quite the hassle. And one of the major concerns you may have is whether or not your roof even gets enough sunlight to …

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Google Reminds You It’s Tracking Your Every Move with Creepy, Somewhat Useful New Maps Feature

Here’s the thing: We all know that Google knows everything about us – and of course that includes where you are and where you’ve been. But seeing all of that tracking in a neat little timeline is a tad disconcerting. A little bit neat and possibly useful, but pretty damn weird as well. Google has just launched a new feature …

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Google Map Maker Reopens, Tries to Prevent Pissing Androids

After a series of questionable (but kind of funny) edits, Google shut down its map editing tool Map Maker in May while it “made the moderation system more robust.” Today, Google is announced that it will reopen Map Maker in early August, with a new focus on community moderation. “Map Maker will be reopened for editing in early August, and …

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Google Celebrates World Oceans Day With Gorgeous Street View Imagery

Google has managed to capture some truly amazing imagery for Street View over the years, and when I stop and think about how Street View didn’t even exist not all that long ago, it completely amazes me to see how far it’s come. In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, Google is now sharing some new imagery of …

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Google Maps’ Racist Results To Get the Googlebomb Fix

This post contains language some may find offensive. Google says it screwed up and is sorry for pointing people toward the White House, historically black colleges, and other locations when shockingly racist search terms were entered into Google Maps. “We were deeply upset by this issue, and we are fixing it now. We apologize this has taken some time to …

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Racist Google Maps Searches Pointed Users at the White House

This post contains language some may find offensive. I guess it’s the trendy thing to mess with Google Maps these days. Google has apologized and fixed what appears to be some third-party shenanigans that pointed users to the White House when racist searches were made. According to the Washington Post, if you typed “nigger house” or “nigger king” into the …

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How To Remove Your House From Google Street View

Apparently it’s really easy to get your home blurred out on Google Maps Street View if you don’t like the idea of people looking at where you live. In fact, you can also let Google know you want other things, such as your face, car, license plate, or other objects, blurred if the company’s Street View cars captured them, and …

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Google Street View Now Lets You Tour Madagascar, The World’s Oldest Island

Google announced that Street View has come to Madagascar, which is said to be the world’s oldest island. According to Guinness World Records, Madagascar became an island around 80-100 million years ago, when it split off from the Indian subcontinent. It has an area of 587,041 km² (226,657 miles²), and ranks as the world’s fourth largest island. “For almost 88 …

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Google Maps Exposes Snowden’s Snow Den Inside the White House

One minute he’s in Russia – the next he’s set up shop inside The White House. This Edward Snowden sure is a character. If you check out the White House on Google Maps right now, you’ll see an interesting listing nestled between the Rose Garden and the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden. Tucked inside the front of the Presidential home is a …

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Stop Working and Go Play Pac-Man in Google Maps

I don’t know if you have important things to get done today, but if not you should probably head over to Google Maps and play some Pac-Man. It’s almost April Fool’s Day, and Google is starting a bit early. The company has just introduced PAC-Maps, which will turn any streetmap into a giant game of Pac-Man, considering there are enough …

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Uber Looks to Build Its Own Navigation, Buys Mapping Company deCarta

Uber has bought mapping company deCarta, acquiring its tech and its people. An Uber spokesperson confirmed the acquisition, which will close later this week, to Mashable: “A lot of the functionality that makes the Uber app so reliable, affordable and seamless is based on mapping technologies. With the acquisition of deCarta, we will continue to fine-tune our products and services …

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Google Adds My Maps To Google Drive

Google announced that users can now create, access, and share Maps with its My Maps feature in Google Drive. Google’s goal was to make creating a map as easy as creating a new document. To do just that, go to “New,” and then to “More” to find May Maps. “Over the next week, all the maps you’ve created will also …

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Google Maps App Adds Real-Time Weather, Quick Facts

Google continues to tweak Google Maps to make it more useful for things beyond simply finding locations and directions. The latest features are the addition of real-time weather and “quick facts” about places you search for. Here’s a look at both: These features are specifically for Android for the time being. Google announced them in a Google+ post here (via …

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You Can Now Embed Street View, Photo Sphere Imagery On Your Site

Google announced that you can now embed Street View or PhotoSphere imagery on your website. Snippets Reloaded: now you can embed #StreetView or #PhotoSphere imagery to your site. pic.twitter.com/1Aq4s0CXf7 — Google Maps (@googlemaps) November 19, 2014 This is thanks to a new Maps Embed API. The API was actually released a few months ago, enabling developers to generate HTML snippets …

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Google Maps App Gets Design Revamp

With the release of the latest version of Android, Lollipop, Google has been launching big updates for its major apps. In recent days, we’ve seen announcements about the new Google Calendar and the new Gmail. Google Maps is the latest to get a refresh, favoring material design and “bold colors and textures”. “This new look is all about creating surfaces …

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Google Maps Coordinate Added To Maps Engine Pro

Google announced on Thursday that it’s giving Maps Engine Pro users access to Google Maps Coordinate, the job assignment app it launched in 2012. Maps Engine Pro, which costs $5 per user per month, launched last fall as a way to give businesses and users a way to collaborate on map creation. “Using Maps Engine Pro, you can create rich, …

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Google Maps Lists New Ads In Results

Google is adding AdWords ads to search results that are listed within Google Maps. They recently added a list view for regular local search results, and are now complementing these results with paid ones. Google explains in a Google+ post: Google also announced the addition of a new Explore feature to the Google Maps Android and iOS apps. The functionality …

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Google Maps Apps Get New ‘Explore’ Feature

Google announced that it has added a new Explore button to the Google Maps app on Android and iOS, giving users a better way to discover places of interest that are nearby. There was already a “Nearby” feature, but now there’s a button, which makes it easier to find places to go, and it takes more than just your location …

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Google Starts Selling Google Earth Imagery To Businesses

Google announced the launch of Google Maps for Business imagery, which enables businesses to buy and use Google Earth imagery for the first time. Through the new program, Google is giving businesses access to high-res aerial imagery from around the continental U.S. Organizations will be able to view the imagery on a desktop GIS system via WMS, include it on …

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Google Maps For iOS Gets An Update

Yelp has been complaining about trying to compete with Google for years now, but recently, it became an official complainant against the company in its ongoing antitrust case in the EU. With that, Yelp must love Google’s new Google Maps app for iOS, which appears to go after Yelp even harder than before. Here’s what’s listed in the “what’s new” …

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Apple Continues To Distance Itself From Google

Apple has taken one more step towards distancing itself from Google. The company has now started incorporating its own Apple Maps on the iCloud.com beta site and for the “Find my iPhone” feature. It previously used Google Maps. This is a smaller deal than some others it has made in the past – namely replacing Google Maps with Apple Maps …

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Google Adds Street View Imagery Of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Google continues to add Street View imagery to more places yet to be mapped. It’s had Street View-style indoor imagery for many places for quite some time, but now it’s doing cruise ships. Google and Royal Caribbean International have partnered on a virtual tour of the cruise line’s Allure of the Seas vessel – the world’s largest cruise ship. It …

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Google Said To Be Close To $1 Billion Skybox Imaging Acquisition

Google is on the verge of acquiring Skybox Imaging, a satellite company, for over $1 billion, according to a report from TechCrunch. This isn’t the first time the two companies have been reported to be in talks. The Information reported last month that the two were in early discussions. Now, according to TechCrunch, the talks are in the advanced stage, …

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